When you dream about escaping your hectic schedule, it’s probably to somewhere like Sifnos. One of the smaller islands in the Cyclades, it is located 80 miles from the port of Piraeus, between Serifos and Milos. Dimension-wise, it’s only 9 by 5 miles, and its main town Apollonia has a population of 869. This villa is located just outside the second largest town, Artemonas, which is home to about 800.
Visually, Sifnos has all the appeal of the other Cycladic islands. Whitewashed houses cascade down hillsides, and there are 360 churches scattered throughout the countryside — which works out at around one per seven residents.
Built to blend in with this pastoral setting, this home is a beautiful tumble of stone that’s a nod to ancient island style. However it also has very modern sensibilities, with exposed concrete walls and minimal decor. We love the high ceilings, the sunken living room, the suspended staircase, the inset benches and the floating beds that are all offset with raw stone walls.
Outside, there are shaded terraces built for lazy afternoons by the elegant stone-trimmed pool. There’s a garden with organic fruits and vegetables that guests are welcome to eat, plus a donkey pen. Yes, you read that correctly – there are two donkeys who live on the estate.
If you’re looking for a peaceful destination, with a chance to experience an authentic island lifestyle, this villa for rent in Greece is a great choice — especially for families or groups of friends.