building philosophy

The villa is in classic Peloponnese style, designed as a roomy three bedroom house which sleeps six. The Architect of Villa Aura is the very well respected Matina Kavourinou.

position of the Villa

The position of the Villa is such that it looks straight over the sea in front and the mountain on the side. There are no buildings in front of the Villa obstructing the view.
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materials used

Villa Aura has aluminium double glazed windows and sliding doors, all with mosquito netting. On the outside, all windows and sliding doors have aluminium shutters, closed from within. All floors are marble. On the balconies the same colour marble has been laid but this was specially treated so as to be anti slip. There are TV and TV points in all rooms as well as on the balcony. The fireplace is made from "Acropolis" (indicating the rarity) white marble. The staircase and bannister are from high quality white marble. The Villa is completely “Legal” which means that everything conforms to drawings and permissions granted.

dining and kitchen area

The open plan air-conditioned sitting dining and kitchen area create a pleasant atmosphere. The kitchen is state-of-the-art and fully equipped. The work surfaces are of 3 cm Norwegian granite and the splash backs of the same colour but in 2 cm.

Built-in Kitchen Equipment
6' (2 m.) upright two door Bosch fridge freezer
Whirlpool fan oven
Whirlpool dishwasher
Whirlpool microwave
Neff T187 ceramic hob 80 x 52 cm unit with hood and fan exhaust system
Double stainless steel sinks with mixer tap have been set into the granite
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office area, bedrooms and bathroom

The large landing / office area upstairs gives access to the air conditioned bedrooms and the bathroom. The bathroom has a galvanised bath, a ceramic toilet and bidet. The washbasins (his and hers) are set in marble and have a large wall mirror in front. From the bedrooms (in bed) there is a good view over the sea and at night Piraeus / Athens / Angistri / Aegina can be seen. There is a landing cupboard and cupboards in each bedroom as well as the bathroom.
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garden / land

Villa Aura stands in 4.200 sq.m. of land with 50 oil producing olive trees and plenty of orange, lemon and mandarin trees situated in a separate grove, which has been walled-off with stonework along three sides.
In the garden there are many specimen trees/shrubs like Catalpa Bignonioides, Rhus, Lebanon Cedar, Paeonia Lutea Var. LudlowII (tree peony), Camellia, Wisteria (white), etc. Bougainvillea is of course everywhere around. In the garden there are some 30 Cretian earthenware pots filled with plants. There is a special walled section for kitchen gardening fans.
The garden and grove benefit from an underground automatic water sprinkling system which serves the lawn as well as the plants and trees. There is a total of 15 stations automatically controlled through the "Irritrol 15" computerised control system. Once a month the sprinkler system waters the trees for approx. 3 hours.
The land has 50 oil producing olive trees and annually one can obtain some 200-350 litres of high quality oil. When harvested, this can be sold to the local olive oil factory. A litre of good quality oil sells for approx. 5 Euro per litre. In this "orchard" there are water pipes present and once a months the sprinkler system waters the trees for approx. 3 hours. The orchard has been "walled off" with stone work along three sides.
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self contained studio

The totally self contained large studio is sound proof. It has a large tiled roof half way over the rustic stone laid balcony which gives it privacy from above as well as shade. Access is obtained from upstairs or from the private road, which stops virtually at the balcony, through the olive groves. It has a General Electric air conditioning system, a Whirlpool built in fridge, a Bosch built in dishwasher, a Sharp microwave and a Whirlpool cooker. There are many large drawer and cupboard units here. The separate bathroom / shower room has a vanity unit with cupboard space below.
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water supply

The Villa boasts the rare advantage of having its own water supply, taken from the well and pumped up to the reinforced concrete water tank. From there the water is distributed via a pressure pump to wherever it is needed. The water was discovered in 2003 and a well was dug. The depth of pure quality water is from 35 meters to 65 meters. A high quality Grundfos RS 400 pump (made in Denmark) pumps the water to the water tank. The same water is used for the swimming pool as well as for the washing machine. Inside the house filtered well water is used (with the Town Water in reserve) at present to ensure a dual source is provided. The average annual water bill is approx. Euro 10-15, which is exceptionally low. The pool water can be refreshed once or twice (or more) times per year at no cost.

swimming pool

The completely tiled infinity swimming pool with shower unit has marble coping stones around it. It was built using reinforced concrete and is pinned underneath into the land with reinforced concrete pins. The pool is 25' x 50' (7.5 x 15 m) and has an overflow filtering system. The water is returned to the underground tank when there is too much water in the pool. When there is not enough water in the pool it takes it indirectly from the well. The machine room next to the pool has a large pump and an oversized Astra (world famous) filtration plant. The pool holds approx. 145 cubic meters of water and has an automatic pool debris cleaning system. The swimming pool has five underwater lights (12V), which are controlled with an electronic system at night. The stone laid patio surrounding the pool is two meters wide on three sides after which there is lawn. Surplus rain or overflow water is caught into an underground piping system which takes all the excess water from the pool (backwash) as well as from the garden (rainwater) to one point and away down the waterway to the sea. There is never a water problem and therefore never extra or undue pressure on the stone garden walls or flooding..
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parking area

There is an internal intruder alarm system inside the Villa and an infra red intruder alarm system around the direct perimeter. The system is telephone controlled.
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outside lighting

In total there are (excluding the Villa) approx. 46 garden / wall economy lights (time clock or sensor controlled) and two floodlights for the parking areas. The balconies have in total 11 lights. In the evenings, when the area is lit up the atmosphere is superb.

pergolas

There are three large pergolas, one covering the car park, one alongside the swimming pool with a small stone built bar and two lights. There are six sun loungers with two large umbrellas around the pool. At the side of the house where the BBQ is, there is a pergola with two lights and a large table with 10 chairs. This area is mainly used for breakfast and dinner. There is also a large outside sink unit. The latter two pergolas are covered in the summer.

alarm system

There is an internal intruder alarm system inside the villa and an infra red intruder alarm system around the direct perimeter of the villa. The outside infra red alarm, when armed, will go off if anyone, uninvited, comes to close to the villa. The system is telephone controlled.

hot water

Hot water is produced from the four large solar panels but can also be produced from heating system or from the electric system. The hot water tank holds 200 litres.

other machinery / tools

Air conditioning (Dynamic 25000 BTU) system in the living area. Industrial (hotel) sized water softener, make Autotrol (ex USA) Brand 255 series/400 Series Controls two washing machines, and one dryer. Extra (1.60 m) fridge and extra (1.60 m) freezer. There are many electric points as well as water taps and water hoses on reels. Pool time clock, heating time clock, garden lights time clock, three garden light sensors. There is an array of tools, garden machinery, two lightweight wheel barrows, forks, spades, shovels, etc.

heating system

The heating system is run with 4 separate pumps. Each pump is thermostatically controlled; one for the upstairs, one for the main area, one for the studio and one for the hot water.