Gardenia Cottage

Skopelos, Greece

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  • Romantic hideaway
  • Beautiful sea and mountain views
  • Charming and comfortable
  • Tavernas and shops 10-minute drive

Gardenia Cottage is known affectionately as The Chicken House, after the fortunate birds that lived in the gardens while it was the weekend cottage of its wonderful owners Adonis and Elva. The chickens now happily roost elsewhere, and the house has been converted into a charming retreat for two, complete with a brand new private swimming pool. The renovation is a total delight: comfortable and well equipped (wi-fi, air-conditioning) yet with a traditional feel that is entirely appropriate to the surroundings. There is plenty of outdoor space to sunbathe in seclusion or laze in the shade and enjoy the scent of gardenia blossoms in early summer. 

The view from the upstairs bedroom is stunning: watching the sunrise over Alonissos from your bed or taking a private evening dip in the pool, it’s hard not to be seduced by the romance of this intimate spot. For dinner out, there are waterfront tavernas aplenty in Skopelos town, just 10 minutes away by car.



  • 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)

Ground floor

  • Open plan kitchenette/dining area with mini-oven, 2-ring hob, fridge
  • Small sitting room with TV/DVD (Greek channels only)
  • WC

First floor

  • Accessed externally
  • Double air-conditioned bedroom (200cm x 160cm bed) with en-suite shower room; balcony with sea views


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safe
  • Laundry room with washing machine
  • Outdoor kitchen/dining area with oven, fridge-freezer
  • Barbecue and outdoor shaded dining area
  • Private swimming pool 7m x 4m (depth 1.5m)


  • 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.

National tourist licence (EOT): 0756K91000430401


  • Tavernas/shops (Skopelos) 10min drive
  • Skopelos 10min drive
  • Beach (Glysteri) 15min drive
  • Beach (Stafilos) 20min drive
  • Transfer Skiathos airport to Skopelos port 2hrs

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2 guests – 1 Group B, Opel Corsa or similar*

* All our cars include full comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. Please note that damage to the undercarriage, wing mirrors, windscreen and tyres is not covered by insurance.

Car specification

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group C – Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2 litre engine, 1 large and 1 medium suitcase*

Group D - Hyundai I30 or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 medium suitcase*

Group F – Automatic Opel Corsa or similar, 1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group G – 4x4 Suzuki Ignis or similar, 1.2 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

This is the first time we have used Simpson Travel and we found the entire experience excellent. We wanted to fly from Birmingham Airport and this was very efficiently sorted out and organised. Gardenia Cottage was fantastic! We loved the location and the cottage itself was immaculate. We were particularly impressed with the stunning outdoor kitchen, the views from the huge bedroom balcony and the amount of seating areas around the pool. We would highly recommend both Gardenia Cottage and Simpson Travel.
Mr & Mrs Vaux – August 2019

You spend a long time looking forward to your holiday, but we spent not a moment wondering whether our Simpson getaway would come up to expectations. This is our 7th holiday with Simpson and we have never been disappointed. Skopelos has been special. Gardenia has a charm all of its own – seclusion with a view. We have realised the simple pleasures and breakfasts under the grapevine, ‘sundowners’ overlooking the port, warm seas, green hills, fresh eggs, people watching in the harbour, boat watching from the balcony… A special mention to Marcia – a warm, engaging human being with a genuine artistic talent. We are taking one of her paintings home – a special reminder of all that we have enjoyed.
Beverley & Gary – August 2019

A glorious location to rest, relax and enjoy the sunshine and all the island has to offer. Our expectations were exceeded. Probably the best villa we’ve ever stayed in, the warmest seas we’ve swum in and a glorious view that changes as the light changes from dawn to dusk. Thank you Marcia and Simpson Travel for wonderful week.
Ralph & Hilary – July 2019

Marcia welcomes guests with warmth and familiarity usually reserved for long lost friends and is a knowledgeable point of contact. The unspoilt and low-key rhythm of Skopelos serves up an authentic slice of Greek life – we left hungry for more.
Caroline & Richard – June 2019

This was our first time with Simpson Travel, but I am sure it won’t be our last. Everything was incredibly well organised and I felt confident that we would be well looked after and that everything had been thought of and taken care of. Marcia, the rep, was ace! Simpson really understands its clients and does what it does incredibly well! Long may it continue.
Jacqui Mann – June 2019

We have had a great week in Skopelos. Thank you to Michael for the eggs and plum jam which were most welcome. Thank you to Marcia – she was so helpful and knowledgeable about the island, what to do and what to see. Beautiful villa, magnificent views. We’ve loved every minute and are sad to leave. Another Simpson holiday to recommend and will be back another year.
Tricia & John – June 2019

As we sit here underneath the grapevine, we realise that Skopelos has well and truly worked its charm on us. It’s a beautiful island, with lovely friendly people – you just feel at home very quickly. The views are staggeringly beautiful from the villa and ever-changing with the weather – the wildlife has been joy. Katerina and Micaelis have been so welcoming and lovely, along with her family. The fresh eggs were delicious. And what can we say about Marcia? Marcia is just ace. She’s been there for us, advised, helped and shown us great kindness. A real star! It’s our first trip with Simpson Travel – but I’m certain it won’t be our last. A great trip – all wonderfully organised and would have every confidence travelling with them again. We hope one day to return to Skopelos – it’s a very special place.
Chris & Jackie Mann – May 2019

What a beautiful place, such fantastic views and our visit has been enhanced by fantastic food. Thank you, Simpson Travel, for organising our fifth or maybe sixth trip in your usual exemplary fashion, Marcia for ensuring that all went smoothly and Michael and Katrina for their lovely house and delicious plum jam! New Simpson adventures beckon.
Andrew & Allison – August 2018

Thank you Mikailis for the jam, eggs and for looking after the villa during the week and Marcia you are a very bright, shining star in Simpson Travel’s universe! Thank you for all the wisdom you imparted about the island. Skopelos – we will miss you.
Andrew & Allison – August 2018

A wonderful villa with incredible views. We have relished the green beauty of this island, as well as all the delicious fruit, vegetables and fish which were grown and which we have eaten with great enjoyment. We loved our days at sea with Nikos’s excellent boat. And the shallows, fowl, cats and noise of the goat and the church bell have been constant pleasures. Thank you, Marcia for your excellent advice. We have had an unforgettably brilliant holiday.
B & S – August 2018

We had a truly wonderful week in delightful Gardenia Cottage with its stunning views. We wish we could have stayed longer…..much longer! Our favourite place was Agnontas beach and the fish taverna where the food was fabulous. Many thanks to Michalis for the delicious eggs and jam. Thanks also to Marcia and Simpson Travel – in a word: brilliant!
Kay & Jerry – July 2018

Our week here has been fantastic –- the cottage, the pool, the amazing views – and a lovely empty bed. All very relaxing and we would hope to come back one day. Many thanks to Adonis and Elivia, Katerina and Mike. A huge thank you to the wonderful Marcia.
Brian & Judy – September 2017

Fantastic views, lovely pool, comfortable accommodation – all make for a great holiday! A huge thank you to Marcia and Michaelaki for the gifts. We'll be back!
Richard & Ruby – September 2017

Just blissful and relaxing – we love Gardenia Cottage. Our sixth year on Skopelos, so I am sorry we have not ventured very far. Fourteen days of cloudless skies. Thank you Michaelakis and Katrina for the plum jam and eggs. Marcia, Jane and Pam for meeting us, just like old friends now. We are sorry to be leaving and we really hope to see you all next year.
Tony & Mary – August 2017

SimpsonTravel's efficiency on the transfer in and getting us to the villa was exceptional, minimal waiting around and everything thought of. Great experience all round and the villa was everything we could wish for.
Mrs Brown – July 2017

We booked Gardenia Cottage for a private couple of weeks' holiday. We were not disappointed. The views, the location and friendly welcome have been all greatly appreciated. Thank you to Michaelakis for your regular supply of chicken and turkey eggs. The chickens, turkeys, geese and rabbits have amused us daily, as well as our favourite neighbours the swallows, swooping on the pool morning and evening.
Peter & Jill – July 2017

A thoroughly relaxing fortnight in a lovely house. We found Marcia's advice spot on and like others we enjoyed the gifts left by the owners. Thank you to them all. We are sorry to be leaving tomorrow, we feel truly chilled.
Jane & Nick – June 2017

As a Simpson Travel 'regular', this was our tenth holiday with this excellent company. Each holiday has been different, each villa with something a little special...and Gardenia Cottage is no exception. The views across Skopelos town and harbour are stunning! Follow the excellent advice from Marcia! A final thank you to Michaelakis and Katarina and family for allowing us to use their wonderful 'chicken house' and to Marcia, from Simpson Travel, for providing such an excellent holiday experience! Looking forward to our eleventh – already booked!
Janice & Mick – June 2017

This property is very special and made more so by the welcome we received from its owners. Thank you Adonis for looking after us. We experienced perfect peace and a magnificent view we were never tired of. The terrace was lovely, ultimate seating for different times of the day. Marcia's support throughout and welcome was such an asset. Her knowledge of the island of what to do, where to eat – all which were extremely helpful.
Liz & Mel – June 2017

This is a lovely villa with an amazing view. Get up early for the sunrise as it is really worth it! The owners are very accommodating and supplied us with delicious local treats. The longer we stayed the more we fell in love with both the villa and the island. Thank you Simpson Travel once again for an amazing experience. Our next holiday with you is already booked!
Mrs Tuite – June 2017 

First week of the 2017 season, and what a glorious week we have had at the beautiful and amazing Gardenia Cottage. The views from every window have been stunning, as have most of the views from every aspect of the wonderful island. Thank you, Marcia, for all your recommendations; we followed them to the letter and we were not disappointed. You truly know all there is to know about the island, and are clearly an expert! You helped make this a very special holiday for us. Special thanks to Adonis and Elva for the added touches that really made this villa feel like a home from home; it's these little things that mean we will definitely be back.
Anna & Ben – May 2017

We loved Gardenia Cottage – a perfect hideaway for two people. We never got tired of the views and found the location perfect. Although the weather was a little unpredictable at the end of the season, we saw our fair share of sunshine. Many thanks to Marcia for all her help and advice and to Adonis for his kind gifts!
Mr Lambert – September 2016

We have had a wonderful week in a beautiful, quirky cottage. What can you say about the views other than 'wow'! We did venture out of the cottage to Agios Ioannis and it's definitely worth the visit even if you have never seen Mamma Mia. Favourite beach for us was Limnonari, only a 15-minute drive away. Our favourite restaurant was Rodi, a secluded courtyard restaurant away from the harbour. Excellent food and friendly staff. As for Marcia, what she doesn't know about the island is not worth knowing. Adonis is a star and was there if you needed him. Thank you all!
Mr Roberts – September 2016

What a wonderful cottage – amazing views and peaceful setting. Special thanks to Adonis for showing us the way here and to Marcia who was so helpful with all her local knowledge. We made sure of the Heather Parsons Trail book kindly left on the bookshelf. Enjoyed seeing lots of birds. Saw plenty of the island by car and saw many beautiful views but I have to say the view from the terrace of Gardenia Cottage takes the breath away! Well done Simpson Travel for finding another little gem!
Mr Jenner – September 2016



We have had the best time! Thank you Adonis and family and thank you Marcia! We followed your recommendations to some delicious meals. We recommend the coast road to Glossa: don't believe the map which indicates a 'red' road inland – it becomes a 'white' forestry track. Agnanti is indeed a great place to eat as all have said. All in all a lovely island, lovely people, lovely time!
Mrs Bradley – August 2016

The rhythm of life here in this beautiful villa... Awake to the rising sun and the sound of cockerels announcing the day; coffee on the top of the balcony – bliss watching everything come to life; the 'blonde' hen (can't call her pale brown, she is far too beautiful!) popping over to spend the day. Decisions, decisions... Shall we go to Limnonari until lunchtime or go to Elios for the afternoon and watch the sunset? More often than not the hours tick by and the little hen hops back as dusk. Then it's wine time and supper. Wonderful long lunch at Agnanti in Glossa and dinner at Rodi's. We are far too relaxed! Thank you Marcia for everything and to Jane and Janet in Skiathos. Hope to see you all at 2017!
Mr Gayler – August 2016

Totally unforgettable stay in beautiful and charming Gardenia Cottage. Loved exploring the island alongside enjoying plenty of lazy 'villa days'. Our favourite beaches are Limnonari and Stafilos; favourite restaurants – Annas, Zoupa, Olivo and Agnanti; favourite Mamma Mia moments – climbing the 200 steps up to Agios Ioannis to ring the bell! Thank you Simpson Travel!
Mr Scott – July 2016

We have had the most fabulous time! Thank you Simpson Travel but thank you also to Marcia, you have been amazing – friendly, professional, knowledgeable and generous with your time. Also, an extra special thank you to Adonis for being a great host! The holiday has been so relaxing – just what we wanted and needed. We have spent a lot of time just engaging the beautiful views and the peacefulness of being away from everything. We have really enjoyed the boat trip on the 'Ena' and can definitely recommend Perivoli restaurant. Beautiful garden, delicious food, a little oasis in the middle of Skopelos. It's our first holiday with Simpson Travel but it will definitely not be our last. We are returning refreshed and rejuvenated!
Mr Crawford – July 2016

Just having our final pre-dinner drinks by the pool in the daily glorious light, watching the birds swooping down to drink from the water. This is a delightful and very individual house, as are the owners and wonderful Marcia. We dined at Agnanti in the evening, when the view from the terrace is spectacular. We have driven to Panormos and Mamma Mia beaches, and from Glossa to Agios Ioannis and climbed the rock to visit the exquisite church of cinematic fame. Finally, do visit the nearby restaurant Fotinis – the food is delicious! Fourth holiday with Simpson Travel: more to come!
Mr Freedman – June 2016

A superb holiday, encompassing magical sights, unspoiled, quiet beaches and stunning views from the wonderful long walks. If you have the correct kit (don't attempt without walking boots, etc.), the walking tracks T1-5 are very well marked and afford spectacular, panoramic views of the island. Explore the less frequented beaches. In terms of restaurants, Agnanti in Glossa is not to be missed. Marcia's local knowledge is excellent. Agnontas beach is beautiful and the taverna staff there are very welcoming. Adonis and Elva are caring and thoughtful hosts whose detailed consideration is evident throughout the villa. All in all, a wonderful holiday, seamlessly managed by both London and local staff. Thanks, especially to the lovely Marcia!
Mrs Wells – June 2016

This was our first holiday with Simpson Travel – everything was very well organised, the staff very knowledgeable and helpful. The moment we arrived at Skopelos and Gardenia Cottage we absolutely fell in love with this magical place. So peaceful and relaxing with stunning views, great weather, quirky house and beautiful gardens – and the warmest welcome imaginable by the charming owners Antonis and Elva – made this a very special holiday experience indeed.
Mrs Hischer – May 2016

Villa Gardenia and Skopelos – no doubt as a prospective customer you have come across this villa, and maybe you are wondering what to expect. Don't delay – the villa really is a delight, with many outstanding – and sometimes quirky – features! The chickens and ducks next door that mysteriously leave you a plate of eggs during your stay; the amazing quality and variation of light coming across the bay from Alonissos and across the infinity pool. And Skopelos as an island is also a delight, green and forested; quality restaurants; occasional hints of the film (Mamma Mia!); easy driving with wonderful views around the gulf. So, before you leave this review, and this page, and Simpson Travel's site, think – do you really want to end up in a slick soulless run-of-the-mill villa jammed in with many others, or do you want to sit in the quietness of an evening, or the clear coolness of a morning, looking across the blue sea towards dawn or dusk, above a wild flower meadow and olive trees...?
Mr Cropp – May 2016

Thank you Simpson Travel and Marcia! We have had wonderful two weeks! Gardenia Cottage fulfilled our expectations and more! Our recommendations are go where you like the look of. We found good food in the places which were not mentioned so widely too. Marcia deserves a special mention for her efforts and advice. We had a lovely day out on the glass bottom boat. Hopefully we will be back!
Mr Heywood – September 2015

What an amazing week – non-stop sunshine, the best hosts ever and an excellent rep! Thank you Adonis and Elva for making us feel extremely welcome! As we enjoy authentic Greek food, we loved some of the rustic, 'non commercial' restaurants on the harbour front and also Taverna Peparithos half way down to the town. Thank you Simpson Travel – another 5-star winner!
Mrs Barnes-Wehrle – August 2015

The pictures on the Simpson Travel website indicated something special but did not exaggerate. The work and attention to detail that Adonis and Elva have put into the property, together with their generosity to their guests, creates one of the best villas that we have enjoyed. Marcia was most friendly and helpful, and we have seen so many beaches, points of interest and eateries, that have been much enjoyed. Agnanti and Anna's have given us the best meals. We truly enjoyed Gardenia Cottage and Skopelos!
Mr Seed – August 2015

Gardenia Cottage was the best villa we have ever stayed in, the views are spectacular and the accommodation very comfortable. Marcia, the local rep, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The owners were friendly, welcoming and very generous with their gifts of eggs, pastries and other local produce. The island has some lovely beaches and is small enough to drive from one end to the other in about an hour but large enough to get way from the crowds at the more popular locations. Another wonderful holiday from Simpson Travel!
Mr Ellis – August 2015

A great, quirky villa with every comfort, the best views and a welcome breeze. Adonis and Elva were most welcoming. Marcia gave us great tips and was most helpful. Best restaurants we found in Skopelos Town – Anna's, To Rodi, Alexander Taverna and Zoupa. Other restaurants are Agnanti Taverna in Glossa (it's a must) and Pavlos in Agnondas for fresh fish. Best swim – in Agnondas off the unmade road to the Three Trees. It's worth the bumpy ride! We have enjoyed the most relaxing two weeks.
Mrs Owen – July 2015

This was our ninth holiday with Simpson Travel and as always we would give them top marks from start to finish. It was great to see Marcia again and she was so friendly and knowledgeable as always. We had a wonderfully relaxing stay in this beautiful spot and feel that our batteries have had a much needed recharge. Gardenia Cottage is lovely – comfortable and very spacious for two people. Adonis and Elva have been great hosts and so kind. Eating out – in Skopelos we liked Anna's, To Rodi, Perivoli and Olivo. Try to get up to Glossa for lunch or dinner at Agnanti Taverna – it's superb and really worth the trip. Thank you Simpson Travel for another great holiday. I am sure we will soon be planning the next one!
Mr Bolton – June 2015

The first word I used when we arrived was 'wow'! Amazing villa, the views, the sounds, the feeling of happiness. A beautiful place to have a lovely relaxing holiday. Adonis and Elva made us feel so welcome. The rep, Marcia, is so friendly and helpful. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future. A wonderful location for our anniversary!
Mr Tate – June 2015

What a lovely villa, wonderful location, delightful hosts in Adonis and Elva and family. So peaceful and relaxing here, everyone is friendly. Beautiful views around the island.
Mr Torbett – June 2015

This is the first time we have booked a Simpson Travel holiday and can truly say it exceeded our expectation and wouldn't hesitate to use you again.
Miss Bastida Gil – July 2014

A thoroughly relaxing break in delightful accommodation with a real "wow" factor – a well appointed and quirky house in a beautiful location with stunning views and a friendly welcome.
Mr Bagnall – June 2014


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A trip to this idyllic location – wonderfully green, unspoilt and peaceful – is about enjoying a world which moves at a different pace. Skopelos Town is a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty and you’ll find Ottoman and Venetian influences in the island’s 300 monasteries and churches. However, from the mountains and deep pine and horse chestnut woods at the island’s heart to the tiny coves, sleepy beaches and abundant wildlife, this is truly a destination for nature lovers and the romantic at heart.

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