Cottage in Peloponnese - Greece

House - Entire home/apt · Ampeliona, Messinia 27061, Greece
Ektor

Cottage in Ampeliona - Peloponnese - Close to Apollo's Temple

Hello, we are Ektor (son) and Stella (mother) and this is our cottage house in Peloponnese!! We hope that you will like it too!!!

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Cottage in Ampeliona - Peloponnese - Close to Apollo's Temple

Hello, we are Ektor (son) and Stella (mother) and this is our cottage house in Peloponnese!! We hope that you will like it too!!!

The Space

The house we provide is a traditional stone cottage in Ampeliona with a small yard ( with a barbecue) and a nice wooden balcony where you can eat, read or just rest. The ground floor consists of
•a very big traditional room with wooden floor (email hidden) which can host easily 4 people. It has a double bed and two armchairs turning into two single beds.
•A spacey kitchen with a big wooden table which has a door to the yard as well
•A simple but stylish bathroom with shower

The basement is reached through the yard. It is not directly connected to the ground floor. The basement consists of a bedroom with a double bed, a small room which can also host two people and a small bathroom.

The house has NO central heating but it has several independent heating units ( electricity). The house (email hidden) from May to November.

Please note that the house is more than 100 years old! It is made of stone and wood. Very traditional as you can imagine! We are de-bugging very frequent, but since it is very close to the woods, in pure nature, some insects may be wondering around! Smile to them and let them go... (or give them a hand-or foot!).

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The village

Ampeliona is a small mountain village at the center of Peloponnese, Greece, only 11 km away from the temple of Epicurean Apollo, one of the most important Ancient Greek monuments.

Nearly abandoned in the 60’s and 70’ because of internal immigration – half the Greek population presently lives in Athens – the village has been revived and restored in the last decade. The offspring of those who left the village to (email hidden) started coming back, building or restoring their houses and creating a small community based on the love for their village, a love that they transmit to their own children as well. The village remains quiet , a refuge from the speed of the big cities, but its beauties – and those of the larger area - are there to be discovered for those who are curious and slightly adventurous in spirit. The renovation of the village is largely due to a leading Greek businessman in Tourism, Nikos Agelopoulos, the brother of the internationally known film director Theo Agelopoulos. Ampeliona is the village where their father was born and Nikos decided to make the village an exemplar of tourist development His faith and love was proved by his building there a touristic unit “ Epoches” consisting of six cottages with 22 rooms in total. The village has only one traditional tavern where you can also buy cigarettes and some basic products. The other place to eat is the restaurant of ‘Epoches’

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Things to do and see

Walking or driving in the Chestnut forest You can walk through the chestnut forest by following the stone path created for this reason. The drive through the forest is 4 km.

Descending in the Neda Gorge Neda is the nearest river to Ampeliona and you can join the organized excursions to the Neda Gorge

Rafting, river trekking, walking, rappel You can join these alternative holidays activities organized by Trekking Hellas Arcadia at the area of Lousios and Alpheios rivers. 45 min drive from Ampeliona

Visit the Temple of Epicurean Apollo 11 km from the village. The temple was constructed by Iktinos, one of the two architects who built the Parthenon.

Visit Andritsaina This is the nearest big village to Ampeliona, half an hour drive, where you can find super market and a number of taverns. Its highlight is its renown old library ( see my article (website hidden)_issue/13175/14300 ) Central Peloponnese is a historic Greek area and you can make many day trips visiting other villages like Karitaina)

Sea and beaches The village is on the mountain. However you can reach the sea with a 45 min drive ( the west coast of Peloponnese )

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* We can provide you with internet on-the-go if you ask - wifi available at the nearby hotel (10' walk - nice food too).
* Since the village is at the mountain for your transportation and vacation a car is required.
* During winter (Dec - April) a heating fee may be applied after negotiation.

Guest Access

You will have access to the full house and all its amenities.

Interaction with Guests

We have a caretaker based in Ambeliona, the lovely Fiona! She will clean the house before your arrival and will welcome you once you arrive. If you are staying for long time and you need assistance (cleaning etc) please talk to her directly. We will always be available to you to reach us via phone or email.

Getting around

There is no public transport to/from the village so we advice to come over by a car.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Monthly Price: $1261 /month
Security Deposit: $280
Cleaning Fee: $70
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • We (me, my wife and 6 month-old son) had a fantastic stay in Ektor´s place. The house is beautiful, old but stylish, with a huge veranda with beautiful views over the surrounding hills. As a hobby-cook, I was especially pleased with the well-equipped kitchen. Also the main double bed was superb.

    The house is located in a nice and very remote village. Local taverna (by Mr Pedalis) is recommended. Visitors should be aware that the nearest real place for buying groceries is about an hour drive.

    We were early in the season (may) which might have been the reason that two of the bedrooms, located in the cellar, were very moist. Hence we did not use them.

    We´ll definitely come back if we´re in the region!

    May 2013
  • • Character, comfort and ambience of the cottage
    • Quietness of the location
    • Rustic living
    • Hot and cold water availability
    • Spending leisure time on the veranda
    • BBQ facility
    • Soft furnishings
    • Prompt response to problems
    • Friendly village folk
    • Proximity to Andritsena and other interesting villages
    • Cool living room in the evenings
    • Spectacular mountain views
    • Spacious kitchen
    • Alfresco meals on veranda

    August 2012
  • Had a lovely time at Ektor and Stella's rural retreat. it was so amazingly quiet - no cars, no generators, just birds and the distant sound of goat bells. Really enjoyed walking down the isolated tracks, taking in those harsh, dry, dramstic Greek hills. The house was very comfortable, and easy to heat at night - and beautifully cool on the hot days. Loved the wide verandah, and the view. We did (email hidden) scorpion in the kitchen which was challenging for an arachnaphobe like myself! but that is par for the course in these moist rocky conditions. and he was slow moving, not an attack scorpion!
    Be prepared with shopping as the nearest place is a bit of a drive away for basics. but if you like your peace and quiet, and genuine remoteness, this is for you.

    June 2012
  • Wunderbarer Ort wunderbare Menschen wunderbare Zeit in Ambelonia.
    Berge so weit das Auge reicht. Hilfsbereite Dorfbewohner in jeder Lage.
    Einfach nur ein schöner Urlaub.Griechenland pur.

    May 2012
  • Ektor's place is in a beautiful, friendly little town near the Epicurean Temple of Apollo and numerous other ancient sites in the Peloponnese. The town boasts a beautiful chestnut forest that will be a welcome sight to Americans who have never seen healthy chestnut trees. We had difficulty finding the town and were deeply grateful that Ektor's mother waited hours for us beyond when she had planned to leave for Athens. In the end she brought a person from own to meet us and to accompany us back to the house. She also left us food to get us started and a nice fire. The town has a wonderful taverna (Spiro's) where the owner will make you dinner based on what he has cooking already and you can eat it in front of the fire. Another nice feature is the hotel in town, which is a labor of love for a local boy who made good in the business and became Minister of Tourism. We had an excellent breakfast there twice during our visit and were encouraged to use the WiFi by the gracious hosts. There is no grocery in town and the nearest place is a winding 45 - minute drive down the mountain, so plan accordingly.
    The house itself is rustic. The family has done a nice job of modernizing it. It has a large living room with fireplace and a beautiful porch that overlooks the town. We slept in the bed behind a screen and our daughter slept on the couch. The bathroom was roomy and has a good shower. People with disabilities may find the step to the bathroom a little high.
    Ektor checked on us a couple times by email to make sure all was well and their caretaker, George, was nearby. Recommended for anyone looking for a rustic location who doesn't mind driving winding mountain roads to get places.

    November 2011
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English, Ελληνικά
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B ARSAKEIO PSIXIKOU - TEI of Patras - Aarhus Universitet - Birkbeck, University of London - Queen Margaret University
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Cultural Manager - Corporate Governance - Corporate Social Responsibility
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Hello! My name is Ektor and I work as cultural manager in European Capitals of Culture. Currently I am the Executive Manager of Pafos 2017, European Capital of Culture, candidate city. Because of my job (and before because of my studies) I am changing cities and countries very often. I know that the first thing that you want to do when you move, either for job or vacation, is to find a place that you can call "home", even for a few days. I hope that our cottage in Ampeliona village will give you this feeling. If you want to relax and be in the nature, Ampeliona is the right place for you! My mother Stella (a journalist and writer) she will be very happy to meet you and give you some tips about the house and the surroundings. If you are going to stay in our cottage, I advice you to "make use" of her love for the village and ask her about the story of our home! Since I currently live in Cyprus and my mother in Athens, if you are coming for just few days you will probably meet our caretakers that live permanently in Ampeliona. If you are coming for more days we will be able to greet you ourselves and give you some advices in person! In any case please feel free to contact us for anything you need!! Welcome to Greece and have a nice holiday!! (a popular song in Greece)
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