Aegean Island villa, near Athens

Villa - Entire home/apt · Near Elaiohori, Euboea, Styra, Central Greece 34015, Greece

The Space

Much more than a holiday home, staying in Delenia is like having your own private village. Strategically located on a secluded corner of the Aegean, yet surprisingly close to Athens and its International Airport.

Situated in south Evvia (or Euboea, Greece's second largest island, after Crete) it is a mere two hours from the International Airport, and yet the estate itself lies on an undiscovered part of the Aegean sea. Delenia offers a unique combination of easy accessibility and complete privacy.

Delenia consists of a total of 6 buildings; there are five bedrooms (all en-suite, with their own cooling systems and own fireplace and under floor heating for the winter months), two kitchens, two living rooms, one study and three dining areas.

We also have a barn conversion that sleeps another 8-10 guests, and is available for a fee.

The outdoor areas are the epicenter of life in the summer months, and have been designed accordingly: a large terrace with clear views of the Aegean; two al fresco dining areas, plus a stone barbeque and traditional Greek bread oven; tennis and basketball courts; an outdoor four-poster bed; a Hammam (Turkish steam room); outdoor Jacuzzi; and, of course, the sea water swimming pool.

The layout encourages togetherness, but also allows for privacy. Guest rooms are spread over three buildings, each one independent from the other, and entirely self-sufficient.

1. The main building comprises of a large living area: a kitchen, a dining room (table for 16), living room and one double bedroom. This is the David McTaggart room, and offers exquisite views of the Aegean sea from the bed. There is one double bed in this room, plus a small loft with a single mattress, that can be brought down, if preferred, as there is enough floor space.

2. The second building houses the master bedroom, and, again, exceptional sea views from the bed and bathtub. There is also a large study/second living room/kitchen area here. This can be used as a sixth bedroom: there is a top-of-the-range sofa bed here, with a double latex mattress. The bedroom and the study have independent entrances (as do all rooms in all buildings) so no need to disturb others in order to get in or out! Absolute privacy guaranteed.

3. The third building consists of three large bedrooms – all with their own individual character and layout. The first one, Chryssa’s room is the largest and has ample desk space for studying or working; the second, the Turkish room, has two double beds; and the third, ‘to paidiko’ or the children’s room, is a playground for young and old alike, with lofts, Tarzan ropes, and firemen’s sliding poles. All bedrooms have got double beds, plus additional sleeping space. The children's room has got a large loft with a single bed on one side and a semi-double on the other (so up to five people in total could sleep in this room); the Turkish room has got a single bed as well as the double bed; and Chryssa's room has got a small loft with a single mattress, which could also be brought down, as there is plenty of floor space.

4. The hammam – or Turkish steam room and sauna, all built in stone and in keeping with the general aesthetic of Delenia. Next to it is an outdoor Jacuzzi.

5. Barn, previously the woodwork workshop – where all the furniture, and wooden structures were made, in locum. This is now converted into living space that sleeps 8-10 (can be hired for a small fee - please ask!)

6. Staff cottage at the edge of the estate, designed for independence; this is occupied by the couple who look after the estate and its guests. They are on-call 24/7 via intercom.


Daily cooking, cleaning and chauffeur services are provided by resident staff, who will also assist with use of the facilities, and their knowledge of the local area.

Staff will prepare one meal a day, and can do the supermarket shopping, as required (they will also take care of the cleaning up after the main meal; there is also a large dishwasher in the main kitchen). Included in the rental price is the service for cooking the meal (obviously the cost of the food will be covered by guests, according to what they choose to shop - the shopping can be done yourselves, or you can instruct the driver to do it for you, so you can maximise your sun-bathing time!)

The cook has a wide range of Greek and Continental dishes in her repertoire and can also offer child-minding services (this is not included in the rental price of the villa, and should be arranged directly with her). The driver has the use of a 4X4 Subaru Forrester, and is on-hand for supermarket runs and trips to nearby beaches (cost of petrol to be covered by guests, according to usage). He is also able to drive guests on sight-seeing trips to the ancient towns of Karystos or Eretria, or the mysterious Dragon Houses (Drakospita) which are dotted across southern Evvia (also spelt Euboea). Again, this is not included in the rental price of the villa, and should be arranged directly with him. Day trips in to Athens can also be arranged.

Activities in the area include trekking, cycling, diving, cruises and canoeing/kayaking, all of which can be arranged from Karystos. Especially recommended is the excursion to the Dimosari Gorge, near Karystos (4 hour-trek) and snorkeling in the Petali Islands (frequented by Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and Rudolf Nureyev, no less!) and boasting a house belonging to the Picasso family.

In between Nea Styra and Palaia Styra is the ancient city of Styra, a city mentioned in Homer's Iliad (Rhapsody B). Additionally near Styra there are ancient structures standing which are 4,500 years old and are constructed using Megalithic Architecture. They are called Drakospita (i.e. Dragon Houses) and have been built using huge one piece stones (monoliths). The size of each of these stones is 4.0m length x 2.5m width x 1.5m height, similar to those found in the Philippines and at Stonehenge. Ships left from the ancient city state of Styra to aid in the rescue of Helen of Troy.

Included in the price of the villa is one airport pick-up and one drop-off, with one car - ie. up to four passengers. If you plan on hiring cars at the airport (recommended), the driver picking you up can lead the way for the other cars, too, and take you to the port of Agia Marina. From Athens airport, it is about 60 km drive to the port of Agia Marina (near Marathon village), then 45 minutes on the ferry to the port of Nea Styra, on the island of Evvia, then a 15-20 minute drive to the villa. (The nearest village is Eleochori, which you can find on your GPS or online maps with co-ordinates that we will provide you with).

There is an aviary which often means fresh free-range eggs in the mornings. There is a garden plot with organic tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables; organic herbs such as basil are also grown on the estate.

Additional features include an ensemble of stone benches perched on the cliffs, beside the ‘Window on the Aegean’, and plenty of nooks and crannies to be discovered at your leisure.

Wedding parties welcome.

If you have a large party (wedding or not!) and need additional space, we can sleep 8-10 in the old barn that has been converted into a summer house with four bedrooms two bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge/dinner.

If you have any questions, just ask!

PLEASE NOTE: Because of all these nooks, crannies, steps, slopes, ropes and poles, children get very excited in Delenia, and always have a wonderful time! However, if you are looking for a place that is 100% child-proof, or are worried about your child interacting with the natural environment, then Delenia might not be for you. Please ask if you have any concerns.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Beds: 11
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $4983 /week
Security Deposit: $712
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Delenia was absolutely beautiful - full of charm and character! We all had a wonderful stay and wished we had more time to explore the villa. Chryssa was an amazing host. She helped so much with the arrangement of all the transportation and activities (cooking class, day trip into Athens) despite bring injured!

    We definitely plan to return again....maybe a future anniversary!

    November 2013
    Response from Chryssa:

    It would be wonderful to have you again - perhaps with your children once they arrive?! All the best to you and Ryan!

  • We had a wonderful time at Chryssa`s estate. My children loved every minute of it. We were also excellent looked after by the caretakers Elisabeth and Wasili. We are already longing back to the place.

    October 2013
  • A fantastic place that everyone should experience at least once!

    September 2013
  • My family had a fabulous stay at Villa Delenia. The natural beauty of the location is only surpassed by the fabulous accommodation and outstanding hospitality provided by Elizavet and Vassilis, the couple who make dinner and keep the house for Chryssa. The Villa is a remarkable and imaginative environment which can be enjoyed by all generations. Chryssa was extremely approachable in helping us arrange our holiday and we had an unforgettable time.

    September 2013
  • Chrissa is an amazing host. She helped us out with everything and was always there we we needed her. The house is insanely beautiful. Moreover the people helping in te house were lovely. Definitely worth a visit!

    August 2013
  • June 2013
  • We were a group of five families with young children and had a lovely time, young and old alike. The Villa and the facilities were great and the service and food provided by Ellisavet and Vassilis was first class. The villa is very isolated (last 2km of road leading down to it was in bad condition) ca 25 minutes to the next village, so it is perfect to relax and take a real time off! I would definitely recommend the villa for a large family (as we were) or group of friends looking for a relaxing place to stay.

    June 2013
  • Staying at Delenia is an absolutely unforgettable experience. The estate is stunning, comfortable, and filled with character. While I wouldn't tire of playing tennis, kayaking, and relaxing in a steam room for the rest of my days, it was really the hospitality of Elissavet and Vassalis (the estate caretakers) that made our stay remarkable. Our days were filled with authentic Greek food (including fresh octopus, baklava, and spanakopita!) local wine, and lots of laughter. Our group of nine all agreed that it was one of our best vacations ever and that we need to return soon! Thank you for a wonderful trip!

    May 2013
  • We returned to stay at the amazing Delenia for a second time!
    We had another fantastic holiday with friends + family with great weather, food, sleep, swimming, tennis, animals, Nikos + Lile the wonderful housekeepers + much more.
    The place is truly special and there is not another Delenia on the planet.
    We were 14 people + everyone had a comfy bed!
    Thanks again Chryssa for letting us back for another stay... let's hope we can do it again soon.

    October 2012
    Response from Chryssa:

    Thanks so much Trudy for your lovely words! We hope to see you next year - and hopefully meet, too! C

  • I am writing on behough 3 famillies spent 8 days in the one and only unique spot on the globe. We didnt think on our best dreams that our vacation will take place in such a quiet, beautifull, and friendly as Dellenia. Nick and Lille are wonderfull hosts and are a big part of our pleasure. the sea, the views, the rocky nature and the welcoming wood and stone houses makes the picture unforgetable.

    The only thing I can say is : THANH YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

    October 2012
    Response from Chryssa:

    Thanks so much Ori for your lovely review!

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I'm half-Greek, half-Brazilian, born in London. Currently live in Athens, and am trying to keep alive my dad's Aegean island villa, on Evia. I love the 'travel like a human' idea, and am planning a trip to India, on the way to Nepal to visit my family in Kathmandu. I've enjoyed hosting, and am now looking forward to being a guest. I am clean, quiet and don't snore!
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