Villa Rossalia

Second Floor (First Floor)
Villa Rossalia’s Second Floor (First Floor) studio apartment has a separate entrance and is located directly above the ground floor studio. It can be entered through the massive, old iron-laced gate that faces the main touristic street of the town, and then through a lovely old corridor, once part of the French monastery complex. Once the visitors step inside of the first floor courtyard they will truly be in unique world. Surrounded on one side by a 300-year old catholic church of St. Rossalia (from which the Villa takes its name), on the other side—by the stone Venetian archways and red hibiscus blossoms, opposite—by the lovely garden with a huge rosemary tree, two varieties of jasmine, honey-suckle, gardenia, oleanders and bougainvillea, and yet on the other side is the resting ground of the French marble tomb, with carved canopy and columns, belonging to the beautiful young wife of a French council Luis Brest—Catherine. Right in front of the Villa, opens the breathtaking vista of the endless sea and many shadowy islands, a perfect spot to view the sunset, while breathing in a heavily perfumed with blossoms, and herbs garden air. Next to the rosemary tree stands a comfortable outdoor sitting set, perfect for relaxation and contemplation while looking at the sea. There’s also a large double hammock and an inn table for the afternoon coffee. The whole courtyard and the garden area are inlayed with evening solar lights, lighting up the passage and the space around the studio, right after the sunset. A large outdoor lamp positioned right over the entrance door to the studio, also offers additional light. Next to a mirrored door of the first floor studio, stands a lovely round table with a chair and a lantern, perfect area for the breakfast or afternoon reading, surrounded by bright blossoms of geraniums from both sides. Right above the table, on the wall hangs an old hand painted mirror. When entering the studio apartment, the visitor is right away confronted by a stunning vista of the endless sea, as it is seen from the large glass door to the balcony-terrace. The space itself is divided into a small sitting area, large bedroom space with a Queen size bed, draped built-in closet space for clothing and linens, inn table and the reading lights, two mirrors on the walls reflecting the view of the sea, and visually expending the studio space. On the opposite wall, there are two long bar-table-like shelves made of the parts on an old fishing boat, and topped with old family memorabilia, antique globe (once a property of a famous writer Constantine Cavafy), and ample international books for reading. Exotic ethnic elements adorn the walls, from the hand carved Native American masks, brought by the present owner all the way from the Amazon, to primitive paintings, eclectic little treasures and old family photos. The space is filled with light, coming both, through the glass door of the balcony, and through the window of the entrance door. Even the traditional door window-shutters are finished with the mirror inlays, to further reflect the light and the view, giving an appearance of visual space expansion. The studio is equipped with the latest technology and amenities: high speed wireless Internet, satellite flat-screen TV with over 250 international channels, air conditioning, remote-control operated transparent ceiling fan, ample light fixtures. By the entrance there’s a kitchenette area, with a small refrigerator, coffee-maker, small gas stove and microwave—perfect for preparing or warming up your lunch, breakfast or dinner. All major shops and restaurants are right next door, delivery is also available directly to the studio. The studio has a lovely bathroom, designed in the Moroccan style, with original elements and carved bronze lamps brought from Casablanca. The walls of the bathroom are washed with deep blue color and covered in mosaic-like matching blue tiles, giving an overall feeling of a middle-eastern hammam. The bathroom has a shower area, sink with an oversized old mirror, ample hooks and towel holders, antique cabinet, the toilet and a small window facing the sea. All original elements of the studio such as the solid stone walls and the stone floor have been perfectly preserved and lovingly restored. A large glass door (equipped with the mosquito door as well) leads onto the spacious balcony-terrace area, furnished with a large sofa, topped with comfortable cushions, large dining table (filled with rare local archeological finds and topped with a thick glass for protection), table chairs and a soft reclining chair in the corner, with a small in table for relaxation and reading. The terrace is equipped with gentle floor light, allowing the visitor to see the stars and enjoy the romantic ambiance. It also has a large dining light and an ample supply of romantic candles and lanterns. This terrace offers the best view on the entire island to the sunset. The vista will truly take your breath away.


General Management: Roman Couldlie