"Mani house" (Ktima Kriviana)
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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Mani House, Peloponnese, Greece.
Located in a gorgeous setting in the South of the Peloponnese, this wonderful property has been finished to an incredibly high standard and offers luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests. The views from the pool terrace are sweeping over a beautiful bay, a situation than induces a state of perfect relaxation.
Comfortable and beautiful, perfect for those seeking a luxurious and private villa as a base to explore the magic of Mani.
Mani House is located in the Gythio Region which is an area of the Peloponnese, rich in history and wild. The Maniots were strong and the area on Mani was left independent in times of invasion throughout the ages. The traditional buildings were stone and fortresses-like since many squabbles and vendettas amongst the families of Mani meant that people build homes to protect themselves. Elements of this traditional style are reflected in the design of Mani House. The stone features blend well with a clean and modern interior where comfort has never been neglected. The property is fine and nobel, offering a high level of practicality and featuring all modern conveniences including a sound system that can be diverted to many different areas of the house. Relaxing by the pool and dining under the stars whilst listening to ones favourite CD.
The main entrance to the property is from the pool terrace. The door is wooden and solid and leads to a bright and spacious central living area. Each part of this central living space fits beautifully into a perfectly designed interior. The colours are simple, creams and stone, with a flagged floor than runs throughout. The shutters are painted in pale pistachio and bright magenta has been introduced throughout the soft furnishings and dining chairs which gives a shock of brilliance to the colour scheme. Large French style doors lead from every area to the pool terrace which offers a perfect place to relax for every part of the day. Sunloungers surrounding the pool, shaded areas to dine and a huge oak tree to give shade whilst playing a game of chess or backgammon, or simply enjoying the evening breeze over a good book and a glass of wine.
The kitchen is located at the rear of the large central living space and is fully equipped with all modern conveniences and direct access to a patio at the back of the house which takes on a traditional, cafe-style appearance featuring pretty, metal chairs and tables and a BBQ and bread oven to conjure up the flavours of Greece.
On the same level but in a separate wing are three bedrooms. One has a double bedroom, en-suite facilities and a large dressing area. Next there is a twin bedroom which is accompanied by a separate bathroom and finally a second double bedroom with en-suite facilities. All bedrooms have direct access onto the pool terrace.
Upstairs is an office with en-suite facilities and a comfortable double sofa bed. This room benefits from a balcony and is decorated in the same shades as the rest of the house.
For the comfort of all guests, there is a caretaker who looks after the property and he lives in a self-contained apartment on the basement level. He is very discreet and tends to the pool and garden first thing in the morning and in the evenings leaving guests to enjoy their privacy at all other times of the day unless he is needed. On this level, there is also inside parking for 2-3 cars.
The Mani House is located in a large piece of land which has been planted with colourful indigenous plants, shrubs and trees. The stone paths, steps and walkways meander through the property and below is an area beneath an old oak tree which gives the most wonderful shade in the heat of the day which draws up a cool breeze from the sea below.
The property is very well located in terms of accessing the beach and tavernas, shops and cafes which are all a short drive away.
The Mani House is really exceptional and is situated in a part of Greece that is truly beautiful, unspoilt and wild.
Detailed presentation of 'Mani house"
The property is situated at “Mani” area “KALYVIA” village, overlooking “PAGANEA” Gulf, 500 meters away of the sea, with an excellent view combination of sea and mountain.
Overlooking the Gulf looks like a quiet and calm lake, as its opening cannot be seen from there.
“KALYVIA” is situated after “AGERANOS” village and follows the village of “SKOUTARI”. (For more information regarding surrounding area, beaches, taverns, amenities, places of interest, excursions, e.t.c, please refer to the “essential information booklet”)
The house of 441.32 sq m is built on a plot of 5015.41 sq m and is in details as follows:
A- 275.75 sq m main house (prime)
243.68 Ground floor and 32.07 First floor.
B- 80 sq m garage with 2.7 meters height.
C- 77.12 sq m swimming pool, length 12.80m, width 5.45m, height from 2.70m to
The cottage is completed in 2006 and made of stone in a traditional architectural “MANI” style, has a castle and is fully furnished, with all modern and up to date facilities
1- Four en-suite bedrooms, all equipped with a private bath and w.c, cupboards. Air conditioners for the bedrooms, and wall ventilators in the kitchen, the dining and the sitting room. The master bedroom in addition to the cupboards has a special open space wardrobe.
- W C, for visitors.
- A large entrance hall.
- A very large living room.
- A big dinning room.
- A big open and very functional kitchen, which has in the middle of the room cooking preparation food bench , a second sink and many cupboards in addition to a stuff storage place.
- Complete electrical equipment, oven gas appliance with high standards safety, installation for fridge, dishes laundry, absorber, French coffee machine microwave oven, toaster.
- In the master bedroom, installation of a secret safety box for keeping valuables.
All equipment specially designed to traditional old fashion style.
- Internal wooden staircase leading to the castle, where there is a balcony.
- Another staircase, leads to the in door garage at the basement.
- A garage 80 sq.m. and 2.7 m. High, with telecomand, for 3-4 cars or alternatively 2 cars and a boat.
The house is fully equipped and furnished with furniture that matches with the traditional architecture of the house
The cottage area is fenced and protected with stone wall. There are two ways in and out, at the central gate of the cottage:
- A tele-commanded two ply wooden gate for vehicles, which is as well controlled from the inside of the Villa.
- A two ply smaller door for pedestrians, with an intercommunication system controlled from the inside of the Villa.
- All outside spaces have stone built paths “KALDERIMI” and in particular are:
- Stone built road leads from the main gate to the garage.
- A stone built open parking place for three to four cars.
- Stone paths for pedestrians leading to the main door of the Villa.
4- Under a huge tree a natural sitting place is formed, to provide shade, during summer hot days.
5- The whole space is planted with flowers, bushes little trees, and at the back side of the cottage with fruitful trees.
6- There is proper lightening for the surrounding area, as well as, lightening pointing out the swimming pool space and the Villa.
Dimensions: Length 12.80m x 5.45m width, x 2.70heigh x 1.35 in the shallow water, not suitable for plunging or diving. It includes an extensive surrounding space equipped with speaker lauders
The swimming pool is over floating, creating visible artificial waterfall, decorating
VERANDAS SITTING AND OPEN AIR PLACES.
- Communicating with the dinning room and expanded to the swimming pool area a patio covered with pergola and a dinning table under a ceiling fun offers a breathtaking view to the infinity poll and Paganea gulf.
- A sitting place at the back side of the villa, communicating with the kitchen provides shade during the hot days of summer. Includes a barbeque place and a clay built traditional wood operated oven, tap and lavatory.
- A shelter tiled space for the storage of wood for the fireplace
- There is stereo installation with surrounds in the sitting and dinning rooms terminating at the veranda the swimming pool area and the back side sitting and barbeque place.
- Water supplies are found allover the surrounding place along with electricity supplies
- Stone parking place for three to four cars.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Skoutari - Kamares 2.8 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kalamata 90.3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Laconia Region
The southernmost geographic section of mainland Greece. Originally it was an island, but intense geological upheavals in the region united and separated it from the mainland twice. Later, a new retreat by the sea formed the Isthmus of Corinth. This land bridge was cut in the late 19th century to make the Corinth canal, making the Peloponnese an island yet again. The Peloponnese (Peloponisos) is a rugged land and in its interior is highlands.
The climate is purely Mediterranean along the coasts, unlike the centre, which has a relatively continental climate.
A mythical land whose every corner brings to mind some Greek myth, the Peloponnese is composed of images and music, the scents. of the sea, of the mountains, of grapes, olives, and citrus. The cities, towns, and spas of the region were important centres in antiquity, and remain so today.
Villages seem to grow out of the grey rock, the wild stones next to the hostile furze. Other villages lie by the vast open sea, but everywhere the people are vital, hospitable, haughty, and proud.
Three main road networks lead to places with abundant physical beauty, important archaeological sites, land and stones testifying of other eras. Just before we arrive at the Isthmus we have our first view of the Peloponnese, coming to Loutraki with its famous spas and many hotels.
After we have crossed the Isthmus, we encounter Corinth, a commercial centre and transport hub. In the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth we find the ruins of the brilliant ancient city. Roads extend among the vast olive groves, grain fields and vegetable plots, leading to modern villages and towns, ideal resorts. From Kiato to ancient Sikyona and from there to Stymfalia. Then, on to Xilokastro, an interesting vacation spot. Diakofto is the starting point for unforgettable excursions to historic Kalavryta, Mega Spilaio (big cave) and the monastery of Agia Lavra. Magical journeys through the Vouraikos gorge, between tall, verdant mountains with the railroad.
Truly ancient Aigio has a special attraction; the monastery of Panagia Trypiti, which is built into the living rock. Pretty pebbled beaches can be found nearby.
Patras, on the west coast, is Greece's window to the Ionian Islands and Italy. Its attractive squares, neoclassical buildings, and the ruins of a castle on top of a hill, add charm to this working harbour-city, which is the fourth largest in Greece. Enchanting shores drowning in eucalyptus and acorn bushes, indigo waters and a vast sandy beach at Kyllini, known since antiquity for its spas.
Further south, we encounter Pyrgos, an attractive town with two jewels; the neoclassical buildings designed by Chiller.
Peaceful, serene, verdant, is Ancient Olympia with the grandiose temple foundations, the colonnades, the altars, the numerous interesting archaeological finds crowned by that masterpiece of sculpture, the Hermes of Praxiteles. Kaiafas is the next spa, also known since antiquity, set amidst a thick pine forest. The soil here is fertile, ideal for vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards. The roads that lead to Byzantine monasteries, Frankish towers, ancient temples, such as the temple of Apollo Epikourios at Vasses, and famous palaces, such as Nestor's palace in Pylos, begin here.
Roads then lead to Kalamata, the capital of Messinia, with the castle of Geoffrey Villehardouin, the waterfront lined with tavernas and pastry shops, and Mt. Taygetos proudly rearing up, while between its foothills pretty beaches can be found.
From Kalamata, the road sweeps up to Tripoli in the heart of the Peloponnese, a perfect base for enchanting excursions to Vytina, Dimitsana, and Stemnitsa, picturesque villages clinging to the Arcadian mountains, and to Mantineia and Lykosoura with significant ancient ruins.
Entering into Lakonia, we reach its capital, Sparti. To the west is the Byzantine castle-state of Mystra with its incredible churches, monasteries, palaces, and mansions. Crossing the plain of Lakonia, we come to Gytheio and from there to Areopoli, the Diros caves, the traditional settlement of Vatheia, and passing through virgin landscapes, steep mountaintops and deep gorges which end up in the clear blue sea, at pristine golden beaches or pebbled shores, we arrive at unique Monemvasia. From up high on its castle one can see the moon rising among the waves.
The north-eastern Peloponnese welcomes us at Argos, the ancient strong - point, today a point of departure for Nafplio - the first capital of free Greece - with the Bourtzi, an islet topped by a miniature fort, and the Palamidi rock. Ancient Tiryns and Mycenae, the ruins of the two power centres of the ancient Mycenean world, can also be reached from Argos. We get to Epidaurus (Epidavros) passing through pine forests. Here in the summer, during the Epidaurus Festival, one can appreciate the incredible acoustics of the ancient theatre, which is next to the sanctuary of Asclepius.
We get to Epidaurus (Epidavros) passing through pine forests. Here in the summer, during the Epidaurus Festival, one can appreciate the incredible acoustics of the ancient theatre, which is next to the sanctuary of Asclepius. Apart from Epidaurus, the Eastern Peloponnese has much physical beauty on offer, at Ermionida, at Porto Cheli,
at Kosta and Galatas, from where one easily crosses to Poros or Methana with its famous spas.
One of favorite places in Greece is Gythio in the southern Peloponissos. It is a port town with lots of good fish restaurants, some great “ouzeries” (Place where ouzo is served), and is within driving distance of the Mani, Mystras, and much of the south-eastern coast of the Peloponissos. It also has some amazing old buildings built in the last two centuries. Gythio (or Gythion or Gytheio or Gytheion) is a pleasure to wander through with the neo-classical houses, shops and spectacular old apartment buildings, hugging the side of Mount “Koumaros” all the way down to the sea. It makes you feel like you are in the type of Greek port that disappeared with the introduction of mass tourism into the country.
Gythion to its credit is still Greek. But don't get the impression that this is a coastal tourist resort whose citizens are out each day making the city spic and span for the bus loads of visitors. This is a working class town with a crumbling infrastructure and unemployment, a fading once-important port with derelict buildings and an uncertain future. It's the kind of place I like but that does not mean you will, particularly if you are expecting something like “Kardamili” or “Stoupa”. It is an authentic semi-urban Greek port town with both positive and negative aspects.
The waterfront has three sections. The middle part is the harbour with its fishing boats and a few restaurants, pizzarias, cafes and shops, a great place to take an evening promenade with the locals and their families in the summer months. There is a small square known as “Platia Githeiou” and the “Ouzeries”, has some tables in the square and some great “mezedes”.
In a town like Gythion whose visitors are primarily Greeks and Greek-Americans it is hard to go wrong when going out to eat.
Around the corner on the south side of town is the coastal road lined with fish taverns which end at the small island called Kranai, now connected by a causeway, where Paris and Helen left for Troy after he abducted her from King Menelaous in nearby Sparta. Gythion was the original port for Sparta in the days of the Illiad and the Odyssey. On Kranai you can visit the Tzanetakis Tower, built during the Ottoman rule and which now houses the Ethnological Museum. The lighthouse of Gythio was built in 1873 and is 25 meters tall with a range of 9 nautical miles. Like much of the area around Gythion, Kranai is covered in pine trees.
The other side of the waterfront is an area of cafes restaurants and bars, as well as the town hall, built by Schiller in 1891 which houses the archaeological museum. Schiller also designed the Maiden School up the street, which was built in 1886. Nearby is the ancient theater built in the first century. This is the more modern part of the town and there are apartment buildings and shops including a couple internet cafes.
Gythion is the largest town in the Mani with 5000 permanent residents. The drive from Athens is a little more than three hours so like Nafplio many Athenians come for weekends. Sparta is a twenty minute drive north so you can visit Mystras and then come back to one of the many beaches and spend the entire afternoon swimming and eating fish. The most important and interesting place to visit in the vicinity of Gythion is the Diros Caves which are a half hour drive southwest. From there you can continue into the Mani going down the west coast and returning up the east. The beach at Skoutari is one of the most lovely in the Peloponessos and the small family run seaside taverna To Akroyiali serves inexpensive fish they catch with their own boat. North of Gythio along the coast you will find a long sandy beach that you can't miss because there is a big rusted hulk of a ship sitting on it. The Lakonikos bay is home to Loggerhead sea turtles, also known as Caretta Caretta and nests are found along the Evrotas beach, Mavrovouni, Selinitsa, Valtaki and Vathi where are sand dune restoration is taking place, the first of its kind on Greece. The town of Skala has an Environmental Awareness Center run by the Archelon Organization who also have an information kiosk in Gythion in the summer where you can buy pictures, books and gifts that help to support the protection of the turtles. (For more info you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monemvasia and the island of Elafonisos can be done as a day trip. And an evening in Gythion, walking in the port, eating and drinking in the fish tavernas you won't even know that you are not on an island. Gythion can be visited any time of year. For those of you movie buffs who saw the Paul Mazursky film 'The Tempest' with John Cassevettes, Molly Ringwald, Susan Sarandon and Raul Julia and wondered which island it was filmed on, it was actually not filmed on an island. The Tempest was filmed near Githeon and probably if you ask around you can find out where exactly.
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3 Aug 2013
"Great house! We had a fabulous stay!"
The "mani house" is a beautiful house and has an unbelievable view overlooking the sea. My family travelled with my bothers family, which made it more economical for us versus staying at a resort hotel. We had children ranging in the ages of 10-13. The place was kept very clean and a cleaning service was provided for us in the middle of our week stay. They changed our linens and towels too!
Finding the house was at first very difficult, because we arrived in complete darkness. We took a wrong turn somewhere, but we called George on his cell phone and he was gracious enough to come find us. The rest of the week, we programmed the location into our phones and used the navigational from then on. This was very helpful, because the roads are dark at night and there are a lot of splits along the way.
The house itself has three bedrooms on the first floor and one bedroom on the second. The master bedroom suite is wonderful and very private. It starts with a long corridor with a large walk-in closet (very upscale), then you continue onto the bathroom, followed by the bedroom. The bathroom is nicely done and average size, but don't expect a whirlpool Jacuzzi or anything like that. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and sitting area,
The other two bedrooms on the first floor had two twin size beds in each, separated by a nightstand. Each of the bedrooms had their own air-conditioner units, which cooled off the rooms real fast. To save money on electricity, we only ran the units when we would go to bed. You could also leave the windows open if you wish, because there were screens on each window, but having small children, I chose the air-conditioner for better security. It ended up costing us an additional 50 euros in electricity for the whole week.
The remainder of the first floor consisted of yet another bathroom in the hallway for guests, a very large kitchen, a large dining room area and a large family room. Although there were no air-conditioning units in these areas, there were ceiling fans in all of the rooms and worked very well in keeping the place cool. We closed the shutters at times to keep the sun out. The kitchen was very well equipped and spacious.
The second floor had the last bedroom (for a total of 4) and a small bathroom (for a total of 5). This room was a bit disappointing for the other couple traveling with us. While they did have great privacy, the bed was a pull out couch (but with a good mattress). We did not have to fold the bed, as it was already made up for us. I believe it may only have been a full size bed, but not positive on that, you may want to ask. The room had an air-conditioner as well and diid cool the room nicely. The bathroom was clean and updated, but a bit smaller. It had an open shower area, so the water would go everywhere. It would have been nicer to have a shower curtain. The sink area did not have enough counter space. I believe they wouldn't have been so disappointed if they didn't have the master bedroom to compare too, So, if you are traveling with another couple. you will have to call your rooms ahead of time, so that there is no disappointment, We had the master bedroom, but the tradeoff was, that we would be stuck with taking care of the kids at night, while they got to have complete privacy,
The house also has a laundry room located next to a very large beautiful garage. The laundry room does not have a dryer, only a washer, so you will have to hang dry you items. There are drying racks located outside the kitchen door. The only negative to the garage was that we only were given one remote for the garage and one for the electronic gate upon entering the villa. It would have been nice to have a second set, since we had two cars. It worked out for us, because we always travelled together, but I imagine it could pose a problem if we weren't on the same schedule.
There is NO wifi, but it did have satellite TV.
The infinity pool was beautiful, great size, and breathtaking. It is not heated, so it can feel cold at times, especially when heavy winds had come by the day before. Almost all the pools in Greece are not heated, so I wasn't too surprised to find it a bit cold..There is a nice outdoor patio with some lounge chairs and a large table for eating outside. The grounds are well kept, well lit and beautiful.
The location is ideal for people wanting to be near the Gytheo or Aeropolis area. It is kind of in the middle of both, approximately 20-25 min away. it took us a few days to figure out where everything is. We really liked going to Belle Helen to swim everyday. It only took about 10 minutes, The beach there was calm, it was at a resort, but was open to the public. They had lawn chairs, umbrellas, restaurants, pool bars, bathrooms , etc.
We would definitely stay there again if we didn't have the bulk of our family in Sparta, Greece. The drive was 1 hr each way to visit them nightly. We would often drive back home at 1-2 am. This was a bit exhausting for us. We did have a fabulous time though and we would recommend this house. Hope this review helps everyone.
Thank you for your comments.
I am always taking into consideration guests remarks aiming to improve the quality of the rendered services.
We were very happy to have you as our guests and would love to see you visit us agian soon.
By next year,
-Open shower area will be limited by shower curtin.
-An extra set of remote control for both, the garage and the main electronic gate will be at guests disposal.
-WiFi will be installed for the comfort of all guests
-Soft covers on the deck chairs by the pool will be available.