Description from the owner
Description from the owner
House with a view. Light and breezy property with cool, roomy indoors and spectacular outdoor views, with a wonderful panoramic garden, a shady pergola and gazebo area with barbecue and sun deck. Star gazing on the terrace.
Exclusively designed, tastefully decorated detached villa with a wide and light open space consisting of a large shabby-chic kitchen, a dining table and sofa area in front of the fireplace. Three bedrooms: the master one with a huge en suite bath and a spacey walking closet; a second bedroom with quaint iron twin beds and ensuite bathroom and a cool basement double bedroom with ensuite bath and laundry room.
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About the owner
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Gecko Villa Kardamili, Peloponnese, Greece
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Messenia, the heart of the Peloponnese, that hand-shaped part of Greece’s that is linked to the mainland through the famous Corinth canal. Peloponnese, where history was written, where history is still very much present. It’s enough to mention the nearby mythical attractions and ancient ruins of Olympia, Messeni, Mycenae, Mystras, Epidaurus, without forgetting the more recent but equally charming, sea side villages like Nafplio, Methoni, Koroni, Kyparissia, Pilo…
Peloponnese, and particularly the Messina region, is a place to be discovered and cherish, whose charming secrets are kept in the heart of few, still waiting to be discovered by many. Half an hour driving from Kardamili and you are in Kalamata, the region’s capital, with its shops and sidewalk cafes and a secret old part that it’s really a surprise. In less than ten minutes you can reach bustling Stoupa, with it’s many restaurants and the tropical turquoise waters of Kalogria beach, where the “real” Zorbas house is still there on the right end corner. Five more minutes, and if you are ready for an early start, you can get to the nearby fishing village of Aghios Nicholaos, to bring home the freshest catch of the day for dinner. Five more minutes and a little drive along an uninhabited windy coastline road and you reach the charming village of Trachila, jus sit down for a cool glass of local wine and enjoy the view. Or if you prefer, continue on the road up, toward Aeropoli and stop at Thalames, under the ancient plane tree, for a cafe frappe and maybe to buy a bottle of orange flavored, olive oil, a jar of honey and some fresh capers.
Ten more minutes and you are down at Limenis, a moon crest of transparent turquoise water: you must (absolutely, it’s a must) have a refreshing swim and lunch on the most succulent grilled fish and jumbo shrimps at the restaurant, whose tables are right on the rocks! Five kilometres up the hill, and you reach Aeropoli, which is a truly delightful stone town, just get lost in it’s many small paths, admire the old buildings that are getting beautifully restored and have a drink at any of the many quaint cafés.
From there is all downhill to the real Mani region, beautifully rugged, barren Mani, with the isolated, forgotten tower village of Vathia, with it’s deep blue gulfs and secluded beaches, with idyllic Gerolimenas with its recent boutique hotel worth an affordable splurge, but do drive down to dramatic Cape Tanaro for the freshest fried calamaris at the local tavern.
Kardamili, chosen by English writer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermour as his home and by Bruce Chatwin as his final resting place... stunning and unspoilt. And if two of the world most travelled and blasé explorers have chosen this once forgotten little village, they must have had good reasons! History and tradition, turquoise waters and beautiful shores, with the Taygeto snow covered peaks in the background. Idyllic Kardamili, a most charming unspoilt place. Lovely Kardamili, far from the maddening crowd. Springtime is a marvel in Kardamili, perfect time for walks or mountain biking or more serious hiking, wandering around beautiful Virgos Gorges, walking up to Aghia Sophia or Pedino, using the perched up village of Tseria as the starting point to take a closer look at the Prophet Ilias peak. All amongst pretty villages and orchards of olive trees, meeting smiling old village women and welcoming peasants, stopping at little tavernas, and resting in the shadow of silent, but never neglected, minute byzantine churches with their surprising, totally unexpected, alfresco painting. To re-energize, an afternoon cup of tea and a cake from the local patisserie, on the village “platia” by the church. In summer, Kardamili days roll down to a more slowly, lazy pace. After a full day at beach (and there are many, depending on how energetic you are in wanting to explore them all… you can walk down to amazing Delphinia or simply stop your car right by the main one) best is cool down for a bite at the very last restaurant on the beach, the one under the olive trees and canvas canopies. At night, dinner overlooking the harbor (there are two great restaurants), and a nightcap under the stars, in one of the attractive cafes, where you can link up with your loved ones, on the freely provided Wi-Fi. .
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats