There is a wide range of accommodation, to suit all budgets, available all over the island. Whether self-catering studio apartments, B&B’s or hotels, nowhere is more than 15 mins away. However If you’d like to stay close by, I can highly recommend several options in the Kolios area that are either just a very short walk away up the lane behind us, down near the beach or a little further afield (1 bus stop away) at Aghia Paraskevi.
The following establishments are the closest to Villa Nicara:
‘Diamond Apartments’ : http://www.skiathosdiamond.com (Contact: Soula)
‘Xanthi Studios’: http://www.xanthistudios-skiathos.gr/eng/index.html (Contact Matina)
‘Manos Studios’: http://www.skiathoskolios.com/en/accomodation/item/1-manosstudios.html (contact Manoli)
They are well-run, clean, comfortable and very reasonably priced. Rates currently range between 20 and 40 euros per night per person sharing a s.catering double room (depending on the time of year and length of stay). I can make a booking enquiry on your behalf or, if you prefer, you can book direct.
To view them or see other options in the area, click HERE (and don’t forget to mention you are coming to ‘Yvonne at Painting Skiathos’, in order to receive a discounted rate)
Evening meals are not usually provided at your accommodation but, if travelling alone, there’s no need ever to dine alone (unless you want to of course!). It is customary (although certainly not obligatory) to enjoy and share the evening meal in the company of fellow artist/guests (or with just myself and a few friends) at one of the many local tavernas nearby, or in Skiathos town itself.
All visitors to Painting Skiathos are welcome to enjoy the gardens, olive grove and swimming pool at Villa Nicara, as well as the art studio throughout their stay. (see more photos HERE)
*N.B. For wheel-chair users, movement around the house and grounds is severely restricted due to the split-level nature of the property (the house, gardens, pool and art studio are all on different levels and linked by a series of stone steps). There is however level and easy direct access to the Art studio itself from the side lane (which leads to the accommodation recommended above)
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Dear Yvonne , I was just browsing as Irene’s name caught my eye. She is a superb iconographer by the way and people tell me she is an excellent teacher. She certainly is a lovely person. The reason why I am writing is that I saw pictures of your garden and see that you say you have Frangapani there. I have been visiting Lesvos since the early seventies and have lived in a small village there for almost thirty years, although not in the coldest months. I have recently purchased another property because I want a beautiful garden. The trouble is the winds in the winter are wicked and as you know there can be frost and snow. My lime tree did not survive but maybe it was not protected properly . I was wondering about the frangipani as it is my favourite tree. Do you think Skiathos is much warmer than Lesvos ?. I have never been there, do you think one would survive?
Lovely to hear from you, Ann. I’ve sent you an email.
Two days ago I decided, thanks to my husbands encouragement, to take a break for a week. I’ve had a very busy time recently workwise – I own a small gallery / interiors business in Ireland. I’m also a painter working mainly in watercolours, and I’d love a week to paint with few distractions and an opportunity to relax as well! I found your website and just love everything you want to achieve in this beautiful place. I grasped the nettle today and booked a return flights so I’m arriving in Skiathos on Friday .! You have mentioned that artists can use the studio space on a drop in basis and I’m very interested in this. I’ll happily look for accommodation close by. Could you email me to let me know if you know of any available accommodation for one week in June I looked for a phone number to ring but couldn’t find one so hopefully this email will get to you soon.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon,