The villa has been refurbished by it’s new owners in a very chic, elegant, but very comfortable and relaxing style. The main living area features a central fireplace surrounded by built-in divan sofas covered in ethnic-style fabrics that soften the starkness of the charcoal grey, metallic, paint work. To the right of the main living area, behind a large glass window, is a TV/chill-out room. The contemporary kitchen includes a traditional wood-fired oven as well as a sophisticated array of modern appliances suitable for a property of this distinction. The kitchen is a great place for cooks to entertain whilst guests enjoy each other’s company in the elegant dining area.
There are 3 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the main villa, and a single bedroom with en-suite bathroom in the guest house. There is even a separate chill-out hut at the lower end of the garden with a sofa-bed and open-air shower, as well as a daybed in the old, renovated, secluded, stone shepherd’s hut: To the left of the living area is a double bedroom with en-suite facilities that benefits from large, sliding glass windows leading out to the first of many outdoor levels. On this level there is an elegant seating area with built-in benches with colourful pillows and scatter cushions. On the upper level there is a master bedroom with a kingsized bed and an impressive metal fireplace. There is an en-suite bathroom and dressing area, as well as a reading desk and private terrace. On this level there is also a second double bedroom with separate bathroom area. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows take in the spectacular view. To the rear entrance of the property is a lovely guest house – furnished similarly to the main house – which contains a bedroom with a single bed and en-suite bathroom facilities.
The outside of the property is as equally impressive as the interior, with the crowning feature being an altar-esque infinity plunge pool seemingly offering the bathers up to the gods! From here one can relax above the clouds with one of the most awe-inspiring views in the Ionian Islands – an uninterrupted 270 degrees over miles of coastline right out to the infinite horizon. Below the pool, a path leads through a profusion of indigenous herbs and plants along the ridge to where three throne-like chairs may be found and beyond, a stone ‘hideaway’ with a day-bed to relax in surrounded by the immensity of nature.
Not suitable for children under 12 years old, but simply one of the best choices available anywhere for one, two or three couples!
This is without a doubt one of the most amazing houses in Greece. Marina & Nicolas live in the mountains in Switzerland. She is Greek-Italian, and he is French. During her childhood and adolescence, Marina spent all her Summer holidays in Kefalonia with her family and her yaya (‘grandmother’ in Greek). Years later, it was the turn of her husband, Nicolas, to be seduced by the island. It only remained for them to find the house of their dreams, with an extraordinary sea view – not merely a postcard-pretty one. It proved a long and difficult search until the day when they stumbled upon a house built in the 1970s. Constructed in one of the best locations they had ever seen, perched some 300 metres above one of Europe’s most famous beaches, this place had some of the most breathtaking views that the island – or even the whole of Greece – has to offer.
It resembled a bunker more than a villa then, but it gave them the chance to enlarge and put their architectural stamp on it. Acting as the project managers in lieu of an architect, 3 years of construction work later, Marina and Nicolas had created a house that is as elegant as it is comfortable. A eulogy to the pure minimalism of concrete, the exterior is rendered in eggshell and khaki – the better to blend it into the rocks and surrounding vegetation here above Myrtos – and the interior is finished in a luminous and iridescent metallic grey-taupe. It is a house that makes the most of its incredible location.
Marina & Nicolas live part of the Summer in this, their eagle’s nest, but the house is available for rent a few weeks of the year – and perhaps you may be one of those guests lucky enough to stay here!