Ref: GR64, Skiathos, Sporades Islands, Greece, £7760 to £11610 pw
This is a lovely and luxurious holiday villa nestling within a shady olive grove overlooking the Kalamaki Peninsula on the southeastern edge of the beautiful pine-covered island of Skiathos in the central Aegean. Spacious and impeccably furnished and decorated inside and out, it enjoys access to a delightful sandy beach just 50m below its elegant terraces with their gorgeous northeast-facing sea views.
Main House Living/dining room/kitchen, dining room, TV room, summer kitchen, laundry room, 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms with wcs, 1 twin bedroom with en suite shower room with wc, 1 bedroom with 4 single beds with en suite shower room with wc, 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room with wc, additional single bed available, 1 separate wc
Annexe 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room with wc
Bungalow Living room, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room with wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot (linen on request), telephone (incoming/local calls only), good mobile reception, WiFi, 4 satellite/cable TVs, CD player (CDs supplied), iPod dock, DVD player (DVDs supplied), games, fireplace (wood included), electric fans, ceiling fans, air conditioning (in all bedrooms), barbecue (gas coal), table tennis
Bed linen, bathroom towels, and beach towels are included, as well as a weekly change. Five hours daily housekeeping are included. A cook is available on request; the cost will vary according to preferences and menus. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Villa Angela is set in 500sqm of lovely terraced grounds, its striking whitewashed modern design contrasting nicely with the surrounding pine and olive groves, with wonderful views north to southeast over the Aegean, as well as breath taking sunrises over the sea. There is a sunny lawn, quite exceptional in the Greek islands, with plush bean-bag garden seats and a canopied day-bed offering the most comfortable places to relax. Terraces give off the living areas on several levels, and include a wonderfully cozy flower-enclosed alcove with a dining/breakfast table for around eight, and which can be screened in for additional comfort. Another terrace has table tennis, and at night all the terraces can be illuminated in the most enchanting manner. There is built-in low-level seating with comfortable and colourful cushions on the expansive sunning terrace, and plenty of portable sun loungers for the beach
A separate bungalow with one double bedroom is located halfway down to the beach, and enjoys its own lovely private terraces with comfortable outdoor seating. At the bottom of the property is a glorious, sandy beach, its pristine waters gentle and ideal for young swimmers. It is reached by a lovely 50m path through the shady olive groves.
There is open-air covered parking for two cars.
Originally built in 1978, and recently fully renovated, Villa Angela is extremely comfortable and very attractively furnished in modern style. There are plenty of very nice decorative touches, mostly of local origin.
The Main House is on two levels. On the upper level there is a large split-level open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with comfortable built-in seating around a fireplace, a guest wc, a twin bedroom (100cm beds) with an en suite shower room with wc and a private little terrace, and a separate annexe (external access only, with its own terrace) consisting of a double bedroom (180cm bed) and an en suite shower room with wc. On the lower ground level are two double bedrooms (one with a 200cm bed and one with a 170cm bed) each with an en suite shower room with wc, a twin bedroom (100cm beds) with shower room located opposite, and a bedroom with four single beds (100cm) with an en suite shower room with wc.
The small bungalow has a charming sitting room opening out onto a terrace, and a double bedroom (170cm bed) with en suite shower room with wc.
All the bedrooms have sea views and air conditioning, and three bedrooms have their own TV. The bathrooms are modern with marble-lined walk-in showers.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 756K92000407301
Changeover day: Sunday
Kalamaki Bay (50m)
Villa Angela enjoys a magical setting overlooking the exclusive, pine-clad Kalamaki peninsula, tucked well off the beaten track, but only 8km from the island's main town of Skiathos, with all shopping facilities, bike hire and tennis courts; it has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of Greek and international restaurants, and lots of bars and clubs. There is a bakery and a small supermarket 2km from the house, and a taverna (Kanapitsa) and hotel bar at 3km. Horse riding is possible 10km away. The beach below the house is nearly private with just a handful of people from the houses nearby during the summer months, and sometimes from boats.
Skiathos lies on the western edge of the northern Sporadic Islands, and is the most cosmopolitan with a lot to offer, a wonderful mixture of international sophistication as well as traditional Greek culture in the interior. The mountainous areas inland are adorned with beautiful pine forests, and the island is ringed by glorious sandy beaches. Forays inland uncover stunning scenery and many fine untouched examples of the island's history. The island is developed but privacy can be found. It has excellent facilities for young groups and families, and there is good nightlife on offer for those who are looking to dance until dawn. If you are looking for peace and quiet, then it's best to come out of season in the spring or autumn.
Originally settled in ancient times by a variety of non-Hellenic tribes, including Cretans, Skiathos become a prominent colony of the Chalcedeans. Herodotus mentions Skiathos in his account of the Persian War. After several centuries of fairly peaceful alliance with Athens, the island came briefly under the more heavy-handed sway of Sparta at the end of the Peloponnesian War, before Athens regained the upper hand in the region. Fought over for centuries by the Romans and the Macedonians, Skiathos came under Byzantine rule, then was taken over by Venetian merchants. The old capital of Kastro, occupying a spectacular position on a windswept headland, was built in the 16th century as a fortress against the ubiquitous marauding Ottoman pirates, but was abandoned in the early 19th century. The exceptionally beautiful Evangelistria Monastery was built in the early 18th century. It enjoys a splendidly solitary grandeur, and during the War of Independence saw the very first Greek national flag raised by the rebels using the monastery as a refuge. Skiathos was an important centre for shipbuilding in the 19th century.
There are many good restaurants in Skiathos town (Stathis, Salt & Pepper, Mandraki Village, Bakaliko, Pinakothiki), suitable for all budgets and tastes. The town offers a vibrant nightlife, especially in the peak months, and there are many lively clubs and bars. Taxis are also available from the villa on request. If you are interested in walking and exploring the quieter beauty of Skiathos it is possible to find a guide to take you on the best routes. A boat trip around the island is a really good way to get your bearings. The Sporades are superb for sailing and chartering a yacht to some of the other islands for a day, or even longer, is very popular. The northern part of Skiathos is beautiful, with some exceptional scenery; Lalaria, Kastro and Kehria are some of the island's must-visit places. The island of Skopelos is just opposite and can be visited easily by joining day cruises. Alonissos is also another island a little further away which is also accessible by day boats. Both these islands are more primitive than Skiathos: less populated and with beautiful scenery and fine beaches.
It is said that Skiathos has the best beaches in the Sporades, if not in the whole of Greece! There are over sixty beaches, most of which can be visited either by renting a small boat or by car, and many have water sports facilities, although the best beaches can get quite crowded. The beach below the house however, is not at all crowded even in the summer months. Koutsouri Beach is a fine example of the fabulous Skiathos beaches, sandy with wonderful swimming, and it also has a taverna which is open in the high season months. The beach is always fairly quiet although many boats do moor here, as it is a very safe bay. Kanapitsa Beach is also recommended, with a good taverna and water sports facilities. The beaches of Paraskevi and Vromolimnos on the Kalamaki Peninsula are also highly rated.
Koukounaries is reputed to be the best beach on the island, and for the adventurous there is the trendy naturist beach, Banana Beach. There is a dive centre for scuba enthusiasts. The north of the island has the quietest beaches, as none are accessible by car; there is a kaiki service to these beaches. The most spectacular of these is Lalaria Beach which is covered with smooth white stones and backed by steep cliffs. For those in search of the most peaceful beaches, a boat can be hired to take you over to the islet of Tsougrias.
Skiathos enjoys the convenience of having an international airport, and is easy to reach by charter flight direct from the UK. Alternatively fly to Athens and take an internal flight to the island. Another option is to take the coach from Athens to the port of Agios Konstantinos, followed by a scenic trip by hydrofoil or ferry to Skiathos, and this journey takes about 2.5 hours.
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A lovely and very comfortable modern villa, with acres of sunny terraces overlooking the Aegean and a delightful small beach just below the house, and lots to do and see on Skiathos.