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Review 5355: RentVillas, Villa Asteria 1
5bed/5.5bath house near Porto Heli, Greece
May 2012, 1 week
We rented this villa with three other couples for a week in late May, 2012. It has 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, three levels with a large terrace on each level, several balconies, and a pool. It worked quite well for four couples, though the basement level, which includes a TV/rec room, is more oriented for children.
The style of the furnishings is modern minimalist but with bright colors. I really liked the furnishings except for the beds, which were very low. The master bedroom bed, in particular, was a foot or less high and was surrounded by a wood edging. The bed was hard to get out of/up from for us older people. And it was easy to hit one's (lower) shin on the wooden border. (I understand Villa Asteria 2 is identical except it has more traditional furniture, probably with higher beds.)
The kitchen was well-equipped, although some of the small appliances should be replaced. (The sea air is corrosive and the water is very hard.) The dining room table opened up to seat 10 or more. The outdoor spaces were large and well-furnished, especially the pool/BBQ area, which has a table big enough for a large group. (With a large group I always look for tables big enough to seat us all, inside and out.) The views from the villa are mostly peek-a-boo views of the sea, between houses. You could also see a piece of the nearby island of Spetses.
The villa's location was a little difficult. It's toward the bottom of the Argolid peninsula on the Peloponnese. Driving to the villa from the Athens airport took about three hours, the latter part on twisting mountain roads. We saw very little traffic and the scenery along the way was great. (Note we didn't drive this on a weekend.) The nearest town of any size is Porto Heli, which has a selection of restaurants, stores and bakeries. Also a ferry stop. But the villa is at some distance from Porto Heli, with a somewhat complicated route. The very small town of Kosta was nearer, but still not easily walkable; there you could catch a car ferry or a sea taxi the short distance across to Spetses.
From the villa we ferried to Spetses and the island of Hydra (from Porto Heli via catamaran) and also toured Nafplio. Within reach of a day trip are Epidauros, Mycenae and other less famous ancient sites.
We hired a cook for dinner our last night. She produced quite a spread and did a good job dealing with various dietary issues.
I would recommend this villa highly, with the caveat that itís not a great base for easy day-trips.
You can view the property directly: Villa Asteria 1.
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