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Idyllic Old Seaside Village House

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Private house with private balcony. In the unique village of Kastro, Sifnos there are no cars, no development, no cheap hotels – just beautiful 14th century architecture, narrow lanes and Aegean sea views. Everything you need is right here, unlike most self-catering rentals on Sifnos where you will need a car. Just drop your bags in your bedroom and head for a swim, with 3 or 4 great swimming locations within walking distance.

Just inside the town's main gate, this perfectly preserved medieval house is at the heart of the architectural monument of Kastro. For anyone who wants a quiet couple of weeks, of sun and swimming in crystal blue water against a backdrop of unique beauty, it's absolutely perfect. And to students of architecture it is fascinating to lovers of history it is breath-taking, .

14th century house uses meter thick walls to insulate and naturally keep the house cool. Deep window and door alcoves trap the brilliant Aegean light. This comfortable house has been modernized carefully - with sparse charm and a well-designed kitchen. There is even a small bath - an unusual luxury in Kastro!

We have maintained the purity of the house's ancient character. But we also offer broadband wireless internet. You can be live on your social networks, download movies and music and communicate with your world.

It is the perfect combination of authentic Greece and holiday pleasure - please drop us a line with any questions.

Keywords: Greek island, village, authentic, traditional, swim, swimming, sun, house, sea, private, self catering

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Neville

I have owned my house in Kastro for nearly 40 years. I renovated it around 10 years ago and maintain contacts on the island who look after the property and will take care of you. I currently live in the US but I am an EC citizen and travel frequently to my house to make sure it is in the best possible condition for your visit.

Neville purchased this house in 1976

Why Neville chose Kastro

My house, and it's location in this totally unspoiled Greek village is simply unrivaled for providing an authentic and peaceful Greek island experience. Once you arrive at the house you have everything you need. 3 or 4 fantastic swimming locations are all within walking distance. Kastro offers a variety of picturesque shops, bars and restaurants. You can spend you entire stay in town and want for nothing. Or you can adventure out across the island.

What makes this house unique

This ancient house has been very tastefully modernized with subtle lighting, teak kitchen installations to maintain a uniquely traditional look and feel and comfortable amenities. Most Greek holiday rentals are concrete imitations of traditional houses. Containing a few beautiful antique pieces, this house, approximately 700 years old, is unique and original.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is my favorite place in the world. I have been many times. Staying here is like being inside a magical castle full of secret lanes and beautiful views. I love to swim below the village in the bright blue water for hours. The house is so comfortable and inviting. It is a perfect combination of ancient atmosphere and modern comfort. Maria greets you with a smile and is so helpful. They really make you feel welcome and it is an experience you will not find anywhere else. This is not a place full of package tourist. It is a destination for the smart traveller who is looking for something really special.
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kastro in South Aegean

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
500 years ago, this house is uniquely designed by Italian architects to stay cool by a natural cooling method.


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(8 traveller reviews)

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Idyllic Old Seaside Village House
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

One of a kind!

  • 5 of 5

Our two week stay at Neville's in June-July was a unique experience that we wouldn't have wanted to miss for anything! A 700 year old walk-up in a medieval village 300 stair steps above the beautiful Aegean waters where we swam on all but the windiest days. The house itself is located on the most photographed walking street in Kastro. At age 70 we became adept climbers of the two ladder-like stairways that connect the three floors of the cozy abode. The meter-thick walls and curtained doors kept us comfortable even on very hot days. We left feeling strong, contented, and in love with Kastro and Sifnos. Neville and Maria were friendly and responsive hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you Patricia and we knew you loved the place when you decided to stay for the extra days. Thank you for your kind review and we'll hope to see you again some time. Best, Neville
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First Time, But Definitely Won't Be Our Last!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this wonderful property from July 3rd to the 11th. Loved every minute of it! Maria set up a taxi to pick us up at the ferry and bring us to Kastro. When we arrived in Kastro, she was there waiting for us. She gave us a tour of the house and provided some restaurant recommendations around the island. We never actually cooked, but had we wanted to, other than food, everything was supplied in the kitchen for us to do so! The high ceilings and exposed beams throughout the house were a lovely display of the age of the home.

The house was in perfect proximity to the local bars and restaurants, which we frequented quite often -- Dolci and Leonidas were our favorites! The bus stop at the bottom of the hill was perfect to catch the bus to neighboring villages. We only did that twice, as we loved Kastro, and spent most of our time in and around the village!

This was our first time in Greece, and so happy we picked Kastro, and this property to spend it in! Can't wait to return! Thank you, Neville!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yayy Patricia! It is so nice when people appreciate what a magical and special place this is. Maria appreciates the recognition too. She so enjoys making friends and loves it when she can make your stay really great. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Perfect setting for a wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

This little house is ideal for a couple who want the platonic ideal of a Greek island escape - we were there for a week and couldn't fault it, Maria made our arrival and departure very easy, but Sifnos is a small and beautifully formed place where tourists are made completely welcome. The cottage is in the heart of Kastro, it's clean, charming, full of interesting books and artefacts, and an easy distance from the bakery and nice places to eat and drink. We recommend Vathy each day for the beach, but also long walks around the coastline and villages like Artemnos and Appollonia.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pamela! So glad you enjoyed your stay and Maria will be especially happy you noticed our efforts to present the house well and give you the best experience we can.
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Fabulous authentic accomodation in Kastro

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful holiday in this beautiful house which has been restored with true integrity. The sense of history is palpable in the huge stone walls and high beamed ceilings which additionally mean that the rooms stays cool even in the height of summer. The house achieves the perfect combination of simple authentic charm and carefully prioritised modern amenities ( huge comfortable bed, espresso maker, good shower ). It is positioned just inside the kastro gate . The balcony, therefore, provides an opera box type vantage point from which to observe the comings and goings of village life. Maria, the housekeeper, is lovely, extremely helpful and friendly. Sifnos is an absolutely delightful island . Kastro is picturesque beyond words and a photographers heaven. We certainly hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Wendy, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. It is so nice to be able to open the house to people who appreciate the wonderful originality of the house itself and the village.
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Charming, Tranquil and Romantic

  • 5 of 5

Kastro is perhaps the most picturesque village in Sifnos, hugging a hilltop that crashes into the sea, and the stunning church of The Seven Martyrs will leave a lasting impression, as it seems to float on the clear waters that almost encircle the village. 

This property is in the heart of historic Kastro, with three fantastic tavernas only minutes away, offering simple but perfect mediterranean cuisine beneath star lit skies. The property, perhaps 500 years or more old, has been sensitively restored, offering all you might need without over doing it. The staircases are steep, and are the original ones, retaining the integrity of this ancient property. 

To be specific, the ground floor has a nice kitchen - where we made bread - a bathroom with small bath and shower, and a living area with the front door to the street. There is a mezzanine floor above, with a gallery overlooking the living area. A further stair takes you to the bedroom above, a large room with small balcony overlooking the village and from where you can see the sea. 

For those requiring access to phone networks, there are places in the village where you can access wifi and mobile signals. Mobile signals are a bit patchy across the whole island, a clear benefit for those wishing to escape the pressures of city life!

The last points to mention - there is a simple bay below the village where you can swim. The beach is nice, although stony. Neville, the owner, is very communicative and helpful, as is Maria, who looks after the property, keeping it perfectly clean. 

So - to sum up. Kastro is perfect, we liked the property very much, and we liked the taverna Astro best - Maria, the owner, is so charming. 

We would choose this property again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful experience

  • 5 of 5

I had such a wonderful time here. The village was so peaceful and enchanting i did not want to leave. All I did was swim every day in the bright blue water. The food was wonderful, the locals friendly, and maria the manager was so helpful it made our stay one oif the best vacations i have ever had. I will go agin.

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
Kastro House
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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