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In the fabled Peloponnese! Just 3 1/2 hours from Athens and you're in the the charming port town of Gythion. Twenty minutes more and you're in mythical Mani and the little village of Konakia.
Thick hewn-stone walls, cypress beams, bamboo ceilings, wide-plank pine floors, terra-cotta tile roof--our grandfather Barba Yorgo's house has all the elements of a traditional country house in the Mani but with the convenience of up-to-date plumbing and wiring, and modern appliances--even a washer-dryer and terrific water pressure! There are verandas and balconies, outdoor tables and umbrellas, a barbecue, a vegetable garden and an olive grove--a perfect getaway for families, writers, artists . . . you name it.
From the verandas and windows of Barba Yorgo's house you look out on the little village of Konakia and the mountains beyond. The house has two apartments--that comfortably sleep eight--on three floors (please see LINK below to our WEB GALLERY for more photos):
- Ground-floor apartment: queen-size and two single beds, fireplace, full bath.
- Main-floor apartment (one flight up): kitchen, living room (fireplace and ceiling fans), bedroom (queen-size bed and fireplace), full bath.
- Loft: queen-size bed and balcony overlooking Konakia; reached from staircase in main-floor bedroom.
The house is off the beaten track but only a short drive to town, sightseeing, beaches and more:
- Port town of Gythion, with harbor-side seafood tavernas, shops, supermarkets, banking and internet cafes, 12 km (20-min. drive)
- Many coves and beaches (often with amenities) to explore; the nearest beaches (e.g. Mavrovouni, Vathi, Ageranos), only 20 min. away
- Romantic seaside Itilo and Limeni villages, with seafood specialties, 45-min. drive
- Sightseeing to medieval town of Monemvasia, 45-min. drive
- Celebrated Caves of Diro, 45-min. drive
- Famous Maniote 'Tower Towns,' such as Vathia
- Mythical entrance to Hades (there's one at Tenaron, at the very tip of the penninsula)
- Sparta and Medieval Mistras, 1-hr. drive
-Kelepha Castle, 45-min. drive
Take a walk through the countryside, hike up Taygetos mountain, go exploring. Or just hang out at home listening to the crickets and picking blackberries.
Keywords: Stone House
Our grandfather Barba Yorgo. When we were children, we couldn't wait to visit our grandfather every summer. Back then it took 7 hours just to get from Athens to Gythio and then another bumpy hour to Konakia. The property was a working farm, with goats and chickens, and dogs to guard the goats and chickens, and vegetables in the garden for cooking and a donkey for transportation and no electricity or running water or phone. Much has changed (the house has been completely and beautifully renovated and the roads are terrific), but much has not (it's still a magical place--and there is still no phone). We have many fond memories of our days there and hope you will too.
The Owner purchased this villa in 1940
Still a great place to stay at a nice, wellkept and unique stonehouse. Very friendly and helpful people around, great beaches nearby, impressive countryside and no other tourists.
We were here for the third time, I think that says it all.
There are so many excellent attributes to Baba Yorgo's, it is impossible to describe them all. But at least let me share some highlights that demonstrate our enthusiasm. We travelled for 2 months in Bulgaria and Greece so a village home in a rural setting provided an excellent change from hotels, pensions and guest houses; self catering and solitude. The house and garden are beautiful and well maintained; we regret not allocating several days just to simply sit and enjoy the ambience of this place more than we did. We not only self catered but also went to the local taverna (Petrino, there is only one) and became immersed in village night life and the hospitality of Christo and Marina without a common language to explain the many laughs we all shared as we communicated through gestures. Access to the glories of the Mani, spectacular drives, beaches, stunning coastlines, perpendicular mountain roads, caves with attitude, the magic of Mystra, interesting towns, fascinating history and ancient folklore; all within an day trip or two or three. The rural setting means lovely views from the terrace, tinkling of sheep and goat bells, birds twittering and absence of artificial noise; drink in the serenity! Cleverly priced so that a stay here is affordable based on the number of residents not floor space; we appreciated that a mature couple like us could enjoy Baba Yorgo's in a different way to a family or a group of friends without any premium. Adoni and his cousin Maria have this one nailed for friendly, professional, responsive and well managed accommodation.
A very nice place away from the crowds. only 1/2 hour from Githios [which we did not particularly like] and the beautiful beaches around it [which we did]. Clean, spacious, complete kitchen amenities. We enjoyed not having internet nor tv, made possible some more human interactions and being together. Adoni was very helpful with recommendations on the area.
Villa Yithion is much more than a vacation home, we have used it as a base for our excursions in Mani, but we regret not having spent more time, it is in fact a house where it's nice to stay, live immersed in a pleasant atmosphere and a charming nature.
We (a family of four: 3 adults and one child) have spent 10 wonderful days in Konakia. We were looking to stay in an authentic location away from purpose built tourist accommodations and this was perfect. The house sits amongst olive groves on the edge of the small village of Konakia and the view of the surrounding mountains and countryside is superb. It is a rural and quiet location but the countryside is very much lived in and one doesn't feel isolated. We found the house itself clean, spacious, tastefully furnished and well equipped. We have felt very welcome thanks for the owner with whom communication was very easy and friendly and who is always ready to help. Some of his relatives who live in Konakia were also extremely kind; being offered vegetables from the garden was great!
Gythio and the nearest beaches (Mavrovouni and Skoutari, our favourite) were 20 to 30 minutes away by car but driving was not really a problem but more of a pleasant adventure. Roads are windy but driving allows you to discover interesting places, come across many animals (tortoises, badgers,foxes,goats and donkeys) and meet people you would never have the chance to see if you were closer to the coast.
We very much hope to go back to Konakia which is an ideal base to explore this beautiful and unspoilt region.
We (family, two children of 9 & 11) enjoyed our two weeks stay at Barba Yorgo's house a lot. The house is spacious, excellently maintained and equipped (lacks only a dishwasher, but we didn't miss it), nicely furnished, very clean, and has nice surroundings, with a rather nice view on the mountains and into the garden with olive trees, flowers and vegetable beds.
The owner and his cousin, (who came by every evening to water the garden, were very friendly and helpful, all questions were answered promptly.
You defintely need a car, since Konakia is a little village with no shopping opportunities whatsoever. But Gythion (with supermarkets, restaurants, banks, post office etc.) is only a 15min drive. To the very nice beaches nearby you need about 20min (highly advisable: the beaches of Mavrovóuni and Skoutari). Best restaurant we found: "O barba Petros" in Areopoli, about 30min (30 km) away.
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5 night minimum stay
75 euros/night for up to 2 persons; extra 10 euros/night for each additional person; 5-night minimum.
Deposit of one-third in advance required to hold the reservation; the balance is due upon arrival. No other fees or charges.
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