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Villa featured in ‘Grand Designs’ with private pool; sea views

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,982 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Spacious villa,four air conditioned ensuite bedrooms, minutes from beaches

Maistrali overlooks the Ionian sea; totally private in its extensive mature gardens with wonderful views over cypress trees and ancient olives down to the sea. Surrounded by orchards of olive and almond. The house is gloriously secluded in a fold of the land with views of the gardens and sea from every room. No other houses can be seen nor are you overlooked, but you are not remote.

Maistrali comfortably sleeps 8 to 9.(The ninth guest a child under 12). The contemporary eco house is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Every need has been provided for.

Experience total freedom,’ breakfast in your pajamas ‘all the space is yours.Suitable for children.

Sun bathe by the large walk in pool or enjoy the shady verandas and wind cooled interior.

The villa is fully serviced and maintained by our house manager Giorgos. New for 2015 a new mosaic swimming pool. We offer complementary Maistrali robes, pool towels and Korres spa products. All the bedrooms are air conditioned.There are extensive opportunities for water sports,sailing, boat hire, fishing,tennis and walking. We offer free wifi, DVD player and I pod dock. Please ask about the comprehensive range of extras available.

Outside: There are spacious dining and BBQ terraces for alfresco living, seating up to 18, and comfortable places to sun bathe or lounge by the pool or under the shady verandas .The large private pool is accessed by walk in steps, It is 15m x 5m . There are teak sun loungers around the pool and also under the verandas, covered with linen and with linen cushions. Extra sun sail shade is provided by the pool. At night the terraces, pool and garden are atmospherically lit to add to the enjoyment of your alfresco cocktails, dining and barbecuing.

The large mature garden contains palm, fig, bougainvillea, lavender, succulents and herbs. Olive trees provide shady corners.There is plenty of play space. Plenty of car parking up to 8

Inside: Inside Maistrali is newly decorated and refurbished to exacting standards.There is a large split level living area consisting of a sitting room with comfortable squidgy sofas chairs and soft rugs,WI-fi,iPod dock, music system, large Home cinema/ DVD screen and a contemporary feature fireplace. A large dining area with seating for 16 around a refectory table. The fully equipped gallery kitchen a joins the dining room. The central feature of the living area is the circular wind tower which cools the living spaces naturally throughout the summer. Five french windows open onto the verandas and terraces.

Each bedroom is air-conditioned, en suite with a classic white, tiled bathroom with shower facilities and heated towel rails. The master bedroom has a bath and separate shower. They all have French windows opening onto the terraces and verandas and down to the pool. The master bedroom also has its own private terrace. Each bedroom has plenty of clothes storage.

The house is designed to be cooled by the wind based on ancient houses in the Yemen. The wind tower channels cooling breezes throughout the living spaces all summer long.

More Information: The kitchen with a cooker, gas/ electric, large fridge/ freezer, microwave, dishwasher, food processor, toaster, coffee machine, is fully equipped to the highest standard. China, cutlery and glasses for 18 people

The utility room is equipped with a large refrigerator/chiller, washing machine, laundry equipment and first aid cabinet,safe

The house has full central heating.

Outside, barbecue area, sofas, dining facilities for 16 people, private pool.

Eating Out

There is a wealth of tavernas and restaurants within easy distance of Maistrali. They offer fine dining to charcoal grills. You will find genuine Greek specialties and home cooking, the variety and quality of ingredients are special.Lovely fish from Aghios Nicholaos and local meat, wine and vegetables. The local organic cold pressed olive oil is a must.


Nearest is at Aghios Nicholaos 7 minutes away,there is a wealth of other beaches, from sand to small pebbles and the famous sulfur beach.

Zakynthos is easily accessible from the UK

Testimonials from some of our 2013 guests.

'Maistrali is lovely, peaceful, beautiful villa to chill-out,views are absolutely stunning and it is lovely to wake up every morning to the sun streaming through the french windows'. the Mac Farlanes.

'You must use the location to enjoy the beauty of this island,drive to the other side - gorgeous little coves to swim in,most having little tavernas close for drinks and ice creams'. the Davidsons

'Maistrali is splendid, comfortable well equipped,well positioned and above all soo tranquil. We spent many hours watching the swallows drinking from the pool. Giorgos and his team were excellent'. the Bells

'Definitely one of the nicest villas we have stayed in. Peaceful and relaxing with perfect terrace for star watching and partying, loved the air-conditioning. Fantastic swimming pool. Great restaurant recommendations'. the Manns and Sugdens.

'Thank you so much I'm glad, I had a great two weeks ,my room was great and i was always active never bored, thanks so much'. Caitlin ( 10 years)

More Details

Property Manager
Robert & Jane Ellis
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Greek, Czech
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Robert & Jane Ellis

We had an enduring lover affair with Greece stretching back over many years.In 2000 we took a holiday on Zakynthos, an island we had been visiting for thirty years. We saw and bought the piece of land that we built Maistrali( West wind) on with the help of an English architect. The house was featured on 'Grand Designs' as part of the story behind the house we built near Ross on Wye in 2006, you still see re runs on TV.We are retired furniture and interior designers and we hope you enjoy this house as much as we do.

Robert & Jane Ellis purchased this villa in 2000

Why Robert & Jane Ellis chose Askos

We bought this piece of land in a mountain village overlooking the Ionian sea in an area of out standing natural beauty so we could build an Eco home, private, secluded, tucked neatly into the landscape to enjoy this beautiful island and to share it with our guests.We have traveled to Greece since we were students the first time by train to Athens and sleeping on beaches. We have traveled extensively in Greece bu this special places holds our hearts. Maistrali is designed so that the rooms are on a radius and therefore no room is square. Architects will tell you that the perfect space is never square and so it is.

What makes this villa unique

The panoramic sea and island views from all the rooms and terraces make Maistrali unique. In one day you can see the Cunard cruise ships sail majestically up the Cephalonian channel, the sea between the islands, the mountains on mainland Greece silhouetted against the sun rise often with a touch of snow on the tops. The migratory wild birds, we saw ten ospreys this spring and the fantastic array of wild flowers in spring. This island was called the 'flower of the Levante' by the Venicians. Maistrali is spacious and a wonderful living space ,the house works.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Askos on Elation

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3982 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Classic white tiled bathrooms. The bathrooms are all ensuite, fully tiled with Grohe German fittings , heated towel rails and top quality white towels Pool towels are provided. We offer our guests complementary Korres Greek organic range of spa products, soap, shower gel and shampoo. There is an outside shower near the pool.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot , cot on request including bedding
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Maistrali robes, air-conditioned bedrooms. Top quality Egyptian cotton bed linen and a choice of pillows are provided in every room. The master bedroom has a sumptuous hand made super king bed which can also be made as twin beds. The room has a relaxing area and french doors to the private master terrace. The Italian bedroom has a king sized carved Italian bed. the beach bedroom has two contemporary twin beds with metal bed steads. the zebra bedroom is large and can accommodate between 2 and 3 beds and a cot as required. All bedrooms have french windows with sea views opening to the pool veranda and access to the pool.There is extensive storage and lighting controlled from the bed side.The bedrooms are en suite. all bedrooms are furnished to a high standard.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sailboat
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 18 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The maid service including cleaning,fresh linen and towels is every week. We can offer daily or bi - weekly maid service as required.Beach towels provided. There is a House manager who will meet you on your arrival, familiarise you with the house and it's services and who will be available by phone throughout your holiday to provide a worry free holiday. We want our guests experience at Maistrali to be the best, we can plan a special occasion, a birthday, wedding or anniversary please ask for details. We can provide a cook or chef, a spa therapist, baby sitting or your shopping done, alternatively you may prefer to be left alone - the choice is yours. Maistrali has not been specially designed for wheelchair users but those people with mild mobility problems should discuss suitability with the owners. please ask us for our services directory


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Villa featured in ‘Grand Designs’ with private pool; sea views
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautifully relaxing

  • 5 of 5

There were nine of us staying in this very well presented villa and the photos on the web page are indeed a true reflection of it. The charming Georgios was on hand to answer any questions that we had during our stay and to sort out any problems.

A car is definitely needed to stay here, as a walk to the cafe or bars although not miles away would be tricky due to the narrow roads, inclines and heat.

If it wasn't a lazy day by the pool, but an out an about one, it was amazing to come back to the villa afterwards knowing that the pool would be there to cool off in.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your lovely review of Maistrali we are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and hope that one day you return. You were all the perfect guests.We think Maistrali is very special and we hope all our future guests enjoy their holiday as you have done.
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A lovely family holiday

  • 5 of 5

There’s only one word to describe Maistrali and that is WOW!

The villa went far beyond our expectations and we loved it. We enjoyed a wonderful two week family holiday in the most perfect setting and we would love to return.

Many thanks, The Jenkins family.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our wonderful holiday at Villa Maistrali

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults, 2 teenagers and a five-year-old girl) spent two amazing weeks in this lovely villa.

The property was clean and well-maintained, well-equipped. We would recommend it to everybody.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2009
  • Date of Stay: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
32 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Art Cafe
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Aghios Nikolaos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Aghios Nikolaos
Car: necessary

Conde Nast Traveller in 2009 said that ‘the north of Zakynthos was barely touched by mass tourism’. Not much changes here, the fishing boats put out their nets and you are often temporarily halted by flocks of sheep and herds of goats tended by old men on their donkeys. Zakynthos is the most Southern of the Ionian Islands and one of the greenest. It boasts fertile hills, translucent seas, soft sand and the smallest pebble beaches and staggeringly beautiful countryside.

The beautiful north of the island is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and is perfect for late, spring, summer and autumn holidays. Compared to the rest of the Mediterranean it is affordable. The beaches are suitable for young children and there are many charming seaside villages with plenty of good restaurants. The island has an Italian feel from its long association with the Venetians.Zakynthos town ,50 minutes away is a thriving,charming and enchanting place to visit. It has a wealth of good shops.

Other Activities: Sight seeing and visits to the many historic sites on the island is strongly recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Askos, Ionian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 May 2019 - 6 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A 25% deposit is required to secure a booking and a returnable security deposit of £300.00 will be added to the rental balance which is payable 8 weeks before the holiday begins.
Discounts available for early-bird bookings before September 2016 and also discounts available for parties of less than eight. Please don't hesitate to inquire.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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