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



Updated: 27-Sep-2016
Overview - Garden and Pool - Beaches and Village - Villa features - Travel

Orchard Villa nestles in a half-acre hillside olive-grove, on a low ridge with stunning panoramic views over Skiathos Bay and the most inviting sandy beaches in Greece. It's a quintessentially traditional Greek island villa - blue shutters, red-tiled roofs, and a 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 'US-style' kitchen with an English ‘pub' bar. You can sleep from 2 - 8 (discounts if less, or children) in cosy bedrooms, with 1 en-suite wet room and 2 shower rooms. Full details of villa and grounds, beaches, village, and travel... either click on "More Details" below - or if you already like the look of it, click on "Enquire Now" to the right. Now, all about Orchard Villa and your holiday...

The villa is quiet and not overlooked, with fenced grounds and with a gated drive - although really only to keep the two local herds of sheep out of the garden! (on Skiathos we are never affected by any real security issues).

Pool, terraced garden, and sun-roof

The pool is beside its own terrace, with a slate "ouzo" / aperitifs table and bench. Access is by two steps down to a level-access safety gate, and for full child security from all directions it's fenced/gated beside the terrace (but without obstructing your view), and built into the hillside with a 1.5m high wall downhill bordering the picnic area. The pool is 8m x 5m x 1.2m deep - more for a quick dip and a G&T beside on the pool terrace, while enjoying the unmatched stunning panoramic views of Skiathos bay, beaches, and 7 nearby islands.

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

Beaches and facilities - all close

Skiathos village and harbour saw the arrival of the “fathers” in the musical, "Mamma Mia" - and the wedding 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/ beaching, all within 5 - 25 mins drive. If not, you'll need car hire - we always use our pal Nicos, call me for details. Local transport is good - bus, water-taxi, and ferries for inter-island or mainland excursions. You are a 10 min 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).

Villa features

Salon and Patio

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 seven islands, and over sixty mostly sandy beaches and hidden coves.The patio and 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 Island.


Recently re-equipped with: ceramic-hob cooker and hood with fan oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, filter coffee, 2 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 – but to ensure continuous availability do use it only at night unless you are in the room by day, and always with doors/windows closed (and keeps the ‘mozzies’ out!). Or - room fans are available if you can't stand air-conditioning!

INTERNET access - and international TV - is by 3G / 4G (good signal for tablets or Smartphones). There’s a small classical and ‘60s’ music selection with serious quality Hi-Fi speakers you can enjoy as an outdoor concert on the patio.


The villa is on one floor (but split-level with 2 steps), and near-level car access by 3 low steps to the front door (insider tip - if you’re looking at other villas, particularly right on the coast, do check out the access. Even with no mobility issues, access can be a good way from your car, or by a steep narrow concrete staircase) The patio and view are over 1 low door-step, then a few low steps to the main sun-terrace, and a gentle path with low steps under pergola to the pool terrace. Inside, a wheel-chair may be practical; call us to check.


Although the rental is as a furnished villa (not serviced accommodation), we provide free weekly bathroom (not beach) towel and bed-linen changes and end-cleaning. If pre-booked (but payable locally), we can usually arrange such as ... extra cleaning, barbecue party, shopping delivery, etc. (call for details).

Travel to Skiathos

Skiathos has its own airport with direct charters from UK (most islands need a ferry transfer); or E-jet - Ryan - Aegean (often cheapest by 30%) to Athens and a direct domestic flight, or cheaper transfer by jet hydrofoils. If high-season charter prices put you off, do call us first - we've had a lot of practice finding cheaper options! - OR - for a longer holiday with touring, there is less driving to Skiathos than to some of the Costas, or Portugal. From Calais it's 16 + 4 hrs of motorway though spectacular French and Greek Alps - and via Venice if you like - plus enjoyable ferries.


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.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English, French

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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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker 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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From the Owner

For ten years we combed Greece and the islands for a dream villa plot with the best island views,allowing building only of traditional villas with sun-terraces and porches, and no high-rise glass-and-concrete hotels. In 1988 our 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 care when you pick the figs - the leaves can sting!). The plot was overgrown head-high, and needed a climb up an ancient olive tree (still there) to make sure the land did have the stunning panoramic view you can now enjoy, with the best scenic views on Skiathos - and the Mediterranean!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Skiathos JSI at 4 Miles Nearest Barpub : Agnadi Pool Bar at 0.4 Miles Nearest Ferry : Skiathos village at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : Skiathos-Koukounaries at 0.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Olive View, Katsarou at 0.3 Miles Nearest Ski : Water sports including water skiing available at 5.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Vassilias at 0.5 Miles Car: recommended

Beaches -

Skiathos has over 60 mostly golden sand beaches and coves, and the dozen or so largest with tavernas and water sports; many of the smaller coves have an old-style cantinas. The nearest main beaches are 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk down the hill, but twice that back up in the heat - and with beach bags, shopping and children. So a car is best - we can put you in touch with a reliable hirer who knows us and our guests.

Most beaches are within only 25 mins, and a little longer to walk or scramble down a path to the smaller coves. A few of them, and of course beaches on the little islands, are only accessible by water-taxi or hired boat.

Local travel

There's a reliable and economical radio-taxi service, but most guests find car-hire is better value. There is a good regular bus service, water-taxis to many beaches, and passenger/car ferries for inter-island or mainland excursions.

Picturesque stone-built and pedestrianised Skiathos village and harbour has its shops, port, harbour, marina, tavernas-bars-clubs, and all services just 10 mins. drive or 50 mins. hill walk (or walk and bus) from the villa.

There are ferry and day-boat trips to other islands and a marine park (dolphins and seals), and day-trips (just about !) to classic mainland sites (Athens-Delphi-Meteora). "Must-visit" restored Evangelistria Monastery is only 25 minutes drive.


Rental rates

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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
My Standard Rate
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 calendar note - the website can only show availability dates as 7 nights, e.g. Friday to Thursday - for which departure is on Friday, so you travel on the same day - e.g. Friday - Friday. But any 7-night period is possible (subject to other bookings), and, 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).
To enquire, please click on the 'Enquire Now' button on this page. So I can give you the best offer, please include your tel. no. and I will call you about the make-up of your party - or better, call (UK): 0044 7904 695408. I will call back if you wish, and respond immediately to all enquiries.

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From the Owner

The room layout is from a favourite Cycaldes-style villa we used to rent, with holiday living space based on a large split-level lounge and kitchen. The vine- and wisteria-covered 'living patio' is also split-level, with a roof sun-bathing terrace, and above two garden terraces with level (child-gated) access to the fenced pool from its own 'Ouzo Terrace', and panoramic view over Skiathos bay and its offshore islets.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 130 m²


  • 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


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Other Sports - Activities - Tennis club - Horse-riding - Conducted hill walks - SCUBA diving - Sea fishing

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