Detailed villa description
The interior of Villa Elia is unique, rambling and a challenge to communicate in "technical" terms. So here goes:
Inside: the impressive monumental arch over the main entrance leads directly to a huge, vaulted living area which continues right through the house to the gardens on the other side. Also on the ground floor are two large bedrooms, a double on a mezzanine level and an en-suite bathroom with shower and separate sunken bath below, and a double-twin with a fireplace and adjacent shower room, a second living room, a huge country kitchen with open fire, a cinema room with DVD player, projector and Nintendo Wii console, a billiards table in the restored chapel, and a hammam with relaxation room.
The original stone staircase, worn considerably by hundreds and thousands of footsteps over the centuries, leads first to a single room with shower room across the staircase, then up to the "dormitory" style quad room, with en-suite shower room and a large, panoramic terrace. On the same level as the quad, there is a large apartment with three double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms: one with shower, one with separate tub and shower (the master), and one with a tub and shower attachment. Accommodation on this floor is completed by a kitchenette, handy for preparing tea and coffee or breakfast and a central living area. Heading further up the stairs (which begin to narrow) one comes to a small double room with en-suite shower room and, further up still, to the large roof terrace with panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside.
Furnishings throughout are eclectic, stylish and exotic. Furniture from Brown's Hotel London rubs shoulders with wooden sculptures from the Gambia, Dogon masks, Jordanian carpets from the Queen Rania Foundation and much more besides, making it a colourful United Nations of artefacts.
Outside: the large gardens are completely surrounded by ancient stone walls and features a dining area outside the kitchen, several shady areas for relaxing, lush lawns, an orchard with fig, orange and apples trees and a wide variety of plants, including a superb selection of aromatic herbs for the kitchen. The pool, situated just beyond the original well, has a fully equipped pool house with showers. The pool furniture is of a particularly high standard and there is a shady pergola area just beside the pool providing a welcome respite when the sun is at its zenith.