Villa Kasteli, Greece

Mekounida, Greece

Venue Details

TypeRetreat Centre
Sleeps8 - 10

About the property

An intimate retreat center perched in the heart of a Greek mountain village, above the bay of Karystos, on the island of Evvia. Headquarters to The Evia Island Garden Club.

Included Amenities

Swimming Pool
Yoga/Seminar room

Villa Kasteli garden studio has yoga mats, pillows, blocks, straps and blankets, as well as hooks for aerial yoga hammocks. The studio capacity is 20+ and for weekend day training and seminars we offer snacks and drinks throughout the day. We have other space options for outdoor classes such as the covered terrace where 10+ people fit comfortably, and also the pergola in the garden suitable for 5.

Eco practices

At Villa Kasteli we recycle, repurpose as much as we can and are as plastic free as possible. We try and obtain all of our fresh food from our own garden and neighbours or local vendors. We compost all of our organic food waste to feed our garden, have bird feeders, nesting boxes and insect hotels. We also have a host of pollinator friendly plants and use no pesticides.


Villa Kasteli is just an hour away from Athens by boat, and also accessible by road. It is a magical place all year round, with snow in the winter and gorgeous flora and fauna all the time.

We have four double bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace. We also have a separate double room for retreat leaders which is about 5 minutes walk from the property (your own space for a bit of peace and quiet).

We have a covered terrace for outdoor dining and evening drinks overlooking the valley towards the sea.

Villa Kasteli is a traditional mountain Villa with panoramic sea and mountain views over the bay of Karystos and a medieval, Venetian castle. We have a multipurpose 100 square meter garden studio, stone pergola, swimming pool and terraced garden.

Surrounded by olive groves, pomegranate and fig trees, the village is an authentic, rural environment, the peace punctuated by eagle cries and sheep bells.

We have hosted professional horticulturalists from the U.K. and international yoga groups. We enable teaching weekends to include gardening, acro yoga, aerial yoga and floor yoga. We can accommodate many creative skills including sketching, writing and botanical art, just get in touch to discuss!


Each bedroom has a large, comfortable double bed. We offer the option of double or single bedding, so if you choose to share your room you don't have to share bedding if you don't want to.


Each bathroom is freshly renovated with a shower, toilet and sink. We provide towels of course, and lovely, local olive oil soap for each bathroom.


You will always find a clean room at Villa Kasteli . When you leave your room for class one of our teammates will straighten up and clean so it's ready for you the next time you enter.

Bed linen

All bed linens and towels are provided free of charge. We want you to feel like you are at home.


Our basic package includes complimentary breakfast of locally made fresh pastries, local sheep's yoghurt and porridge with a large variety of super food toppings. Chef is also available for all meals.

Kitchen and Dining room

The kitchen, dining room and sitting room are open plan, giving the house a community feel. A giant locally made beech table is the meeting point for all meals unless we are around the fire place.


We have a beautiful terraced garden for you to explore, a swimming pool, covered pergola for outdoor dining and practice. Many outdoor seating areas throughout the garden for you to find your peace.



Evia, Greece

Villa Kasteli is situated in a small mountain village called Mekounida. It's a short 10 minute drive to the closest town of Karystos, where anything you need is easily available.


Mekounida, Greece

Nearest Airport

Athens International Airport is 20 minutes from the port of Rafina. The boat ride from Rafina to Marmari is 60 minutes. The drive from the port of Marmari to Villa Kasteli is 15 minutes.

Nearest Town

Karystos is the closest town - you can see it from Villa Kasteli's balcony. As we are located an hour from Athens, everything is available.

Booking Conditions

Non-refundable 50% booking fee in advance. We offer many options including studio rental, and Villa rental with and without chef.