The villa sits above a small farming valley and one of the best swimming beaches on the island, undeveloped and natural. Masks and snorkels can be provided at the house. There is a wonderful cafe above the beach with fresh, simple food. The beach is a three-minute drive, or fifteen-minute hike, from the house. There are marked hiking trails for several different hikes of varying lengths just a hundred yards from the house on the ridgeline. There is also an old church with a beautiful shaded courtyard with fantastic views. The beach immediately to the north is Liginou and a bit further is Livadi Geranou, a long, crescent beach with a small island offshore to which one can swim. The nearest small village, Kambos, is five minutes from the house by car. The main port town of Skala is twelve minutes away and Chora five minutes up the mountain from Skala.
Villa Eagle's Nest, is built of stone from the site, and uses many forms and details from Byzantium. It also incorporates many antique elements from India. The main door is about 250 years old, from a church in Goa. It is 3 meter high, fitted with an 18th century locking mechanism from one of the oldest houses in Chora. The floors are of 200-year old teak planks from Jaipur. The bathroom floor is white tumbled marble slab. There are many screen doors for natural ventilation, and mosquito screens on the windows.
The main house has one bedroom, located between the great-room and the en suite bathroom/dressing room. The bed is an extra-wide King pillow-top, with luxury sheets and pillow-cases and 36' high-fill goose-down pillows. In the Patmian style, the bed is on a raised platform (one step) with storage drawers underneath. Behind the bed is an arched opening revealing the raw stone face of the mountain, fully enclosed and lit by a sky-light. The bed faces windowed 150-year-old massive teak double-doors with views across the bay. They open onto a shaded terrace with marble dining table and deck chairs. On either side of the doors are built-in antique wall-cabinets from India for personal effects, one with power outlet for recharging electronic devices. The wall by the bed has a large, open, shelved niche (with power outlet) for books, lap-top, etc. The bedroom has a fourteen-foot vaulted ceiling with indirect lighting and ceiling fan. It has air-conditioning. There is a Bose sound-dock for music from I-phone or I-pod. The en suite master bath/dressing room is built in the style of a Byzantine chapel, and has fourteen-foot vaulted ceilings with a custom-made sea-glass chandelier. The sunken shower/bath occupies the cylindrical stone apse, whose arched windows have views of Lipsoi and Leros, the neighboring islands. There is a large antique armoire with hanging space, shelves, and drawers for clothes. The sink is made from petrified wood, millions of years old. There is a door which opens onto a small stone terrace with an outdoor shower and magnificent views. It is stocked with luxury towels and oversized bath-sheets, local olive-oil soap, and Korres bath products from Chios. Hair-drier can be provided.
The pool house has two single beds with storage and drawers underneath for suitcases and clothes, and a bedside table with drawers and cabinet for personal effects. It is similar to a ship's cabin, but with panoramic windows on three sides looking out onto the pool terrace and garden, and across the bay. A Bose sound-dock is available for this room. There is a twelve-foot pyramidal wooden ceiling with ceiling fan. This accommodation is appropriate for nanny and child, older children, or staff. The pool house has its own small but full bathroom attached (but not connecting), with Italian designer sink, shower, and toilet, finished in white marble and glass mosaic tile, also stocked with luxury towels and Korres bath products from Chios.
The great-room encompasses the salon, dining, and kitchen areas. It has fourteen-foot ceilings of natural round timber beams, a ceiling fan, and air-conditioning. It gives onto the bedroom, the outdoor dining terrace, the front veranda, and the pool terrace. The veranda is a large covered wooden balcony with stunning 240 degree views, a cafe table and chairs, and canvas sling chairs. The salon area of the great-room has a 42' flat-screen with satellite service (Novatel), a DVD player, a Logitec sound system with sub-woofer that can be used with either the TV or any source device (I-pod, laptop) with mini-jack headphone output, and a library with many excellent books and some DVDs. A scanner and a printer are available on request (may require software download to client's laptop).
The dining table seats eight. The kitchen boasts marble counters and sink, a Bosch refrigerator, and an Italian gas range and oven set in an arched stone alcove with high-powered vent fan and stone backsplash. There are built-in antique wall cabinets and a large antique standing cabinet both from India. In the Patmian style, dishes are kept in a large, open arched stone niche in the wall behind the sink. There are an electric juicer, blender, and toaster. There is no dishwasher, but dishes will be done daily by the housekeeper. There is a clothes washer and drier, and laundry will be done by the housekeeper. Sheets and towels every other day, and clothes on alternate days.
The pool is a 15m lap pool with a gentle curve and a disappearing outer edge. It is finished in glass mosaic tile in the colors of the Aegean, and has white stone steps with handrail. In the bottom are set white marble discs at two-meter intervals mimicking the phases of the moon (crescent to full and back to crescent). These allow the swimmer to know when he is approaching the end wall without looking up. At the end of the pool is a stone wall with antique Indian iron-grill window affording a view of the beautiful small church on the ridge. Swimming goggles supplied, as well as inflatable raft. There is a rustic shade structure, two wooden sun-beds with mattress pads and two more similar mattress pads that can be placed poolside on the stone deck. Pool towels are provided.
At the end of the terrace is a small outdoor kitchen that consists of a stone barbecue, stone sink and countertop, and under-counter mini-fridge. The pool house bathroom serves the pool terrace. Along the terrace are a raised garden and several large ceramic pots planted with mature olive and yucca trees, jasmine, lavender, geranium, agave, and succulents. Sharing this terrace, between pool and house, is an outdoor living room under another rustic shade structure, with a large L-shaped sofa/daybed, two built-in chaise-longues, and a large low round marble table.
Other Terraces and Amenities include a small raised stone terrace outside the master bath that has a large covered rattan day-bed that can sleep two, mosquito net provided; the lower curved stone terrace in front of the house at the level of the driveway and garage: this is the approach and is guarded by remote-controlled electric gates. Villa Eagleâ€™s Nest is off-grid and uses solar and wind power. The water is captured rain water. Clients must be conscious of this, and not use water or power in a wasteful manner. There is no telephone line (and therefore, no telephone or power poles, and no telephone or power lines spoiling the views). Clients must use cell phones, either their own, or locally purchased with phone card minutes. The internet is available through a device the size of a cell phone that uses the 3G network and acts as a wireless hub for up to five devices. This is included, as long as the 1 gig/week limit is not exceeded. This is fine for email and web use, but not enough for streaming or downloading movies. Extra usage will be paid by the client.
As regards services, a housekeeper will come daily to do dishes, tidy up, do laundry, make beds, change towels and sheets. This is generally mid-day when clients are usually out and about. Any gardening or pool maintenance will be done at that time as well. If the client requests a different schedule, it can be arranged. Yoga classes and massage are available either in nearby locations or, if desired, at the house by appointment. The house has yoga mats.
Transportation : One arrives on Patmos by Bluestar Ferry from Piraeas (Athens). This is a luxurious ship with very nice deluxe cabins and a good restaurant. It sails several times per week, but generally arrives in Patmos at 3:00 am. For that reason, It is recommended that clients spend their first night at the Skala Hotel, just steps from the ferry landing. One can also fly to Samos and take a short ferry (3 hours) or hydrofoil (Flying Dolphin, 1.5 hours) ride to Patmos and arrive during the day. A catamaran ferry (2.5 hours) runs from Kos, another nearby island with a airport. The problem with these routings is that airline and ferry schedules don't always jibe, and an overnight stay on one of these islands may be necessary. A four-wheel-drive (Suzuki Jimny) is necessary for the dirt road up the mountain to the property, and can be rented in Skala. Owner can arrange both Skala Hotel and car rental reservations.
NTO Min. Decree 27715-9/12/13 special license Temporary EOT #3361/21-8-2014
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