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Ysyhia - Cottage With Private Pool And Sea Views

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Property

Updated: 16-Nov-2016
Ysyhia - Cottage near Glossa, Peaceful Location, 1½km From The Village

Ysyhia is the Greek word for tranquillity. We chose this name for our cottage because it was the exclamation most frequently used by our builders when they took a well-earned rest during its construction. It would be wrong to describe Glossa, a traditional hillside village of some 900 souls, just over 1km away, as hectic or noise-some, but by comparison, it is. There is more traffic on the sea, 200m below the cottage, than there is on the dirt road that leads to its door and you are more likely to hear the voices of fishermen in their boats than a passing car. You are also likely to hear a dog or a cockerel, but not much else. The cottage is set in olive and almond groves and looks out across the sea towards Evvia. No other buildings nor signs of civilisation are visible. This is truly a place to unwind, relax and imagine that you are alone in the world. But, when you want to venture out to shops, beaches or tavernas, all can be found within a 3km radius.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Matt and Sarah. We first came to Skopelos Island on holiday in 2002 and fell in love with it. We returned six months later to see how a couple of months in the winter suited us and that is when we found and bought our acre and a half of hillside. We returned in 2005 to live here full time, supervising the building of our own house and taming the land. Our smallholding is predominantly a mixture of olive and almond trees. It also includes a small vineyard, a sizeable vegetable garden and a developing fruit orchard. We keep hens and a couple of sheep. Matt tends most of the plants and animals, makes the wine and does a bit of fishing. Sarah makes preserves, answers guest queries and cleans out the hen-house.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic week here! Been a peaceful, fun, unique and romantic setting (marriage proposal!!) Ben & Rebecca - July 2014



Will miss going to bed to the sound of the sheep's bell & waking up to the sound of the cock crowing! Ishbel - July 2014



Location, location, location!! The house is idyllic, located in such a peaceful and sparsely populated area. Johnny - June 2014



Gorgeous cottage, peaceful location, amazing views. Ella & Sasha - Feb 2014
Jan 2014
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12 Reviews

5
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

5

Absolutely beautiful and idyllic getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned after a two week stay at Ysyhia Cottage and I would thoroughly recommend this place. I even got emotional!!! when we arrived as it is so so beautiful.

From booking until departure the owners Matt and Sarah were so caring and such lovely people.

The cottage is spotlessly clean and has a large lounge, kitchen and dining area which is decorated beautifully. The cottage is equipped with everything you need and more!! even chairs to take to the beach, beach bags, cool bag and so many other things too many to mention. It again shows how caring and considerate the owners are to the needs of their guests.

When you lie on the bed you have the most amazing view of the sea. The bedroom also had a nice quiet air conditioning unit.

The bathroom is decorated very tastefully and again is immaculate. The Wifi is excellent and very fast.

The outside has a large patio area where we sat all of the time to eat our meals as it has a view to die for. The pool is again spotless and well maintained.

There is a lot of wildlife to see, we experienced the Eleanora Falcon, Hoopoe!!, Hedgehog, Bats, beautiful Moths and Butterflies on the gorgeous flowers, climbers and other plants that surround the cottage. Don't forget your binoculars if you love nature watching.

The cottage is not overlooked at all, it has total privacy and such a romantic getaway you will not be disappointed. A car is a must if you wish to explore the island of Skopelos. We did eventually tear ourselves away from the cottage to explore all the beaches and we did find that the best, private, and quiet beaches were the ones that are close to the cottage.

The only thing you will see are the boats on the sea, amazing scenery, wildlife, and the stars that are amazingly clear at night.

Totally recommend Ysyhia Cottage and credit to the owners Matt and Sarah for making this a truly unforgettable place. Thank you both so much

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for this lovely review. We really enjoyed having you here and though we know you are not in the habit of returning to places you have visited before, you would be most welcome should you change your minds. You were wonderful company and I was blown away by your reaction on arrival! Hugs to you both.
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Cambridgshire
5

Perfect peace

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Skopelos and whilst we know the island is very tranquil, we were amazed at how peaceful the location of Ysyhia actually is. Although the property is only a short drive from Glossa, or lovely walk if you're up to it, it is a perfect location for those wanting to get away from it all. It is very private and secluded and not overlooked in any way.

Sarah and Matt have thought of everything when equipping the property and it is very tastefully furnished, very clean and very well maintained.

Sarah met us at Loutraki (port of Glossa) with our hire car and we followed her to Ysyhia via the local supermarket to stock up on a few essentials. Then Matt & Sarah showed us around and explained how everything worked. They even provided us with a mobile phone so we could contact them if we had any queries.

We spent a large amount of time relaxing, reading and dipping in the lovely pool with the occasional walk through the olive groves. The views really are spectacular and breathtaking - an ever changing scene.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and left feeling very envious of Sarah & Matt and what they have lovingly created. We would very much like to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review, it's great to know that you love this little backwater as much as we do. Needless to say you will be very welcome back here whenever you like.
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Glasgow
5

Two weeks of perfect peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

After spending a week at Ysyhia in 2015 I couldn't wait to get back this summer and booked two weeks in July this year. It was the perfect tonic - the ideal way to de-stress. Long walks along the virtually traffic free country roads and frequent trips to the lovely town of Glossa via a delightful woodland walk. Lazy afternoons and evenings by the pool enjoying the breathtaking view from the cottage - the perfect way to end the day. Sarah and Matt are there to give helpful tips on where to go and what to do and are just great company. It doesn't take long to feel at home on this lovely island where the local Greek population are gracious, welcoming and friendly despite all the hardships they've suffered. I can thoroughly recommend Ysyhia to anyone looking for something a bit different.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you :-) It was so lovely to see you here again this year, and for longer too. We enjoyed having the opportunity to share with you our new discoveries because even having lived here for ten years there are still new places to find. We hope you will return again when circumstances allow.
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5

Tranquility and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday that gets you away from it all, then look no further. Ysyhia cottage is exactly as it says on the tin, complete tranquillity! The views are wonderful, and as you sit and relax staring at the yachts and fishing boats out at sea you become aware that you are surrounded by only the sound of the birds and the breeze gently blowing through the pine, olive and walnut trees, which encircle the cottage.

If you want to feel like you are completely alone in paradise then Ysyhia also offers this. The cottage is secluded and out of view of any other properties. Your privacy is of upmost importance to Matt and Sarah and they will only appear if they have pre warned you. However they are always available if you need to contact them or have a question. A lovely touch is the mobile phone that they have set up for you to use with handy numbers and €10 credit.

The cottage itself has everything you need, the kitchen is well equipped and the appliances are easy to use. There is a good selection of books and DVD’s all with an underlying ‘Greek’ or getting away from it all themes. Sarah and Matt seem to have thought of everything even down to providing beach bags for you to use!

Although you could easily spend your holiday at the cottage, there are lots of places to discover around the island. A car is a must to do this. We hired a Fiat Panda and it managed most of the roads and tracks. Sarah arranged the car hire for us and together with Matt gave us lots of tips of where to go, the main ones being not to drive through Glossa’s narrow streets and to avoid villa walls.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we have booked again for next year, however for our next trip we will not be taking as many clothes. Top tip is travel light, hand luggage if you can. We spent most evenings at the villa but when we did go to the restaurants, dress was very casual.

All in all the ideal holiday location for which we hope to visit for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Tranquility and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday that gets you away from it all, then look no further. Ysyhia cottage is exactly as it says on the tin, complete tranquillity! The views are wonderful, and as you sit and relax staring at the yachts and fishing boats out at sea you become aware that you are surrounded by only the sound of the birds and the breeze gently blowing through the pine, olive and walnut trees, which encircle the cottage.

If you want to feel like you are completely alone in paradise then Ysyhia also offers this. The cottage is secluded and out of view of any other properties. Your privacy is of upmost importance to Matt and Sarah and they will only appear if they have pre warned you. However they are always available if you need to contact them or have a question. A lovely touch is the mobile phone that they have set up for you to use with handy numbers and €10 credit.

The cottage itself has everything you need, the kitchen is well equipped and the appliances are easy to use. There is a good selection of books and DVD’s all with an underlying ‘Greek’ or getting away from it all themes. Sarah and Matt seem to have thought of everything even down to providing beach bags for you to use!

Although you could easily spend your holiday at the cottage, there are lots of places to discover around the island. A car is a must to do this. We hired a Fiat Panda and it managed most of the roads and tracks. Sarah arranged the car hire for us and together with Matt gave us lots of tips of where to go, the main ones being not to drive through Glossa’s narrow streets and to avoid villa walls.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we have booked again for next year, however for our next trip we will not be taking as many clothes. Top tip is travel light, hand luggage if you can. We spent most evenings at the villa but when we did go to the restaurants, dress was very casual.

All in all the ideal holiday location for which we hope to visit for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Garry, for your lovely review. It makes us both really happy when people enjoy themselves here so much that they want to book again immediately. It's so nice to know that we aren't the only people to love this secluded little corner of the world. See you next June! All the best, Sarah & Matt
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Oxford
5

A delight

  • 5 of 5

Intimate, timeless and peaceful. After a busy few days visiting the sights in Athens, Ysyhia offered us a complete contrast: a place to read, walk, take photographs and relax on the terrace watching the comings and goings of the boats knowing we could just stay put until sunset. Even in October we found it warm enough to try out the pool and I loved waking up to see the sea beyond my toes.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachel for your kind words. October is frequently one of our favourite months here, usually still warm enough for swimming but not as busy as the height of summer. Most certainly it is a contrast from Athens at any time of the year! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay here and hope to see you back here again one day.
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Location

From the Owner

We love the forest and the view of mountains on Evvia. Ysyhia is far enough from civilisation to be astonishingly quiet and restful yet close enough to be convenient for shops, beaches and eating out. The view is, of course, stunning, and with no light pollution, the night sky is bursting with stars. No other buildings can be seen from the cottage and none overlook it. Our house is up the hill on the same 1½ acre plot. Each house has its own private access and a fence separates the 'farm' from Ysyhia and its garden. A grove of olive and almond trees provide each house with total privacy from one another but we are on hand should you want help or advice.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Skiathos at 12 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Glossa at 5.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Glossa at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Volos at 98 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Glossa at 5.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Perivoliou at 3.5 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

If lounging around beside the pool or on a beach is not your style, there are plenty of other things with which to occupy yourself. Skopelos Island is very popular among walkers, but you can also hire bicycles from Skopelos Town. You could rent a boat for the day, go sea kayaking or paddle-boarding with the local specialists, or perhaps you may wish to join us for a jaunt in our own boat. There are also day cruises available from Skopelos Town to the marine park around Alonnisos where you are likely to see seals and dolphins.

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beach is Perivoliou, under ten minutes by car and even in the height of summer you will often find you have it to yourself. Unspoilt and beautiful. There is also a delightful beach just below the monastery of Ayios Ioannis sto Kastri, the tiny church on a rock which featured in the film Mamma Mia. This is about twenty minutes by car. There are many other beaches nearby if you prefer your beach experience to include a bar, taverna or music.

Travel:

Most summer visitors choose to take a charter flight to Skiathos airport (JSI). From there it is five minutes by taxi to the port and then twenty minutes or so by boat to the port of Glossa. We will meet you at the harbour and show you the way to the cottage. Alternative airports in order of ease and convenience are; Volos, Thessaloniki and Athens. We can help you plan your journey to make it as straightforward as possible.

Distances:

The nearest village is Glossa, 1½km away on the dirt road or 5½km on the tarmac road. It has its own ATM.

The nearest beach is Perivoliou which is 3½km away.

The nearest port is at Loutraki (the port of Glossa) which is 5km on the dirt road or 8km on the metalled one.

The nearest ATM is in Glossa, there is another in Elios, 11km away and several in the main town of Skopelos 30km away.

The church of Ayios Ioannis sto Kastri is 11km from the cottage.

Further Details:

In Glossa you will find several small supermarkets, cafés, tavernas, restaurants and some gift and craft shops that tend not to stock the usual beach-holiday souvenirs.

Loutraki has some lovely waterfront cafés and tavernas. It also has a pleasant beach and a nightclub.

Elios also has some waterfront cafés.

Skopelos Town has some larger supermarkets, lots of tavernas and gift shops including a jeweller and some exquisite pottery.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn/Winter 2016
14 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£227
for 3 nights
From
£76
£530
 
 
Winter/Spring 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 4 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
£559
 
 
Early Summer 2017
5 May 2017 - 15 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£366
for 3 nights
From
£122
£853
 
 
High Summer 2017
16 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£441
for 3 nights
From
£147
£1,030
 
 
Late Summer 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£366
for 3 nights
From
£122
£853
 
 
Autumn/Winter 2017
6 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
£559
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Most people choose to fly into Skiathos which means that the majority of visitors stay Friday to Friday. We have no preference and you can arrive and leave whenever suits you.

Notes on prices:
The cottage is priced per night in Euros. We offer 14 nights for the price of 13 because one week is never enough to enjoy the island as much as you would like to.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Ysyhia is modern, bright and airy. It has a private pool that is the perfect size for flopping about in. The kitchen is well-equipped without being full of clutter and you will likely be offered fresh eggs or vegetables from our garden depending upon availability.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 40 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a pebble floor with open-plan shower, a washbasin set into a natural marble surface and a toilet you can flush paper down.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • The bedroom has air conditioning, a standard double bed, two bedside units with reading lights and two wardrobes with interchangeable shelves to accommodate full length hanging. French doors open out to the shaded pergola and a view straight out to sea.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The property is unsuitable for children. There is really good water pressure in the shower etc. and you can flush loo paper down the toilet, you don't have to put it in a bin beside the loo. We recommend that you hire a car and we can help you to arrange this. Outside: Ysyhia has its own small private pool with sun-lounging area plus a barbecue and a shaded pergola for outdoor dining. Utility Room: In a lobby between the bathroom and the living room there is a washing machine, iron and ironing board. There is also a hairdryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is cleaned and the linen changed prior to your arrival. We provide bathroom, pool and beach towels, tea towels and all bed linen. Fresh towels and bed linen are provided weekly.

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