Tyros House Rental Photos and Description
Traditional stone house fully modernised. Several terraces. Sleeps 7.
A traditional village house, with stone walls a metre thick, set into the hillside overlooking the sea, the Villa Skales (Steps) was redesigned for modern living by the brilliant young Greek-German architect, Nikos Antoniou. The
40 foot long upper storey, with traditional chestnut-wood ceiling and floor, combines a fully-equipped kitchen with working fireplace, large walk-in pantry, dining-room and living room furnished with two large, comfortable sofas. The custom-built chestnut-wood table seats 10-12. There is a separate laundry room with toilet. The lower storey, marble- and stone-floored, contains a wide hall, 4 bedrooms (3 double), ample cupboards, a full bathroom and a shower-room with toilet.
Outside, all with views of the sea are six stone-paved terraces planted wish shrubs, flowers and fruit-trees, and shaded by olive trees, one of them 500 years old. The entrance courtyard has the original bread oven that can be used for barb-ques.
We bought this house in Arcadia because, after staying in a Greek friend's house in the same village, we wanted to return again and again. There are other foreign-owned houses in the village of Sapounakaika, but it remains an unspoilt rural paradise mainly inhabited by Greeks, with donkeys, goats and olive groves, who still speak not only modern Greek but Tsakonika, a language older even than Classical Greek. Overlooking the small square at the heart of the village is an excellent Taverna with a wonderful view. You can walk or drive from the house down to the sea and the shops of Tyros, or step out into the mountains behind as far as your legs will take you, through olive groves and carpets of flowers in the spring and early summer. There are beaches with crystal-clear water all along this coast, between the roots of the mountains and below the corkscrewing road, and with a car you can easily visit Mycenae, Epidauros, Nauplion, Mistras and the medieval town Monemvasia built on a rock jutting out to sea, as well as many other ancient sites, monasteries and mountain villages.
The fine old town of Leonidiou (10 km away) surrounded by a vertical wall of red cliffs, is renowned throughout Greece for its purple striped aubergines but especially for its spectacular Easter celebrations. The young girls of the village pick wild flowers to make the palanquins that carry the figure of the dead Christ and at the moment of the Resurrection over 500 balloons, each about 5ft high and with a flame in its basket, float up into the night sky. Nearby the little port of Plaka, with its friendly ducks and delightful tavernas overlooking the water, is one of the region's most charming spots.
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets considered
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome