Villa Evangelini, Syros
Villa Evangelini is an aristocratic 19th Century neo-classical villa which nestles among 3 acres of private gardens, orchards and olive groves in the exclusive area of Poseidonia on the unspoiled island of Syros. Broadly featured in the international media, this coral pink house with pale grey shutters sleeps up to 9 guests in 4 bedrooms. The house has been lovingly restored by its owners with antique furniture and vintage carpets and is both stylish and bohemian. The full size private pool is surrounded by bamboo fencing to add to the feeling of complete seclusion and luxury.
The elegant drawing room with seating for 9 has marble floors, antique furniture and many objets d’art. Shuttered windows look across the gardens. The downstairs bedroom (with twin beds, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom) is perfect for guests who struggle a little with the stairs. The farmhouse kitchen with marble tiled floor, painted walls and local crockery is the hub of the house and leads onto the gardens. The 3 upstairs bedrooms are all individual with their fresh fabrics and serene colours. The master bedroom with 4 poster bed and additional single bed has French windows onto the balcony with views to the pretty Church. The antique furniture contrasts with the crisp white bed linen. This is the perfect spot for a morning coffee enjoying the tranquil views across the gardens towards the surrounding hills. Bedroom Three with its pale blue walls and nautical prints has twin beds and a very high pitched wooden ceiling. French windows lead onto the second balcony with views across the gardens. Bedroom Four (The Indian Room) is furnished with original prints and wall hangings and also leads to the balcony. All bedrooms have air conditioning and each has an en-suite bathroom.
The gardens are a delight throughout the seasons with shaded corners, vine covered pergolas and splashes of colour from the clematis and bougainvillea. The entrance to the house is via a large gate and is walled on all sides making it safe for young children. The large veranda to the front of the house (the BBQ even has an electric roasting spit) is where you will probably dine during the summer months. A path leads to the pool area via the orchard with oranges, lemons, grapes (the owner makes his own wine), pomegranates, dates and bay trees. There are sun loungers with cream cushions and all in the shade of 2 magnificent palm trees to watch over you. There are shaded corners with occasional furniture dotted around to escape with a book or watch the spectacular bird life. The separate guest houses are delightfully comfortable and bohemian with their own facilities.
Villa Evangelini sits majestically in the middle of this exclusive village (also known as Della Grazia) – a collection of splendid homes which was originally created as a rural retreat only 10kms away from the main town, Ermoupolis, where the rich and famous Greek shipping fraternity spent their summers.
There are Two tavernas within a 5 minute walk to choose from and even a bus into town every half hour if you don’t want to drive.