By day, watch the ferries ply the Aegean and by night watch the sunset from the terraces of this architect designed stone villa, all in absolute peace and privacy. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, you never have to leave the pool. If you are looking for activity, then Andros thirty beaches and spectacular scenery and museums will keep you busy.
Filakari is an old shepherd’s house which has been renovated and extended into a private hillside hideaway with breathtaking views over the islands of the Aegean, spectacular sunsets and every modern convenience to ensure a stress free escape from modern urban life. The house is approached by a long private drive through herb laden natural hillside where sheep and goats still roam. Filakari’s own gardens offer total privacy and have been designed by one of Greece’s foremost landscape architects. The gardens were featured on the Mediterranean Garden Society tour of last year and take advantage of natural rock formations, allowing the house and its swimming pool to blend undetected into their surroundings.
The house is situated on Andros, one of the most traditional and unspoilt Greek islands often described as beautiful, modest and discrete. It is a two hour ferry ride from Athens and known for its cultural life, shipping history, authentic food and outstanding natural flora and fauna. Filakari’s location allows easy access from Athens International Airport. Ferries to Andros leave from Rafina, twenty minutes by taxi or bus from the airport. Once on Andros, the house is 20 minutes from the ferry port, the museums of Hora are 25 minutes away and there is easy access to Andros’s 30 beaches. The closest taverna is within walking distance and shopping is in the town of Batsi, within a ten minutes drive.
Filakari is architect designed to combine traditional island elements with modern minimal interiors and provides a sophisticated backdrop to the owner’s collection of contemporary Greek art and ceramics. The house’s two levels each have dining and entertaining areas and allow a change of pace and scenery during the day. Both areas enjoy spectacular views over the Aegean all day and at sunset. A large pool located on the lower level allows for easy entertaining when not exploring the islands over thirty beaches.
The main level of the house includes a large living and dining room, modern kitchen, a study and TV room all of which overlook the sea. Bedrooms on this level include the master bedroom with sea views. A further double bedroom with sea view and a second double bedroom with garden views share a private terrace. All have separate entrances to the gardens, air conditioning and en suite shower rooms. This level enjoys a large communal terrace overlooking the sea together with a barbeque which makes outdoors eating convenient and easy.
The lower level of the house has a very private double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning at poolside. The bedroom is entered by a gazebo with dining table overlooking the pool and sea. This level also has a minibar, sink and cupboards to make daytime poolside refreshments easy.
The property is maintained to the highest level of cleanliness and organisation with maid service twice per week, overseen by an English speaking couple. It enjoys full wi fi coverage and internet access for professionals who need to stay in touch.
Its stone terraces on multiple levels, low walls and open easy access to the pool means that the house is unsuitable for families with very young children. The natural hillsides in which the house is positioned become dry in the summer so smoking presents a danger to the environment. Non smokers only.
Keywords: pool, natural hillside setting, peace and privacy, architect designed, easy access to Athens Airport and Mykonos
We lead demanding professional lives in a large international city. Andros is a unique environment in which to unwind - wonderful weather, swimming at a multitude of beaches and eating authentic Greek cuisine. It is off the tourist trail and uncrowded even in August. We had visited the island for over twenty years before finding the right house to buy to satisfy our wish for a private location, fantastic sunset views and ability to watch the ferry boats come and go from the island. For a change of pace, we take the ferry to Mykonos (one and a half hours) or Athens (two hours).
One of the most amazing views in the world surrounded by hillsides which have not changed for hundreds of years. Authentic Greece at its best.