Who are we?
Vivienne and Kevin, an English couple who've spent a lifetime abroad, mainly in Greece, the Alps, and the middle-East. We're now retired, and spend our time in France, Greece, and England We're always delighted to chat about summer and winter/ski holidays in Greece and France, and their food, wine, and language - so don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0033 6 63 42 50 50 (FR mobile)
And while you're on your holiday on Skiathos, if you have a rare problem the local management teams on-site can't solve, we're always at the end of a phone!
Why we chose Skiathos for our own villa
We combed Greece and the islands for ten years, for a dream villa plot with stunning sea and island views, and local building all in traditional Greek style - white walls, low red-tiled and flat roofs, blue shutters, sun-terraces, porches and pergolas - and no high-rise 'shoe-box' hotels (or 'rave-up' resorts ... but still a v. cool night -life!).
In 1990, architect friend Angelos Altsitsoglou realised our dream as "Orchard Villa", in its own olive and fig grove still with over 50 fruiting trees - but careful picking your figs - the leaves can sting! We found the land overgrown head-high, and had scramble up an ancient olive tree (still there!) to be sure we had the stunning panoramic view you now enjoy, equalling the very best coastline scenery anywhere in the Mediterranean!
Why the 'SkiathosGreekVillas.com' website?
For 12 years we and many Skiathos friends promoted our own villas on the formerly excellent "OwnersDirect.co.uk" site, after the Internet inherited that market from the "Sunday Times" holiday small-ads!
Sadly 'O-D' was taken over by a mega accommodation booking agency we try not to use. The 'O-D' site was axed (see menu tab "Prices/Fair Pricing"), and although owners still pay to advertise, but guests are forced to use the new website booking system and pay a 20% fee ! And until paid, the site prevents owners and guests directly negotiating rental and payment terms.
So we decided to build a site for our own villa now, and later for others in this niche market we know so well ...
... Villas on Skiathos, and nearby in the N. Aegean on two other Northern Sporades islands of Skopelos and Alonnisos, nearby Pelion peninsula, and N. Evvia.
Few other sites like 'O-D' remain. We can recommend "www.SimplyOwners.net", set up to preserve the original 'O-D' principles of a purely advertising portal to put owners into direct contact with guests with no surcharges imposed by the site.