|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Bedroom 1 with double bed.
Bedroom 2 with double bed.
Shower room and separate toilet.
Fully equipped kitchen with small baby belling style cooker, fridge/freezer, electric kettle and toaster. Iron and hairdryer also provided.
Open plan living/dining room with comfortable sofa and chairs and marble-topped dining table and chairs. Air-conditioning unit.
Views out to sea.
Villa Panos is divided into three spacious apartments (available as a whole or separately). Apt 1 (the top apartment with the balcony) sleeps 6 persons in three separate bedrooms. Apt 2 (at the front downstairs with views out to sea) sleeps 4 persons in two separate bedrooms. Apt 3 (at the rear and side of the property downstairs) sleeps 2 persons comfortably with an additional two single beds in the living-room area. Each apartment enjoys an open plan living/dining area with fully equipped kitchen and air conditioning. Excellent restaurants and tavernas nearby. Airport, 5 minutes by car. Nearest beach, 10 minutes on foot.
Being a Property lawyer for many years practising in the UK in Norwich, one might have thought that I would be wary of navigating the Greek legal system. It turned out however to be an interesting and educational experience and one well worth embarking upon - as I muse each time I sit on my balcony enjoying the fabulous views. The adventure started in May 2004 when we arrived on the island and our first port of call (as always) was Syraino Taverna - affectionately known as the "orange comfy chairs" - for the first Amstel of the holiday! There, we met a friend who was working for the Real Estate Office of Wibis (now Skiathos Estates). John was that afternoon viewing a house in the Plakes. Suffice to say, the property never made the open market and the rest, as they say, is history.
Rachel McGurk purchased this apartment in 2004
Many years ago on my first visit to Skiathos, I fell in love with the island. I had holidayed on many other Greek islands but none had the all-round appeal afforded by Skiathos. Skiathos Town, with its white-washed property and charm and glamour, is to me the St Tropez of the Greek islands. Over the years, I settled on staying in Skiathos Town itself which has the attraction of all the night-life on the doorstep but the beaches are easily accessible during the day. Then, one particular holiday, I discovered the tranquil old town area known as the Plakes and decided that if ever I were able to acquire a property on the island, this would be the perfect location. Unfortunately, properties in the Plakes very rarely come onto the market since it is where the local Greeks like to live and stay.
Villa Panos enjoys a prime position in the heart of the Plakes area of Skiathos Old Town amongst the locals and away from the maddening crowds - yet it is only a minutes walk down-hill to the old harbour with its traditional Greek fish tavernas, restaurants and bars. Nestled in the cobbled streets, the area is virtually traffic-free and ideal for a relaxing holiday. Since there are no buildings in front of the property (and never will be), Villa Panos benefits from one of the best views in Skiathos Town - looking out over the Aegean Sea and to the neighbouring islands one way and across Skiathos Town and down into the old harbour the other way. We particularly enjoy the fact that from the old harbour we can take a water-taxi to the beach - a fun and relaxing way to start the day.
Deposit of 50% payable in advance to secure booking. Remainder to be paid at least eight weeks before departure.
Friday changeover days. Other days may be available by arrangement. Most UK direct flights (about 3 hours 30 minutes) arrive mid-day or late afternoon and depart mid-late afternoon.
Notes on prices:
Prices in UK Pounds per apartment per week. Friday changeover days preferred. Substantially reduced rates for long winter lets.
Difficult to find when we arrived. Only suitable for the young and energetic due to the location, many steep steps to town and very difficult to access with suitcases.
The villa itself is poorly equipped, and needs updating. We were a party of two, but for more people there would not be enough space, crockery (plastic) etc.
My comments to the owner were never answered.