You will not believe the view! Our house is perched on a bluff directly overlooking the Aegean Sea with a panoramic view of the neighboring Cycladic islands of Samos, Fourni, Patmos and Amorgos. The sunrise from our porch and veranda is magnificent. The night sky is equally as spectacular. The house is located along the southeastern coast of Ikaria (Eastern Aegean) in the small village of Lefkada. The property is private and spacious with its own secluded beach for swimming and snorkeling (equipment provided).
We are a 15 minute, easy walk to the main seaport and island capitol, Agios Kirikos, which offers shopping, supplies, dining and nightlife, as well as travel connections, car rentals, internet services, and hospital 24-hour emergency services. The town's many outdoor taverns make for great people watching and conversing with the friendly and outgoing locals.
Travel connections are made easily through local travel agencies. The airport is a 20 minute drive from town. Agios Kirikos' harbor provides frequent passenger ferry service to Athens, other islands, and Turkey. Tour packages are available for island-hopping and general sight-seeing. Daily bus service is available to the other side of the island. Taxi service is available for local use, touring the island's ancient ruins, or airport service.
Best of all, we are a 5 minute walk to Ikaria's still pristine natural hot springs situated on the seacoast. Best hot tub ever and right on the beach! Recently featured on CNN's Blue Zone series on aging, this amazing gift of nature has long been known for it's beneficial curative properties for various physical ailments. Great for stress reduction too. This, along with the Ikarian diet and other health benefits unique to the island are thought to explain the extraordinary longevity of the Ikarian population. For more information, the Blue Zones documentary is available on the internet.
The home and spacious patios were totally renovated in 2009. The house itself is a 900 square foot, white washed masonry structure that combines antique charm with modern conveniences including internet access. We have a lovely open kitchen/dining living space with all the amenities to make cooking and entertaining fun and efficient. The house has terracotta tile flooring throughout and all new windows along with two French doors that open directly to a large veranda overlooking the Aegean with a view of neighboring islands. Outdoor furniture is provided for sunbathing and outdoor dining. A perfect island retreat.
Our highlights: Lefkada's Hot Springs, Baths in Therma, sunrise, sunset, rain and surf sounds through the bedroom French doors. friendly neighbors and others, cats and billygoats, and the most amazing magic beach at Drakono. Liz was an invaluable resource.
Jack is a custom builder and I am a clinical psychologist in the United States. This is our wedding photo taken in 2002 at the Church of Profiti Ilias high on the mountain. You can see Agios Kirikos in the background below. We have four wonderful daughters between us and a beautiful grandson. We come to Ikaria as often as work permits. We love sharing our Ikarian home with friends and family. We feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful retreat to relax and soak in the magic of the island.
The property has been in my family for generations. My Ikarian parents emigrated to the United States as young adults. I still have strong family ties to my Ikarian relatives and have visited often over the years. The home originally belonged to my Aunt Marika. I always loved it, especially for its location and breathtaking view of the Aegean. I had the opportunity to purchase it 12 years ago, and to this day, I'm so glad I did. Jack and I married in Ikaria in 2002. He came to love the island and the Ikarian people as I do. We love to cook, especially Greek cuisine. We made it a priority to have a fully-equipped kitchen to make cooking fun and efficient, whether for two or a houseful. Our renovation project has been challenging but rewarding. We have created the perfect escape that offers balance to our stressful work lives. The testimonials from our guests speak for themselves.
Our location offers one of the best panoramic views on the island. We love to sit on the covered porch or terrace with coffee, a good book, a glass of ouzo or local wine, 'mezedes' and conversation. Our location provides easy access to the main port where local markets have daily deliveries of Ikaria's best food: fresh seafood, meat, produce, local herbs and spices, goat cheese and olives, freshly-baked bread, amazing desserts. The local olive oil and wines are hard to beat and can be found in town. We are close enough to town where a car is convenient but not necessary. The location makes for a relaxing experience, but is also great for workouts: a scenic coastline perfect for jogging; roads and footpaths for brisk walks into town or up the mountain; the private beachfront for swimming and snorkeling; natural therapeutic hot springs a short walk from the house. The view of the night sky from our veranda is also amazing for stargazing. The full moon is a special treat. We can see village lights from neighboring islands, including the monastery on the Island of Patmos, where the Apostle John wrote the Apocolypse, and Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras.
5 minute walk to oceanfront natural therapeutic hot springs. 10 minute walk to main port for supplies, dining, travel arrangements, shopping. Ancient ruins within driving distance.