"Mani house" (Ktima Kriviana)
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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 that induces a state of perfect relaxation. It is 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 nearby Gythio town of Laconia 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 noble, 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, offering relaxing by the pool and dining under the stars whilst listening to one's favorite 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 colors 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 give a shock of brilliance to the color 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. Sun loungers surrounds the pool, shaded areas to dine and a huge oak tree to give shade whilst playing a game of chess or backgammon, or simply enjoy 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 flavors 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 colorful 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 taverns, 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, unspoiled and wild.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|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|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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. KorinthiaThree 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. AchaiaPatras, on the west coast, is Greece's window to the Ionian Islands and Italy. It's 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. IliaFurther 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. MessiniaRoads 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. ArkadiaFrom 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. LakoniaEntering into Lakonia, we reach its capital, Sparta. 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. ArgolidaThe 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.
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.
Entering into Lakonia, we reach its capital, Sparta. 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 Kotronas, back to Areopoli, the Diros caves, the Gerolimenas village, 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.
Southern Mani peninsula
Gythio (Gytheio) town
One of my favorite places in Greece is Gythio in the southern Peloponnese (Peloponissos). It is a port town with lots of good fish restaurants, some great queries and is within driving distance of the Mani, Mystras, and much of the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese.
It also has some amazing old buildings built in the last two centuries. Gythio οr 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 mad tourism into the country. Gythion to its credit is still Greek. But don’t get the impression that this is a coastal resort whose citizens are out each day making the city spic and span for the busloads of visitors.
This 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 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 the harbor with its fishing boats and few restaurants, pizzerias, 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 Gytheio and the “ouzeris” (taverns where orzo is served) has some tables in the square and some great mezes (deeps). 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 causeway, where Paris and Helen left for Troy after the abducted her from King Menelaus in nearby Sparta.
Gythion was the original port of Sparta in the days of Iliad and the Odyssey. On Kranai, you can visit the Tzanetakis Tower, built during the Othman 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 waterfronts an area of cafes and restaurants as well as the town hall, built by Schiller in 1891 which houses the archeological 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.
Next stop Areopoli has an austere look and plenty of towers and churches. Its name (town of Ares, ancient God of war) was bestowed for its efforts in the war of independence. You can enjoy your coffee at the main square which is the centre of life in the town.
The town sights are plenty. Its narrow alleys and cobbled streets are a photographer’s dream and, being a historic town, there are a number of places worth visiting.
Following the map out of Areopolis, on the road to:
They are among the most important natural sites in Greece and with great archaeological significance. The tour inside the cave is done with small gondolas.
Rarely is such a beauty encountered: a traditional residential district of Mani, full of towers. Vathia is located 106 Km from Sparta and it is one of the most dramatic villages in Mani.
Not far away from Vathia, the villages Lagia (17 Km) and Alika (4 Km) are worth a visit.
picturesque small coastal village at the southern end of the Mani Peninsula, Τhe name, which means "Old Harbour", is thought to derive from the ancient (Ieros Limen), meaning "Sacred Harbour" One of the remotest settlements in the Peloponnese, with pebbly beach, and fresh fish taverns.
Cape Tenaron the Mythical Gate to Hades
Heading towards southern Peloponnese, the shift from the prefecture of Messenia to that of Laconia is clearly reflected in the landscape. From evergreen hills and picturesque villages built at the shore of a beautiful blue sea to a wild and dominating scenery composed of naked from vegetation mountains, tower-houses built with the local stone and emerald seawaters. There is definitely a sensation of mystery in this unique region of Greece, the region of Mani.
Cape Taenaron (alternative spelling: Taenarum) is situated in the peninsula of Mani in southern Peloponnese, having the Laconian Gulf in its east and the Messenian Gulf in its west. The cape took its name from the mythical hero and son of Zeus, Taenarus, who was believed to have built a town named after himself at the narrow isthmus located near the tip of the peninsula.
In the ancient times, Cape Tainaron was known as Poseidion, as it was the place where Poseidon was worshiped, while much later (after AD 1204), during the period of Francocracy, it was widely known as Cavo Matapas, Cave Matapan, Cabo Mettapan and Cavo Matapa. The origin of this latter name is ambiguous and some support that it comes from the ancient Greek Metapea akra (Greek: Μεταπέα άκρα), meaning either a place surrounded by two seas (as is a peninsula) or a place that is split in two by the passage of water, e.g. of a river.
According to Pausanias and Plutarch, the death oracle of Poseidon lived in a small and remote cave in Cape Taenaron. This place is likely to be located outside the settlement of Kokkinogia, where one can see the remains of Poseidon’s Sanctuary and Death Oracle or, more precisely, the Byzantine chapel of Agioi Asomatoi, which was built on the remains of the death oracle using the ancient materials. It was common practice for the Christians to build their churches on top of ancient Greek temples and sanctuaries when the Christian religion took over the region. Unfortunately, many ancient Greek places of worship have been destroyed this way.
At the same region, one can find the Cave of Hades, also known as the Gate to Hades, which —according to the ancient Greek Mythology— was the gate to the Underworld and it was guarded by Cerberus, a monstrous three-headed hound with brazen voice, which prevented the Dead from escaping. This is the cave through which Heracles (alternatively known as Hercules) descended to the Underworld to kidnap and bring Cerberus to Earth for his twelfth labour, and Orpheus to bring back to life his beloved wife, Eurydice.
The lighthouse at the very tip of Cape Tainaron is the southernmost geographical point of mainland Greece and of the Balkan Peninsula, as well as the second southernmost point of continental Europe, after La Punta de Tarifa in Andalusia, Spain.c
The seaside villages of Archangelos (2nd picture) and Plitra are peaceful fishing villages with many beauties, sheltered port and sandy beaches with crystal clearwaters.
Both are an ideal place for relaxing holidays all year round, sea sports and fishing.
In Plitra was an ancient city that was destryed after an earthquake on 375 AD.
Bozas, Sarakino, Harakia, Ammouli, Demonias (Pila) are all wonderful beaches ideal for beach lovers in the area.
They are located on the south-east side of Lakonia Gulf.
Castle of Monemvasia
Monemvasia occupies a steep, rocky islet connected to the Laconian coast by a bridge. The settlement was founded in the 6th century A.D. by the inhabitants of Laconia. A second settlement was later founded on a lower level, and gradually developed into a town of significant strategic importance. After a short domination of the Popes, the area was captured by the Venetians in 1464. In 1540 it was occupied by the Turks and its decline became more evident. In 1690 it was given over to the Venetians and in 1715 was recaptured by the Turks.
is a picturesque fishing port and small seaside resort on the edge of a bay. It is a lovely place by the sea, for a coffee or a drink. You even can have your dinner or lunch, at the fish tavern located on the main square of the village.
Mystras and Sparta on Mountain Taygetos
Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, 5Km NW of Sparti. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader Wiliam Villeharduin. The whole of Mystras is an open-air museum, a reminder of glorious era of power and culture.
“Taygetos” or “Pentadactylos”
is the highest mountain in the
Peloponnese, stretching between the river Evrotas - Megalopolis and
Messinia. The top of a height of 2407 meters and is called “Prophet
Helias”. It presents a wide variety of flora and fauna due to the large size with only 25 endemic species, while a passage for migratory birds. On the slopes of Taygetos are numerous small villages.
A sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history. The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical Antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The first Olympic Games were in honor of Zeus.Olympia among the main Greek sanctuariesThe sanctuary, known as the Altis consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos (sacred enclosure) are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.
Epidaurus was not independent of Argos and not included in Argolis until the time of the Romans. With its supporting territory, it formed the small territory called Epidauria. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary situated about five miles (8 km) from the town, as well as its theater, which is once again in use today. The cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC, when the older hilltop sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas was no longer spacious enough.
Even after the introduction of Christianity and the silencing of the oracles, the sanctuary at Epidauros was still known as late as the mid 5th century, although as a Christian healing center.
The prosperity brought by the Asklepieion enabled Epidaurus to construct civic monuments too: the huge theatre that delighted Pausanias for its symmetry and beauty, which is used once again for dramatic performances, the ceremonial Hestiatoreion (banqueting hall), baths and a palaestra. The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC. The original 34 rows were extended in Roman times by another 21 rows. As is usual for Greek theatres (and as opposed to Roman ones), the view on a lush landscape behind the skênê is an integral part of the theatre itself and is not to be obscured. It seats up to 15,000 people.
The theatre is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skênê to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating (see Ref., in Greek). Famously, tour guides have their groups scattered in the stands and show them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at center-stage. A 2007 study by Nico F. Declercq and Cindy Dekeyser of the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates that the astonishing acoustic properties are the result of the advanced design: The rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and amplify high-frequency sounds from the stage.
--Taste the Greek local food
Vassili’s (Thalami): Fish tavern At Ageranos (ΑΓΕΡΑΝΟΣ) village. Mainly open all day. Grilled fresh fish, fried small fishes, squid, octopus e.t.c. Grilled meat, and traditional Greek oven, Italian pasta etc.
George’s tavern: Located at "Drossopigi"(ΔΡΟΣΟΠΗΓΗ) village, at the upper spot of a small mountain Open mainly at evening, A good inexpensive grilled food, some local dishes, eggs with “syglino” (Smoked pork or pork sausage with aromatic herbs such as thyme, or oregano, mint, e.t.c, stored in lard with orange peel), traditional Greek oven dishes, such as, mousaka, pastitsio stuffed vegetables etc.
Skoutari (ΣΚΟΥΤΑΡΙ) fish tavern (Kalamakia/ΚΑΛΑΜΑΚΙΑ): Located at the sand beach of Skoutari village serves inexpensive fish they catch with their own boat, and Greek dishes. It is a nice place for having lunch after a bath in the crystal clear sea waters, of the Skoutari-Paganea gulf. It is as well recommended for an evening drink, or meal.
Kotronas (ΚΟΤΡΩΝΑΣ) is a picturesque fishing port and small seaside resort on the edge of a bay. It is a lovely place by the sea, for a coffee or a drink. You even can have your dinner or lunch, at the fish tavern located on the main square of the village.
“Helias” tavern in Karvellas (Καρβελάς) village. Do not miss it Every Saturday serves baby spit- roast pork. Try as well “Makarounes” and “Siglino” with eggs, which are both traditional dishes of “Mani”.
Fish Taverna “Takis” in Limeni
Driving down the slope of the mountain, “Limeni” (ΛΙΜΕΝΙ) suddenly appears inside a small cove with old stone houses hung on
the Rocky hillside with cypress. The side of the sea with its deep
blue colour is a unique landscape that you rarely meet elsewhere. The turquoise waters of the seashore are not salty because they are coming through subterranean flows from the rocks. It does worth to watch the sunset from “Takis” tavern. The superb fresh fish at this small restaurant in Limeni, the port of Areopoli, draws locals from as far away as “Kalamata”, so be sure to make a reservation if you want a seaside table. This is not the place to eat if you are squeamish about seeing fish prepared a few feet away from where you are eating. On the other hand, the seafood here is so good that you may find yourself coming back for a meal after a meal while you are in Mani.
The lobster “diablo” (lobster with spaghetti in a tangy sauce with green peppers) is among the memorable "fancy" dishes, but a plain grilled fish is equally delicious.
Gythion: (ΓΥΘΕΙΟ) taverna “Potis” (ΠΟΤΗΣ): This is a good traditional taverna by the sea in Gythio. There you can find fresh fish, octopus, calamari, (squids), and other fish dishes. In Gythio, you can find a variety of restaurants and taverns along the walk of the coastal road.
“Areopolis” and mainly ¨Gythion” are the nearest towns where you can find a variety of bars and coffee shops
--Swim in Crystal clear sea waters
”Paralia Skoutariou” (ΠΑΡΑΛΙΑ ΣΚΟΥΤΑΡΙ),
is the nearest and most lovely sandy beach, just 4 minutes by car. It is there where “Kalamakia” fish tavern is located by the beach.”
Follow the road to Skoutari village out of Kalivia. Turn left at the first road you meet on your left-hand side. Follow the sign to “Kalamakia” parking. Park your car and walk on foot to the direction of the beach.
”Praralia “Kamares”, (ΠΑΡΑΛΙΑ ΚΑΜΑΡΕΣ) is as
well, close to the house, not more than 5 minutes by car, a sandy beach extended to 1.5Km long. Visiting that beach it is recommended that you chose its upper end in “Kamares” village. Driving out of Kalivia, turn right, down the road to the sea. Continue driving till you meet on your right-hand side, the old stone Bridge. Turn right to the direction of the bridge. (Do not use the bridge). At the sign to “Kamares”, turn again right and follow this road till its end. Park your car and after swimming, you can choose between two local taverns for lunch.
Paralia “Vathy”, (ΠΑΡΑΛΙΑ ΒΑΘΥ)5 minutes drive,
is a sandy beach nearby hotel “Belle Helene”. Turn right driving out of the village to the direction of “Vathy /Ageranos/Kamares”. Follow the road down to the sea, continue till you meet at your right-hand side the old stone bridge, (do not use the bridge). Turn right and follow the road to “Ageranos” village (without turning right to Kamares village). Once past “Ageranos” village, keep driving down the road. At your right is now “Belle Helene” hotel. Park your car, and pass through the hotel’s entrance to the beach.
”Paganea” (ΠΑΓΑΝΕΑ) seashore, is 2 to 3 minutes drive from the cottage. This is a small port for fish boats. Leaving the entrance of the villa turn left, following down the road.
At the first turn to the right. Keep driving down till you meet the sea. Beyond “Paganea” seashore, within a distance of 3 minutes drive, there are two more picturesque little gulfs, 5 minutes away from each other, very quiet and calm, out of the crowds, for only few admirers, ideal for those who seek tranquility and isolation.
Leaving the entrance of the villa turn left, following down the road. At the first roads cross keep driving straight ahead. Drive slowly since the
road becomes narrow and difficult. Meeting the first choice to turn right drive till you meet the beach
”Petalea” (ΠΕΤΑΛΕΑ) beach: is located at “Mavrovouni bay”, is a sandy beach organized with umbrellas, chaise long, coffee and bar service at the beach, and a restaurant for those how want to have lunch after swimming.
Drive straight ahead out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with the highway. Turn right with a
direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox Church. Turn to the right. Keep driving till this road becomes quite larger, with 2 lanes in each direction. Then drive slowly looking after a sign with direction to Gythion. Gythio is signed with two different directions. The one indicates straight forward drive while the other direction indicates turn to the right. Follow the second choice, by turning right. Keep driving carefully since the road is an old one and has quite often turns right and left. When meeting the beginning of a straight road, turn right at the wooden sign indicating "Petalea”. (Be careful so you will not miss the turn off the road). Keep driving to the sandy beach, where you park you the car.
Fresh Fruit and vegetables - a van visits the village three times per week usually around noon. These fruits and vegetables are grown by local farmers. Besides that, fruits and vegetables are offered in an open air shop in “Vathy” (ΒΑΘΥ) village, just opposite a mini market.
Butchers are situated in Gythio (22Km) in “Ermou” (ΕΡΜΟΥ) street, and in Areopoli (22Km) which is famous for its excellent - local organic meat, on the main town square, and not far from there, on the national road (highway) οf Areopoli/Mani to the direction of Mani
Fishmonger – the local fishmonger visits the village at least twice per week, usually around 10 a.m Fresh fish can be bought in Gythio (22Km) in the main street of Vassileos Georgiou.
Nearest petrol station: 6Km away from the villa, on the way to Gythion town.
Post Office: – at Gythion city just opposite the city school, on “Ermou” street.
All other amenities can be found in Gythion town. (22Km drive).
* National Bank of Greece
* Alpha Bank
* Piraeus Bank
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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.