Simpson Secret – Tzia Summer House Greece, Kea

The Telegraph’s Adam Ruck recently described Kea (or Gia, or Tzia…) as ‘a postmodern Greek island’, highlighting its authentic cuisine, ‘civilised clientele’ and ‘low slung villas’ as the hallmarks of a place that has survived the tourism boom unscarred. Tzia Summer House is a perfect example of this contemporary style, set unobtrusively into the hillside with outstanding sea views and a flawless finish both inside and out.

The villa sits in its own private and very secluded grounds. From this elevated position, the views across the south west coast of the island and the sea are simply stunning. The design of the house is both innovative and practical, with the main living accommodation in one building, three bedrooms in a second, linked, building, and a fourth bedroom in an independent guest suite located just below the pool terrace. The décor is tastefully understated throughout, a reflection of the subtle, unspoilt beauty that characterises the entire island.

Innovation is a theme that continues in the spectacular outdoor space; the dramatic swimming pool combines a 23m ‘lane’ for serious swimmers with a stunning infinity edge pool for when you’d rather sit and absorb the endless blue view. There are vast terraces offering both sun and shade, where you can stretch out and enjoy the peace and privacy of a true get-away-from-it all destination.

Kea has small beaches all around its coastline, many of which are accessible only by rough track or boat. For more facilities, try the beaches at Koundouros, Otzias and Poisses. The picturesque island capital Ioulis is a 15 minute drive, though you’ll have to leave your car outside as the only traffic permitted is donkeys!  More varied dining choices can be found half an hour away at Vourkari, the most resort-like village on the island with lots of fine fish restaurants and a yachting marina.


  • 4 bedroom house (sleeps 8)
  • Security deposit £1,000
  • No children under 12 years
RIGHT section of house – 2 levels:
  • Entrance
  • Reception area
  • Fully equipped kitchen with walk-in larder
  • 2 living areas
  • French doors lead from dining area to dining/pool terrace
LEFT section of house:

Ground floor:
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, French doors lead to pool terrace
  • Children’s bedroom with double bed and single bed on mezzanine, en-suite shower room with WC, leads to covered balcony
First floor:
  • Master double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, leads to two balconies
Guest annexe:
  • Below the pool terrace
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot (linen supplied)
  • Satellite and cable TV, DVD and CD players, HiFi, iPod docking station with speakers, VCR player, Playstation
  • Central heating
  • Open fireplace
  • Fans
  • Private swimming pool 23m x 2m (for laps) and 15m x 7m (depth 1.2m – 2.5m)
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
  • Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • 6 hours cleaning included every 2 days
  • Breakfast with fresh bread included on cleaning days
  • Additional cleaning €50/day or €35/half day
  • Laundry service (€10/hour) available on request
  • Cook available on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Tzia Summer House is set in large private and secluded grounds high on a hillside with stunning views overlooking the southwest coast of the island of Kea (Tzia), a very unspoilt island and little known outside Greece.

Kea lies on the northwestern rim of the Cyclades, the nearest island to the Attica mainland, and quite close to Athens, making it a popular destination even for short breaks. Its capital and main town is Ioulis (15min drive) is perched on a hilltop inland, a customary precaution against the marauding Ottoman pirates of the Middle Ages.

The island’s history

There are remains of Bronze Age settlements of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Kea was allied with Athens during the Persian Wars; it prospered during the Byzantine era, when a number of churches were built. Over the centuries it fell into the hands of the Venetians, then the Turks, and then back again. Kea was the first Cycladian island to fight in the War of Independence. It has been largely unaffected by tourism, although its proximity to the mainland has brought in some well-heeled Athenians and their yachts, especially around Otzias, in the north of the island.

What to do on the island

Ioulis is a small picturesque village and is pedestrianised. There are remnants of the Venetian fortifications and the church of Agia Paraskevi, built inside a cave. The Archaeological Museum has a good collection of artefacts from the 7th–2nd-centuries BC, and the charming main square is lined with cafés and often taken over by animated local festivals. Nearby, the Monastery of Panagia Kastriani is perched high on a rock, with wonderful views overlooking the sea.  A local monument is the Lion of Kea, a 6th-century BC sculpture hewn out of living rock 6m long.

Local bus services from Ioulis will take you all over the island. Korissia is a port village, with traditional whitewashed houses and colourful tile roofs. Vourkari is more touristic – a fishing village with many fine fish restaurants, a yachting marina, and even some nightlife.  

The beaches

  • Tilegraphos 2.5km – 25min walk, return uphill
  • Kalidonichi 10km
  • Koundouros 11km – popular and lined with tavernas
  • Pisses 12km
  • The picturesque gorge of Vathirema ends at the beautiful remote beach at Lipari
  • Otzias beach is the best beach for windsurfing with tavernas and restaurants nearby
This Simpson Secret is booked on an accommodation-only basis, but for an administration fee of £25 per person we would be delighted to book your flights.  Further information on the most convenient arrival airports in Greece is shown below.
Arrival airports:


Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Heathrow BA Sat/Sun All season
London Heathrow Aegean Airways Sat/Sun All season
Manchester* BA Saturday All season
Manchester** Aegean Airways Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Sunday All season

*Via London Heathrow
**Via Brussels


  • Book your own transport (taxi or bus) to the port on arrival at the airport.
  • Book your own boat transfer with Open Seas, the Greek ferry operator. 
There are frequent ferries to Kea from the port of Lavrio, with crossings taking one hour.
Alternatively take a slightly longer ferry from Athens Piraeus, stopping at Vourkari.


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†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Property EOT Licence: 1170K10000940201

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
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Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.