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Zarka Centre Old House

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Phone: 0030 22230 53991

Detached traditional stone house, 3 bedrooms, unspoilt Greek island of Evia; country setting 2.5 hours from Athens airport; villages, beaches, mountains, gorges, historical sites; all year destination

  • Price from 315 EUR / Week
  • Capacity up to 9 people
  • 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
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Last updated: 05/19/2008

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Overview

Large detached stone house, Greek island Evia; country setting 2.5 hours Athens airport; villages, beaches, mountains, gorges, historical sites; all year destination. Evia is 2nd largest, most accessible, Greek island from the mainland, yet relatively undeveloped. Population small, but lots to see & do!

Secluded villa in extensive grounds of holistic Zarka Centre. Sleeps 6 comfortably, up to 9 maximum. Views from all rooms, large south verandah & north patio. Large living/dining room, kitchen, 3 double/twin bedrooms, 1 with en-suite shower. Large bathroom with corner bath/shower, plus 2nd WC room. Additional bench-seat sleeping for adult & child in living room, & fold-up bed.Pleasant gardens including ecological reed-bed system

Suits family, couple, group, etc. Perfect for rest & retreat in nature. Uneven paths & a drop so not suitable for unsupervised toddler, or mobility problems

Stays of 3 nights & upwards, all year
Long lets particularly welcome, including summer – large discounts

Prices & deals

Lowest Weekly Price:
315 EUR
Highest Weekly Price:
1050 EUR
Cleaning fee:
N/A
Charging Method:
Payment Types:
  • No Cash
  • No Credit Card
  • No Cheque
  • No Travellers cheque
  • No Paypal
  • No Wire Transfer

Location & area

EVIA is the second largest Greek island, yet is one of the least known & least developed commercially, with a slower pace of life (it is still common to meet village shepherds on donkeys, for example). The population of permanent inhabitants & visitors is small, but the island is accessible all year round thanks to a road bridge from the mainland, as well as several ferry crossing points. The locals are friendly & the crime rate is extremely low. It is a hidden paradise with an amazing range of things to see & do all through the year. Geographically, the island is a microcosm of Greece as a whole – the north and middle parts have lush alpine areas while the extreme south is dry & rocky interspersed with lush gorges, spectacular coast roads, ancient marble quarries & unique geological & archaeological sites.



THE ISLAND offers the following features: spectacular scenery (regarding views, one guide book to Greece claims Evia has ‘the best mountain roads' in the whole country!); outstanding walking, hiking & mountain biking; abundant wildlife, birds & wildflowers; 100s of rocky coves & quiet beaches; mountains up to 1750m; harbours famous in classical times; delicious, inexpensive taverna food & wine, often including fish caught that day; relaxing cafes; sophisticated café-bars & shops in the capital town; delightful natural spas at Edipsos in the north; fascinating craft shops at Eritrea harbour; horse riding, diving, water skiing & rafting. From Evia, it's easy to visit the mainland – eg Athens, Delphi & the ski resort on Mount Parnassos. The fascinating smaller island of Skyros lies off the east coast of Evia; ferries go from Kymi. According to legend, Achilles was raised on Skyros; there is a unique breed of Skyrian horses, and the poet Rupert Brooke is buried there (in his ‘corner of a foreign field that is for ever England').



THE HOUSE lies in a beautiful green valley besides Zarakes village (15 minutes walk). Known locally as ‘Zarka', THE VILLAGE is situated near the middle of Evia at the island's narrowest part, and has wonderful views of the Aegean on the east coast and the Gulf of Evia on the west, with the Greek mainland in the distance. Zarka has 2 tavernas, a pizzeria, 2 bars, a general store & several smaller shops, a bakers shop, 2 butchers, a workshop making cheese and yoghurt & a petrol station. Fishmongers' vans call each day, and there is a free doctor's clinic twice a week. THE VILLAGE BEACH (on the Aegean) is 4km away & is never busy; it has 2 fish tavernas, and a beach bar in summer.



THE VILLAGE has a twice daily bus connection to Athens, and there are ferry crossings from nearby Nea Styra and Eretria to the mainland. But to explore more fully a car is essential (4WD if possible, although not crucial); visitors from abroad tend to hire one from the airport or Athens.



SMALL TOWNS are 15kms to both north and south with a larger range of shops and tavernas, including banks, cash points, pharmacies, etc. A short drive away are outstanding beaches, cliff walks, archaeological sites, alpine areas, the capital town, etc. Visits to the Evian gorges or to the mainland can easily be done in a day, while trips to the far north of the island or to Skyros require an overnight stay.

Address:
Zarka Centre, Zarakes Krieza Evia, 34017, Evia, Greece
Accommodation located in:
countryside, near cultural interest, near diving spot, near fishing area, near historical interest, near restaurants & bars, near the beach, near water sports, rural, village!

Amenities & services

This secluded villa is in the large grounds of the holistic Zarka Centre. It sleeps 6 comfortably & up to 9 maximum. Lovely views from all rooms, & from south-facing verandah & north-facing patio. Large living/dining room, kitchen, 3 double/twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower. Large bathroom with corner bath/shower, plus second WC room. Additional bench-seat sleeping for adult & child in living room, plus fold-up bed.



Pleasant garden, including ecological reed-bed system for waste water treatment. The house has solar panel water-heating plus a back-up immersion heater. In colder months, the living room is heated by a large word-burning stove fireplace, and the bedrooms and bathroom by underfloor heating, with back-up convector heaters. There is no air conditioning, but electric fans are provided. Access to the internet and landline telephone may be available (please inquire).



While families and wildlife enthusiasts love exploring this area, some uneven paths & a drop at the house mean it is not suitable for unsupervised small children or those with serious mobility problems.



Bed linen is provided, and towels apart from beach towels. If appropriate, basic supplies can be provided for your arrival (bread, milk, butter, fruit, etc).

# of Units: 1... and each unit includes:

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Single beds: 4
  • Double beds: 1
  • Baby cots: 0
  • Single sofa beds: 3
  • Double sofa beds: 0

Bathroom

  • Yes Shower:
  • Yes Towels:
  • Yes Bath:
  • No Hair Drier:

Extras

  • No Internet Broadband:
  • No Cable/Satelite TV:
  • Yes Internet Dial Up:
  • No Ironing Board:
  • Yes Library:
  • Yes Stereo/Radio System:
  • No Telephone:
  • Yes DVD Player:
  • No Fax:
  • Yes Washing Machine:
  • Yes Work Desk:
  • Yes Bed Sheets:
  • No Bikes:

Extraservice

  • No House Chef:
  • No Butler Service:
  • No Local Guides:
  • No Local Transportation:
  • No 24h Concierge:
  • Yes Tours & Excursions:

Kitchen

  • Yes Crockery & Utensils:
  • Yes Dish Washer:
  • Yes Microwave:
  • Yes Oven:
  • No American Kitchen:
  • Yes Fridge & Freezer:

Living room

  • Yes Sofa Bed:
  • Yes Table & Chairs:
  • Yes Fireplace:

Outside

  • No Shared Bathroom:
  • No Spa / Jacuzzi:
  • No Lift / Elevator:
  • No Swimming Pool:
  • No Disabled Facilities:
  • No Tennis Court:
  • Yes Terrace:
  • Yes Parking:
  • No Pets Welcome:
  • No Private Beach:
  • No Barbecue:
  • Yes Garden:
  • No Sauna:

Rooms

  • Yes Central Heating:
  • No City View:
  • No Daily Cleaning:
  • Yes DVD/Music Collection:
  • No Air Conditioning:
  • No Ensuite Bathroom:
  • No Balcony:
  • No Safe:
  • No Sea View:

Additional information

Board Basis:
Accommodation Only
Welcome pack:
For groups of up to 6 we may be able to collect from the airport (fee payable). For couples, etc we can arrange for a friendly taxi to meet you. At the house you will find an information pack with details about the locality, wildlife, etc. If appropriate,
Breakfast:
No
Lunch:
No
Diner:
No
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