now the proud owners of a "3 Key" quality certificate by the Greek
National Tourist Organisation.
to Villa Verde, our ecologically friendly seaside home near Athens.
We hope you’ll like what you see here and that you’ll want
visit Nea Makri to spend some time with us.
If you’re planning a
relaxing holiday or short break based on the coast near Athens, we hope
you’ll find what your looking for here at Villa Verde.
You might have in mind an Athens city break.
Why not consider basing yourselves an hour’s comfortable coach
ride away in the green and pleasant seaside town that’s Nea Makri?
We call it “Athens with a breath of fresh air”.
these pages you’ll find information about our town, our home, and us.
The Local Attractions page includes many links to sites with additional
information. We’ve also included a Links page that we hope will help visitors
to appreciate Greece in a wider sense.
designed and built Villa Verde in 2008-09, with some help from local
architects and builders. The
house is built to very high environmental standards.
Geothermal energy provides most of our heating and cooling needs.
Those needs are relatively small because the house is extremely
well insulated. Very large
solar panels provide hot water for personal use with geothermal back up
if there’s no sun. Water
from a well is used for the garden.
live upstairs whilst on the ground floor we have four self-contained
guest studios. Two of those
can be linked for family use.
were very proud to receive this TripAdvisor certificate through the
post. Please see our Guests' Comments page for more details.
is from the Ukraine and Chris from England.
We came to Greece for work and business reasons in 1996.
We recently decided to stop work and to move a short distance
away from the hustle and bustle of the Athens metropolis.
have travelled quite extensively around Greece, with and without friends
and family, so we’ve got to know the country quite well.
We are both very good with the Greek language.
We very much look forward to welcoming guests to share our ecologically
friendly villa and its garden.
One thing we must
mention is our cats. This year we have rescued far more
abandoned cats and kittens than we had intended. They are not
allowed inside the guest studios. We hope that, as before, they
will keep away from guests who don't want them close but we can't be
sure how the new ones will behave as they grow up. If you love cats then it will be a big bonus for you. If you dislike cats
then, regrettably, you might prefer to stay somewhere
else. That said, cats are pretty much everywhere in Greece and
none of them are cleaner or better cared for than ours. We've
added a page to this site explaining more about our cat family.
Can We Offer You?
We can offer you:
friendly base for a seaside holiday or a short break, with easy
access to the city of Athens and to the islands of the Aegean Sea
chance to relax without worrying about your carbon footprint by
enjoying the comfortable room temperatures and hot water that are
provided by our eco friendly renewable energy systems.
breakfast (at extra cost)
to and from Athens International Airport, Rafina port, or Pallini
metro and railway station (at extra cost
our published rates for stays of less than a
in dealing with the locals for things like car and bicycle hire,
ferry tickets, tours, or shopping.
interpretation and translation between the Greek, English, Russian
and Ukrainian languages.
on where else to go in Greece to best satisfy your own personal
objectives, and advice on how to get there and back.
in putting together a detailed itinerary to make the most of your
visit, for example trips to famous and fascinating ancient sites
or time on the islands. Under
the right circumstances, Chris could even accompany our guests on
of the peak season when the weather is pretty much guaranteed, we share local weather forecasts to help our guests plan their time.
that you don't waste journeys, we make phone calls to confirm opening
times of archaeological sites and museums and to make sure that they are
unaffected by manpower shortages or strikes.
there are marches or demonstrations in Athens, we can explain how you
can still enjoy almost all of the city and its attractions without getting
close to those problems. Serious problems only occur rarely and they are confined to very small
areas, away from most places that are of interest to visitors.
see the Sample Itinerary page for an example of the kind of trip around
Greece that we
can help you to arrange.
average Athens weather conditions are taken with thanks from the Weather2Travel