Villa in Skopelos, Sporades Islands, Greece - High In The Hills Of Skopelos' Interior In Extensive Grounds Amongst Citrus, Olive And Pine Trees
Potami House is an authentic country house (Kalivi) in a uniquely quiet and secluded location high in the pine-clad hills of Skopelos' interior, yet less than 10 minutes by car from the charming fishing port of Agnondas and beautiful Panormos beach.
The house is set amongst mature pine, citrus and olive trees and has been carefully renovated with private pool, west-facing terrace, barbecue and vine-shaded outdoor dining area.
By day, it offers breathtaking views across the Aegean to the Greek mainland in the west. By night, it offers majestic views of the sky at night and the owners have invested in a telescope and tripod for guests to enjoy this benefit to the full.
Block-booked for high-end package holidays since 2001, Potami House now has limited availability for direct rental.
Top Traveller Review
We could not have asked for more.
About the Owner
About Maria Andreu
I come from a long line of Skopelitans and can trace my heritage on the island back for countless generations. I live in Skopelos Town with my wife, Maria, and child. As well as managing Potami House I work on the island as an electrician.
Maria Andreu purchased this villa in 1949
What makes this villa unique
Potami House is a uniquely beautiful, secluded location which provides total privacy and deep quiet. By day the views are spectacular, and at night, with the scent of pine trees in the air, it is a wonderful place to lie back and let your mind wander across the stars.
Potami House has been in my family for centuries. I remember visiting it as a child with my grandfather, long before Skopelos became a popular holiday destination. It has much resonance for me.
Since then, the pool and terrace have greatly improved the house as a holiday residence, however in renovating it was important that it retained its authenticity and warmth as an old family property.
It is a beautiful place for relaxation, calm and reflection.
(4 traveller reviews)
The property is absolutely gorgeous with an abundance of fruit and nut trees and herbs and of course olives. The house was exactly what we hoped for and the pool perfect. Spyros takes so much care and pride in and around the house and is evident in how immaculate everything is. He is also the most kind and generous host sharing his knowledge and introducing you to many local treats.
We could not have asked for more.
We have just returned from a two week holiday at Potami House and had the most fantastic time. The house and its grounds are truly stunning and exceeded our expectations. A beautiful property set in the most amazing area that allowed us to relax, but also explore this lovely island. Spyros looked after us so well and gave us help when we needed it. He has a wealth of knowledge about the island and was always prepared to answer our many questions! He gave us plums and figs as well as herbs from the grounds! The property was cleaned and maintained every four days so we were really well looked after. We would recommend this property without reservation, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday with views to match. We loved our visit to Glossa and our walks in the pine forests. A restaurant that we particularly liked was Perivoli in Skopelos Town - the food was excellent as was the wine. We rented a car, which is essential to reach Potami House from Skopelos Town, but also allowed us the freedom to explore this magical island and visit its many wonderful beaches. A truly lovely time in a house that we loved.
Peaceful, relaxing and very remote.
My wife and I stayed at this house for our honeymoon. After looking tirelessly on the internet for a property, in a hot place, with a pool and within our budget, I was pleasantly surprised by Potami house. The house itself was charming, not incredibly modern but a traditional, Grecian building, which is about 250 years old.
All of the rooms within the house were spacious, clean, tidy and well equipped. There is air-con in the bedroom which was very well received. The description said there was a DVD player but this was no where to be found. Although, with such beautiful views and surroundings, it wasn't really needed.
As you walk out of the front door of the house, you can see the pool which was very refreshing in such hot temperatures and 2 sun loungers which were used a lot during the week.
The views down the valley towards the sea were amazing and we had the opportunity to use the telescope one night, looking at the stars and moon. Spyros came to clean twice in the 7 days we were there, always leaving it squeaky clean. Spyros was very helpful during the week, with nearest supermarkets and restaurants. We visited two beaches while we were there; Panormos and Kastani. Both were really nice, with loungers available from various restaurants.
It was an amazing place to say, the best thing by far was how remote you felt in the middle of the valley, not hearing anything except the chirping of the crickets.
Potami House is one of those places that exceeds all expectations. The terraced gardens and pool are immaculately kept. Sitting on the loungers by the pool overlooking the view with drink in hand is now a treasured memory! The only sound to be heard is the gentle bleating of the goats in the valley below. There are several places to sit and drink/eat outside and the BBQ area is large and covered. The chapel, located near the entrance gates is well worth a look and the owner will open it for you when he comes to attend to the gardens. He and Eleni, his cleaner, operate a twice weekly service! Skopelos is not a big island so even though Potami House is not on the coast gorgeous Agnondas cove (with its wonderful fish restaurant) and bigger Paranormos beach are just minutes away. Skopelos town and port also not far - a scenic 20 minutes drive at most. Even Glossa, the furthest north you can drive (on a 'main' road) is an easy distance and well worth visiting for an evening at the wonderful Agnanti restaurant. I would recommend this place to anyone! But, of course, especially to those wanting peace and tranquility!! (With a view to die for!!).
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Away from the lights of Skopelos' coastal setlements Potami House offers especially good views of the sky at night. The owners have invested in a small but powerful telescope and tripod to enable guests to enjoy this benefit to the full.
Skopelos is a beautful island with many excellent beaches.
Potami House is less than 10 minutes drive from the charming fishing port of Agnondas and beautiful Panormos beach. Both offer excellent swimming/snorkelling and waterside tavernas. Milia and Kastani beaches are around 12 minutes drive; Stafilos beach is around 15 minutes drive.
Skopelos also offers excellent walking both around the coast and across the hills inland.
Nearest airport is Skiathos which is accessibile by direct flights from various European airports during the summer and from Athens throughout the year. From Skiathos airport it is a 5 minute taxi ride to Skiathos harbour and a 40-minute boat trip on to Skopelos. Guests will be met from the boat by the owner.
Car hire is strongly recommended for Potami House. The owners have an agreement with a local company and can arrange rental at special discounted rates.
Nearest shops and tavernas are at Panormos and Agnondas (both less than 10 minutes drive). Skopelos Town (15-20 minutes drive) offers a wide range of shops, supermarkets, tavernas and restaurants.
The interior of Skopelos, including the area near Potami House, is both historic and notable for excellent walking. Spiros, your host and the owner of Potami House has intimate knowledge of the surrounding countryside, which has been owned by his family for centuries. He is always happy to advise on excellent walks in the area and on other aspect of Skopelos life .
Additional pricing information
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Please contact owner
Notes on prices:
All prices negotiable.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Potami House is a uniquely beautiful, secluded location which provides total privacy and deep quiet. By day the views are spectacular, and at night, with the scent of pine trees in the air, it is a wonderful place to lie back and let your mind wander across the stars. Potami House has been in my family for centuries. I remember visiting it as a child with my grandfather, long before Skopelos became a popular holiday destination. It has much resonance for me. Since then, the pool and terrace have greatly improved the house as a holiday residence, however in renovating it was important that it retained its authenticity and warmth as an old family property. It is a beautiful place for relaxation, calm and reflection.”
- Air Conditioning
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- pets considered
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom features, shower unit, wc, wash basin.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The double bedroom is on the first floor. It is comfortably equipped, featuring fulll double bed 2m x 1.5m. The bedroom has double doors, with shutters, opening to an south east facing balcony.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: Potami House has swimming pool, west facing sunset terrace, barbecue area and delightful outdoor dining area under a pretty, mature grapevine. Extensive furniture is available including tables, sun-loungers and chairs for the terraces. There is also a telescope and tripod available for star-gazing. The house is set in a large, mature area of terraced land, very secluded, which features two ancient 700-year old olive trees. These, along with a small, well maintained chapel in the grounds are referred to in historic records of the 17th and 18th centuries. The grounds also feature large numbers of mature citrus, cypress and pine trees. Guests are welcome to explore the full extent of the grounds, as well as the surrounding countryside which offers excellent walking. Utility Room: Utility room features washing machine, ironing board/iron, brooms, cleaning utensils. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Potami house is cleaned at 3 to 4 day intervals. This includes complete change of linen. Hand and bath towels are provided.