|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
Peacefully and ideally situated on the outskirts of the village of Kypseli, only a ten-minute drive from the town and port of Aigina, this 4-bedroom property offers stunning views of the sea, sunsets, and nearby islands.
Borrowing from the rustic character and tradition of country houses in the south of France, the property makes an ideal 'artist's' house. Designed and built by Greek film and theatre director Stelios Pavlides, its calm tranquility offers the perfect place to finish your novel... or simply melt away the stresses of everyday life. Terraces on both sides of the house maximize sun exposure, while privacy is assured by the surrounding garden, fruit trees, and vineyard (our guests also receive a complementary bottle of the house wine!). The front terrace and yard also feature a barbecue and plenty of seating for meals, while the side lot provides parking spaces for 4 cars.
The ground floor contains four spacious double bedrooms, two at each end of the house; each end also has its own bathroom with bathtub. A large, connected space in-between contains a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a large natural fireplace.
The basement, which includes a library and TV room, also comfortably sleeps three (ideal for friends and older children). The basement features its own bathroom with shower.
Fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, air-conditioning, fans, toaster, coffee-maker, hair-dryer, freezer, fridge, TV, telephone landline, and Internet connection.
Local amenities: 5 minutes by car from the sea, and from an excellent supermarket. 2-minute car drive or 15-minute walk from the village of Kypseli. Hospital, health centre, beaches, tavernas, and shopping all within a 10-minute drive. Please view the exact location on this map:
A note on wildlife: the house and its surrounding land are also home to a number of cats who come for the food and water we leave for them while we're away. Of these, two are accustomed to entering the house, at least when we are present. They are named Psychonaut and Prince Edward, and along with the very shy Batman, they are the three sons of our own cat, Lady Jane Grey, who lives with us in Athens. Psychonaut and Edward are fully vaccinated, treated for fleas, regularly taken to the veterinarian, and are very friendly. Batman, who is often with them, was injured when he was very young, and as a result is very cautious and has not approached close enough for us to catch him. Other cats in the area sometimes show up as well, but they are not part of our extended family and are discouraged from approaching the house. If you are cat-friendly, we hope our boys will make a charming addition to your stay.
My father, Stelios Pavlides, was a Greek film and theater director. In love with the island of Aigina, he bought the land in 1990, and, as most artists do, built it the way he had imagined it. Simple, comfortable, rustique with character and facing the sea.
Alexandra Pavlidou purchased this villa in 1990
The unobstructed view of the sea from the main terrace and from most rooms makes us, the owners, prefer it to any other spot in Aigina. As a result we often prefer to stretch out on the terrace with a good book listening to music, instead of going to the beach... but sometimes we do that too!
Afternoon drinks with the unparalleled view right at our feet, followed later by dinner on the terrace with friends, board games, and heated discussions long into the night—interrupted for a warm moment of silence as the sun majestically sets—is often more attractive to us than going out to the best restaurant or bars. (But, of course, we sometimes do that too.)
Bottom line: it's a home, more than just a place to stay while on vacation. The sunset is fabulous!!!
Ici, on commence par vous raconter une histoire d’amis, qui se retrouvent en septembre, à la vendange, pour cueillir et fouler le raisin dans la cuve, derrière la maison, et faire ensuite le vin qui nous rafraîchira lorsque nous arriverons.
Ce n’est pas par hasard si pour y parvenir nous passons par «Odos Dionysiou», dieu du chant, de la tragédie, de la vigne, de la démesure tragique…
Mais l’ordonnancement apollinien est là: son carré de gazon entretenu, ses murets chauffés au soleil, ses palmiers qui encadrent la vigne, tout vient calmer le bouillonnement possible qui peut surgir à tout moment.
Tout est donné à la vue: la mer et les îles, les bateaux pour Le Pirée, le vieux Agios Nektarios qui toussote le long de son chemin, Phibos le rouge et les Hellenic Seaways, qui ont tous leur rythme, leur allant, leur bruit particulier…
Et l’étendue, là, intemporelle, de la mer et des cyprès, qui pousse à la destination de soi; on imagine alors très bien que des artistes soient venus ici pour écrire et déclamer des vers, pour scander le temps qui s’y brûle les ailes pour rafraîchir plus tard, au bord de la côte.
Ce n’est pas peu dire comme il est agréable d’écrire le soir tard, assis sur un de ces petits bancs de bois fait à mesure d’homme, accoudé à la table de ciment couverte de carrés de terre cuite, et de se laisser glisser dans le courant rassasié: la terre alors exhale seule son histoire, ses labours et son eau recherchée, ses plaies béantes et ses repères gagnés, sa livrée d’argent pour des vies surannées.
Des amis grecs qui habitent Kispseli et dont on voit la maison blanche et bleue depuis ici nous ont dit que «c’est une belle maison» et je les ai vus comparer leur intérieur à celui-là, les meubles, les fermetures à l’ancienne aux portes et aux fenêtres, comme dans nos vieilles maisons du Sud français. Nous en avons connues ainsi, faites de systèmes simples, conçus pour durer.
Cette maison a été comblée, choyée, par quelqu’un qui voulait l’ancrer en terre et l’installer pour l’accueil. Il ne s’est pas trompé. Nous vous remercions d’en avoir été les hôtes d’un moment.
En 2013, l’Europe, le FMI et la BCE continuent de meurtrir la Grèce et son peuple en les plongeant chaque mois dans une condition toujours plus proche de l’inacceptable. Cette maison est un de ces totems que les humains savent ériger pour grandir; elle me fait penser, sans y ressembler un instant, à Epidaure, Delphes ou à Delos: ici, un fond d’humanité s’y coule en son fond certain.»
It is difficult to write when you know that words would be insufficient to express every pleasure we experienced during our stay in Artist's retreat, which is a retreat in its full meaning. The beauty of the house surpasses the photos they posted. And apart from the beauty, we felt like we were invited to a friend's house. Friendly reception when we arrived, the atmosphere of the house, many wonderful details in it, food and wine waiting to round the feeling of being a part of something unique. There were 8 of us, with three children around 11. No one was in someone's way. Every one of us could find ones place to enjoy and be relaxed. And, also, the house and the porch offer places to gather during long evenings of total enjoyment. The position of the house is very convenient to explore beaches, villages, remains of the past and everything this nice island (not drowned in tourism) could offer. Even when I write this review I could smell mornings in front of the house, in the shadow of the palm tree, while drinking my coffee, and hear those murmurs of the day that fades away. We'll be back, for sure!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this wonderful house in Aegina. Located on a hillside, the views are amazing both by day and by night. We had some wonderful breakfasts and dinners on the terrace watching the sea and the boats in the distance, as well as gazing at the stars at night. The orchard is lovely and we were lucky to be there in time to taste the ripening figs, just delicious! The whole experience was great, from the very helpful email exchanges with the owner to a warm welcome in the port and arriving at a peaceful, laid-back home. We travelled with a 10 month old baby and the owner was most thoughtful, providing lots of baby extras, in addition to the cot and the highchair. We would definitely recommend this villa for a relaxing, peaceful holiday in Aegina!
Knapp zwei Wochen haben wir auf Ägina im Haus von Alexandra Urlaub gemacht und dort eine wundervolle Zeit verbracht. Das Haus ist überaus liebevoll eingerichtet und mit allem ausgestattet, was man im Haus, in der Küche oder im Garten benötigt. Es liegt am Ende einer kleinen Straße - kein Verkehr - und absolut ruhig mit schönem Blick übers Meer und am Abend auf den Sonnenuntergang. Perfekt für Ruhesuchende und auch für Familien.
Nicht unerwähnt bleiben soll der sehr nette Kontakt zu Alexandra und auch ihr sehr schmackhafter Weisswein von den hauseigenen Rebstöcken, den wir zur Begrüßung vorgefunden haben! Vielen Dank!
I spent 10 days here with 4 friends. It was the perfect get away. Aegina us close enough to Athens that you can even go there for a day if you wish, knowing that your island retreat us waiting for you. Aegina is a fine island...It doesn't have miles of beaches, but it does have enough and some really superb swimming. The house itself is well laid out and very welcoming...you feel like guests in a family or friend's home. We spent happy mornings on the patio watching the sea and happier evenings cooking for ourselves from the fresh produce available locally. A great place to read, regenerate and renew both mind and spirit.
We booked this home for a month, we traveled to Greece from the US. It is such a beautiful property, with old charm and character. The house was very clean and had pretty much all the amenities that we would need, with great space that can fit even up to 11 people. But it is the breathtaking views that make this home a true gem. It has a beautiful garden and outside space, and one can just sit there and watch the sunset and take in all that beauty. Trully beautiful!
Das Haus ist traumhaft schön, toll eingerichtet und die Trauben im eigenen Garten schmecken hervorragend. Der Blick ist atemberaubend. Das Haus liegt ab vom Trubel und ist herrlich ruhig, man braucht aber unbedingt ein Auto.Wir wurden herzlich empfangen und die Gastgeber waren jederzeit ansprechbar und hilfsbereit.
Aigina is one of the islands in the Saronic gulf in the Aegean sea. It is an ideal holiday getaway for people who want to be on a traditional island near the sea and enjoy the the sun, the view, the traditional food, and the incredible sunsets, yet do not want to be too far from Athens.
From Aigina, you can be in Athens' port of Piraeus in 35 minutes by Flying Dolphin (a frequent hovercraft service) and in 90 minutes (with your car) by ferry, so day trips to the Acropolis, museums, and the heart of Athens are very easy. Just as easily, you can quickly hop to other beautiful Saronic islands including Hydra, Spetses, Agkistri, Poros, and many more, either directly from Aigina's port or with an easy change at Piraeus. Boat trips to the Peloponnese are also available, including direct service to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus for theatre lovers when a play is being performed.
There's also a lot to do on the island of Aigina itself. Aside from its numerous beautiful small villages featuring seafront tavernas and a reputation for excellent food (just one reason many Greeks prefer it as a get-away), you'll find monasteries, nature walks, very good shopping, full health services, three open-air cinemas, and water sports including a waterpark, swimming lessons for children, diving, jet skiing and water skiing in Agia Marina. For the historically inclined, the ancient and well-preserved temple of Aphaia offers stunning views from its peak 160 meters above the Aegean. Seekers of peace and tranquility will also do well here, especially at the Paleachora, a walking path through a collection of small shrines perched quietly in Aigina's lush and picturesque landscape.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Summer (High Season)
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$423|
|Cleaning (per booking)||A$70|
Rentals usually go from Saturday to Saturday, especially during the high (summer) season, but please contact the owner if you would like to make alternate arrangements.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.