We have been considering at least three properties which seem to bridge the gap. In Skripero the wonderful Designer House is a stunning, absolutely classic property, immaculately designed and fitted but located in a village with all the advantages and amenities of village life.
The Gallery House in the north-east of the island is indeed technically in a tiny village but it has the modern aspects of a villa, plus stunning sea views from an attractive deck, parking and good access to Aharavi – virtually a villa with atmosphere and character.
One of the most recent properties to come into our portfolio is the amazing Boukari Bay View House. In the traditional village of Xlomos just above the south-east coast. This was two village houses which have been converted into one large house spread over two floors (with the possibility of a master bedroom suite in the loft) with classic ‘bodzo’ balcony and terraces all with panoramic views along the coast and down to the beautiful bay of Boukari (made famous for its fish restaurant by Rick Stein during his tour of the Mediterranean). The house has a terraced garden, with pergolas and a sense of privacy extremely rare in a village setting. The owners have kept the spirit of the classic village house, combined with contemporary kitchen and central heating.
For so long the word villa has implied ‘luxury house in secluded setting’ but many people would love to have the character and atmosphere of a traditional village but still have a high quality property. Increasingly now this is perfectly possible.