Ref: GR14, Serifos, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £4040 to £5660 pw
This captivating island house is built out of local stone, and it blends in beautifully with the landscape overlooking the bay near Livadi, on the unspoilt island of Serifos. Furnished and decorated in a pretty local style, it offers lovely sea views, and is close to a number of quiet, family-friendly beaches. The mountainous landscape of Serifos offers endless possibilities for hiking and the island is dotted with villages and monasteries worth exploring.
Living/dining room with open kitchen, study, 1 separate wc, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 1 double (or twin) bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 1 small double bedroom, 1 large double or twin bedroom, 1 shower room and wc, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 studio with a living area with kitchenette, 1 small double bedroom and 1 shower room with wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, travel cot (on request - linen provided), telephone (local/incoming calls only), WiFi (wireless card recommended should WiFi fail), satellite TV, DVD player, CD player/HiFi, large collection of CDs and DVDs, open fireplace, ceiling fans (in all bedrooms and in the open kitchen), barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, as well as cleaning once per week. Linen and towels are changed during the weekly clean for bookings of more than one week (additional linen and towels are also left at clients' disposal). Additional cleaning (on request) approx. 9 € per hour. The swimming pool is cleaned every two or three days.
This beautiful stone-built house enjoys a secluded, rural hillside location at the end of a long, private unpaved road. Set in an open position on the side of a hill, The Stone House has a beautiful terrace to the front with beautiful views overlooking the sea, and a covered rear terrace with a large dining table for al fresco dining. There is a fresh water swimming pool with flat loungers and deck chairs, set in a broad sunny terrace with a covered seating area.
This is a good house for families with children and teenagers. They can enjoy a lot of freedom on the island and if they are old enough, they can go where they want during the day, walking to the port or playing football with local and other kids. For safety reasons, very young children need to be supervised.
The house can be accessed from two levels and is furnished and decorated in a stylish Cycladic manner. The top level offers a living area with a fireplace, a dining area with a large, fully-equipped open kitchen. It has magnificent views of the sea. French doors open onto a splendid verandah on the front of the house. There is also a small study and a separate wc.
The bedrooms are on the lower level. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, a fireplace and an en suite shower room with wc. Next to it is another well-proportioned bedroom with two separate beds (which can be made as a double), and an en suite shower room with wc. The third bedroom is a small double bedroom, and a spacious fourth bedroom has a wooden sleeping platform with either a double mattress or two single mattresses. Accessed from the corridor are a bathroom with a wc and a small shower room with a wc. All bedrooms have undisturbed sea views.
There also is a semi-independent studio with a small double bedroom and a living room with built-in sofas, a dining corner, an open kitchenette, and a shower room with a wc. The studio has no sea-view, but opens onto a small patio.
All bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fans.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1172K92000954801
Changeover day: Flexible
Karavi 1.5km (or 600m on foot)
Kalo Ambeli 2km
Psili Ammos 5km / Vagia 5km
The house is set only 3km from the port of Livadi, a small harbour village with shops, grocers, cafés, tavernas, and restaurants. The nearest taverna is only a 5-minute walk from the house. Livadi has a particularly relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. There is a perfect balance between quiet and entertainment, and if you are looking for some nightlife, you won’t be disappointed either.
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 re now closed.
The Hora (or Chora) - barely a 15 minute-drive from the house - is the charming main town on Serifos, with traditional Cycladic architecture and narrow streets, and a long staircase leading up to the remains of a medieval Venetian castle, with beautiful views from the top over the island and the sparkling Aegean Sea. The 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 some nightlife. There is a diving centre, and canoes can be rented from the adjacent Avlomonas Beach. Mega Livadi, now a mellow seaside hamlet (with two excellent tavernas!), was once the main mining settlement and its port; there is a small museum and sobering monument to the miners’ strike. You can walk into the old mining shafts.
The house is a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute-drive from the nearest beaches. It overlooks the generally quiet Karavi beach, and a bit further on there is the more-lively Livadakia beach, which is particularly popular among youngsters. Also relatively close to the house (but some walking is required) is the spectacular Kalo Ambeli beach. Other fantastic beaches that are only a short drive away include Vagia, Ganema, Agios Ostis and Psili Ammos.
Serifos indeed is virtually ringed with beaches, most of them fairly uncrowded and pristine. There are no ‘organised’ beaches with umbrellas, but most beaches are lined by trees providing natural shade. Each beach has its own particularity. Karavi has several shipwrecks just off shore. Agios Sostis is overlooked by a scenic cliffside church. Psili Ammos is considered by many the best beach on island. It is famous for its fine sand, shallow turquoise waters and two excellent seaside tavernas, and in fact was named the 2003 Sunday Times best European beach. Lia is popular amongst nudists. Vagia is a spectalar beach with coarse sand and pebbles, next to it, Ganema, with fine sand on one side, pebbles on the other, has a great little taverna and, at the end of the beach, there is a corner that is totally protected from the wind. In the north, Sikamia is pristine and unspoilt, and it has a taverna serving amazing food made with homegrown ingredients. Go to Plati Gialos to visit the monastery, swim from one of three beaches, and taste the best revithia (a local dish from chickpeas and sweet onions) ever at the seaside taverna!
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.
Clean, modern - if anything looked better than the photos which is unusual! Highly recommended. We had a fantastic week at the Stone House.
"We had the most relaxing holiday in this beautiful house! We all loved the rhythm of life on the island and it was so nice to have this lovely house to come back to after an afternoon at the beach. Even my girls liked it immediately - they said it was better than Corfu, which surprised me a bit from teenagers! - and there was no need for water sports of any sort. It all went perfectly - I just wished Serifos was slightly quicker to get to! (though of course it wouldn't be what it is)."
"I had a lovely time in Serifos. This lovely villa was perfect for me and it did indeed have privacy. It also had the most wonderful sea/island view: the panorama made me feel like Odysseus on his way back to Ithica from Troy!"
"We had a wonderful stay. The owner was very welcoming and helpful - we appreciate that she met us at the port and she also left a fantastic guide to the beaches and local restaurants. The house is beautiful and perfectly situated for people who want to get away from it all. The island is gorgeous and undeveloped. We often had the beaches practically to ourselves. We also found the local people to be so warm and friendly. The house's décor, as well as the location on a quiet island was a big draw for us, and we enjoyed the rusticity of this quiet holiday."
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This house is quite unique on Serifos. It's ideal for a family holiday or just for a quiet, comfortable break. It has superb sea views and is within an easy walk of some quiet beaches. The island will take you back in time.