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Delightful country villa, private pool, near sea , peaceful Skinaria , Zante.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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 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. EOT license number : 0428k10000459101 Fully approved for letting 25/05/2015

More Details

Jane and Martin Hatcher
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Jane and Martin Hatcher

Martin , property owner, equity investment , traveller , gardener,

Jane , medical research associate , mother , Ex nurse and midwife

Jane and Martin Hatcher purchased this villa in 1990

Why Jane and Martin Hatcher chose Volimes

We discovered this place with its pleasant climate and visited on holiday several years. We bought the house in a lovely position in the quiet hamlet above Megaloni in Skinaria..restored and rebuilt and re equipped it . Walled the estate and excavated and built a modern swimming pool , terracing , seperate driveway. It gives us peace and a place to return to year after year. We decided to let it to help defray the costs for part of the year whilst continuing to keep a home in Wiltshire.

What makes this villa unique

Peace . Lovely rural position yet close to the sea and local tavernas as well as far enough away from the busy coast road to afford a good holiday. Friendly neighbors.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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)
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Volimes on Elation

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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 Dyson Airmover 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Housekeeper
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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) 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 4g phone , there is a strong signal so e mails can be sent and received , however we do not have wifi broadband.EOT LICENSE 0428k10000459101 date 25/05/2015


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Delightful country villa, private pool, near sea , peaceful Skinaria , Zante.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Lovely property - peaceful setting, beautiful island. Pool was brilliant - kids loved it.

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lovely part of the island, the views were spectacular. everyone was very friendly wherever we ate and all knew Martin as soon as we said where we were staying.

The villa was great for the pool and all the eating and sitting areas within the grounds. my niece loved the goats next door !!

Only downside were the roads ! quite frightening especially the speed of some local drivers !!

The restaurants nearby were great and food amazing - our favourites were micro nisi and nikos.

we hired a car through 'economy cars' who were most definitely not economy and not very helpful, the car was not great either !

overall a lovely holiday and did not want to come back

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely positive review ! We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and the peaceful , lovely villa , spacious garden , spectacular views and friendly welcome you all received. We will advise future guests not to use economy cars . On the plus side our pool and the next door goats added to your pleasure. Thank you Lesley for your comments. We are very pleased that you left wanting more .
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Peaceful retreat with beautiful gardens

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Spiti Martini for a week at the end of August. The villa has a modern rustic feel, comfortable, clean and well cared for. The outside space is bigger than you expect, with lots of different sitting areas to relax in the shade or full sun. There are a number of steps up to the pool so this villa is not really ideal for toddlers or the elderly but our family are all adults now so we actually loved the seperate levels and spaces. It worked well for us. The owners, Martin and Jane were so well organised and helpful in the booking process and George, the local contact in charge of the villa, was also delightful. The north of Zante is a very unspoilt region with rocky coves and caves that you can swim or kayak into only a few minutes drive from the villa, along with good restaurants and the port of Saint Nicholas where there is a small supermarket. Spiti Martini makes an excellent base offering comfort, peace and privacy.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane and I were very pleased to read your review . It is important to get feedback from our guests. When we have guests who have found Spiti Martini so welcoming , it delights us...and you have enjoyed not only our house , swim pool and garden but discovered this beautiful unspoilt part of Zakynthos. Thank you for all your kind comments. They will be passed on to our staff. We hope you will return one day.
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A fantastic summer break at SPITI MARTINI ON ZAKYNTHOS

  • 5 of 5

We just wanted to let you know what a fantastic holiday we had recently at your villa on the island of Zakynthos.

Thank you for making it a very special holiday for us as a family. Our youngest daughter had just completed her GCSEs and older daughter had just done end of first year university exams (biochem), and as a family we were all ready for a relaxing break. We certainly got that at Spiti Martini. The location is exceptional with its extensive, beautifully planted gardens, and the pool was a dream !! The villa itself was spacious and clean, with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. We do hope to return in the near future and would also like to extend our thanks to your local staff, who were so helpful and friendly. Thank you !

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Beswick family for your kind words . We are of course delighted you had a good holiday in our Greek house and we pass on your comments to our local staff .very best wishes to you . Martin and Jane.
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Tasteful and authentic villa.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully maintained property full of character and charm. We particularly loved the stunning gardens and view out to Kefalonia and down the east coast of Zakynthos.

The property is well situated for exploring the north of the island and is only a short drive from a number of very friendly tavernas providing fabulous fresh food.

The location of the property provides a quiet environment and allows for full relaxation (which you want on a holiday).

The magnificent pool provided hours of fun for all the family.

We will certainly be making a return visit to this wonderful villa and island.

Ian and Tracy Pawley & family.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ian & Tracy we must thank you for your kind review . Also from your comments in our house book we can tell you had a restorative time in Spiti Martini. One of the taverna owners told us he enjoyed taking you in his boat to the blue caves ! One day we look forward to a return trip for you ,
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A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

Spiti Martini was, for me, the perfect place to spend a week in Greece. It has a really special feel about it - incredibly peaceful and unspoilt surroundings combined with tasteful, simple decor. It has been renovated perfectly, retaining much of it's original rustic charm.

You can quite easily escape on your own in the grounds if you like. Equally, it's built for relaxed entertaining with lots of outside eating and drinking space.

The pool is generously sized and the table tennis table is an added bonus!

Martin and Jane (the owners) are also incredibly helpful and went out of their way to help recommend the best eating and sunbathing spots in the local area.

If you're looking for a place with authentic and unique Greek charm, then you'll really love Spiti Martini.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you found what you were seeking at Spiti Martini We leave a folder of recommendations which we update each year and we can see from your comments in our guestbook that you enjoyed the taverna suggestions Should you wish to return next year both Jane & I would be delighted .
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Gorgeous house in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Spiti Martini is a beautiful traditional island house, decked out simply but stylishly with everything you could need for a relaxing stay. Its sheltered location guarantees peace and quiet, apart from the neighbourhood goats who pop their heads through the fence to say hello while you're relaxing by the pool!

My friend and I escaped London for five days of relaxation and certainly picked the right spot for it. We spent our days lazing by the amazing pool, visiting local beaches and a trip into Zakynthos town for some shopping. It's a beautiful island well worth exploring. The house is close to some very good tavernas and bars. Lots of fantastic local food to be tried, all at reasonable prices and lots with amazing views over the bay.

I would definitely recommend Spiti Martini. The owners have obviously taken a lot of care to maintain the natural charm of the place whilst making it comfortable too. There's a lovely wood-burning fire for chilly evenings, amazing outside spaces for sunny days or sunset drinks and attention to detail like hairdryer and plenty of hot water showers.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review . We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will visit again soon . Martin & Jane Hstcher
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Micro Nisi
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Aghios Nicholaos
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Micro Nisi & Ano Volimes
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Makris Gialos
Car: necessary

Northern Zakynthos is wild and very beautiful, and there are friendly villages with shops and family run tavernas within 2kmThe 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 in shoulder season.

We have EOT license no.0428K10000459101 and are fully approved for letting.

Other Activities: sailing and windsurfing avaliable at extra cost


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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 .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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