A MEDIEVAL TOWER HOUSE IN THE PELOPONNESE WITH SWEEPING SEA VIEWS

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Sleeps8
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

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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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered

Alex

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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

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.

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.

Sleeps8
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
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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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
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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.
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Votre maison est magnifique

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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!
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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Agios Nikolaos Messinia
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Thalames ou le charme de l'authenticité

Thalames ou le charme de l'authenticité
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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.
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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Beautiful, peaceful

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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It's Much More Than a Tower House

It's Much More Than a Tower House
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
After reading Patrick Leigh Fermor's book "Mani", a small group of us from California became determined to explore the towns and towers described in his wonderful book. 12 days were not enough, so this past June we returned, but this time we had the fortune of staying in an actual Mani Tower. Pyrgos Manoleas is not just another vacation rental.....its is a wonderland for the traveler......everything you could possibly want in a place to stay. It is situated in a delightful Greek village with locals who soon became our friends. We were met on the road by Kiriakos (the manager) who guided us to the spot (thank goodness) and showed us all the things we should know, and was at our service at any time. The house itself was actually two large structures.....one the 3 storey tower (which even at our senior ages, we happily scampered up to the top floor for the fabulous views of the sea and surrounding hills.) The living room was very comfortable and decorated with lovely Greek antiques. The kitchen was outfitted with everything you would ever need for cooking or just snacking. We fixed breakfast every morning, and took Alex's advice and used the local taverna "The Oasis" for dinner. We once ate there (6 of us) for 38 euros. After a couple of times the main waiter Leonidas started giving us complementary wine. We really felt at home there, and truly enjoyed "happy night" when everyone local and non local came for singing and dancing. The second structure was a lovely single level with two large bedrooms and a large and modern bathroom in between. It had its own patio, but there were several patios to choose from, so there was lots of space for even a group of six single adults. We explored on a daily basis, and used Alex's suggestions especially for swimming and snorkeling.....and discovered some lovely quiet beaches and several delightful villages along the coast, including Trakhila with the cleanest and clearest water anyone could hope for. We all agreed that one week was not enough, and hope to return in the future. We all highly recommend Pyrgos Manoleas for almost anyone.....we were 4 women and 2 men with ages ranging from 62 to 75...golden girls and guys who had a great time!
Helpful votes: 5/5
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Map

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

Agios Nikolaos Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Low Season 2014
Apr 12 2014 - Jun 27 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€900
7 nights
 
 
High Season 2014
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 1 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€1,150
7 nights
 
 
Peak season 2014
Aug 2 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€1,250
7 nights
 
 
High season 2014
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€1,150
7 nights
 
 
Low Season 2014
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 31 2014
€900
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning €60.00
Refundable damage deposit €200.00
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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:
  • Iron & Board
  • Split-System Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor - outdoor 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:
  • MP3 Dock
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Patio
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
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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