Villa in Kyparissia, Peloponnese, Greece - Amongst the olive groves, only 6 minutes drive to the sea
A beautiful stone built villa, just 6 mins drive (2.5 km) from the picturesque seaside village of Kalo Nero ("Good Water" in Greek) and 60km of wide sandy beaches of Kyparissia Bay, a protected NATURA area and nesting ground of the' Loggerhead Sea Turtle. This unique villa is set on its own amongst olive groves in a 3000 sq metre landscaped garden including a large lawned area perfect for ball games, with views of the mountains and Ionian Sea. All round patios and relaxing seating. Private pool 7m diameter, 1.35m deep with children's slide. Tranquil, spacious and fully equipped for several couples or families, the villa is designed to reflect the best of traditional stone work and an open plan contemporary interior. Greek Tourist Authority Licenced. Wi fi satellite internet. Table Tennis table. Large children's games room. Stone built Wood Fired Oven and large BBQ. Fenced chickens with fresh eggs available to guests.
The nearby seafront village of Kalo Nero has both organised and secluded natural areas, including sea turtle nests and several small local sea-front tavernas serving authentic Greek food and fresh fish. There are mini markets, a bakery, a fantastic grocers and butchers with local produce and children's playground. Right on the sea front is a swimming pool bar inc a large children's pool. The beach extends north for 60 km into Kyparissia Bay, with its wide sandy beaches lined by dunes, coastal pine forest and watermelon fields. Plans are afoot by the Greek Government to declare the Bay a national park to conserve its natural beauty and protect the 11 endangered species of reptiles and flora found there.
Situated close to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic games, Ancient Messini, Pilos town and Navarino Bay, Voidokilia Beach, Gialova Lagoon and numerous ancient sites, it is the prefect place to experience authentic Greek nature and culture. In the surrounding mountains lie rustic stone villages with authentic tavernas, historic towers, the Neda River Gorge and waterfalls and panoramic views. The intact marble Temple of Apollo at Vassae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the mountains 1 hours drive behind the villa. The ancient sites of Messini, Ithoni and Nestors Palace all under 1 hours drive away as are the beautiful waterfalls of Polylimnio (many lakes). The villa is a great spot for exploration and there are maps and guidebooks provided. The Greek Sea Turtle Society (Archelon) Information Kiosk is located nearby in Kalo Nero and their Exhibition Centre is 10 mins drive at Aggianakis.
The Kyparissia area has all year interest and mild weather. In July and August village fiestas are held with much feasting and Greek dancing. Late autumn sees the start of the olive harvest and the annual bird migrations South. January is perfect for skiing and snowboarding at the Mainalo Ski Resort (1.30 hours drive) as well as walks along deserted beaches. Spring brings meadows of wild flowers, Easter celebrations and the return of the nesting sea turtles.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
I am from the UK and my partner, Kostas is Greek. Kostas's mother is from Siderokastro, a village in the mountains nearby and we were touring the area many years ago when we happened to stumble through a pine forest on to the longest beach we had ever seen in Greece! On leaving, we bumped into the volunteers of Archelon and learnt that Kyparissia Bay is the largest nesting ground of the Loggerhead Turtle in the Mediterranean. I then spent all my summers in a tent volunteering until the house was built!!! The villa was designed by us and built in 2006 whilst we were expecting our daughter. We are bilingual, very knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to help whenever we can.
4.9 based on 14 holidaymaker reviews
We had a great stay in the beginning of October. Two families with kids. The House is even better than on the photos, and the hosts were very friendly, kind and service minded. Beautiful sunset view and a very tranquil environment, with olive trenes and nice paths for running. At night some of the dogs in the area were barking, and they kept some in our party a bit sleepless at night. But again, what is better than sleeping it out at beautiful beaches the day after, and we could enjoy them all almost by ourselves! Thanks for a great stay, would love to return.
Our entire stay could not have been any better! The house is beautiful and fully equipped with everything you need and more! Really light, spacious, amazing pizza oven, BBQ, football pitch, pool, table tennis! Kostas and Judy were also both lovely to deal with, really helpful and gave us great tips on what to do, including a boat trip, waterfalls, dinner recommendations, turtle survey etc. Could not recommend it anymore! Thank you for a brilliant holiday!!
Perfect Villa with stunning view. Awesome
Thank you Judy and Kostas for letting us stay in your beautiful home. You were both lovely hosts, very welcoming and friendly and full of top tips on places to visit / taverna's etc, and it was good to know you were only a text away should we have needed anything.
We had a fantastic holiday, the house had everything we needed from insect nets at the windows, fans in the bedrooms to a beautiful garden and pool and of course a lovely view of the sea and mountains. Everything was clean and well maintained and we all enjoyed pancakes for breakfast made with freshly laid eggs from the chickens , and homemade pizza coked in the wood oven.
We had several days out during our stay all within easy reach from the villa. South of the villa, just over an hours drive we visited Voidokillia beach, Gialova , Navarino Bay where we hired a boat for the day and saw the monuments around the bay and did some snorkelling.
North of the villa we visited the archeological site of Olympia then had lunch at the Bacchus restaurant ( to avoid the touristy olympia village ) good lunch and lovely views of the countryside ( about 5-10 minutes drive outside the olympic village on the main road east of olympia , in a place called Ancient Pissa). We then drove the Apollo Temple, which was slightly disappointing as it was covered in a large tent during restoration work, but the drive there was beautiful as long as you can cope with hair-pin bends on the mountain roads.
We also visit the site of ancient Messene, we went early to avoid the heat and then had delicious lunch in the family run taverna, Ithomi in village of Mavromati , which has good views of the ruins.
Shorter trips near the villa included some Tombs and a restored watermill, which does an excellent chocolate cake.
We were also lucky enough during our stay to see baby loggerhead turtles hatching at Kalo Nero beach. We spent about 30 minutes with the turtle protection group from about 10.30pm. Very informative and interesting , would loved to have spent longer and done the whole night survey but unfortunately we weren't allowed as they have had lots problems with people destroying nests etc. I hope to come back and volunteer properly one day.
We still had plenty of time to chill out at the villa and enjoy the pool and the beautiful sunsets. Kids were aged 14 and 16 and both had a really good holiday. We would definitely recommend staying here. Thank you once again. Tracy, Tim, Lily & Jack
This villa had everything, well planned and well equipped wonderful views and good location. It is perfect for a family or group holiday. It is near the beach and it is also possible to visit ancient sites like Olympia. The owners were nearby in case there were any problems (which there weren't) and were helpful with tips of where to visit. I would recommend the villa to anyone.
A fantastic break at this villa for a week in late May 2016
We have just returned from a weeks break at this villa and have had a fantastic time
The villa is very well equipped and in great condition
Judy and Kostas are excellent hosts
The views from the villa, terrace and pool are perfect and the BBQ was well used during our stay
Plenty of outdoor space for children to run around and explore securely and my daughter loved collecting the chicken eggs each day
I would thoroughly recommend a stay at this villa, with such a large property and grounds it would easily host a large group!
Great family home turned into perfect holiday home. Beautiful place.
The owners were incredibly helpful without being intrusive. Wonderful indoor and outdoor living spaces. Very private, beautiful rural spot yet 4 minutes in car from shops, fabulous beach etc. A very good location for exploring the Peloponnese. Could not recommend it more.
From the Owner
“The stone used to construct the villa was brought from the southern greek region of the Mani and constructed in a traditional style by local stonemasons. The stone was sourced from a 100 year old Mani house and many contain fossils and crystals.”
Activity and Interests
Beaches and Archeological sites:
A 6 minute drive from the villa leads to the Bay of Kyparissia with wide sandy beaches stretching for 60 km lined by sand dunes, coastal pine forest and watermelon fields. A designated NATURA protected habitat, the beaches are mainly undeveloped and prefect for sun and nature lovers. The Greek Sea Turtle Society (Archelon) protects the nests of the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caret), an endangered species, along 14 km of stunning coastline just north of the villa.
The beaches of Kalo Nero and to the south, Sani Paradise Beach and Kyparissia Beach have tourist facilities, whereas the northern beaches of Vounaki, Aggiannaki, Elaia, Giannitsohori and Tholo are completely unspoilt. These beaches are wide and sandy, just how the turtles like them! South of Kyparissia, towards Agrili, Gianitsana Stormio and Laguvados, the scenery changes and there are coves and good snorkelling.
A little further, at Marathopoli there are lovely seafront restaurants with fresh seafood and boat trips can be made to and around the small island of Proti opposite which is great for snorkelling.
Further still, about 30 minutes drive is the famous horseshoe shaped beach of Voidokilia and the Gialova Lagoon nature reserve. An atmospheric ruined castle on top of a cliff, Paleokastro, can be reached by a path leading to the top and if you are reasonably fit, its possible to trek down the other side past Nestors Cave, to the beach. Walk around the lagoon in the early morning or sunset and you may see flamingos (yes its true!), egrets, herons and kingfishers. The African Chameleon also nests there.
A detour to the archeological site of Nestors Palace is well worth it here.
The small but beautiful seaside village of Gialova is also a great option for eating out as it has a wonderful selection of both authentic Greek and international food as well as interesting shops.
The next stop is the historical port town of Pilos where the famous Battle of Naverino Bay took place. A stunning and well preserved town where boat trips can be taken around the huge bay. A large variety of water sports are also available here as well as sailing boat hire. Just 11 kms away is the vast castle complex at Methoni, well preserved and dating from many different historical periods, the tip of the castle juts out into the sea!
The villa is 40 mins drive from Kalamata airport with UK flights via Easyjet, Ryan Air, Thomas Cook and Aegean Airlines. Pick up taxis can be arranged. Car hire is essential for exploring the area and there are several local providers. KTEL buses operate local and national services. Athens is 3 hours drive. Patras port with connections to Italy is 2 hours. The port of Kilini with ferries to Zakynthos and Kefallonia is 1.5 hours drive. Kalamata port ferries operate to Kythira, Crete and Athens.
The villa is 2.5 km from Kalo Nero village and 7.5 km from Kyparissia. The ancient tombs of Peristeria are 3 km. Ancient Olympia is 55 km, Ancient Messini 40 km. The historical town of Pylos, Navarino Bay, Gialova Lagoon (NATURA site and home to the rare African Chameleon as well as flamingos, egrets and herons) and Voidokilia Beach (a stunning horseshoe bay) are all under an hours drive south. Methoni Castle and Nestors Palace (1 hour). The River Neda Gorge waterfalls and Polylimnio (1 hour).
The nearby pretty seaside village of Kalo Nero is located on a 2 km beach, with both organised and secluded natural areas including sea turtle nests. The beach extends to the north for 60 km and forms part of the Bay of Kyparissia. A swimming pool bar, including kids pool, is situated on the sea front, as well as several authentic waterfront tavernas with live traditional Greek music, fresh fish and local dishes, mini markets and shops with local Greek produce. It has a relaxed and intimate atmosphere as the area has not yet been fully developed and can be explored on foot. The market town of Kyparissia with its port and all modern facilities including banks, supermarkets, bars, nightclubs and restaurants is 15 minute drive. A walk through the historical upper town leads to the ruins of a Frankish castle and amphitheatre with stunning views of the bay.
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Christmas & New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
2 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
27 May 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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The property holds an EOT (Greek Tourist Authority) Licence No:1249K92000336501. The villa is also fully insured. Changeover times/days are flexible and we are always available nearby in the local area for assistance, information or interpreting for our guests. We can also help with early/late arrivals and arrange taxis/shopping.
We charge a cleaning fee of £70 for couples/£100 groups for all bookings. The price is for the property per night for 8 guests. Additional guests up to a maximum of 15 persons at further charge of £10/per person/per night.
A FaceTime / Skype / telephone call can be made prior to booking.
We ask guests to leave the villa in good condition as it is our family home.
Please put paper etc in the bins provided in the toilets thanks.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
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From the Owner
“The villa is nestled amongst olive groves with views of the Ionian sea and the mountains of Kyparissia. Tranquil and relaxing with perfect sunset views and enveloped in a sea of greenery.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
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- Iron & Board
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- Child's Highchair
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- Music Library
- Ping Pong Table
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- Video Games
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- pets considered ...
- smoking allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- near the sea
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water skiing
- 300 m²
- Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bedroom 1 has an en-suite stone bathroom with wc and shower. Bedrooms 2,3 and 4 share a larger stone bathroom with wc and shower. There is also a ground level stone bathroom with wc and shower. Baby bath and toddler bath also available on request.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, en suite bathroom
- Description of sleeping capacity: The villa sleeps a maximum of 15 persons as follows: - 4 Double Bedrooms (8 persons) - 2 Double sofa beds & 1 single sofa in living room (5 persons) - adult sized bunk beds in the basement games room (2 persons) - baby cot available - toddler bed available A maximum of 15 persons. An additional surcharge of £15 per person is payable for bookings for more than 8 guests. The cleaning fee for large groups is £100. Layout of villa bedrooms: First Floor: Bedroom 1:King size double bed, Bedroom 2: Double bed, Bedroom 3: Double bed, Bedroom 4: Queen size double bed . Sea views and shared large balcony. Cot and toddler bed available. Ground floor: 2 Double sofa beds for 2 further guests in living room. Single sofa for 1 person. Basement games room: Adult sized bunk beds for 2 guests.
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- Tennis ...
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- 2 bicycles
- Outside: Private pool. Shaded patios on all sides with outdoor furniture. Large upper balcony. Stone barbecue and wood fired oven. Garden includes lawn area with goalposts, badminton net, mini table tennis and boules. Bicycles available. Country roads outside the villa lead across olive groves to the local chapel and farms. Parking for many cars in private courtyard. Greek Tourist Authority Licence No:1249K92000336501.