Ref: GR30, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £1150 to £1940 pw
Villa Syriani is a well-known landmark in the village of Kini on the island of Syros; it was built in 1910 by the French consul, and has been recently fully restored in impeccable taste. With its spacious, sunny terraces overlooking the lovely harbour of Kini, Villa Syriani offers plenty of room to relax and entertain in fine style. The island of Syros is a treasure to be discovered, with sightseeing, activities, festivals, fine local cuisine, and the town of Ermoupoli, built amphitheatrically on a hillside, is full of exquisite architecture and museums.
Living/dining room, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms, double sofabed in living room, 1 shower room and wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, 2 cots (linen provided), highchair, no telephone, WiFi / computer, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, heating (included), air conditioning (included), mobile barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom and beach towels are provided, as well as a weekly change. Cleaning is provided two days per week for three hours per day (days to be arranged on site). Extra cleaning (minimum 2 hours) can be provided at an extra charge of 10 € per hour. There is an excellent cook who can provide local cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 15 € per hour, excluding the cost of shopping. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Villa Syriana is a well-known landmark on Syros; it is one of the oldest mansions in the Kini area, built in 1910 by the French consul to Syros. Known as the "house with the palm trees", it stands majestically on a hillside above the port and the bay of Lotos, with panoramic views and lovely sunsets. Villa Syriana was restored according to its original architectural and aesthetic style, using traditional and ecologically-chosen materials. There is a main open terrace at the front of the house with ample outdoor furniture and sun loungers, overlooking the wonderful views, and a large terrace to the side of the house shaded by trees, with a dining table seating twelve, ideal for relaxing and al fresco dining. There is a mobile barbecue, and car parking in the garage and on the adjacent side street.
The swimming pool can be heated at a cost of 25€ per day. There is an adjustable safety fence for children, if required.
Villa Syriani is pleasantly decorated with bright and attractive colour schemes. The interior is simply but comfortably and tastefully furnished in a mixture of period and modern styles. All the accommodation is on one level. Entrance is directly into the living area with a comfortable double sofabed and small dining area, opening at the far end into a bright and well-equipped kitchen; a small passageway leads from the kitchen to the covered side terrace. There are wonderful views from the living area as it gives directly onto the front terrace. There are two doors on both sides of the living area, each opening onto a bedroom. The master double bedroom has an en suite shower room with wc, and also has direct access to the covered spacious terrace with sea views. There is a further double bedroom, two twin bedrooms and a shower room with wc. Laundry facilities are in a separate small building. The house remains cool even in the summer thanks to its thick walls; air conditioning is also available throughout the house.
There is an additional double bedroom with a mezzanine with two single mattresses (suitable for children up to age 8 or 9) and an en suite shower room with wc – price on request.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1177K91000930601
Changeover day: Flexible
Can be heated
Dolphin Bay Hotel 6km
Located in a residential hillside area in the village of Kini, on the northwestern side of the Cycladian island of Syros, Villa Syriana is only a short walk down a small path to the quiet sandy beach of Lotos. Kini beach is also within walking distance. Kini is a very old village with a lovely harbour, and the gulf of Kini is one of the most beautiful spots on Syros. With fine gourmet tavernas, bars, shops, and an aquarium, it has become quite fashionable but still maintains its unspoilt character. From Kini harbour there are boat excursions to other beaches on the north of the island, including Grammata Beach, the site of an ancient sunken city. The wonderful and unique town of Ermoupoli on the eastern coast is only 9km away, with its lovely neo-classical architecture and cosmopolitan air; it is one of the Cyclades' favourite and most picturesque towns. It can be reached by bus from Kini, and there are other bus routes to other villages on Syros.
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. 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.
Syros shares the usual historical milestones of the Cyclades, from its early Bronze Age settlements, through occupation and influence by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, 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. Ermoupouli 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 neo-classical 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 cozy cafes 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.
Yacht and motor cruiser hire can be arranged in advance. There is windsurfing and water skiing available on the island.
The villa is a short walk away from the Lotos and Kini beaches. 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. The lovely sandy beach of Finikas is excellent for swimming and water sports, 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. 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 has been very positive feedback regarding this property but unfortunately we have no written comments from our clients to quote at this stage as this is a newly acquired property.
This is a charming, cheerful and colourful house with fabulous sea views overlooking the picturesque harbour town of Kini. A little path leads down to the beach from the house.