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Charming, Unspoilt, Whitewashed Villa On the Sea With access to secluded Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A most tranquil haven overlooking Tsirmokokalo Bay

Metalassi was among the first 3 houses to be built on Skiathos in 1962, which explains the beauty of its unique location. The immediate coastline has remained miraculously virginal with forests tumbling down to the sea. Nothing about this house is overbuilt or fussy - it's all about enjoying the sea, beach and we can arrange a boat for you during your stay. For kids it's all about exploration, fishing nets, looking for shells and sea urchins. It's Gerald Durrell meets 'Swallows & Amazons' on sea. The garden has some beautiful mature trees, like the majestic firs that flank the property and the ancient olive trees on our terrace and the big fig trees and vines. We have recently planted more so it contains lemon, grapefruit, orange and pomegranate trees plus flowering plants (oleander, plumbago, bougainvillea and geraniums) and jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender, tobacco plants and gardenias for their scent. We have kept most of the house's original features like its cool, stone 'Pelion-style' floors and traditional blue shutters. We have furnished it simply and sturdily on a blue and white theme and most of the textiles or ceramics are local or have been collected over the years on our travels. If you are looking for lots of luxe and decorative furnishing, this house is not for you. It's designed to be worry-free and child-proof so people can laze around and put their feet up. All shower rooms are simple with mirrored cupboards over the basins and there's also an outdoor shower.

THE MAIN HOUSE, with double bedroom and ensuite bathroom, leads onto the main terrace where we tend to live, eating at a big table overlooking the sea. The terrace is covered and leads to a lower sun terrace. There is an entrance hall with desk, sitting room with dining area and kitchen off it and a utility room. There's a twin bedroom off the sitting room, with French doors opening to the front terrace. There's also a second shower room and loo. All main rooms lead onto the terrace.

THE TOP HOUSE is simply one of the mot romantic bedrooms in the world and our friends who have stayed here will happily testify to this. It's a big airy room with a king-size bed and a daybed that can convert into a double, a shower room and a big balcony with panoramic views onto the sea.

My parents first came here in 1961 when they fell in love with the island and built Metalassi. I spent my childhood summers here, messing around on boats and exploring every inch of this beautiful island. In those days there were no ferries, let alone an airport. Today Skiathos is easy to reach and you can book your 3 hour direct flight home from the house's Wifi yet the house retains its original magic and charm - we still tend to use candles and lanterns on the terrace at night and the path down to a secluded golden sandy beach remains rough and can be treacherous so small children should be supervised - we have recently put lights in so it's easier to walk back up at night.

More Details

David Thomas
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018


Sporades Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 1 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main House: Bathrooms are ensuite and off the entrance hall. Top House: Ensuite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) or 8 by special request Notes on bedrooms: Top House: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed and sofa bed. Main House: Bedroom 2 with king-size bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Middle House: Bedroom 4 with double bed (available on special request).
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: This has been my family's summer home since 1963 when my parents finished building the house. It has provided three generations with glorious summers on this beautiful island, famous for its 64 beaches, lushly forested mountains and clean, turquoise seas. Metalassi is a very special place. We hope you are as happy here as we have been. Outside: On the upper terrace, which is covered and surrounded by flowers with views over the sea, there is a dining table and three eating areas. Steps lead to a lower sun terrace with sun loungers, hammock and then there are steps to the sea. There is another seating area under a vine. There is another smaller covered terrace at the front of the house with sea views with small sofa and chairs. Steps lead to the path down to the sea. Utility Room: In the utility room is extra storage with a big fridge/freezer and washing machine. There's a chest of drawers for beach towels and dish towels and a big food cupboard plus wine rack. There's also an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen (all 100% Egyptian cotton) are included and there is a big supply of beach towels. Our cleaner normally comes once a week but could come more upon request.


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Car: recommended


A secluded beach, beneath the property, is golden sand and pristine. Skiathos is famous for its beaches, ranging from exquisite isolated beaches only accessible by boat to the 'Ibiza-style' beaches like Banana, popular with teenagers. We are a short drive from a huge range of beaches, our nearest for great water sports being Vromolimnos (visible from the house) or Koukounaries (just round the corner).


Skiathos Airport, with direct flights from many European destinations, is 20 minutes away by car. You can also fly to Athens and then travel 2 to 3 hours to Aghios Konstantinos and take a Flying Dolphin for 1 hour and 20 minutes to Skiathos. Hiring a car or motorbike is recommended and we can supply a boat on request.


Skiathos town/port is 20 minutes away. We are well-positioned at the centre of the island to be near so many beautiful places - like the island's many monasteries or historic Kastro, the ancient walled city ruins above one of our favourite rugged beaches with big waves and a wonderful restaurant in a shack where the fresh food is brought down by donkey daily and cooked over a barbecue.

Further Details:

We will supply you with a list of suggestions for all our favourite restaurants as we know them well after over half a century! We'll also give you a list of all the things our daughters have loved doing, like working as a volunteer in the puppy orphanage.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $346.21
Cleaning fee $69.24

Booking Notes:
Please book with me direct via my e-mail. We request 50% on booking plus an additional 10% deposit against damages and 50% on arrival. At the end of your stay after which we will return your deposit.

Changeover Day:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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