Review submitted on Tuesday 18th August 2015
5.00 - ”Lovely Stay at Villa St. Nicolas!”
We just returned from a wonderful stay at Villa St. Nicolas. We traveled as an extended family -- me, my husband, our two daughters ages 10 and 12, and my parents - and a great time was had by all.
First, there is a very large driveway/parking area out front which could easily house several cars. The villa itself is lovely. Very modern, with high-end appliances and amenities (flat screen televisions, room safes, and fluffy bathrobes in every room.) We greatly appreciated the thoughtful provision of Wi-Fi router access points on each floor (there are four) and a dedicated router for outside. We could all get a flawless signal from wherever we were, which was an unexpected luxury. As mentioned, the villa spreads onto 4 levels, with a generously-sized en-suite bedroom on the basement level (the room was very light and airy, and had separate walk-out access to the outside), two bedrooms on the second floor, each en-suite and with balcony and water view, and a good-sized loft bedroom on the attic level, also with en-suite. My 12 year old daughter loved having her own little apartment suite up there, though note that bedroom might not be as suitable for very young children or seniors as the steps up are quite steep.
The kitchen is compact but well-appointed with every modern appliance. Owner Antonis provided an extremely generous "welcome pack" upon our arrival, which left us well stocked with juices, coffee, milk, wine, bread, breakfast meats, and much more. There is ample comfy seating in the living room, which walks out to a lovely, well-maintained outdoor area with pool/Jacuzzi, sun loungers, covered BBQ area with table and additional seating, and a small grassy area. The view out to the water and Agios Nikolaos is stunning.
The week we were there Antonis was caring for three 8 week old puppies who had been orphaned shortly prior. They were housed in a large outdoor pen in an olive grove about 50 meters behind the villa. Antonis was concerned and very solicitous that the puppies might make noise and disturb us. Quite the opposite - my daughters were thrilled to have puppies in residence, and Antonis generously granted them open access to the pups. They (we all, actually!) spent many a happy hour frolicking with the puppies that week, and we are thankful to Antonis for his kind indulgence.
The villa is well-located with respect to the town. A bit too far to walk comfortably to the marina area in the summer heat (around 55 minutes or so), but about a 25 minute walk downhill to the closest small grocery store. The center of town (and a large Carrefour supermarket) are only about 6 or 7 minutes away by car. We had a bit of trouble finding the villa initially, as there are no street numbers in that part of town, but Antonis (who was out of town that day) sent his father to meet us in town and guide us in.
All in all it was a fantastic stay. The villa suited our needs perfectly and Agios Nikolaos is enchanting. My one suggestion would be to make available manuals/instructions for the appliances for those of us not well-versed in German gadgetry. However, we managed to figure it all out with some help from Google and the free Wi-Fi!
We will look back fondly on our time at Villa St. Nicolas.