A beautiful villa that combines comfort with elegance and makes the most of its location: set into the side of a hill with a path through its own wooded gardens running down to a pretty pebble beach below. The 3 and a half acre (14 hectare) plot is extremely rare because it was planted forty years ago with every local species of plant imaginable. There are olives galore, a lemon grove, orange, fig, pomegranate, grapes and the full range of wild herbs. Feel free to help yourself! In the spring the wildflowers are breathtaking, we even have some rare orchids. From the house at the top of this valley there is no better view in the Peloponnese. Even the sun sets in precisely the right spot. The bay is perfect for both children and strong swimmers and, apart from August, you may well have the whole beach to yourselves. The building of Villa Artemis is told entertainingly in the best-selling book 'Blue Skies and Black Olives' by the broadcaster John Humphrys and his son Christopher.
Christopher, the owners' son, is British but lives in Greece. Although based in Athens, he often stays in the small cottage at the bottom of the property. He is happy to give advice on the local area, point out the best places to eat and generally make sure that your holiday is as enjoyable as possible. A fluent Greek speaker, he is always available on the phone to deal with any problems or questions. If people would like a few nights in Athens before or after staying at the villa he has a small apartment (sleeps 4) that he rents out. See property number 434689 here at Holiday Rentals.