Simpson Secret – The White House Greece, Skiathos

As locations go, The White House enjoys one of the very best on the island, nestled discreetly in a shady olive grove and just 50m from a secluded sandy beach. The house itself is equally enchanting, roomy yet intimate, with stylish interiors opening onto multi-level furnished terraces where you can be as private or as sociable as you wish.

The villa is built in the classic, bright white sugar-cube style, softened by colourful Mediterranean plants, pines and olive bushes which all add to the sense of seclusion. With seven bedrooms, a guest cottage, beach bungalow and a good mix of twins and doubles, this is a great choice for two or three families looking for a quiet beach holiday within easy reach of the relative sophistication of Skiathos Town. You could easily spend the whole day flitting between the villa and the beach and then head into Skiathos for dinner at one of the many local and international restaurants. If you’d prefer an adult-only night out, babysitting is available on request.  An even more tempting option might be to stay put however: all the terraces have outdoor lighting, so you can tuck the little ones up in bed and enjoy the magic of a balmy Greek evening dining beneath the stars.

The beach is reached via a short path through the olive grove, and shelves gently into pristine clear water, ideal for young swimmers and little legs enjoying their first experience of the sea.  Skiathos is one of the more developed of the Greek Islands, benefitting from direct flights and many other family-friendly facilities. It’s not hard to get off the beaten track however; we can put you in touch with local walking guides who can show you a quieter side of Skiathos or you can simply drive inland to discover its green and mountainous heart. Day trips to nearby Skopelos or Alonissos are easily available.

 

Accommodation:
  • 7 bedroom villa (sleeps 16)
Upper level:
  • Large split-level open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with open fireplace (wood included)
  • WC
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, access to private terrace
Lower level:
  • 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Bedroom with 4 single beds with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room
Guest cottage:
  • External access only
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Private terrace
Beach bungalow:
  • Mid-way between house and beach
  • Sitting room, access to terrace
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
General:
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot (linen on request)
  • Telephone (incoming/local calls only)
  • 4 Satellite/cable TVs, DVD and CD players (DVD/CDs supplied), iPod docking station
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Games
  • Electric fans, ceiling fans
  • All bedrooms air-conditioned
  • Barbecue (gas coal)
  • Table tennis
  • Security deposit £1,000

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
Services:
  • Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Daily cleaning included (5 hours)
  • Cook available on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Island of Skiathos

Skiathos lies on the western edge of the northern Sporadic Islands, and is the most cosmopolitan with a lot to offer, a wonderful mixture of international sophistication as well as traditional Greek culture in the interior. The mountainous areas inland are adorned with beautiful pine forests, and the island is ringed by glorious sandy beaches. Forays inland uncover stunning scenery and many fine untouched examples of the island's history. The island is developed but privacy can be found. It has excellent facilities for young groups and families, and there is good nightlife on offer for those who are looking to dance until dawn. If you are looking for peace and quiet, then it would be best to visit out of season in the spring or autumn.

The island's history

Originally settled in ancient times by a variety of non-Hellenic tribes, including Cretans, Skiathos become a prominent colony of the Chalcedeans. Herodotus mentions Skiathos in his account of the Persian War. After several centuries of fairly peaceful alliance with Athens, the island came briefly under the more heavy-handed sway of Sparta at the end of the Peloponnesian War, before Athens regained the upper hand in the region. Fought over for centuries by the Romans and the Macedonians, Skiathos came under Byzantine rule, then was taken over by Venetian merchants. The old capital of Kastro, occupying a spectacular position on a windswept headland, was built in the 16th-century as a fortress against the ubiquitous marauding Ottoman pirates, but was abandoned in the early 19th-century. The exceptionally beautiful Evangelistria Monastery was built in the early 18th-century. It enjoys a splendidly solitary grandeur, and during the War of Independence saw the very first Greek national flag raised by the rebels using the monastery as a  refuge. Skiathos was an important centre for shipbuilding in the 19th-century.

What to do on the island

There are many good restaurants in Skiathos Town and suitable for all budgets and tastes. The town offers a vibrant nightlife, especially in the peak summer months, and there are many lively clubs and bars. Taxis are also available from the villa on request.

If you are interested in walking and exploring the quieter beauty of Skiathos it is possible to find a guide to take you on the best routes. A boat trip around the island is an excellent way to get your bearings. The Sporades are superb for sailing and chartering a yacht to some of the other islands for a day, or even longer, and is very popular. The northern part of Skiathos is beautiful, with some exceptional scenery; Lalaria, Kastro and Kehria are some of the island's must-visit places. The island of Skopelos is just opposite and can be visited easily by joining day cruises. Alonissos is also another island a little further away which is also accessible by day boats. Both these islands are more primitive than Skiathos: less populated and with beautiful scenery and fine beaches.

There is the possibility of horse riding just 10km away.

The beaches

It is said that Skiathos has the best beaches in the Sporades, if not in the whole of Greece! There are over 60 beaches, most of which can be visited either by renting a small boat or by car, and many have watersports facilities. Koutsouri Beach is a fine example of the beautiful Skiathos beaches, sandy with wonderful swimming, and it also has a taverna open in the high season months. The beach is always fairly quiet although many boats do moor here, as it is a very safe bay. Kanapitsa Beach is also recommended, with a good taverna and watersports facilities. The beaches of Paraskevi and Vromolimnos on the Kalamaki Peninsula are also highly rated.

Koukounaries is reputed to be the best beach on the island, and for the adventurous there is the trendy naturist beach, Banana Beach. The north of the island has the quietest beaches, as none are accessible by car; there is a kaiki service to these beaches. The most spectacular of these is Lalaria Beach, which is covered with smooth white stones and backed by steep cliffs. For those in search of the most peaceful beaches, a boat can be hired to take you over to the islet of Tsougrias.

There is a dive centre for scuba enthusiasts on the island.

 
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.
 
 
FLIGHT OPTIONS
 
Arrival airports:
 

Skiathos

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick Thomas Cook Sunday All season
Manchester Thomas Cook Sunday All season

 

Athens

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

 

 
For arrivals into Athens, fly onwards with Aegean Air to Skiathos.  
 
FERRY OPTIONS
  • 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 coach to the port of Agios Kanstantinos for a boat transfer to Skiathos:
  • High-speed hydrofoil (approximately 2.5 hours)
  • Ferry service