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“Lovely island cottage with spectacular view”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Glossa, Skopelos, Sporades

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hayjess
Rehovot
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely island cottage with spectacular view”
Reviewed 31 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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We just returned from a fantastic 3 week vacation at Ysyhia cottage and can confirm that the rave reviews are NOT exaggerated. Ysyhia cottage deserves every one of its 5 stars & more. We wanted a restful, peaceful holiday in beautiful surroundings in a lovely, private cottage with a view of the sea, with lots of sunshine, and this cottage for 2 was exactly what we hoped to find. It was our first visit to Skopelos and we are planning to go straight back next year. We were delighted to find a place where we were able just to sit back, relax & enjoy the beautiful, peaceful view of the Aegean sea and explore the surrounding area at our leisure, or just stay put, as enjoying the cottage surroundings was such a pleasure. If you have binoculars, this is a great place to use them, especially for identifying passing ships & ferries. Sometimes before the moon was full, the nighttime stars were spectacular and to compensate, when the moon was brighter, the light on the sea was lovely!

The cottage is charming & comfortable with wonderful attention to detail, decorated with care, & full of thoughtful touches. The outside area is spacious, the chairs are comfortable & the pool is just right for cooling off while still enjoying the magnificent view. There are plenty of good places to eat not far off. We also enjoyed buying excellent meat from the butcher & barbecuing at the cottage once in a while. There are some good bakeries where you can pick up Skopelos cheese pies etc. to warm up for easy meals. Having the use of the cottage cell phone was also an excellent idea, as we were completely comfortable knowing that we could easily contact Matt & Sarah if needed.

Matt & Sarah are wonderful hosts, as others have mentioned, finding the perfect balance between being very welcoming & available to help & give information whenever needed, while giving you complete privacy. Being met at the ferry with a rental car by Sarah, then accepting her kind offer of stopping at a small village supermarket on the way to the cottage, made the start to our holiday so smooth & easy. It would be difficult to find the cottage on your own for the first time, as the last few minutes of the drive are along a very bumpy gravel road, with amazing views, which is all part of the adventure!

This is one of those spots which you hesitate about reviewing, because you think maybe you should keep it to yourself, but since we have already booked for next year, and Matt & Sarah completely deserve the superb reviews, we wanted to highly recommend this cottage, as it really is just as good as it looks, if not better!

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Liked best: View of the sea
Liked least: The wasps
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
4 Sep 2015
Thank you both so much for this lovely review. We really enjoyed having you here and look forward to seeing you again next year. Nothing gives us a greater feeling than being greeted with happy, relaxed faces when we pop down to swap sheets and towels or check the pool. Have a great next 11 months!
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James D
Gainsborough, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Ysyhia - Quiet - Quite amazing”
Reviewed 10 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Matt and Sarah Bloxham are the genuinely delightful, polite and helpful owners of this wonderful paradise villa. As previous reviews have commented, they remain unobtrusive but are only a free phone call away should you require any assistance or advice. Upon arrival from the short ferry journey from Skiathos we were met by Sarah who assisted us with the collection of our hire car and escorted us to the villa via the local supermarket and bakery to collect provisions on the way up; thereby alleviating the usual orienteering exercise. I particularly appreciated the way they left previous guests ‘surplus supplies’ (tea, coffee, oils, seasonings etc) for us to take advantage of until we had chance to fully populate the store cupboard.
Accommodation - The villa itself is tastefully designed in an environmentally friendly manner and is well appointed. The views from the patio/pool are stunning. Towels including beach towels are provided and laundered by Sarah. They also provide a couple of homemade booklets full of helpful and interesting facts to help you ‘settle in’. If quiet seclusion with a romantic view is what you are looking for, Ysyhia is the perfect place.
Surroundings – Ysyhia is situated in the north of the island, above Glossa with views towards Skiathos, Aspronisi and a number of other small islands. My advice would be to take a pair of binoculars as there are ships and boats aplenty and also visiting schools of dolphins to be seen from the patio. The tracks, trails and even roads in the area are quiet and largely traffic free, even in the peak season we were there. The metalled road from Glossa leading to the stony track approach to the villa was a pleasant, tranquil 5k walk. The many fruit trees along the route provide delicious fragrances as you pass by.
Provisions – Glossa, although largely uncommercial provides a variety of supermarkets, shops, bakeries and tavernas. The gyros at To Louki or Frank Lampard’s as its known by the ex pats is excellent and very popular with the locals – always a good sign.
General – Skopelos is a beautiful island with many tracks, trails, beaches and bays. Skopelos Town is quaint and well worth spending time exploring, photographing and of course, shopping.

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Liked best: Peace, Tranquility, Views, location
Liked least: Not Applicable
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
14 Aug 2015
Thank you Jim for the very kind things you have said about us, our cottage and our island. We are so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves as much as you did. And of course, you will be most welcome to return whenever you fancy more of the same.
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Jonathan...
Daylesford, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Tranquility”
Reviewed 23 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Owners Sarah & Matt are very helpful & very discreet, never visiting the very private Ysyhia without a prior alert. Accept their offer to facilitate car-hire - I've never had that service before. Apparently the builder named the cottage - Greek for tranquility. You will need an owner-preferred high clearnce car for the steep access & the 15 minute drive to Glossa for supplies. There is no direct beach access. Isolated but still only 40 minutes drive to the bottom of the island via lunch at Fish Tavern Agnontas. But the privacy, the pool, the self-catering, the startup provisions supplied, the full kitchen with excellent fridge, the tranquility. The cottage & bathroom & deck are spacious. The double bed & bedroom is cosy but well ventilated with air conditioning if required. The bath sheets are lightweight, but there are pool & beach towels too. The tranquility. Highly recommended. I'd go back in a flash, well loaded with gin vodka tonic wine & books. And go to Agnanti in Glossa for a fine meal or more.

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Management Response
28 May 2015
Thank you very much Jon for your kind words, we are delighted that you had a great time, a pity only that it was so brief. Last year we had more substantial towels in the shower but they have been destroyed by β-carotene sun-tan lotion. A great shame, but something we are working on.
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Ella W
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Peaceful and beautiful”
Reviewed 13 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Ysyhia is just a beautiful villa in a beautiful location. The cottage has been perfectly finished with every detail considered. We didn't need for anything. The location is incredibly private - you can't see any other dwelling from the house... just the sea! You'll need a car to see the sights of the island, but you can easily spend your time just chilling by the pool and exploring locally.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Oct 2014
Oh thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves at our little hideaway and of course you are welcome back any time you need a break from the stresses of work and London.
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Rebecca L
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful, romantic and secluded”
Reviewed 31 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

We loved our week at Yshyia cottage. There were so many lovely things about it, it's difficult to know where to start! I'll give it a go...

Firstly, the setting. The cottage is, as advertised, very secluded (very rural setting, beautiful, undisturbed view of the sea, no people or cars to be seen!). This was perfect for us as we just wanted to be really chilled and have a quiet week with just the two of us. However, it is still a (fairly long but perfectly doable) walk away from Glossa village (which is very charming and traditional). To access the rest of the island (and when we were too lazy to walk) - we used a quad bike which we had hired for the week. So much fun and a brilliant way of exploring the island - highly recommended!

Secondly, the cottage itself. We simply couldn't find a fault with this perfect, beautifully maintained, pretty little house. Inside, it is very charming and very well looked after. Outside, it is also something pretty special. Lovely little pool and our favourite bit was the terrace overlooking the sea. We sat out here most evenings for drinks etc. This is also the place my partner chose to propose while we were away... so I guess that says everything about the romantic setting!

Lastly, the kind and accommodating owners of the cottage - Matt and Sarah. They live up the hillside above Yshyia cottage and were always on hand to help out or respond to any queries. We really found that they managed to find a perfect balance between being incredibly helpful, warm and hospitable whilst giving us our privacy and never being intrusive; a lovely couple.

So, in summary - if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing, beautiful and happy holiday - Yshyia is the place for you...We couldn't recommend it more!

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Liked best: The setting
Liked least: The wasps!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
10 Sep 2014
Oh thank you SO much! We are glad that the cottage lived up to your expectations. We don't get an opportunity to write reviews of guests but you two were perfect! And we're sure you know that should you choose to return to Ysyhia for your honeymoon you'd be more than welcome. We'd love to see you both back here again.
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