3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms (1en-suite), sleeps 6
Jane and Martin Hatcher
About Jane and Martin Hatcher
Martin , property owner, equity investment , traveller , gardener, Jane , medical research associate , mother , Ex nurse and midwife
Jane and Martin Hatcher purchased this Villa in 1990
Why Jane and Martin Hatcher chose Elation
We discovered this place with its pleasant climate and visited on holiday several years. We bought the house in a lovely position in the quiet hamlet above Megaloni in Skinaria..restored and rebuilt and re equipped it . Walled the estate and excavated and built a modern swimming pool , terracing , seperate driveway. It gives us peace and a place to return to year after year. We decided to let it to help defray the costs for part of the year whilst continuing to keep a home in Wiltshire.
What makes this Villa unique
Peace . Lovely rural position yet close to the sea and local tavernas as well as far enough away from the busy coast road to afford a good holiday. Friendly neighbors.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely house in an idyllic setting
Spiti Martini more than fulfilled our expectations. The house is very attractive and the beautiful garden, with all its different seating areas, was the perfect place to relax and unwind. And the pool is amazing. Set in a beautiful part of Zakynthos with some lovely beaches, although inevitably they were pretty busy in early July. A great base to explore the north of the island, or just take things easy.
Our favourite holiday destination to date!
Thanks so much for such a wonderful stay at your stunning villa. We were blown away with how beautiful it was. The pictures really don’t do it justice! Everything we needed was there, the house and grounds were spotlessly clean and very tastefully decorated and the swimming pool was large, immaculate and provided hours of fun for the whole family! We so enjoyed exploring the breathtaking island, taking in many sights, friendly tavernas, boat trips and visiting several clear water, deserted beaches. Spiti Martini could not have been a more idyllic base in which to do it! We are already discussing our return visit and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this stunning villa and little piece of Heaven to all who would consider it!
Dear Gemma and family,
We are really pleased you obviously enjoyed your two week stay at Spiti Martini . You are kind to say such lovely things.
Please do come and stay again . We try and improve both house and garden with the help of our loyal staff. Just let us know when you wish to return. We will do our best to help.
Amazing tranquil villa. Would suit family or couple looking for peace and quiet
We have just returned from a lovely week in Zante at Spiti Martina. Want to cover a few points to note about the property before the good bit:
It is a two bedroom property with an open planned mezzanine above the living room. This would only be suitable for families as we took a friend who did not have any privacy apart from changing on the shared bathroom. Also not appropriate for older famiky members as mezzanine is up a steep set of stairs. Take lots of insect repellent, we did but were still eaten alive as property is rural. Ensure that you hire a good car and do not mind driving on coastal cliff roads as this is the only way in and out of the villa and can be a little worrying if you are not a confident driver at night. Make sure that you fill up with shopping on the way to the villa at one of the large supermarkets near Zante town as is much more reasonable and the villa has a fridge freezer. Please note it does not have an oven so cooking will be by hob or grill on the BBQ. The swimming pool is set up steep uneven stone steps and therefore can not be seen from the house not ideal for young children to be left unattended.
We had a wonderful time at the Villa, we went with my three children, husband and a family friend. The children loved the pool and I loved the sun terrace. Very private and all day long suntrap. The walled garden outside the villa gave us a lovely setting for al fresco dining or chilling with a coffee and a book in the shade. The villa was lovely and clean an rustic just what I needed. There is a small shop over the rd for basics and cafes in Volimes which is a 8 min drive into the hills. Go to Aghios Nikolaus only 8 mins downhill and catch boat trips or attend a Greek night on a Friday at the small seafront restuarant at the end of the bay. Be sure to go on Trainaki in Alykes leaves at 10.45 every day feom the Jammin bar is a lovely tour. If you are looking to be able to rest and enjoy self catering this holiday is for you , it is not within walking diatance of bars and tavernas so you will need to drive. The amenities were great and the staff (pool and cleaners) very helpful. Spiti Martini is a lovely place to be creative or just kick back and switch off. My children enjoyed not having Wifi and although their 4g worked they dis not use it instead we played Coita, Boule, Cards, Draughts , Backgammon and one night they put on an X factor type show on the natural stage in the garden. We will definitely return to the villa
Dear Ian and Stacey
Thank you very much for your thorough and helpful review.
You explain and describe very well the house , as we do on its website. We tell all guests that they must have a car or jeep, we show on our website the steps to the pool area. The fact you and your family loved the pool sun terrace makes us happy , as we have given a lot of thought to this area of our garden.We are very pleased that you found Spiti Martini very clean, and our staff friendly and helpful. For us , knowing you had a happy carefree holiday is important. We are especially pleased that you will stay again...we have plans to open up some of the acres at the rear , creating more secluded spots to relax .
Jane and Martin
Spiti Martini is a beautiful place that we would happily return to.
Spiti Martini is a beautiful place that we would happily return to. Unfortunately, because of unusually strong rainstorms that lasted for days, we we unable to take advantage of the garden and pool, which was a bit disappointing. But it was paradise before the storm arrived and we loved the house, its surroundings and the island.
Relaxing, tranquil, fab pool and fabulous area.
Ah, what a blessing to be returning to the peace & serenity of Spiti Martini! The Villa - with it's new updates & additions was perfect - the pool splendid & provided hours of fun for the boys (Action cam used a lot) and respite from the (wonderful!) heat for Tracy. Highlights: boat trip, Water Park and swimming in an azure sea - the colour of which soothes the soul. I never cease to feel awe at it's beauty. Fabulous meals @ El Sueno and Nicos by the Sea (reviewed on Trip Advisor). Breakfast croissants at La Grotta (St Nicholas) and delicious bread from Volimes bakery. Thank you Martin and Jane. Thank you George & Co for your care and consideration to detail.
Zakynthos we've fallen in love with you all over again.
Ian, Tracy, Alex and Matthew
Lovely property - peaceful setting, beautiful island. Pool was brilliant - kids loved it.
lovely part of the island, the views were spectacular. everyone was very friendly wherever we ate and all knew Martin as soon as we said where we were staying.
The villa was great for the pool and all the eating and sitting areas within the grounds. my niece loved the goats next door !!
Only downside were the roads ! quite frightening especially the speed of some local drivers !!
The restaurants nearby were great and food amazing - our favourites were micro nisi and nikos.
we hired a car through 'economy cars' who were most definitely not economy and not very helpful, the car was not great either !
overall a lovely holiday and did not want to come back
What a lovely positive review ! We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and the peaceful , lovely villa , spacious garden , spectacular views and friendly welcome you all received. We will advise future guests not to use economy cars . On the plus side our pool and the next door goats added to your pleasure. Thank you Lesley for your comments. We are very pleased that you left wanting more .
Northern Zakynthos is wild and very beautiful, and there are friendly villages with shops and family run tavernas within 2kmThe sea is just 3km below the house, with a choice of coves and hidden beaches nearby. Time stands still in Skinaria . Bird life, wild herbs, tinkling of goats bells. Monasteries in the hills.
The lively resort of Alykes is 10km away, a long
sandy beach, shops, supermarkets and a cash point. Local tavernas provide delicious organic food. Detailed folder and map in house for guests updated each year. A small shop in our hamlet sells basics; the family run bakery is a 3km drive. The Blue caves and famous shipwreck beach are close, reached by local boat from a small fishing village below our house or from local lighthouse . Car ferry to Cephalonia is 14min away and day trips are possible and fun. Locally made pottery and honey are available nearby. Boat hire with outboard newly available. Peligoni Sailing & Windsurfing Club is 11min away, memberships available in shoulder season.
We have EOT license no.0428K10000459101 and are fully approved for letting.
Other Activities: sailing and windsurfing avaliable at extra cost