Ref: GR20, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £3080 to £3960 pw
This is a lovely modern villa, offering stylish comfortable accommodation spread over three separate living areas. It features one of the best swimming pools around, large and pristine and with great views over Finikas Bay on the southwestern coast of the Cycladic island of Syros. Beautifully decorated with great taste, it offers all modern amenities in an atmosphere of relaxed charm. Nearby are several fine sandy beaches, and the lively town of Ermoupoli has everything on offer.
Main house Living room/dining room/kitchen, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, 1 separate wc
Guest house 1: 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room with wc
Guest house 2: Living area, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room with wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot (linen provided), highchair, no telephone, WiFi, central heating (main house), open fireplace (main house), fans, barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided. Cleaning is provided every three days as well as a change of bed linen and towels. Additional cleaning available at a cost of 10€ per hour. The owner runs a restaurant in the main town of Ermoupoli; possibility of cook from the restaurant to cook at the house (approx. 20€ per hour + cost of food) or a private chef. Shopping can be done for clients' arrival. The caretaker/gardener comes every day and picks up guests from the airport or harbour.
Yoga, meditation and cooking courses for up to 6 persons are available in May and September - details and prices on request. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
This very stylish four bedroom holiday villa is situated in a wonderfully secluded spot. The house is set in lovely private grounds with a magnificent panorama of Finikas Bay from its three spacious terraces and the fabulous infinity swimming pool. Constructed in pleasing modern geometrical style in soothing light terracotta, it features several shady outdoor areas for relaxing and al fresco meals, with fine, high quality outdoor furniture throughout, including an impressive marble dining table, a nice inlaid chess table, a hammock, and a hanging basket chair. Lovely decorative features and potted flowering plants adorn the terraces, which lead down to the pool, where there are loungers and parasols.
The discerning choice of furnishings with its striking colour scheme of terracotta and cobalt blue gives the house a very special ambience. The villa is divided into three separate living units. The main house consists of a large open-plan living area with a fireplace, an integrated kitchen, a double bedroom with super king-size bed, an en suite shower room, and a separate wc.
The two guest houses, connected to the main house by terraces, offer further accommodation for six people. The first guest house has a seating area, a double bedroom with king-size bed which opens onto a private terrace and a twin bedroom which opens onto the main terrace and pool area, and a shower room with wc. The second guest house has a private terrace, a sitting area, a double bedroom and a shower room with wc. There are window screens in all the bedrooms.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1177K92000952801
Changeover day: Flexible
Finikas Bay 500m
Kokkina Beach 1.5km
Psachno Beach 2km
The property is located on Kokkina Hill on the southwest coast of the island of Syros, with lovely views out across Finikas Bay. The harbour and village of Finikas is very scenic and attractive with a lively but laid-back nightlife during high season months. It takes up to 10 minutes by foot to reach the village and beach. There is a religious feast celebrated by the locals on 27th of July in the honour of Aghios Panteleimonas, which is great fun for visitors.
There are many caiques and fishing boats as well as larger yachts and chartered yachts moored in the harbour, and the lovely sandy beach is excellent for swimming and watersports. There are very good tavernas, bars, and cafes on the sea front, and there are two other sandy beaches nearby, Kokkina and Psachno. There is also a diving school within easy reach.
Ermoupoli, the busy commercial port and capital, is 11km away known as "The Sovereign of the Aegean", and is a very attractive and sophisticated town and has some very impressive architecture as well as some good restaurants, and a wide range of nightlife, shops, an excellent art gallery and a recently-restored opera house with programmes throughout the year. It is built in the hills that surround the harbour and is well worth a visit, with its elegant neoclassical mansions, marble paved streets, and lively seaside ambience.
Syros, the Island of Hermes, messenger of the gods and the god of trade, has remained unspoilt and traditional, with an old-world sophistication and elegance. Situated in the centre of the Cyclades, it is the capital of this unique group of islands, and in the 19th century was the capital of Greece itself; it has much to offer in terms of historical interest, and the capital Ermoupoli (or Hermoupolis, city of Hermes) is renowned for its architecture. Syros is quite arid but is strikingly beautiful, with a mountainous north and a gentler and more verdant south. It is little known as a tourist destination, as it is not on the package holiday map, and therefore has a wonderfully Greek atmosphere. It is ideal for families with older children and for adult groups, and is mainly popular with Greek tourists.
Syros shares the usual historical milestones of the Cyclades, from its early Bronze Age settlements, through occupation and influence by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, and Romans, to the predations of the Ottoman pirates. Under the Venetians the Christian community on the island grew in size and importance, as can be seen in its Cathedral San Giorgio behind Venetian battlements on the top of Ano Syros, or Upper Syros, which gazes over the lower town of Ermoupoli to the magnificent blue and gold dome of the Greek Orthodox cathedral perched on the hill opposite. Ermoupoli was founded during the War of Independence in 1824, mainly by Orthodox refugees and Greek revolutionaries escaping from the Turks, and became a chief port and shipbuilding centre in the 19th Century. Syros has long been a model for the peaceful coexistence of the Catholic and Orthodox communities.
Ermoupoli, with its neoclassical mansions, marble paved streets, and elegant plazas, offers much of interest and charm. The grand Town Hall was designed by the Bavarian architect Ziller, one of many European architects who contributed to the design and building of Ermoupoli; it was finished in 1898 and presides over the magnificent Miaouli Square, one of the most attractive plazas in all of Greece, where graceful palm trees shelter cosy cafés and restaurants. The Archaeological Museum is worth a visit, and an ornate marble bandstand on the square often presents lively local concerts. By night the city is beautifully illuminated, and the smartly dressed locals stroll to meet friends and enjoy the cool of the evening. As well as traditional charm, there are many good nightclubs and bars, and thus plenty of lively entertainment. Ano Syros, overlooking Ermoupoli and the Aegean, is the charming Venetian quarter, the oldest and highest point in the town. Possidonia, also known as Dellagrazzia, is the favourite summer resort of the Syrians, and has many ornate and flamboyant neo-classical villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. This is the area where our villas are located, and countryside blooms with vineyards and greenhouses.
There is a sailing school for children at Finikas Bay and the owners have two Optimist sailing boats available for hire. Yacht and motor cruiser hire can be arranged in advance. There is windsurfing and water skiing available on the island.
The lovely sandy beach of Finikas is excellent for swimming and watersports, and there are a number of very good tavernas, bars and cafés on the sea front, and there are two other sandy beaches nearby, Kokkina and Psachno.
There are numerous unspoilt and uncrowded bays and coves to explore on Syros, as well as some more commercial beaches, and most can be reached by bus from Ermoupoli. Kini is a fine beach, with plenty of fresh seafood on offer, and is known for the best sunsets on the island. More secluded and sandy beaches can be found in the north such as Delfini, Varvaroussa and Grammata. Galissas is a great sandy beach but is very popular, its shores lined by beach bars; you can however scramble over some rocks to the nearby naturist beach of Armeos, which is much quieter. From the village of Possidonia there are some lovely sandy beaches such as Agathopes, Komito, and Ampela.
There is a domestic airport on Syros, so it is possible to fly to Athens and then take an internal flight over to the island. Alternatively, from Athens you can take the ferry from Rafina Port. A high speed hydrofoil takes about 2 hours; during the peak season there are normally a couple of these a day. The regular ferry service is slower, taking about 4.5 hours.
EasyJet and BA fly direct from the UK to Mykonos and Santorini and ferries run regularly to Syros from both these islands.
The villa was beautiful. It was well appointed and very clean and tidy. The outdoor seating and pool area was particularly resplendent and very comfortable, with double loungers, a hammock and big beanbags. We were a little worried about the layout of the villa, but it worked perfectly. The owner owns a restaurant in the capital city which is also beautiful and she is tremendously welcoming if you go and visit. Within your details you said it had air conditioning, which it didn't, however the outside breeze and ceiling fans meant that this wasn't a problem, but probably worth amending in your details.
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A fine modern villa, impeccably furnished. It will be difficult to tear yourself away from the lovely terrace and its beautiful views. A perfect villa for family gatherings or groups of friends.