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steps to first floor at villa alexinaVilla Alexina

This 16th century, Venetian built, manor house has a view from the vine-shaded terrace where your eyes fall across rooftops, the church, a couple of valleys, the Ionian Sea, then land on Albania. To the left, a grove of olives climbs the flanks of Mount Pantocrator; you can walk down through it to the village, or gaze at it from the shade of the orange trees by the pool. The house reveals stone arches, ancient steps, old wooden floors, pots full of colour. Exterior steps lead up to the first floor lounge, where thick stone walls keep you cool, and pretty colours soak up the light.

One of only two private villas selected by Alistair Sawday for his Greek Directory, Villa Alexina is particularly attractive for those looking for something atmospheric and traditional. Those visiting this villa for the first time are always in awe the minute they come through the gates and walk up the same cobbled entrance path which remains unchanged over the past four hundred years. The original design to build a house with privacy in mind, makes it very difficult to capture by photograph, it is the atmosphere which is captivating.

One of the strengths of this beautiful villa is that there are so many separate outdoor spaces - the swimming pool, the huge shaded patio, a large sun veranda and a small seating patio, as well as all the adjoining areas. This really suits family groups and groups of friends requiring sufficient area in order to share and obtain peace within the same space.

There are so many beautiful areas easily accessed from this location – the local beach, which was Gerald  Durrell's favourite, is Agios Spyridion – "the beach of the white lilies".