Secluded, Spacious, Stylish Home with Wide Balconies & Ocean Views, sleeps 5-10
Gillian Cameron Cooper
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About Gillian Cameron Cooper
I am a writer, journalist and editor by profession (www.gillycameroncooper.co.uk), and live in London mid June-August, Dec-March, and the rest of the year on Naxos. My husband, Robin, and I operated a small and exclusive walking holiday company based in the Cyclades, for 14 years. We share our extensive knowledge of Greek island culture and natural history with our house guests. We grow vegetables, and produce wine, olives, lemonade, pomegranate and grape juice from our own vines and fruit trees, and have upgraded the big, single-storey house to British standards of comfort and taste. We care for the island environment and support the local community.
Gillian Cameron Cooper purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Gillian Cameron Cooper chose Naxos ke Mikres Kiklades
Wake up every morning to big view of sea, islands, sky and hills. In the evenings, sit on the broad balcony and watch the sun set gloriously behind Paros, a glass of chilled local rosé wine to hand. The island's most beautiful beaches are very close, and empty for 10 months of the year. Yet the house is sufficiently inland to have fertile soil for cultivating, washing that isn't salt-encrusted, and to stroll into hills rich with wildflowers. All that is best about the country is condensed into the wonderfully diverse island of Naxos. It is rich in mythology and ancient history, with temples, stone farm buildings as old as the hills, rare Byzantine frescos and Venetian towers. This is a real, working island rather than a tourist resort, and produces its own high-quality meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and olive oil.
What makes this Villa unique
• Convenient for exploring the island's best coast for walking, swimming and wildlife; central villages, N & NE mountains • Friendly neighbours, including a family taverna, whose sons manage our vineyard • Completed secluded villa, nestled in an acre of vines and olive trees and surrounded by fields (ie., not in a crowd of holiday villas) • Wide views of sea and islands W and S, and of waves of rocky hills to N and E • Self-contained peace and relaxation in a real home with pictures, books, music and comfort, rather than camping in a soul-less holiday villa complex • The house is full of light and space; as one guest put it: "very pretty: Greek, but not too Greek" • Guests share our inside knowledge of the island - at online blog, and with guidebooks, maps and notes in the house
Max guests: 10
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Nice property and nice location
We loved our stay in Villa 2. It was convenient to many things, but most interesting were the hosts, who had available for a nominal fee some very well documented hikes throughout the mountains of Naxos. Took us to places we had not seen before. Highly recommended.
Spacious island house
The house was great. Everything worked well. The property manager was very helpful and the owner gave tons of info about the island. We definitely recommend Kastraki house.
Gorgeous villa! beautiful seaviews,peacefull place
We have excellent memories from our holidays in this beautiful property. The house is spaceous, tastefully furnished, very well kept and fully-equipped.
The beautiful 4 miles long sandy Kastraki Beach beach is only a 5 minutes walk away. We very much enjoyed relaxed evenings on the terrace, overlooking the garden (with fresh vegs, figues & lemons!). The view of the surrundings, the sea and the island of Paros is stunning.
The property located in a peacefull area is ideal for our group of 10 (4 adults, 6 children,)
The owners and the manager on the island are very friendly and helpful. We much appreciated their restaurant , sight-seeing and walking tips.
We warmly recommend this beautiful property to anyone looking for relaxed holidays and hope to be back soon
Wonderful house and hosts
The house was beautiful and very well equipped, with sunny and shady areas to enjoy. It was also great to have fruits from the garden! The house is in a quiet location, close to the sea, and the sunsets are amazing from the terrace. We were there as a family with kids, cousins, grand parents, and the house and surroundings fitted everyone comfortably. A variety of nice beaches are reachable easily and allow to chose between different seaside styles. Also close to a famous windsurf and kite surf spot (one can actually see the kites flying in the sky in the distance). Perfect experience, to be recommended. We're going again! (note to webmaster: arrival date was actually in 2014, but at the time of writing this review the calendar does not allow to go back in time that much…)
Tranquil Greek Paradise
The villa in Kastraki on the Greek island of Naxos provided the perfect balance of a Mediterranean getaway with the comfort of one's own home.
The spacious villa was more than enough room for two couples and a child, and the beach and restaurants were a short walk away. Swimming, sunbathing, sampling the delicious food prepared at the nearby restaurant and sipping the locally made wine all added up to an unforgettable holiday.
The property manager was able to pick us up from the port and even arranged for a bicycle to be hired to give us a little extra mobility. She not only explained everything clearly but made us feel incredibly welcome.
This is a place my family and I can't wait to return to.
Thank you so much for this review; I look forward to have your family back again! There's some space still in July, and I'm happy to give you a special discount if you're interested!
Wonderful property with sea view
Gillian's property is the kind of place where you will instantaneously feel at home. You can tell from many details that this is Gillian's home and not just a property for rent. The house is spacious, clean and wonderfully located with a lot of land and nature around, just a few minutes drive to one of the best beaches we experienced in this Greek summer. And close to two perfect restaurants: one is known as the best restaurant on the island, the other one, a real Greek taverna, is even better in our eyes! The wonderful veranda has a stunning view on the sea and sunsets. Allison, the property manager, is one of the kindest and loveliest persons I met. She is enthusiastic about Naxos and generous within kind of information to make the best out of your stay. Always helpful to solve any problem. Thank you Gillian and Allison for making our stay in Naxos simply perfect!
The owner is the author of a hiking guide to Naxos and three other Cycladic islands (publication March 2020)
Self-guided walking programme available on request, or guided walking with the owner or via www.walkingplus.co.uk. Day walks lead you deep into the island's landscape, history and traditions, and parts that other tourists never reach.
The terrace around the house is perfect for yoga, pilates, Tai Chi practice. Reference books available.
World-class wind- and kite-surfing centre nearby, at Mikri Vigla.
800-1.5 km (cross-field or by road) to a sandy bay and a sheltered beach with a handful of sun beds and the aptly named Paradise Taverna. Beyond these are long creamy strands, in one direction to the bouldered headland of Mikri Vigla, and in the other, to a wild peninsula with a range of coves and beaches, big and small; all beautiful. Safe swimming, sandcastle sand; beach-combing for shells and pebbles (you can see results around the villa!), unspoilt and undeveloped.
Naxos Airport 13 km (domestic flights to Athens)
Ferry terminals, Naxos Port, 18 km
Vehicle hire essential for shopping trips and exploring further afield
Nearest taverna:100m; baker 1km; seasonal general and foodstores 750m; all-year general store at Mikri Vigla, 3km; nearest full range of shops Tripodes 6km; main town/port of Naxos 18km. Wind- and kite-surfing centre Mikri Vigla 3km. Excellent coastal and hill walking from front door of villa. Demeter's Temple and picturesque central village of Halki, 8-10km.
Oven-warm crusty village bread from baker (1km) daily except Sundays. Mikri Vigla baker & general and food stores open daily spring to autumn and less often in winter. Nearby food and general stores (less than 1km) June-Sept. Nearest ATMs Mikri Vigla (3km).