Taking its name from the famous Roman Mark Anthony, whose extensive travels took him all around the Ionian Islands (there is even an ancient stone well dating back to Roman times at the property entrance), Markandoni sits in a tranquil hillside position directly above the cosmopolitan town of Skala. Sunning itself in the heat of the day, the house is part of a widely spread out village of very stylish country properties each hidden away from the other with only the restful hum of cicadas and gentle chime of goat bells to disturb the peace.
In keeping with the attractive style of Paleo Skala, a village given fresh life through the wealth of ancient ruins and tumbledown façades that have been lovingly restored, Markandoni has a very eye-catching stone exterior.
Welcoming you to the property are a gated entrance and an impressive set of 20 stone steps descending gently downhill, made private by an artful landscaping of colourful shrubs, plants and indigenous trees.
All around are wonderful views encompassing the haphazard patchwork pattern of fields and woods that comprise Skala Valley and, on the (very many) clear days, a quite marvellous panorama over the Ionian Sea to the island of Zante.
Emphasising the appealing back-to-nature feel of the property is the shimmering bluish green colour of the private, infinity pool; this is not an artificial tint created by traditional swimming pool tiles but is actually plain-coloured tiles merging the reflection of the surrounding trees with the cerulean sky.
Equipped with all modern amenities, Markandoni has a charming, split-level interior. The simply arranged living/dining and kitchen areas are light and airy with vaulted wooden ceilings while each bedroom has its own en suite bath or shower room.
Décor throughout is a subtle blend of the contemporary and traditional with elegant furnishings complemented by rustic exposed stone walls and it is a nice touch to have all rooms opening onto the terrace to make the most of those splendid views.
Handy for when an evening stroll seems just the ticket, the nearest taverna is only 500 metres away with all amenities including shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and a long sandy beach, found at Skala (4km).
Half the fun of a holiday is getting out and about and there are plenty of sights to see; the numerous, blue flagged beaches such as beautiful Mounda (a 20 minute drive and home of the protected Caretta-Caretta turtles), the island capital Argostoli, picturesque northern port of Fiscardo, various museums, churches, and countless pretty villages are just a few of them!
Open plan living/dining room (TV, CD, WiFi, A/C) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and doors to terrace.
In built barbecue. Open and covered terraces. Private parking. Shared tennis court 250m (bring own equipment).
Private swimming pool (7m x 5m) with Roman steps.