Ref: GR36, Serifos, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £6250 to £10420 pw
Villa Poseidon on the island of Serifos is a delightful property set in private grounds of nine acres, in an area characterised as one of exceptional and unspoiled beauty. It can accommodate up to ten persons in extreme comfort, and enjoys a fantastic location, looking southwest with gorgeous sunsets and stunning unobstructed views out to sea and to the island of Milos, and within walking distance of a beautiful unspoilt beach by the crystal-clear sea. Both adults who wish to enjoy the calm and serenity of the setting and younger ones who revel in playing and swimming on the beach will enjoy this property.
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Main House Living/dining room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms with en suite shower room and wc
Annexe 2 suites each with living area with 2 single beds, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room and wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, no telephone, WiFi, TV, DVD player, open fireplace, air conditioning, fans, table tennis, gym equipment
Bed linen, bathroom towels, pool and beach towels are provided and bed linen and towels are changed twice weekly. Housekeeping/cleaning is provided daily.
Villa Poseidon is set in a glorious position, with fantastic sea views over the Aegean. Its nine acres of private grounds are adorned with traditional Mediterranean plants and sunny lawns. Broad terraces facing the sea are ideal for outdoor relaxing and sunbathing, with high quality outdoor furniture and a hammock, and the elegant covered dining area can accommodate up to twelve persons. On a lower level there is a modern barbecue and a round stone-built oven, and adjacent to the villa there is a private parking area for guests and visitors. There is a recently installed salt-water swimming pool.
The family living room in the Main House offers all the amenities that make a stay in this beautiful property a delight, with wide French windows overlooking the sea, an open fireplace, modern entertainment equipment, and a dining area seating up to eight people. The design throughout is charmingly minimalist, featuring built-in beds and storage, and the decor is modern and tasteful. All rooms look out onto the terrace and garden, with wonderful sea views.
In the Main House there are three double bedrooms. The master bedroom is equipped with a king-size double bed, a wardrobe, and has a safe and electric fans, and its own en suite shower room with wc. The other two bedrooms are equipped with double beds, en suite shower rooms with wc, electric fans, and wardrobes.
In the basement there is one bedroom used by staff. There is a fully-equipped gym which has an electric treadmill, weights, an exercise machine, and table tennis; this is a very useful play area for children.
The two independent guest rooms are situated in the neighbouring Annexe and can accommodate up to four people each. Both guest suites consist of a living area equipped with two single beds, and there is another double bedroom and a shower room. Both guest suite bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning.
Maximum occupancy is limited to ten persons.
This is a no smoking house.
Changeover day: Saturday
Kalo Ambeli 300m
The beautiful and quiet beach of Kalo Ambeli is only about a fifteen-minute walk along a pretty, unmade path leading from the villa. The sandy beach, well protected from the north winds, and the clear turquoise waters are wonderful for swimming. The beach is popular with children since it is surrounded by rocks, making it ideal for jumping or diving into the water. It is not busy even in the summer.
Only 4km away is the port of Livadi, a small port village with a particularly relaxed and easy-going atmosphere, but with a bit of nightlife as well. Set in a wide greenery-fringed bay, its seafront has many places to eat or to have a drink, and a good selection of shops and services.
The island’s ‘capital’, the Hora, spectacularly situated at the top of a mountain, is only a ten-minute drive from Livadi. A stroll through the narrow streets of the Hora to the remains of the Venetian Kastro at the top is enough to make a visit to Serifos worthwhile.
The mountainous landscape of Serifos offers endless possibilities for hiking, and the island is dotted with villages and monasteries worth exploring. The coastline offers an excellent choice of sandy beaches, with plenty of enjoyable seaside activities, including scuba diving, boat and canoe hire, and boat excursions. Inland, the scenic island of Serifos offers endless opportunities for hiking, walking, guided cave tours, and enjoying the scenery.
Serifos, in the western Cyclades, is a tranquil island somewhat off the tourist trail. Known as the “iron island”, it was the mythical home of the Cyclops, the mighty giant children of Poseidon, who mined the island’s iron deposits and created huge walls. It is also according to myth the island where Danäe and her son Perseus (begotten by Zeus in the famous “golden shower”) washed up on land. Perseus would go on to kill the Gorgon Medusa, and returning with her head, reduced his enemies to stone with its terrible gaze.
The Cretans were probably Serifos’ original human miners. The Phoenicians and the Mycenaens took their turns occupying the island, and during the Roman Empire Serifos was a place of political exile. The 13th century Venetian dukes, whose slaves reopened the iron mines after a millennium, brought a wealth to the island which was in turn ravaged by the Ottomans and their pirates. The iron mines were the scene of a famous and violent miners’ strike in 1916; the mines are now closed.
Hora (or Chora) is the charming main town on Serifos, with traditional Cycladian architecture and narrow streets, and a long staircase leading up to the medieval Venetian castle (destroyed in 1210), with beautiful views from the top over the island and the sparkling Aegean Sea. Hora also has an archaeological collection and a museum of folklore. In the northwest of the island, the 16th century Monastery of the Taxiarchs (archangels Gabriel and Michael, who indicated where it was to be built) offers an interesting collection of icons and manuscripts overseen by the one remaining monk. The 4th century BC marble White Tower allegedly is a remnant of the Cyclops’ fortifications, and at Kedarhos (or Kallitsos, “the most beautiful”) is a vaulted tomb of a Roman centurion – perhaps a guard of some Patrician exile. Livadi is the tourist hub of the island and its port; here you find the restaurants and nightlife. Megalo Livadi was the main mining town and its port; there is a sobering monument to the miners’ strike. There is one diving centre on Serifos, and several boat hire and yachting offices.
Serifos is virtually ringed with beaches, most of them fairly uncrowded and pristine. Karavi has several shipwrecks just off shore; Livadakia is the most popular, and Agios Sostis is overlooked by a scenic cliff side church. Psili Ammos, near Livadi, is considered by many the best beach on island, and in fact was named the 2003 Sunday Times best European beach.
There is no airport on Serifos. The quickest way to reach the island is to fly to Athens, transfer to the port of Piraeus and take either a ferry (4 hours) or a high speed ferry (2.5 hours). There are also ferry connections to Sifnos, Kythnos, Syros, Folegandros, Santorini, etc, for a bit of island-hopping.
A very beautiful house and surroundings. A perfect welcome and probably the best villa we have stayed in. We were made to feel very welcome and everything about the house was wonderful. Fantastic position and views, beautifully kept, lots of varied and comfortable places to sit and extremely well equipped. The walk to the beach was lovely and diving off the rocks a particular joy.
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A luxury villa with the most fabulous sea views, built and decorated in modern minimalist style but still with an authentic Greek flavour, and glorious sunsets from the beautifully-furnished terrace.