The Spilies Sanctuary is a peaceful, secluded hideaway, set on a hillside with an uninterrupted view to the sea. It is perfectly situated just 5 minutes from the vibrant beachfront village of Kapsali, but still far enough away that the only sounds you hear from the terrace are the chirping of crickets, and the bees in the Thyme.
About the House:
The house is perfect for either a family holiday or a couple wanting to get away from it all. It is fully self contained with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one en-suite), and a large air-conditioned living area complete with a luxury kitchen with marble benchtops, a dining area with a large dining table and chairs, and a lounge area with 2 sofas and tv/dvd, leading through to a large terrace with uninterrupted view to the sea and Antikythira (on a clear day, you can also see Crete in the distance!)
The main bedroom has a king bed, built in wardrobes, an en-suite, and a door onto the large terrace, which boasts an uninterrupted view to the sea. The other bedrooms have either double or twin beds, and built in wardrobes.
The modern kitchen is complete with everything you need for your holiday, including an oven, a stovetop, a microwave, pots and pans, and all utensils. Perfect for creating a mezes for 2, or a full Greek feast from local products for the whole family.
The large terrace is set up for al-fresco dining with an extra large table and chairs, but is also the perfect place to relax with a book, basking in the peaceful countryside surroundings.
Spilies Sanctuary is also perfect for children, it is remote enough for them to make as much noise as they want without fear of upsetting any nieghbours, and there is also great kids custom made wooden play equipment with climbing frame, swings and monkey bars at the side of the house.
Other Things to Note
There is an additional sofa bed in the lounge area that is suitable for an 8th guest if they are a child, if necessary.
The living area has reverse cycle air-conditioning.
About the Area
Spilies is a secluded residential village located between the villages of Kalamos and Kapsali. Even though it is less than 5 minutes from both, it still feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. As you turn onto the road to Spilies, you are greeted with a breathtaking view of Chytra, Antikythira, and on clear days Crete. To your right, you can also see Castro and Chora in the distance.
For beaches, you are close to Kapsali, Chalkos, Fyri Ammos of Kalamos, and if you are feeling very adventurous, you can hike through the gorge to the very private beach of Kyriakoulou.
For necessities, there are mini-markets in Kalamos and Kapsali, and you are only 15 minutes drive from the busy village of Livadi, which has local produce markets every Wednesday from June to September.
The M11 walking track from Livadi to Kythira passes through Spilies, and the walk over the mountain to Kapsali takes around 30 minutes. The spectacular cave of Agia Sofia is also very close to the house, around 10 minutes walk downhill.
Getting to Kythira
Kythira is well connected during summer with 2 to 3 flights per day from Athens, a daily ferry service from Neapoli on the Peloponnese, a weekly ferry from Gythio, and a twice weekly ferry from Athens. There is also a twice weekly bus service from Athens and Pireaus run by drakakis tours, a local tour operator, who also offer private sightseeing tours of the island.
Getting around Kythira
Kythira has a good main road network, however public transport is limited to 1 to 2 buses a day during summer so renting a car is a necessity if you want to explore on your own.
If you want to rent a car, we recommend drakakis rent-a-car who have offices in Livadi and the Airport, but can deliver a car anywhere on the island for a small fee.
June: from €130 per night
July: from €150 per night
August: from €250 per night
Discounts available for longer rentals