Owners Sarah & Matt are very helpful & very discreet, never visiting the very private Ysyhia without a prior alert. Accept their offer to facilitate car-hire - I've never had that service before. Apparently the builder named the cottage - Greek for tranquility. You will need an owner-preferred high clearnce car for the steep access & the 15 minute drive to Glossa for supplies. There is no direct beach access. Isolated but still only 40 minutes drive to the bottom of the island via lunch at Fish Tavern Agnontas. But the privacy, the pool, the self-catering, the startup provisions supplied, the full kitchen with excellent fridge, the tranquility. The cottage & bathroom & deck are spacious. The double bed & bedroom is cosy but well ventilated with air conditioning if required. The bath sheets are lightweight, but there are pool & beach towels too. The tranquility. Highly recommended. I'd go back in a flash, well loaded with gin vodka tonic wine & books. And go to Agnanti in Glossa for a fine meal or more.
Ysyhia is just a beautiful villa in a beautiful location. The cottage has been perfectly finished with every detail considered. We didn't need for anything. The location is incredibly private - you can't see any other dwelling from the house... just the sea! You'll need a car to see the sights of the island, but you can easily spend your time just chilling by the pool and exploring locally.
We loved our week at Yshyia cottage. There were so many lovely things about it, it's difficult to know where to start! I'll give it a go...
Firstly, the setting. The cottage is, as advertised, very secluded (very rural setting, beautiful, undisturbed view of the sea, no people or cars to be seen!). This was perfect for us as we just wanted to be really chilled and have a quiet week with just the two of us. However, it is still a (fairly long but perfectly doable) walk away from Glossa village (which is very charming and traditional). To access the rest of the island (and when we were too lazy to walk) - we used a quad bike which we had hired for the week. So much fun and a brilliant way of exploring the island - highly recommended!
Secondly, the cottage itself. We simply couldn't find a fault with this perfect, beautifully maintained, pretty little house. Inside, it is very charming and very well looked after. Outside, it is also something pretty special. Lovely little pool and our favourite bit was the terrace overlooking the sea. We sat out here most evenings for drinks etc. This is also the place my partner chose to propose while we were away... so I guess that says everything about the romantic setting!
Lastly, the kind and accommodating owners of the cottage - Matt and Sarah. They live up the hillside above Yshyia cottage and were always on hand to help out or respond to any queries. We really found that they managed to find a perfect balance between being incredibly helpful, warm and hospitable whilst giving us our privacy and never being intrusive; a lovely couple.
So, in summary - if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing, beautiful and happy holiday - Yshyia is the place for you...We couldn't recommend it more!
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