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The south-west-facing location provides panoramic and unhindered views across the Aegean Sea to Evvia, Skiathos and the Pelion with a scattering of small islands in between. Every sunset of the year is seen from the property – with not a single electric cable to spoil it.
Glossa village (population a little under 1,000) sits on a hillside looking over the sea towards Skiathos, and down to the delightful little harbour of Loutraki. The streets are narrow and more suited to the donkeys which still use them than to cars.
Although small, Glossa is a working Greek village with a school, post office, plenty of shops year-round and restaurants and tavernas in season.There are some beautiful quiet beaches nearby and country walks through olive groves and pine forest, with masses of wild flowers especially in spring and autumn.
The main two-storey house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens and two living rooms which lead on to two balconies upstairs and a shaded veranda downstairs.
Each storey can be completely self-contained and although there are internal stairs, each has its own separate outdoor entrance, so that the whole house can be occupied or either apartment can be independently lived in or rented out. The current owners occupy the whole house in the winter, and live upstairs and rent the ground floor apartment (Eleanora’s Apartment) to tourists in the summer.
Upstairs is a large open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood burning stove and French doors leading to both south and west balconies. There are two bedrooms leading from the living room, the front one with its own French doors to the balcony. A large bathroom has bath with shower over. Stairs lead down to the lower apartment which can be closed off with a door at the bottom . Eleanora’s Apartment has a living room, separate kitchen, small bathroom and two bedrooms. One bedroom is currently used as a studio and the other bedroom with an exposed timber ceiling and its own independent double doors to an outside terrace is currently used as an office.
The Old Wine Store
A couple of metres from the main house is a beautifully restored kalivi (traditional Greek country cottage) called The Old Wine Store after its former use. The open plan cottage has a galley kitchen, bathroom, under-stairs desk space and a wooden sleeping platform with a double bed and built-in wardrobe. There are terraces at the front and side of the cottage offering a choice of sun or shade at all times. A few steps from the cottage is a small terrace, shaded by a palm tree, perfect for watching the sun go down. The terrace is included with The Old Wine Store when rented to tourists. This romantic hideaway is a very popular rental for honeymoons and second honeymoons. With its own small wood-burning stove, it is perfectly habitable all year round.
A few metres further along the path, visually separated by a ‘green wall’ of vine, is a purpose-built (2005) single storey rental or guesthouse. Clifftop Cottage is so called because it literally sits close to the edge of a cliff and commands brilliant views up the rugged coastline of north west Skopelos towards the Pelion. Here you can sit and watch the birds of prey soar on the updrafts created by the cliff whilst enjoying a cooling breeze in the heat of summer. In the winter you can see snow-covered Mount Olympus in the distance. Looking towards the west and south, a panorama includes views of Skiathos, Evvia and the small islands.
Clifftop Cottage has a traditional open style roof with exposed timbers visible in the double bedroom and the large living room which doubles as another bedroom if required. (Here there is also a large wood-burner for winter warmth). There is a well equipped kitchen, bathroom with a bath and shower and a utility lobby with washing machine and storage. Each of the main rooms has independent access to the veranda, bathroom and kitchen. Outside, in addition to the shaded veranda, there are two open spaces: a west-facing barbecue terrace and a south-facing sun terrace usually dedicated to sunbeds and where jasmine perfumes the air in the evenings.
• The property as a whole can sleep twelve in dedicated bedrooms and a further four or five easily on sofa beds and camp beds.
• Almost all windows and doors have modern well-fitted insect screens.
• There are two well-built outbuildings – a workshop and a woodshed /storage building in the style of an old Glossa house. Both have electricity connected with ample lights and sockets.
• Cellar storage alongside the kitchen of the downstairs apartment is accessible from an outside door and provides stable cool temperatures for the storage of wine and preserves.
• The whole property has a three-phase electricity supply, mains water, landline telephone and full internet access with boosters to cover the two cottages along with the main house. There are also two dedicated septic tanks.
• A few metres and roughly equidistant from the three houses, is the perfect place for a swimming pool if desired. The location would lend itself to an infinity pool.
• The property is at the end of a lane and there is no passing traffic. The lane has been recently widened and it is possible to park a car a couple of metres from the front gate. Once inside, there is a pleasant yard which give access to the woodshed, the main house and The Old Wine Store with a path leading on towards Clifftop Cottage and the garden.
• The overall property offered for sale includes a separate piece of land of approximately 30m2 metres, about 200 metres away from the entrance, which can be used as an additional parking space.
Everywhere in the large south-facing garden has a clear view of the sea as it slopes from the house. Natural stone steps lead down to the various areas dedicated to cultivation or just sitting and enjoying the peace. There are several olive and almond trees, as well as orange, lemon, apricot, quince and a young cherry which is already producing fruit. One part contains a small vineyard with 22 vines trained on wires.
Ornamentals include a glorious silk tree and a jacaranda whilst a small rose arbour with a table and two chairs provides a highly scented resting place in season. In spring the lower garden and vineyard is covered in wild flowers and orchids, followed by a large swathe of irises in the upper part. The area furthest from the house is kept as a refuge for wildlife and native wild flowers such as anemone, cyclamen, asphodel and cistus and is left largely wild.€450,000