Villa Amanti, a charming old stone house in Pelion
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
In Ano Gatzea , in the olive orchard beside the church, a house from a previous century was brooding in silence, steeped in memories, waiting to be filled again with sounds, colors, images and emotions.
In 2007, it came into the hands of the younger members of the family that had owned it for all of a century. Amalia and Antigone fell in love with this house and its surroundings, and with zest and zeal they decided to bring the house back to life, while retaining its character and charm.
Gradually, it turned into a retreat for family vacations and a starting point for group excursions. Friends could relax, children could build memories of summer holidays, and the two women themselves had found a refuge, a place to escape from the crazy commotion of Athens.
Realizing their friends' enthusiasm and the children's delight, they felt they should share it with others. Thus came the idea of renting. This house should not remain empty on days that none of their family or friends were able to visit.
They christened it “Villa Amanti” from the first few letters of their names. Amanti, which in Italian means lovers: lovers of the past, the present, of life, of joy and happiness…
And they offer it to you, for your own unforgettable moments.
Whether you are a couple, a company of friends, a group, or a family with children, this is the ideal place, because the feeling you are left with after a few days in the house is that “there is plenty of room for everyone, with no overcrowding. Villa Amanti can accommodate up to 10 guests (max. 8 adults) in two bedrooms with double beds, one bedroom with two twin beds and one bedroom with two bunk beds.There are two bathrooms en suite for the bedrooms with the double beds and one shared bathroom for the bedrooms with the single beds and the bunk beds.
Moments that people have experienced in the house and have become indelibly etched on their memory could become your own memories too:
Reading by the morning light on the balcony; cooking together in the kitchen; yoga on the lawn in the lower courtyard; endless conversations and Scrabble matches with good wine in front of the fireplace; dancing under the stars in the moonlight; feasts with guitars around the garden table, with the barbecue aglow and your hearts floating free.
All will find their own little nook.
How can you say no:
• to a traditional house, by both sea and mountain, remote but at the same time so close to Volos, from where you can set off to the picturesque villages of Pelion and their magical beaches, to the ski center, or the nearby islands?
• to a comfortable house, where you can go with your entire company, all year round, and do nothing but chat, play, and cook with your friends?
• to a charming house, for spending a romantic weekend, with endless relaxation and walks to the traditional taverns?
• to a beautiful house, for family vacations, where you can enjoy your coffee on the balcony without worrying about the children, while they play safely in the playground or have fun with the various board games that come with the house?
“We set the scene. Bring your cast and live your own script”
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kato Gatzea beach or Krypsana beach 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Volos Airport 42 km, Nearest railway: Volos Train Station 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
The Mainland Greece region
Pelion or Pelium is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
The mountain is thickly forested, both deciduous and perennial forests, mainly of beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees, with plane tree groves surrounding places with water. Pelion is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece and is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year: hiking trails and stone paths give access to springs, coves and numerous beaches, sandy or pebbly, set among lusciously green slopes. Pelion is an amply watered mountain, with an abundance of springs, gorges, streams and rivulets, with many streams routed in carved-stone artificial beds to bring the water to the villages and their thriving orchards. The higher elevations of the mountain receive enough snowfall so as to host skiing facilities that operate from Christmas to Easter.
Ano (Upper) Gatzea is a scenic settlement of central Pelion, built at an altitude of 100m and surrounded by olive grooves. It's a charming place ideal for walks and for reaching out nearby villages.
Start your walk from the outstanding church of Euagelistrias, a three aisled basilica of 1933 with an exceptional interior. Continue your visit to the village's old railway station and walk along the rail where the famous Pelion train Moutzouris travels. On the village outskirts, you will find the three bridges from where the train passes constructed by the Italian mechanic, Evaristo De Chirico.
At only 2.5 km from the village, you will find the impressive monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity), near the homonymous settlement. It is build on top of a hill full of olive trees at an altitude of 240m and with great view towards the Pagasetic Sea. It dates from 1816, belonging to the Mount Athos monastery of Megistis Lauras, and currently operates as a male monastery. The fact that the monastery is walled and has a tower on its north side makes it look like a castle, however its impressive characteristic is the big cross standing 12m tall and is clearly seen from sea level. The church inside is dedicated to Agia Triada and the monastery celebrates on Whit Monday. Within the monastery are three chapels: Agios Athanasios, Panagias (Virgin Mary) and Agion Myroforon.
Before leaving the village, visit the Olive Museum, located in a stone building near the railway station square. There you will have the chance to see various items and tools used for the collection, process and trade of olives that central Pelion is famous for.
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11 Sep 2014
"THE most loveing warming and generous hostes in pilion"
It all began when we talked to amelia and antigoni by mail telling them that we are going to be with 2 kids - a baby 6 month old and a 3 years old girl. As an answer they told us they will arrange games and a pool for our older one, and a bed and a stroller for the baby. than we asked them if they know something about purchasing a local sim, so they went and bought it for us and sent it to the car rental compeny so we would have it as we arrive. It went on like this - more than amazing !!!
We finally came to the house in pilion and discoverd an amazing house, with a beutiful view.
It was accessorized with all the goods you could imagine. They bought us a new bed just for our baby. the house was filled with games, it had oils, vinigers, many herbs, jems, beer, wine - as if they were expecting they're best friends to come. There is also a big playgroung for the kids in the garden.
When we met then in person we fell in love. An amazing, happy, loving people. They recomended us of planty of good things to do in the area and we even went for dinner and drinks together.
We will go back for sure !!!!!!
12 Aug 2014
"A splendid place to stay, travel and rest"
This is a remarkable Villa able to host 10 persons. There are 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and 1 for children (we put 4 children there, quite comfortably). The Villa is situated up in the mountain with marvelous views to the sea.
It is fully (really fully) equipped: a perfect kitchen with all amenities you can think of; a giant BBQ stand outside; a large eating table; a large and cosy living room; and even sony playstation for the kids.
But above all were the hospitality and help we got (promptly and whenever needed) from the owners Antigoni and her sister Amalia. We sent them SMS and emails and they replied promptly, always trying to give us the full answers and information: its started before we got to the Villa (with ideas were to stop on the way from Athens), and continued all along our stay; Where we could find fresh fish for dinner, where we could eat out; what can we do in order to change the settings of the HD TV etc. In the Villa we found an alaborate booklet with ALL needed information on how to activate all electrical appliances in the Villa, where to go, what to see, where we can rent bikes, where we can sail - simply everything one could think of.
We stayed for 5 nights. Given the location of the Villa (in the midst of Pelion, closer to the northern-west part) it was quite easy to tour Pelion on both sides - to the west and to the east. So one day we went further south than Milina, and the other day we went Tzagrada and Molypotamus beach. One day we even went to Meteora (a 160km ride each way) which was not too difficult to drive and it was fascinating.
So, if you look for a place in Pelion - this is certainly one of the best. If they only had a pool - this could make it paradise... So thank you Antigoni and Amalia.
7 Aug 2014
"A beautiful, comfortable home for a holiday"
We rented the Villa Amanti for eleven nights for my Greek-born wife, her elderly parents, our daughter (age 26), and various members of the (Greek) family who came and went over the course of our time there. The number staying on a given night ranged from four to ten, and, it worked very well for us. First, Antigone and Amalia were magnificent. They responded to queries and any issues swiftly and conscientiously. They have provisioned the house with everything anyone could need, and added touches (homemade preserves and a bottle of tsipouro) that went the extra mile and made us feel cared for. The notebook they provide with information about the villa, the area, and Pelion was invaluable, and Amalia's recommendations for places to eat (including the beautiful taverna two doors down) were all winners.
The villa is beautifully restored and updated, cozy, and very comfortable (10 adults was a bit tight, but 6-7 were fine). The view from the terrace and bedrooms is gorgeous (as the photos show). We stayed during a very warm week at the end of July, and, as the villa is on the south slope of Pelion, it got quite warm on the terrace until the sun went behind the mountain in the afternoon. But a couple of fans (provided by Amalia) kept the common areas comfortable while the air conditioning in the bedrooms made sleeping during the day and on warm nights pleasant. (The beds, incidentally, have memory foam mattresses and the linens and towels are lovely.)
Ano Gatzea is only a couple of kilometers up from the shore on the south slope of Pelion, about 25 minutes from Volos. The beaches can get crowded on the weekends, but there are plenty to choose from - for swimming the little Krypsana beach at the bottom of the road quickly became a favorite - beautiful, clear water. Nearby villages - Aghios Giorghios, Milies, and further ones - if you want to explore the east side of the mountain, Tsangarada is lovely - made for great excursions. I even took a day to drive my daughter to visit the monasteries at Meteora (a 2 1/2 hour drive each way).
We had a terrific stay, and we loved the Villa Amanti and its owners.
25 Jul 2014
We were very impressed with the quality of the villa and how welcoming the owners were. They had left for us so many cooking supplies and teas and detailed descriptions of everything in the area and in the villa itself. You could go there completely unprepared and get all the information you need on what there is to do in the area without even going on the internet! The outside areas were very comfortable and there was always enough space for all ten of us. The house itself is beautiful and has amazing views. Overall, it was definitely one of the best places I have stayed at would highly recommend it to anyone.
22 Mar 2014
"The house vibes are so warm and cozy, you never want to leave!"
Breathtaking view, beautiful rooms, the house is so cool even in the blazing heat... I couldn't wait until the evening came when I could enjoy the amazing veranda! I would definitely recommend Villa Amandi, for any age group. I went with a large group of friends and had a blast, but I can see it being perfect for families too.
20 Mar 2014
"Great place to relax"
It is a wonderful house. Is truly a place that you can feel comfortable and relax. Mixing of the beautiful house and exciting landscape makes you want to live there for ever.
19 Mar 2014
"Serenity of the house offers serenity to your soul"
The house is spacious and beautifully decorated. The peaceful landscape and the views from balcony and the garden soothe your soul. The owners, Antigoni and Amalia supplied us with handmade marmalades… More
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