A MEDIEVAL TOWER HOUSE IN THE PELOPONNESE WITH SWEEPING SEA VIEWS

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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A MEDIEVAL TOWER HOUSE IN THE PELOPONNESE WITH SWEEPING SEA VIEWS

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Agios Nikolaos Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 double bedrooms & 1 sofa bed, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6/8

A medieval tower house with sweeping views over the Mediterranean. Meticulously restored with modern comforts and an eye for textures, this 3 bedroom house provides an ideal base for exploring the nearby beaches, monuments and hiking areas of southern Greece, or simply sipping ouzo and soaking up history and sunshine in the 1200 square meter garden.

In the deepest south of old Greece, the Mani Peninsula, this is the beautifully restored tower house of the Manoleas family, with original structures dating from the 1600s. It has been fully modernized while retaining its original character, and decorated with local antiques. Located on the outskirts of Thalames, once the capital of the region in the Middle Ages, now a protected monument of winding streets and crumbling Byzantine churches. The house is set in beautifully landscaped gardens with ancient olive trees. The village sits at 450 meters altitude on the slopes of the Taygetus Mountains, 10 minutes from beautiful beaches

The Mani, a corner of ancient Greece: This is a property for travelers who want more than a usual resort vacation. Beaches there are plenty, some sand and some rocky, with crystal clear water for snorkeling, and the Taygetus mountains behind them offer amazing hiking country. What is unique however is the opportunity to live in a restored piece of history, a medieval tower house in a working Greek village. The olive mill is just down the road, local honey and mountain herbs are sold in the village square, and vans selling fresh fruit and vegetables come by daily. The village has cornerstones with ancient Roman and Greek inscriptions, Byzantine churches are hidden around many corners, and ancient Sparta is just 30 km away, on the other side of the Taygetus.

Not your standard rental property: Pyrgos Manoleas is our home, not a rental property. We spent many years touring Greece before finally deciding on Thalames and this property, which we bought in completely decrepit state from the Manoleas family. We spent 5 years, a huge amount of resources, effort and affection on restoring it to its original glory, bringing antique oak planks from Turkey for the floors, hand crafted tiles from Italy, hiring a German master craftsman to supervise works, and a talented Greek architect for the overall design. The garden has been carefully landscaped to provide many sitting areas with different ambiance and views for every season. The ancient olive and mulberry trees have been preserved, with Mediterranean flowering shrubs and aromatic plants rambling over old stone walls. We hope to retire there someday, and in the meantime rent it to people we consider guests, not clients.

Management: We live and work in Italy, but our property is managed for us by our friends Yoanna and Kiriakos, who take care of the garden and house. They live in the main part of the town, just a few hundred yards away, where Kiriakos runs one of the two local coffee shops. They can supply basic provisions, however a car is recommended for ease of movement, as public transport is limited

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alex (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Alex

We are a French-American couple who both work in humanitarian and development aid, currently with the United Nations, so our lifestyle is quite nomadic. We've lived in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Sudan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Congo and a few other countries in between. We are currently Rome based, but as soon as our daughters build up the required antibodies we'll be off again.

Alex purchased this villa in 2005

Why Alex chose Agios Nikolaos

I've been visiting Greece regularly since the 80's, and we decided to buy a property in 2003. After 2 years of house hunting across Crete, Kythira and the Mani we decided on the Thalames-Platsa-Langada area of the Exo-Mani as the best mixture of proximity to beautiful coastline, breathing space outside the crowd, longer sea views, and being a few degrees cooler in the summer. The unique fortress architecture of the Mani was also a big draw, but finding a pyrgos-spiti (tower house) to restore was not easy as they rarely come up for sale. Thalames was our first choice due to friends, amazing location, and special conservation status.

What makes this villa unique

While there are many beautiful properties for rent in Greece, there are few restored antique properties, for the simple fact that it is very expensive and time consuming to restore them. Pyrgos Manoleas is the real thing, with the main structure dated to 1686, and the 'newest' part to the mid 1800s, located on the outskirts of a town already described by Pausanias 1900 years ago. Thalames is a working Greek village, where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a traditional town, just ten minutes' drive from amazing beaches and coastal resorts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Votre maison est magnifique et la région splendide. Kiriakos est charmant et nous a fort bien accueilli. Nous sommes ravis de découvrir cette belle région et nous avons pu tester la taverne locale qui est effectivement fameuse!
Aug 2013
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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5

Simply beatufill

  • 5 of 5
Pyrgos Manoleas was very beatufill. We stayed there14 days and we did not even managed to explore the whole area. There is a variety of very beatifull, easy accessible beaches. There are lot of old churches to visit, mountains, caves but also the village of Thalames is authentic and quiet. The house is comfortable. The interior reminded us of years past, very beatifull. The view over the sea and mountains lives you breathless. this is the kind of place you want to go back to.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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5

A beautifully restored tower in a charming village

  • 5 of 5
This tower house has been beautifully restored. The upstairs bedroom has views of the sea and the mountains -- and the deep windows provide an excellent spot for reading a book while taking in the tranquil setting. The village of Thalames is quiet and lovely. A short walk away is a taverna with excellent food and a friendly owner. This part of the Mani is dotted with small villages connected by a road that overlays a Byzantine route. The neighboring villages of Platsa, Nomitsi and Langada all boast important medieval churches. If you want to immerse yourself in the essence of the Messenian Mani, this is the setting. It is far from the crowds and tourists of Stoupa and Kardamyli, but a quick car ride to both of those towns if one is interested. The night stars are spectacular. The caretaker for the house is charming. We felt very glad to have stayed in this special house and to have experienced the Mani as "residents."
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Agios Nikolaos Messinia
Riverside CT, USA
5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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5

More than a holiday home

  • 5 of 5
This is a really lovely place made all the more special because you can only access it on foot. The two buildings were perfect for us, a family of 5. The boys (late teens, early 20s) were happy to be detached from their parents, while their parents were blissed out in the wonderful bedroom at the top of the tower with its thick walls, and windows overlooking 3 different views. And the garden was really lovely too with many different spots to hang out in. The hammock was my favourite! We were made to feel very welcome, and enjoyed the village itself enormously where we spent at least three (out of our 6) evenings in the taverna. It was rather nice to stay back from the coast, although the coast remains delightfully unspoilt, with any development there is localised to villages and not spread out along an ugly strip. We ate some delicious food, and enjoyed so much friendliness from the people we met along the way. I would love to return to spend more time in the Mani and I'd very happily stay in Alex's tower again.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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5

Thalames ou le charme de l'authenticité

Thalames ou le charme de l'authenticité
  • 5 of 5
Lieu de séjour de charme, idéal pour les amateurs d’authenticité, de marche, de beaux paysages, de mer et de calme, dans un petit village ancré dans la tumultueuse histoire du Magne. Une tour du XVe siècle magnifiquement transformée en une confortable habitation, ses annexes, ses multiples terrasses dominant la côte découpée au milieu des oliviers.
Notre regret : notre petite semaine ne nous a pas laissé le temps d’explorer toutes les possibilités de visites de la région.
Nos grands plaisirs : les petits déjeuners sur les terrasses, les dîners à la taverne, les causettes avec Kiriakos, savourer le miel du papi de la place et l’huile du moulin, les promenades du soir parmi les oliviers en admirant la mer et bien d’autres choses … de grands moments de bonheur.
Merci à Julie et à Alex d’être si attentifs à bien recevoir leurs hôtes.
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Agios Nikolaos Messinia
American in Stuttgart
5

Beautiful, peaceful

  • 5 of 5
After much research and being intrigued by the Mani region, we decided on Pyrgos Manoleas. We have lived and traveled now for four years in Europe. Unequivocally, Pyrgos Manoleas is the most special and unique vacation home we’ve enjoyed. It is a beautifully restored stone defense tower house, originally built by the feudal Maniot. So, it’s not just an incredible vacation home, it’s a piece of history. The owners painstakingly restored this property – it is exquisite. As a family of five, we chose to sleep in the annex house, which has two large bedrooms and a bathroom. There is another beautiful bedroom in the tower house, so this property is perfect for privacy. The two structures are connected by a stone archway, all surrounded by enormous stone terraces and incredible views to the sea. It’s situated in a tiny, quiet village nestled on the hillside. It’s a fairly short drive to nearby beaches, our favorite being Foneas - we went late afternoon and it was quiet, nearly empty. The surrounding area has numerous of Byzantine churches and interesting towns (we particularly enjoyed Areopoli) to explore. This was truly one of our favorite vacations and we would love to return and highly recommend. Thank you to Kiriakos who was delightful and so helpful (we had car trouble; he went out of his way to help). We offer our sincere appreciation to Alex and Julia for sharing their beautiful home with strangers. Truly a treat!
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Kalamata international
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
2 village Kefeneion
Nearest Ferry
43 Kilometres
Gythion (ferries to Crete and Kythira)
Nearest Motorway
56 Kilometres
Kalamata
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Village taverna
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Pantazi beach
Car: recommended

The village of Thalames is the ancient capital of the region, now preserved heritage site. A sleepy town of old ivy covered stone tower houses and byzantine churches, surrounding a large platia, where a huge old plane tree provides shade to the local taverna, olive mill and honey vendors. Thalames is 2 km from the sea in a straight line, set at an altitude of 450 meters, which provides sweeping views along the coastline and across the Messenian Gulf to the fortress of Koroni

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From €900 Per week

Agios Nikolaos Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season 2014
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
€900
 
 
Low Season 2015
Apr 25 2015 - Jun 26 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€950
 
 
High Season 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Jul 31 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,200
 
 
Peak Season 2015
Aug 1 2015 - Sep 4 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,300
 
 
High Season 2015
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,200
 
 
Low Season 2015
Oct 3 2015 - Oct 30 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€950
 

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Cleaning €60
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Amenities

Amenities

Agios Nikolaos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Outdoor - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , top floor master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The master bedroom is on the top floor of the tower, with en suite bathroom (shower) and amazing views on three sides. The other two bedrooms are in the annex (10 meters from main tower), which includes a second full bathroom. The living room in the tower also provides an additional (double) sofa bed. A third full bathroom (shower) is on the ground floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Barbecue is high quality Weber Kettle model with accessories DVD/BluRay player with USB input for hard drive movies Sound system has both cable input for MP3/iPod and USB key input Garden hamoch provided Access to the house is through the narrow streets of the old town, closest vehicle access is 100 meters away. Due to steps and rough pavement the property is not suited for wheelchairs or persons with severe mobility restrictions. Pets welcome outdoors, large fenced garden Smoking indoors not allowed
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