A true work of art: Aegean View – A luxury artist’s retreat in the Greek isles
Passepartout Homes’ property portfolio showcases a very exclusive collection of unique luxury holiday properties located in fourteen countries on 4 continents across the globe. What’s unique about each of our exclusive holiday villas is that every one is a home which has been lovingly built, rebuilt or renovated by its proprietors who invested their hearts and souls into creating a unique and special atmosphere for their guests.
Villa Aegean View [http://www.passepartout-homes.com/properties/showcase/51] is one such labour of love and Antonis Ampatzis is its creator. Located on the Greek island of Mykonos, this luxurious hillside Greek villa built of natural rock boasts tastefully decorated rustic interiors and an infinity pool with stunning views over the Aegean Sea. Not surprisingly, Antonis is a fine-art painter and illustrator, a fact which is revealed in the villa’s many elegant artistic flourishes.
Born on the Greek island of Crete, Antonis now divides his time between two countries, spending summers in his enchanting home in Mykonos and winters in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his partner of eighteen years.
Antonis told us how he stumbled upon this spectacular corner of Mykonos and came to create this perfect private luxury retreat…
How did you discover this part of Mykonos and what made you fall in love with it?
When I first moved to the island I liked to go to remote areas in the undeveloped part of Mykonos where the views were absolutely dramatic. There were no roads or electricity in the area at the time but the breathtaking views kept bringing me back for long walks. Several goat sheds were the only buildings around and this particular one – just a small room that the owner kept to store food for his goats – had a small terrace where you could see the Aegean Sea and its numerous islands. I sat there many times and just admired the beauty. During one of my visits, I met the old man who owned the property and asked him if he would consider selling and he said yes, making me very happy!
Did you build or renovate the property?
When I bought the property there was only one small room so I started from scratch. I built the house around the view of course, with rocks and all the natural elements in the vicinity. I wanted the house to look like it was part of the land and not like it was violating it. I loved the process because it allowed me to study the view better, the sun positions during the day, the direction of the blowing wind… All my love for design, beautiful things, and nature went into this property.
What is unique about the area?
The fact that it is untouched, perhaps the last spot on the island that is so peaceful and private, the last place where you can see the stars at night with no light pollution, the last place where you can be at the pool and believe you are the only person in the world.
What type of visitor does Villa Aegean View suit?
It suits everyone who values privacy, who wants a place to relax and be with loved ones, whether friends or family. The villa is a private paradise for anyone who wants to enjoy spectacular views and relax in a place which is close to all that our beautiful island has to offer but still away from the noise and hustle and bustle. Our guests leave wanting to come back because this is one of the last spots in the world where you have this unparalleled beauty while being close to one of the most cosmopolitan playgrounds in Europe.
Did you have any notable guests stay here?
The British fashion designer, the late Alexander McQueen, loved staying here and became a good friend. Many people from the world of fashion or show business come here because of the absolute privacy they have. It is kind of refreshing that one week we can have a prince from Dubai and the next week a family from Arizona. They enjoy the villa and our hospitality the same way and we treat them all with the same love.
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