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Villa Kazantzakis, near Kalogria, Stoupa – Home 1386305 Chalet

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Villa Kazantzakis, near Kalogria, Stoupa – Home 1386305

  • Chalet
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 2
  •  min stay varies

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Chalet / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Named after Nikos Kazantzakis, the author of Zorba the Greek, Villa Kazantzakis, is a simple one-bedroom detached holiday home set in its own garden in a peaceful olive grove, 10 minutes walk to the fine sandy beaches, bars and tavernas of Stoupa. The location combines private seclusion with proximity of a small supermarket (100m), bus stop (200m), hypermarket (400m) and beautiful Kalogria beach (0.8 km). A full kitchen and outside dining space give further independence.

Private airport transfers can be arranged at the discounted rate of €45 each way obviating the need to hire a car (or to follow directions).

The property comprises: a living room with air conditioning, ceiling fan, music system, sofa, pouffe, small desk and chairs, bookcase of English books and patio door to the dining area with table and chairs on the terrace; a double bedroom equipped with ceiling fan, room safe and patio door to the terrace; a fully-tiled shower room with washbasin and WC; and a

Named after Nikos Kazantzakis, the author of Zorba the Greek, Villa Kazantzakis, is a simple one-bedroom detached holiday home set in its own garden in a peaceful olive grove, 10 minutes walk to the fine sandy beaches, bars and tavernas of Stoupa. The location combines private seclusion with proximity of a small supermarket (100m), bus stop (200m), hypermarket (400m) and beautiful Kalogria beach (0.8 km). A full kitchen and outside dining space give further independence.

Private airport transfers can be arranged at the discounted rate of €45 each way obviating the need to hire a car (or to follow directions).

The property comprises: a living room with air conditioning, ceiling fan, music system, sofa, pouffe, small desk and chairs, bookcase of English books and patio door to the dining area with table and chairs on the terrace; a double bedroom equipped with ceiling fan, room safe and patio door to the terrace; a fully-tiled shower room with washbasin and WC; and a fully-equipped kitchen with a gas hob, fridge with icebox, electric kettle, toaster, slow-cooker, pots, pans, utensils, crockery, glassware etc..

A supply of olive oil from the trees in the garden is provided for guests' use. We leave many cooking essentials such as salt, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, herbs etc. for the convenience of our guests in return for their replacement should any run out during their stay.

There is a large PIR-operated floodlight covering the lane outside the entrance for those late night returns and a large water tank to provide back-up water during the inevitable summer outages.

Wi-fi is available in the house via mobile data ('mi-fi') at the cost price of €5/GB or €15 for 5 GB paid directly on the mobile operator's website. Other listed amenities above (safe, air-conditioning etc.) are included.

The house is cleaned immediately prior to guests arrival and one change of bedding and towels is provided per week of stay. Cleaning equipment and materials are provided in the house. Extra cleaning, laundry and taxi services can be arranged at cost via our local agent who also serves as a point of telephone contact throughout your stay.

Finally, all guests are emailed comprehensive, up to date information prior to arrival including directions, instructions and recommendations.

Please refer to the photos for further information.

Location description from owner

The Messenia Region

Stoupa

Eating and Drinking

The tavernas of Stoupa are generally excellent - possibly due to the upmarket clientele that Stoupa tends to attract and the stiff competition between them.

Top of our list is ’Pritzipas’, the ‘blue & white’ taverna on Kalogria Beach which offers super-fresh and tasty food, reasonable prices and a classic Greek taverna experience except for the surprisingly efficient service (think paper tablecloths and carafes of water and wine). To sit at here at sunset, if only for a carafe of wine, is a special experience in itself.

‘Ageliki’s Spitiko’ at the Northern end of Stoupa’s main beach offers food made with many home-grown ingredients has honest prices and white linen tablecloths. Go in the evening though as the lunchtime fare can often be yesterday’s leftovers.

‘Taverna Panorama’, turn right just before the Agricultural Bank on the road from Kalogria to Stoupa, has the best sunset views but the food can be a little inconsistent. Start your night here with an ouzo and you probably won’t go wrong, unless you fall off the cliff that is.

‘Pefko’ on the Southern end of Stoupa beach rightly deserves its reputation for quality and presentation but is pricier than most.

The cheapest place with a good location is probably the pizza/pasta place near the centre of Stoupa beach, popular with young Greek holidaymakers. There is also a souvlaki-pita establishment near the agricultural bank for the authentic Greek fast-food experience. They deliver locally free of charge.

Groceries

There is a supermarket 100m, or literally a minute’s walk, from the front door of Villa Kazantzakis through the olive grove. They have daily fresh bread, eggs, milk, cold beer, wine and most other provisions. There is a large supermarket around 5 minutes walk away on the main road with a much wider selection and clearly marked prices! For the widest choice there is Katerina’s hypermarket a few minutes walk further along the main road.

ATMs

Stoupa now has several ATMs - the one at the Agricultural Bank on the road between Kalogria and Stoupa beaches is the nearest to the house. The others are on the main beach road.

Out of Season

Stoupa is a wonderful out of season when the beaches are almost deserted and the pace of life slowed back down. All the established tavernas remain open and the old men retake their favourite seats.

The ‘season’ is really determined by the vagaries of the airlines rather than by the weather. Having a Southern Mediterranean climate, it is still sunbathing and swimming weather into to December and sometimes early January. The weather breaks at some point and January through March are colder and wetter but there are still many sunny days to be had for exploring and doing things that the summer heat inhibits.

There is a thriving ex-pat community who live in and around Stoupa all year round and who are especially active during the Winter months: organising walks, table-top sales, fund-raising events for animal welfare and the voluntary fire service, putting on shows and the like. All the events are listed on the Parea-Sti-Mani website.

Visitors to Stoupa are always especially welcome out of season, not least because they made the effort to come.While there are no direct flights to Kalamata in the winter, there are many flights daily to Athens from all over Europe and start around £35/€40 each-way. The journey by bus from Athens airport to Stoupa via Kifisou (Athens) and Kalamata bus stations takes around six-seven hours and costs just short of €35 in total. Come for a month or several!

The Zorba Connection

The author of Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis, met the larger-than-life George Zorba (Alexis Zorba in the book and film) in a monastery on the Athos peninsula, Halkidiki, in 1917. Kazantzakis was a Cretian-born, Athenian intellectual who at the time wanted to reconnect with ‘real Greece’ to inspire his work. He travelled widely around Greece and so it was that he encountered Zorba, a former soldier who, depressed about the death of his wife, had become a monk. No greater inspiration did he ever find.

Kazantzakis had inherited a disused coal mine near Stoupa - very near Villa Kazantzakis. He and Zorba embarked on the adventure to reopen it. This is the pretext to ‘Zorba the Greek’. They travelled to Kalamata and took the ferry to Stoupa (there was no road then) and initially stayed at the only hotel, in Lefktro.

Zorba was the hands-on mine foreman and natural philosopher-poet while Kazantzakis was the young aloof author-boss who envied the elder Zorba’s zest for life.

Kazantzakis rented a house on the South side of Kalogria beach and Zorba lived in a shack on the Northern side. Kazantzakis put a table and chair in the small cave on the Southern edge of Kalogria beach where he wrote in the heat of Summer. Between, Kalogria beach, was where Kazantzakis and Zorba met, ate, drank, fought and, famously in the film, danced.

The mine was never profitable and it is thought that Kazantzakis, a committed pacifist, used the exempted occupation of mining to avoid draft for the First World War.

Kazantzakis started writing the ‘Βίος και Πολιτεία του Αλέξη Ζορμπά’ (“Life and Times of Alexis Zorba”) in 1941, on the island of Aegina on the day he received the telegram informing him of Zorba’s death. Accounts say Kazantzakis was ‘consumed’ with the need to preserve the spirit of Zorba in perpetuity.

Kazantzakis set the story in an unnamed village in his native Crete to protect the innocent of Stoupa. The book was first published in 1946, translated into English as ‘Zorba the Greek’ in 1952 and released as the Oscar-winning film in 1964. Apart from changing Kazantzakis’s character to an Englishman (played by Alan Bates), the film version follows the book very closely and to this day, Mikis Theodorakis' iconic theme to the film, 'Zorba's Dance’ can be heard everywhere in Greece.

In his old age Kazantzakis was asked in interview what really happened during his time in Stoupa. He would say no more than, “Everything that happened in Stoupa is in the book”.

I would thoroughly recommend watching Zorba the Greek before a visit to Stoupa and/or reading the book while there.

Nikos Kazantzakis died 26th October, 1957 - almost seven years before the film release of Zorba the Greek. On his tombstone in Iraklio, Crete is inscribed one of his quotes, “I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free”.

The Zorba Trail

The entrance to the disused Kazantzakis coal mine is barely a five minute walk from the house. Turn left out of the door then right up the concreted track. Follow the lane to the left. You will pass a couple of modern houses then the track becomes unmade. Directly ahead is an old house with the tiny church of Aghios Nikolaos in the garden behind.

The path continues to the left of the house though some woods and past some partially ruined old walls. This is part of the old Kalderimi that ran between the mine and Lekftro. It comes out at the former mine office, now a holiday home and around 20m beyond is the entrance to the mine. The entrance is mostly blocked as a result of earth being washed down from the terraces above made for olive trees since and the cavernous galleys inside are long since flooded from underground springs. Perhaps, one day, an effort will be made to re-open the mine for tourism.

Continuing past the mine is the route that the coal trolleys followed on tracks down the hill to the small headland at Tsirinitza, where the coal was loaded onto boats.

Follow the lane down the hill. Cross straight over the (new) main road and follow the lane until it veers to the right. Instead, head straight for the sea another 100m through the olive grove and in the far left corner of the olive grove step over the low wall. This is the start of a coastal path above the cliffs. Just a few metres along it, are the remains of the supports used by the overhead wires that transported the coal down the cliff to the loading bay below – devised by Zorba and the basis of the system that memorably collapses in Zorba the Greek. Here women were employed to grade the coal arriving in the trolleys from the mine before it was dispatched down the cliff to the landing bay below.

Continue along the coastal path, follow it inland and back to the main road. Head to Kalogria Beach and take in the bust of Nikos Kazantzakis, just above. Have lunch at taverna Pritzipas - nearest to the site of Zorba’s shack - and think of Kazantzakis and Zorba partying on that beach in their happiest of times.

Tim.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • CD player
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
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House rules

There is a selection of basic supplies: salt, pepper, vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, etc. provided in the kitchen cupboard so that you don't have to buy any of these afresh. We just ask that you kindly replace any that you finish for the next guests. Please help yourself to any garden herbs.

Please just replace anything lost or broken on a like-for-like basis and let us know by email. Most breakables were sourced from the upstairs of Katerina's hypermarket in Stoupa.

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About the owner

Tim M.
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Calendar updated::
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Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English


This Chalet has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 12 Feb 2014. Located in Messenia Region, it has 8 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate is £280.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 28 May 2017.

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“Unique holiday home for a relaxing holiday”

Reviewed 26 Aug 2015

Villa Kazantzakis is a unique little holiday home in a lovely location. Set in an olive grove, the villa is just 10 -25 minutes walking distance away from two beautiful sandy beaches; Kalogria (the nearest) and Stoupa. There are handy supermarkets nearby and the area is very well served by tavernas - far too many to sample them all in one week! The villa is traditionally furnished and has charming artefacts and pictures that relate to the area, along with a good selection of books and a fabulous sound system. A great place to stay for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

“A pretty house with sea views nestled in an olive grove.”

Reviewed 20 Aug 2014

We very much enjoyed our holiday. Stoupa is a lovely resort with just enough choice of tavernas to give choice of where to go without becoming busy and brash. The olive groves are full of beautiful wild flowers including wild verbascums and aliums. Villa Kazantzakis is a simple but charming small house set in an olive grove far enough away from the main resort area to be quiet and private but near enough to walk into town for dinner or to the beach (Kalogria is the best and we recommend the blue and white bar where they serve excellent fresh squid). We found the Villa K to be clean and comfortable and thoughtfully furnished. There is even a library for your holiday reading. The music system sounded great too. Many thanks for a lovely holiday. We will stay again.

“Garden lovely at this time of year!”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2014

A sweet little house, secluded but not isolated. It had everything we needed, was spacious and well equipped. Nice furniture - a home. From the terrace you can enjoy the sunset and listen to your own music through the fab system. This was our second visit and hopefully not our last...

“Fabulous secluded little house but 10 minutes walk to a spectacular beach!”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2014

Beautiful quiet area , house was perfect for us , surrounded by olive trees and so quiet . Easy to walk to Stoupa Bay and Kalogria Beach, where there was a huge selection of tavernas and fabulous crystal clear sea and lovely sheltered beach. We also loved the holiday pets , a cat and her kittens visited every day. Owner was very efficient and easy to book with and everything was as described. Lovely stay would definitely recommend .

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