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Traditional family villa on peaceful SKIATHOS, pretty pool, stunning views

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Overview, and… Garden - Pool - Beaches - Village - Villa - Services -Travel

**BOOK NOW, last two weeks August flex. dates still open. New BA London direct flights £288, Thomsons and Thos. Cook also good prices.**

ORCHARD VILLA nestles in a half-acre hillside olive-grove, on a low ridge with stunning panoramic views over Skiathos Bay and Greece's most inviting sandy beaches. It's a quintessentially traditional Greek island villa - blue shutters, red-tiled roofs, and Cycladic roof-terrace. There’s a large cool flag-stoned salon, split-level to the winter log fireplace and sofa, air-conditioned bedrooms with exposed timber beams and roof, and a fully-equipped open-plan 'American' kitchen, with an English ‘pub' bar and stools. You can sleep 2 - 8 (discounts if less, or children) in cosy bedrooms, with an en-suite wet room and two shower rooms. Full details of villa and grounds, beaches, village, and travel... click on "More Details" below - or if you already like it, click "Enquire Now" to the right.

Now, all about Orchard Villa and your holiday...


The villa is quiet and not overlooked, with fenced grounds and a drive with remote-control gates - but all really only to keep the two local herds of sheep out of the garden ! (no real security issues).

The pool is beside its own terrace, with a slate-top "ouzo" / aperitifs table and bench. Pool level access is by two steps down to a safety gate, and for full child security from all directions it's fenced/gated beside the terrace (not blocking your view), and built into the slope with a 1.5m high wall downhill by the picnic area. The pool is 8m x 5m x 1.2m deep - so hardly Olympic! - more for a quick dip and a G&T on the pool terrace alongside, enjoying the unmatched stunning panoramic "9-island" views over Skiathos bay and beaches.

There's a large walled and totally un-overlooked sunbathing roof terrace over the villa, with its own country-valley view to the sea on the north side of Skiathos.


There is a good signal for your 3g/4g phones etc. If needed this can use the hot-spot link for your tablets or laptops. There is no house phone and router in the villa. Internet access is available at tavernas, cafes, bars on beaches, in village, and at harbour-side.


Skiathos village and harbour saw the "arrival of the fathers” in the musical, "Mamma Mia" - and the wedding was in Agios Ioannis church on nearby Skopelos Island. Within 10 mins or so are all Skiathos village shops, tavernas, and services, and literally dozens of sandy beaches. If you will be spending most of your time at the villa, use the reliable radio taxis or bus for shops and beaching, all within 5 - 25 mins drive. If not, you'll need car hire - we always use our pal Nicos, call for details.

Local transport is good - bus, taxi, water-taxi… and ferries for inter-island or mainland excursions. You are 10 mins walk to the two top island tavernas of "Olive View" and "Anastasia" (Paradise Hotel) , and three stylish hotels with top-rated restaurants and scenic pool bars (pool usually open to you).



The split-level salon adjoins the well-equipped kitchen and two wings with four air-conditioned bedrooms. There’s a wine rack, full cook-book library, and lots of books for that rare rainy day. Four French windows open onto a tastefully furnished vine- and wisteria-covered split-level ‘living’ patio overlooking a half-acre hillside olive-grove garden with three terraces for sunbathing, partying, and drinks by the pool. You enjoy unmatched views over Skiathos bay and channel with its nine islands, and over sixty mostly sandy beaches and hidden coves.The patio with its tasteful wood furniture (not the usual white plastic!) is your extended living space, sheltered from breezes and warm enough for dinner and drinks 'til after midnight; with the garden lights and moonlit sea views across to the lights of the villages on Skopelos and Evvia Islands.


Recently re-equipped with: ceramic-hob cooker and hood with fan oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, filter coffee, two fridges with freezer compartments, work surfaces, double sink, dishwasher, and loads of storage. And there’s a washing machine, ironing board, and steam iron - with outdoor drying racks (tumble-dryer not needed in summer!).

AIR-CON in bedrooms can be 24 / 7 if you’re in the room - but to ensure continuous availability, do use it only at night unless you're inside, and always keep doors/windows closed (also keeps the ‘mozzies’ out!). Or - room fans are available if you can't stand air-conditioning!


First, and 'insider' tip: for all villas you might consider - whether or not for mobility issues, do carefully check the access direct with the owner before you book - particularly if the villa is very close above a beach. Access may be a good way from your car, or by a steep narrow concrete staircase.

Orchard Villa is on one floor (but split-level with 2 steps), with near-level car access by 3 low steps to the front door. The patio and view are across 1 low door-step from the salon, then three shallow and wide steps to the main sun-terrace, then a gentle path under pergola with a few low steps to the pool terrace. Inside, a small travelling wheel-chair should be practical; please call to check.


Although the rental contract is as a furnished villa (and is not "serviced accommodation" * ), your payment includes both the rental, and the provision of services/supplies which you request* by booking with us These are: weekly bed-linen and bathroom (but not beach) towel supply; basic domestic supplies (cleaning, dish-wash, tissue/paper), end-cleaning, pool servicing, gardening, maintenance/breakdown, welcome, and travel/booking services and advice. If pre-booked (but payable locally), we can usually arrange* 'at cost' for... extra cleaning, barbecue party, shopping delivery, etc. * all as in our 'No-fuss' booking contract.


Skiathos has direct UK flights (many islands also need a ferry transfer); or fly to Athens, and on by Aegean Air or hydrofoil or ferry… or tour over by car. Flight capacity was increased 300% in 2017; charter fares dropped 25%, and BA started Jul-Aug summer scheduled flights from £288! (but awkward timings). Practical max fares from Thomson and Cooks now around £500, less by Ryan via Athens. Do call us first about flights, - we've lots of practice finding budget options!

Or for a similar net outlay, a family can drive over with a mini-tour of the Swiss and Greek Alps, and a Venice stop-over if you like! It's only 14+4½ hours driving from Calais (less than to Algarve), and 1½ days on a 'cruise' ferry.


We have rented Orchard Villa faultlessly through Owner’s Direct since 2005, and previously since 1992. The villa is licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (see photo gallery) and complies with all regulations.


There is no fixed land-line with router but there is a very good signal for 3g/4g phones and hot-spot can be used to connect online your tablet or laptop. The internet is available at beach tavernas, bars and cafes as well as in the town.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2017

About Vivienne

We're a British-born couple who've spent most of our lifetime abroad, mainly in Greece, the Alps, and the middle-East, now retired to France. We're always delighted to chat about summer and winter/ski holidays in Greece and France, and their food, wine, and language - so don't hesitate to call us.

And while you're on your holiday with us, we're always at the end of a phone for free briefings, translation, and help whilst travelling or touring.

Vivienne purchased this villa in 1986

Why Vivienne chose Thessaly

For ten years we combed Greece and the islands for a dream villa plot with the best sea-and-island views, and local new-builds all in keeping with the traditional Greek style - sun-terraces and porches - and no high-rise glass-and-concrete hotels. In 1988 architect friend Angelos Altsitsoglou brought our ideas to life as "Orchard Villa", in its own olive and fig grove still with over 50 fruiting trees - but careful picking your figs - the leaves can sting!. We found the plot overgrown head-high, having to clamber up an ancient olive tree (still there!) to be sure of the stunning panoramic view you can now enjoy, with the best scenic views on Skiathos - even the Mediterranean!

What makes this villa unique

The room layout is from a favourite Cycaldic-style villa we knew, with the holiday living space based on a large split-level lounge and kitchen, and an outside patio and a roof sunbathing terrace. Now, our vine- and wisteria-covered 'living patio' is also split-level, with the roof sun-bathing terrace and two garden terraces, with level (child-gated) access to the fenced pool from its own 'Ouzo Terrace', and panoramic view over Skiathos bay and the "nine islands".

Guestbook comments from the owner

Orchard Villa rapidly became our holiday home, a delightful spot, slightly away from the greater bustle of the coast road, superb views, we spent most days in the large garden with the three terraces and pretty pool, lends itself to a large family group. England - August 2013.
Feb 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Sporades in Greece Mainland

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Wet-room en-suite bedroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Vanity unit w/ 2 'vasque' wash-basins; shower zone (no bath)
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ... and wash-basin
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ... and wash-basin
  • Master bedroom (no.1) has en-suite wet room with shower, wc, and vanity unit with twin vasque wash-basins. The guest wing has 2 shower rooms, each with shower, wash-basin and toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Air-conditioned
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Air-conditioned; smaller room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Air-conditioned
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Air-conditioned; en-suite wet room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite wet room. Three twin-bedded guest rooms with access to 2 shower/w-c rooms All bedrooms are air-conditioned
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Other Sports - Activities - Tennis club - Horse-riding - Conducted hill walks - SCUBA diving - Sea fishing


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


Rustic Paradise

  • 4 of 5

We spent a magical 12 nights at Orchard Villas, the pictures do not do justice to the magnificent views. The detailed info pack about the Island (emailed by the owners) was spot on and we would concur to all their suggestions of beaches and restaurants to eat at. Vivienne was most helpful and the few blips (of which where no fault of the owners) where dealt with quickly. Even on our day trip to Skopolos where we had no idea where to eat - Vivienne came back to us within moments with a fab suggestion. We have suggested that they need to refresh the towels and have plastic cups and plates for kids and I'm sure they will take it on board as Vivienne is most eager to make sure her guest have a pleasant stay. We hope when we next visit they will have installed wifi as the 3G was intermittent. This did not spoil my trip (but my husband needs to be connected). We came away with many wonderful moments to add to the memory bank! I have already recommended Orchard Villas to friends who enjoy the rustic life and laid back approach Orchard Villas and Skiathos have to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that you had such a great time at Orchard Villa.The villa is very special as is the beautiful island of Skiathos. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for your suggestions, I will be getting some children's unbreakable mugs and plates for our kitchen, a great idea! You were very unlucky with the 3G/4G signals. We now receive a strong signal at the villa and our smart-phone 'wifi hotspots' give us wifi access for our laptops etc.It is now a really good option with roaming charges being dropped. Many thanks again for your lovely comments and I look forward to you and your family staying at Orchard Villa again.
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Orchard Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay at Orchard Villa in Skiathos. The villa was well stocked with everything we need and there was a welcome pack of wine and beer and food enough to make a basic meal. The views for the villa were so beautiful and it was well positioned for town too. Very quiet and Vivienne had provided a comprehensive guide to everything about the villa and Skiathos which was really helpful. We would defnitely come again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Views

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week at Orchard Villa in July 2014 to experience the island of Skiathos before departing on a week flotilla sailing around the Sporades. The villa was a perfect size for a family of four or more. Our two teenage girls had a room each and spent most days chilled out by the pool. We hired a car and used it for exploring the island including the more remote beaches on the north side. We would recommend a 4X4 as many of the roads on Skiathos are really dirt tracks and our hire car struggled a little with the steep hills and ruts. The views from the villa were amazing and it made a relaxing start to our holiday. The local tavern within walking distance of the villa is superb, but we used the car to regularly drive into Skiathos town for the restaurants and bars. Great villa and location with excellent service from the owners and their representatives.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Skiathops family villa holiday

  • 5 of 5

The villa was ideal for a family group of 2 grandparents. three adults and 2 young girls.The bedrooms were great for the family group but the master ensuite wetroom was always in great demand.

The villa was well maintained and the kitchen and utility very well equipped. The views from the terraces were truly superb and the gardens delightful and very safe for the young children. A car is essential because the hill up to the villa isextremely steep. This is definely a 4 star villa

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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orchard villa

  • 4 of 5

myself and my wife were looking for a relaxing, peaceful holiday & that is exactly what we got !

we love the island and this was our third visit(first in a private villa).

the location is stunning with amazing views.

there is lots of room inside and out.

getting to the villa on foot is difficult, approx. 20mins from main road up a steep hill so would recommend car hire.

alternatively, taxi to or from main town only approx 10 euros.

the owners provided transport to and from the airport.

great & friendly service.

would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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East Anglia

Place to chill

  • 4 of 5

Stayed for a week as a couple having left the children behind. The location is superb with breath taking views over the bay. The villa is very private making it the ideal place for a totally relaxing holiday without having to worry about dressing up for breakfast!

The kitchen is very well equipped if you do want to russle up a meal or at least a Greek salad or two. Would recommend the Olive Land for a nice meal and has the advantage of being in walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
26 May 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
23 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
14 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End Season
22 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices are for 6 or 8 adults - see below for reductions.
Important availability note - Any 7-night period is possible (subject to other bookings), with arrival after 16:00hrs for the first night, and departure before 10:00 hrs on the morning after the last night, on the 8th day (although our price-chart is for dates only from Fridays to Thursdays, because most UK charters are on a Friday. But, for 2017 UK charters will be on Tues, Weds, Fri, and Sun (most on Fridays), and Athens flights daily. Competitive fares should be down, now the airport capacity has been quadrupled!
I respond immediately to all enquiries. To send me an enquiry message, please click on the 'Enquire Now' button on this page. So I can give you the best offer, please let me know your tel. no. and I will call you about your holiday expectations and the make-up of your party - or better, call me on (UK): 0044 7904 695408 (and I can call-back back if you wish).

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