Charlie is a 19th century villa in the
traditional Venetian style, built by the
Marchetti family, with spacious rooms,
elaborately painted ceilings and painted
wooden floors, situated directly on the sea
in the old part of town. It has
spectacular views over the sea to Mt Didyma,
and is within easy walking distance of both
the old harbour and the Dapia.
have done our utmost to make the house as
comfortable as possible without detracting
from its charms. We recommend treating
her, as we do, as a grand old lady with
great style and hospitality, and certain
following provides general information and
tips about the house in order to make your
stay as comfortable and enjoyable as
Irini Paraskeva is our house-keeper and
agent. She has worked for us for twenty
years and speaks excellent English.
She’s in charge of general house
maintenance. She can also organise
taxis to and from the airport, or taxis for
excursions to Epidavros and Mycenae.
If you have any queries or problems, she
will field them.
Rental includes two hours’ cleaning daily,
seven days a week. Sheets will be
changed twice a week unless otherwise
If you require any extra cleaning for the
house or someone to do washing and ironing
during your stay, please let Irini know in
advance so she can organise this. The
cost is usually around 8 Euro/hour (rates
Irini is a good cook and can cater for most
things from large dinner parties to picnics.
All cooking and food shopping etc should be
made by separate arrangement with Irini.
The kitchen will be stocked with essentials
for your arrival: eggs, bread, butter,
milk, fruit, water, tea, coffee etc.
There are supermarkets and grocery stores
nearby that will deliver to the house.
The Cava sells wine, beer and spirits and
will also deliver to the house – just say
Please don’t use the griddle on the left
hand side of the cooker as it marks the wall
badly. See notes on how to use the
dishwasher on quick cycle – this will save
an hour and a half!
Water has always been a treasured commodity
on Spetses. It is brought to the
island daily by boat. Where possible,
please use the washing-machines on a quick
cycle and only when they have a full load.
The washing-machines are in the outhouse in
the garden, where there is also a
solar-heated shower. (The garden is
irrigated using rainwater stored in the
cistern under the terrace.)
Please do not move furniture in the house.
Most of our breakages occur when furniture
is moved, and the painted floors also get
scratched. If you really require
something to be moved, please ask Irini
The walls of the house are very thick and
designed to keep the house cool in summer.
We do not have air-con but free-standing
electric fans are provided for every
Please distinguish between towels for use in
the house, and beach towels.
Take care with the mosquito nets if you are
using them as they tear easily.
In the winter, there are electric heaters
for the bedrooms. Additional duvets
and blankets are stored in the laundry room.
Fire-wood is stored in the cellar under the
steps on the front terrace.
The house has wireless internet access. Your
computer should automatically connect with
the wireless system. If you have any
problems, refer to the IP address given in
the house file. There is a printer if
you need it – please ask Irini.
Local calls can be made on the landline
telephone but please do not use it for
international calls. The OTE pin code
for retrieving messages left on the landline
Please put rubbish in large dustbin sacks in
the dustbins outside the utility room in the
garden, making sure the lids are on securely
otherwise stray cats will tear them apart.
Vasili, the gardener, takes away the rubbish
in the morning. Unfortunately there is
– as yet - no recycling in Spetses.
The bath in the downstairs bathroom has a
tendency to flood the floor when it is
draining away; so if you have a bath please
could you open the plug half way to allow
the water to drain away slowly. This
will prevent flooding. There’s no
problem using the shower.
hope you enjoy your stay at Spiti Charlie!
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