Ref: GR25, Tzia (Kea), Cyclades Islands, Greece, £4930 to £7550 pw
This beautiful, stylish modern luxury villa enjoys a fantastic location with spectacular sea views. It consists of two separate-but-linked buildings, designed with simple, straight lines and fine local materials. Its unique swimming pool joins a long pool for doing lengths with a dreamy infinity-edge pool. Very private and secluded, this villa is somewhere for those who really want to get away from it all and who seek complete privacy with wonderful sea views.
Living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms with en suite shower room and wc, 1 twin with en suite shower room with wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot (linen supplied), no telephone, WiFi, satellite and cable TV, DVD player, CD player/HiFi, iPod dock/speakers, VCR player, PlayStation, central heating, open fireplace, fans
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, as well as a twice-weekly change. 6 hours cleaning included every 2 days and breakfast with fresh bread is also included on these days. Additional housekeeping is available at 50€ per day or 35€ per half day. Washing and ironing can be arranged at 10€ per hour. The housekeeper can also cook on request at no extra charge except the cost of the food on the days she is there, and do the shopping on request. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The villa is built in an exciting modern style, enclosed with warm flagstone walls and planted with olive and cypress around the grounds. Around the building there are paths which lead either to the swimming pool or to the expansive covered terrace where there is a built-in dining table with high quality outdoor furniture. The pool is set in a broad sunbathing terrace, and is fantastic for swimmers: it has a long 23m section for doing lengths, and the main area is also of a good size.
The villa is presented in two sections. The entrance through large wooden double doors leads to a covered but open reception area with views to the sea. To the left is the building with three of the bedrooms. On the ground floor is a double bedroom with an en suite shower room with wc. It has French doors that lead out on to the level of the pool terrace, and the bedroom has wonderful sea views. There is a children's bedroom with a double bed and a mezzanine with a single bed and an en suite shower room with wc. This bedroom leads on to a covered balcony. On the first floor is the master double bedroom with an en suite shower room with wc; it has exquisite views from its two balconies. All of the bedrooms have a TV, and the child's room has a DVD player as well.
The second building has the main living areas, a very large open space on two levels, with a large square dining table and a wonderful fully-equipped kitchen (with a spacious walk-in larder with a door leading to the backyard of the house for easy access with the car for offloading groceries). Descending three stairs there are two living/sitting areas, one with the fireplace and one with a comfortable television area. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows allow fantastic views to the sea. Very large sliding French doors lead from the dining area out onto the covered al fresco dining area and expansive pool terrace.
Below the pool terrace there is a separate annexe with the fourth bedroom, a twin bedroom with an en suite shower room with wc.
Clients are kindly asked not to smoke in the bedrooms.
Children under 12 years of age are not permitted.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1170K10000940201
Changeover day: Flexible
Size 23x2m & 15x7m
This very stylish and extremely comfortable property is set in large private and secluded grounds high on a hillside, with utterly fantastic views overlooking the southwest coast of the island of Kea (Tzia), a very unspoilt island and little known outside Greece.
Kea lies on the northwestern rim of the Cyclades, the nearest island to the Attica mainland, and quite close to Athens, making it a popular destination even for short breaks. Its capital and main town is Ioulis (8km, 15 minute drive), perched high on a hilltop inland, a customary precaution against the marauding Ottoman pirates of the Middle Ages. Kea is essentially arid, although buffeted by strong winds that make it a favourite area for the nautical set.
There are remains of Bronze Age settlements of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Kea was allied with Athens during the Persian Wars; it prospered during the Byzantine era, when a number of churches were built. Over the centuries it fell into the hands of the Venetians, then the Turks, and then back again. Kea was the first Cycladian Island to fight in the War of Independence. It has been largely unaffected by tourism, although its proximity to the mainland has brought in some well-heeled Athenians and their yachts, especially around Otzias, in the north of the island.
Ioulis is a small picturesque village, and is completely pedestrian – no vehicles are allowed, only the traditional donkeys. There are remnants of the Venetian fortifications, and nearby the church of Agia Paraskevi, built inside a cave. The Archaeological Museum has a great collection of artefacts from the 7th to the 2nd centuries BC, and the charming main square is lined with cafes, and often is given over to animated local festivals. Local bus services from Ioulis will take you all over the island. Korissia is a port village, with traditional whitewashed houses and colourful tile roofs. Vourkari is more touristic; it is a fishing village with lots of fine fish restaurants, and a yachting marina. Here you will find some of Kea’s best nightlife. Nearby, the Monastery of Panagia Kastriani is perched high on a rock, with great views overlooking the sea. A local monument is the Lion of Kea, a 6th century BC sculpture hewn out of living rock 6m long.
There is a beach close to the villa (2.5-3km) which can be reached by foot in about 25 minutes - however it would take a little longer on the way back uphill. Other beaches are at Pisses (12km) and Koundouros (11km). Koundouros beach, in the southwest of the island, is a popular beach lined with tavernas. Walk further along the coast to Kambi, overlooked by cliffs and lined by oak trees. The picturesque gorge of Vathirema ends at the beautiful remote beach at Lipari. Otzias beach is the best beach for windsurfing, and there are tavernas and restaurants nearby.
There are frequent ferry connections from Lavrio (half hour drive from Athens); the trip takes one hour. Ferries from Athens Piraeus also stop at Vourkari, taking slightly longer.
"First and foremost, what a spectacular property! I don’t think any superlatives could do it justice. It was utterly perfect for us – absolute tranquillity, which suited the stressed-out older members of the party as well as the younger ones keen to do a spot of meditation. Some of the things we absolutely adored: The position – glorious isolation. There was a house fairly nearby, but we didn’t even notice it until the last day but one! The view! (say no more) The design of the house. I really love good design and think what has been done is quite special. Architecturally brilliant, with the two separate-but-linked “wings” with different functions, and cool modern interior. Truly a joy to behold, wherever you look! The pool – a spectacular success as we all made the most of the lap length. I think you must be right that it is unique; we felt very lucky. The lovely maid – very discreet and patient. The music system – outside as well as in. The fabulous cotton sheets. The abundance of towels (house and pool) The kitchen equipment – all you could need really. Relatively painless journey, helped no end by being met and “installed” by the owner. Ferries on time and taxis waiting; car hire all organised – most efficient. I would wholeheartedly recommend both this house and your service – you are deservedly on the Conde Nast list, in my opinion."
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Another Conde Nast winner, and it’s easy to see why! Fantastic hillside setting with fabulous views, striking modern design inside and out, all modern conveniences, and a pool like no other!