Naousa | Paros
An island retreat that captures the essence of outdoor living.
When it comes to Greek island homes, space is a luxury that cannot be taken for granted. It is therefore left to a house's architect to devise solutions that will maximise the available space without forgetting that a summer home is all about outdoor living. In this sense, a stylish island retreat just off the cosmopolitan village of Naousa and close to the beaches of Kolibithres and Monastiri, pulls off an unusual feat. The structures that comprise the house revolve around a central patio that has been smartly converted into a large outdoor living area complete with a pergola-shaded lounge and dining space, an indoor-outdoor kitchen that has been equipped to the standards of a professional chef, a swimming pool fitted with day-beds and an open-air cinema.
Despite its size, the house feels comfortable and spacious. Most importantly, because the architect decided to scatter the quarters across the plot instead of cramping everything up in a single building, there is a sense of privacy rarely found in family homes. The main house comprises a spacious living room, kitchen and two master bedrooms. The architect came up with inventive solutions to maximise the use of natural light, like the glass shaft that descends to the lower level bedroom or a hallway that has been converted into a lounge area and fitted with a soaring glass wall that offers unimpeded views of the seascape. The use of materials -unpolished concrete, glass, wood- nod to industrial design without clashing with the organic aesthete of the Cycladic design. The décor is an eclectic mix of furnishings, paintings and art objects that reflect the owner's flair for theatre and arts and soften the house's sober personality. The guest rooms are strategically placed to ensure maximum privacy. The first one is located behind the indoor/ outdoor kitchen and the remaining 5 are separated from the outdoor area by a stone wall. All rooms have independent access and open to verandas or patios. The villa also includes a gym with a treadmill, a multi-bench and an exercise bike.
Large open-plan living and dining area, open-plan fully-equipped kitchen
1 Double bedroom with en-suite shower bathroom and TV
1 Double bedroom with open-plan shower bathroom and TV (below level)
1 Double bedroom with en-suite shower bathroom Read more
2 Independent Double bedrooms with en-suite shower bathrooms, sharing a terrace
1 Double bedroom with living room, kitchenette, TV and en-suite open-plan shower bathroom
1 Double bedroom in upper level with TV, en-suite shower bathroom and access to terrace
1 Independent Double bedroom at the pool level with en-suite shower bathroom
Gym area on the lower level (featuring treadmill, multi gym bench, stationary bike) with en-suite shower bathroom
Large pool terrace with shaded pergola lounge and dining areas
Guest WC with indoor shower
Fully-equipped open-plan kitchen by the pool
Lounge area with dining table for 14
Indoor & Outdoor Sound System
Outdoor Home Cinema
Daily cleaning (live-in staff)
Change of linen twice a week