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When you hear that a British Naval officer was posted to Greece during the Second World War and fell in love with a celebrated Athenian ballet dancer, it sounds like the opening to a movie. Yet it was the beginning of a romance with such heart that you can feel it woven into the very fabric of their sons’ two villas – built on Meganissi to honour their Greek heritage.
Michael and John Shepherd were raised in England but spent blissful family holidays in Greece with their mother’s family and grew up fluent in the language and well-versed in its rich cultures and traditions. Named after their mother and grandmother respectively, Villas Mimi and Xeni represent a poignant and beautiful tribute to their treasured childhood memories.
With mesmerising views across the Ionian to the unspoilt islands of Kalamos and Kastos, suspended in the infinite blue of sea and sky, the villas offer a sense of peace and harmony matched only by the natural serenity of their exquisite island home.
Villa Mimi belongs to Michael, an international hotelier with an illustrious five-star career, whose impeccable eye for detail is evident throughout this truly exceptional villa. His daughter, a renowned interior designer, has combined classic contemporary décor, sumptuous fabrics and charming traditional touches to create a wonderfully elegant home, with relaxed living and effortless entertaining in mind. From the hand-crafted kitchen to the sophisticated bedroom suites with their bespoke wardrobes and deliciously stylish bathrooms, the finest natural materials have been used throughout to create a haven of quiet sophistication and unashamed luxury.
Outside on the terrace, the infinity pool appears to melt into the dazzling blue yonder and an expansive pergola, comfortably furnished and with its own well-equipped summer kitchen, ensures outdoor living is a joy both day and night. The landscaped gardens are an oasis of fragrant Mediterranean planting offering a choice of seating areas to lie back and drink in the heavenly views, with not another house between you and the boundless sea beyond. And when you hear the Ionian calling, there are steps down to a stone terrace, shared only with Villa Xeni, ideal for dolphin spotting.
Though only a 10-minute drive from the charming harbour in Vathy, with its pretty shops and waterside tavernas, Villa Mimi is a magical and secluded island paradise, born out of a legacy of wartime love and romance. Created with flair and imagination, it inspires the same passion in its guests as it does in its owners – this is an unimaginably beautiful setting for a very special villa.
Good to know…
Villa Mimi, closest to the sea, and Villa Xeni are a comfortable distance apart and the enjoyment of this spectacular location is not compromised by their proximity to one another. They are designed to be booked separately, however, larger groups may wish to consider both villas for a sophisticated island gathering.
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Tel: 01268 735301