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Sarah Vosnakis

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, Greek

Secluded Seafront Estate with Fantastic Views, Private Pier and Chef

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 9
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 9 bedroom holiday estate in Greece - The Villa Amalia

9 Bedrooms, 6.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18

The village of Sparto is perched high above the Ambracian Gulf, to reach the Villa Amalia you descend a winding country road through olive groves. At the end of the road is a high stone wall with a large iron gate flanked by two immense stone urns containing pomegranate trees. Pass through the gates and you enter a landscape that has not changed in centuries.

The road down to the house is lined with oleanders and lavender which form a border around the olive groves. From the gravel parking area next to the house you get your first glimpse of the sea.

The walkway to the house is covered with an arbour of lemon trees which opens to a courtyard planted in lavender with a fountain in the centre which emerges from an old terra cotta amphora.

Beyond the courtyard is the outdoor kitchen and dining area which features a six and a half meter long bar made from a piece of eucalyptus wood, a grill, gas range, sink, refrigerator and a traditional wood-burning oven. The massive wooden dining table seats sixteen, all under a bamboo pergola. The villa has its own chef who will happily prepare 3 meals a day.

Beyond the dining area is an outdoor sitting room with four teakwood settees which overlook the infinity pool. Nestled past the sitting room is an enclosed area which has a mini-spa with oval stone tub, outdoor shower and massage table (there is a fully qualified masseur who will come to the house)...therefore this area provides the ultimate in relaxation. Behind the spa and lounging area are three bamboo summer bedrooms which share a bathroom. These rooms are perfect for teen-age guests or extra staff.

The entrance to the house is furnished with a rustic console table and an imposing, twisted wood-framed mirror. To the left is the kitchen which has pale grey cabinets and granite countertops and features a centre island, gas range and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and ice-maker.

Straight ahead of the entrance, the living room has linen covered sofas, rough-hewn coffee tables, plus a fireplace, sound system and large screen television. Through the balcony doors is a covered terrace with wrap around banquets piled high with plump cushions. The sea view is framed by two majestic palm trees.

To the left of the living room is the dining room which seats eight and looks out on both the sea and the infinity pool. The sides of the pool are lined with big teak wood chaise longues. For those who prefer their cocktails while immersed in the water, the shallow end of the pool features two swim up teak tables and a wide built in sofa.

There are two bedrooms with two bathrooms in the right part of the living room. One bedroom overlooks the sea and has its’ own wide screen television and the other has a view towards the lavender courtyard.

Terra cotta tiles cover the floors throughout the house.

Outside the sitting room balcony an outdoor staircase descends to the ground floor. Four bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms have large shower rooms covered in granite grey tiles. One guest room has a fireplace, and all have their own verandas with tables and chairs, separated by walls of flowering plants.

Below the guest area a stone pathway leads down to the outdoor cinema shaded by a Pernia tree. In the daytime this wooden decked platform is a perfect place to read and relax. A small outdoor bar with sink and refrigerator service both the cinema and the very large seaside deck which is on the edge of the sea. A small gate guarded by the statue of an Indonesian goddess (which doubles as a shower) opens to reveal the private pier with boat moaring and diving rock for a swim in the sea. There are also 2 kayaks which are available free of charge to enable clients to enjoy themselves around the bay and 3 bicycles which are perfect to adventure out and explore the areas surrounding the villa

A vegetable garden of 1,000 square meters supplies the estate with vegetables and herbs, while pomegranate, lemon and fig trees are planted throughout the property. A grape arbour provides both shade and fruit. The 500 mature olive trees produce 10 tons of olives every two years which are processed into extra virgin olive oil. The estate also hosts a family of chickens which provide organic, free range eggs every day. Underbrush is “mowed” by a family of deer which graze under the supervision of the caretaker.

The property has natural air-conditioning…in the morning there is no wind making the sea perfect for water-skiing…by mid-afternoon the wind begins to blow cooling the entire area.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Sarah Vosnakis (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks English, Greek

About Sarah Vosnakis

The Villa Amalia has a fascinating history as does the Ambracian Gulf which it overlooks. The entrance to this body of water on the north-western coast of Greece was the site of one of the most important, and unquestionably most romantic naval battles in history. On September 2, 31 B.C. Octavius Caesar decimated the fleet of Anthony and Cleopatra and sent them fleeing to Egypt and into the history books.

The gulf is a lot calmer today and its’ green-blue waters are now traversed by sailing boats and schools of dolphins. In 1976 the parents of the present owner, Konstantinos Rokofyllos, fell in love with the property which sloped down to the sea and with the encouragement of their friend, Lady Amalia Fleming, purchased it, planted 500 olive trees, built a house and named it Villa Amalia.

Lady Fleming was born in Constantinople (now Istanbul) and moved to Greece between the wars. Trained as a physician, she joined the resistance and was captured and imprisoned by the occupying Italian army. After the war she moved to England where she joined St. Marys Hospital, and met the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. They were married in 1953. After his death Lady Fleming returned to Greece where she founded the Biomedical Sciences Research Center Alexander Fleming. Joining her in this endeavor was Elsa Agathinikou Rokofyllos, a nuclear scientist, the mother of Konstantinos Rokofyllos.

His father, Christos Rokofyllos, an attorney, became a member of the Greek parliament in 1977 and from 1982-87 was Greece’s ambassador to France and the Vatican. For nearly four decades The Villa Amalia hosted artists, diplomats, scientists, academicians and politicians, including three Greek prime ministers, and became a place to rest and relax in total privacy.

Sarah Vosnakis purchased this estate in 2013

Why Sarah Vosnakis chose Greece

It's a seafront estate which offers absolute privacy.

What makes this estate unique

The property has a full time chef who prepares 3 meals a day using local organic food as much as is possible.

It'a unique opportunity to taste, learn a real mediterranean cuisine.

The property's vegetable garden and farmer eggs are also included in the price!

There is a fully qualified local masseur who will come to the villa.


based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Secluded Seafront Estate with Fantastic Views, Private Pier and Chef
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Perfect spot for a relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

This villa has an amazing view, peaceful spot for a relaxing holiday with familie or friends. There is space for everyone, so you feel completely free to do whatever you want, swim, watch a mobiel in the open air, play table tennis, sunbathing etc.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Absolutely astonishing place, modern and spacious

  • 5 of 5

Already when entering the estate you feel relaxed, the villa impresses and views over pool and sea are fabulous. Pool is of a size that you really can do a good swim. The villa is modern styled and so are bed and bathrooms. You feel at home and no stress will come up here just because it is so relaxing. Outdoor cooking and eating is the thing and Dimitra takes fantastically care of that. Have enjoyed it a lot staying there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Very Nice property. Felt very relaxed during stay

  • 5 of 5

This estate gives you already and directly at arrival a very comfortable feeling. Then when staying there longer you go with the flow. Clean, well taken care of property, everything fits, stylish and you feel being taken care off. Rooms have a modern atmosphere with bathrooms that you would wish to have in your on house in ( northern) Europe. Early morning swimming in the sea with our without à view of dolphins, is fantastic and water is entered very easy as is the Infinity pool, large enough to swim in or to just play in. Concluding very nice to go to, feeling at eas

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Paradise on earth

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and very specious villa. The pictures already look great but in real life the estate is much more beautiful. We had a great time and we had a very relaxing holiday next to the pool or at the sun beds close to the sea. Dimitria cooks great traditional Greek meals and makes certain that you don't have to worry about anything. We have been there for a week but it felt like a month!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Dream Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Photo galleries on the internet usually portray vacation destinations in a much more appealing way than the actual real life experience, once you arrive there. That is definitely not the case with Villa Amalia. Reality surpasses any possible expectations

The landscape is simply breathtaking. You constantly find yourself surrounded by acres of uninterrupted forests and herb gardens that co-exist, side by side, with the seashore. Half of the bedrooms in these premises, fully and recently renovated, offer the above-mentioned view that is usually complimented in the mornings by the dolphins of the area, swimming in full serenity.

The hospitality is unique. Deprived of any kind of grand gestures, the house keeping maintains its traditional and discreet identity, never failing to fulfill the needs of the guests. Highly anticipated and sought after, it can only be described as genuine greek.

We visited Villa Amalia in June and we kept thinking that it would definitely make an amazing winter destination as well. We are looking forward to having this experience soon again, any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Found !

  • 5 of 5

If you want privacy, luxury and serenity this is the place for you. Once you enter the gates and travel down the winding road through groves of olive trees you are in your own kingdom. The villa is located on a peninsula which juts out into the sea. To the right is a wildlife sanctuary and behind you are the the olive groves. You don't see anyone and no one can see you.

The villa is elegant and yet laid back. The pool and the outdoor cabana area are big enough for a great party. The outdoor kitchen and bar were perfect for lazy afternoon lunches and dinner under the stars.

The bedrooms are laid out so that you and your guests have privacy and yet no one is isolated. There are numerous indoor and outdoor seating areas which makes it great for families with teen-agers. They can hang out with their friends and you can entertain yours.

The bedrooms and bathrooms were well-appointed and the master suite has a sitting room/office. The kitchen had every appliance one could wish for and the staff was polite and efficient.

This is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend it no anyone who wants to really get away from it all. It feels like you are on your own island without the hassle of having to get to an island.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
141 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in West Greece, Greece Mainland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 Jul 2016 - 23 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Aug 2016 - 30 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2016 - 20 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Sep 2016 - 11 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
12 Oct 2016 - 25 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct 2016 - 15 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Nov 2016 - 18 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Greece in Europe

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet
    Bathroom 8 - Outdoor Shower
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
There is a cook who will prepare and cook 3 daily meals. The food is payable by the guests.

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