Main House – 1 bedroom
Tower master double bedroom with emperor-sized bed, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, wood-burning stove and 2 balconies looking over magnificent views.
Air con and overhead fan
Drawing room with library mezzanine, open fireplace and French windows leading out onto terrace, air con and overhead fans
Fully equipped, large kitchen with professional Smeg range cooker and farmhouse table to seat 16, air con
Main covered outdoor dining area with large stone table to seat 20, with magnificent sea and mountain views
Guest House – 1 bedroom
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and French windows
Mezzanine with two single beds suitable for younger children
Air con and overhead fan
2nd Level- Pool Area
2 double/twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, French windows with sea views and wood burners for colder months
Double/twin bedroom with en suite bathroom, French windows with sea views and wood burner
2 double/twin bedrooms with shared bathroom, French windows with sea views and wood burner
Double bed, wooden floor, wood-burner and full-size windows and a wooden decking terrace beneath olive trees
Outdoor shower and loo
Double bed with en suite bathroom, wood burner and mini kitchen. French windows opening onto a pergola’d terrace with views up to the mountains. Ideal for resident cook, nanny or extra guests.
Air con and overhead fan
Salt-water, infinity swimming pool (12m x 6m)
Extensive garden by designer Tania Compton
Large outdoor yoga studio for 10 – 12 people
Outdoor kitchen with freezer, fridge, oven and own plates and cutlery
Stone BBQ with spit
Pool bathroom with shower
12 electric bicycles
Circular shaded stone table which can seat up to 14
Shaded double day bed
Ping pong table
Family-size boules pitch
Air con and ceiling fans in some rooms – see above for specifics
Sonos sound system
Coco Mat mattresses
2 driveways with separate access for different accommodation
Daily maid service with linen change twice weekly
Chef/cook available on request and payable locally
Walking and history tours can be arranged subject to availability- payable extra
The village of Kitries is 10 minutes by car (1 hour on foot)
Santova beach is 10 minutes away by car
Kardamili village and beach are 20 minutes away by car
Unesco site of Mystras, the Medieval Byzantine City is 1.5hrs by car
Olympia is 2.5 hours’ drive away
Kalamata is 35 minutes by car
Fly direct from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, Birmingham and Manchester. (Check for availability out of season)
The house is a 40 minute drive from Kalamata airport.
Alternatively, you can fly to Athens. The house is a 3 hour car journey from Athens. There is also a good direct 3 hour coach service from Athens to Kalamata.
*To access the top drive you will need a 4×4 as the 1km drive is steep. For the lower drive a normal car will be fine. We can advise on car rental.
The Mani peninsula, situated in the middle claw of the Peloponnese has long been the beating heart of Greek literature, history and culture. In a country often dominated by tourism the Mani has remained beautifully untouched, it’s main industry being olives rather than tourists. Deep blue sea, a coastline of hidden beaches, all framed by the impressive mountainscape.
Summers here are long and sunny, with balmy nights and an air of festivity during July and August. For teenagers or those young at heart the beach parties at nearby Santova, where relaxed and bohemian Hobo’s is the coolest bar on the beach is a must. For those wanting a slice of authenticity and tradition, the Greek dancing nights in Pigi are not to be missed.
Only 10 minutes by car from the house, the village of Kitries has 2 charming restaurants right on the waterfront, lovely for a long lunch or starlit suppers.
Kardamili is the most well known of the nearest villages, being immortalised by the writings of Patrick Leigh Fermor. Once offered in Greek legend as a gift to Achilles to tempt him out of his tent, the village is now home to charming and hospitable locals. A long beach, selection of delicious tavernas and an international jazz festival every May make this the perfect spot to enjoy Greece at its best.
A full range of water sports is available at the beaches of Kalamata and Santova. There’s hang-gliding from Ano Verga, mountain-biking from Kardamili, scuba diving and snorkelling from Kardamili and Stoupa. The 5,000 year-old submerged city of Pavlopetri is 2.5 hours away at the bottom of the Laconian peninsula and close to one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean at Elafonisos. For those who enjoy being on the water, pack a picnic and take a boat trip to the hidden beaches across the Messinian Gulf.
Out of season, spring is a lovely time to visit, wildflowers carpet the landscape and some stunning walks can be done from the villa.
The house is in the most magical part of Greece. The sense of history and timelessness is not only to be read about but felt in the very landscape. Nestled in the olive groves and within striking distance of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, life begins afresh here at a different pace.
Split into six separate accommodation areas scattered throughout the five acres of terraces below, the house is perfect for larger groups all wanting to travel together. Two driveways, one at the top and one at the bottom lend the different areas extra privacy.
The main house at the top has uninterrupted views of sparkling ocean to the front, and the Taygetos Mountains behind. And because of its height, there’s always a gentle breeze that comes up from the sea.
Each of the smaller ‘apartments’ are surrounded by olive, fig, pomegranate, almond, lemon and orange trees to give shade and scent to the separate bedrooms, each with its own terrace and breathtaking views over the sea.
Inside, the interiors are of the highest standard throughout. Each bedroom is beautifully furnished with sumptuous linens, carefully chosen fabrics and handmade furniture pieces. The rooms are fresh yet cosy and waking up to the sound of birdsong and rustling olive trees is what Greek holidays are all about. The owners have also thoughtfully included wood-burning stoves for anyone wishing to travel out of season.
We were so impressed by the living areas in the main house, the huge living room is generously arranged with so many comfy seating areas. We loved the hand painted Greek motifs above the doorways and individual antique pieces scattered throughout. The kitchen is a foodies dream, well equipped with a magnificent range hob and beautiful hand-fitted kitchen.
And we haven’t even mentioned the outdoor areas, the day bed is absolute heaven… you must just go and experience it for yourself.