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Orchard Villa

Orchard Villa is a traditional Aegean Sporades islands family villa ideal for 6-8, in a private terraced hillside garden with pool and absolutely stunning views, with 'Excellent' reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5.0
It's within 5-25 mins drive of most of the 60 or so mainly sandy beaches, 10mins to Skiathos village, harbour, and airport, and within 12 mins. walk of three top (but affordable) Skiathos taverna-restaurants.   

Description

ORCHARD VILLA ...

... nestles in a half-acre hillside olive-grove, amongst several villas scattered across the Katsarou ridge overlooking the sandy beaches below, with stunning panoramic views over Skiathos Bay. It's only 10 mins drive to Skiathos village and harbour, with tavernas, cafes, bars, and shops - and 10-25 mins to the many beaches. More details, click here: "About Skiathos".

There's a shared gated entrance and the whole setting is very peaceful and quiet. It's a traditional Greek island villa with blue shutters, red-tiled roofs, and - rare on Skiathos - its own Cycladic-style roof terrace. There’s a large cool flag-stoned living room, split-level to the winter log fireplace and sofa, four air-conditioned bedrooms with exposed timber beams and roof, and a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen, with an English ‘pub' bar and stools. You can sleep 2 - 8 in cosy bedrooms, with an en-suite wet room and two shower rooms. The villa's pretty pool is fenced and gated, and set into the terraced garden with beautiful views across the bay to the nearby islands.  

DINING - inside, and on courtyard patio
The split-level lounge is open-plan to the well-equipped kitchen, and doors to two guest wings with four air-conditioned bedrooms. There’s a wine rack, full cook-book library, and lots of books for that rare rainy day. Four French windows open onto a tastefully furnished vine- and wisteria-covered split-level ‘living’ patio overlooking a half-acre hillside olive-grove garden with three terraces for sunbathing, partying, and drinks by the pool. You enjoy unmatched views over Skiathos bay and channel with its nine islands, and over sixty mostly sandy beaches and hidden coves.The patio with its tasteful wood furniture (not the usual white plastic!) is your extended living space, sheltered from breezes and warm enough for dinner and drinks 'til after midnight; with the garden lights and moonlit sea views across to the lights of the villages on Skopelos and Evvia  Islands.

Open-plan KITCHEN
Modern ceramic-hob cooker and hood with fan oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, filter coffee, two fridges with freezer compartments, work surfaces, double sink, dishwasher, and loads of storage. And there’s a washing machine, ironing board, and steam iron - with an outdoor ‘umbrella’ drying rack (tumble-dryer no use in summer!).

BEDROOMS
Double master with en-suite, 3 twins with 2 wet-rooms. Air-Con can be 24/7 but to avoid breakdowns, only if you’re in the room with doors/windows closed (also keeps the ‘mozzies’ out!). Or – floor-fans available if you can't stand air-conditioning!

SERVICES/SUPPLIES
Although the contract is for a furnished unserviced villa lease (not hotel-type "serviced accommodation"), your payment includes rent plus provision of services/supplies you have in effect requested by booking. These are: weekly bed-linen and bath (but not beach) towel supply; basic domestic supplies (cleaning, dish-wash, tissues/paper), end-cleaning, pool servicing, gardening, maintenance/breakdown, welcome. If pre-booked (but payable locally), we may be able to arrange  'at cost' ... extra cleaning, barbecue party, shopping delivery, etc.

INTERNET
There's a strong signal for 3G-4G-5G mobiles, as good as a wi-fi hot-spot to connect tablets or laptops (No fixed line or router - sorry, not manageable).
... plus free wifi access from virtually all tavernas, cafes, beach-bars, and in the village and harbour-side.

POOL, GARDEN and ROOF SUN-TERRACES
The villa is quiet and not overlooked, with fenced grounds and a drive with remote-control gates - but all really only to keep two local goat/sheep herds out of the garden ! (no real security issues).

The pool has its own terrace with slate-top "ouzo" / aperitifs table and bench. Pool level access is by two steps down to a safety gate, and for full child security from all directions it's fenced/gated beside the terrace (but not blocking the view), and built into the slope with a 1.5m high wall downhill by the picnic area. The pool is 8m x 5m x 1.2m deep - so hardly Olympic! - more for a quick dip and a G&T on the pool terrace alongside, enjoying the unmatched stunning panoramic "7-island" views over Skiathos bay and beaches.

There's a large walled and un-overlooked sunbathing roof terrace over the villa, with its own country-valley view to the sea and wooded hillsides of the north coast of Skiathos.

LICENCE
We have rented Orchard Villa faultlessly through Owner’s Direct since 2005, and previously since 1992. It is licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (see photo gallery) and complies with all regulations

BEACHES, FACILITIES - all close (full details, click: About Skiathos)
Skiathos village and harbour saw the "arrival of the fathers” in the musical, "Mamma Mia" - and the wedding was in Agios Ioannis church on nearby Skopelos Island. Within 5 - 25 mins drive are all Skiathos village shops, tavernas, and services, and literally dozens of sandy beaches. If you prefer to spend most of your time at the villa, use the reliable radio taxis or bus for shops and beaching. If not, you'll need car hire - we always use our pal Nicos, call for details.

Local transport is good - bus, taxi, water-taxi… and ferries for inter-island or mainland excursions. The villa is 12 mins walk to three top-10 (and affordable) taverna/restuarants - "Olive View";  and "Anastasia" (Paradise Hotel), and Kivo Gourmet Wine-bar (Kivo Hotel) both with scenic pool-bars usually open to you.

TRAVEL TO SKIATHOS Travel - recently extended Skiathos Airport has brought fares down, with direct daily UK and European charters, or budget flights to Athens and onward by local airline or express hydrofoil. It's also surprisingly quick and practical as a car tour. Full details, click -> Travel to Skiathos , Getting to Skiathos, Skiathos Flights

Photos

Photos of Orchard Villa - inside, patio, garden with terraces and pool, and views. 

Photos of Skiathos are on the main menu tab, "About Skiathos"  and sub-menu "Skiathos Photos"

If you would like more photos, let me know what would interest you, in an "Enquire Now!" message 

Enquire

- This is an enquiry only - not a commitment to book a villa, or even to use the 'Skiathos Greek Villas' site. (take care, simply making an enquiry on most 'Villa Rental' sites will 'lock you in' to a fee if you eventually book - see 'Fair Pricing')

- I normally get back to you within a couple of hours of your enquiry to confirm dates and price, including any special offers 

- Please include your email address and tel. no ... and in the 'Your Message' box, tell me: "my dates [are]/[are not] flexible" - and "Please send me the 'Villa Guest Guide' if you'd like an advance copy of 'Part 2 - Skiathos and the Islands'. 
(I send you 'Part 1 - 'Welcome - and villa life essentials' and 'Part 3 - Food, Drink, some handy Greek' after you've booked, as Part 1 is is all the ... how meet-and-greet works, how to turn on the garden lights and dishwasher ... etc. etc. ...  All good fascinating stuff, but not much use until you get here! ... and Part 3, like books on love and cooking, is not much use until the means for practical application are to hand!

- Once we've agreed the dates and price and you confirm you want to reserve the villa, I'll send you booking and payment details


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Reviews

These 15 great reviews over the past few years were sent by guests to "Owners Direct" to publish in the "Orchard Villa" advert.

Average of 11 reviews since 2013-17*:  90%; 4.5 out of 5; 5 reviews rated 5-star,  6 reviews rated 4-star  * 2018 reviews were direct to us, after we stopped advertising with O-D/H-A  to avoid H-A 20% booking charges for guests - see tab "Fair Pricing

F.M. - July 2018 - return visit

We had a lovely time again at Orchard Villa. We made a video with a selection of our photos creating more wonderful memories.

G.S. - July 2018

Just to let you know that we had a fantastic week in your villa. The photos really don't do the villa justice, the views all round, are as good as I’ve ever seen from a holiday let. The booking, communications, car hire and meet and greet couldnt have gone any smoother and the pre-holiday information you sent us was perfect and we used it as our "Rough Guide"

We didn't get to see the whole island, as we were happy to laze around the wonderful terraces/pergolas and pool area of the villa. All in all it was the most memorable relaxing holiday we have ever been on, and a lot of that is down to the detailed information you provided, and the local team who looked after us well. 

M.S. - June 2018

We enjoyed our stay on Skiathos and the wedding went very well, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the bride looked lovely, despite the 33 degree heat! 

The villa setting is beautiful and the villa is so well equipped, the terraces are beautiful with lots of sitting areas.  The views are stunning – day and night, we were lucky with the full moon

S.H - June 2018

We had another wonderful holiday! We love your villa and the views and we really enjoyed ourselves thank you.

Lucinka E August 2017 - Unforgettable getaway  - 5/5

If I could come here every year I would! The views alone would do it - truly spectacular view of the sea from the terrace and a lovely pool that we struggled to tear ourselves away from despite having come to spend time at the beach. One of the best things about this place is that it is family owned and run, so it is beautifully cared for and feels like a home rather than an agency letting. That said all v well organised and clean. ..... The villa is comfortable, spacious, with a beautiful outdoor space organised with tables and sun loungers on different levels, surrounded by fig trees, grape vines, flowers.... You could happily hang out at the villa and not go anywhere for a week!

That said it would be a shame as Skiathos is so lovely. It's really worth having a car on the island as there are so many lovely beaches and restaurants and sites to visit, but not impossible by bus. The nearest beach to the villa is walkable - we did it a couple of times - but a long steep schlep in high temperatures.

Lovely Olive Thea restaurant round the corner (also walkable but take a torch at night!) with incredible views and lovely food, but our favourite place to eat was the fish taverna on Sklithri beach, lovely and laid back by day and intimate and romantic at night, with tables right on the beach, dinner by lamplight.

The monastery was also a fantastic place to visit, incredibly serene and stunning setting. The other briliant thing about the villa is that the owner Vivienne is incredibly helpful and was always available to answer questions, offer advice, help with organising travel or car hire - and clearly knows the island very well and loves it. We left feeling fully recharged, rested and relaxed. 

Steve G.  May 2017 - Perfect family villa with stunning views - what a great place for our family get-together - 5/5

From our booking through to our departure we were impressed by the care and dedication of Orchard Villa's owner Vivienne and her support team.

Vivienne furnished us with all the information one could wish for to help get our holiday on Skiathos off to a great start. Info included travel suggestions, places to shop, eat and visit etc.. and this was before we had even left the UK!

We were met by the property manager and given a comprehensive tour of the property and an overview of the facilities including the do's and dont's of life on a Greek island.

The 'welcome pack' was very impressive and included EVERYTHING we needed and more for our first night at the villa, we have travelled extensively and have never been so well looked after.

The gardens are a delight, mature vines over trellis and copious flower pots and planted beds, a grassed area off to one side and plenty of seating, dining and chill out areas. There is a sun deck with loungers and a pool deck with a generous sized pool overlooking the gorgeous views. All in all a perfect holiday. 

Fiona M. July 2016 - Rustic Paradise - 4/5

We spent a magical 12 nights at Orchard Villa, the pictures do not do justice to the magnificent views.

The detailed info pack about the Villa and Skiathos (emailed by Vivienne) was spot on and we concur with all her suggestions of beaches and restaurants. Even for  our day trip to Skopelos, where we had no idea where to eat, Vivienne came back to us in moments with a fab suggestion. 

We have suggested Vivienne needs to refresh the towels and have plastic cups and plates for kids and I'm sure will take it on board as she is most eager to make sure her guests have a pleasant stay. I have already recommended Orchard Villas to friends who enjoy the rustic life and laid back approach Orchard Villas and Skiathos have to offer.

Debbie R.  July 2015 - 5/5

We had such a wonderful stay at Orchard Villa in Skiathos. The villa was well stocked with everything we need and there was a welcome pack of wine and beer and food enough to make a basic meal. The views for the villa were so beautiful and well positioned for town too. Very quiet, and Vivienne had provided a comprehensive guide to everything about the villa and Skiathos which was really helpful. We would definitely come again. 

Graham, Essex  July 2014 - Great Views - 4/5

We stayed for a week at Orchard Villa in July 2014 to experience the island of Skiathos before departing on a week flotilla sailing around the other Sporades islands. The villa was a perfect size for a family of four or more. Our two teenage girls had a room each and spent most days chilled out by the pool. We hired a car and used it for exploring the island including the more remote beaches on the north side. We would recommend a 4X4 as many of the roads on Skiathos are really dirt tracks and our hire car struggled a little with the steep hills and ruts. The views from the villa were amazing and it made a relaxing start to our holiday. The local taverna within walking distance of the villa is superb, but we regularly drove into Skiathos town for the restaurants and bars. Great villa and location with excellent service from Vivienne and her local team.

Buckingham July 2014 - 70th Birthday Celebration - 5/5

The villa was ideal for a family group of 2 grandparents. three adults and 2 young girls.The bedrooms were great for the family group and the master en-suite wet-room was always in great demand. The villa was well maintained and the kitchen and utility very well equipped. The views from the terraces were truly superb and the gardens delightful and very safe for the young children. A car is essential because the hill up to the villa is extremely steep. This is definitely a 5 star villa.

Paul Northumberland  June 2014 4/5

Myself and my wife were looking for a relaxing, peaceful holiday & that is exactly what we got ! we love Skiathos and this was our third visit (first in a private villa). The location is stunning with amazing views. There is lots of room inside and out. Walking to the villa is about  20mins from main road up a steep hill so would recommend car hire, alternatively taxi, ask the cost first and get good deal. Great & friendly service would definitely recommend!

Deb East Anglia August 2013 -  Place to chill  - 4/5

Stayed for a week as a couple having left the children behind. The location is superb with breath taking views over the bay. The villa is very private making it the ideal place for a totally relaxing holiday without having to worry about dressing up for breakfast! The kitchen is very well equipped if you do want to rustle up a meal or at least a Greek salad or two. Would recommend the Olive Thea for a nice meal within walking distance.

Vittorio & Isa Milan August 2013 - Wonderful seaview  - 4/5

The garden and the panoramic view from the villa (and swimming pool) are terrific beautiful! we received a kind welcome and assistance from the team; it was a pleasure to meet them. The villa is on the hill, andnot too close to the busy and noisy village. It is perfect for a walk or jogging at the sunshine, and close to a delicious family restaurant ('Olive Thea'). Perfect for 8 people even only one room has a double bed. Vivienne gave us a lot of information and suggestions for our time on Skiathos. 

Joanna M. July 2013 - Heavenly Views - 4/5

We loved this villa! - really traditional and full of character. The views from the terraces are stunning and totally private. The kitchen is really well equipped and has everything you need to enjoy outdoor eating. The 'Olive Thea' restaurant is wonderful, fantastic service, food and views. Get there in time to watch the sun go down. Easily done as it is only a few minutes walk from the villa. We would certainly recommend Orchard Villa and would love to stay there again.

Vernon Johannesburg June 2013 - Mediterranean Delight - 5/5

Our family of seven in total had little difficulty in finding Orchard Villa a "home-from-home" and had a holiday of a lifetime. The superb view, refreshing pool and all the amenities house were a delight.This comfortable villa is very well equipped for family meals and outdoor living, and is situated in a lovely olive grove in a quiet and peaceful area well above the main road. 

Villa facilities

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Facilities - Orchard Villa

- Holiday Themes and suitability for your party

   - Beach and Sea relaxation and Sports & Activities (as below);

   - Village and harbour exploring  -shops, tavernas, cafes, bars, shopping and all services - see "About Skiathos

   - Hill-country hikes and exploring

   - Villa life and sun - vine-covered courtyard, terraced garden, roof terrace and pool (both secure for youngsters, fenced and gated), all with panoramic views

   - Family / group holidays  and events (Skiathos weddings v popular! - call for info) 

   - Greek ambience, eats, and drinks (see 'Guest Guide' parts 2 and 3) 

      - Affordable 'food-guide' standard tavernas and restaurants (three of the 'top-10' within 12 mins walk of Orchard Villa)

      - traditional tavernas and 'zacharaplasteos' (ice cream and cakes)

      - Cafés, bars, and night-clubs

   - Sports & Activities 

      - beaching, swimming, snorkelling, SCUBA (booked in village) 

      - water sports on all main beaches - water-ski, wind-surf, speedboats, sailing dinghies

      - sea and pier fishing  

      - hill and forest walking (accompanied available)   

      - cycling (MTB/VTT)  

      - tennis club (in village)

      - horse riding

- Ease of villa access

   - Easy front-door access from car in drive - 2 shallow steps only (many Greek-coast villas don't warn you about long steep stone stairs !)

   - A few steps between split-levels, and gentle path / shallow steps to upper and pool terraces

- Villa Living Space

   - Kitchen and utilities

      - Oven, ceramic hob   - Microwave   - 2 Fridges   - Double sink   - Dishwasher   - Coffee Maker

      - Toaster   - Dishes & Utensils   - Washing Machine   - Iron + board

- Dining

   - Split-level dining/living room for 8, and high-chair  

   - Open-plan across 'pub' bar and bar stools to kitchen

   - Most guests prefer meals and drinks (until midnight!) outside in the courtyard (tastefully wood-furnished for 12)

   - Traditional Skiathos fireplace inside looks lovely, but not in summer (fire risk)   

   - Sofa, easy chairs

   - Smoking outside only (wood beams and ceilings inside!)

- Bed and bathrooms

    - Master bedroom has king-size bed, en-suite wet room with shower, wc, and double vanity unit (twin

      vasque wash-basins)

   - Guest wing has 3 more (twin) bedrooms, and 2 shower rooms with shower, small vanity unit and w-c,

     all with bath linen (please BYO beach towels).

   - Bedrooms have air-con, bed linen, fitted wardrobes, small dressing table, bedside tables/lamps - plus 1 hair dryer.

   - ... and mosquito nets if need (but easier to keep windows shut and air-con on).

- Internet 

   - Good 3G / 4G signals, and WiFi hot-spots in virtually every taverna and bar! (fixed line router not manageable) 

- Pastimes 

   - Plenty of cook-books, maps and guides   - DVD   - Board games   - Hi (-ish) Fi, CDs - even cassettes (C&W, 60s rock, classical)   - TV (mainly Greek)   - sorry, no DVDs (BYO)

 

- Garden and outside living

   - Terraced private olive-grove garden with pool, fabulous views never fail to stun every guest (see our great 4*-5* reviews !)

   - Split-level dining patio with tasteful wood furniture for up to 12; small 'wheely' barbecue

   - Fenced/gated pool (4.7m x 8m x 1.2m.) on its own terrace with attractive slate-top aperitif table and bench 

   - Private parking for 4 cars

   - secure from wandering tourists with private fenced grounds and remote-controlled drive gates (shared with the next - separately fenced - villa.

Skiathos Facilities

Quaint Skiathos Village and taverna-lined old port - and all its shops-services-facilties - are 10 mins drive, and most of the 60-odd sandy beaches within 5-25 mins.

You can also walk down to the village in about an hour, on the last remaining part of a cobbled mule track after you pass the Kivos Hotel - see 'Villa Guest Guide part 1, "Routes", or the 'blue book' guide n the villa bookshelf. 

Full details - click "About Skiathos" and drop-down items 'Skiathos Overview', 'Skiathos Photos', and 'Skiathos Facilities

Location

How to get to Orchard Villa:

Our 'meeter-greeter' will meet you on arrival and bring you to the villa. We send you a map and directions for your stay (and on the villa bookshelf); and see the 'Guest Guide - Section 1' for detailed routes to the villa by car, taxi, and on foot. 

Orchard Villa is in the 'Katsarou' area ('Katsaros' on maps) on a low ridge with a stunning '7-island view' overlooking the main beaches. Nearest to Orchard Villa are 'Vassilias' ('King’s' beach, also now called 'Randa') and 'Achladies' ('Pear-tree' beach, and hotel), both at 5-8 mins drive, or 15-20 mins walk down the hill - but check seriously before committing yourself to having to walk back up in the heat of the day. 

All other beaches are within 5-25 mins drive, or by water-taxi services by caïque from Skiathos harbour.

And within 10 mins walk of Orchard Villa are three of the islands top-rated restaurants:

Olive Viewwww.skiathosolivethearestaurant.com; Anastasia's (in Paradise Hotel) - no website, Google: "Anastasia Restaurant Skiathos", Kivo Creative Restaurant / wine bar (in Kivo Hotel) - www.kivohotel.com

Prices

Your rental contract prices/terms on this page are combined with those under main website section 'Pricing/Terms all Villas' and in owners' contract offers. 

   - Prices are 'Seasonal' from end May to September as: 'Low-'; 'Mid-'; 'High-'; 'Mid-'; 'End-'.

   - 'Off-' season prices may be possible October to April; May is usually unavailable, as I am there readying the villa for you!

   - Prices are for 7 nights/8 days, for occupancy by a maximum of 8 adults

   - The dates in the chart below indicate Friday changeovers, but any days are possible subject to other bookings

  

   - Prices include basic short-lease rental for the unserviced furnished property, and costs of materials* and maintenance* you are considered to have requested
     us to arrange and pay for on your behalf, all of which is confirmed in the proposed contract when you request an offer to rent the villa to you.
     * such as: domestic materials and starter provisions, equipment breakdown, pool management, bed/bath linen laundry, end cleaning, property (but not
        personal) insurance, etc.

Quoted Currency: British £

Rental rates are for the entire property.

Description From To Weekly Monthly Week Night Weekend Night Minimum Stay
Low Season 24 May 19 21 Jun 19 £1450 - - - 7 Nights
Mid Season 21 Jun 19 12 Jul 19 £1650 - - - 7 Nights
High Season 12 Jul 19 30 Aug 19 £1950 - - - 7 Nights
Mid Season 30 Aug 19 20 Sep 19 £1650 - - - 7 Nights
End Season 20 Sep 19 04 Oct 19 £990 - - - 7 Nights



Availability

Changeover days are flexible. Although seasonal price dates below are shown as 'Friday to Friday' and for '7 nights', flights are available most days, and any dates are possible subject to other bookings - to discuss when we talk.

   - You can move in to the villa from 16:00 p.m., and need to leave before 10:00 a.m. - other timings may be possible subject to other bookings

   - I update the availability date chart as accurately as possible, but cannot confirm your booking enquiry until we have all made sure the villa fully suits your needs, and we have received your deposit for a firm booking (please call for details). 

   - Occupancy is for a party of up to 8 adults, subject to any agreed party-size or age reductions. Seasonal offers may be on offer for fewer (or with sub-teenagers). 

Enquiries

   - Fill out form on "Enquire Now" tab, I respond within 2 hrs. Please include your tel. no. so we can discuss any special requirements.

   - You can pay by PayPal if you wish (with no fee or surcharge). I don't have an on-line booking system - or its fees the 'mass bookings' sites charge !

Change over day: Flexible

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