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My husband and I were looking for a quiet, restful place to stay at the end of a busy vacation in Greece. I randomly picked Kea Island because of its proximity to Greece's mainland so we could ferry over. There were lots of properties offered online, but we kept coming back to this one and we are SO glad. Firstly, my interaction with the owner, Sofia, drew me because of her friendliness and offers of help and information. Secondly, the other reviews and then the photos decided us.
Booking something sight unseen in a country you've never visited is a bit scary. We arrived via Ferry (from Lavrio) at night, and Sofia and her friend picked us up at the port at Kea. It was like meeting long lost friends! They went with us to the car rental (right by the ferry) and facilitated that, then led us in her car to the house. It was dirt roads and we couldn't see anything until the next day but the roads are up high hills with stunning views of the sea. When we got to the house, we were simply speechless. The house itself has literally everything a relaxing vacation requires. The outdoor space has room for a huge gathering, with outdoor fireplace, lots of chaises, gorgeous pool (altho October was a bit chilly for swimming, my intrepid hubby swam every day). The house is 3 levels, we didn't use the bottom floor except to do laundry but it has a king and BA. The main floor has 2 sitting areas with spacious seating, 2 tvs (Netflix!), a kitchen with appliances, full bath. The kitchen is stocked with spices, supplies for cooking. Sofia had even made dinner and bought groceries! So we didn't have to leave the first day! Upstairs there is a king bedroom with balcony and room with twins, and full BA. We found the decor lovely with special touches everywhere. Sofia even has supplies like candles, first aid, toothbrushes, bug spray, books, maps.
The first morning when we woke up it was like Christmas. The view took our breath away. And it was so quiet except for the sea crashing way below at the bottom of the hill. We went to the small private beach which is down in a little cove and is used exclusively by guests staying in Sofia's properties. My husband snorkeled in the beautiful cold water.
We explored the island and drove to beaches, the capital up on the mountain, but we were always anxious to get "home" to our house by the sea. The day we left we were so sad. Sofia came to hug us and we vowed to return. We want to bring our friends and family!