Simpson Secret – Villa Rammos Greece, Serifos

Standing castle-like on a hillside close to the harbour village of Livadi, Rammos is a handsome, stone-built villa with panoramic views out to sea and over the surrounding countryside. The house is newly-built but incorporates traditional touches such as louvred shutters, reclaimed wooden lintels, glass ceiling lanterns and exposed beams that lend an appealing sense of permanence.

The inside is simply and stylishly finished in natural shades that mirror the wild flowers that bloom in profusion amongst the rocky terraces. The décor is beautifully bright and clutter-free, yet with everything you could want for a laid-back seaside break with family or friends.  Start your day on one of the three terraces and enjoy breakfast in the revitalising warmth of the Aegean sun, or take a dip in the 12m-long pool and watch the ferries making their stately progress in and out of Livadi harbour. The outdoor space is particularly magical at night, when the lights of the harbour twinkle like the stars in the velvety blackness of the sky above, and time takes on the wonderful elastic quality that makes Greek island holidays so deeply relaxing.

Rammos is only 3km from Livadi, where you’ll find shops, tavernas, restaurants and some low-key nightlife. No-one really comes to Serifos in search of bright lights however, and the island is generally tranquil, ringed with sand and pebble beaches that remain uncrowded in all but the very peak season weeks. There are several beaches within very easy reach, including Kalo Ambeli, where you can snorkel around striking rock formations, Ganema and Psili Ammos near Livadi, generally regarded as the best beach on the island.  A few kilometres beyond Livadi is Chora, the main town on Serifos, where you can spend a gentle hour or two exploring its traditional Cycladian architecture, narrow streets and ruined Venetian castle.


  • 6 bedroom villa (sleeps 11)
  • Security deposit £1,000
  • Changeover day – Saturday
  • Available for 6 guests at a lower rate outside the summer months
  • The owner has two other villas (without pools), one sleeping 6 and the other sleeping 7 that can be rented together with Rammos
Ground floor:
  • Open-plan living/dining room
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Laundry room
  • Shower room (access via laundry room)
  • WC
First floor:
  • Suite with double bedroom, twin bedroom, shower room with WC
  • Suite with double bedroom, single bedroom, shower room with WC
Guest annexe:
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • TV, CD player/Hi-Fi, iPod docking station
  • Open fireplace
  • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
  • Additional ground floor twin bedroom for staff if required
  • Private swimming pool 12m x 4m (depth 1m – 1.7m), corner steps
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
  • All services payable locally

Serifos, in the western Cyclades, is a tranquil island somewhat off the tourist trail. Known as the ‘Iron Island’, it was the mythical home of the Cyclops, the mighty giant children of Poseidon, who mined the island’s iron deposits and created huge walls. It is also, according to myth, the island where Danäe and her son Perseus washed up on land. Perseus would go on to kill the Gorgon Medusa and, returning with her head, reduced his enemies to stone with its terrible gaze.

The island’s history

The Cretans were probably Serifos’ original human miners. The Phoenicians and the Mycenaeans took their turns occupying the island, and during the Roman Empire Serifos was a place of political exile. The 13th-century Venetian dukes, whose slaves reopened the iron mines after a millennium, brought a wealth to the island, which was in turn ravaged by the Ottomans and their pirates. The iron mines were the scene of a famous and violent miners’ strike in 1916; the mines are now closed.

What to do on the island

Hora (or Chora) is the charming main town on Serifos, with traditional Cycladian architecture and narrow streets, and a long staircase leading up to the medieval Venetian castle (destroyed in 1210), with beautiful views from the top over the island and the sparkling Aegean Sea. Hora also has an archaeological collection and a museum of folklore. In the northwest of the island, the 16th-century Monastery of the Taxiarchs (archangels Gabriel and Michael, who indicated where it was to be built) offers an interesting collection of icons and manuscripts overseen by the one remaining monk. The 4th-century BC marble White Tower allegedly is a remnant of the Cyclops’ fortifications, and at Kedarhos (or Kallitsos ‘the most beautiful’) is a vaulted tomb of a Roman centurion – perhaps a guard of some Patrician exile.

Livadi is the tourist hub of the island and where you will find the restaurants and nightlife. Megalo Livadi was the main mining town with a sobering monument to the miners’ strike. There is one diving centre on Serifos, and several boat hire and yachting offices. If you feel like a bit of island-hopping, there are ferry connections to Sifnos, Kythnos, Syros, Folegandros and Santorini.
The beaches

The villa is a 20 minute walk (return uphill) or a 5 minute drive from beaches. One of these, Kalo Ambeli, is a children's favourite as they can play and swim around the beautiful rocks, snorkel and even fish. Ganema is a beautiful broad beach and usually uncrowded.

Serifos is virtually ringed with beaches, most of them fairly uncrowded and pristine. Karavi has several shipwrecks just off shore; Livadakia  is the most popular, and Agios Sostis is overlooked by a scenic cliffside church. Psili Ammos, near Livadi, is considered by many the best beach on island, and in fact was named the 2003 Sunday Times best European beach.

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



Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
London Heathrow BA Saturday All season


  • 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. 
For arrivals into Athens, take a taxi or bus to the port of Piraeus for a boat transfer to Serifos:
  • High-speed ferry (approximately 2 hours)
  • Ferry service (approximately 4 hours)

For arrivals into Santorini, take a ferry to Serifos.



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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: 1172K92000954701

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.