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Shady, Secret Hideway on glorious undiscovered Andros

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
6 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Idrousa - The Priest House

5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Sleeps 10

Traditional old island house with additional buildings in keeping with the character of the island. 10 minutes from beach. Deliberately devoid of clutter but comfortable and homely. Fully equipped kitchen to cook freshly caught fish and vegetables that the farmers bring down to town each morning. Real fire for those who visit in the cooler months. The walls, mostly 3ft thick, keep the house cool in summer and warm in the winter. Shady areas with great views of sunsets and sea. Olive and fruit trees in the terraced grounds. Good walking through long forgotten lush valleys. Fabulous panoramas out to sea and across the unspoilt mountainous island. Easily accessible from the road and yet totally quiet and private. The accommodation easily splits into 2 separate areas suitable for more than one family. Wonderful for a families or those who want to avoid the club scene but would like a holiday that will enthral all from the very young to the more senior.

Further Pictures: For more information about the house and the island, please contact us for details of our web site.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lully Newman
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, Italian, Greek
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
31 March, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Beaches are great although Vitali really stood out, endless wildlife and the river Aladhino is worth seeing.

I like seeing the geckos.

What a relaxing holiday! We have really enjoyed the rustic lifestyle and friendly reception in Andros. We visited Hora (the Maritime museum... tried to see the Archaeological museum but closed on Mondays). Went to Archeological museum in Paleopolis (open Tuesd, Thurs and Fri). Ypsili arheological site only open on Wednesday so we missed that!. Walked up to the tower of Agios Petros which was v hot but worth it. We have been stunned by the age of some of these ruins. Restaurants at Vitali ad Ano Aprovatou were our favourites. The bumpy rides in the car to the beaches have been on experience but worth it each time. We visited Fellos, took a sea canoe out at St Peter's beach, Vori, Zorkos with Vitali and the beach between the two churches being our favourites. Great snorkelling!

The house has been wonderful - so uncluttered unlike our own house but with everything you need.

We have all really like the house - so much space. Also the climate. Nice to be able to leave things outside at night without worrying about rain. Favourite beach - Vitali with the jumping rocks....
Aug 2012
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Shady, Secret Hideway on glorious undiscovered Andros
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful sea views, always a fresh breeze

  • 5 of 5

Choice of 2 huge terraces in the sun, with shade or shelter - and always a breeze. Dramatic views over the sea, the big Eucalyptus tree, a dramatic focus for the house. A most generous and extremely well organised and clean place. We highly recommend it as a base for discovering the small hidden beaches of the island ( Zorkos, Vitali, Ateni and Achla ) and fascinating walks along river valleys.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Idyllic spot on Andros

  • 5 of 5

I loved my time at this wonderful spot on Andros. Beautifully situated high up on the hills, it commands amazing views and sunsets which are breathtaking from the terrace. A short drive to the closest village and easy driving distance to amazing beaches. It is surrounded by lots of fig trees which were just ripe during our stay - lots of varieties and absolutely delicious. A little walk down the steps and along the road, you can get to a little spring which has wild mint growing - a great place to explore from on foot with walks up the hill and around the area.

Loved the house - the rooms were comfortable and clean and freshly painted white. The kitchen is really well set up and the living area really cosy. Particularly loved the terrace for a 'greek' breakfast or g&t's at dusk to watch the setting sun.

I will absolutely be coming back....thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Beautiful versatile house in great location

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying here. The house has lovely views and lots of different terraces and places to be with beautiful views out over the valley and sea, stunning sunsets and shade and breeze when you want it too. Inside the bedrooms and bathrooms are attractive, comfy and well-equipped. The kitchen is large and well arranged, there's everything you need in it to cook and feed a house full. There are also lovely local items dotted around, and lots of information, books and maps about the island. With the owners' knowledge of the island and the advice they provide its easy to find lots of lovely quiet beaches with and without tavernas, places to shop for food, great walks (even in high summer), restaurants. Just spending time around the house, on the terraces under the Eucalyptus tree and generally enjoying the place was also a pleasure. The owners were really helpful and very easy to deal with, they are very passionate about Andros and are really keen to help people enjoy their stay and the island. As the house is about 20 minutes drive from the arrival port of Gavrio this is a great location for exploring the wild north of the island and still being able to quickly get into the shops and restaurants of Gavrio and other parts of the island, watersports etc. Its also a beautiful house with lovely original features in a great setting. For us it was a perfect base and a really good way to experience a lot of Andros in a short period of time.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Just back from my fourth visit to gorgeous Andros

  • 5 of 5

I always stay here because I love this place. The kitchen has everything you need, the house is clean, the sheets are beautifully ironed and you feel like you are in a real Greek home.

Inside the house it's always lovely and cool (the walls are so thick). There are showers, baths, and comfortable bedrooms. From memory, all are curtained and shuttered, and I sleep better in this house and Andros than anywhere else.! Outside, there are lovely orchards and grassy areas on different levels to relax.

The owners are always really friendly when I book and have always recommended good places to go and companies to use.

What to do: there are so many beaches that we normally go to a different one each day. Some have little restaurants nearby where you can spend a couple of shady hours; others we take a picnic too, and glory in the fact there are still some beaches in Europe with no bars, parasols or disco. Andros is a truly unspoilt island.

My favourite morning activity is to drive in to Gavrio, pick up fruit and vegetables from the farmers who arrive daily and sell groceries from the back of their trucks, then supplement it with visit to the supermarket and green grocer, before selecting one of many cafes for my morning greek coffee.

In the evening, we probably eat in 25% of the time and enjoy really cheap greek wine, gorgeous fruit and vegetables with some fish or cook up a bolognese; but there are also great restaurants - in Gavrio there are lots the facing the port, but also on little squares. Just up from the house is a fabulous restaurant. I have no idea what is called (we just call it the "goat" restaurant ... for no known reason), but just turn right out of the house and its about a kilometre up the hill off the road to the left. The food is really delicious...we have often had to place a second order for more! Children queue up to ride on the ponies that come out in the evening, and all is very safe, quiet and idyllic.


- there is a spring nearly opposite the house which we ran down to each day to fill up the bottles with the purest water that runs from the mountains.

- you need a car and the roads are rough - try Anna Vrettou in Gavrio (good English/good range cars)

- the ferry runs in the morning and the afternoon, so make sure your flight fits well with this....alternatively, once I mis-timed it and spent a lovely evening in a good basic hotel on the mainland at Rufina where the restaurants serve great fish

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Athens International
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The island of Andros is now the closest Aegean island to the new Athens International Airport. A 30 minute bus ride takes you to the port of Rafina where ferries leave for Andros, a two hour journey. The next two islands in the group are Tinos and Mykonos. All ferries to Andros dock at Gavrio which is about a 15 minute drive from the house. Andros is the greenest Cycladic island, even in the summer, fresh water flows on the island and there is plenty of greenery. Being slightly off the beaten track, visitors can enjoy this traditional Greek island and relax on its near empty beaches. There are plenty of sandy beaches on the west side of the island, the nearest of which is only 10 minutes drive from the house. On the east side there are perfect white pebble beaches with the clearest blue seas we have ever seen. We have 4 children ranging from 2 to 14 and have found that there really is something for everyone. This is one of Greece's best kept secrets.

Other Activities: Drinking local wine on empty beaches


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Idrousa, Cyclades

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn
18 Sep 2016 - 1 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 May 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We can accept payment in Euros or Sterling. There is a deposit of 10% of total price payable on booking. 50% due 60 days before arrival and then the remainder 30 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Idrousa in Europe

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 is in a self contained building - great if you are sandy from the beach and don't want sand all over the house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    1st Floor - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    2nd Floor 1 - 2 Single Bed
    2nd Floor 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Annex - 2 Single Bed
  • In 2 bedrooms and the annex the single beds can be put together to make doubles. The annex is ideal for grandparents or friends who would like some extra privacy. In every bedroom there are mosquito nets and plug in repellents. We have provided electric fans. Although every room apart from the annex are linked by an internal staircase, it is also possible to leave the master bedroom, second floor 1 and the annex by an independent doorway onto terraces and gardens.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We would prefer guests not to smoke in the house. The house is cleaned before visits. If required, the maid can come more frequently, but this must be arranged beforehand. The garden is very large and there are a number of terraces providing opportunities for separate families, or members of the same family, to have space for themselves. The house is just above a fresh mountain spring.

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