Ref: GR18, Spetses, Saronic Islands, Greece, £1090 to £2450 pw
Petradi is a charming and delightful two bedroom house, commanding the most spectacular and unobstructed views of the sea across to the mainland and four other islands in the distance. With its beautiful flowered terraces and a bracing plunge pool, it has been featured in various publications, including "Marie Claire Hellas", "Elle Deco Hellas" and "Inside" Magazine. Only a short walk from the lively harbour town of Spetses, on one of the more glamourous of the Greek islands.
Living/dining room, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom and wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot (linen supplied), highchair, baby playpen and equipment, telephone (incoming calls only), WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, heating/air-conditioning units (in both bedrooms and sitting room), ceiling fans, open fireplace
Bed linen, bathroom and beach towels are provided and are changed twice-weekly. Housekeeping is included up to three hours, twice per week (Mondays and Thursdays). Pool cleaning and gardening are included three days per week. Laundry service, extra housekeeping, and cooking are available on request at a cost of 10 € per hour. Services are payable locally.
Taxi service from the port of Spetses can be booked at a cost of approximately 10 €.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The house is set in the prettiest of gardens with a variety of Mediterranean plants and flowers with lovely views over the town and down to the sea. A large covered terrace with a bamboo pergola, and is adorned with decorative pottery and lush plants. An expansive pool terrace with two built-in sofas, and wooden, canvas and metal garden furniture offers privacy, comfort, and fantastic unobstructed views, and a welcome plunge pool. The pool area is fitted with a security gate. A dining gazebo with an outside dining table and six canvas director's chairs, is located to the side of the house and also offers idyllic views.
The living room has a wooden beamed ceiling, a fireplace, two built-in sofas (the sofa bases are single mattresses and can be used as beds if needed), a large comfortable sofa, two armchairs, various other chairs, tables and bookcases, and numerous unusual decorative objects make this a delightful room. French doors lead to the covered terrace and dining gazebo. The fully-equipped traditional island-style kitchen has most modern appliances as well as a full range of children's plastic dishes.
The very large master bedroom with a super king-size bed has an en suite bathroom with a wc, a fireplace and large French windows leading to the terraces and garden, with commanding views all around. The other double bedroom has an en suite shower room with a wc, and both bedrooms have air conditioning, as does the sitting room.
Changeover day: Flexible
Aghia Marina 1.4 km
Kaiki Beach 2.5 km
Zogeria 10.4 km
Petradi is situated on a hilltop in one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods on the upper edge of the delightful harbour town of Spetses. It is located at the end of a cul-de-sac with no passing traffic, and is surrounded by nature. The town centre is a short walk downhill, and offers shops and services of all kinds, museums, open-air cinemas, restaurants, tavernas, and nightclubs. The walk uphill to the house is suitable in the morning and late evening hours during the high season. The nearest beach is about 1km away, and the many rich cultural points of interest and heritage sites on the beautiful and historic island of Spetses are within easy access, via hired transport. Spetses is one of the most beautiful and historical Greek islands with a very rich cultural heritage.
Access to the house is either by foot (up a footpath and stairs) or by motorbike, 4-wheeler ATV, or taxi (on a semi-paved road). Private cars are not permitted to circulate on the island and all private transport is with bikes, motorbikes or 4-wheeler ATVs, which we highly recommend for easier access to the house during the heat of the day. These can all be hired in advance. There are only a few taxis available on the island which must be booked in advance in the summer for arrivals and departures when luggage needs to be carried.
The island of Spetses lies just off the eastern rim of the Peloponnese, the southernmost of the Argosaronic Islands. It was named by the Venetians the “Isola dei Spezie” (Island of Spices) because of its location on the trade routes, or perhaps because of its fragrant native herbs. A very popular holiday destination with upmarket Athenians, Spetses has been called the “Monaco of Greece”, and as in that Mediterranean resort, its affluent side shows itself in increasingly stark contrast with the contemporary culture of austerity. John Fowles set his 1966 novel “The Magus” in Spetses, and describes it as “a place so beautiful, quiet, and empty as to verge on the terrifying”.
The early inhabitants of Spetses appear in the Early Bronze Age, or first Hellenic period, around 2500BC, and there are also traces going back even further to the Mesolithic. Settlements from the mainland in the 17th century became active in shipbuilding, first for commercial vessels, then increasingly for warships, often converted merchant ships, which were put to good use in Greek-Turkish war, and in the revolution in the Peloponnese in 1769. In 1899, the wealthy tycoon Sotirios Anargyros, fittingly descended from an 18th century Spetsiot shipping family, returned home to build the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses’ first taste of the seasonal luxuries to come.
Spetses Town is the only town on the island, and it proudly displays the island’s long naval tradition in the old harbour overlooked by grand captains’ mansions, the marina with its luxury yachts, and the 1837 lighthouse, one of the first in Greece and still in use. The Dapia harbour area is the commercial centre where the nightlife happens. The highlight of the year takes place in the second week of September with the “Panaghia Armata”, a ferocious re-enactment of an 1822 naval battle between the Greeks and Turks, with concerts, fireworks, and culminating in the torching of a replica Turkish (of course) warship. The 17th century House of Bouboulina, a heroine of the War of Independence, is now a museum, with a fine Florentine ceiling, rare books, furniture, and porcelain. Hadjiyannis Mexis was another War hero, and his museum displays 4000 years of local history. The Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos is where the War of Independence was declared on 2 April 1821, and where the body of Napoleon’s nephew Paul, who died in the War, was preserved in a cask of rum for 3 years. Only very few private cars are allowed on the island, so hired transport can be expensive; mostly everything however is within walking distance. Bicycles and motorbikes can be hired, and water taxis and tourist boats will take you to the beaches and to nearby islands. There are a few horse-drawn carriages offering leisurely tours of the island.
Agios Mamas beach in the centre of Spetses town tends to be rather crowded and slightly shabby; a better bet is Ayioi Anagyroi, a large beach on the southwest of the island. Agia Paraskevi is named after a nearby chapel; Zogeria beach is cooled by pine trees stretching down to the water. College Beach and Agia Marina, the most famous beach on island, have bars, restaurants and watersports. Vréllos (“Paradise”) is surrounded by beautiful pine forest, and is the starting point for hikes up to Profitis Elias, the highest point on island, with spectacular views.
From Athens’ Piraeus harbor, there are ferries and the hydrofoil; the ferry journey takes 1hr45min to 3hr15min, depending on the route. You could also fly to Kalamata and travel by coach, or hire a car to Kosta on the Pelopennese coast, and take the 15 minute boat crossing to Spetses. There are also boat connections from Hydra, Aegina, and Poros.
"We escaped to our own Garden of Eden with a glorious profusion of bougainvillea, geraniums and oleander against a backdrop of the bluest sea. Indeed from the outstandingly pretty garden were spectacular views of the town below and the Greek mainland beyond the sea. With perfect peace and quiet we could relax in the sun or recline on the luxurious cushioned sofas in the shade. Within the delightfully decorated house we arrived to find a beautifully prepared Greek salad which was so welcome after a long but most interesting journey... It was a short walk down to the main town with its many excellent restaurants and shops and interesting harbour area. Hiring a quadbike was enormous fun and enabled us to easily explore the entire island."
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This lovely hilltop one-level house is set in one of the loveliest Mediterranean gardens I've even seen; it really is luxurious. Gorgeous views over the sea and down to the very lively town.