Magnisia/Pilion Villa Rental Photos and Description
Sleeps 14, Times recommended and featured in Harpers Bazaar Hot 100
Dolphin's Leap is licensed with the Greek Tourist Office (EOT) - Greek licence number MHTE:0726K123K0382801. The property, which consists of a large luxury villa and a separate stone house sleeps 12 (14 including children) is located just above the beach and within 10 minutes walk of the tavernas in Lefokastro. From the large open terraces there are fantastic sea views. The property is in a stunning location set just above the beautiful unspoilt Gournas beach. With panoramic views, breath-taking sunsets, and loads of space, indoors and out, Dolphin's Leap is ideal for two families or a group of friends wishing to share in a very Greek unspoilt seaside location surrounded by beautiful sandy coves, ancient mule tracks and far reaching sea views. This is timeless Greece at its best.
The villa is set in its own olive grove with uninterrupted 360-degree views, and an old mule track which leads down to the beach and to the village beyond, where there are four excellent tavernas and a small village shop where you can buy essentials (the main shopping is a 10-minute drive away in the hilltop town of Argalasti).
For anyone wanting to explore the local coastline by sea, Dolphin's Leap has its own private mooring below the house. The owner can arrange the use of a private motor boat during summer months (contact owner for details) or alternatively can arrange boat hire to meet more specific requirements.
Details for Dolphins Leap Private Estate 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, 6 Bathrooms
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
- Events Allowed
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
About Pippa Dale-Harris
I run Dolphins Leap with my husband, Nick. In search of a plot by the sea we discovered this unique place in Pelion and together with the local craftsmen created our beautiful house by the water's edge. We finished the build in 2011. We hope many people will come here and experience Greece at its best. Timeless, effortless and beautiful.
Pippa Dale-Harris purchased this villa in 2006
Why Pippa Dale-Harris chose Magnisia/Pilion
This the perfect luxury escape for a group of friends or a family seeking a seafront estate right next to a sandy beach with plenty of spacious accommodation and tavernas on your doorstep. Large kitchen and masses of outdoor space on flagstone terraces all with sea views. There is no need for transport here. Just walk to tavernas and onwards to neighbouring villages along well trodden coastal footpaths. This is a timeless unspoilt location on the sea. A sandy beach below the house, crystal clear water and tavernas in walking distance. More unspoilt sandy beaches and coves waiting to be discovered either by motor boat or by criss crossing the footpaths to local seafront villages. This villa has been designed and built with large groups in mind. A main house is divided into two separate wings and a beautiful two storey annexe provides spacious accommodation for two.
What makes this villa unique
Large open flagstone terraces surround the property from which breathtaking uninterrupted far reaching sea views can be enjoyed. The infinity pool is surrounded by a stone sun terrace which merges with the hillside behind and the sea beyond. Using the skill and knowledge of the local craftsmen we have been able to create something really unique yet in keeping with the local architecture of the region. It has taken many years and a lot of patience to achieve this. It has certainly been worth the wait.
Guestbook comments from the owner
The villa is secluded and totally private but within 10 minutes walk of the village of Lefokastro with four tavernas. We were a party of two couples (ages45-55) with children and adult children with boyfriends - 10 of us in all. The main draw during the day was the use of the boat to get us to the other villages along the coast. Affissos to the north was great for the adult children with it's beach bars and buzzing beaches. We preferred next door Kalamos which was quiet and had a super sandy beach - our favourite taverna had parasols and deckchairs on the beach that went down to the sea and served the best souvlakia (lunch at 2.30 pm when the sun was at it's hottest was great). Further to the south, Milina offered an extensive range of restaurants on the promenade and had the best pitta Gyros (as voted by the kids). The feature of the holiday was boat with the dolphins in the bay. We spotted them three times from the villa and the kids raced down to the boat 'Baywatch' style to catch up with them. On one occasion there were around 20 in the pack with 2 babies jumping at the same time as their mother alongside the boat! Truly special! Dolphins are quite slow in the water so it's not difficult to catch up with them - don't forget a face mask as you can jump in and watch them underwater in the clear blue seas. The best place to find them are in the bays to the south of the villa where they appear to feed. You wont' see them often but need to be ready when you do! - we saw them 3 times in 10 days. The villa was at it's best in the afternoon using the infinity pool and watching the truly amazing sunsets. My wife and I are keen walkers and we loved the waymarked routes (called kalderimis) to Aragalasti (where we drove to do all of our supermaket shopping) and up the dry canyon to Efetes. Also the one hour beach path walk to Kalamos was a regular trip for us. Our only gripe was the 4 hour journey from Thessonoliki airport- thanks to BA we got to the villa late at 3am! The drive down into the property is steep but easily mastered -even with our I litre hired Corsa!
Truly fantastic holiday had by all!