If you’ve ever been to picturesque Glossa, you will probably know Eleni's House. Within the village, its commanding position offers some of the best views available and visitors are often found looking fondly out over the garden and rooftops to the extraordinary panorama beyond, having a Shirley Valentine moment! Eleni’s House is a charming, traditional stone house with a garden. Spacious, refurbished to a high standard and equipped to be a home-from-home, it is designed to provide an oasis of calmness and luxury. The main 43 square metre salon occupies the entire top floor together with a balcony (and, in the Sporades style, a toilet) providing outstanding 180-degree views across to the Greek mainland, Skiathos, Evia and the islands off Milia and Kastani beaches. Below is a large airy bedroom, with a dressing room on a mezzanine level in between. The modern kitchen is down a few more steps and is supplemented by a utility room with a washing machine. The bathroom is fully tiled and equipped with modern fittings and a truly huge shower area. In the west-facing garden, you can either enjoy lying on loungers under the sun umbrella or sitting under the orange and almond trees. Being in the village, there is a taverna, a café / bakery and three shops around the main square within just 2-3 minutes’ walk of the house which can provide all you could possibly need and more – seriously! – with other shops and restaurants just a little further away in other roads in Glossa. It is just 15 minutes down the hill to Glossa’s harbour – Loutraki – where there is a further range of shops and tavernas, and where the ferries and catamarans dock.
House in Glossa, Skopelos, Sporades Islands, Greece - Spacious And Relaxing Accommodation In Which To Enjoy Greek Village Life With All Amenities Closeby
Malcolm and Sarah Avery
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 13, 2018
About Malcolm and Sarah Avery
We are an English couple who had our first holiday in Greece when we met 35 years ago. Looking for a seaside holiday home - UK was too expensive and France too rural - we came to Glossa for week's holiday in May 2007 and the rest, as they say, is history! Speaking practically no Greek, we found the locals to be so friendly and welcoming, and the relaxing ambiance of the place became immediately apparent. We also had discovered Eleni's House before it was shown to us by the agent, so put in an offer more or less then and there. We spent more than we intended on renovating the house but regret it not one bit. We look forward to spending more time in Glossa when we are retired but, in the meantime, we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy our charming house!
Malcolm and Sarah Avery purchased this House in 2007
Why Malcolm and Sarah Avery chose Sporades
Even when compared to the other traditional houses in Glossa, Eleni's House is different. With houses on both sides as you walk down most roads, the view is often rather constrained from street level. But, by owning the garden on the opposite side of the road, a wonderful panorama opens up as you approach Eleni's House, which is also atop a slight rise. So imagine what can be seen from the balcony two levels higher - the views are simply quite magnificent and whole days can be lost while you sit and try to take it all in!
What makes this House unique
Staying at Eleni's House you will enjoy a taste of authentic Greek village life. Be it the clip-clopping of the neighbour's donkey, delivering the latest load of grapes to be trod - yes, trod - in the house next door. Or the calling across the roof-tops and waves from others enjoying their own balconies or roof terraces. Or the funeral procession along the road beneath the balcony with an open coffin (quite a scary thing to look down on!) Or the bikes and scooters as they head to and from work in the countryside. There are three supermarkets / general shops in the immediate vicinity and some are like little time-capsules to take you back to the 1950s. The bakery / café has just opened, so you can have your bread fresh every morning from just along the road. Cares just melt away . .
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Authentic Greek island house with stunning views
Friendly and helpful customer service providing a lovely welcome to the special village of Glossa. The house has been sympathetically renovated to make it a lovely holiday destination. No air con needed in this historical property that keeps cool on the hottest days, with unbelievable views of the sea and distant islands and mountains. Situated in a lovely part of the village with the added benefit of a garden across the street. I would recommend, especially as there is no WIFI or TV! Relaxing and authentic; I would like to return right now!
A lovely, spacious townhouse with magnificant view
We stayed for 2 weeks and had a great time. The house was perfect for us, breakfast on the balcony lasted more than we planned as didn't want to move from there. The house was also so well equipped, home from home. The village itself was quiet, traditional and not too touristy- loved the village square to eat, and the walks were fantastic. Didn't realise we could still find an island so close to an airport that still retained its charm. Would highly recommend.
Skopelos, and Glossa in particular, remain as two of Greece's secret gems, as Sue and Mike found. It makes all our efforts to prepare Eleni's House as a home-from-home worthwhile when our guests have a great time!
A chic and comfortable home in a charming town
My partner and I loved Eleni's house. It is one of the best holiday lets I have ever had. The house is quirky but spacious and very comfortable and the balcony view, a heart-stopper. My dealings with the hosts were wonderfully efficient and friendly. Glossa is a little gem, and we loved exploring the island from there.
I didn't want to leave!
Eleni's House - a very special place
We have just spent an amazing two weeks in this little corner of paradise. Eleni's House has everything you could possibly need. It is set high up in the lovely small town of Glossa with stunning views of the port and neighbouring islands. Unlike some websites the house really is like the photos! The kitchen and bathroom are well equipped, the sitting room is elegant and very comfortable as is the bedroom. We spent many hours, morning and evening, on the balcony you see in the photos just marvelling at the view. We loved Glossa and all of the island that we saw. There are some fabulous beaches, some quieter than others depending on what you are looking for. The Greeks were very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent (far better than we remembered Greek food from 30 years ago!). Glossa is unspoilt so if you are looking for a totally relaxing holiday, somewhere with the comforts of home, but also amazing weather, lovely beaches, friendly people, look no further than Eleni's House. Malcolm and Sarah, the owners, could not have been more helpful from the moment we made our first enquiry so we felt quite familiar with things before even arriving. Tony and Karen, who live in Glossa, met us on arrival and were also very helpful during our stay. We definitely hope to return.
Although we don't arrange flights, we do try to offer even more than a package holiday and can advise on all aspects of arranging your holiday - car, scooter, motorbike, quad or jeep hire, kayaking trips, best beaches, ferry and catamaran times and prices, etc. etc. A good place to start is our own website to which you'll find a link towards the bottom of the Facilities page. When you arrive on Skopelos, you'll be met by our local British agent who will arrange free transfer to Eleni's House in the heart of the village and remain on call to answer any questions or deal with any problems. We're so pleased that Charles and Camilla enjoyed themselves so much: it's what Eleni's House is all about!
Beautiful Townhouse in a stunning location
We thought we were renting a holiday Townhouse but it felt like we had just borrowed our friends house for a week. Everything about the Townhouse had a very personal feel. The property matched the description exactly, and was clean and well maintained. The views were breath-taking as was the town of Glossa.
Flight to Skiathos was routine and so was the trip to Skopelos by Fast Cat. We were met by Tony who arranged a taxi for us to get to the accommodation as he had another couple to get to theirs. After a short time Tony came to the Townhouse to make sure everything was ok then he took us on a walking tour of the town which was a fantastic thing to do and not expected. He pointed out various shops, Tavernas and bars and helped us find our bearings. At 'beer o'clock' he bought us a drink in one the bars and really made us feel at home. We met up with Tony and his wife Karen several times and they really made our stay feel like we were part of the community. We did hire a small car (that Tony organised for us) and was a godsend. Although there was a regular bus, we liked the idea of being able to go where we liked when we liked. As much as we like beaches, and there are many beautiful ones very near to Glossa, we didn't want to spend too long in the sun so the car was ideal for short beach hops. Our favourite was the one you could see to the left from the balcony - reachable down a narrow dusty track but well worth it.
Anyway, enough of this, it is making me pine for the tranquillity of Glossa again.
Finally, the communication with Tony and Karen prior to our visit and with the owners Malcolm and Sarah could not be faulted.
We could not fault anything with the whole experience and we WILL be back.
Thank you so much for sharing your home.
Mark and Suzanne
It's our only objective for guests to feel at home and able to relax, as Mark and Suzanne clearly did, as well as explore beautiful Glossa and Skopelos. By having our friends Tony and Karen living permanently in Glossa and able to act as our agents, we seek to provide as comprehensive a service as we can - clearly the system works!
PS. The beach referred to is called Armenopetra which can be seen in the website picture called 'View South from the Balcony'. Other beaches Kastani, Milia and Panormos (our favourite) are just beyond that, but the nearest one is at Loutraki to which you can walk.
Great week in Glossa!
My boyfriend and I had a great week at Eleni's House.
Glossa is unspoilt, friendly and beautiful.
We walked quite a bit, ran a little, trainers worked better than sandals sometimes, and saw amazing views. Filvis Taverna in Loutraki was a favourite as it is right on the water but not too touristy. Plenty of tasty and reasonably priced tavernas in Glossa, some just minutes walk away.
We rented a scooter to cruise around the island, found some beautiful private beaches off the beaten track and visited the 'Mamma Mia' church on the rocks, and the views were amazing, with a beautiful private beach below. Hondogiorgi was my other favourite quiet beach.
The house is very comfortable and made a cozy base for our exploring.
Quiet and relaxing except for the fish vans, which I loved, and the motorbikes whizzing by occasionally. You can barely hear that you are in the village.
The views at breakfast and an evening drink at sunset on the balcony will be etched in my memory forever. Thank you, would love to return some day.
The closest beach is at Loutraki which has a few tavern / cafes and is a 10-minute drive or easy 20-minute walk downhill. Within 20 minutes' drive, you can reach western beaches at Armenopetra, Elios, Kastani, Milia and Panormos. Buses run along this route to Skopelos every 2 hours in high season. Glossa enjoys a unique position between both sides of the island and the famous "Mamma Mia!" church of Aghios Ioannis on the east coast with its beach is only 15 minutes drive away.
The normal route is to fly to the neighbouring island of Skiathos. From the airport it is a short taxi ride (€7 - 2014) to the port. From there, catamarans (20 minutes) and ferries (40 minutes) cross regularly to Loutraki, which is Glossa's harbour. Other routes are: via Thessaloniki, bus to Volos and ferry/catamaran from there; or via Athens, bus either to Aghios Constantinos or Volos, and onward ferries. Our English agent will always meet guests at Loutraki and take them to the house.
It is not necessary to hire a car when visiting Eleni's House, particularly in high season when there are plenty of buses available. Glossa should be able to meet all your needs. Should guests wish to hire a car, particularly to explore the more isolated beaches, suitable companies can be recommended which will deliver the car to Glossa. Alternatively, motor bikes, scooters and quad bikes are available for the relatively short distances involved.
Rates & Availability
Friday is the normal changeover day for full-week bookings as preferred. Nonetheless, all requests will be considered for any length of stay: just contact us! Please note that the booking deposit is non-refundable, as is the balance once paid.