Ikaria: Paradise on the Aegean
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Therma Lefkados house description
You will not believe the view! Our house is perched on a bluff directly overlooking the Aegean Sea with a panoramic view of the neighboring Cycladic islands of Samos, Fourni, Patmos and Amorgos. The sunrise from our porch and veranda is magnificent. The night sky is equally as spectacular. The house is located along the southeastern coast of Ikaria (Eastern Aegean) in the small village of Lefkada. The property is private and spacious with its own secluded beach for swimming and snorkeling (equipment provided).
We are a 15 minute, easy walk to the main seaport and island capitol, Agios Kirikos, which offers shopping, supplies, dining and nightlife, as well as travel connections, car rentals, internet services, and hospital 24-hour emergency services. The town's many outdoor taverns make for great people watching and conversing with the friendly and outgoing locals.
Travel connections are made easily through local travel agencies. The airport is a 20 minute drive from town. Agios Kirikos' harbor provides frequent passenger ferry service to Athens, other islands, and Turkey. Tour packages are available for island-hopping and general sight-seeing. Daily bus service is available to the other side of the island. Taxi service is available for local use, touring the island's ancient ruins, or airport service.
Best of all, we are a 5 minute walk to Ikaria's still pristine natural hot springs situated on the seacoast. Best hot tub ever and right on the beach! Recently featured on CNN's Blue Zone series on aging, this amazing gift of nature has long been known for it's beneficial curative properties for various physical ailments. Great for stress reduction too. This, along with the Ikarian diet and other health benefits unique to the island are thought to explain the extraordinary longevity of the Ikarian population. For more information, the Blue Zones documentary is available on the internet.
The home and spacious patios were totally renovated in 2009. The house itself is a 900 square foot, white washed masonry structure that combines antique charm with modern conveniences including internet access. We have a lovely open kitchen/dining living space with all the amenities to make cooking and entertaining fun and efficient. The house has terracotta tile flooring throughout and all new windows along with two French doors that open directly to a large veranda overlooking the Aegean with a view of neighboring islands. Outdoor furniture is provided for sunbathing and outdoor dining. A perfect island retreat.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Parking Off Street
- Video Library
- Music Library
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio:
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
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cozy home with one of the worlds most beautiful views
cozy home with one of the worlds most beautiful views
i am a crew member for an international airline and have rented homes worldwide with my friend for over 20 years and long before the internet. this home is the best home we have rented for several reasons and we are already planning a return visit. best views ever. home is clean and well equipped. owners are professional, responsive and honest . that said there are some drawbacks that should be mentioned. the home is a 20 euro taxi drive from the airport. securing a taxi is difficult due to the limited taxis and number of deplaning passengers. the home is small at 900sq.ft but well laid out with spectacular views. two bedrooms with SMALL double beds. home is comfortable for 2 people, 3 is a stretch, 4 persons would be too crowded in my opinion. home is 25 minutes walk to the village. no internet, but owner does supply a usb laptop modem. better to BUY a new modem from vodaphone with a FREE 30 day internet promotion for 50 euros.renting a car is a MUST. rent the car FIRST because without a car you are limited. the village and people are wonderful change of pace with a greek slice of life. however the food at the village tavernas is mediocre. grocery stores have adequete selection but overpriced due to tourism and island location. buther and fish shop have limited supply of fresh items of questionable quality , unduly high priced. all that said, the home is a JOY to live in. everything you could need in the home is there with previous guests leaving useful items. home is clean. LIZ, the caretaker is a whirling dervish of helpful advice. nice touch is a phone that comes with the home that you can take with you with instant access to liz in case you have a problem. liz offers many local suggestions . have liz tell you about the 1 euro boat trip to the next village. the views from the home and the patio are one of the best in the world. if you leave my ferry, we forewarned to buy your tickets EARLY and know that the boarding process is MASS CONFUSION. my suggestion is to board LAST.in short, marika house is one of the best houses we have ever rented.
- Guest robert and corinne (san diego, california, usa)
- Date of stay 08/20/11
- Review Submitted 08/30/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
This cozy home sits on the edge of the Agean facing East. From the patio or porch you are provided with a panoramic view of the sea, nearby islands and incredible sunrises and sunsets. The house is spotless and very Greek and includes all the amenities. Rent a car or motorcycle and travel to the antiquated villages, secluded beaches, and historical sites. If you are lucky you may come across a "panagiri" which is the celebration of a saint. The fare is goat meat and wine. The entertainment is Bouzouki players and Greek dancing. My parents are from this Island and I love its authenticity. If you are looking to relax, this is the place.
- Guest Jean Leith (Montana)
- Date of stay 02/01/10
- Review Submitted 02/01/10
We stayed at this lovely home on the sea in early October, 2009, with our friends for a week. We had perfect weather and did much exploring of the island. It is truly unspoiled and was so much fun to take our day trips in our rented car. We toured much of the island which requires extra time due to the elevation and many switchbacks and every turn another photo op!! We swam in the sea; walked to the hot springs; witnessed the mystical sunrises from our bedroom every morning; found the locals very friendly and the town quite charming. We wished we could have had more time to enjoy this island and would definitely recommend it. The house is very comfortable and within walking distance to town. We wound up there after taking a 17 day Mediterrean cruise and was a great place to relax after our busy schedule. Enjoy!!
- Guest Charlie and Char Follis (Lake Orion, MI)
- Date of stay 01/30/10
- Review Submitted 01/30/10
I stayed at the Marika house to celebrate my 60th birthday with my Husband, Sister and Brother-in- law. The accommodations were fabulous with plenty of room for both families. It was truly paradise! We greeted each day with a beautiful sunrise on the Aegean Sea lingering on the patio with breakfast and greek coffee and ended our days stargazing and marveling at the amazing moonlight which romantically lit our bedroom. We loved our walks up onto the mountain, enjoying the wild flowers and herbs that grow in abundance. It's aromatherapy for the senses. We also loved the hot springs for a truly relaxing and "healing" experience. My arthritis thanked me for it! We easily rented a car at the port and toured the entire island taking in village life and nearby ruins. We also enjoyed snorkeling in the crystal clear Aegean on our private beach. I can't wait to return to the Marika House which is truly a paradise on the Aegean. Opa!!
- Guest Leia Madden (-)
- Date of stay 01/29/10
- Review Submitted 01/29/10
This was the perfect vacation home. From it’s tranquil perch overlooking the sea I would meditate on the bobbing lights of fishermen nets and the full moon at night, illuminating a path to the island of Patmos, where John wrote the last book of the bible. I was overwhelmed by my location. The house had all the amenities we could ever ask for, comfortable bedding, fully equipped kitchen, panoramic views, and within walking distance to the market everyday for fresh produce, fish, and baked anything, or an evening in the town square with the ubiquitous contingent of backgammon and ouzo, restaurants alive with local Greek musicians, and within walking distance to ferry pier for exploring other islands. Highly recommended and look forward to returning here again.
- Guest Rob-Sheila H. (-)
- Date of stay 01/28/10
- Review Submitted 01/28/10
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Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: Jack is a custom builder and I am a clinical psychologist in the United States. This is our wedding photo taken in 2002 at the Church of Profiti Ilias high on the mountain. You can see Agios Kirikos in the background below. We have four wonderful daughters between us and a beautiful grandson. We come to Ikaria as often as work permits. We love sharing our Ikarian home with friends and family. We feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful retreat to relax and soak in the magic of the island.
Why the Owner Chose Therma Lefkados:
The property has been in my family for generations. My Ikarian parents emigrated to the United States as young adults. I still have strong family ties to my Ikarian relatives and have visited often over the years. The home originally belonged to my Aunt Marika. I always loved it, especially for its location and breathtaking view of the Aegean. I had the opportunity to purchase it 12 years ago, and to this day, I'm so glad I did. Jack and I married in Ikaria in 2002. He came to love the island and the Ikarian people as I do. We love to cook, especially Greek cuisine. We made it a priority to have a fully-equipped kitchen to make cooking fun and efficient, whether for two or a houseful. Our renovation project has been challenging but rewarding. We have created the perfect escape that offers balance to our stressful work lives. The testimonials from our guests speak for themselves.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our location offers one of the best panoramic views on the island. We love to sit on the covered porch or terrace with coffee, a good book, a glass of ouzo or local wine, 'mezedes' and conversation. Our location provides easy access to the main port where local markets have daily deliveries of Ikaria's best food: fresh seafood, meat, produce, local herbs and spices, goat cheese and olives, freshly-baked bread, amazing desserts. The local olive oil and wines are hard to beat and can be found in town. We are close enough to town where a car is convenient but not necessary. The location makes for a relaxing experience, but is also great for workouts: a scenic coastline perfect for jogging; roads and footpaths for brisk walks into town or up the mountain; the private beachfront for swimming and snorkeling; natural therapeutic hot springs a short walk from the house. The view of the night sky from our veranda is also amazing for stargazing. The full moon is a special treat. We can see village lights from neighboring islands, including the monastery on the Island of Patmos, where the Apostle John wrote the Apocolypse, and Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras.
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Entry to patio, secluded porch and front door.
Entry to spacious private terrace paved with authentic Ikarian stone.
Living room with old world charm. French doors open to seaside patio and portico
Fully equipped spacious kitchen with washing machine. Settings for 12.
Porch and furnishings great for outdoor dining.
Magnificent sunrise from our terrace.
Full Moon from upper patio
Full Moon over the Aegean
Samos and Fourni Evening Sky as viewed from the Upper Patio
Panorama of house with back to the Aegean, showing upper patio/pergola
A hike up the mountain to Prophiti Ileus Bell Tower
New Pergola added 2013
House located on bluff overlooking the Aegean. Private path to secluded beach.
Beautiful bouganvelia surround property. Terrace overlooks Samos,Patmos,Fourni.
Sunny spacious dining room with expandable table. Table linens provided.
Two bedrooms with old world charm. Aunt Marika's marital bed.
Magnificent beaches with secluded coves surround the island.
a view along the side of the house from the lower patio
Tile entry to front door with full moon and flowers
Samos at Sunset
Privacy under our new pergola overlooking the Aegean.
Looking up at the gated entry from the lower patio
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Date last modified - Thursday, November 14, 2013
2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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