Village Living — Near great beaches and wonderful antiquities
Kalyvia Sochas is not for everyone — but for those with a sense of adventure, this lovely little village and home, are a gateway to an authentic Greek experience.
The original home was completed in 1957 and remained relatively unchanged until extensive renovations were undertaken over six months in 2009. The house interiors were totally redone with new kitchen and bathroom as well as new furnishings throughout. Brand new windows and doors were installed along with air conditioning and a washer/dryer. There is a modest library, of mostly Greek themed books and a small collection of local art and crafts that the owners hope to add to over the years with each visit.
Located a few Km south of Sparti in the Peloponnese. Kalyvia Sochas is a small village of about 150 extremely friendly and generous townspeople including a number of English speakers. It is a few minutes from Sparti with it’s many cafes, restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores and supermarkets.
Close by is the port of Gythio and numerous beaches including Beach Hive and Marvrovouni. The Mani Peninsula, Mystras, Monemvasia the Tiegetos mountain range and the many olive and orange groves offer endless opportunities for exploration and recreation.
Following are comments from a few of our guests —
Leah & Dylan:
We had such a fabulous time during our stay at your home in Kalyvia Sochas and can't thank you enough. We immediately fell in love with Greece: the diverse landscape, the people and the food!
The drive from Athens was easy (and fast!) and we arrived in Kalyvia Sochas a little early – enough time to stop at the bakery to pick up a large quantity of baklava!
The house was great and we quickly settled in. It was stocked with everything we needed, and we spent much time perusing through your "Greek library." The local roosters were kind enough to ensure we didn’t miss the sunrise and our mornings were often spent plotting the day’s adventures, drinking coffee on the balcony and greeting the locals as they walked by.
We can't thank you enough, the vacation was a perfect balance between historic ruins, relaxation on the beach, and glimpses into everyday Greek life.
Staying in the village was not only convenient and peaceful, but a great way to feel the rhythm of a small community. As you predicted, the people were super friendly.TripAdvisor property ID 2085000...Read more
Left on 05/21/2015 for a stay in May 2015 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 21, 2015Stayed May 2015
We chose it because it's a great location for hiking in the Taygetos - there's some wonderful walking there, mostly very well waymarked. The house is nice and clean, set back from the road through the village down a little lane. No problem picking up the keys. It has a nice big if sparsely equipped kitchen, and a nice lounge - it has a couple of space hogging beds in it, but we didn't spend much time indoors. (It also has the most interesting mini-library I've ever seen - I'd go back tomorrow just to read the books!). The bedroom is on the north side of the house and so it keeps a bit cooler which is nice.
There's a nice terrace, offering a little bit of sun to warm you up first thing in the morning, and shady rest of the day. It's big, six could sit out there happily. We enjoyed having an early breakfast out there and watching the sun climbing out from behind the Parnonas Mountains, then sitting around over supper watching the lights come on in the valley. No WiFi in the house but you can pick it up a hundred yards down the road in the village.
The house was generally very quiet, but it is a working agricultural community, so you do get the occasional passing tractor. Oh, and the village dogs have their barking competition once or twice a day! But as I say, it was generally very peaceful.
The locals aren't jaded by mass tourism, niether are they fazed by the sight of a foreigner, they're nice folks and always ready with a greeting.
The house has fly screens all round: we were careful to use them and had no problems.
There are the occasional buses but you do need a car. There's a village cafe which looked a bit parochial, and sadly the taverna wasn't functioning when we were there. However, Sparti is only about fifteen minutes drive and we had no problems parking there. It's a nice town, we loved the buzz and the cafes, especially the market which had lots of lovely local fruit and veg to try. There are good supermarkets on the road to Sparti and a really nice baker's about five minutes drive down the road for fresh bread and cakes. We also had the best 'gyros' (mini-lamb kebabs in pitta bread) I've ever tasted (and I've tasted lots). We also ate in a restaurant called Dienthes, very nice authentic Greek food.
We hired a car at Athens Airport on arrival to get there. I don't normally enjoy driving in Greece but it was a doddle with motorway most of the way and a quite main road to and through Sparti. It takes maybe three hours or a bit less to get from the airport to the house.
There are beaches - we didn't go to them (less than an hour's drive according to google maps), but the owner has got all the beach gear in a cupboard which you can borrow (we used the coolbox for picnics).
No problems booking, collecting keys, or handing them back afterwards, Kostas (the owner) has it all organised.
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