Timeless Memories, the homestead region held by Elvira Kytori, captivated me the first time I visited it back at the start of 2015. Since then, the region has undergone a redesign to match the season here in the northern hemisphere and prompting me to make a re-visit.
In its current iteration, the region draws its inspiration and name from coastline at Tropea, southern Italy, and the monastery of Santa Maria dell’isola. In doing so, it presents another quite stunning landscape which is highly photogenic as well as offering some charming locations in which to relax.
The 7th century monastery may be absent from the scene, but the coral cliffs upon which it sits have been recreated, offering a high perch on which sits one of the delightful Italian-style villas designed by iBi (8f8). This is reached from the beach, itself reached from the landing point via a short walk along a charming, palm-shaded terrazzo hugging the foot of the south-east side of the cliffs.
This offers plenty of opportunity for relaxation: sun loungers, seats shaded by parasols with a kiosk offering refreshing gelato close to hand. Meanwhile, the golden sands of the beach stretch their way around the south side of the island, offering superb views out over the open sea. Look westward, and you’ll spy a float-plane heading towards a gentle splashdown just off the coast, perhaps bringing new visitors to the island (and the temptation to stand up on the cliffs of the villa and call out, “The plane, boss! The plane!” while waving towards its arrival 🙂 ). That said, the pilot had better keep an eye on the water below, as it is the playground of orcas and dolphins.
The villa is reached by a flight of stone steps snaking up the side of the cliffs, guarded in places by stone walls which appear to be quite aged. Together with the columns also to be found on the climb, the walls suggest that perhaps the stairs and one time gave access to something much older than the villa which now occupies the grassy plateau just below the island’s peak.
Here there is more on offer to please the eye; the villa itself is a work of art, and beautifully decorated with rustic charm both inside and in the stone-flagged courtyard around which it is built. Behind the house is a garden area with a stone swimming pool surrounded by cobbles, the flower borders to one side being watered by a gently rotating sprinkler. However, if you opt for a swim, do take note that the pool is already occupied by a couple of little chaps!
Such is the design of the island that is it hard to pull oneself away from it; the terazzo and beach offer plenty of places to relax in the sun (Jodi and I spent a couple of hours lounging and chatting, lost in the surroundings), while the villa offers a cool retreat for those who might want to escape to the shade.
When I first wrote about Timeless Memories, the About Land notes indicated that it might not survive. I’m glad this has turned out not to be the case; with this second build, Elvira has provided yet another utterly captivating design, and I have no hesitation in recommending you visit and see for yourself. And please, when doing so, do consider tipping the laptop at the landing point and help Elvira to keep Timeless Memories alive so that we can all continue to enjoy it.
And as it is a romantic location with an Italian theme, I’m going to bow out with Matt Monro’s One Days Like These, a song I love quite apart from its links to a certain 1969 film; and who wouldn’t, given Mr. Monro’s silken voice?
- Timeless Memories (Rated: Moderate)