Ref: GR22, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £2680 to £4920 pw
An extremely comfortable, private family holiday home with fabulous views, a lovely swimming pool, and within walking distance of a pleasant seaside village and a wonderful sandy beach perfect for children. Beautifully designed and decorated, the villa is set in lush flowering gardens and is ideal for a group of friends or families. The delightful breezy southwest-facing terrace will be hard to leave.
Living room, sitting room, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room and wc, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom and wc, 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and wc, 1 single bedroom, 1 shower room, 1 separate wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player, HiFi, central heating (on a meter, payable locally), open fireplace, air conditioning, barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, as well as a twice-weekly change. Daily morning housekeeping is provided, including breakfast prepared 7 days a week. The maid will also cook if required (good local food) with ingredients at extra cost. The gardener looks after the pool and garden; the pool is cleaned at least twice per week, or more often depending on weather conditions. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The property is set in beautiful mature gardens, with flagstone paths and low stone walls running through the sunny lawn, a pleasant internal paved courtyard, and beds of rose bushes. A lovely covered terrace houses a large built-in barbecue and a sink, and there is ample high-quality garden furniture. There is a beautiful swimming pool set in a stone terrace, with fantastic views to the sea. An exceptionally spacious southwest-facing covered gallery with magnificent views across the countryside to the sea runs the full length of the property, and extends onto a sunny open terrace. There is also a charming vine-covered terrace off the kitchen and living room, perfect for cooler lunches and evening meals.
The very large and airy sitting room, beautifully furnished and decorated, opens onto the veranda and covered terrace. A staircase leads up to a mezzanine level with a study area, and leading off the living room is a large, fully-equipped kitchen. Doors from the living room and kitchen also lead onto the most delightful internal, vine-covered courtyard, perfect for al fresco dining.
In the main section of the house there is a charming master double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with a wc, a single bedroom which can also be accessed from the master bedroom if required, and a twin bedroom also with an en suite bathroom with a wc. There is also a separate shower room and a cloakroom. The fourth double bedroom with an en suite shower room with a wc is on a lower level with its own patio/courtyard and steps leading to the pool terrace. This bedroom has a separate exterior entrance.
There is also a pull-out bed on the mezzanine study area above the living room. An extra bed can also be put into any of the bedrooms, except the single room. This house is also fully heated and has a beautiful open fireplace, making it ideal for letting in the cooler months.
All bedrooms are air-conditioned and there is a fan in the kitchen.
Children over 6 years only are permitted.
Winter lets are only for 4 people as one of the bedrooms is not heated.
Changeover day: Flexible
This villa enjoys an excellent location with lovely views over the sea on the southwest coast of the Cycladic island of Syros. The nearby village of Possidonia (1km) has an assortment of small shops, and there is a supermarket and other services, and a number of tavernas just under 15 minutes away by foot. Possidonia is a lovely village with some idiosyncratically ornate mansions and a bright blue church right on the edge of the village. There are larger supermarkets and a full range of shops at Finikas (2.5km). The surrounding countryside is dramatic and mountainous. Ermoupoli, the busy commercial port, is about 10km away and is a fascinating visit. This is a very attractive and sophisticated town, with some very impressive architecture as well as some good restaurants. There is a wide range of nightlife, some interesting shops, and an excellent art gallery.
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, 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 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 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. Posidonia, 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 closest beach (Fetouris) is about 20 minutes away by foot via a small lane within the village - a fun walk for children of all ages. This is a small sandy beach (with low incline, good swimming and lovely sunsets) close the pretty harbour. A larger beach (lovely, safe sandy beach with a small islet offshore) at Agathopes is another 10 minutes further down the coast, so also easily reached by foot; you can walk beyond the beach to Komito, the end of the peninsula, where beautiful walks can be taken and another nice beach Voulgari. There are many other sandy beaches further up the coast, 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.
Arthur gave us a very warm and informative welcome to his family home. Beautiful shaded verandah, for reading and relaxing on. Spacious villa - a proper home with soul. Lovely breakfasts prepared by Tatania. Lovely views from the pool. Great swimming in nearby bays. Good butchers, bakers and veg shop nearby and great restaurants.
The villa was even more beautiful than the pictures shown on the website. The location is excellent with a wonderful view. The house is so warm and charming, and the grounds delightful. With the lovely pool and outside patio and Bar-B-Que we took full advantage of the warm evenings. The onsite and very sweet housekeeper provided a lovely breakfast and kept the place spotless during our stay. Our friends and family cannot believe our pictures.
"A wonderful house, beautifully designed, friendly and comfortable; we were successfully met by the owner and Virginia at the port, and had supper and a couple of bottles of wine waiting for us on arrival - as appreciated as it was unexpected. Tatiana, the housekeeper/cook very solicitous and friendly; bath towels splendidly large; lovely shady places in the garden when sun too hot; and we are busy discovering best beaches and tavernas. Couldn't be better."
"The house was a dream. The island perfect - 95% of people there were Greek, not tourists from other countries. Everything was just great. The owner was very helpful, and the woman to clean the house was a treasure. The house really is splendid and we will probably go back one day."
"The holiday was one of the best we've had. The accommodation was really very good. It was a wonderfully attractive place, comfortable and clearly a personal space of the owner's. In fact my daughter felt that the place was better than it appeared on the website! Our maid was lovely and the breakfast she provided and the general cleaning was fantastic!"
"The villa was very homely with an excellent pool and outside space and the breakfast inclusive aspect was very much appreciated. We had a very relaxing holiday!"
"Pandora was faultless!! House, view, pool, breakfasts, staff, meeting, car, all went perfectly. The views were amazing and the Island lovely and unspoilt. Ermoupolis was great as were the little beach resorts. Many thanks for all your help."
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A lovely flowering garden and what fabulous views from the terrace! Inside it is as comfortable and well-furnished as you could wish. Dine al fresco in the shade of the vine-covered pergola.