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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking


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.

Harriet Bridgeman
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2018

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 Monemvasía

Testimonies from our Visitor's Book:

As idyllic and rejuvenating as last time. We discovered new pleasures and revisited familiar. MANY thanks to Chante and Theo for all their help. We will return!

Joe, Vicky, Ted, Anna. July, 2017

Limonas has continued to be the amazing place I remembered it to be and I can't think of a better way I could have spent my first few weeks of summer so thank you to everyone in and around Monemvasia who made our holiday so special. I will never forget the wonderful experiences I have had here including watching shooting stars late at night, dancing on the verandah to Joni Mitchell, starlit swims off the causeway between the new and old town, and eating many of the best meals of my life. I hope everyone who stays here has such a lovely, lovely time.

Anna, aged 13

It has been TOO good. It is terribly painful to leave - a real bereavement. The place is woven deeply and tightly into the very strange book I have been writing here.

Charles and Mary Foster. August and September, 2017

Thank you so much. It has been an amazing stay. I recommend the beach down the lane. At night I saw a shooting star. I was paddling in the water when a turtle swam under my feet. I recommend Pipinelli's taverna. He does amazing party tricks such as picking up and holding the table in his teeth. Thank you.

Rachel, aged 9

What makes this cottage unique

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!

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Monemvasía in Laconia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • 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.
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • 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 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.


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Eco-friendly, Simple And Rustic One-storey House In Quiet, Unspoilt Open Country
average rating of 4.75 based on 14 reviews

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: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 06-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 05-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Einfaches Haus, gut ausgestattet, mit schönem Garten und Kamin

  • 4 of 5

Das Haus selber ist sehr einfach, aber völlig in Ordnung. Die Ausstattung ist (für griechische Verhältnisse) ebenfalls in Ordnung. Ein kleines Manko ist, dass die Wände nicht bis zur Decke gehen, man also in den Schlafzimmern nicht von Lichtschein (und Geräuschen) aus dem Wohnbereich und den anderen Schlafzimmern geschützt ist.

Das direkte Umfeld ist sehr schön, großer Garten, naher (Kies)Strand (ein schöner Sandstrand ist wenige Minuten mit dem Auto entfertn). Auch die Lage zu Momenvasia und Neapolis ist gut.

Chante, die Verwalterin, ist sehr nett, auch ist es einfach mit ihr zu kommunizieren (Englisch ist ihre Muttersprache).

Bettwäsche muss mitgebracht (oder für 10 Euro/Person gemietet) werden.

Insgesamt empfehlenswert.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

This isn't a typical tourist area so no special interest holidays are offered, as far as I know. If you speak Greek, you'll be able to make further enquiries in the area once you're there! Cycling, walking and swimming are all possible.


Limonas is off the coast road south of Monemvasia so the closest beach is about 200m in front of the house, separated from the house by the garden and the road. There are sandy beaches along the coast in either direction from the house - as you drive from Monemvasia, you'll see plenty of spots to visit. The best are about 1/4 of mile on either side of the house.


If you are travelling from the UK, the nearest airports are Kalamata or Athens. The drive from Kalamata to Monemvasia takes 90 minutes; the drive from Athens to Monemvasia is 4-5 hours. However, Kalamata only operates during the summer months (roughly May-September), in which case Athens is the best option from the UK. Taxis to Monemvasia from Athens would cost around €100. Car rental is easiest from Athens: , and compartmentalize. Daily bus from Athens to Monemvasia takes 5-6 hours.


Any taxi from Athens Airport knows where the Bus Station is for buses going to the Peloponnese. There is a boat which leaves Piraeus (accessible by taxi from the airport) at 9am three times a week which takes about 6 hours.

Further Details:

At the foot of the rock of Monemvasia and the old town is the new town and a small port with restaurants, shops and hotels. In Monemvasia, opposite the marina, hire bicycles for €5 per day, adults and children. Fishing can be arranged through Sophia Gollek; boat trips through her husband Yannis.

Lula, who has a small shop nearby, sells olive oil, bread, simple groceries and calor gas. Bottled wine is now generally available at the grocers' shops in Monemvasia but wine from the cask, which you can buy in your own container at any taverna or from the grocer or the butcher, is cheaper. Lula's wine is recommended, also that of Coulas her brother who has a taverna on the opposite side of the road going towards Monemvasia. Particularly good is the local Kastropolitia, only €6 red or white, produced by the Monemvasia Winery.

A far wider selection of groceries is available in Monemvasia. Costas, Lula's son, runs a larger restaurant attached to her shop at Aghia Stefanos, which offers some of the best and cheapest food in the area. It is the closest restaurant to the house and is frequented by locals rather than tourists. Restaurants recommended include Pipinellis (cheap and good!) at Aghia Paraskavi, halfway back to Monemvasia, and Taverna Kamares just beyond.

Suggested trips:

Mistra, Byzantine city just outside Sparta, 60 miles away

The Dirgos caves, through which one can take boat tours, and which children love. These are beyond Githion, a very attractive fishing town.

The Mani, the fascinating near-deserted next door 'leg' of Greece written about by Patrick Leigh Fermor in his book of that name.

The beautiful port of Yeraka, and the other mountain and coastal villages to the north of Monemvasia. The wine in Yeraka is like nectar.

Eleffansos, a delightful small island which can be reached by a boat; there is also an excellent beach. Travel across the country via Foutia or by the longer but better coast road.

Porto Heli can be visited by boat.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £20

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.
Security deposit not necessary.
Changeover Day: Weekend days - Sat-Sat preferred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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