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Sleeps 18 (plus 2 children)

Completely amazing, this house took our breath away. We can't wait to return!

Florence, Oxford
Living Space

Top Level
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

Drawing room with library mezzanine, open fireplace and French windows leading out onto terrace
Fully equipped, large kitchen with professional Smeg range cooker and farmhouse table to seat 16
Utility room

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

2nd Level- Pool Area
Girl’s House
2 double/twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, French windows with sea views and wood burners for colder months

3rd Level
Boy’s House
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

4th level
Yurt
Double bed, wooden floor, wood-burner and full-size windows and a wooden decking terrace beneath olive trees
Outdoor shower and loo

5th Level
Shepherd’s Hut

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.

Amenities

Salt-water, infinity swimming pool (12m x 6m)
Extensive garden by designer Tania Compton
Outdoor kitchen with freezer, fridge, oven and own plates and cutlery
Stone BBQ with spit
Pizza oven
Pool bathroom with shower
Circular shaded stone table which can seat up to 14
Outside shower
Shaded double day bed
Ping pong table
Air Con
Ceiling fans
TV
WiFi
Sonos sound system
Coco Mat mattresses
2 driveways with separate access for different accommodation

Domestic Services

Daily maid service with linen change twice weekly
Gardener
Pool guy
Chef/cook available on request and payable locally
Walking and history tours can be arranged subject to availability- payable extra

Location

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

Transport

To Kalamata:
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.

Local Information

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.

Our View

This 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.

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