Our family of 4 spent two weeks in this very special place. Situated on the edge of the village, Pyrgos Manoleas is a thoughtfully restored, carefully maintained and exceptionally comfortable and spacious house in one of the most serene settings we have ever experienced. But most adjectives fall short.
Alex and Julie offer a unique opportunity to experience an exquisite corner of the Peloponnese, where even newcomers feel perfectly at home and yet wonderfully disconnected from the world beyond the Mani. Morning coffee and afternoon apéritifs on the terrace were the perfect bookends to our days in Thalames. There are delightful walks near the house and further afield, with magnificent landscapes and seascapes, and enchanting discoveries around every bend . . . the mysterious mountains with their endless stories buried inside . . . the sparkling water and beaches of smooth, warm pebbles. The nearby taverna, O Platanos, and the Nomitsi grill a couple minutes down the road, as well as the local honey, olive oil and wild herbs, provide all the food and drink one needs (although there are so many excellent restaurants in Agios Nikolaos, Kardamyli, etc), as well as the occasions to meet some lovely people. A garden filled with olive and mulberry trees, rosemary, lavender and oregano, wildflowers poking out of the ground, bougainvillea spilling over the stone walls, the mountains embracing the house and the endless sea in the distance, the constant birdsong and the occasional, soft clanking of a sheep bell . . . the elemental fragrances, flavors, textures, music and colors of Pyrgos Manoleas are the backdrop for the most glorious of holidays.