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Venetian 14 century house at heart of Naxos castle/Castro, quiet with sea views

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's2
Space 2,002 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Airy, spacious house in Castro. Sunken roof terrace suntrap with pots of geraniums.

A rare chance to stay in a beautiful fourteenth century family home set among winding, whitewashed alleyways in the fortified Venetian castle area of Naxos. The house is peaceful and secluded whilst being in the heart of the town, a few minutes walk up from the waterfront. Sitting at the top of this lively port, the house has lovely views of the sea, a sun-trap sunken terrace, and cool breezes through its high white rooms. The peace and tranquility of the house provide a delicious contrast to the buzzy atmosphere of the harbour, with its lively evening promenade. Built in medieval times by Venetian conquerors as part of a walled castle, the house has a magical atmosphere with plenty of books and music for you to enjoy. The beds and linen are new and comfortable. The rooms are high and airy with two large reception rooms with plenty of seating, three large double bedrooms and a lovely outdoor terrace with terracotta pots overflowing with geraniums, oleander, jasmine and bougainvillea with comfortable seating for breakfast or drinks. So the house has plenty of spaces to relax and chill out. Not to mention the view from the roof where you can sit and watch the sunset or sunrise with a 360 panoramic view of sea and mountains. The rooms are filled with much loved family treasures, books, beautiful antique furniture, paintings, Persian hangings and traditional old carved Naxian sofas.

The house has walking access only, up narrow stepped alleyways. You can park within 5 mins walk of the house however, down a flight of steps at the back of the Castro. A few steps down through the front of the Castro and its ancient North Arch brings you to the old market place where you can buy fresh hot bread cooked on wood burning ovens, fresh peaches, local vegetables, eggs wine etc . The local produce is delicious and wonderful to cook up feasts with up at the house. The local wine is good once you get used to it and many tavernas make wine from their own small vineyards and grow most of their food. (EOT tourist licence number MHTE 11774K92001203901)

More Details

Owner
Zita Newcome
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Zita Newcome

This house was sold by its Venetian owner by our aunt, who was the first English person to come and live on the island and who helped many a stranded traveller who didn't speak Greek. She was a great lover of Greece and Naxos in particular and loved having people to stay to enjoy it. This passion was passed on to her family, who she left it to when she died. We all love Naxos and have been coming to the island ever since we were children. Now our own children love it as much as we do and bring their friends here to explore the mountains and beaches - and nightlife! There is something very magical about the island and the house, we think you will fall under its spell. The history of Naxos goes back to millennia to the earliest civilisations known about in the Cyclades and is where many of the greek myths are based.

Zita Newcome purchased this house in 1963

Why Zita Newcome chose Naxos

Our aunt bought this house in the Castro in the sixties to be her home and a haven from the heat and bustle of Athens, where she worked at The British School of Archaeology. When our aunt lived here it was always a refuge for her friends: archaeologists, historians, writers and artists who loved to stay here in the peace and quiet of the Castro. Venturing forth by foot to explore the culture and antiquities of the island. We have tried to keep the charm of the house as it always was, full of books, music and antiques, while making it comfortable for visitors. Naxos is a great destination for lovely beaches and cool island breezes. It is wonderful to sail on a ferry across the Aegean sea to this fascinating island. full of interesting people. We have always loved the house and island. Naxians are friendly and hospitable, you relax so much you'll never want to leave! You can walk to everything you need and not step in a car at all. Or you can do road trips and experience the hair-raising drives through the mountains, finding hidden villages, Byzantine chapels and ancient ruins.

What makes this house unique

This is a rare chance to stay in an historic building, a Venetian house within the ancient fortified walls of the Castro. Just by the Cathedral and little square, abutting the museum, it is full of history, from the Venetian coats of arms above the houses and relics of its ancient Greek past. Our house, like many, has marble columns supporting the house in the cellar and relics of earlier architecture. It is great fun to wander around finding remnants of the ancient greek buildings in the walls or supporting the alter in the Cathedral. It is wonderfully quiet and peaceful in the Castro around the house, yet only a short walk to the town centre, ancient marketplace, tavernas and waterfront, including the town beach.

The house has views across the sea to the islands of Paros and Mykonos and the sunset view from the rooftop is a perfect end to the day. The house has an antique, unchanging charm, and is full of books and music. You can have an all-action holiday or just read, paint and listen to music. Whatever your choice, we hope you'll find this a very special place to stay. Everyone who has stayed here has loved it! We have an entertaining visitors tips book full of everyone's adventures (including our own) and tips for what to do and discover.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment we met our concierge, Kathy, we knew we'd stumbled upon something special. A long time local, she lead us expertly from the chaotic port up through through the enchanting maze of cobbled steps leading to our rustically charming summer home near the Venetian castle. She was an invaluable resource during our stay. So much so that upon our return to California we presented our daughters with their first kitten as a direct result of their complete infatuation with Kathy's feline family.



With breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean and stunning architecture dating to the mid 16th century, we found the Naxos house to be the perfect proximity to cafes and the bustle of Naxos town, while just enough removed to enjoy the quiet retreat of the Kastro hilltop. The location of the house is also the perfect jumping off point for day trips to quaint inland villages and quick scooter rides to crystal blue beaches. That is, once you're able to navigate your way through the cobbled maze to the water well, or to locate the short-cut "pirate steps", local produce market, etc. But the experience of finding our way in a new place is always a part of what draws us to travel, isn't it.



Such great adventures we had on this trip, but perhaps most enjoyable were the lazy mornings in the house where we enjoyed aged local sheep's milk cheese, fresh figs, and greek coffee. We'll also miss the sun-soaked winds flowing through the kitchen, with the beautiful ring of church bells nearby.
Aug 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Naxos in South Aegean

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2002 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , also basin
  • Large bathroom, off kitchen, has a bath, shower cubicle, sink. Loo is separate.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Five foot wide double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room can be fixed as double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double bed and wooden couch
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with sea view has a traditional-style Naxian wooden double bed, a juliette balcony and en-suite loo. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, can be made up as double, en-suite loo. Bedroom 3 with double bed, fireplace, traditional Naxian wooden sofa where a child could sleep.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: You will find a welcome pack in the kitchen with wine, milk, bread, butter, tea, coffee and sugar. There are 3 mobile phones you can use with local sim cards. Boats will be met by our manager Reid Anderson who will guide you up to the house. If you are arriving by plane you will need to arrange a meeting place in town with him. The property is cool all year round as it is so high up and has the benefit of the island winds. It is a perfect place for older children, with beaches a short walk away and safety and freedom to walk around the little alleys and town. However it is not suitable for very young children as the steps of the terrace lead up to a flat roof with steep drops and no barrier. There is a little playground behind the house, down the 'pirate' steps. A special treat is to fetch the hot fresh baked bread from the nearby baker every morning. Though, as our parents discovered, it is so delicious it can often lead to only half a loaf reaching the house! Outside: The small but beautiful whitewashed terrace is filled with geraniums (which will bloom even more if you are kind enough to water them!). There is a comfortable long settee with a circular table and chairs to sit around and have breakfast in the morning sun. Or evening drinks. A washing line means your beach towels and washing dry quickly. Utility Room: Iron and ironing board, brushes, pans, bowl for hand washing, etc. The water supply isn't strong enough in the summer for washing machines or dishwashers. Hand washing dries in a second on the sunny terrace or nearby laundrettes will do your clothes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and 100% cotton sheets included. Beach towels included. Property cleaned weekly. Linen and towels changed weekly. If you wish for extra cleaning, you may make your own arrangements with the cleaner. Other: The upstairs salon is filled with light. The whitewashed walls are decorated simply. Comfortable seating with music and books. Table seats 4. French windows lead onto the sunken, sun filled terrace, filled with geraniums. Steps up to the flat roof.

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Venetian 14 century house at heart of Naxos castle/Castro, quiet with sea views
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The perfect setting for a perfect Greek holiday

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What a brilliant place . Rabnet house is absolutely charming ,high , light , with delicious breezes . The house is very comfortable and has everything you might require for a great holiday . It has to have one of the best positions in the quaint town of Naxos especially for sundowners on the roof .

The town itself has everything you need ,you can easily get away from the bustle of high season cafes and get lost in the maze of streets or indeed join the bustle and eat in one of the numerous cafes and tavernas there is something for everyone .

The bus's are frequent to the main beaches and you can easily pick up a car for the day to explore the island between 50-70 euros ( high season) .

There are some great walks along ancient mule tracks and empty beaches in the South.

The owners have created a fantastic atmosphere and I would definitely recommend this property , a lucky find .

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments! So glad you had such a good holiday. We get lots of wonderful emails after people stay in the house but its great to have a review to post more publicly. Our mission is to keep our thirteenth century house going (all rent from family and visitors goes into maintenance) and introduce more people to the island of Naxos and its people - we think it is the best place in the world!
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Possibly best week away ever...

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing week spent on Naxos and in the house. Just enjoyed every single moment of it. House was so well-equipped, oozing character - it was a sheer delight and pleasure simply to be in it. The roof-top terrace with its sun-trap and access to the roof and views for miles was just a treat. We were blessed with the weather, but were glad to have the opportunity to settle in with books by the stove/fire on the one overcast day we did have during our week. In addition to all of this we really appreciated the tips / info given to us in emails and the handwritten notes in the house with suggestions / recommendations etc... Cannot speak highly enough of the house and of the lovely, lovely week we spent in Greece. Super keen to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Possibly best week away ever...

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing week spent on Naxos and in the house. Just enjoyed every single moment of it. House was so well-equipped, oozing character - it was a sheer delight and pleasure simply to be in it. The roof-top terrace with its sun-trap and access to the roof and views for miles was just a treat. We were blessed with the weather, but were glad to have the opportunity to settle in with books by the stove/fire on the one overcast day we did have during our week. In addition to all of this we really appreciated the tips / info given to us in emails and the handwritten notes in the house with suggestions / recommendations etc... Cannot speak highly enough of the house and of the lovely, lovely week we spent in Greece. Super keen to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical house

  • 5 of 5

This was our sixth stay in this house, and we have already booked our seventh. We used to bring our children but now we come by ourselves or with adult friends. The best things about the house: its patio for leisurely breakfasts and quiet reads and its situation in the quiet Kastro conservation area. Step out on to the roof and you are at the top of the town. While heavily dependent on tourism, Naxos is relatively unspoilt (no international airport), with wonderful beaches and white villages to explore inland. Almost all the produce is local - you are unlikely to taste such delicious salads and fruit anywhere else. And in our experience the Naxians who serve in the restaurants, most of which seem to be family owned, do it with rare grace, friendly and neither grovelling nor grudging. And the walk up the house from the harbour front two or three times a day will keep you fit.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments, George and Sylvia. So many people who stay tell us about the spell the house and the island casts on them, and many come back repeatedly, like you. But you forgot to mention gin and tonic on the roof watching the sun set over Paros. Or is that just my favourite thing! We always love reading your children's remarks and what new things you have found to do in the Visitors and tips book. May your future visits be as memorable as your past ones - and I hope you'll find September as equally magical as May! We are off to Naxos next week :-)
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The house made the holiday

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous house! Naxos is a beautiful island, and we did a lot of exploring during our week there, but the highlight for us - and what made the holiday so special - was the house. Going upstairs to the salon for the first time was breath-taking - it's filled with light from windows on three sides sides, and full of beautiful books, pictures, artefacts, comfy chairs and sofas, rugs and cushions. Our son was ill for a day - but it was no hardship at all to stay at home, reading in the sun or lying on the sofa, rootling through all the fascinating books. I could happily live here!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Hundreds!
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Naxos port
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Brandouna
Car: not necessary

Coast/Beach:

A short walk down the steps brings you to the harbour. Turn right to go to the beach sheltered by the ancient temple. Approx 5/8 mins. Or go left and walk along the harbour to get to St Georges beach, a long, curving, sandy beach lined with simple shaded tavernas and sun shades, approx 10/15 mins. Buses/taxis/rental car can take you to lots of other beaches: 15 mins to get to Aghios Prokopios and Aghia Anna with its delicious turquoise water, (like swimming in iced champagne!), or many more across the island.

Travel:

Fly to Athens and either catch a small domestic flight to Naxos, or for a more romantic journey across the Aegean, catch a bus from Athens airport to the seaports of Piraeus or Rafina, which have various ferries leaving for the islands. Rafina closer to airport but less departures. Check Blue Star + other island ferries and book online. The bigger ferries take 5 plus hours and stop at one or two islands en route. The high speed ferries take 3 and a half hours (indoor seating only).

Distances:

The island is filled with lovely villages, beaches, and Greek, Venetian and Byzantine ruins, at any distance from ten minutes to two hours. You can hire a car, motorbike or enjoy the hair-pin bends on the local buses. Or enjoy long walks, spotting eagles. In spring the island has wild flowers in abundance, including many varieties of orchid. There are remains from many periods of history; Naxos was an important centre for pre-Christian Cycladic art, with its quarries of prized white marble.

Further Details:

The house and castro were built between 1230 and 1250 by the Doge of Venice's nephew, Marcos Zanudo, who conquered the Cycladic Isles and ruled over them from his ducal palace in Naxos. From his private chapel, to the cathedral, to the fine archaeological museum, there are gems to be discovered in the castro. Descendants of the original Venetian nobles still live there with their coats of arms over the doors. The buildings have been fortified from stones taken from the ancient Greek akropolis that lay here, see the Cathedral altar resting on a pagan doric column! History aside, Naxos is also a wind/kite surfer's paradise. The water is clear turquoise so the snorkelling, scuba diving and water sports are all great and can be arranged at Flisvos on St George's beach. There are fascinating archaeological ruins and Byzantine chapels to see, incredibly varied landscapes and geology to enjoy while hiking across the island. There is a delicious variety of tavernas to eat at. Family run, they often grow their own produce and make their own wine. Naxos is the birthplace of Dionysus, the god of wine, so the local wine, honey and cheeses are prized. You can reach the ancient market place within a few minutes. Or there is a modern supermarket behind the castro, a five minute walk. Various banks are at the waterfront. There are two local nightclubs and lots of bars playing a variety of music at night, in the harbour or along the beach. The house visitors book recommends all sorts of great places to eat and visit. Or you can stay in the quieter environs of the castro and go to an evening concert or Greek dance display at the Venetian museum, with a tasting session of local wines and liqueurs.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Naxos, Aegean Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Summer
30 Jun 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
Autumn
16 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 200 euros is asked for at the time of the booking. The remainder is payable a month before the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturday lunchtime is change-over time, though we can be more flexible if it is out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in pounds sterling. Weekly prices from Saturday - Saturday. More flexibility on arrival day in off-season periods.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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