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Artist's Retreat: Beautiful Tranquil Villa With Spectacular Sea Views

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Orchard, vineyard and breathtaking sunsets, only 10 mins from Port of Aigina

Peacefully and ideally situated on the outskirts of the village of Kypseli, only a ten-minute drive from the town and port of Aigina, this 4-bedroom property offers stunning views of the sea, sunsets, and nearby islands.

Borrowing from the rustic character and tradition of country houses in the south of France, the property makes an ideal 'artist's' house. Designed and built by Greek film and theatre director Stelios Pavlides, its calm tranquility offers the perfect place to finish your novel... or simply melt away the stresses of everyday life. Terraces on both sides of the house maximize sun exposure, while privacy is assured by the surrounding garden, fruit trees, and vineyard (our guests also receive a complementary bottle of the house wine!). The front terrace and yard also feature a barbecue and plenty of seating for meals, while the side lot provides parking spaces for 3 cars.

The ground floor contains four spacious double bedrooms, two at each end of the house; each end also has its own bathroom with bathtub. A large, connected space in-between contains a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a large natural fireplace.

The basement, which includes a library and TV room, also comfortably sleeps three (ideal for friends and older children).

Fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, air-conditioning, fans, toaster, coffee-maker, hair-dryer, freezer, fridge, TV, telephone landline, and Internet connection.

Local amenities: 5 minutes by car from the sea, and from an excellent supermarket. 2-minute car drive or 15-minute walk from the village of Kypseli. Hospital, health centre, beaches, tavernas, and shopping all within a 10-minute drive. Please view the exact location on this map:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.764625,23.452345&num=1&t=h&z=17

A note on wildlife: like many places in Greece, the area surrounding the house is home to a number of stray cats who will tend to come investigate when humans are in the house. Of these, only one is accustomed to entering the house when we are present. His name is Prince Edward (or just Eddie), and he is the son of our own cat, Lady Jane Grey, who lives with us in Athens. Edward is neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas, regularly taken to the veterinarian, and is extremely friendly. If you are cat-friendly, we know Edward will make a charming addition to your stay.

Please note that we do not allow any of the other cats in the area to enter the house, though we will often feed them (away from the doors) when we're there. We will leave cat food available in the house should you wish to do the same.

More Details

Owner
Alexandra Pavlidou
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About Alexandra Pavlidou

My father, Stelios Pavlides, was a Greek film and theater director. In love with the island of Aigina, he bought the land in 1990, and, as most artists do, built it the way he had imagined it. Simple, comfortable, rustic with character and facing the sea.

Alexandra Pavlidou purchased this villa in 1990

What makes this villa unique

The unobstructed view of the sea from the main terrace and from most rooms makes us, the owners, prefer it to any other spot in Aigina. As a result we often prefer to stretch out on the terrace with a good book listening to music, instead of going to the beach... but sometimes we do that too!

Afternoon drinks with the unparalleled view right at our feet, followed later by dinner on the terrace with friends, board games, and heated discussions long into the night—interrupted for a warm moment of silence as the sun majestically sets—is often more attractive to us than going out to the best restaurant or bars. (But, of course, we sometimes do that too.)

Bottom line: it's a home, more than just a place to stay while on vacation. The sunset is fabulous!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Ici, on commence par vous raconter une histoire d’amis, qui se retrouvent en septembre, à la vendange, pour cueillir et fouler le raisin dans la cuve, derrière la maison, et faire ensuite le vin qui nous rafraîchira lorsque nous arriverons.

Ce n’est pas par hasard si pour y parvenir nous passons par «Odos Dionysiou», dieu du chant, de la tragédie, de la vigne, de la démesure tragique…

Mais l’ordonnancement apollinien est là: son carré de gazon entretenu, ses murets chauffés au soleil, ses palmiers qui encadrent la vigne, tout vient calmer le bouillonnement possible qui peut surgir à tout moment.

Tout est donné à la vue: la mer et les îles, les bateaux pour Le Pirée, le vieux Agios Nektarios qui toussote le long de son chemin, Phibos le rouge et les Hellenic Seaways, qui ont tous leur rythme, leur allant, leur bruit particulier…

Et l’étendue, là, intemporelle, de la mer et des cyprès, qui pousse à la destination de soi; on imagine alors très bien que des artistes soient venus ici pour écrire et déclamer des vers, pour scander le temps qui s’y brûle les ailes pour rafraîchir plus tard, au bord de la côte.

Ce n’est pas peu dire comme il est agréable d’écrire le soir tard, assis sur un de ces petits bancs de bois fait à mesure d’homme, accoudé à la table de ciment couverte de carrés de terre cuite, et de se laisser glisser dans le courant rassasié: la terre alors exhale seule son histoire, ses labours et son eau recherchée, ses plaies béantes et ses repères gagnés, sa livrée d’argent pour des vies surannées.

Des amis grecs qui habitent Kispseli et dont on voit la maison blanche et bleue depuis ici nous ont dit que «c’est une belle maison» et je les ai vus comparer leur intérieur à celui-là, les meubles, les fermetures à l’ancienne aux portes et aux fenêtres, comme dans nos vieilles maisons du Sud français. Nous en avons connues ainsi, faites de systèmes simples, conçus pour durer.

Cette maison a été comblée, choyée, par quelqu’un qui voulait l’ancrer en terre et l’installer pour l’accueil. Il ne s’est pas trompé. Nous vous remercions d’en avoir été les hôtes d’un moment.

En 2013, l’Europe, le FMI et la BCE continuent de meurtrir la Grèce et son peuple en les plongeant chaque mois dans une condition toujours plus proche de l’inacceptable. Cette maison est un de ces totems que les humains savent ériger pour grandir; elle me fait penser, sans y ressembler un instant, à Epidaure, Delphes ou à Delos: ici, un fond d’humanité s’y coule en son fond certain.»
Jul 2013
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Amenities

Egina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Basement - 3 sleep sofa /futon , These are built-in sofas that can sleep one person each.
  • 1 small foldable bed/cot and 1 infant crib also available.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Kitty, our very good friend who will be the one welcoming you, is an excellent massage therapist. You can arrange a relaxing massage with her if you wish in the comfort of your home. She is also a wonderful cook and can provide some Greek cooking if you desire a break from the kitchen. Cleaning service can also be provided if you let us know prior to your arrival. Charge in Greece is usually 6-8 Euros per hour. The above are not included in the rental price.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Artist's Retreat: Beautiful Tranquil Villa With Spectacular Sea Views
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5

It is a wonderful place! Very well looked after and really the ideal island home!

  • 5 of 5

We would like to thank the owner of doing everything right before our arrival with lots of guidance and a true sense of heartwarming hospitality! We look so much forward to returning very soon!!! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. it was a pleasure having you!
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5

Great house to stay in

  • 5 of 5

The house, grounds, and location were all fabulous and we would recommend it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ari..it was a pleasure!
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5

Stunning views and a beautiful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home to relax in...to really feel as if you are 'living' on this lovely, working island with great swimming and interesting drives and walks in the hinterland. You can easily spend a day at the house...reading, creating or just watching from your hill top view as the ferries and boats cross the shimmering blue sea that is your view...framed with trees and backed with islands and mountains in the distance...and surely one of the best sunsets ever. The house is cleverly laid out in two wings meaning their is ample privacy if and when needed and the long and large communal area of sitting, dining and kitchen makes for ease of continuing conversations while you prep a salad or open some local wine. Fantastic bakery close by...and fresh produce shop too and only 10 mins from a large local supermarket with a great variety of items. A perfect base from which to enjoy Aigina.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Paradise exists

  • 5 of 5

It is difficult to write when you know that words would be insufficient to express every pleasure we experienced during our stay in Artist's retreat, which is a retreat in its full meaning. The beauty of the house surpasses the photos they posted. And apart from the beauty, we felt like we were invited to a friend's house. Friendly reception when we arrived, the atmosphere of the house, many wonderful details in it, food and wine waiting to round the feeling of being a part of something unique. There were 8 of us, with three children around 11. No one was in someone's way. Every one of us could find ones place to enjoy and be relaxed. And, also, the house and the porch offer places to gather during long evenings of total enjoyment. The position of the house is very convenient to explore beaches, villages, remains of the past and everything this nice island (not drowned in tourism) could offer. Even when I write this review I could smell mornings in front of the house, in the shadow of the palm tree, while drinking my coffee, and hear those murmurs of the day that fades away. We'll be back, for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you as guests. It is really lovely to know that our efforts to make your stay as peaceful and comfortable as possible were successful. We are always grateful to have people in our home , who appreciate it's very special energy , style and atmosphere...just as our father had intended. We will be glad to have you back. Thank you again!!!!!
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A most wonderful, laid-back home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this wonderful house in Aegina. Located on a hillside, the views are amazing both by day and by night. We had some wonderful breakfasts and dinners on the terrace watching the sea and the boats in the distance, as well as gazing at the stars at night. The orchard is lovely and we were lucky to be there in time to taste the ripening figs, just delicious! The whole experience was great, from the very helpful email exchanges with the owner to a warm welcome in the port and arriving at a peaceful, laid-back home. We travelled with a 10 month old baby and the owner was most thoughtful, providing lots of baby extras, in addition to the cot and the highchair. We would definitely recommend this villa for a relaxing, peaceful holiday in Aegina!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anca..You were a great and respectful guest. I am glad that everything was so great for you. We would love to have you again! Alexandra
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5

Wundervolles Haus mit sehr hohem Wohlfühlfaktor

  • 5 of 5

Knapp zwei Wochen haben wir auf Ägina im Haus von Alexandra Urlaub gemacht und dort eine wundervolle Zeit verbracht. Das Haus ist überaus liebevoll eingerichtet und mit allem ausgestattet, was man im Haus, in der Küche oder im Garten benötigt. Es liegt am Ende einer kleinen Straße - kein Verkehr - und absolut ruhig mit schönem Blick übers Meer und am Abend auf den Sonnenuntergang. Perfekt für Ruhesuchende und auch für Familien.

Nicht unerwähnt bleiben soll der sehr nette Kontakt zu Alexandra und auch ihr sehr schmackhafter Weisswein von den hauseigenen Rebstöcken, den wir zur Begrüßung vorgefunden haben! Vielen Dank!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liebe Sofia Thank you so much for the good review. It was a pleasure having you and your family and I sincerely hope we will see you again. When I came to the house and saw the Easter flowers and decorations your children had made for us... well... it was very moving! Thank you! Alexandra
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kipseli Village
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Port of Aigina
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Kipseli Village, Seaside Taverna
Car: necessary

Aigina is one of the islands in the Saronic gulf in the Aegean sea. It is an ideal holiday getaway for people who want to be on a traditional island near the sea and enjoy the the sun, the view, the traditional food, and the incredible sunsets, yet do not want to be too far from Athens.

From Aigina, you can be in Athens' port of Piraeus in 35 minutes by Flying Dolphin (a frequent hovercraft service) and in 90 minutes (with your car) by ferry, so day trips to the Acropolis, museums, and the heart of Athens are very easy. Just as easily, you can quickly hop to other beautiful Saronic islands including Hydra, Spetses, Agkistri, Poros, and many more, either directly from Aigina's port or with an easy change at Piraeus. Boat trips to the Peloponnese are also available, including direct service to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus for theatre lovers when a play is being performed.

There's also a lot to do on the island of Aigina itself. Aside from its numerous beautiful small villages featuring seafront tavernas and a reputation for excellent food (just one reason many Greeks prefer it as a get-away), you'll find monasteries, nature walks, very good shopping, full health services, three open-air cinemas, and water sports including a waterpark, swimming lessons for children, diving, jet skiing and water skiing in Agia Marina. For the historically inclined, the ancient and well-preserved temple of Aphaia offers stunning views from its peak 160 meters above the Aegean. Seekers of peace and tranquility will also do well here, especially at the Paleachora, a walking path through a collection of small shrines perched quietly in Aigina's lush and picturesque landscape.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $353.23
Cleaning (per booking) $58.87

Rentals usually go from Saturday to Saturday, especially during the high (summer) season, but please contact the owner if you would like to make alternate arrangements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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