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Paradise found at Kalivi Karavi

Bedrooms 1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Very tranquil, idyllic rural location, unrivalled peace and privacy for nature lovers & star gazers

Kalivi Karavi sits amidst the peaceful countryside in the ancient hamlet of Atheato, a short walk down a winding path from Glossa's main square. The open views take in the olive groves and pine-forested valley leading down to the harbour of Loutraki and out westward to the islands of Evia, Skiathos, Tsougria, Reppi and Maragoza to the mainland.

This well maintained single storey traditional stone built kalivi (farmhouse) has been extended into 2 seperate living areas. The kalivi is completely self- contained with a private garden accessed only by a lockable gate.

A wooden veranda runs the length of the Pelion stone terrace, shaded by ancient fruit trees edged with fragrant flowers. Below is the sun bathing terrace amidst palm trees, vines and more flowers.

Overlooking the freshwater pool (6 x 3 m with1.20 - 1.80 depth) is a shady pergola with cafe table and chairs perfect for observation of the view.

In addition there is a laundry room should you wish to use the washing machine, a shed and another small courtyard complete with a couple of hammocks strung between the fruit trees.

Depending on your time of stay there are oranges, lemons, tangerines, apricots, cherries, apples, pears, pomegranates, and grapes to enjoy. Just outside this idyllic Garden of Eden are old mule tracks that can lead you on explorations down to the beach or tavernas at Loutraki (20 minutes on foot) Palio Klima (20 minutes), and further afield to the beaches on the north coast (90 minutes on foot). It's all designed for nature lovers who want perfect peace and quiet above all else.

Inside there are 2 main living spaces, 2 showers (1 solar powered)/2 wc's. 1 double bedroom, 2 single beds in the studio (which has its own access) All the rooms are painted white, naturally cool with shutters and fly screens. You can sleep 4 comfortably (6 at a push with 2 sofa beds but the place is unsuitable for small children). Our prices are quoted for 2 people staying at the property. Any extra children or guests staying will incur additional charges.

Both studio and main kalivi have air conditioning or heating should you require it. The studio has a traditional Greek fireplace, + a mezanine floor and the orginal high beamed roof. The furnishings are comfortable simple Greek style.

The main kitchen area is well equipped with all requirements met for self catering, including full size oven, dishwasher, fridge with an extending wooden table + 4 hard back traditional style wooden chairs.

Outside on the terrace is a large glass top table for al fresco dining, a low wooden coffee table set with

cushioned seats. In addition we provide 2 sun loungers with cushion pads available + 2 foldup ones if required..

Inside are adequate wardrobes, a chest of drawers, 2 bedside cabinets with lamps etc.

There is a large flat screenTV, a DVD and CD player with i-pod dock, amp and speakers with a varied world music collection of CD's', some DVD'S, books, maps, games and binoculars.

Our Greek friend Rania will arrange to meet you at Glossa port (Loutraki) with a taxi when you arrive, or elsewhere if you arrive in Skopelos town. If you so wish she can arrange car/bike hire or help with whatever questions arise when you are there. Rania will also give you the WiFi code on arrival.

A full set of information regarding the house and garden as well as recommended places to visit, activities and local hot spots for your holiday experience is provided when you make your booking on receipt of your deposit. Deposits are approximately one third of the total price and your balance is required 6 weeks prior to your arrival.

any queries by email will be responded to usually within 24 hours. if in doubt about anything please feel free to contact me by text or phone (although I am often away so this may be the reason if you do not get an immediate response).

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Property Manager
Maggie Rosier
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 February, 2017

About Maggie Rosier

.when not travelling to warmer climes I live in Devon with Tom my partner and cat Riley. Love to walk and especially explore underwater - mostly that which is warmer than the UK coast, so Greece has always been my favourite place to stay.

First trip to a Greek Island made in 1970 to Corfu- hitch-hiked there and back after reading Gerald Durrel's book.

Maggie Rosier purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Maggie Rosier chose Thessaly

Fell in love with this island of pine forests, beautiful landscapes full of birds, wild flowers and seas rich in marine life. Kalivi Karavi is an old stone built farm dwelling

with a beautiful private shady garden full of fruit trees, palms, roses, vines and lavender. We have a completely unspoilt outlook over a dense green valley full of birds, taking in the Aegean sea, other islands with mountains and sunsets to boot.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We are outside the village, away from noise and other buildings, but still close enough to the main square of Glossa to catch the bus, use the internet cafe, or shops.

Guestbook comments from the manager

'have had the most wonderful stay here at this lovely house. It was even better than we had hoped for. It's setting is idyllic and so peaceful. Thanks for sharing your lovely Greek house with us.' Ruth & Nigel (Kent)

'A totally idyllic spot, just as we had wished for. The garden, terraces and pool area are beautifully peaceful and soothing! We felt so relaxed here, it's a gorgeous position to be in overlooking the valley down to Loutraki.'

Vannessa & Justin (London)

Wow, what delightful memories of sitting by the pool, drinking your delicious organic wine with cherries from the garden, entertained by swallows diving into the water and getting so chilled we hardly bothered to go anywhere! Susan & Jeff, Bristol.
Dec 2011
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Perfect relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We were bowled over by Kalivi Karavi - everything about it made for an extremely special holiday. The kalivi is charming, well-equipped and set in an exquisite garden with a lovely pool and phenomenal views. We appreciated being in a tucked-away, rural setting yet being able to stroll into unspoilt Glossa in ten minutes via a beautiful, quiet lane. The area is wonderfully quiet, friendly and atmospheric, exceeding all our expectations. We would wholeheartedly recommend Kalivi Karavi to anyone looking for complete relaxation in a natural setting and for an ideal base to explore this beautiful island.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jenny. We are very happy to hear of your appreciation of the place we love most dearly. + you chose one of the most beautiful times to be there.
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  • 5 of 5

For us, this was the perfect holiday and Kalivi Karavi was very much a big part of that.

Initially we were met from the ferry, taken to the house and all our questions answered. What could be simpler?

Then it was getting up in the morning straight into our private pool and breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea. We would have mid-morning coffee and supper in a lovely little town of Glossa a short walk away. Some days we hired a scooter and explored the island.

And In the evenings we had a drink on the flower filled terrace watching the sun set over the sea. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Utterly blissful!

  • 4 of 5

Our week's holiday on Skopelos at this tiny Kalivi was possibly our most relaxing holiday ever. Days were spent reading in the hammock, swimming in the pool (horse flies permitting) or drinking rose on the terrace watching the sunset. When we weren't at the house we were up the track in Glossa sampling great food at the local Tavernas, out in the car visiting tiny coves and beaches or driving through pine covered hillsides or tracking down Mama Mia film locations.

Things you need to know: The house is TINY, but the outside space is big, and it's all about spending sunny days on the terrace. It's fairly basic but very well equipped with plenty of chairs, loungers, cooking equipment, binoculars and towels. We had a warm welcome from Rania, and the locals are very friendly and welcoming. The wildlife life: birds, bees and bats are everywhere - a real nature lovers paradise. The house is at the end of a rough track abt 15 minutes from Glossa's main square. In parts it is exceptionally steep, and at night utterly dark - not suitable for people with mobility issues. This is definitely a holiday location for those who want to get away from it all, for peace and quiet, nature, walking etc. Bliss!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just for info: Dimensions of Kalivi Karavi's main room (kitchen/dining/sitting area) are 5.50 x 4.75m + bedroom/ensuite bathroom.... Double the size: extra studio space available for holiday rental in 2016 if you require additonal area: Adjoining original stone built kalivi with chestnut beams, open fire and same stunning views.... please enquire should you wish to rent this area as well as the main Kalivi. thanks.
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A little gem

  • 5 of 5

Kalivi Karavi (KK) is a wonderful little place tucked away in the small hamlet of Machala adjacent to the village of Glossa. The principle room is a well-appointed kitchen/dining/sitting room which is nice and airy, the bedroom is neat and the bed comfortable, the bathroom is brand new and very well appointed. Outside there is a fantastic two-level terrace and where KK really comes into its own. The terrace is the length of the property and is bursting with colour from roses, vines, numerous plants/flowers and fruit-trees - we were 1wk too early for the apricots but the lemons were delicious! The upper terrace has a shaded canopy the length of the property and a dining table with views across the valley. It has several resident geckos to provide amusement as they scuttle about in the sun. The lower terrace has two beautiful palm-trees that frame the view a good sized pool and more views across the valley and out to sea. The pool is a favourite drinking-place for swifts/swallows during the day and bats at night.

KK is the last but one property in Machala and it is an absolute haven of peace. It is difficult to beat a typical day:- sit/lie in the sunshine with no traffic or extraneous noises read or play banjo for an hour, tend the roses and flower-beds for a while then saunter down the steps for a dip in the pool, dry off in the sun with a glass of cold white wine and watch the boats in the bay. Machala is tiny and the road ends just before the village however a small car (we used a Fiat Panda - brilliant) can get to KK to drop-off bags etc then it's drive on 100yds down the track and turn round to drive back through Machala. The car is parked 100yds away and it's quite safe. You can easily drive down the dirt track to Loutraki and durng the day you may even see the local traffic such as one small van, two mules and a donkey!

Whilst there is a TV etc we didn't watch that at all - why bother when it's soooo lovely outside. This is one of the most relaxing places that we have stayed in for a long time.

Glossa is a 10min walk away. It is lovely! It has some nice shops selling honey, olive-oil, two bakeries, two small general-stores (the one outside the village is excellent & very reasonable - turn right when exiting the Machala road and go 50yds) there are also a few gifts but this otherwise a typical small village. The taverna/kebab/cafe overlooking the hillside and sea is 1st class - nothing fancy but the kebabs and wine are great.

We HIGHLY recommend KK!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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27 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
Please contact Maggie to check for availability via email or text. If you do not get an immediate reply, or wish to ensure that you are speaking to the actual owner, please telephone the landline.
A deposit of 30% of total cost is required to confirm booking and the balance is to be paid 6 - 8 weeks in advance of arrival.
You can pay in pounds or euros by bank transfer, or by cheque in pounds.
The deposit is usually non-refundable unless we are able to re-let the holiday period.

Changeover Day:
We prefer Friday as our changeover day, but should you wish to arrive or depart on other days, we are always flexible.
After mid-day arrival and early departure times requested to co-incide with ferry timetables etc.

Notes on prices:
Our pricing includes a Meet & Greet service from Loutraki port (Glossa).
Details given on receipt of balance of payment.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Sporades in Greece Mainland

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • The main en-suite shower-room/wc has good quality fittings, circular handbasin and large marble rimmed shower area (usable as a shallow bath if you wish!) with solar-heated high power shower. Immersion heated water if required. Bin provided for your paper.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Double bed in main bedroom + studio if required. Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom, with mosquito netted double bed, 2 bedside tables and lamps, small flatscreen tv/cd/dvd player, wooden shelving stand with matching suitcase table. Adjacent dressing room area with good size double wardrobe, chest of drawers, mirror and lamp.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Kalivi Karavi has been inspected and registered by EOT (Greek National Tourism Authority) License no: 0756K91000419801 Outside: Entering the garden via a few steps through the wrought-iron gate covered by an arch of honeysuckle and grapevine, is the first terrace interspersed with palm trees, edged with lavender, roses, vines and fruit trees. At the far end of this you will glimpse the freshwater pool, (measures 6m x 3.5 x 1.8 depth, with steps in). At one end of the pool two hammocks under a shady vine provide views out over the pool, the valley below to Loutraki harbour and beyond. There is a glass-topped dining table, with sunshade umbrella, comfortable cushioned chairs and sun loungers. A bougainvillaea laden wooden veranda covers the Pelion stone terrace that runs along the full length of the Kalivi (100 metres) with wide plaka'd steps leading to the pool terrace. There is a barbecue, with a stone plinth for cooking, or preparing food al fresco with a view. At night there are various atmospheric lighting options around the pool and along the main terrace. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron/ironingboard, cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels, bed linen and cleaning provided weekly. Spare linen and towels available - also a washing machine should you wish to use it. Terraces, pool cleaned and garden tended every couple of days. Contributions to garden care much appreciated. Other: A large studio room complete with old beams and stunning views, own front door, traditional fireplace, fitted wardrobe, kitchenette and private shower/wc is available at extra £595 per week should you require it for your friends or family.

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