If you know your Mani history, you'll be aware of the famous Mani Towers, built in strategic locations thoughout the region, and used as defensive assets should invaders venture in from the sea. This Tower house on offer today takes up a commanding position above the village of Kariovouni, at the head of the Tepeni Gorge. It sits up above the community below and is in a great strategic location .... views up the gorge into the mountains, and down the riverbed, running towards the sea.
The village of Kariovouni is a lovely little community at the foothills of the Taygetos mountains, just an 11 km drive from the coastal resort of Stoupa. It boasts one of the only year round taverna's, which is famous for its food and hospitality. A lot of properties are occupied all year round in the village, with some permanent residents and many lovely restorations have already been completed or are underway.
This Tower has had some major works already completed to the grounds and the external structure, and is now ready for an internal modernisation and refit. Access to the property is exceptional with a main gate and new roadway in to the parking areas below the Tower. Having 4,000m2 of terraced land, this property also has plenty of scope for future expansion as well if wanted. The grounds have been very well landscaped and are full of olive (30 trees), walnut and fruit trees, as well as many local flora, herbs and shrub. An old animal store sits at the back of the plot and could easily be restored as external workplace or guesthouse.
With 238m2 of living space, sat on 4 levels, this is one of the larger Towers in the region and this has enabled full staircases to be fitted to all levels, making it very comfortable to move about within the property. The owner has retained many of the old features and these have been incorporated into the restoration done to date. All of the exterior walls have been cleaned and repointed to a very nice standard, with new doors and windows being fitted throughout. Internally the property is dry and cosy but also has a number of balconies and outdoor seating areas from where you can sit and admire the different views throughout the day. There are 7 distinct living spaces that have been created inside, so other than the kitchen and bathroom areas the new owners would have a blank canvas with which to work with for the new interior design.
A property well worth viewing and considering as a family home when the restoration is completed. Greekscape works with many local craftsmen, architects and engineers in the region, should any help be needed to complete the project.
The finished property will easily be large enough to potentially have up to 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and external guest apartments in the grounds. The gardens are also large enough to accommodate a swimming pool and sports areas if desired.