Large master bedroom with king size bed, fireplace, open-plan en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and private terrace
Double bedroom with queen size bed and en-suite shower room
Twin bedroom that can be made into a double (king size bed) with en-suite shower room and terrace
Lower pool level
2 independent twin bedrooms that can be made into doubles (king size beds) with en-suite shower rooms
All guest rooms have external entrances
nb. there is a staff room used by the live in villa housekeepers
Open plan sitting room with fireplace and dining area for 10
Fully equipped open-plan kitchen
Covered outside dining area and shaded sitting area
Swimming pool (20 x 4m)
Children’s play area with a treehouse, swings and trampoline
Drinks fridge in the living room
Air conditioning in all rooms, including kitchen. Three rooms have also ceiling fans.
TV with Apple TV, DVD player and a selection on DVDs
Bluetooth connectivity for sound system
Full-time cleaning service by live in staff (8 hours per day, 7 days per week)
Mid-week linen change
Daily pool guy
The house is located just outside Kardamili village in the Mani, a region in the southern Peloponnese
The nearest beach is 3 minutes walk
Kardamili village is under 5 minutes drive
Kalamata is 45 minutes drive
Fly to Kalamata airport – direct from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, Birmingham and Manchester (check for availability out of season). The house is a 45 minute drive from Kalamata airport.
Alternatively, you can fly to Athens – the house is a 3 hour drive from Athens, there is also a good direct 3 hour coach service from Athens to Kalamata.
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.
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, canoeing, scuba diving and snorkeling 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.
Arriving at this stunning beachfront villa, we were blown away. Nearby Kardamili village is so pretty and the area around the house is incredible, both beautiful and unspoilt, yet with a low key sophisticated feel. When we visited out of season there was a meadow of wild flowers everywhere, with the sun out in summer there will be no better spot!
The accommodation is spread across three buildings, with bedrooms in two of the buildings which are set away from the main living area and kitchen. The villa is very stylish and modern, built using local stone with open plan living, vaulted ceilings and exposed painted timbers, giving a wonderful sense of space. The sitting room has huge sliding doors straight out onto the lounging and eating terrace, where dining outside in the shade with that view is heaven – the house is southwest facing, so the sunset is sensational. The owner has given careful attention to every detail.
The house is surrounded by gardens with olive and cypress trees, with plenty of oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary for cooking. There is a play area for the children and you are just a couple of minutes walk to the pebble beach below the house, perfect for a dip at any time of the day.