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DELIGHTFUL COUNTRY VILLA, PRIVATE POOL, NEAR THE SEA , SKINARIA , ZANTE

Jane and Martin Hatcher

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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DELIGHTFUL COUNTRY VILLA, PRIVATE POOL, NEAR THE SEA , SKINARIA , ZANTE

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3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms (1en-suite), sleeps 6

Spiti Martini is set in a most lovely part of Skinaria in North Zante surrounded by olives , pines ,cypress and gorgeous views. The house is well situated near the sea and yet way from the busy coast road. A stunning completely private 10 x 5 metre pool,pergola for shade . Martini is peaceful , with an open fireplace. Terracotta floors and whitewash walls. Three large bedrooms, high beamed ceilings, two shower rooms, one en suite, arranged as 1 double and 2 twins are well furnished. The kitchen is compact and fully equipped providing all necessary facilities. Washing machine,gas BBQ and extra drinks fridge.Comfy sun loungers by the pool. French windows open to a large private walled garden and walled estate of two acres & terraces paved with handmade tiles & ample outside seating. Al fresco dining is popular with our guests. Old Olives for shade . A quiet cove below the house is within 5 minutes, & a long beach shingle/sand/pebbles with umbrellas, & taverna 8 minutes away.

Description: The internal walls of the villa are whitewashed with antique plain terracotta floor tiles and hand knotted rugs. Bathrooms are fully tiled with beamed ceilings. Comfortable soft sofas, plenty of seating both inside and out. Beds are solid hand made pine , made by our local carpenter Georgos, fully fitted pine wardrobes hand made. All windows have shutters . Internal doors are green pine with Norfolk latches .Secluded and private seating around the swimming pool new pergola in 2009 for shade. The sea is 3 kilometres by car. Quiet secluded coves or larger beaches with more to offer are close at hand. Boat hire is available from fishing village below house. Most cooking is done outside, there is a gas bbq , and a second drinks fridge and an oven in a small cottage in garden. Lovely walks in the surrounding hills. Our guest book tells of families and couples who have returned to Martini to enjoy the friendly and peaceful nature of the house. the rear garden terrace is walled and private

Nearby: The pretty traditional Greek villages of Ano Volimes and Volimes are 5 minutes drive away. Here you can buy freshly baked bread, fruit, vegetables, eggs ,home made honey and most other provisions that you may need. We have a list for guests in the house of tavernas we like, updated by us every spring. The northern part of the island remains mainly undeveloped and therefore has retained a sense of the past where time does not matter and life goes on at a leisurely pace.Excellent walking.There are two small coves just below the house where swimming in crystal water is an alternative to the pool.Three monasteries within a 30 minute drive, one in a ruined state, and when walking from the hamlet the smell of wild herbs makes the experience memorable. The Macherado pottery is only a twenty minute drive.

Daily Ferries run from the port of Saint Nicholas, 14 minutes away, and day trips to Cephalonia are possible and fun. The Peligoni sailing club is 9 minutes away.

General information: The pool is 10m x 5m x1.5m deep and is surrounded by its own terrace with a shaded area and sun loungers . It is private and not overlooked .We provide a table-tennis table with bats. Most entertaining and eating takes place outside where there is a gas barbeque on the rear terrace and a large shady eating area. This is a lovely peaceful place where you can relax and switch off .

Traditional mountain villages may be visited within a radius of 15 km.

Zakynthos town itself is a busy , bustling place with open squares , a lovely harbour , excellent shopping and dining. Car ferries daily to the mainland.

From the peace of Martini it is only a 40 minute drive to visit the main town.

The Peligoni Club (sailing , windsurfing and much more) is 9 mins drive from our house , and al fresco lunch or evening meal should be possible there. Some of our guests choose to join the club on a weekly basis and even sail and windsurf there.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed

Jane and Martin Hatcher

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Speaks English
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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5
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
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Skinaria Zakynthos (Zante)
Owner Submitted Review
5

COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

We enjoyed the house and garden so much , especially breakfast on the terrace. under the old olive. The completely private pool is a joy. My husband swam in the morning , then the children when they got up, and I read three books in a week !
A restorative two weeks. One of the really special places we have stayed.
Thanks Martin for sharing your house , what a discovery for us ! Taverna suggestions were spot on. We do not want to go home! The children have loved it here, especially the long beach , we liked the little cove before ten in the morning and of course... the pool ! Thank you.
The cicadas were a bit noisy in August ! (Jane aged 10)
I opened the french windows to the terraced garden and thought I had arrived in Heaven ! (Diana Crosbie)
  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2007
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10790
+44 01666841422
Skinaria Zakynthos (Zante)
Scotland
5

A FABULOUS FAMILY HOLIDAY HOUSE

  • 5 out of 5
We have just returned from spending 2 weeks at the wonderful Spiti Martini. As a family of 5 - 3 children ages 12, 10 and 6 - we loved the house and the garden with all the super shaded seating areas. Clearly the house has been very well maintained and Martin has equipped most thoughtfully . The pool was fantastic and the children spent hours playing in it. A beautiful and unspoilt location - very peaceful and yet the nearest beach is only 7 minutes drive away . We also loved the choice of tavernas dotted around - several good ones within 15 minutes of the house . Zakynthos is a beautiful island and the northern end remains unspoilt and properly Greek. I would highly recommend a stay at Spiti Martini for those who need a break - definitely our most relaxing family holiday to date -really enjoyed by all of us. It should also be mentioned that Barbara does a great job looking after the house and pool - very friendly and informative . Thank you Martin for a wonderful holiday .
  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lambert family for this lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourselves in our Greek home , and are glad you liked the shady areas in the garden.and of course the pool , which we know is above average..as is Barbara our house manager. The fact that you liked our taverna suggestions is very good to know..we check about eight of them every spring., Please do come back one day !
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10790
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Skinaria Zakynthos (Zante)
5

PEACEFUL, HOME FROM HOME....

  • 5 out of 5
Martin and Jane's "Spiti Martini" is a home from home- in what is one of the most beautiful Grecian Islands. The house nestles in a tiny village half way up the track from Micro Nisi to Volimes. All modern comforts are available- even a table tennis table. We were welcomed with Greek Feta (from the barrel), olives, home made bread and a bottle of wine. The house is cool during the summer months and the pool is, well ... splendidly long and deep. Recliners allow for total relaxation. Ancient olives trees have been obviously preserved in the development of the property. Tavernas are close enough for a quick bite- or bottle- on a whim. And the beaches are less than 10 minutes away by car- and are clean and not crowded. One leaves with the impression that many days (weeks or months I would think) of care and love have been ploughed into the house and property- and is home from home for guests- but more importantly for the owners.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lance and Jannie for these kind words , I have passed on your positive comments to our house manager, who takes great care to ensure the house and pool are clean and the welcome pack is fresh and local. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay , and your separate message to me that you swam with turtles was a delight ! regards Martin
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10790
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Skinaria Zakynthos (Zante)
5

HONEYMOON DREAM

  • 5 out of 5
Spiti Martini exceeded all our expectations again, having returned for a second time on our honeymoon! It is the perfect retreat in the most delightful region of the island. We couldn't have asked for anymore than what it has to offer, taking into account the recent developments. It is full of character and charm and so typically Greek that you can immerse yourself with ease into the wonderful lifestyle of the locals.
The extended gardens/terrace are a treat as there are so many different levels and spots to catch the rays or even follow the shade that means that you can enjoy a new perspective and view for whatever mood takes your fancy! It feels so private that you can enjoy some extraordinary romantic and peaceful moments.
It is equipped with an Outback barbecue, swimming pool, table tennis, snorkels, masks and flippers.
For those that want to explore the delights of the island it is perfectly situated. There are a host of wonderful local restaurants, beaches and boat cruises to the famous shipwreck and blue caves.
My wife and I would thoroughly recommend Spiti Martini for a couple, a family or even a group of friends. It is clean and well maintained with the most delightful attention to detail.
You will not be dissappointed.
We look forward to returning very soon with our children!
Thank you to Martin, the owner, and the Zakynthos team that looked after us so perfectly.
  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We were really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and a large part of your honeymoon James (and Robyn) . We are also delighted that you found the house clean and well maintained.
We agree that the garden , and the privacy which you find at Spiti Martini is unusual , and a feature which over the years we have worked hard on.
Two local Taverna owners also remember you , and have told me you informed them you were staying at Martini. We hope they made a fuss of you !
Thank you for such a kind review. It is appreciated . All comments are useful for future guests.
We hope that one day in the future you may return for a second honeymoon !

very best wishes

Martin
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p10790
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Skinaria Zakynthos (Zante)
Berkshire .UK
5

PEACEFUL AND RELAXING

  • 5 out of 5
We really enjoyed our ten days at 'Spiti Martini' . As we left the busy South of the island behind we followed the directions the owner had sent us and followed the lovely east coast road up to the hamlet of Skinaria . 40 minutes drive. Found the key , through the house into the fabulous spacious garden.

A cared for house , lovely position , quiet unspoiled , but only 2km from almost private coves directly below .

Swimming pool was crystal clean and was tested and cleaned twice during our stay by a pleasant Greek man. A helpful English lady visited us 24 hours after we arrived to ensure we were happy (which we were !)

Owners suggestions of local tavernas were accurate and the welcome in all of them was warm when we mentioned 'Martini'

We found the North of the Island the best part , walking , swimming ,part ruined monasteries , boat trips to blue caves ,snorkelling.. and to come back to the peace of this Villa in the evenings was special. two excellent wet room showers and several options outside tables under shade by house and pool. At night the stars were extra ordinary.

A very pleasant surprise.

A place for tired souls to restore and recover.

We left for the airport wanting more time there !(and plan to return)
  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Delightful country villa, private pool, near the sea , Skinaria , Zante
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+44 01666841422
Skinaria Zakynthos (Zante)
Wiltshire
5

WILTSHIRE GUESTS WILL BE BACK....

  • 5 out of 5
Spiti Martini lived up to its promise and delivered exactly what it said it would. Which makes a refreshing change. It is rural - so if you want the night lights, clubbing, partylife this is not for you. If you love peace and quiet, the countryside, wonderful natural landscapes and views this is the place for you.

The pictures on the site are absolutely spot on. An extra shot from the end of the pool terrace looking towards Alykes bay is also stunning - far enough away to look lovely when its lit up at night.

The house has obviously been well loved. It is clean and yet cosy. There is a selection of well thumbed books plus extras from recent guests, plus a wide musical choice for the CD player. Which was just as well as we forgot to take any music with us.

The owners have a locally living English lady looking after the property, who pops round and checks the pool is okay and proves to be a mine of useful information for places to see, how to rent a boat, etc. She is friendly and helpful.

You need a car - but they warned us about that anyway and the directions from the airport to the villa are spot on. Plus you get a whole load of maps, hints and tips on all the local tavernas and must see trips.

The location is what makes this such a gem. You are in the countryside and not in a village. When you sit out in the garden terraces of an evening the peace and quiet wraps around you. You can light the BBQ, open the wine, play your music and chill.

But only a short drive away is the typical greek village of Volimes - with bakery, garage (crucial for the fuel stops), and some cracking tavernas - especially the one run by Dennis who as well as having the most amazing food has the most amazing repertoire of descriptions for all his dishes ... and you do have to listen to all of them before you are allowed to make a choice.

The north of the island is in our opinion the best - it is not developed like the south. It is not themed and not "resorted" ... enjoy, we did.

I would happily recommend this to friends and families and we are planning a return trip.

Jane and Denis
Marlborough, Wiltshire. UK
  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2009
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Zakynthos
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Aghios Nicholaos
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Makris Gialos
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Micro Nisi
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Micro Nisi & Ano Volimes
Car: necessary

Northern Zakynthos is wild and very beautiful, and there are friendly villages with shops and family run tavernas within 4km. The sea is just 3km below the house, with a choice of coves and hidden beaches nearby. Time stands still in Skinaria . Bird life, wild herbs, tinkling of goats bells. Monasteries in the hills. The lively resort of Alykes is 10km away, a long sandy beach, shops, supermarkets and a cash point. Local tavernas provide delicious organic food. Detailed folder and map in house for guests updated each year. A small shop in our hamlet sells basics; the family run bakery is a 3km drive. The Blue caves and famous shipwreck beach are close, reached by local boat from a small fishing village below our house or from local lighthouse . Car ferry to Cephalonia is 14min away and day trips are possible and fun. Locally made pottery and honey are available nearby. Boat hire with outboard newly available. Peligoni Sailing & Windsurfing Club is 11min away, memberships available.

Other Activities: sailing and windsurfing avaliable at extra cost

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Skinaria , Zakynthos (Zante)

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Rate2
1 Jul 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
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£1,650
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£1,650
 
 
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1 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
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£1,200
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1 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014
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£1,000
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£1,000
 
 
Shoulder
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
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£1,200
 
 
Early Summer
1 Jun 2015 - 5 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,275
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£1,275
 
 
Summer
6 Jul 2015 - 4 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,675
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£1,675
 
 
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£1,250
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Notes Rental includes electricity , gas ,water , and regular pool maintenance, as well as clean sheets and house towels every seven days. . we do provide pool swim towels for pool use but ask that clients and guests take their own beach towel. wifi is free in several local tavernas but we not have it

A 25% NON REFUNDABLE deposit is required upon confirmation of booking .

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Skinaria in Zakynthos (Zante)

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Sunbed
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom ONE - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom TWO - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , family
  • Family shower room has latest Grohe Thermostatic unit. Both shower rooms are 'wet rooms' as the warm breezes dry them out quickly.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom One - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom Two - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom Three - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 2 twins, (one twin can be made double) all have shuttered windows , latest modern fly micro screens and views. Electric fans are provided in each bedroom.One of the twins is a galleried room with sea views and is very popular with teens. Large hand made pine fitted wardrobes in two rooms , and fly screens in all three , open shelves and hanging space in the galleried twin.dyson Airmovers installed. Quality cotton sheets and pillowcase protectors.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck Chairs
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • water parks
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkelling
  • wind-surfing
  • tennis
  • diving
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
The gallery is four metres by five wide and private. It has a lovely window view to the sea. A small cottage in the garden 25 metres from the house contains a second drinks fridge , the washing machine. and an oven. Outside this cottage is a gas Bar B Q , as most cooking is done alfresco in the summer(together with eating and entertaining) Washing line and pegs in the garden behind the house.. The pool pump room is 30 metres from the house and cannot be heard. A table tennis table is provided with bats. Parking for four cars. The garden has a variety of shrubs and flowers as well as olive, cypress fruit and fig trees. House towels are provided and changed weekly, together with linen. Swim pool towels. A modern Child's cot is also available upon request. There is an iron , an ironing board and a hair dryer . Internet access is only available via 3G phone , there is a strong signal so e mails can be sent and received , however we do not have wifi broadband.
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