Giorgos, the owner of Villa Melissa, first considered buying the plot of land where Melissa now sits in 2010 when he fought his way through a wilderness of thorny scrub to the sea below. Perched on a waterside rock, a giant Monachus monachus seal emerged from the sea, smiled at him and then disappeared. The decision was made to buy the plot of 10 acres.
The plot is a hillside promontory above the sea just outside the port of Agios Nikolaos on Zakynthos’ north east coast.
Melissa is one of 6 villas built by Giorgos. Each villa has its own private terraces and gardens to ensure an individual feeling of privacy and independence. The grounds of each villa are divided by hillside terraces of olive trees, rows of grape vines and wild myrtle, pine and cypress trees.
Each villa’s TV is linked to an underwater camera (situated close to where Giorgos met the seal) for those who want to search for seals and starfish from their armchair.
Villa Melissa has traditional island interiors of stone and wood with high standards of modern comfort. Spacious rooms open out on to large terraces with powerful views along the coastline and across the sea to Kefalonia.
A stepped pathway leads down to the sea below where private kayaks are kept for exploring the nearby sea caves.
The villa is equipped with snorkelling equipment, fishing tackle and binoculars.
A welcome pack on arrival contains wine, olive oil, fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, olives and herbs – all grown organically on the estate.
Private swimming pool 60 sq metres & depth 1.40 metres
Maid service & linen change once weekly (extra service provided on request)
Location: car hire recommended. The port of Agios Nikolaos is 2.5 kilometres and has a good selection of waterfront shops, tavernas, café bars and boat hire. A ferry departs twice daily (taking 1 hour) to Pessada on Kefalonia. To the other side of the port a coastal road leads to pretty beaches and seaside tavernas.
Accommodation: ground floor of a sitting room (WiFi/satellite TV/DVD/CD player); kitchen (dishwasher/microwave); one double bedroom (air-con) and en suite shower room; one twin bedroom (air-con) and en suite shower room. First floor of one double bedroom (air-con) with extra single bed and en suite shower room. Melissa’s fourth bedroom is a private, self-contained guesthouse accessed via outside steps and has a double bed, kitchenette and bathroom. It has air-con/TV/CD player.
All bedrooms have sea views. The bedrooms on the ground floor in the main house have small kitchenettes. Washing machine. Mosquito screens on windows. Elaborate barbecue area with traditional wood-fired oven.