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Eco-friendly, Simple And Rustic One-storey House In Quiet, Unspoilt Open Country

People9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

About the property

House 4 miles South of Monemvasia , 5 Minutes on Foot from the Sea, Tranquil And Set In Open Countryside

Pretty one-storey house on the Southern Peloponnese coast. Low-environmental impact with deliberately minimal use of 20th/21st-century energy supplies in the property. This is very much traditional living: the twentieth-century has only just arrived, let alone the twenty-first which is the why the rental is exceptionally low. The house is not on an electricity grid so the cooker, fridge and heater are run off calor gas, but solar panels power the lighting, the shower and the water. There is an open fire for the winter months. The housekeeper is there to help generally and to provide fresh linen and to help with washing. There is a facility to recharge batteries using solar power.


Owner
Harriet Bridgeman
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Harriet Bridgeman

We built the house in Greece around 40 years ago and took our four children there for annual holidays. Now our grandchildren visit and we still enjoy going there too. We hope you will enjoy your time there!

Harriet Bridgeman purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Harriet Bridgeman chose Laconia

We bought a little plot of land in the late 1960s and built a simple house there in the style of the local Greek homes. It has the traditional reed-lined roof and Greek blue shutters at all the windows with mosquito netting built in. The large chimney breast is the main feature in the living area. The large sheltered veranda outside is where most people choose to eat and spend the majority of their time. The area is still underpopulated and many artists and writers have stayed there and have fallen in love with the tranquility and the surrounding wildlife. The most noisy aspect of the area is the cicadas!

What makes this cottage unique

The area offers a standard of living which my family really enjoy - locally grown food, cooked to order; wine produced locally from vineyards in the area. You can enjoy peace and quiet for reading, walking, exploring a local butterfly valley, sunbathing, or use the house as a base from which to walk up to the mountains, explore the coast, take boat trips or cycle. There are no other properties like this available to rent in the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The most relaxing and most memorable holiday at Limonas - a happy, happy time - a wonderful limbo between mountains and sea and old friendships renewed. What could be more beautiful or appropriate at this time of change?
Mar 2016
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Monemvasía in Peloponnese

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower leading off the main room. An extra loo and separate shower are at the rear of the house.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One room with 2 double beds; one room with one double bed; one room with one double bed and one single bed.
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: There are three bedrooms with multiple beds in each. The external shower-room is accessed to the right of the house, around the back. There are board games and plug-in battery-powered sockets for charging mobile phones - there is very little phone reception and no wifi offered. The closest place for internet connections is Monemvasia new town - the cafes offer it. Hair dryers are too strong for the plug-in sockets so forget blow drying, hair straightening and ironing! We recommend you bring car chargers for phones and laptops, or battery-powered chargers. As stated, there is no TV or DVD-viewing facility so do bring external power supplies for laptops if you want to watch films. There are plenty of books to read, and the ubiquitous Scrabble board. The house is very simply furnished and cleaned between each let by a friendly local couple, Chante and Theo. Chante will meet you outside Monemvasia and take you to the house on arrival. Both speak Greek and excellent English. Outside: The grassy area in front of the house is suitable to park cars and sit outside or sunbathe on. Those who prefer indirect sunlight can sit on the covered verandah. The shoreline closest to the house is a typically Greek pebbly and sandy beach and can be swum from and walked along, but there are better ones along the coast in either direction for sitting and sunbathing on. Around the back of the house is a lemon orchard and further along are olive groves and a butterfly valley - full of butterflies in July and August. The wild flowers of Greece are stunning and flourish in April and May. You are very close to nature here. Occasionally birds get inside the roof, although this is very infrequent, and shouldn't disturb you. If you are a light sleeper and think you would be woken, we would recommend you bring ear plugs. There are two simple tavernas and a mini-shop less than half a mile up the coast. Utility Room: N/a Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Guests can bring their own towels and linen, although linen can be hired at an extra cost - €10pp. Given the very low cost of rent, we request that guests please replenish the gas canisters at the end of their visit, and leave a tip for the cleaner. Other: At the front of the house is a covered veranda with a table. The kitchen is off the right of the verandah. Next to the kitchen is the main front door, which takes you into the central living room. Access to the extra shower room/loo is behind the house.

Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

5

Limonas is an absolute tonic!

  • 5 of 5

The property and surrounding area has a very magical charm and warmth about it. The local people were very welcoming and we felt very much at home. Loved the 'off grid' part of solar water heating and lighting. Chante and Theo (the welcoming party) were like old friends and couldn't be more helpful. We always felt as though we were being looked after.

If you want a relaxing holiday and get a flavour of Greek life look no further. Having a car was a must for short excursions and trips into the mountains, but most of the time we were very happy on the local beech and going to local restaurants. Would thoroughly recommend, and can see ourselves going back in the future.

Thanks to the owners for sharing their beautiful property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Rural idyll

  • 5 of 5

We had a blissful time. Limonas is as characterful as the description implies. Local beaches were gorgeous and there was a wealth of great tavernas. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Norwich, Norfolk
5

In Arcadia

  • 5 of 5

My father, sister and I stayed in this charming, no-frills holiday house, and enjoyed every minute. Its simplicity was endearing and reminded us that life without Wifi is both possible, and enjoyable. Being off-grid really made it a proper break from the frenzy of life back at home. We discovered for ourselves the excellent local wine, the magic of Monemvasia, and the ancient history of the area.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2011
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £40
Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Limonas is let for £400 per week during high season (April-Sept inclusive); payment is accepted by bank transfer or cheque. A deposit of 50% is due immediately on booking to secure the reservation; the remaining amount is due one month before the booking commences. We feel the rates are extremely reasonable and a clear description of the property given; therefore refunds are not given unless the reasons clearly substantiate.

Changeover Day:
Weekend days - Sat-Sat preferred.

A deposit of 50% is due immediately on booking to secure the reservation; the remaining amount is due one month before the booking commences. We feel the rates are extremely reasonable and a clear description of the property given; therefore refunds are not given unless the reasons clearly substantiate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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