Ref: GR31, Paros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £5840 to £16550 pw
This gorgeous and unique luxury villa is in a fantastic location overlooking the bright Aegean at the Bay of Faragas, with its truly stunning infinity pool and only a short stroll from the beach with wonderful sea swimming. Paros Beach Villa is spacious but convivial, minimalist and modern yet warm, stylish and perfectly balanced in true archaic Cycladic form, but with great comfort and all modern amenities. It offers two very large master bedrooms with sea views and four other generous bedrooms, all with en suite facilities, and elegant dining areas and queen-size sun loungers by the pool.
Main house: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen, 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower room and wc, 2 twin bedrooms with en suite shower rooms and wc
Guest house 1: Open plan double bedroom with 1 single sofabed and en suite shower room and wc
Guest house 2: Open plan living area with 2 single sofabeds and kitchenette, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot, no telephone, WiFi, satellite and cable television, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock/stereo/speakers, video cassette player, heating/air conditioning units, ceiling fans in all rooms, open fireplace, open air cinema (small selection of movies available), 3 mountain bikes, 1 sea kayak
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, as well as a twice-weekly change. The very efficient and discreet resident staff live in separate staff quarters, and provide daily housekeeping (approx. 6 hours a day) and breakfast. The house and bedrooms are cleaned six days per week, and beds made twice daily. All meal tables are set, served, and cleared away, and the staff provide drinks service throughout the day. The chef will be included in the rental price for 3 days (Dinner only up to 12 Persons). Additional days can be arranged (Chef available for Dinner - up to 6 days per week), cost will be 80 € per day extra. He will be responsible for buying all the food and cooking. Cost of food is extra. Pool cleaning and gardening are done twice weekly. In-house massages can be arranged, at an extra cost. Sea excursions (with a 10m rib boat) can be organised with an outside contractor and paid for separately. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Paros Beach Villa enjoys a spectacular position perched above the sea, and surrounded by acres of open land, ensuring complete privacy. The Main House is ringed by expansive open and covered terraces and verandas, with beautiful sea views, especially over Faragas Bay. To the side of the Main House is an outdoor covered dining area featuring a large dining table seating up to 16. There is also a covered seating area just outside the living room. The excellent L-shaped infinity pool is appointed with the finest quality queen-size sun loungers and terrace furniture, and there is an outside shower and wc, as well as a barbecue. The Guest Houses are located at a lower level below the pool, opening onto a covered terrace and an enclosed garden looking out towards the views.
The entrance hall on the ground floor opens onto the comfortable and spacious living area, which features a set of French windows opening onto the front terrace and the pool, and views of Faragas bay and beach. All modern entertainment equipment is on offer, including outside speakers. The dining table seats 12, and connects through the fully-equipped open-plan kitchen onto the dining area on the terrace.
In the Main House are two double master bedrooms, each with a plasma television, an en suite shower room with wc, sea views, and direct access to the terrace, a further double bedroom with an en suite shower room with wc and a twin bedroom with en suite shower room with wc.
There are two independent Guest Houses at the garden level, each 50sqm, with lovely sea view. The first consists of an open plan double bedroom with a single sofabed and en suite shower room and wc. The second has a living area with two single sofabeds and kitchenette, a double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc. They both open onto a terrace and gardens overlooking the sea.
All the bedrooms have air conditioning units.
A seventh independent bedroom located below the Main House is occupied by the live-in staff.
Occupancy is limited to 12 persons.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1175K92000985201
Changeover day: Saturday
Pebble beach 50m
Faragas beach 150m
Paros Beach Villa is situated near the southern tip of the island of Paros, in the heart of the Cyclades, only 150m away from sandy Faragas beach, and even nearer to a small pebble and sand beach just below the house. There is a supermarket and restaurants within 5 minutes at the nearby charming fishing village of Alyki (3km) with marina, 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 reenacts 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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This is an elegant and comfortable modern villa on the popular island of Paros, just minutes from the beach, with its fabulous infinity pool surrounded by broad sunny terraces. The views and the sunsets are breathtaking.