Villa to rent with sea views
About Gail Egan
Hello, i'm Gail , as a child I lived in a small market town in Staffordshire.I now live and run a tea room in the Peak District .My husband and myself have taken holidays in Greece for 30 yrs . During a tour of the Pelion ,we found The Look out ,just in the process of being built .We fell in love instantly with the island and the wonderful outlook of the house.
Gail Egan purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Gail Egan chose South Pelion
The Look out , as the name suggests looks out over the olive trees and the lovely bay of Agios Sophia . It is furnished simply ,but has a well equipped kitchen and very comfy beds .The best thing for me is the garden with its huge bourganvillia and sitting on the balcony with a sundowner , listening to music.
What makes this Villa unique
It is impossible not to fall under the spell of this very special place .My home in England is very peaceful and tranquil but Trikeri island takes this to a new level . There are few places like this in the world and I feel very fortunate to have found it .If you decide you need some company ,there are a few neighbours dotted around in the bay. Two Tavernas with their wonderful Staff ,always willing to assist in any way , are only a short stroll away in the Port .
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A Greek idyll
Gail's villa on Trikeri Island is comfortable, well equipped, in a great location and, for anyone fortunate enough to be staying there, gives the best sunset views, to be enjoyed daily with a gin and tonic from the veranda.
The villa provides a perfect base to explore Trikeri. Many of the island's small but secluded beaches are just a short walk away as too is the island's port with its two tavernas, both of which can be strongly recommend for their wonderful food and charming waterside location.
This island is a gem. It wouldn't be to everyone's taste but if you want to relive the Greek islands as they were before mass tourism arrived then Trikeri is definitely for you.
You will have to work a little bit to get to the island, in terms of transportation from the airports via car hire or a combination of convenient public transport and taxis and you will also want to stop and shop for essential provisions on the mainland before taking the water taxi to the island. But this just simply makes the whole adventure more exciting and more rewarding when you finally arrive.
Gail was great at providing information and answering our many questions beforehand. Staying at her villa on this wonderful island gave our family a memorable holiday.
Thank you Gail.
Lovely to have you stay Stuart , thank you for your kind comments. Glad you appreciated the real charm of the island .
Gail and Nick
Escape from it all
We flew into Thessaloniki (there are currently no flights to Volos from London/Gatwick before July and are peak season only) and then had a 5hr drive (6.5hrs with stops to eat and shop) to meet the water taxi to take us to the island. 10 mins across the water brought us to a little dock where we unloaded our luggage and shopping. The villa is about 300mtrs up a dirt track, fortunately we had help with the luggage. We arrived at a small development of 15 villas, The Lookout is at the end of a row of a dozen semi-detached villas and offers a good degree of privacy and lovely views. The terrace faces west which is great for sunsets, but does get very hot in the afternoon and early evening. Inside there is an open plan kitchen/living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and utility room with washing machine and freezer. All the main rooms have air conditioning, though the unit in the double bedroom was very noisy. Usually when staying in this kind of accommodation we spend a little time going through the welcome folder to familiarise ourselves with how everything works, where to go, what to do and so on. The Lookout offers nothing at all to help you get your bearings, so you are left to work things out for yourself. It was frustrating to get really useful tips from neighbours towards the end of our stay which would have been so good to know at the beginning! Trickeri is criss-crossed with dirt tracks, many leading to isolated beaches, a few are lovely, one is sandy and was mostly deserted in June. Most beaches though are spoiled by all the stuff that has been washed up, seaweed, timber and tons of plastic items of every description. Most beaches are also heavily populated with sea urchins, so sturdy water shoes are a must. The local tavernas are a short (and steep) 10min walk and are excellent for local food, great service and waterfront locations. There is no shop on the island, a fruit and veg seller arrives twice a week and the taverna will supply water and bread. They will also fill up empty water bottles with draught wine and sell you bottles of beer, all at restaurant prices, but not too expensive. The water taxi is 7euros per person each way from the port, 10euros from the local dock. We had some bad weather and it started to feel very isolated after a few days of cloud and rain, but then the sun came out and Trikeri is a lovely place to be. Our neighbours were friendly and helpful, the locals are very, very welcoming and made it special.
Hi there Stephen , glad you enjoyed a taste of island life .We have sent someone round to have a look at the air conditioning unit , apparently it is rattling the mirror on the wall , which they have taken off . We will however be there ourselves in a few weeks and will check it . We will also be armed with the revised visitor book , we have it here in England making alterations to the information . Things tend to come and go on the island , a shop for example was in existence up until a couple of years ago .
Gail and Nick
Perfect - for peace, tranquility and total relaxation.
Clean villa, cracking position and had all you needed in terms of utensils etc.
The tracks around the island are rough and quite steep in places but they lead to glorious bays with clear water and invariably there is no-one else there.
We really enjoyed the ten minute walk to the Tavernas in the evening where you could either have a 'people fix' or talk to each other if you hadn't had enough of that during the day.
The brochures would describe this island as unspoiled. It is just that, so don't go unless you are happy with nothing but nature and the sound of cicadas.
Hi Grant , really glad you enjoyed your stay on the island and thank you for taking the time to write a review .
A brilliant holiday and the true greek expirience
When we arrived, we were truly bowled over by the beauty and scale of the views on offer. It has to be seen in real life to be appreciated. The beaches are clean and the water very warm and clear, ideal for scuba diving.
The villa itself is like home from home, air con, comfy beds, clean linen and it is surprisingly big and welcoming.
There is a lovely power shower and it's all very clean and there is a choice of reading material and dvds to watch if you decide to have a night in.
The tavernas are a short walk away and there are other good walks on the island as well as the Monastery to see. If you want to travel further, you can hop on a boat to the main land, get on a bus or taxi to visit the local sights and tavernas or taste the local food.
All in all, a very enjoyable holiday!
An idyllic get away
The villa is in a lovely, private spot overlooking the sea which is much closer than it looks on the photographs. Everything you need is supplied and the villa was very clean and tidy. It is very peaceful and tranquil on the island. There are some lovely beaches for swimming or sunbathing, and pleasant walks. The traditional tavernas are a short walk away. They are both friendly places and the food is good. This island is a little gem and you will come back - like we have done. It is well worth making the trip!
Absolute bliss GUARANTEED
My partner and I have just returned from Trikeri and The Look Out after one of the most peaceful, relaxing and rewarding holidays we've ever had.
The Look Out is very well equipped for creature comforts, the A/C was welcome and the kitchen for foodies is well equipped. Cleaned to within in an inch of it's life prior to our arrival, the bathroom has a great, powerful shower just perfect for washing away the salt before an ouzo on the balcony and 'that' view.
The Look Out is a 100 paces from the sea and yet affording the best view of any villa of the gulf and Pithou, the small unihabited island opposite. We sat here most of the time just drinking in the blue, blue sea and sky, watching the little boats come and go. It is certainly one of the best views in 30 years of Greek travel.
The small bay/harbour of Ag. Sophia is great for swimming and the small bay 100m to the right is also lovely, and often deserted. As there are no cars on the island, and most travel around by small boat, or on foot (it's less than 1km across and 2.5 km long) it's essential to come here for nature, peace and quiet - no clubs, boom boom or nightlife to speak of, only the 2 tavernas at 10 minutes walk serving the freshest fish at very reasonable prices. A 'new' shop selling everything you could need in terms of food and drink has recently opened and makes a welcome addition to the services available for the holiday maker. There are ample cafes and amusements on the mainland if you really need a more cosmopolitan fix; the boat taxi will take you to Alogoropus, and a short taxi ride gets you to the bus service accessing the rest of the Pelion.
Trikeri is not the easiest island to get to, we managed with no car, and backpacks, but this is its virtue - imagine Robinson Crusoe with amenities - and the reason it stays as peaceful and quiet as it does. We rented a small boat to explore the island and nearby coast for some 'wild swimming', and some of the best adventures we've had. The water is so warm, and clear and still, we saw masses of marine life, and even an octopus whilst swimming in shallow waters.
If you long for the Greece of 30 years ago, and a place to unwind and enjoy the natural landscape, with the option of accessing more action if desired, this is the place for you. Thanks to Gail and Nic for having the foresight to choose such a lovely place, and then make it so easy to be there with their lovely villa - it was truly blissful.
Trikeri Island in the Pelion is the perfect place to unwind , quiet, peaceful, traffic free a haven of tranquillity. Perfect for those who like the simple pleasures of life. However if you can can bring yourself to leave it's beautiful tranquil beaches, there is a boat taxi to the mainland,where you will find Scuba diving in nearby Trikeri port, sailing and cycling in Milina and even skiing in the mountains of Pelion in winter.There are many good fish Tavernas in the area. The city of Volos is well worth a visit with it's waterside Tavernas and Ouzeris and fashionable shops. If you enjoy walking there many good walks through the olive groves or on beautiful coble stoned Donkey trails , you can take a Taxi to the top then walk winding your way down to the sea just in time for lunch or evening drinks in one of the traditional Tavernas .There many archaeological ruins including the old city of Volos where Jason set sail on is voyage to find the golden fleece.
Other Activities: snorkelling