“A very relaxed holiday cottage on a Greek mountainside.” We travelled by air from the UK to Thessaloniki. We then hired a car (pre-booked in the UK). The drive to Randi takes about 3 hours, but it is a very interesting journey, and we enjoyed a pleasant refreshment break at a motorway service station. We drove through the modern city of Volos, which is well worth a visit and only about an hours drive from the holiday cottage.
On arrival at our holiday destination, we were greeted by Chris and Kathryn our hosts for our two week stay. We travelled with friends (another couple) and shared the cottage with them.
This area of Pelion is a walkers paradise. Many of the walks include steep gradients, but if you have a car (recommended) it is easy to drive to many and varied locations no more than about 20 minutes away. The small Greek villages are very charming. Even if there is only one Taverna, you are sure of a warm welcome. The nearby fishing harbour of Platania is lovely with some very useful food shops and good Tavernas. In September the sea was great for swimming and lovely and warm.
We found that a combination of self catering, and eating out works well.
“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.
Villa Amanti, a charming old stone house in Pelion
EXCELLENT PROPERTY: FULLY EQUIPPED HOUSE, SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, PERFECT LOCATION, BETTER THAN EXPECTED
We are a group of 11 people (3 families with childern). The house was far better than what we saw advertised on the Internet site. Great,quiet location with excellent view and parking space just outside the house, 10-30 mins. drive from the more touristic areas.All rooms had this personal touch that makes you feel at home. You don't need to bring anything from home because it has everything from hair dryer,washing machine to wine,homemade bread,spaghetti sauce, jam and lots of delicacies. THE BEST PART OF THE HOUSE WAS THE CHILDREN'S BEDROOM WITH THE BUNK BEDS (WHICH EASILY ACCOMMODATED 5 CHILDREN OF 7-16 yrs). THE ROOM OFFERED ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL TASTES AND AGES : T.V, PLAYSTATION + PSP GAMES, DRAWING SETS WITH PENCILS, BOARD GAMES AND BOOKS (EVEN FOR THE GROWN-UPS),PUZZLES, DVD PLAYER.THANKS 'VILLA AMANTI' (AND OWNERS)!! …
Olive Store Cottage, Pelion, Platania
Our stay at the Olive Store Cottage was everything we hoped for and more
With 3 young boys under the age of 10 who had never flown or been abroad we were slightly nervous but the initial fears and the long drive was worth it. Chris and the beautiful Kathryn were the perfect hosts and the cottage was lovely with a few very welcome additions to the fridge when we arrived and a dvd player to keep the boys happy whilst my sister and I enjoyed the local Rose wine. Chris and Kathryn made the boys holiday truly magical with a boat trip they are still talking about. Be sure to listen to their recommendations about beaches, where to visit and ordering food. If you are of an impatient disposition beware as the Greek way is a little more relaxed. Embrace it and share your dishes. Although we didn't walk much I imagine it would make a great walking holiday if beaches weren't your thing. Chris and Kathryn have restored many of the traditional walkways and roads. The Olive Store Cottage and the surrounding area is worth travelling a little further so forget your all-inclusive and book a holiday that will be truly memorable. …