|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
The cottage is spacious, built the traditional way hundreds of years ago from local stone under a clay tiled roof with small cottage windows and thick walls to keep cool in summer and warm in winter.Don't confuse Lemon and Lime with many other , more modern properties in the area - most holiday homes are constructed from concrete clad in stone to give the appearance of originality and tend to be very hot even with air conditioning - the old guys knew where and how to build to be comfortable winter and summer!!!
Our 3 bedrooms are generous, beautifully appointed and benefits from 2 bathrooms a traditional Greek style kitchen and open plan living area with wood burning stove and fronted by a terrace leading to the upper panoramic outdoor living space for thou lazy stay at home days or alfresco dining whilst watching the stunning sun set in the West across the Messinian Bay shimmering below.
The lower ground floor comprises bedroom 1, a Super King size room which can also be arranged as 2 singles on request with large kamara off and smaller kamara with feature window to the courtyard garden. The room has large French doors that open directly onto the spa pool area and stairs up to the living area above.
Being lower ground floor it is always comparatively cool with ceramic tiled floors , cool soothing colours and a large fan for additional air circulation.
Opening off the courtyard garden is bedroom 2 with a King-size bed . This room is beautifully light and airy with cool tiled floors and the benefit of air conditioning for those peak summer months.
This room also has a door giving access directly to the private walled spa pool area
Linking bedrooms 1 and 2 is the downstairs bathroom with ceramic tiled walls and floors, a brilliant white bathroom suite comprising bath with shower mixer over , basin with vanity cupboard and mirror over and WC.
The courtyard garden is safely gated from the street and surrounded by brilliant Mediterranean flowers -
The private and walled SPA POOL area is a hidden oasis . the pool has marble seating in two corners ,is equipped with spa jets and under water lighting and is filtered and chemically treated - it's a brilliant spot for a relaxing cool down before dressing for dinner or just firing up the BBQ .
On the upper level, approached from the garden via stone steps and all leading directly to the terracing from the courtyard can be found;-
Bathroom 2 , a walk in wet room with modern thermostatic shower, large contemporary basin and WC in brilliant white ceramic.
Bedroom 3 , a large double bedroom with ample cloths storage behind the hibiscus pink painted doors of a double wardrobe, cool cream paintwork and benefiting from air conditioning all set under the traditional vaulted and timber boarded ceiling with exposed beams.
Kitchen equipped for living not just for existing - you will find everything you need from our large oversized fridge with freezer, full sized oven and hob, to masses of glasses and crockery for every occasion .
We kept the original marble sink and reinstated it into our new marble work surfaces - you will love it as we do!
Leading from the kitchen area is the living area with large comfy sofa's a marble topped dining table with chairs for 6 , TV, and ipod player for relaxing .
Opening directly onto the terrace through double French doors you can be on the upper terrace in seconds -
The panoramic terrace is large and furnished with an oversize low table surrounded by seating topped with comfy cushions for sitting and relaxing with that glass of wine or just lazing in the sun - it's up to you. the terrace is shaded by contemporary sails overhead to give shade where you want it and by a large bouganvillia gving a brilliant splash of colour
The views are stunning South and West look directly over the Messinian Bay of the sparkling blue Aegean and behind are the towering Taygetos mountains sometimes still with snow caps even in May!
If you are lucky you will even be able to pick one of our lemons that give their name to our home to pop into your drink - cheers we hope you enjoy our fabulous hideaway!!!!!!
Lemon and Lime is loved owned and lovingly cared for by us- Keith and Teresa ( that's her tucking into lunch on our sun terrace - not a bad view eh!!.
We have a number of properties in the Cotswolds area of the UK where we live and work - you can take a look at one of our rental properties there on www.windfallcottage.com
We have spent a lot of time renovating and restoring old properties, Teresa is trained in interior design - you can see her touches everywhere.
Keith or Teresa purchased this cottage in 2004
We first travelled to the Peloponnese in 2003 in search of our dream bolthole in the sun after spending several years searching elsewhere in Greece and trying in vain to buy in Corfu.
If you come to stay at Lemon and Lime you will likely drive the mountain road from Kalamata towards Stoupa.
As you start to drop down toward Kardimili you will suddenly see the Messinian Bay and the coast South with Stoupa , and Pyrgos of course, appear below you - shimmering deep blue seas and fabulous olive dappled hillsides - it is stunning -
You will see right away why this is such a special place , no words will be necessary to describe it -just take it in and love it as we do.
When you open the gate into Lemon and Lime it is like stepping into a little oasis of Mediterranean colour - when you walk onto our sun terrace and look around you the views over dappled terracotta tiled rooftops to Stoupa below and the shimmering Aegean Sea you will see why this place became such a special place for us and, hopefully, for you to enjoy also.
The sun shone every day, the view from the top terrace is spectacular!!. We have gone to most of your recommendations for places to eat.Olives was fantastic on both occasions, Maria's by the small beach at Stoupa fabulous - she speaks excellent English and nothing was too much trouble - Her mezze was a real treat.
We enjoyed a trip to Aeropoli, Limeni was fab! - such a lovely place to swim and eat.
I have wanted to visit the Peloponnese for so long and am so glad we came - we will be back as it reminds us of Greece before it went into the euro zone. Finally, we have had a very relaxing holiday - just what we all needed.
The Mani region of the Peloponnese in which we are to be found is a vast land mass, technically an island,separated from the Greek mainland by the Corinth Canal and ( along with Ancient Corinth) is a key landmark if driving from Athens.
Being the most Southerly part of mainland Europe it enjoys a fabulous warm climate whilst remaining lush green as the surrounding meadows and olive groves are fed throughout the winter and spring by streams running off the Taygetos mountains, often still capped by snow even in early summer, that are the backdrop to our village.
The area is amongst the richest in Ancient myths and archaeological sites including ancient Olympia site of the original Olympic Games and because of its remoteness throughout history, the area has retained its natural charm without the impact of tourism that has affected so many other beautiful places.
The dramatic coastline if filled with little coves and beaches, lazy fishing villages, and taverna's serving the freshest great value food and wines. This area is often referred to as 'Real Greece' or 'Forgotten Greece' and we are really happy for it to stay that way.
Spend lazy days around the cottage, walking the paths and old donkey tracks amongst the olive groves, head into the mountains and the villages untouched by time or head down the hill and in just a few minutes you can be exploring the coastal villages of:-
Kardamili with its vibrant bars, coffee houses, taverna's and fabulous seaside setting - our favourite beach is here and has olive groves and a brilliant taverna to provide a lazy lunchtime break from the sea and the sun.It's a secret we don't want to share with too many so when you book we'll give you directions to our favourite, breathtakingly beautiful , watering hole by the sea!
Stoupa - with two fabulous safe sandy beaches, backed by places to eat, drink and relax or just watch the would go by and all in the setting that was the inspiration for 'Zorba the Greek'.
visit the Kalogria beach and see the little cottage he stayed in at the edge of the bay.
Agios Nicolaos - simply the most lovely unspoilt fishing village, unchanged for decades with taverna's and bars set around the small fishing harbour. A great location to sit with a coffee in the morning and watch the local fisherman land their catch and sell it straight from the boat on the harbourside.
Pyrgos sits on the very edge of a plateau backed by the towering Taygetos mountains and surrounded as far as you can see by olive groves with old stone paths meandering through them - a perfect backdrop for a easy walk which in spring and early summer are full of wild flowers and herbs - the scent is intoxicating!
And yet , it's just a short drive down the hill and you are on the beach.
Lemon and Lime is approached via a donkey path through our village having parked your car under the shade of the olive trees at the roadside above the village. it's just a 2 or 3 minute walk to the cottage - there are no cars inside the village proper which makes it both safe and incredibly quiet - you can hear the little owls calling to one-another of an evening !
The property is securely gated and very private yet within the village centre. our outside spaces are like small garden rooms, courtyard and shady garden areas with Mediterranean flowers, citrus trees and a giant tumbling bouganvillia .
|Refundable damage deposit||$125|