Available from November until May
This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom traditional stone villa is situated just outside the medieval mountain village of Proastio, on the Mani peninsula above Kardamyli. The nearest beach, is the unspoilt bay of Kalamitsi , which is a 7-minute drive or 35-minute walk down an ancient footpath (kalderimi).
On the edge of an olive grove, with 360 degree views of mountains and sea, the villa was built in 2011 using stone taken from its own land. All doors open onto a wide terrace and a lovely garden which is in sympathy with its natural environment, with olive trees that produce the famous Mani olive oil. Fig, pomegranate, lemon, orange and quince trees and the perpetual smell of lavender and rosemary surround the house itself.
The villa has an open kitchen-dining- living area, separated from the shaded terrace by sliding doors. Facilities include gas hob, electric oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine. With a log-burning fireplace to keep it warm in winter and a high roof of exposed rafters to keep it cool in summer, its furnishings are simple but stylish. The main bedroom, with ensuite bathroom, has a double bed. There is a second bedroom with two single beds next to the second bathroom (with shower). A sofa-bed in the main room separates into two single beds to provide accommodation for a total of six people. An outdoor shower, barbecue, and wifi modem, plasma screen and DVDs, music system and books and maps on the area, are available for the use of guests. The triangular 6.2x 4m swimming pool, with easy-access steps and deck chairs and loungers on a wide paved surround, provides ideal opportunities for sunbathing and cooling off.
The villa is situated on a quiet road, away from neighbours but within a few minutes’ walk, on traffic-free lanes, of the village square, ancient churches, café bar and basic village store.
The picturesque seaside village of Kardamyli is less than 10 minutes drive, with three supermarkets and a post office.