Galini Villa The Olive Grove
Villa | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Olive Grove offers contemporary and luxurious boutique accommodation that blends in with the surrounding olive grove, the backdrop of the dramatic Taygetos mountains and panoramic views across the Gulf of Messinia. The space is designed to be inspirational and used to showcase original art from our studio on site. Whether you relax in the tranquil surroundings of the olive grove, take a 5 minute drive to the many local beaches or walk through the surrounding hills and mountains you will be inspired by this beautiful area.
The Olive Grove is less than 5 minutes drive from the village of Kardamyli with its tavernas, cafes and beaches. It is 45 minutes from Kalamata (airport) and 15 minutes from Stoupa. It is a wonderful area for walking with the villas situated within minutes of Viros Gorge and the stunning Taygetos Mountains.
Our art studio and gallery runs courses for mosaic, ceramic and art all year round.
The 40 m2 accommodation has an open plan living room, kitchen and bedroom and have been appointed to a high standard, and includes:-
• Flat screen TV
• DVD player (with a library of films to borrow from)
• IPod docking station & CD player
• Fully functional kitchen including full size oven, ceramic hob, microwave, kettle & toaster.
• Crockery and cutlery for 4
• Queen size bed
• Air conditioned
• Heating for out of season stays
• Large veranda and private garden area
• Towels and linen provided
• Beach Towels are not provided
For a small additional charge we also offer a shopping service where we will purchase your essentials for your arrival to save you having to rush to the local supermarket.
Our guest reviews are linked to our other advert and can be seen by using the following link - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ VacationRentalReview-g1918847-d3862222-The_Olive_Grove-Lefktro_Messenia_Region_Peloponnese.html#reviews
Our villas take inspiration from Greek methology - Galini was one of the Nereid Nymphs and the goddess of calm seas. The Nereids were fifty Haliad Nymphs or goddesses of the sea. They were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress, and goddesses who had in their care the sea's rich bounty. Individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves and currents, in addition to the various skills possessed by seamen. The Nereids dwelt with their elderly father Nereus in a silvery cavern at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. The Nereid Thetis was their unofficial leader, and Amphitrite was the queen of the sea. Together with the Tritones they formed the retinue of Poseidon. The Nereides were depicted in ancient art as beautiful young maidens, sometimes running with small dolphins or fish in their hands, or else riding on the back of dolphins, hippokampoi (fish-tailed horses) and other sea creatures.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kardamyli 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kalamata 45 km, Nearest railway: Kalamata 45 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Peloponnese region
One of the south Mediterranean's best-kept secrets - Kardamili is a beautiful seaside village located in the Mani, a stunning region in the southern Peloponnese. Set dramatically against a backdrop of aqua-blue waters, majestic cypress trees, olive groves and snowcapped mountains, it is one of the prettiest of villages that overlook the calm seas and splendid sunsets of the Messinian Gulf.
3 hours and 30 minutes' drive from either the capital of Athens or the port of Patras, and just 35 km from the nearby city of Kalamata, it remains one of the south Mediterranean's best-kept secrets: an exclusive, small, unspoilt resort with traditional stone architecture, lush gardens, a picturesque harbour and fantastic beaches.
It offers something for everyone - The village caters to many tastes. It is a favourite summer haunt of families and couples alike, but also of yachters and trend-setters who are into new and undiscovered European holiday destinations, as well as a cultural and social hub for foreigners from all corners of the globe. This extended international community also includes renowned actors, artists, musicians, philosophers, scientists and writers. Visitors come for romantic week-end breaks, friendly get-togethers and memorable family/group vacations. Inspiring, unique and welcoming, Kardamili is both an ideal place for holidays and a special retreat for long relaxing spells.
Kardamili offers several lovely beaches and is only a ten minute drive from the sandy beaches of Stoupa.
Place of interest:
Caves of Diros - 10 km south of Areopolis are the famous Diros Caves. They are part of an underground river that flows out into the surrounding sea, and their natural beauty is fascinating. From the entrance, gondoliers steer small boats through narrow passageways around beautiful stalactites and stalagmites whose colours, enhanced by the surrounding lights and waters, are spectacular. The caves were inhabited from 4800 to 3200 BC, serving as places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times, but the life of the community was interrupted abruptly by a severe earthquake in about 3200 BC: the mouth of the cave was blocked and those trapped inside died of starvation; those who escaped abandoned the area because they had lost their supply of drinking water. First explored in 1950 – and the archaeological research that followed brought to light important findings dating from Neolithic times – they are nowadays a major tourist attraction, visited by thousands of travellers each year. Diros also has a museum where the original findings are stored on display: artifacts and perfectly preserved human skeletons.
Mistra - It has been suggested that the castle, churches, monasteries and palace of Mistra are the Eighth Wonder of the World. Mistra was a fortified town in Morea (the old Peloponnese), situated on a steep hillside of the Taygetos, lying approximately 8 km west of the modern town of Sparta. After the conquest of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade, Prince Guillaume II de Villehardouin lived at its palaces from 1249. Mistra however grew prosperous after 1261, when it became the second most important city in the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople and the palace became the second residence of the emperors. Mistra was also the last centre of Byzantine scholarship: neo platonist scholars based in the city greatly influenced the Italian Renaissance. The Venetians eventually occupied it from 1687 to 1715, and then the Ottomans held it until 1832, when it was finally abandoned by King Otto for the newly rebuilt Sparta. In 1989, the ruins, including the palace, fortress, churches, and monasteries, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Viros Gorge is described as a sublime experience. Descending from the peak of Profitis Ilias (Taygetos summit), it unwinds into the seas of Kardamili Bay and, though the gorge is usually bone dry in the summer, its river in full spate is reported to be awesome in winter. There are numerous beautiful things to see on this hike: caves, cliffs, monasteries full of frescoes and, of course, wild life. Setting off from Kardamili, the Viros river bed soon narrows into a classic gorge; after a kilometre or so this opens out into a verdant valley. Paths lead off to the right (towards Aghia Sofia), but the real jewel of the Gorge is hidden in the trees to the left: the monastery of Lykaki whose interior is delectable. This church was built in 1570 but the frescoes date from 1783. The church is in a parlous state, but inside the frescoes inside are vivid and in an almost complete state.
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