Simpson Secret – Petradi Greece, Spetses

Villa Petradi is a charming and comfortable two-bedroom house, nestled in its own terraced Garden of Eden just a short walk from cosmopolitan Spetses Town. The garden is a visual feast of intense Mediterranean colour, from glossy green to brilliant fuchsia and fiery scarlet, creating a stand out display against the beautiful blue of the sea view.

There’s plenty of bright colour inside too, though stylishly restrained enough to have earned Villa Petradi features in several Greek interiors magazines, including Marie Claire Hellas and Elle Deco Hellas.  The overall effect is effortlessly chic, rather like Spetses itself, which enjoys a reputation as one of the more glamorous of the Greek Islands. The emphasis is still very much on relaxing however – this is Greece after all – and you can spend as many well-deserved hours as you wish enjoying the warmth and the wonderful unobstructed views from the terrace. When the temperature climbs you can slip into the shade of the bamboo pergola or take a dip in the pristine plunge pool, which is transformed into romantic focal point as dusk falls and the pool lights create an inviting ‘outdoor room’ on the terrace. Intimate and easily smart enough for a honeymoon, Petradi would also suit two couples, as both the bedrooms are doubles with their own en-suites.

Spetses Town offers shops and services of all kinds including museums, open-air cinemas, restaurants, tavernas and nightclubs.  You’ll probably want to spend some time exploring the many lovely beaches such as Zogeria (10km), Kaiki (2.5km) or Agia Marina (1.5km), and for this you can hire a bike, motorbike or 4-wheeler ATV as private cars are not permitted on Spetses.  If it’s not too hot and you’re feeling fit, Vrellos Beach is the start point for a stunning hike up to Profitis Elias, the highest point on the island.

 

Accommodation:
  • 2 bedroom house (sleeps 4)

Ground floor:

  • Living room with French doors leading to terrace
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Large master bedroom (super king-size bed) with en-suite bathroom with WC, fireplace, French windows leading to terraces and garden
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC

General:

  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot (linen supplied) and highchair, playpen and baby equipment
  • Telephone (incoming calls only)
  • Satellite TV, DVD and CD players
  • Heating/air-conditioning units (in bedrooms and sitting room)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Open fireplace
  • Exterior dining gazebo
  • Private swimming pool 4m x 4m (depth 1.8m throughout), security gate, corner steps
  • Car-free island

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
  • Cleaning 3hrs/day (Mondays and Thursdays only)
  • Pool cleaning and garden maintenance 3 days/week
  • Laundry service, additional cleaning and cooking aailabel on request €10/hour
  • Taxi service from Spetses port approximately €10
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Petradi is on a hilltop in one of the most sought-after areas on the upper edge of the delightful harbour town of Spetses. It is at the end of a cul-de-sac with no passing traffic and surrounded by nature.

A short walk downhill, Spetses Town offers shops, services, museums, open-air cinemas, restaurants, tavernas and nightclubs. The walk uphill to the house is suitable in the morning and late evening hours during the hot summer months.  The many rich cultural points of interest and heritage sites on the beautiful and historic island of Spetses are within easy access.  

Access to the house is either by foot (up a footpath and stairs) or by motorbike, 4-wheeler ATV, or taxi (on a semi-paved road). Private cars are not permitted to circulate on the island and all transport is with bikes, motorbikes or 4-wheeler ATVs, which are recommended for easier access to the house during the heat of the day. All can be hired in advance. There are only a few taxis available on the island, which must be booked in advance in the summer for arrivals and departures when luggage needs to be carried.

The island

Spetses lies just off the eastern rim of the Peloponnese, the southernmost of the  Argosaronic Islands. It was named by the Venetians the ‘Isola dei Spezie’ (Island of Spices) because of its location on the trade routes, or perhaps because of its fragrant native herbs. A very popular holiday destination with upmarket Athenians, Spetses has been called the ‘Monaco of Greece’. John Fowles set his 1966 novel ‘The Magus’ in Spetses and describes it as “a place so beautiful, quiet and empty as to verge on the terrifying”.

The island’s history

Spetses is one of the most beautiful and historical Greek islands with a very rich cultural heritage.  The early inhabitants appear in the Early Bronze Age, or first Hellenic period, around 2,500BC, and there are also traces going back even further to the Mesolithic age. Settlements from the mainland in the 17th-century became active in shipbuilding, first for commercial vessels, then increasingly for warships, often converted merchant ships, which were put to good use in the Greek-Turkish war, and in the revolution in the Peloponnese in 1769. In 1899, the wealthy tycoon, Sotirios Anargyros, fittingly descended from an 18th-century Spetsiot shipping family, returned home to build the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses’ first taste of the seasonal luxuries to come.

What to do on the island

Spetses Town is the only town on the island and it proudly displays the island’s long naval tradition in the old harbour overlooked by grand captains’ mansions in the shape of its marina with luxury yachts and the 1837 lighthouse, one of the first in Greece and still in use. The Dapia harbour area is the commercial centre where the nightlife happens. The highlight of the year takes place in the second week of September with the ‘Panaghia Armata’, a ferocious re-enactment of an 1822 naval battle between the Greeks and Turk, with concerts, fireworks, and culminating in the torching of a replica Turkish warship. The 17th-century House of Bouboulina, a heroine of the War of Independence, is now a museum, with a fine Florentine ceiling, rare books, furniture and porcelain. Hadjiyannis Mexis was another War hero, and his museum displays 4,000 years of local history. The Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos is where the War of Independence was declared on 2 April 1821, and where the body of Napoleon’s nephew Paul, who died in the War, was preserved in a cask of rum for three years.

As only very few private cars are allowed on the island, hired transport can be expensive; mostly everything, however, is within walking distance. Bicycles and motorbikes can be hired and water taxis and tourist boats will take you to the beaches and nearby islands. There are a few horse-drawn carriages offering leisurely tours of the island.

The beaches

  • Spetses (1.3km)
  • Ayioi Anagyroi is a large beach on the southwest of the island
  • Agia Paraskevi is named after a nearby chapel
  • College Beach and Agia Marina (1.4km), the most famous beach on island, have bars, restaurants and watersports
  • Vréllos (‘Paradise’) is surrounded by beautiful pine forest and is the starting point for hikes up to Profitis Elias, the highest point on island for spectacular views
  • Zogeria beach (10.5km) is cooled by pine trees stretching down to the water
 
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:
 

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 Heathrow
**Via Brussels

 

Kalamata

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

 

 
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 taxi or bus to Piraeus harbour for a boat transfer to Spetses:
  • High-speed hydrofoil (approximately 1hr 45mins)
  • Ferry service (approximately 3hr 15mins)
For arrivals into Kalamata, travel by coach or car to Kosta, then take the 15-minute boat crossing to Spetses.
 
 

 

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.

  2 April 9 April 16 April 23 April 30 April
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 May 14 May 21 May 28 May
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  4 June 11 June 18 June 25 June
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 July
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 August 13 August 20 August 27 August
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 September 10 September 17 September 24 September
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 October 8 October 15 October 22 October
Simpson Secret – Petradi 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,120 2,210 1,120 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

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

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • 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
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
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.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
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.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
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.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
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.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
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.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
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.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
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.
 
Barbecues
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.
 
Beds
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. 
 
Cleaning
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.
 
Occupancy
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.