Ref: GR19, Spetses, Saronic Islands, Greece, £7310 to £9620 pw
Villa Kallisti is a gorgeous, spacious, luxury five bedroom villa with a lovely pool, just a few steps from the beach on the beautiful Greek island of Spetses. It has a very pretty flowering garden and breath taking views of the sea and inland over the archaic-looking verdant landscape, all a short walk away from two beaches. There are lots of different places to relax, play, and entertain, indoors and outdoors. Spetses is a very special island, with plenty of history and tradition, and some spectacular annual festivals.
Living/dining room, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom and wc, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and wc, 2 twin bedrooms with en suite shower room and wc, 1 separate wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot, highchair, telephone, WiFi, satellite and cable TV, DVD player, CD player/HiFi, iPod dock/speakers, central heating, open fireplace, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, barbecue
Bed linen and bathroom/pool towels provided. A live-in housekeeper/cook, with her own quarters on the lower ground floor, is responsible for cleaning and preparing daily breakfast as well as a daily lunch or dinner (cost of food payable). There is also a part-time gardener who can also organize a barbecue at an additional cost. Extra cleaning can be provided on request. There is a complimentary meal with wine for guests on arrival. Bikes can be hired at the house.
A lovely garden encloses the villa, set in sunny lawns and planted in lavender, hibiscus, palms, and other flowering plants. A large lower ground level area is shaded by a sail-like awning and contains a shower area for rinsing off after swimming in the sea. The large, unusually-shaped swimming pool is set in warm teak decking and has its own outdoor shower and changing area. There is a stylish outdoor seating area, and an elegant outdoor dining area around a stone table off the living area, and plenty of different places to relax, play and entertain. There are lovely views in all directions: inland onto the hills dotted with cypress trees, and of course over the sea and islands stretching into the distance.
The villa is built on three levels, and is stylishly furnished and decorated throughout. On the lower ground floor are two twin bedrooms each with and en suite shower rooms with wc, as well as the housekeeper's quarters. The main ground floor has a very spacious open plan living/dining area, the kitchen, a guest wc, and two bedrooms: one twin with an en suite bathroom with wc and one double bedroom with an en suite shower room with wc, each with a balcony and stunning views. On the first floor is the large master bedroom with a king-size bed, an en suite bathroom with wc, a balcony, a breakfast terrace, and of course stunning views all around.
Occupancy is limited to 8 persons.
Changeover day: Saturday
The villa is located on the southern part of the island of Spetses opposite the privately-owned island of Spetsopoula, on a verdant slope by the sea and surrounded by olive groves, cypress and pine trees. It is only about 3km from the harbour town of Spetses, where there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and the island’s nightlife. Additionally, there are water sports facilities just 1.6 km away.
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.
By boat to the nearby Saronikos Gulf islands of Hydra, Poros and Eghina.
By car, from mainland Peloponnese, to the ancient sites of Epidavros, Tiryns, Nemea and Mycenae and to Porto Heli, Argos and Nafplion.
By car from mainland Peloponnese to various local wineries - the Peloponnese is one of Greece's largest wine-producing regions and most local wineries welcome visitors).
There is a pebble beach only 100 metres away, and a sandy beach 200 metres from the villa.
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.
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.
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.
A taxi service can be arranged to pick up guests at Athens International Airport and drive them all the way to the villa (cost of one way trip approximately 250 euros).
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A wonderful property; everything you could want for a perfect holiday. Great location not far from the harbour with excellent restaurants and shops and a short walk to two beaches.