Agios Nikolaos villa rental - main tower building
main tower building
 
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • 3 Bathrooms
Minimum Stay 7 nights
 

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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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.

10 Reviews of Property 357338 in Agios Nikolaos, Greece

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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5

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.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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5

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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5

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

A medieval tower of paradise

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
This place is perfect for a reunion of family and friends, with or without children. The well thought out restoration and layout of the tower house and annex as well as its outdoor space means that it can host many people without feeling that everyone is on living top of each other. One couple and their 2 year old stayed in the main tower house and we (couple) stayed in the annex - and there was plenty of room left for more!

The property is beautifully furnished with careful attention to comfort and detail. The view from the terrace is spectacular - one could sit there sipping a glass of white (or ouzo), contemplating the mediterranean forever...!

Thalames is off the tourist track and offers an authentic Mani experience, complete with local taverna with a killer greek salad, local honey and olive oil sold on the tiny village square. Local beaches are uncrowded, hiking trails extensive, the water warm and ideal for families.

Make sure you rent a car (easy from Athens international airport) and explore the surrounding beaches and villages. Sample some thick Greek yogurt with local honey at a cafe overlooking the sea in Agios Nikolaos. Swim in the turquoise waters off the southern most point of the European mainland at Cape Tainaron. If you're lucky, a local truck piled high with fruit will stop and sell you to-die-for cherries and melons to tuck into while taking in some sun on Pantazi beach. Avoid Stoupa unless you want to be overrun by British tourists.

We will be coming back...hopefully sooner rather than later!
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Pyrgos Manoleas

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
…for a family with older teenagers the layout of the property is ideal. Our daughters were extremely impressed with the luxury of their rooms, the air conditioning, and en-suite bathroom and we all really appreciated the space that having another building afforded.

As an area, we discovered that the Mani, and a little further afield, had plenty to offer in order to satisfy a range of interests. We all very much enjoyed the beaches, with their clear, warm waters that we don't have in these northern climes of Scotland. A big 'thank you' for providing an umbrella. it was indispensable. Further afield, highlights for us were a visit to Ancient Messene - awe inspiring in terms of the ruins and the surrounding landscape - the ‘bull’s belly’ beach near Pylos, and a visit to the Diros caves.

As suggested by you, the lure of the Taverna in Thalames is difficult to resist. We received such a warm welcome there and the food is superb. We had a particularly good time on one of the music nights which involved a diner dancing in a ring of fire, courtesy of a bottle of lighter fuel!

So finally , congratulations to you both for renovating and creating such a beautiful place which has given us a great deal of pleasure to stay in for what felt like much too short a time. We wish you all every success in the future as you continue to develop this project and we hope that we might return to Greece before too long.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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Pyrgos Manoleas

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
Notre séjour dans votre si belle demeure s'est paradisiaquement déroulé. Nous sommes encore sous le charme et quelque peu incrédules d'avoir eu la chance de vivre ces moments si délicieux.

Profitez bien de Thalames, bien amicalement.
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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with sweeping sea views
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Pyrgos Manoleas

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
Come già anticipato per telefono, ci siamo trovati splendidamente a Thalames!
Già avevo il Mani nel cuore, avendola vista solo dal mare, ma l’incontro con quella terra mi ha molto colpito.
La vostra casa è stato un felice rifugio per recuperare forze che la vita in queste città ci prosciuga.
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  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
E' l'ultima casa di un villaggio in cui si conservano ancora abitazioni tradizionali, piccole chiese e cappelle ortodosse. Si trova in una posizione ideale tra mare e montagna, da cui si vedono bellissimi panorami: la campagna che degrada verso il mare, le colline che si confondono con la catena del Taigeto. Un'ampio giardino, irregolare in un ambiente naturale e , che si sviluppa su terrazze, con ulivi, cipressi, fichi d'india e bouganville. Uno spazio per vivere e riposarsi all'aperto, mangiare, dormire sull'amaca e leggere un libro all'ombra degli alberi. La casa torre ha il fascino delle abitazioni d'epoca, ma con tutte le comodità moderne.
Ci hanno colpito i tetti e i pavimenti con le travi di legno, la pietra sempre presente, la semplicità ricercata degli arredi, non c'è nulla di superfluo e ogni cosa, anche se viene da paesi e culture diverse, si sposa perfettamente nel contesto della casa. Abitare qui, anche per un breve periodo, non ti lascia indifferente. Ti permette di sentirti parte della storia di questi luoghi, di avvicinarti alle tradizioni e alle usanze di coloro che vi hanno vissuto e che ancora vi abitano, e di immergerti nella natura.
Tanti complimenti sinceri quindi ad Alex e Julie per aver trovato un posto cosi' particolare ed aver restaurato in modo cosi' attraente la Casa Torre. E grazie per la magnifica vacanza!

Un saluto
Stefania e Giorgio
Helpful votes: 4/4