ORCHARD VILLA nestles in a half-acre hillside olive-grove, on a low ridge with stunning panoramic views over Skiathos Bay and Greece’s most inviting sandy beaches. It’s a quintessentially traditional Greek island villa – blue shutters, red-tiled roofs, and Cycladic roof-terrace. There’s a large cool flag-stoned living room, split-level to the winter log fireplace, the air-conditioned bedrooms with their exposed timber beams and roof, and a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen, with an English ‘pub’ bar and stools. You can sleep 2 – 8 (discounts possible for small group or with children) in 4 double bedrooms, one with an en-suite wet room, and two shower rooms. For full details of villa and grounds, beaches, village, and travel read on.
POOL, GARDEN and ROOF SUN-TERRACE
The villa is quiet and not overlooked, with fenced grounds and a drive with remote-control gates – but all really only to keep the two local herds of goats and sheep out of the garden! The pool has level access by two steps down to a safety gate and has its own ‘ouzo’ terrace, with an in-built slate garden table and bench. For child security it’s fenced and gated and built into the slope. The pool is 8m x 5m x 1.2m deep – so hardly Olympic! Great for a gentle dip and a G&T on the pool terrace alongside, enjoying the unmatched stunning panoramic views over Skiathos bay and beyond to Skopelos, the neighbouring island.. The villa has a private sunbathing roof terrace, with its own forested-valley views to the sea on the north side of Skiathos.
BEACHES, FACILITIES – all nearby
Skiathos village and harbour saw the “arrival of the fathers” in the musical, “Mamma Mia” – and the wedding was in Agios Ioannis church on nearby Skopelos Island. Skiathos village shops and tavernas are all within 10 minutes drive or so There are many beautiful sandy beaches around the island which can be reached by bus or taxi or car. If you will be spending most of your time at the villa, you can use the reliable radio taxis or the island bus service , the nearest bus stop 20 minutes down the hill. However we do recommend hiring a car(s) which gives you the opportunity to discover our beautiful island. We and most of our guests use a local car hire agent and can let you have contact details.
Local transport is good – bus, taxi, water-taxi… and ferries for inter-island or mainland excursions. Orchard Villa is about 5 minutes walk away from the famous island taverna “Olive View Taverna”. Also the ever popular “Anastasias Taverna” in the Paradise Hotel is just five minutes walk in the other direction.
Living – Inside and Outside
The split-level living room adjoins the well-equipped kitchen and the four air-conditioned bedrooms. There’s a wine rack, full cook-book library, and lots of books for reading in the garden or for that rare rainy day. Four French windows open onto a tastefully furnished vine and wisteria-covered split-level ‘living’ patio overlooking a half-acre hillside olive-grove garden with three terraces for sunbathing, partying, and drinks by the pool. You enjoy unmatched views over Skiathos bay with its nine islands, and many sandy beaches and hidden coves. The patio with its tasteful wood furniture is your extended living space, sheltered from breezes and warm enough for dinner and drinks ’til after midnight; with the garden lights and moonlit sea views across to the lights of the villages on Skopelos and Evvia Islands.
Equipped with: ceramic-hob cooker and hood with fan oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, filter coffee, two fridges with freezer compartments, work surfaces, double sink, dishwasher, and loads of storage. And there’s a washing machine, ironing board, and steam iron and an outdoor rotary washing line (tumble-dryer not needed in summer!).
This is in all 4 bedrooms, To ensure continuous availability, do use it only at night unless you’re using tghe room during the day.,Please always keep doors and windows closed (which also keeps the ‘mozzies’ out!).
There is a good strong 3G/4G signal at the villa for your tablet or smartphone. Now that roaming charges have been hugely reduced and hopefully to be totally scrapped by summer 2017, we also use the wifi hotspot on our smart phone giving our laptop, via the wifi, full internet access when we need it at the villa. Free wifi is also available at many cafes, bars and tavernas around the island.
Although the rental contract is as a furnished villa and not ‘serviced accommodation’, your payment includes both the rental, and the provision of services/supplies which you request by booking with us in our ‘no-fuss’ booking contract. These are: weekly bed-linen and bathroom (but not beach) towel supply; basic domestic supplies (cleaning materials, paper products. mozzie tablets etc), end-cleaning, pool servicing, gardening, maintenance/breakdown, welcome, and travel/booking advice. We can usually arrange extra mid-week cleaning, which is payable locally.
TRAVEL TO SKIATHOS
Skiathos has its own airport with direct charters from several airports in the UK. You can also reach the island via Athens by, for example, Easyjet, Ryanair, or Aegeanair, then take a domestic flight with Aegean and Olympic or transfer by coach and high-speed or car ferry.
For a longer holiday, some of our guests have driven over to Skiathos via Venice or Ancona and ferry to Igoumenitsa or Patras, across mainland Greece and then car ferry from Volos to Skiathos. We have done this many times and what a wonderful journey it is. If you are interested in this as an option do get in touch and I can help with planning such a trip.
LICENCE – MHTE 0756K92000431401
We have rented Orchard Villa for many years. The villa is licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority and complies with all regulations.
We spent a magical 12 nights at Orchard Villa, the pictures do not do justice to the magnificent views. The detailed info pack about the Island (emailed by the owners) was spot on and we would concur to all their suggestions of beaches and restaurants to eat at. Vivienne was most helpful and the few blips (of which were no fault of the owners) were dealt with quickly. We have recommended Orchard Villa to friends who enjoy the rustic life and laid back approach Orchard Villa and Skiathos have to offer…… Fiona August 2016.
When we arrived at the villa I was just blown away by the beauty of it all. The photos just don’t do it justice! The pool was just fab as I was worried it would be too shallow, however it was great for us. We had such a wonderful stay. The villa was well stocked with everything we needed and there was a welcome pack of wine, beer and food enough to make a simple meal. We loved the pergolas with the vines and the lovely climbers. We had plenty of shade and enough places to sunbathe. The teenagers spent time in the roof terrace catching the sun. We woke up every morning with lovely views onto the terrace and out over the sea. It could not have been better. …… Debbie July 2015
We stayed for a week at Orchard Villa in July 2014 to experience the island of Skiathos before departing on a week flotilla sailing around the Sporades. The villa was a perfect size for a family of four or more. Our two teenage girls had a room each and spent most days chilled out by the pool. We hired a car and used it for exploring the island including the more remote beaches on the north side. The local taverna which is within walking distance of the villa is superb, but we also used the car to drive into Skiathos town for the restaurants and bars. Great villa and location with excellent service from the owners and their representatives……. Graham July 2014
Fees and taxes – There are no additional mandatory fees.The pricing given is for a 6-adult occupancy,There are possible discounts given for smaller groups and children at various times during the summer season. The arrival/departure days are flexible, subject to other bookings, with arrival after 16:00 hrs and departure before 10:00 hrs on your morning of departure. We understand that UK charters next summer will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays depending on which UK airport you use. There are daily flights from Athens to Skiathos;
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