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. An ever changing seascape and the nightly sun set ritual
will keep you fixated on the visuals. There are many birds, bats, bees and butterflies as well as flowers and fruit trees.
This very well maintained stone built kalivi (farmhouse) is surrounded by a flower filled private garden, A wooden veranda runs the length of the Pelion stone terrace, shaded by ancient fruit trees. There is a lower sun bathing terrace amidst palm trees, grape vines, lavendar, roses and honeysuckle including a private freshwater pool, 6 x 3 metres, 1.20 - 1.80 depth.
Overlooking the pool is a shady pergola with cafe table and chairs, behind this is a bbq area with a large wooden table, there is a washroom if you need to do your laundry, a shed and another small courtyard containing fruit trees and vines with a hammock.
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 a field 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 shower (1 solar powered)/2 wc's. 1 double bedroom, a single bed in the studio (which has its own access) All the rooms are painted white, naturally cool with shutters and fly screens. You can sleep 3 comfortably (5 at a push with 2 sofa beds but the place is unsuitable for children). Our prices are quoted for 2 people staying at the property. Any extra people staying will incur additional charges.
Both studio and main kalivi have air conditioning or heating should you require it including a traditional Greek fireplace in the studio which has a 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/hard back traditional style wooden chairs. Outside on the terrace is a large glass top table, with comfortable chairs and set of cushions wooden seats with a coffee table. There are 2 sun loungers with cushion pads available.
There is a large flat screen, DVD and CD player with ipod dock, music centre 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
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
.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.
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.
4.8 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
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.
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!
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!
A little gem
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!!
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
Skopelos has a plethera of beautiful beaches and secret coves all with crystal clear water and safe for swimming, snorkelling or snoozing on the fine shingle in the shade. Easy access by hire car or bike to all the island's beautiful beaches, or by bus to those on the main Glossa /Skopelos road. Hiking is one of the joys of this island and the location of Kalivi Karavi is perfect for exploring the areas of natural beauty where you are never far from the coast or a taverna.
The nearest airport is on neighbouring Skiathos - flights only from May - Oct.
(please ask for details should you wish to book out of season)
there are taxis outside the airport and it takes less than ten minutes to the port. Opposite is the ferry/hydrofoil ticket office where you can purchase your ticket in advance of the ferry to Loutraki port/Glossa, Skopelos (in high season best to book in advance and check availability online)
Glossa (nearest village: supermarkets, tavernas, bakeries, shops) - 10 minutes on foot, Loutraki (harbour, tavernas, supermarket and beaches) - 30 minutes on foot, Skopelos town (principal town and harbour) - 45 minute drive, 1 hour bus ride. Ellios (Palio Klima) on bus route has beaches, tavernas, supermarkets and small harbour... about 8 kms
Glossa is a totally authentic Greek town; one of the prettiest in the Sporades. Clambering uphill along narrow cobbled terraces paved with steps, distinguished by traditional architecture of wooden balconies and flowers will be rewarded with photographic encounters at every corner. 90 minutes walk from Glossa up to the north coast will bring you to several unspoilt beaches with the best snokelling on the island. East of Glossa you can drive or walk to Ayios Ioannis the splendidly sited monastry where the wedding in Mama Mia took place. Skopelos town is a 45 minute drive or a 60 minute bus ride through stunning verdant pine-clad mountainous landscape all the way. Alternatively you may explore the various jeep tracks that wind through olive groves and plum orchards toward Mount Dhelphi, through the elevated forests with freshwater springs and monasterys, including the site of Karya with its ancient tombs (Sendoukia). Don't forget walking shoes or your camera!
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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.
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.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
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From the Owner
“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.”
- Away From It All
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- naturist beach
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- fly fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- 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 1
- 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.
- Boat ...
- Kayak / Canoe
- Water Sports Gear
- 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.