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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
Arrival airports:


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



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.  
  • 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


For holidays in the next few weeks, there may be other flights and additional flexibility on the packages available. Call us on 020 8392 5858 to find out more.

  1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29 May
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  5 June 12 June 19 June 26 June
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  3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31 July
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  7 August 14 August 21 August 28 August
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  4 September 11 September 18 September 25 September
Simpson Secret – The White House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  2 October 9 October 16 October 23 October
Simpson Secret – The White House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

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

Property EOT Licence: 0756K92000407301

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.) 
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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.
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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. 
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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.