From cosy hideaways for couples to spacious countryside properties for large groups, GIC offers an idyllic property for a remote escape away from the stresses of everyday life. Choose from an array of destinations, safe in the knowledge that all GIC’s handpicked properties are located in areas unblemished by mass tourism, whether you’d prefer tiny Antipaxos, with only 30 inhabitants and no shops – a friendly boat delivery service operates for groceries – or the sprawling landscapes of Crete with its mountains, valleys and miles of dramatic coastline.
Here’s GIC’s pick of villas best-suited to baring all:
Villa Ouranos (http://www.gicthevillacollection.com/
At the end of a road which snakes up a hillside from Skopelos Town, Villa Ouranos (sleeps two to six) is tucked away at the end of a quiet track, and stands within large grounds flanked by apricot and plum trees. There’s no chance of being overlooked whilst enjoying a drink on the expansive terrace, which has panoramic views over a valley and out to the sea. The sophisticated shops, bars and restaurants of Skopelos Town are a ten-minute drive away. A seven-night stay costs from £740 pp (six sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.*
Villa Yakovos (http://www.gicthevillacollection.com/
Heading away from the cobbled streets of Gaios – Paxos’ main village – a narrow winding road snakes up a hill to the quiet hamlet of Ozias. From here, a track leads to the isolated location of Villa Yakovos (sleeps two to four). Surrounded by olive groves and without another house in sight, the only thing disturbing the peace is the gentle hum of cicadas. The views from the terraces and swimming pool are spectacular, taking in the sparkling sea and the neighbouring island of Antipaxos. A seven-night stay costs from £704 pp (four sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.*
Hilltop House (http://www.gicthevillacollection.com/
The fifteen-minute walk from the postcard-perfect Kioni waterfront up to Hilltop House (sleeps two to five) may be steep in places, but is certainly worth the effort for the total peace and isolation to be found. The house is traditional and charming, with a private pool and a sizable verandah, concealed from any passers-by courtesy of lemon, olive and pine trees, and half-shaded by grapevines. A seven-night stay costs from £660 pp (five sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.*
Villa Cypress, Kefalonia
Fulfil dreams of island escapism at Villa Cypress (sleeps two to six), concealed within gardens of citrus trees and colourful plants in the tiny hamlet of Konidarata, where the only sound to break the silence is the occasional clang of a goat bell. The large and private pool terrace has uninterrupted views to the islands of Ithaca, Meganissi and Lefkas, and there is an al fresco dining area for enjoying a tranquil evening meal. A seven-night stay costs from £620 pp (six sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.*
Villa Chloe, Crete
Set in expansive grounds amongst the rolling hills of northern Crete, Villa Chloe (sleeps two to six) is an idyllic countryside retreat, with no immediate neighbours, and a delightful sense of solitude. Despite the get-away-from-
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*All GIC properties enjoy a complimentary welcome pack on arrival, plus maid service and linen change twice weekly. Flights are on pristine Germania aircraft, which received a hugely positive reaction from clients when introduced last year, and include full catering and a 20kg baggage allowance.
For more information or to talk to an expert, call GIC The Villa Collection on 020 8232 9780 or visit www.gicthevillacollection.com.
Ends – 10 June 2014
Notes to Editors: With 45 years’ experience, GIC The Villa Collection (formerly known as Greek Islands Club) offers comfortable villa escapes – and one boutique hotel! – most with private pool, on the Greek islands of Corfu, Paxos, Antipaxos, Lefkas, Meganissi, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Alonissos, Skopelos, Skiathos and Crete, as well as to Sivota and Stoupa on mainland Greece, and Pomos in Cyprus.
GIC The Villa Collection is a member of the Sunvil family (www.sunvil.co.uk)
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