Tal Hamsa is a magnificent flexible spacious villa with breath taking views. Brilliant for large groups, it also works for more intimate parties.
With its multi level structure, opening out to dramatic bird's eye views, is perfect for teenagers, toddlers, and grannies. The two lower terrace bedrooms (sharing a shower room plus WC) can easily be shut off, making Tal Hamsa an extremely comfortable compact 5 bedroom villa with 4 bathrooms plus 'gents' Perfect for one family.
On the other hand, the large upstairs living room, and the many outside 'chill out' areas makes this an ideal house for several families. For aspiring chefs there is an exceptionally well equipped kitchen - a large oven, 5 gas hobs, with two large fridge freezers, an ice cream freezer plus a drinks fridge. This is a joy for large house parties - no one wants endless trips to the supermarket!
Tal Hamsa, perched on a steep hill side, has spectacular bird's eye views and generally enjoys a refreshing breeze. This, with its many balconies, terraces and shaded hideaways, makes it a brilliant villa from which to escape the intense heat of high summer. All bedrooms have air-conditioning. For the sun lovers there are sun beds on the large deck area around the pool and other secluded semi shaded hideaways.
On the other hand with its spacious interior - two separate seating areas in the sitting room and a large round table off the kitchen area - plus the traditional fireplace make Tal Hamsa a perfect refuge for the cooler nights of early summer and autumn. This is the time to enjoy the astroturf tennis court which for the fit is a three minute walk via a path cutting across the garden, but it is also possible to drive there with an ice box of cold drinks!
The Port of Aghios Nikolas is 7 or 8 minutes away. From the Pink House, you drive down the hill to the coast road (about 6 minutes) and turn left (north) for two minutes. This is a typically Greek small port where the ferry from Kefalonia arrives and returns. Beware you will be greeted with offers of boat trips to the famous ship wreck or the blue caves! Her you will find the small super market with its cafe overlooking the port, a tourist shop, tavernas, a hotel, a filling station and a beach with free sun beds at the far end of which there is a fantastically located waterside taverna which extends with tables actually on the beach.
The taverna and the supermarket are run by the management team who look after our villas - so not only will they offer you a 10% discount at the shop but they are wonderfully helpful and will also sell you their really good value Rose wine which they serve at the taverna.
The super market will give cash back and deliver to your villa. Meat and fish can be ordered as well as local vegetables and freshly baked bread. There are fresh deliveries every day, and fresh croissants. They also rent out various boat trips and generally give our guests a discount.
Taking the coast road in the other direction, after passing a few tavernas, there is a long beach, Makri Gialos with the usual umbrellas and pedalos. This is about ten to twelve minutes from the Pink House. Very much worth a visit three minutes before the long beach is the tiny fishing port of Micro Nisi (means small island in English) where opposite the small island is a charming, family run typically Greek Restaurant which overlooks the small boats and has its own tiny little beach from where you can swim and have a refreshing shower before lunch!
A little further on there is a restaurant run by the English wife - a Jamie Oliver admirer - of a larger than life local character who rents out small boats with or without a driver if you have your ICC licence and is very friendly and speaks perfect English. But all the local people are extremely welcoming and helpful, especially in the tavernas and you should try them all!
To sum up, this is the perfect party villa, or one family villa. With its various terraces and romantic 'get away from it all' hideaways under olive trees - all with dramatic sea views - Tal Hamsa is a joy for every type of guest. There is room for everyone to be together both outside around the pool with spacious surrounding terraces and inside the villa with its large living room or alternatively one can find private little corners 'away from it all'. Perfect for mothers of toddlers to enjoy the sun or shade while their young are in the crèche, and for grandparents to get away from everyone! If you need more accommodation, Tal Hamsa can be rented with the Pink House next door.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Aghios Nicolas or Climati or The Long Beach 3.5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Zakynthos31 31 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (12), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Tal Hamsa is a multi-level villa entered via steps leading into the spacious ground floor dining area and well equipped kitchen with a separate pantry. Two large fridge/freezers and an additional drinks fridge as well as a separate deep freeze make catering for such a large number in the hot Greek weather easy.
Wooden stairs lead to the large living room with its two sitting areas, one around the TV with bookshelves surrounding the fireplace. The other sitting area has two typical Greek stone sofas (with comfortable cushions!) looking out through French doors on to a balcony and stunning views of the coastline of Zakynthos and the Island of Kefalonia - magical at night with the twinkling lights.
Three of the bedrooms open into the living room.
On one side there is the master bedroom with its dressing room, en suite bath/shower-room and private balcony overlooking the swimming pool terrace and coast line and on the other two bedrooms which share a shower-room through individual en suite doors. One of these bedrooms opens onto the living room verandah.
Two large en suite bedrooms, (one with bath/shower-room & the other a shower-room) lead off the inside dining area, Both have French windows opening onto terraces. There is on this level an additional 'Gents'
Swimming Pool Level
A small lobby divides twin bedrooms sharing a shower-room
Next door to these two bedrooms is a large utility room.
The swimming pool is10m long x 5m wide and the depth ranges from 1m - 2.10m.
|Further details outdoors|
From the large paved parking area below Tal Hamsa steps curve up past the ping pong terrace and on to Tal Hamsa's front door.
A wide terrace with comfortably cushioned stone sofas fronts the ground floor dining area leading on to the shaded BBQ and alfresco eating area overlooking the pool.
Further on past the pool with its spacious sunbathing area white washed steps lead up to a specially private hideaway terrace with magnificent views overlooking the pool and sea.
Cleaning Services included in the price are as follows:
Apart from the 'High Season' when there is everyday cleaning, 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.
We can arrange in-villa catering to be delivered from one of the local restaurants
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' which is available in Katastari & Alikas & Zakynthos Town.
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.