|Space||624 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The lower house has its own gate and is accessed from further down the path. It is the less spacious of the two properties, but also more private and less overlooked.
This part of the unit is all on one level. It has a double bedroom, bathroom, small kitchen, living room / or further bedroom and terrace. The terrace has a wonderful view and can be linked by a staircase to the upper house courtyard.
Dimi House is a traditionally restored house with blue shutters and white washed walls. It can be used as two separate units, each with their own kitchen, bathroom, living areas, terraces and bedrooms. Each unit can be rented out individually and has its own access and gate.
This House, the 'Upper house' is the more spacious of the two. It has an open plan kitchen/ dining/ living area and a twin bedroom on the lower floor. A staircase in the courtyard leads to the top floor where there is a terrace with stunning views, a double bedroom, a bathroom and a separate toilet.
An extra bed can be put up to accomodate 5 if this is required.
Both houses are well equipped with basic facilities, such as kettles, ovens, crockery, etc. There is no washing machine, but a laundry service available on request
The drive down to Kalamata, the nearby town, takes about 10 to 15min. along winding roads. There you will find large supermarkets, a shopping street with all on offer that one could desire, a promenade along the seafront with cafés and restaurants alongside a sandy long beach. Kalamata has hosted many international arts festivals in open air locations in the summer months, such as dance and music performances in amphitheatres and open air cinemas on roof terraces. Another lovely walk can be taken along the marina, where further restaurants can be found.
If you prefer to keep away from the bustle of a buzzing town a petrol station, fantastic traditional bakery, pharmacy and mini supermarket can be found on the main road leading up to Kato Verga.
There is a lovely local restaurant in walking distance with spectacular views and a seasonal Greek menu. Just as the house it is also on the shady side of the mountain until later morning hours and in the evenings one can admire the sun set from a terrace with a drink in hand!
You are situated on the Peloponese, which offers the opportunity to explore many of Greece's ancient sites throughout the year.
Especially in the spring and autumn months the mountain with Kato Verga as a starting point lends itself to some breathtaking walks. The tranquility of the house during these times of year also make a painting holiday attractive. Greece has a special light that many authors and artists have tried to capture in their works.
It is advisable to have a car. This can be parked on the road above the house.
My husband and I live in England with our three daughters . Both our backgrounds are in architecture, but we have now branched off into other careers. This is my husband and three daughters on a boat trip in August 2016.
Stefanie West purchased this house in 1988
My father purchased the whole group of houses, as ruins. As an architect he restored them traditionally. As he had lived and worked in Cyprus and Greece for over 20 years he could do this sensitively and as part of the community he grew into on site. We inherreted the house when my father passed away and would love to be in it much more than we are able to! We are happy to share it!
It has an amazing location that can not easily be found elsewhere. The combination of rocky, wild mountains right by the seafront and still embedded in terraces of citrus fruits, fig trees and olive trees, sitting under vines with breath taking views....heaven!
A deposit of 100Euros is charged and returned to you after inspection of the property and within 28 days.
Please give all bank details with IBAN and BIC / SWIFT of the account to which you would like the funds returned.
My husband and myself spent 10 days in Dimi's house at the beginning of May and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. After much hesitation we chose the lower house (only two of us) We did not regret it. It is a REAL house, beautifully and, obviously, lovingly restored, not just another 'holiday let'. Because of its quirky lay out it is a house to be lived in in good weather as there are no interconnecting rooms, but that is part of its charm. The large terrace half covered by tumbling bougainvillea and jasmine is a delight with sun or shade as you wish. The narrow one running along the side of the house is a wonderful place from where to watch the sun set over the bay and the changing colours of the sea. The small kitchen was more than adequate with everything we needed. I was delighted to find out that the small counter top oven on the pictures was an actual oven and not a microwave! We shopped for food in Kalamata market and in a well stocked little supermarket, on the right as you drive out of Kalamata (I think it was called "Notos"). Also on the way out of Kalamata, but on the left, was a lovely bakery which we found convenient.
Apart from the taverna mentioned on the website, yes literally a few steps away, it is indeed essential to have a car (or motorbike or moped!) to access sites, beaches, and shops. However, that was not a problem and it was lovely to return to the peace and quiet of our home on the mountain side. We enjoyed the contrast between the big fierce looking Taygetos mountains behind us (great hikes) and the wide expanse of the bay on the other side.
It was a pleasure to deal with Stephanie who was helpful, friendly and efficient in all aspects of the booking. Should anyone find out that anything essential is missing from the house (sometimes items emigrate to the other house if both houses were previously used by the same party!)do not hesitate to contact Stefanie who will arrange for things to be returned.
The only brief let down, not anyone's fault, was the wet and thunderous weather during the first few days of our stay! Always wise to bring a warm jumper, particularly early in the season! Evenings can be cool! And ,although we should have known better , do not arrive on Easter Sunday when all shops are closed for a long weekend!
Finally I cannot but recommend this utterly charming heaven of peace and quiet!
same as Rowena J. (I live in Brussel, speak french en cannot write subtile things in english)
same as Rowena J. (I live in Brussels, speak french, cannot write subtile things in english)
The house was absolutely lovely. It was a simple, tastefully renovated old house - very beautiful, just what I was looking for. The position was perfect - close enough to Kalamata main town to enjoy the highlights and hustle and bustle of the place then easy to make a quick retreat to the peace and quiet, with a spectacular view over the bay. Good as a base for day trips to discover the many different little villages, beaches and other local sights, but lovely to just lounge about at too. The property was clean and tidy and had all the basics necessary. The owner was a joy to deal with - friendly and helpful.
Das ausgesprochen schöne alte Haus (Upper House) mit seinen großzügigen Räumlichkeiten ist wirklich einfühlsam, mit Geschmack und viel Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet. Von der oberen Terrasse mit hübschen griechischen Metallmöbeln schweift der Blick über Kalamata bis zu den Bergen von Messenien. Gleichzeitig lässt auch die Ausstattung nichts vermissen; für die kühlere Jahreszeit stehen ein großer offener Kamin sowie Heizstrahler zur Verfügung. Der Kontakt zur sehr freundlichen Vermieterin war ausgesprochen angenehm. Wir würden gerne wiederkommen und werden das Haus selbstverständlich weiterempfehlen. Vielen Dank!
Total gemütliches kleines Steinhaus, in dem es alles gibt, was man braucht.
Die Vermieterin ist sehr nett und hilfsbereit und die Hausbetreuung vor Ort sehr bemüht.
Von der Terrasse aus hat man einen wahnsinnigen Ausblick auf das Meer, was absolut zum Entspannen einlädt.
Wir würden jederzeit wieder dort Urlaub machen.
An attractive location with many opportunities for sightseeing trips.
The charming, traditional property is situated in the tranquil village of Kato Verga half way up a mountain with breath taking views over the bay of Kalamata. It forms part of a small group of old stone houses that have been sensitively restored in a traditional Greek style. The region of Kalamata is well known for its production of fine olive oil and export of olives, so the property is surrounded by olive groves, fig trees, citrus trees on terraces that step down. There is a restaurant in walking distance (5min.).
Kalamata, the nearby town (approximately 10-15min drive), offers an array of restaurants, cafés, bars and ice cream parlours along the promenade which runs parallel to the sandy beach along the seafront. There is a shopping street, with a mixture of traditional and international brands on offer. Kalamata has several large supermarkets, a well functioning hospital and offers an interesting range of cultural activities in the summer months.
With the new motorway in place the drive from Athens to Kalamata is about 3 hours, but Kalamata has its own international airport with direct flights arriving from England and Germany .
Koroni, Methoni or Pylos (Navarino) with their spectacular forts are under an hours drive away, as is Messini. Other well known historical land marks such as the bysantine town of Mistra, Sparta or Vassai, one of the best preserved Greek temples are within just over an hours reach away. Even Olympia, the Argolis (Mycene, Argos, Nauplia, Epidaurus) and the attractive Monemvasia are within a radius of a two hour drive from Kalamata.
On the doorstep lies the peninsula of Mani, with its rocky bays, long sandy beaches, its fort like villages with tall stone towers and mountain ranges in the distance. One never tires of the beautiful locations with endless viewpoints over unspoilt landscapes.