Ref: GR63, Paros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £3910 to £6800 pw
This is a luxurious, modern private villa enjoying beautiful uninterrupted views over Farangas Bay on the south side of the island of Paros in the Cyclades. Based on traditional whitewashed cubistic Cycladic architectural style, it boasts a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool, and is set in large Mediterranean gardens. Impeccably furnished in modern style, Villa Iokrilia offers the best of Greek island holiday charm and comforts.
Main House Living/dining room/kitchen, study/office, laundry room, 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower room with wc, 2 double bedrooms, 2 shower rooms with wc
Guest House 2 small apartments: each with living room/kitchenette, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 double bedroom
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, 2 travel cots (linen supplied), 2 highchairs, telephone (incoming and local calls only), WiFi, satellite and cable TV, DVD player, CD player, printer/copier, safe boxes, air conditioning (in four bedrooms and study/office), ceiling fans in all bedrooms, electric barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom towels, and pool/beach towels are included, as well as a weekly change (additional changes possible on request at an extra cost). Daily cleaning for 2 to 3 hours is included, and extra cleaning is available for 8€ per hour for a minimum of 2 hours. Cooking services are available at 8€-10€ per hour. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The traditional whitewashed cubistic design of Villa Iokrilia contrasts strikingly with the deep blue of the sky and the Aegean Infinity, and the one-hectare hillside grounds are largely set to a large (10,000sqm) charming Mediterranean garden of flowering plants and succulents. There is a security access gate, ample private parking, and a private helicopter pad if required. Although in a quiet spot, there may be a little road noise late mornings.
The main attraction here is the marvellous stone-paved, shaded main terrace off the living area, with fine quality and comfortable outdoor furniture, including a dining table for twelve for those wonderful al fresco meals, and the panoramic sea views from the terrace are outstanding. A few steps lead down to the fine chlorine-free infinity-edge swimming pool also set in a stone-paved terrace, with parasols and sun loungers, and a pool-level covered pergola houses a small but practical bar and mini-kitchen and an electric barbecue, and there are two outdoor showers. The pool is heated but the temperature cannot be guaranteed. Life vests are provided for children.
Villa Ioikrilia has six bedrooms, all delightfully airy and bright and enjoying wonderful sea views. The accommodation consists of the main house and a guest house with two separate double-bedroom studios. The four bedrooms in the main house overlook or give onto the spacious covered terrace via French doors and windows, as does the charmingly furnished open-plan living/dining room, with all modern entertainment equipment, and the fully-equipped modern kitchen. The décor is modern and stylish, with white granite floors and white wooden ceilings, and some antique furniture in the study/office along with modern office equipment. There is a shower room with wc on the ground floor.
There is a double bedroom (queen-size bed) with an en suite shower room with wc on the ground floor, a master double bedroom (king-size bed) suite with an en suite shower room with wc on the first floor with its own private balcony with panoramic sea views. Two double bedrooms (queen-size beds) on the lower level of the main house share a spacious shower room with wc. All four bedrooms in the main house and the office have air conditioning as well as ceiling fans. The guest house has a double bedroom (queen-size bed) suite on each of two floors, each with a living area and small kitchenette, en suite shower room with wc, with a private terrace on the lower level and a balcony on the upper level offering wonderful sea views; these bedrooms have ceiling fans. Additional children's beds are available on request. All rooms have screens on windows and doors.
Smoking is not allowed inside the villa.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1175K10000939301
Changeover day: Flexible
Open all year
Farangas Beach 1km (sandy)
Tripiti Beach 2km (sandy)
Aliki Beach 4km (sandy)
Villa Iokrilia is perched on Farangas/Tripiti hillside overlooking Farangas Bay on the southern side of Paros in the Cyclades, with fabulous views of the Aegean Sea, picturesque islands, and endless beautiful sunsets. Farangas Beach (1.2km) is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Paros, well-organized and busy in the summer. Alyki Beach (4km) and Tripiti Beach (2km) are less developed sandy beaches. Even closer to home: a small path off the road near the villa leads down to a small sandy cove known locally as O Kolpiskos Tis Tripitis, with blue crystal clear waters (access is a little difficult so only for nature lovers or hikers). Alyki (4km) is a charming little fishing village and marina, with shops, bakeries, a supermarket, services, public tennis courts, bicycle hire, and a diving school; it has a small beach and a larger beach within walking distance. Within a short drive are the larger towns of Paros, the Aegean ferry port, the pretty town of Naoussa on the northern end of the island, and the picturesque inland village of Lefkes.
Considered one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades in the Aegean, Paros has been known for centuries for its fine quality white marble, which was used by several of the famous Attic sculptors including Praxiteles. Today the island’s abandoned quarries and mines abound. Paros was a prosperous Ionian colony for most of the 1st millenium BC, then fell under control of the usual succession of regional rulers: the Ptolemys of Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, then became a duchy under the rule of Venice until it was conquered by the Ottomans. The Greek war of Independence put a stop to all that in 1821, at least until the Balkan Wars of the next century.
Parikia, the capital of Paros, is a nice starting point; it is a small but lively town of typical Cycladian whitewashed houses with blue woodwork trim, set in narrow winding streets, supposedly “designed” as defences against the various marauding invaders over the centuries. Nowadays it has lots to offer; it is popular with the local international set, with lots of shops and nightlife, but there is a treasure trove of historical and cultural gems to be discovered as well. In the main square, Panagia Ekatonapillani, otherwise known as the “Church of One Hundred Doors”, is perhaps the most famous Byzantine church in all of Greece, and was supposedly founded by Flavia Iulia Helena, also known as St Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great, on her way to the Holy Land to bring back the True Cross. There is a fine archeological museum, and ruins of various temples, and at the top of the village the ruins of a 13th century castle (kastro) built from the marble of the ancient ruined Acropolis.
Naoussa, in the north of Paros, is a lively beach town considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades. Built around a ruined Venetian castle, Naoussa has a pleasant harbour and marina lined with enjoyable restaurants and bars. The Church of St Nikolaus at the top of the village houses a Byzantine museum with some fine 13th century icons. An annual town fête on 23 August re-enacts a pirates’ raid on the town in a burst of fireworks, dancing, and festivities.
Lefkes is a picturesque inland mountain village, its typical Cycladic whitewashed houses set in a sea of olive and pine groves, with beautiful views. The Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) has some rare Byzantine icons. Marpissa is another authentically-preserved hilltop Cycladic village built amphitheatre-style, with a number of the windmills typical of Paros, and nearby the Agios Antonios monastery is built around the ruins of a Venetian castle on top of Kefalos hill. Piso Livadi is a pleasant little fishing port, now with restaurants, bars, and hotels, and boat trips to other islands.
Paros has a huge variety of beaches in all sizes and shapes. Some can be very crowded, with all the usual seaside attractions or distractions, but quiet, nearly-private sandy coves can be found if you want to avoid it all. In the north of the island the vast nearly-enclosed bay of Naoussa offers several very attractive beaches. Kolymbithres is one of the most famous beaches on Paros, known for its striking granite formations, and can be reached either by road or by the small boats that will take you from Naoussa. Monastiri nearby is also a fine sandy beach, but it gets crowded; it is also popular with the yachting set, and there are seaside beach bars and restaurants, sun lounger and umbrella hire, and water sports. Santa Maria Beach on Naoussa Bay is a long series of sandy beaches, with firmly-established seaside amenities; although very pleasant, look elsewhere for “unspoilt”. Golden Beach, 700m of fine golden sand, is located on the southeast coast of Paros, and is famous for its ideal windsurfing conditions; it hosts the annual Windsurfing World Cup! The main beach at Parikia is Livadia Beach, actually a procession of several very different beaches. The most crowded beach on the island, if that is what you are looking for, is Pounda, with the entire range of seaside attractions, eateries, and activities, most of them rather loud. For a quieter day beside the seaside, look for Drios, Molos, Piso Livadi, or Agia Irini: beautiful golden sand, crystal clear water, and often a little taverna with the freshest seafood, feta and olives, and a chilled Ouzo waiting for you.
There is an internal airport on Paros, so it is possible to fly to Athens and then take a short flight over to the island. However, it is sometimes difficult to get tickets, especially in high season. We recommend that our clients fly to Athens and then a taxi or bus to the port of Piraeus. There is a high speed hydrofoil to Paros, which is a lovely scenic trip and takes about 2.5 hours. The ferry docks just in front of the windmill which is a good meeting point.
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A delightful modern villa built in traditional Cycladic style, with fabulous views. The terrace overlooking beautiful Farangas Bay and islands offers the most glorious sunsets.