Beach house simply furnished with large living/ dining areas and terrace overlooking the sea as do most rooms of the house. Situated at the end of Galissas beach with no other houses around. No road to the house, so no traffic. 5 minute walk to village of Galissas which has full shopping facilities, lively restaurants and nightlife, and car and motorbike rental. Public transport to the port of Ermoupolis every 30min. Taxi service to the island airport. Flights connect with Venizelos Intl. Airport outside Athens. Fully equipped kitchen. All linen provided as well as towels. Syros has an excellent hospital in case of emergency.
ATTENTION: Although the house is situated at the far end of the beach, Galissas has become more lively over the years and like most of Greece, music can be heard until late in the afternoon.This only applies in the high season.
Please contact Mrs. Bates for futher details.
0030 22810 42054
My husband and I....have actually stayed at the house quite a few times now, and have written previously on how much we loved the house and how great it was for those with small children, being that it's safe,spacious with no roads or pools! Since then we have travelled with teenagers who we thought would find it 'boring' but again they loved it just the same as they were able to enjoy a certain amount of 'freedom' within the close community of Galisass, but still remain safe, which for parents is reassuring. However for those slightly older, a short trip into the fabulous main town of Ermoupoli is easy by bus leaving every hour all day or by taxi for approx 7euros. We have however managed to get away from our children over the last couple of years and have experienced a new paradise. The house is simply furnished, more of a home away from home than a luxury hotel. It is a short walk down a beach, but not on a busy road It is on a hillside surrounded by natural habitat (including curious goats)in a rural location. The outside terrace with it's amazing view across the bay, day or night is just a few meters from one of the best beaches on Syros. We still love the fact that you can sun yourself, eat lunch or sip a cold drink from your own fridge and then just get up for a quick swim without having to walk a mile,lock all the doors, pack a bag or hire a sunbed! and it is for these reasons we choose to stay here in total tranquillity, but know that should we want to eat lunch out or be amongst others, or pop to the shops its just a walk up the beach away. Its the location of the house that is so ideal. The owner who lives on the island, always stocks the fridge for our arrival, provides clean bedding and towels, has been a phone call away should we need her for anything at all, but leaves us to enjoy the privacy of the house, which we appreciate.
Property was scruffy, kitchen was disorganised and dirty with haphazard wiring. We were advised that there was a rat near the villa, and he turned up on the first night in my daughter's bed, before taking refuge behind the bidet, where we had to poison him! An enormous centipede took refuge in my son's clothes the following night, causing the children to decamp to another bedroom. Ants trooped across the kitchen worksurfaces, requiring all food, including bread, to be stashed in the fridge. There was hot water for approx 15mins each day! The landlady assumed that we would take the various livestock in our stride, and due to our "stiff-upper-lips" we did. Annoying text messages from the landlady, amounting to four in one day, followed by a note pinned to our door, because we had the audacity to be unavailable when she wanted us to sign her tax forms! In conclusion - an idyllic location which needs sorting out to avoid more complaints. We are not a fussy family and are used to camping holidays with minimum luxury - but this villa was very disappointing.
Our last year's stay in the Galissas house was so unique and remarkable we vowed we would return and this July, our experience was no different. We brought friends and family along with us and none of us could get enough of the terrace overlooking the horse-show bay from our remote corner of the long, sandy beach. Our host was, as always, generous to a fault and had the fridge stocked with cold water, wines and soda upon our arrival. We wiled away the days and nights eating, drinking and reading on the terrace and on the beach below, cooled by the breezes that blew through the open house, watching from the open roof top the sky grow pink and blue as the sun set, and trying all the great food in the village tavernas.
This house simply fulfilled our expectations! We recommend it warmly - and have done so to friends and family.
We rented the house because we'd like to stay in a house 1) as close as possible to the seaside, 2) with facilities of good standard, however no need of luxury, 3) with a personal touch, 4) where we could relax, 5) with four rooms, because part of the time we were two families with a total of three children 8-11 yrs old, 6) located not too close to other houses and tourists, 7) with a family friendly atmosphere 8) with possibilities for children of this age to spend the day 9) with possibility of getting around without a car, 10) preferably in an island with some common daily life besides of tourism. We were happy to find that all these qualities indeed exists in this place. The description and photos on the website are very realistic. This is a beach house, located on its own in a small seaside village - which was just what we wanted. The terrace with the most wonderful view directly to the seaside is the place to stay - days and evenings!
It was rather windy most of the time - sometimes a little too much wind, however due to the wind the temperature didn't feel to high.
There are two double rooms in the house - the remaining sleeping rooms are rather small and can only be used for children up to this age.
Our largest problem during this holiday was the loud music from the bars in the village a 2-3 nights a week which disturbed our sleep, particularly in the bedroom to the seaside - however we loved the place anyway!
The owner of the house was very helpful, including providing the required information very rapidly when we were planning our travel.
We came to the island of Syros 2 years prior for our friends engagement. 2 years later they were getting married on Syros and we wanted to find a place where our 4 year old son could be as loud as he wanted to be,,,because he can be loud.
When we arrived it was 2am and initially we struggled with some of the shortcomings. However, the sun came up and we realized how beautiful this place is. Our view from the front porch was spectacular. I would later find out that I took the same photo from the deck over and over, because everyday I would walk out and say "this place is gorgeous" and "click" snap a photo.
Our son loved it too. He bacame a little explorer, searching for insects, climbing, running and of course being loud. Since the house is like a home, we had the opportunity to go into town, pick up some groceries and easily make meals as we would see fit.
A few days had gone by and I would say to my son, "Where are we?". He would say "Greece". I would say "thats true, but where are we?" He would look at me confused at first, but he learned the correct response. "Paradise Dad!" he would say proudly.
That's how it felt to us. To be away from the traffic of things and find yourself only concerned with your view and the beach is a great thing.
When our taxi driver found out where we were going to stay in Galissas, he exclaimed "Oh, the house that sits IN the water!" In fact, the house does not sit "in" the water, but it might as well, It is so close to the lovely beach that we would be jumping in to the placid, clear waters of the bay every hour, even late at night under a full moon. Still, with so much access to the beach, we had complete privacy due to the slight elevation and the little tamarisk and pine trees surrounding the house. The terrace is the central feature of the house and sitting around the large table or lounging on the sunbeds made us reluctant to leave the house and sightsee; we just could not get enough of the view and the breeze coming off the water.
The house itself is very user friendly. The plan allows for each bedroom to occupy its own "space" and though there is only one full bathroom, there is a small half WC at the back of the house. Both bathrooms allow one to shower with a commanding view of the mountains!
I was impressed that the beds were as comfortable as they were,and though we did not have children staying with us this time around, there is a fun loft bed tucked away in a corner of the house that I can see our little nephews inhabiting both for sleep and play.
Though we did not cook extensively, there is a fully stocked kitchen. Still, it is a far more pleasant experience to walk up the beach and sample one of the many excellent tavernas in Galissas each night. Or hop on the very punctual bus to Ermoupolis which feels like a more graceful version of Athens, bustling with energy, with food and entertainment offerings for every budget.
This house reminds me of the way the islands were twenty years ago: an honest simplicity in the material circumstances but luxury beyond compare in terms of the natural characteristics of the place. I would recommend this house to anyone who likes to enjoy spending the day swimming, walking and, as the sun sets, imbibing an ouzo on their own terrace overlooking a spot off the beaten path.
Mentioned by Homer, Syros is the regional capital of the Cycladic group of islands of the mid-southern Aegean. A short ferry leaving multiple times daily from Athens will take you to beautiful beaches and villages rich with Greek culture.
For those interested only in a relaxing vacation/holiday, it offers much. Ermoupolis, the port city, is a shopping mall par excellence and has a huge variety of restaurants, boutiques and interesting art and architecture. One of its churches, the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin has and icon painted by El Greco--just one of the many hidden treasures of the island. Beaches, large and small, surround the island, which has been rated by the EU as having some of the cleanest water in the Mediterranean.