At GIC – The Villa Collection we understand that every client is unique and that our featured villas must reflect the diverse requirements of our travellers. This is why we return to Greece and Cyprus ever year in search of new properties, selecting only those which tick the right boxes. Boutique villas, rural retreats, waterfront houses and hidden-gems are all part of our portfolio.
In our latest blog, we would like to highlight 6 properties which not only offer comfortable accommodation but may also have a history intrinsically linked to the island on which they are located.
Governor’s House, Paxos
In the early 18th Century the Ionian Islands, including Paxos, were part of the French empire and so they remained until the British captured Zakinthos, Kefalonia and Corfu at the beginning of the 19th Century. Whilst under colonial rule, the British established a number of governors across the Ionian, one of whom resided at Governor’s House on Paxos.
Today, Governor’s House is one of a few renovated stone houses in the hamlet of Geromonachos. It enjoys a peaceful position with bright living rooms all whitewashed to create a cool, calming ambiance.
Villa Milos, Lefkas
Across the island of Lefkas are a scattering of windmills for grinding flour, most of which stand abandoned. A handful of windmills, including Villa Milos, however, have been remodelled and offer the perfect escape for couples seeking a romantic, private retreat.
Villa Milos is a unique property, carefully furnished in traditional materials and local handicrafts and comes complete with its original sail structure. The pool and lovely garden offer the utmost privacy and the views are absolutely spectacular.
Petrino House, Ithaca
The word ‘eclectic’ springs to mind when trying to describe Petrino House on the island of Ithaca. This beautifully restored property is guaranteed to make any guest feel at home. Its interior is warm and cosy with wooden beam ceilings, comfortable sofas, books galore and walls adorned with pictures of the island. Outside, the swimming pool and colourful cottage garden – full of bougainvillea, jasmine and citrus trees, has a truly Greek air.
This property was almost sold to David Soul of Starsky and Hutch fame. Luckily for us he did not buy it and so we can offer it to our clients.
House of Dimitri, Skopelos
During World War 2, Skopelos was occupied by Italy and then by Germany. During this time, the House of Dimitri was used by the Greek resistance fighters as a secret radio communications centre between the island and the British submarines in the Aegean.
The property has been elegantly renovated but the bare brick walls, large stove and stone fireplaces help to retain a feel of yesteryear.
Villa Pyrgos, Skopelos
Villa Pyrgos is owned by two artists and enjoys one of the most dramatic locations on Skopelos. The property is designed in the style of a castle turret and takes its inspiration from the towers (Pyrgos in Greek) which were used as a line of communication in ancient times; fires were lit in each tower to communicate and alert neighbouring islands to the threat of a potential attack.
Villa Pyrgos also has another claim to fame. Pierce Brosnan chose Villa Pyrgos as his hideaway whilst filming Mamma Mia.
Standing above an escarpment of craggy black cliffs this is without doubt one of the most spectacularly located villas on the island. Staying at Stella Maria is like standing on the prow of a ship. Long beaches, where turtles lay their eggs, lead to the property which stands below the wooded foothills of the Troodos Mountains.