Ref: GR15, Serifos, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £2710 to £4930 pw
Close to the charming small port of Livadi, on the unspoilt island of Serifos, this is a pleasantly spacious and airy stone-built villa commanding wonderful sea views. It is nicely furnished, and offers comfortable accommodation for eleven in its six bedrooms. Walk to uncrowded beaches; you may even have them to yourselves. Or stroll into Livadi for a meal or some shopping, making a stop at a taverna on the way. Serifos is very untouristic, but still with plenty to do and see.
Living/dining room/kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom and wc, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 3 shower rooms and wcs, 1 separate wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, no telephone, WiFi, TV, CD player/HiFi, iPod dock, open fireplace, ceiling fans
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided. Cleaning included once a week. Extra cleaning (minimum 4 hours), a cook (country cooking) are possible on request. The gardens and pool are regularly maintained. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Set in a rocky hillside, the villa enjoys a lovely broad stone terrace at ground level, with fantastic sea views. On the first floor off the bedrooms are two more terraces, one open and one covered, also enjoying the views down to the sea. A stone staircase leads down to the large private swimming pool set in a lovely stone terrace with a covered area for shade. The terraced grounds are mostly rocky, but with some pleasant flowering shrubs.
Delightfully furnished in simple and elegant Cycladic style, this is a comfortable and pleasant house. On the ground floor is the large and spacious open-plan living/dining room, with lots of windows providing plenty of natural light and views, a well equipped kitchen area, a shower room (access via laundry room) and a separate wc, as well as as a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with wc. On the first floor are two suites, one with a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a shower room with wc, the other with a double bedroom, a single bedroom and a shower room with wc. In a separate building there is a double bedroom with an suite shower room with wc. All the bedrooms have ceiling fans.
There is an additional twin room available on the ground floor for staff.
This property is available for 6 persons at a lower rate outside the summer months.
The owner has two other villas (without pools), one sleeping 6 and the other sleeping 7, that can be rented together with this villa. Please enquire if you are a large group.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1172K92000954701
Changeover day: Saturday
Kalo Ambeli 4km
Psili Ammos 5km
The villa is set only 3km from the port of Livadi, a small harbour village with shops, grocers, tavernas, restaurants, and a bit of nightlife. The nearest taverna is only a 5-minute walk.
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.
The house is a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive from beaches; you may find the walk a little hard uphill on the way back on a hot summer's day. One of these, Kalo Ambeli, is a kids' favourite. They can play and swim around the beautiful rocks, snorkel, and fish. They can collect pebbles at Ganema, a beautiful broad beach, and usually uncrowded.
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 cliffside 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.
There has been very positive feedback regarding this property but unfortunately we have no written comments to quote at this time.
A very spacious, modern villa with lovely sea views, and plenty of room to spread out on the broad terraces and by the pool. Walk to nearby beaches; you will have them almost to yourself.