We found the delightful Villa Armeria and its equally delightful owner Maria through Trip Advisor reviews. Seven of us rented Villa Armeria to spend a relaxing week together. It could not have been better.
Villa Armeria is spacious, well laid out, up-to-date, very comfortable and tastefully appointed (good beds, linen, towels, homewares, décor etc). We had plenty of room to be together, and plenty of room to have our private spaces. The large balcony overlooking the sea was used morning and night, as were the swimming pool and outdoor areas.
When we arrived, everything was fresh, clean and inviting. The cleaning ladies came twice during the week to clean, and to change the linen and towels. The pool man came often: we don’t know how often, because we were usually out at the beaches or driving around the island.
You need a car in Paros. It’s a very easy, smallish island to drive around, but everything is a little distance away, no matter where you make your base. Villa Armeria is away from the madding crowds, an easy 10 minute drive from lovely Kolimbithres Beach, and a similar distance from the pretty (and lively) harbour town of Naoussa. The Villa is a little way up a hillside, and catches the cooling breezes. It suited us perfectly.
The added delight of Villa Armeria was its owner, Maria. She is a charming, warm-hearted and elegant lady, who went out of her way to make our stay a pleasure. We had a last-minute mix-up with our transfers from Paros airport, and, to cut a long story short, Maria came to the airport, patiently waited while we tried in vain to fix the mix-up, and then arranged a taxi to transport some of us to her Villa, while she drove the rest of us in her car.
Then, during our week’s stay, Maria visited us twice with gifts of tyropita and cake that she had made herself. That was in addition to the basket of gourmet treats that Maria had left us on arrival.
If you intend to visit the best part of Paros (Naoussa, with nearby Kolimbithres Beach), and you want the freedom of a villa to do your own thing, then I highly recommend Villa Armeria. We could not have chosen better.
BY THE WAY: we found Villa Armeria on another site, where it's called Villa Rosebay. They are both the same villa.
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Where do I start! One - this was our first time renting a house for vacation. We couldn't have gotten luckier. The house has 3 bedrooms total, plus a sleeper sofa. There is a private living quarter below - it's above ground, but below the main house. The rooms are airy, comfortably decorated, roomy and sweet. The pool is well kept and lots of sun. You'll need to rent a car to stay here, but it's only about 2-3 miles to Naousa, and it's much more peaceful than staying in town. The owners are lovely - they brought us a fresh baked bundt cake, and the most delicious melons from their garden.
The full kitchen is easy to cook in, and the neighbor's dog loves to wander over, making it feel more like home. It's well worth it, and to have a whole house really gave us the space and the feeling we were living in Greece. We only stayed a week, we wish we had stayed so much longer on the island in general.
Since there are no addresses or road names on some roads, the owners met us at the port and drove us there. It's all part of the adventure, but easy enough to find once you get used to the roads. Just don't try to Google map it, the directions are hysterical.
Also, we found it on another site, and it's called Villa Rosebay on that site, but same house.
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