Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Tramontana - right on the sea - with its stunning views along the coast and out to the island of Kefalonia. Parents of energetic teenagers can even get that honeymoon feeling! Children and grand parents alike can escape to their separate cabanas with their own private terraces while smaller children can be only a few steps away from the main living area in out largest cabana (room for three beds). Low steps at the shallow end of the heated pool offer an ideal environment to teach children to swim or for parents to watch pool activities in comfort from the shaded terrace or the sitting room area.
The solar heated pool is perfect for early Spring and late Autumn; run up from the sea and plunge into the warmth of the pool after a refreshing swim in the sea. When the nights get chilly, enjoy watching the stars through the dining area cupola while enjoying the warmth of log fires.
Tramontana, with three different al fresco eating areas to choose from and a large round dining table inside, is perfect for getting everyone together - in the sun, out of the sun - escaping from or enjoying the sea breeze. Alternatively it is wonderful for those who wish to quietly idle the time away on their own - away from everyone & everything!
For sun worshippers, there is a large deck below the pool and yet another one hidden in the rocks right on the sea, perfect for collapsing after a swim, or as you amble back savouring those fragrant Mediterranean herbs, stop just before the olive trees at the half shaded chill out area and enjoy the views out to sea.
For the more energetic take a path to the end of the garden & over the rocks to a diving board, ideal for jumping in or shallow dives into the open sea. With a ten minute swim around the point you will find a romantic hidden beach hidden in the rocks and not accessible from land. Have no worries about getting out after an energetic swim as there is a ladder alongside the diving board.
Too much sun? Then try a game of 'boules' under the avenue of trees, table tennis among the bouganvileas, or simply relax by the pool under a shade-sail. Alternatively read a book in any of the many quiet and peaceful areas while watching the boats go by. You might even see dolphin!
Despite the privacy that Tramontana offers, it is within walking distance of local restaurants and a mini market. Take a stroll to buy an ice cream less than five minutes away or walk a little further to one of three welcoming tavernas. A twenty minute walk gets you to Makri Gialos beach with sun beds, parasols + more tavernas.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The small secluded Climati Beach 250 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Zakynthos 31 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 5 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
You enter passed covered parking and a large parking area through a wooden door to a paved courtyard centreed round a mulberry - an 'alfresco' living area. Walk around the villa,past the BBQ, outside bar and shaded eating areas you come to the infinity pool and a stunning view of the Island of Kefalonia awaits you..
The large all purpose living room's French windows give access to the pool and terrace. An airy glass cupola above the round dining room table gives the area a charming atrium feel, while the L shaped built in sofas invite comfortable relaxation. The well equipped open plan kitchen includes two fridges, dishwasher and micro-wave.
The living room leads to a spacious en suite air-conditioned honeymoon bedroom (bath with sea view, shower & two basins, separate WC) with wide sliding doors that open onto a covered veranda and side deck for sun lovers - all with spectacular sea views. For parents wishing to escape the younger generation steps from the bedroom lead up to an open air-conditioned gallery/TV area offering chill out space & access to another private roof top terrace overlooking the coast line for miles. Alternatively, for families with young children, who would rather have them nearby, the two window seats on this gallery can be used as children's beds.
Further accommodation is provided by three detached air-conditioned, en suite cabanas with their own patios overlooking the sea, two of which are entered from the car parking area and the boule pitch- perfect for parents with teenage children! The third is close to the main living area and entered from the courtyard which can be closed off from the rest of the garden - this is perfect for young children and there is room for a third bed.
Steps from the pool lead to an outside shower, and a walk around the sunbathing deck bring you to the ample utility room with the washing machine and tumbler dryer,etc.
An additional inside shower, WC, basin. is accessible from inside and outside the main house.
|Further details outdoors|
With its many spacious terraces & protected hideaways, (five possible dining/relaxation areas in shade or sun) Tramontana offers ample choices for those wishing to escape from or enjoy the sea breeze while there is plenty of room for guests looking for total privacy. In both glorious Greek weather and even when it is not so wonderful, this is what is so special about Tramontana:
Something for everyone and masses of room!
The choice after battling the waves of plunging into the heated pool or using the accidentally solar heated outdoor shower just below the pool or using the pool shower in the 'gents' of the main house.
The hideaway semi shaded sunbathing area just above the sea amongst the rosemary and lavender.
A diving board (shallow/flat dives only) off the rocks into the sea & next door your very own private steps out of the sea
A sheltered deck hidden in the rocks to dry off after swimming
A heated pool to warm up in after swimming for the off season months
Two pool showers, one outside and one leading off the pool terrace inside the villa
Secluded Courtyard centered around a spreading mulberry tree offering dappled shade.
A shaded pergola dining area, set into a bougainvillea corner of the courtyard with sea views past the pool
A fun partly covered bar opposite the BBQ - with a view! Watch fishing boats set their nets for the night while attending to dinner.
Through another arched door leading out of the courtyard and overlooked by the cabana terraces, it is a play area for both old & young or just somewhere to hide away glimpsing the sea through the olive trees, under the shade of the mature trees lining the 'boule pitch' with the verbena, thyme, rosemary and lavender bouquet drifting around you.
But if you want to play or exhaust your children there is:
Table tennis under a shaded bamboo pergola
A mature tree shaded 'boules' pitch with views over the sea
Terraces outside each cabana where you can idle the time away while watching the more energetic
Finally for sun worship there is a large deck below the pool where you feel you are on a boat as you look out to sea and to Kefalonia and if you want to hire a boat there is mooring on your door step - wake up and the conditions are perfect and in under ten minutes you can be skiing!
An astroturf tennis court, seven minutes drive up the hill, exclusive to our three villas
Maid Service included in the price
Apart from the 'High Season' when we offer additional everyday maid service, our maintenance team clean the villa & terraces three times a week and this includes a midweek change of laundry.
This is a basic service we offer from our maintenance team in order to keep our villas in order, i.e. change sheets, towels, make beds, sweep - but it is not for guests' personal washing or ironing, or the washing up of dishes, etc.
During Peak/High Season (the school holidays) when additional maid service (see below) is included in the price, if guests do require these additional services then these are available at extra cost.
For example, we offer in-villa catering from one of the local restaurants and 24 hour laundry service (price list and laundry forms in each bedroom)
Peak Season (the school holidays) additional every day maid service is included in the high/peak season price.
This is an every day maid service of one lady (cleaning, washing dishes, preparing a simple salad) from 8 am - 2 pm. This is for our guests personal needs apart from the personal laundry as referred to above.
Internet access is available
The system is perfectly adequate for normal email usage and web browsing but it is not intended for downloading or streaming large media (pictures, music & video) and system files or office 'drop boxes'. Unfortunately it is not 'broadband' as in Katastari & Alikas & Zakynthos Town.
The Ionian Islands region
The island of Zakynthos claims to have more sun than any other Greek island, and yet thanks to the winter rain, this island once called "The wooded island" by Homer, is far from arid. While the South of the island is flat and much more developed, the north is hilly and rural, with striking mountains, sweet smelling pine forests, and lower down rolling hills, with fields of wild thyme & rosemary, dropping dramatically into the Ionian.
Northern Zakynthos, with its abundance of olive groves, epitomises the charming and laid back style of Greek rural living and you are likely to see goats balancing half way up an olive tree. Unspoilt family run tavernas with their shaded terraces welcome guests and offer fresh barbecued fish which may easily have been caught by the man sitting at the table next door. Everyone is amazingly friendly.
There is also a strongly religious and artistic side to the Zakynthians. The local churches and monasteries, complete with exquisite carving and gold-embellished icons are well worth a visit. Zakynthos town has an interesting museum along with a fun shopping street running through shaded colonnades. The yearly carnival is a terrific medieval celebration with jousting and other processions through the town. Shopping is great and the large town square is lined with tavernas and coffee houses (delicious freshly squeezed orange juice).
Zakynthos has a wide variety of beaches, small sandy coves, and long sandy beaches - the true sandy beaches are found in the South but so too are the hundreds of people enjoying them! In the North, the nearest fine sand beaches are in Alikes and Alikanas which are roughly 30 - 40 minutes from our villas. There is good surf here and a variety of watersports - though for scuba diving ........its mainly in the South of Zakynthos, in Aghios Nicolaos, Vassilikos (not to be confused with the Aghios Nikolaos in the north east near our villas)
The most famous beach on the island is the Gerakas beach from where you can hire a pedalo and perhaps see the endangered loggerhead turtle - caretta caretta. A steep road with a couple of tavernas leads to low cliffs and a beautiful crescent of golden sand on this protected beach which is closed from dusk to dawn.
From Micro Nisi and Aghios Nikolaos, you can rent a boat to explore little coves & beaches, water ski, and snorkle in azure clear water. For young children wishing to 'bucket & spade' Alykes & Alykanas (30 - 40 min away) offer long sandy beaches, all the usual beach attractions, (windsurfers, pedalos, etc) and endless tavernas leading right down to the sea. There are several scuba diving centres on the island.
Enjoy the marine life with a glass bottomed boat or visit the famous Shipwreck Bay from the sea; alternatively, enjoy this spectacular sight from a cliff top viewing platform.
Nearby is the hill town of Volimes, centre for the island's weaving industry where charming local pottery, and other quality souvenirs can be bought at very reasonable prices. Beware if in Volimes for Greek Easter, the locals love to set off fire crackers as they wander in and out of the churches!
The Fish Festival is a great celebration at the end of August with the islanders coming to Aghios Nicolas where they eat and dance till the early hours. Although plate throwing has now been banned in Greece, every week the L'Astoria Restaurant, which is right on the beach of Aghios Nikolaos, has its 'Greek Evening' with local dancers and hundreds of white paper napkins are thrown instead of plates - this is a great event for young children!
Sophia's Art Cafe is another quirky meeting place for young and old. The owner has filled it with her own works of art which include life size papier mache statues, exotic jewellery, and highly original paintings most of which are for sale. They also serve a multitude of hot chocolate & tea varieties as well as cocktails and some surprisingly delicious Greek wines.
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