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Villa Ketos

Ref: GR37, Serifos, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £8000 to £11240 pw

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  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4

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On the beautiful island of Serifos...

This is an exceptional holiday villa, unique and stylish, set in an extensive 100-acre private estate brimming with vines, vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and with direct access to Kalo Ambeli Bay, one of the best beaches on the island of Serifos. Accommodating up to ten persons in five bedrooms in separate stylish and comfortable buildings, it is very secluded and private, ideal for family holidays, as well as for those wanting real peace, seclusion and tranquillity. It is only 4km from the harbour town of Livadi, with shops and restaurants. It boasts a lovely, modern swimming pool, and magnificent views to the bay and open sea, and a charming resident staff who will look after you.

Accommodation details

Living/dining room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms with en suite bathroom and wc, 1 bathroom, 1 separate wc, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bedroom with 4 bunk beds

Facilities

Washing machine, dishwasher, cot (linen provided), no telephone, WiFi, cable TV, DVD player, CD player, Hi-Fi/stereo, central heating, air-conditioning (in all bedrooms), ceiling fans, portable fans


Services

Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, and are changed every fourth day. The resident caretakers (a couple) will welcome guests to the property, and provide daily housekeeping/cleaning, and serve a daily continental breakfast. Cooking can be arranged on request. Services are payable locally.

Prices quoted are subject to change.

Exterior

The extensive gardens of Villa Ketos are traditionally designed, and descend gracefully with the natural contours of the hillside down to the beach. Throughout the property there are charming stone-paved paths leading to different delightful features like the fruit tree garden or the small hillock. A large shaded terrace on the upper level has a comfortable living area with very fine outdoor furniture, and wonderful dining for up to 10 persons under a large shady tree, the perfect spot to enjoy the views and the glorious sunsets. On the lower level is the large basin-shaped infinity swimming pool of around 170sqm, with its unique design.

The accommodation is set in a group of picturesque traditionally-built stone buildings ranged over the hillside, with fabulous sea views from all areas. The swimming pool terrace lies below the main building with the living areas, and above the buildings with the bedrooms. Villa Ketos enjoys an ambience of total isolation, privacy, and tranquillity, despite being only a few kilometres from Livadi.

Interior

Building 1: On entering the house there is a vast living/dining room with an old wooden floor and a magnificent traditional ceiling. French doors open onto the main veranda with a panoramic view to the sea. Next to the living/dining room there is a beautiful spacious kitchen, with a dining table for children, and giving onto a shady patio.

Building 2: The master bedroom (king size bed) with its en suite bathroom is located in the first building below this patio, and is exceptionally large, with its large windows offering superb views towards the sea, the bay and the lavender garden. To the right of the main terrace and down a few steps there is a smaller veranda on the same level as the swimming pool.

Building 3: 1 small double bedroom with en suite bathroom.

Building 4: There are two separate entrances, one for each of the bedrooms; the blue room with spacious bunk beds and the pink room with two single beds; there is a bathroom between these two bedrooms. From this building's terrace there are a few more steps down to the entrance to another double bedroom with its en suite shower room. This room is more private and very romantic, with its own private terrace. In this bedroom the double bed is positioned in an elevated section, allowing a beautiful view from the bed of the garden and the sea. 

There is a separate building for the owner's office and personal effects.

All the bedrooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

Villa Ketos is a No Smoking property.

Changeover day: Flexible

Swimming pool

Private
Size 170sqm

Beaches

Kalo Ambeli Bay 300m

Other features

  • Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cook (request)
  • Ground level bedroom

Villa Ketos is set in a truly stunning location within a vast estate overlooking Kalo Ambeli Bay, and is just a five-minute walk down a stone-paved path, past a quaint small white church, to a fantastic sandy beach with beautiful crystal clear water, and framed by beautiful granite rock formations. Kalo Ambeli Beach and its swimming area is considered to be one of the best on the island. As well as the beach, there is a wonderful small, natural ravine which is accessed across smooth rocks or by swimming. There are other fine beaches nearby, most within 10km.

Only 4km (a 10 minute drive) 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 island’s history 

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.

What to do on the island

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 beaches

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.

How to get there

There is no airport on Serifos. From Athens you can take an internal flight to nearby Milos followed by a 90-minute or so ferry to Serifos. From Athens Piraeus Harbour you can also travel 2.5hrs by high speed hydrofoil, or 4hrs by boat. There are also ferry connections with Sifnos and Kythnos for a bit of island-hopping.

Directions

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.

The map shows the location of the closest village (Livadi).

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