Villa Svolis is a Beach House set in an Olive Grove with own beach access
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About Peter Svolis
Villa Svolis was built as a place for the Svolis Family to retreat from their busy lives in London. It now belongs to the myself, Peter Svolis, and my brother Nicholas. I am a film director and live in Germany. Nicholas is a captain on luxury yachts and lives in the US. We both feel a strong connection to both Greece and especially Karystos, where we have many friends and where we spent nearly every summer holiday.
Peter Svolis purchased this Villa in 1983
Why Peter Svolis chose Karistos
Our father wanted to find a place that is beautiful, where the water is clean, and where tourism has not taken over the island.
What makes this Villa unique
This place is perfect for anyone who really wants to be close to the sea. The location is fantastic - a short walk to the beach. And from the upstairs balconies, the view of the sunset is beautiful. There is also a small bench set on our land just above the water that is great for the cool evening air.
Children allowed - And welcome!And welcome!
No smoking - Please do not smoke in the house.Please do not smoke in the house.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Beautiful home in an outstanding location
This home on Evia Island near Karystos is well worth the cost. A beautiful private beach and exceptional home interior. We found Evia and Karystos to be less hectic than other islands and less packed with tourists. The owner and caretaker were very helpful and managed some difficult weather related problems well, even offering a wonderful complimentary dinner at a local hotel.
You were wonderfully polite and patient guests tgat We would gladly welcome again in the future. It was our pleasure to be your hosts, Thank you all especially for your patience during a nasty storm, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourself nonetheless :)
Awesome Location and Excellent Experience
This is an amazing property. We enjoyed 5 days on Karystos in Peter's house and can't recommend it enough. The house is beautiful with A/C in the bedrooms--but we didn't need it because of the breeze and screens on the doors. The beach is right there on the property, pretty much private as we only saw one other person the entire week. There are few non-Greek tourists in Karystos, which we really enjoyed. We hiked, biked, and enjoyed dinners in town, a short 5 minute drive. The town shuts down the main street near the port in the evenings, which is fun to walk.
Christos is the caretaker--another awesome person in the Karystos experience. He provided recommendations for where to buy fish, meat, vegetables, and groceries. He was a great resource during out stay.
Finally, Peter is amazing. He responded almost immediately to communication and emails. We had an issue with our rental car and emailed Peter. He called my wife's mobile number and had several great suggestions. Peter rounds out a perfect week on Karystos with superb communication before and during the trip.
We highly recommend staying here if you have the opportunity.
Again, great to hear that we are doing things right - we did our best to ensure that the house is well organised. I should extend Christos' regards, he also enjoyed having you here. We sincerely hope to be able to welcome you to Villa Svolis again, you were simply the perfect guests!
An Amazing Villa Right By The Sea
First of all I am writing this review, because we really had our best vacation ever! We had the chance to meet Peter and Raukia(the owners) in person, they are so kind and welcoming, just talking to them was a great pleasure. The information we read online about the Villa was 100% accurate. The house is very well located, it is near Karystos (a bigger city in the region), different beaches are easily accessible from here (just a few minutes of driving), however the beach by the villa is so great, we spent most of our time there. It has pebbles and sand on the beach, and big flat rocks in the water, but those does not hurt your feet (swimming shoes are recommended though, so you won't slip on the rocks, but as I remember they have some pairs in the villa too). The garden around the house is enormous, the kids couldn't stop running around, and playing on this big space. The villa is very well equipped! You can find almost anything you can think of, such as: a lot of cutlery, plates, cooking pots, coffe machine, toaster, swimming gear, it has a big fridge, etc. etc. We needed a baby chair, and Peter got us one, it was such a nice gesture. The owners are so pliant, you can work things out very quickly, if you have any problems. The Villa itself is very spacious, and clean, well maintained, if something breaks the mechanics are there under 30minutes, but I think even more quickly, We are completely satisfied with that. The owners prepared us for everything, they even recommended a spring nearby, where we could get water any time, and it is cleaner than the water through the pipes (if you know the Greek water quaility you quickly realise this is a big benefit). The owners recommended us beaches, restaurants, places to go on a trip, attractions nearby. They really prepared us for the upcoming days. I would absolutely recommend this Villa for anyone. It is calm, welcoming, spacious, comfortable, the view is just amazing, you can see the sea from almost every point of the house. We will go back definately, it was such a great experience, five stars just don't feel enough to evaluate this great place.
Thank you very much Peter and Raukia
Griechenland pur !!!
In diesem Haus und seiner Umgebung ist einfach alles perfekt für einen wundervollen und erholsamen Urlaub, den wir bereits zum zweiten Mal hier genießen durften.
Für unsere 3-Generationen-Familie gibt es für jeden das Passende: Schnorcheln, Scuba Diving, Boot-Trips, kleinere und größere Ausflüge, Flanieren im Ort und am Hafen, griechisches Essen, romantische Sonnenuntergänge und natürlich das glasklare Meer direkt vor der Tür. Wir hatten auch im Juli den Strand für uns alleine!
Ein großes DANKE an Peter und Christos für ihre Gastfreundschaft!
Vielen Dank für die schöne Bewertung, die auf absoluter Gegenseitigkeit beruht. Es war uns eine Freude, Euch als unsere Gäste zu haben. Gerne immer wieder :)
Ein absoluter Traum
Wir (2 Erwachsene, 2 Kinder 10 und 8) waren im Juli 2018 in der Villa Svolis. Es ist ein magischer Ort, ein wunderschönes Haus mit wenigen Metern zum Strand den man fast immer für sich alleine hat, mit sauberem klaren Wasser und persönlichen Sonnenliegen :) Die Realität lässt die Bilder noch hinter sich. Wir hatten außerdem das Glück Peter und seine Frau persönlich kennenzulernen, da sie zu diesem Zeitpunkt ebenfalls in Griechenland waren, und ich kann nur sagen, dass man schwerlich herzlichere und aufmerksamere Gastgeber finden kann als sie. Das Haus war wie beschrieben großartig ausgestattet, und die gesamte Zeit unseres Aufenthalts waren Peter (und auch Kristos, der nicht minder charmante Hauswart) immer am Start, wenn irgendwas nicht funktionierte oder es eine Frage gab.
Das Grundstück ist weitläufig und schön. Wärmstens empfehlen können wir die kleine Bank an der Landspitze um abends aufs Meer zu gucken, sowie die Liegen im Außenbereich im ersten Stock um Nachts die Sterne anzusehen. Die Schlafzimmer sind allesamt klimatisiert und mit Mückengittern ausgestattet, es gibt WLAN im ganzen Haus und die Küche lässt ebenfalls keine Wünsche offen. Darüberhinaus ist das Wohnzimmer äußerst gemütlich und die vollflächige Glasfront mit Blick aufs Meer tut ihr übriges. Wir waren rechtzeitig zur Feigenreife dort und konnten jeden morgen frische Feigen vom Baum hinter dem Haus pflücken. Durch das umschlossene sehr großzügige Grundstück konnte man die Kinder bedenkenlos springen lassen, und das Haus mit dem Grundstück und dem Strand bietet einen tollen Ort zum Entdecken. Alles in allem können wir die Villa Svolis nur allerwärmstens empfehlen und wir wünschen unsere Nachfolgern genauso viel Freude und Erholung wie wir hatten.
Sometimes guests come and become friends in a heartbeat - this was very much the case. It was delightful to have you as our guests, you were always friendly, communicative and very respectful. And there is nothing nicer for us than to hear that we are doing something right! Please give our love to your very sweet and well behaved boys, we hope to see you again in the future! With love. Peter and Raukia
Villa Svolis lies in a small bay about 4 km from Karystos, an area in the south of the island of Evia. It's an authentic fishing town with about 5000 inhabitants. In the middle ages the region belonged to the Venetians, their legacy remains in the form of the Castello Rosso above the town. Evia (after Crete) is the second lasrgest island in Greece, well known and loved amongst the Greeks. If you spend your vacation here you will meet primarily Greeks, many from Athens, and few foreign tourists. In the South of Evia there are the famous Dragon Houses, the most famous of which can be found on the Mountain behind Karystos, Mount Ochi. There are also the "Palli-Lakka" Dragon Houses in the are of the ancient Marble Quarries on the Kliosi Mountain above nearby Styra. All the Dragon Houses are can be accessed by hiking routes.
Around Karystos there are many picturesque beaches and sandy coves. There are long and short hiking routes through the surrounding mountains, along breathtaking gorges (e.g. the Dimosari Gorge) and waterfalls. A quick trip to the surrounding small islands by sailing and motor boat tours is also possible, and well worth it if you are keen on scuba diving or snorkelling in clear blue waters.