Since the cold season is upon us, why not turn this into the perfect opportunity to look at a sunnier modern house design for a change, such as the Elounda Villa, in Greece. It’s located right off the northern coast of the island of Crete, traditionally thought to be the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Venus or Aphrodite. And it’s not hard to imagine why this belief was held for centuries. The endless expanses of crystal-like azure water of the Aegean envelop this white gem of a home. Its total living area is a generous 4,521 square feet (420 square meters), and includes no less than four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, two kitchens, a housekeeping staff room, an elevator, a gym and a sauna. All these functional spaces are spread out over three floors, with a lovely central garden on the first floor.
Naturally, since we’re in the country of perfect holidays, there’s a lavish pool with a lounge area that looks over into the sea. If you go down the natural stone-clad staircase, all the way to the rocky beach, you’ll discover an intimate little terrace, ideal for romantic evenings spent with your loved one. Go back up to the house with many columns and a natural stone façade. Step inside and you’ll discover interiors worthy of the most luxurious modern house design. The décor and furnishings are a combination of sleek contemporary and classic-inspired elegance, with Louis XIV-like chairs and mirrors. There’s a dining area outside, for warm evenings in the company of wine and good friends, and wonderfully clean-lined and simply designed bedrooms.