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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with amazing sea and sunset views

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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

More Details

Owner
Alex
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Alex

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.

Alex purchased this villa in 2005

Why Alex chose Messinia

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

L'espace extérieur est tellement incroyable qu'on y a passé beaucoup beaucoup de temps (tant pis pour les visites :-). C'est un fabuleux espace de jeu pour les enfants et de relaxation pour les adultes. Aucun vis-à-vis. Nous avons dormi dans le logis séparé qui est très beau, possède une clim et jouit d'une très belle vue également. Seul point négatif : les aboiements de chien la nuit, compensé par l'absence totale de bruit de route et le son des clochettes des chèvres et vaches parmi les oliviers. Super plages à côté. Le Magne mérite vraiment le voyage.
Aug 2016
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Amenities

Lefktro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite master bedroom
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , top floor master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom is on the top floor of the tower, with en suite bathroom (shower) and amazing views on three sides. The other two bedrooms are in the annex (10 meters from main tower), which includes a second full bathroom. The living room in the tower also provides an additional (double) sofa bed. A third full bathroom (shower) is on the ground floor.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Barbecue is high quality Weber Kettle model with accessories DVD/BluRay player with USB input for hard drive movies Sound system has both cable input for MP3/iPod and USB key input Garden hammock provided Access to the house is through the narrow streets of the old town, closest vehicle access is 100 meters away. Due to steps and rough pavement the property is not suited for wheelchairs or persons with severe mobility restrictions. Smoking indoors not allowed

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A medieval tower house in the Peloponnese with amazing sea and sunset views
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

A little paradise!

  • 5 of 5

A magic place to enjoy a real Greek holiday!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

A fabulous property with views to the sea.

  • 5 of 5

A stunning house with far reaching views over olive trees to the sea, in a peaceful village set in the landscape of ancient Greece.

The house is beautifully maintained with food already in the fridge on arrival,the beds were blissfully comfortable and the bathroom and kitchen well stocked.

We spent much time outside in the lovely garden,plenty of shaded corners and chairs and tables for reading writing and eating;the view was stupendous and early mornings were spent watching the sunrise over the mountains.The peace was palpable

The local village is wonderful,with a lovely taverna at its heart serving excellent food,there is an olive mill run traditionally,(great olive oil) and a small museum.

We swam in crystalline sea daily,hiked in a gorge and up the mountains full of wild flowers. We visited villages and ancient Byzantine churches;we also ate sparklingly fresh fish at sea shore tavernas.

We are already counting the days until we return

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Fabulous house with far reaching views over mountains and sea; peaceful and well maintained

  • 5 of 5

Its hard to describe perfection-you run out of superlatives. The views from the windows and garden are immense, extending over high mountains,olive trees and the blue gleam of sea.We were spell bound everyday by sunrises and sunsets. We woke to bird song and the soft sound of falling figs; the scent of lavender and rosemary came though the open windows,we didn't want to leave.

We had writing to do under the olive trees,but also found time for hiking in the gorge and the Taygetus mountains,swimming in clear sea and visiting tiny churches.We ate in the local taverna,(wild asparagus omelette-fantastic) also excellent fish in seaside places like Limeni. Kallouria and others.

The house is stunning- a historical structure thats been sympathetically renewed- lovely floors and shutters.Inside its all up too date, modern bathrooms, plentiful hot water,good well equipped kitchen and very comfortable beds with mosquito nets already in place. The fridge contained with useful items on arrival -yoghurt and juice,mill and eggs.Also bread and coffee,much appreciated.

The village is as you might imagine Greece was fifty years ago- we met donkeys in the road,went round the olive factory run in the traditional way,(brilliant olive oil we came back laden)and the tiny museum with Byron's signature.

Karaikos met us and let us in,and was on hand for questions.He was delightful. Alex the owner answers all questions immediately and helpfully.

I could not recommend this place more highly,five stars at least.

We will certainly return.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Meraviglioso

  • 5 of 5

Questa casa è un sogno, meravigliosa, splendida. È la casa dei desideri, le foto non rendono la bellezza del posto, e il senso di calma e libertà che vi si respira. Il giardino è rigoglioso, ampio, curato e con una vista aperta su colline a ulivi e mare. La casa è composta da due unità, una a torre con cucina, due bagni sala e camera matrimoniale e una con una camera matrimoniale, un bagno e un'altra camera doppia. Noi eravamo due famiglie con bimbi piccoli ed era veramente tutto facile: loro giocavano in giardino e noi leggevamo sotto gli ulivi, o il pergolato, sull'amaca, guardando il mare. Un sogno!

vogliamo ringraziare Alex, il proprietario, sia per la gentilezza nel darci tutte le indicazioni e mille suggerimenti per i luoghi da visitare, che per la velocità delle risposte in fase di organizzazione del viaggio.

Menzione speciale per Kriacos, o Domenico, la persona che ci ha materialmente accolti al nostro arrivo: gentilezza, disponibilità, simpatia lo hanno reso un amico di viaggio che ricorderemo con affetto.

La casa è nel paese, ma è l'ultima della stradina, quindi in posizione ideale. A pochi metri a piedi c'è una taverna che è tra le migliori della zona, dove si spende pochissimo e quindi eravamo sempre lì a cena, quando non in giro.

Le spiagge sono molte, raggiungibili in macchina. Tutte adatte ai bimbi. sempre con taverna vicino, quindi comodissime. Il posto per noi più bello da visitare nelle vicinanze è Lymeni, da non perdere!

Insomma, questa vacanza sarà sempre da noi ricordata perché è stata fantastica. Consigliamo questa casa a tutti!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A Magical Place

  • 5 of 5

We were awe-struck by the beauty of the Mani, its towering mountains and stone-towered, unspoilt villages. Not only is Thalames a wonderful place to stay - we loved our walks through the little streets in the evenings when it was cooler - but it is also a very convenient location for exploring. It was easy to reach the lovely coastal villages below the village, but also to cross to the beaches on the east side, to drive down to the deep Mani, and to go up to Kardamyli for a change of scene. We also found it wasn't too long a drive to Mystras, which we would highly recommend. The house itself is everything that others have said and it was spotlessly clean on our arrival. No car noise whatsoever and unsurpassable views. Wonderful.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A fabulous place to stay on the Mani

  • 5 of 5

We and another couple spent a week in May, 2016 at Pyrgos Manoleas, the medieval tower house in the village of Thalames. The accommodations were very good and located in a quiet, peaceful location on the edge of the village. The local Taverna in the village square, just a short walk from the Tower House, has excellent fare and one or two nights a week features folk music by local musicians. Thalames is an ideal location from which to explore the beaches and villages of the Mani, and we would highly recommend it for any families visiting the area

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Kalamata international
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
2 village Kefeneion
Nearest Ferry
43 Kilometres
Gythion (ferries to Crete and Kythira)
Nearest Motorway
56 Kilometres
Kalamata
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Village taverna
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Pantazi beach
Car: recommended

The village of Thalames is the ancient capital of the region, now preserved heritage site. A sleepy town of old ivy covered stone tower houses and byzantine churches, surrounding a large platia, where a huge old plane tree provides shade to the local taverna, olive mill and honey vendors. Thalames is 2 km from the sea in a straight line, set at an altitude of 450 meters, which provides sweeping views along the coastline and across the Messenian Gulf to the fortress of Koroni

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $71.64
Damage Deposit $238.81

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