The spacious, open-plan main level of the house enters into one enormous space separated into three levels. At the far end of the room is the sunken living room with high open beamed ceilings, center fireplace and large wall-to-wall windows facing to the fantastic views of the town and harbour. The casual sofa is built-in, runs along two walls of the room and is covered in pillows, a popular island style.
This comfortable set-up allows plenty of space for lounging with a good book or watching the continual parade of boats and ferries coming and going from the busy harbour below. In the middle, raised section of this level is a spacious dining table centering the room with another set of windows along the wall offering uninterrupted views to the sea. Then a few steps down from here is an expansive kitchen, hexagonal-shaped with windows looking not only to the sea and town, but to the private swimming pool located amidst the olive groves below. This is a kitchen equipped and set up for large parties with plenty of room for helpers! An added feature is a mini dishwasher to help with clean up. There is a small w/c on this main level of the house.
The largest part of the villa is set up and behind the living/dining room area, which is reached by a small staircase, open to the common areas. This leads past a large w/c shower room, utility closet with washing machine and three bedrooms, each a few stairs up from the other. Two of the bedrooms are twin-bedded, both with sea view and one with a balcony (the balcony bedroom has slightly under-standard length beds - perfect for children and teenagers). The third bedroom is at the highest level with wall-to-wall windows and is a twin bedroom with one divan bed & a gallery bed more suitable for children and teenagers.
The master bedroom is reached from a staircase at the main level and is located on the opposite end of the house from the other bedrooms and situated above the kitchen area. This lovely bedroom, with its hexagonal shape takes advantage of the wonderful views in all directions from it's tall windows. A full panorama of olive clad hillsides and brilliant blue sea, with the whitewashed town in the distance. The room features open beamed ceilings, hard wood floors and a small, en-suite w/c with shower (small hot water tank - only enough for quick showers) as well as air-conditioning. It is furnished in a simple island style with a double bed and window seats that follow the shape of the room allowing for plenty of lounging space in this sunny atmosphere.
Exterior: Part of the relaxed atmosphere of Villa Gelapi lies in it's compatibility with outdoor living. It's delightful patios are accessed easily from both kitchen and living room. A door from the living room leads to a private little patio, the perfect reading spot for a relaxing get-away from the bustle indoors. The views are lovely and the olive trees offer a shady respite in the midday heat. A door from the kitchen leads to an enormous wrap-around terrace with bench seating and large dining table - great for easy serving of those tasty holiday meals. Take advantage of these stunning views over morning coffee, and again for sunset, watching the nightfall with your favorite aperitif. The private location of the kidney shaped pool, set below the terrace in the olive groves offers a great place to unwind and soak up the warm Greek sunshine. The views over the trees to the sea are a spectacular backdrop to this peaceful setting.
Surroundings: Villa Gelapi's location in the hills opposite town offer great opportunities for walkers. Situated directly above the villa and approx 20 minutes walk away is one of the most beautiful monasteries on the island, Evangelistria. For the more hearty walkers there are three other monasteries further up into the mountains behind the villa, which are accessible by car as well.
One of the islands many fresh water springs is found just a few minutes walk from the villa and is a popular gathering spot for the locals filling up their water bottles on a hot summers day. The west coast of the island, where most of the best beaches are located, is approx 10 minutes drive from Villa Gelapi.
Suitability: Villa Gelapi is the perfect get-away for those wanting a spacious villa with modern conveniences in a relaxed atmosphere. It's countryside location offers plenty of privacy, yet its nearness to town is convenient for all.
Despite its size, the unique design of the villa with its separated master suite, helps make the house feel as though its made for two, ensuring that even a couple can feel comfortable and cozy in this unique villa. The private pool appeals to both couples looking for romance and families wanting entertainment for the kids.
Sleeps up to
typical pricing (per week)
June 25, 2008
July 23, 2008
Pricing for all other times of year on request. Prices are subject to change; call us to confirm current pricing.