TRADITIONAL STONE HOUSE IN MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, PRIVACY, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

Christopher Mahut

Advertiser since 2012
Speaks english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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TRADITIONAL STONE HOUSE IN MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, PRIVACY, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Vrousti House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Two storey traditional house with stone walls and beamed ceilings throughout, providing an ideal setting for creation and relaxation. The stone-paved garden features Mediterranean plants, trees and herbs and offers unobstructed views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

The ground floor comprises a kitchen / dining area, spacious and cozy, with a dining table seating 6; an open-plan room (30m2) offering views to the garden and beyond, with a king-sized bed and a sitting area with music corner. The adjoining bathroom is large and well equipped. For more photos and a fuller presentation, google stoneretreat weebly, or click on the Stone Retreat Website link at the bottom of this page.

The upper floor consists of a large room (50m2) with vaulted beamed ceiling and fireplace, its 6 windows offering views in all directions. There is a sitting area with electric piano and home cinema as well as a large sofa which folds out into a double bed with a solid cotton matress. This rooms gives onto a terracotta surfaced terrace (35m2) which overlooks the garden and is ideal for al fresco dinners and star-gazing.

The property and surrounding area would appeal to artists, writers, history lovers, hikers and serious cyclists as well as to those who seek tranquility.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christopher Mahut (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012

Why Christopher Mahut chose Vrousti

We fell in love with the little village of Vrousti while we were touring the Highlands of Argolida by car. What attracted us was the unspoilt aspect of it. Here was a hamlet of old stone houses mostly, with no modern interventions and no tourism. Not even a village shop or post office. The absolute quiet of the place charmed us. You feel that you are very close to nature and especially to the sounds of nature: the sounds of the bells from the goat herds, the bark of a sheepdog, the night sounds of owls hooting and foxes crying. The local people are simple folk, goat herders and cheese makers, and they lead peaceful, traditional lives. For us, it was the perfect place to escape from the noise and crowds of the city; a place to relax, to contemplate and to create.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We, Yvette and Rogier from The Netherlands, stayed a week in this beautiful house and really enjoyed it.



If you like privacy and walking in the mountains, this house, seated in the sleepy but still-alive-village Vrousti, can be highly recommended.



The view over the mountains is great. The house looks old, but is recently built. The interior is just like the photos: with a great feeling for details. Very charming. Two wide terraces give you almost all day the possibility between sun or shadow. The fact that there isn't an airconditioner in the house isn't quite relevant: even during the heat wave we were confronted with (40 degrees Celcius) the thick walls kept the temperature inside to be okay.



Visiting the shops and taverns of Argos takes about 20 minutes driving, but the roads are very good, so this distance doesn't really matter. Reaching the beaches costs 30 minutes.



Argos has great bakeries (fournos) and confectioners (zacharoplastio), a Greek/Roman theatre and agora and lots of taverns.



You really also have to go to the picturesque Nafplio, the first capital of Greece; a nice Venetian city, with an incredible fortress, akropolis, cliffs, cactuses and many nice shops and restaurants. If you're there don't forget to stop at confectioner Dolce with its great icecreams, cakes, baklavas, chocolates, sweets etc. The best confectioner we have ever visited.



If you are interested in the Greek/European history you must visit Mycene, Corinth, Tyrens and Epidauros. The theatre of Epidauros (with a capacity for 13.000 spectators) has a nice agenda of performances. We don't speak Greek, but nevertheless it was a great impression to see an Aristophanes' comedy of more than 2000 years ago, played by the best Greek actors before an audience of 10.000 people, while the sun disappeared behind the mountains.



The owners are also very nice and friendly; they give many tips and are very helpful.
Jul 2012
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Bedrooms 2
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Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
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Traditional stone house in mountain village, privacy, beautiful views
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Vrousti Argolida
5

Truly Special Place!

  • 5 of 5
“Stone Retreat” is a work of art! Christopher and Rosa have created a unique space that allows for a full appreciation of the countryside. They have a beautiful sense of design and have paid loving attention to every detail of the home. The beds are very comfortable with linens that look too beautiful to sleep in! The exceptional shower with a rainfall showerhead is lovely too. The home has two levels that are separate from each other. Our teenage daughters felt lucky to have their own “apartment” and patio on the second level.

“Stone Retreat” is also immaculate and full of wonderful surprises. We really enjoyed the lovely basket filled with olive oil, honey, lavender, mountain tea, fresh eggs…that greeted us upon arrival. Also, there is an extensive record collection which brought much enjoyment, and our daughter was thrilled to be able to play the guitar. Rosa also has her incredibly beautiful weaving throughout the house.

The outdoor spaces are magical. Potted flowers and plants fill the courtyard. The heather was in full bloom and the honeybees were wild with delight. We looked forward to sharing our meals outside, especially in the evening when the patio lights created a wonderful ambience. We would spend hours just sitting by the table and then would go the upstairs patio to look at the stars.

Every day we took walks from the house. We mainly stayed on the roads, but never saw a car. The flowers, interesting insects, and expansive views to the sea were wonderful! It was so nice to walk in absolute quiet, except for the sound of a buzzing insect or goat bell.

Christopher and Rosa provided us with maps and lists of things to do. We headed their advice and were never disappointed. They had recommended a beach near the Assini Ruins and we spent three afternoons there. It is a small beach with chairs and umbrellas for rent, so there is respite from the sun. Also, we enjoyed three lovely meals at the taverna above the beach. Napflio is a very delightful town nearby with many great restaurants, historic sites, and a great seawall walk. The nearby village of Kasia is also nice for a good meal--very charming village. Mycenae and Epidaurus are an easy drive from the house too.

“Stone Retreat” is truly a special place. We felt so fortunate to be able stay there. Thank you, Christopher and Rosa, for sharing your home and giving us so many wonderful memories. We loved every moment of our stay and hope to return again one day.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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The perfect stay

  • 5 of 5
We have just left this property after a stay of sixteen nights. To say we are upset at leaving is an understatement.
The house is exceptional, with high quality fixtures and decorations. It had everything we needed and was clean and well-maintained. We are fussy about beds and bedding, but were very comfortable during our stay.
The region is brilliant, with both the seaside and the mountains close by. And it's so quiet! The loudest sounds we heard were the goats and goat-herders.
Driving to Vrousti from Athens airport was far easier than we expected and wasn't a problem after a lengthy flight.
While at this house, we enjoyed visiting the various archaeological sites and eating long lunches in seaside tavernas.
At times we had to work, but the good quality wi-fi made this easy. We could not receive mobile phone signals in the village, but could on the road to Argos.
Christopher and Rosa were excellent hosts and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much Brenda and Terry! It was a pleassure to have you. Hope to see you again at Stone Retreat.
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5

A true retreat in the Peloponnese countryside

  • 5 of 5
We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay while enjoying the culture, history and natural surroundings of this area. This is a true home, nestled into a small mountain village, with all of the amenities needed for an enjoyable stay. From the welcoming basket of homemade marmalade, wine and herbs to the information on the house and local attractions the owners have paid attention to every detail. The garden patios are special as are the panoramic views and the tranquility of the site.
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Warm words from wonderful guests. Thank you Kevin and Lori!
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Wonderful Stay and Welcoming Hosts!

  • 5 of 5
My daughter and I recently spent a week at the “Stone Retreat” in Vrousti. It is a wonderful place for those seeking peace and a glimpse of Greek village life. Chris, Rosa, and their daughter greeted us with a delicious assortment of local fruits and vegetables, olive oil, bread, eggs, and cheese. A trip to the market in Argos allowed us to gather what other food we needed.

The owner’s personal touch is seen everywhere at the Stone Retreat – carefully stacked stones make up the house and garden walls, beautiful curtains and wall art woven by Rosa adorn the walls and windows, the house is both tastefully decorated and quite functional. The house is a great retreat for a nap, but if you come in the summer as we did, the outside garden terraces will quickly become a favorite. The terraces were filled with the scent of lavender and there were figs, apples, and herbs to pick. This outdoor “room” has a great view of the valley spread before you. We awoke to the sound of goats’ bells, the crowing of roosters, and the braying of donkeys. Coffee and breakfast on the terrace prepared us for the day ahead. It was very easy to slow down and relax in this pleasant setting, soaking up a bit of sunshine on a beautiful Greek morning!

During our stay, we did manage to visit a number of the ancient sites that make Greece famous – Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Nemea, as well as the beaches near Napflion are all close by. You can reach most of the well-known sites in the northeastern Peloponnese by car within an hour or two. Olympia is a full day trip through the mountains for those who are comfortable with driving in Greece. The nearby village of Karya has traditional tavernas that serve very good food in a nice setting.

We enjoyed hiking along the many trails leading from the village. A good pair of hiking shoes/boots and long pants are recommended for the stony paths and the “holly” oaks that are found along the way. Chris and Rosa provided maps, a compass, and walking staffs that proved very helpful. We met several villagers tending their flocks along the trails and, despite the differences in languages, we enjoyed our meetings and the new friends we made.

We cannot begin to thank Chris and Rosa enough for their hospitality. We found Vrousti and the Stone Retreat to be a perfect place to stay. If you are seeking a relaxing vacation in this part of the Peloponnese, we commend both Chris and Rosa and the Stone Retreat to you with the highest praise!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nice and Quiet!

  • 5 of 5
Loved this wonderful, traditional-style stone house! The owners have an eye for detail and charm. We also enjoyed the goodies they left for us to try! The area is quiet and peaceful with great vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The tips and maps were very helpful. Just wished we could have stayed longer! Thank you so much for a lovely weekend!
  • Submitted: May 13, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you John and Miriam. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again some day!
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5

Beautiful and quiet

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Christopher's and Rosa's stone retreat for almost two weeks in april. It is a wonderful place. They put a lot of thought in decorating the house. We immediatley felt at home. When we arrived we found not only two friendly owners, but also some cheese, eggs, bread and a lot of other things. The downstairs of the house was our favourite, eating outside in the sun or inside at chilly evenings. The beautiful shower felt like a wellness resort! We enjoyed playing Christhoper's records (a lot of sixties music) and discorvered some new gems.

The two terraces are big and there are a lot of different places to sit and look over the valley. We used the big BBQ to prepare dinner and make a fire. The upstairs is also great with the seating and big fireplace.

From the house we made some lovely walks. For instants the one to the nearby village of Karia, with a few taverns on a lovely lunch, dinner or a beer. Christopher gave us some good walking tips and there are a lot of other small goats paths you can follow. On a few of the walks we met the village Sheppard's. Very friendly people. Vrousti is quite and beautiful and you can only hear the birds, one or two cars a day and the bells of the goats.

We highly reccommand this place ande the owners are only there when you need them. A lot of privacy and a good place to rest but also walk and visit nearby archeological sites, the Venitian town of Napflion or the beacht.
  • Submitted: May 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you Yvonne and Rudi for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you as guests!
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Athens International Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Argos
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Corinth
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Corinth - Tripolis (E-65)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Agrilitsa
Nearest Beach
26 Kilometres
Nea Kios
Car: necessary

Our house is located in Vrousti, a hamlet nestled in the mountains of Argolida, one of the most important centers of Ancient Greece. The significant archaeological sites of Nemea and Mycenae, the ancient theatres of Argos and Epidaurus are all within easy reach. An extensive network of mountain footpaths starts from the village and hikers will enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area while cyclists will delight in exploring the numerous mountain roads and paths. The Venetian town of Nafplion, located at the apex of the Argolic gulf, offers a counterpoint to the peaceful rhythms of Vrousti with its delightful shops, wide variety of restaurants and buzzing nightlife. The area boasts a wide variety of excellent beaches with facilities for most water-sports and points of departure for the renowned Argo-Saronic islands of Hydra, Spetses and Poros. Argos, the nearest main town, apart from its historical interest, covers all shopping needs and includes an extensive farmer’s market twice a week.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From €480 Per week

Vrousti House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Season
Oct 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
€680
 
 
Low Season1
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 14 2014
7 night minimum stay
€480
 
 
Christmas Special
Dec 15 2014 - Jan 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
€600
 
 
Low Season 2
Jan 18 2015 - Mar 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€480
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€680
 
 
High Season
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
€750
 

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Amenities

Amenities

Vrousti House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Custom Designed shower stall on wooden platform
  • Fully equipped spacious bathroom, with large, custom designed shower stall on a wooden platform. High aesthetic appeal. Stone counter with Hand-made Ceramic washbasin. Toilet in separate room. Towels and Toiletries supplied.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main Floor bedroom - sitting-room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upper Level bedroom in open-plan area with fireplace.
  • Each bedroom is on a separate floor, open-plan, combining sleeping and sitting areas. The ground floor bedroom features a King-size bed while the upper floor has a double bed. Both beds have natural fiber mattresses and pillows, all by Coco-Mat. Both beds are dressed with linen/cotton sheets and pillow slips. Coverlets are provided for the fresher nights. Facilities for washing and ironing are provided, however, if you wish arrangements can be made for bedlinen to be washed off-site on a weekly basis.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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