Ref: GR40, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece, £1980 to £4700 pw
This is a modern luxury villa on the island of Zakynthos, set in extensive mature gardens of over three acres surrounded by orchards of almond and olive trees. Designed by an English architect, it is totally private, furnished and equipped to a high standard, with a large pool and magnificent sea views. A number of beautiful un-crowded beaches are just minutes away, and the picturesque fishing village and port of Agios Nikolaos has a number of inviting tavernas by the sea.
Living/dining room, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with bath/shower room and wc, 1 double bedroom with shower and wc, 2 twin bedrooms with shower and wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot, highchair, no telephone, WiFi, TV, DVD/home cinema, CD player, central heating, wood-burning stove, air conditioning, wind tower, portable fans, barbecue
The rental includes all bed linen, bathroom towels, and pool towels. Housekeeping and linen changes can be arranged on a daily or midweek basis, at an extra charge. The house is serviced by the house manager and his team. Extra services such as airport transfers, chef service, shopping, and restaurant reservations can be arranged with the staff. The pool is maintained daily, and the garden has an automatic irrigation system, so that the guests' privacy is not disturbed. Holiday excursion packages and walks and tours can be organized on site, including meals and transport. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The delightfully modern and sleek exterior offers spacious dining and barbecue areas, and plenty of comfortable spots to sunbathe or lounge under shady verandas, with top quality teak furniture and linen cushions. The inviting swimming pool has walk-in steps to the shallow end. There is plenty of play space for children. At night, the terraces and garden are atmospherically lit to make the most of your al fresco cocktails and dining. The mature garden is planted with olive, fig, date palms, pomegranate, bougainvillea, and fragrant local mountain herbs.
The villa has been newly decorated and refurbished to the most exacting standards. The large split-level living room has large comfortable sofas and chairs, soft rugs, a feature Italian wood-burning stove, and a complete music and home cinema system. It is cooled by a unique feature: a traditional wind tower, which channels cooling breezes throughout the house all summer long.
There is a library and games cupboard in the front hallway, and the large dining area seats up to sixteen persons around a fine beechwood refectory table. The modern kitchen and utility area are fully equipped to a modern culinary standard. Each bedroom has full en suite bathroom facilities, and French windows opening onto the terraces and verandas. There are two twin bedrooms, a double bedroom with a massive king-size Italian carved bed. The master bedroom has a sumptuous hand-sprung super-king bed, comfortable armchairs, and its own private terrace with reclining teak sunbeds. All the bedrooms have air conditioning.
Please note this is a non-smoking house.
Changeover day: Thursday/Sunday
Agios Nikolaos 5km
Makris Gialos 6km
Villa Casseopia is situated on a hillside, surrounded by orchards and cypress trees in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the north of the Ionian island of Zakynthos, overlooking the Kefalonia channel which separates the island from the west coast of the Pelopennese. It is minutes away from the picturesque port and fishing village of Agios Nikolaos (5km), with nice seaside restaurants and tavernas, and there are uncrowded beaches nearby, with sailing, watersports, and aquatic excursions available. The beach at Makris Gialos is 6km away. There are tennis courts just up the road and the Peligoni Club nearby also has courts - they can be booked in advance and are payable locally.
The mountain village of Volimes is ten minutes away, with local pottery, rugs, and lace on sale, as well as a bakery and a local butcher and produce markets, and two good tavernas. The town of Zakynthos is a 40-minute drive, and has nice shopping, a farmers' market, the freshest of local seafood, and a lively night life.
Zakynthos has a somewhat undeserved reputation as a party island, based mainly on the exuberant nightlife and club scene in Laganas on the south coast, and to a lesser extent in the town of Zakynthos. In fact most of the island is quite untrammelled by tourism, especially in the rugged north and along the precipitous cliffs of the western coast. Zakynthos lies in the Ionian Sea just off the western Peloponnese. Sheltered from the Aegean winds and enjoying mild winter rains, it is lush and verdant, and was known as the “Flower of the East” by the Venetians, who also gave the island its other popular name, Zante.
Zakynthos has been inhabited since Neolithic times. It was mentioned in Homer, and one of its early rulers was the eponymous hero of one of his great works, Odysseus, or Ulysses. The island fell under the control of the Byzantine Empire, then of Naples, then the Ottoman rulers, before being ceded to Venice. Unusually for the Greek islands, it was then taken over by France upon the dissolution of the Venice Republic, then by a Russian-Turkish accord which founded an Ionian State, which was then occupied by Great Britain. Finally in 1864 Zakynthos joined the independent Greek state. It suffered a massive earthquake in 1953 that left only three buildings still standing, and wiped out most of the lovely Venetian architecture.
Zakynthos Town, also known as Chora, still has a bit of the feeling of Piazza San Marco in Venice; there is even a St Mark’s Square with an interesting mainly historical museum, and there is a fine Byzantine art museum nearby. Zakynthos Island is small enough to see nearly all of it in a day’s outing in a hire car, although some of the inland roads can be rough going. The island is the prime nesting area for the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle, and in many beach areas there are access restrictions to protect the nesting areas. The Bay of Laganas is the site of the first National Marine Park in Greece for the protection of the Loggerhead.
Laganas town is the party centre, with the main strip lined with clubs, bars, takeaways; you have been warned. Inland, there are lots of small mountain villages, often with a small church to visit and commanding nice views. Volimes, in the north of Zakynthos, has local crafts shops and at least one very good restaurant, as well as a monastery.
There are plenty of seaside sports and activities available, including snorkelling, small boat hire, fishing, sailing, and windsurfing. Scuba diving operators in Laganas and Keri offer training and dives to the scenic Keri Caves, “The Arch”, and other wonderful sites. In the north are the famous Blue Caves, beautiful geological formations cut into the coastal cliffs east of Cape Skinari. There are boat excursions that tour this spectacular stretch of coastline.
Many consider the most beautiful beach on Zakynthos to be Gerakas Bay on the southeastern tip of the island; it is the main turtle nesting beach inside the marine protection zone. The beach at Agios Nikolaos (5km from the villa) near Vassilikos is also lovely, but the iconic beach on Zakynthos is Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach on the western coast, a small, beautiful white-sand cove, backed by towering white cliffs and accessible only by boat, and named after a smuggling ship came to grief offshore around 1980; the wreck is still there, visible from an observation deck high above the beach. Navagio is a favourite spot for BASE-jumpers, who have an annual convention here in August. Laganas Beach is the longest beach on the island, and gets very crowded. By contrast, Dafni beach is more quite. The western coast is mostly sheer white cliffs plunging into the sea, with the Calypso Deep, the deepest point in the Mediterranean, just south of Zakynthos.
There is a wide range of flights from the UK to Zakynthos airport (about 40 minutes from the villa), which is near Laganas (about 45 minutes from the villa), with flight times around three hours. Domestic flights from Athens are operated by Olympia airlines, and there is a ferry service from Zakynthos town to Kyllini on the Greek mainland.
You must use the location to enjoy the beauty of this island. Drive to the other side - gorgeous little coves to swim in, most having little tavernas close for drinks and ice cream. I had a great two weeks, my room was great and I was always active, never bored, thanks so much.
The house is splendid, comfortable, well equipped, well positioned and above all so tranquil. We spent many hours watching the swallows drinking from the pool. Giorgos and Tania are an excellent team.
We have loved staying in this house for the week, we all had an amazing time.
A beautiful, peaceful villa. We have had a fantastic week! We also appreciated the air-con thank you we hope to come again. (Stayed with us before).
What a beautiful villa, we have loved staying here, I'm sure we will come again.
Definitely one of the nicest villas. Peaceful and relaxing with perfect terrace for star watching and partying. Love the air - con. Fantastic swimming pool. Great restaurant recommendations.
Thank you for sharing your villa - it is fantastic. Great location, great pool terrace, great views and a great manager. We have had a fantastic holiday.
The house is lovely, peaceful, beautiful villa to chill-out, views are absolutely stunning and it is lovely to wake up every morning to the sun streaming through the French windows.
"We have had the most wonderful relaxing holiday here. This villa is all that we could have wished for and more. The perfect setting in which to swim, read, barbeque and just enjoy each other’s company. We saw the most fantastic display of shooting stars."
"Gorgeous house in beautiful setting. The house has a great layout and has been tastefully decorated. The pool area and gardens look amazing and were much better than we expected. Altogether a fantastic holiday enjoyed by all."
"We had a great couple of weeks exploring the island, it’s a great place. It’s so quiet here, we really did relax which is just what we needed. The villa and area is lovely, it’s a shame to go back."
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This is a truly luxurious and comfortable holiday villa in a beautiful setting on the verdant Ionian island of Zakynthos. It is furnished and decorated to the highest standard.