Xyloporta + Tassia's Cottage
Villa | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 16
Xyloporta retains the traditional feel of its original old farm buildings and vine covered & olive tree courtyards, yet has the comfort and convenience of modern facilities. Here you have complete privacy among the olive and fig trees. Children & teenagers can make as much noise as they want!
On the other hand, this secluded hideaway among the olive groves, brimming over with charm and character can also be a perfect cosy holiday for smaller groups wanting to get away from the pace of modern living and experience real Greek living.
Xyloporta & Tassia's little cottage, both with so many personal touches, are the perfect place for two or three families + children - the largest bedroom has a ladder leading to a gallery which can sleep three extra children/teenagers or brave grown ups!. So there are enough beds for family parties of up to 16 and we have been known to add an extra bed and make it 17! Each Xyloporta bedroom has its own bathroom, Tassia's shares a large bathroom but has two WCs. All 6 double rooms have air-conditioning.
For large groups there is a table which can seat eighteen in the walled barbecue area and other smaller dining tables under the shade of the olive tree by the pool and on the deck - these can be moved to suit guests requirements. For guests who want peace away from the pool, there is a choice between a vine covered courtyard and an olive tree courtyard. Additionally there is a second deck leading from two bedrooms facing west which catch the gentle evening sun. From everywhere magnificent views.
The really private pool with its panoramic sun bathing deck and shaded area under a giant olive tree has spectacular views along the Zakynthos coast and the resort of Alikes (magical twinkling lights at night) to the right, the island of Kefalonia to the left and behind you the whole range of hills bounding the rugged west coast of Zakynthos.
Xyloporta is seven minutes from hidden coves & beaches and mini markets and five minutes from the nearest taverna, so long as you do not come across the goats being herded down the road!
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aghos Nicolas, Climati Beach & The Long Beach 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Zakynthos 35 km|
|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, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Xyloporta consists of three converted old farm buildings and Tassia's cottage.
Despite the ability of his villa to accommodate large parties who can all be together or hide away on the various decks & courtyards, it works wonderfully for small parties, as with all its little terraces, & quaint rooms guests never feel overwhelmed.
Accommodation in Xyloporta:
En suite master bedroom (twin beds but up to be made as a double bed) with bath & shower (room for a cot).
A twin bedroom with its own shower room.
A small single bedroom (we call it a cabin) which uses the pool bathroom next door.
Two further bedrooms with their own bathrooms are in the largest farm building, which look south over open hillside with French doors leading to a spacious sunset deck. One has a double bed and the other has twin beds but room for a third bed.
Accommodation in Tassia's Cottage:
On the ground floor:
One small double bedroom next door to a spacious bathroom.
There is a spacious twin bedroom where we keep a Z bed folded in the corner as it is frequently used for three guests.
Xyloporta's living/dining room with its open plan kitchen has French windows leading out to both a covered terrace dropping down to the pool and open terraces with natural shade from vines and a very old olive trees. below. The covered terrace is perfect for enjoying the calm sea of early morning or watching the bobbing fishing boats returning to shore with their night's catch.
Tassia's open plan kitchen/living room leads out through French doors to Tassia's secluded patio.
|Further details outdoors|
Arriving from the parking area, a delightful vine covered courtyard greets you, and from here you enter the main living/kitchen area with French doors leading to the swimming pool and magnificent views of the coast line.
Xyloporta has three courtyards offering guests the chance to enjoy or escape from the wind or sun as they please. The first leads to the other two, passing various doors to bedrooms, etc.
The second courtyard, enjoying the shade of a majestic olive tree, leads on to the swimming pool area - a perfect quiet area from which it is possible to watch activities in the pool without getting splashed!
The third court yard is a walled BBQ area, alfresco dining area with two windows framing yet another coast line view and the island of Kefalonia.
Xyloporta, with its terraces & courtyards, some allowing the breeze to circulate, others walled in, some in the shade and some in full sun, has a special place for everyone, but, perhaps best of all, is watching the ever changing light on the sea from the spacious wooden deck. Set a little lower than the pool and surrounded by olive trees guests can laze on the sunken deck enjoying views of rolling forests and olive groves, reminiscent of a Tuscan landscape in one direction, and in the other the sea and indented coast line of Zakynthos.
At the far end of the pool there is another very old olive tree which provides shade for one of several 'alfresco' eating areas. Another is on a covered verandah leading off the sitting room, a wonderful spot for peaceful breakfasting while looking out to sea.
Maid Service included in the price
This is 3 times a week and 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. 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) as well as additional maid service but the latter must be organised in advance.
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 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 rural, with striking mountains and sweet smelling pine forests, and lower the rolling hills with their fields of wild thyme & rosemary, drop 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, shaded colonnades and an excellent fish restaurant. Shopping is great and the large town square is lined with tavernas and coffee houses (delicious freshly squeezed orange juice).
From Micro Nisi and Aghios Nicolas, you can rent a boat to explore little coves & beaches, water ski, snorkle in azure clear water. For young children wishing to 'bucket & spade' Alikes & Alikanas (25 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 Nicolas, 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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24 Sep 2013
"AGIOS NIKOLAOS - ZANTE"
Lovely setting. Plenty of room for 7 adults and 3 kids in the 2 buildings.
Well equipped throughout with pool and BBQ area. Tassia's cottage pretty much self-contained with own kitchen. Xyloporta has large kitchen/living area.
Thank you for taking the trouble to write about our villa. As grandparents of an ever expanding family, we love this villa and one of the many reasons is that Tassia's cottage is, as you pointed out, totally self contained so, if we feel like it, we can escape!
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