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KOKKINO KASTRO is a historic estate in Aegina full of memories from 1825.

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms10
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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Details
Property
estate
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
9
Bathrooms
10
Minimum Stay
3 - 8 nights

Description

Egina Estate Rental Photos and Description

Ideal for families and friends reunion in a quite rural environment.

KOKKINO KASTRO (Red Castel) is a historic estate οn the island of Aegina and a very single part of it has been full of memories from 1825 until now.

It is set on a hill at a distance of 800m from the harbor of the town in a rural area of 22.000m2. What makes this place really unique is the transparency of the atmosphere and the dazzling flashes of the sunlight that enhance the little houses and the colors of the majestic bougainvilleas and laurels. The unique mixture of the old and the new, the peaceful coexistence of the rare and exotic with the humble and simple evoke emotions of elation and nostalgia. The little houses are surrounded by towering, cypress trees, olive groves, pistachio trees and centenarian pine trees.

In this superb environment one can swim in the huge swimming pool, play tennis in the tennis court or try cooking in the fully equipped modern kitchen and BBQ.

An open air dining room next to the kitchen accommodates 16-18 people and offers the best environment for a pleasant meal

The traditional Windmill (2 two-bed rooms), villa Konstantia (1 double - bed room) and villa Andriana (1 double – bed room) can be let as a whole to families or groups of friends of up to 18 people

Do not miss the opportunity to watch the traditional harvesting of pistachios that takes place during the last days of August beginning of September and the harvesting of olives at the beginning of November.

Living in Kokkino Kastro can be a unique experience. Memories of the 19th century come to life in a romantic environment full of modern facilities. It is the ideal place for relaxation, close to the town’s amenities and the island’s beaches, at a distance of only 11/2 hours from the centre of Athens.

LIAKOTO HOUSE

At the entrance of this small house there is a small atrium patio (veranda) covered with a huge bougainvillea, where one can sit under its shade, have breakfast and relax sipping a cup of coffee.

In the interior of the house there is a living room area with a fully equipped kitchenette. The three bedrooms (2 twin and one double bed) all with ensuite bathrooms are fully air conditioned.

WINDMILL

The windmill which actually looks like a tower is one of the landmarks of the property.

This construction dates back to the beginning of the 19th century (around 1826) and it was used for grinding wheat or other grains.

It has been converted into a guest house with 4 double bed rooms in the periphery and a two story living room area and a kitchenette for light meals in the centre.

On the top there is a terrace with panoramic view of the island.

Each bedroom is completed with a bathroom and is air conditioned.

VILLA KONSTANTIA

The front of the stone house is covered by two huge glass doors offering ….views of the olive grove, orange trees, lemon trees and the trails of vines that cover the big veranda.

The 40m2 double bed room with bathroom has been furnished with taste and has been well equipped with air conditioning, TV, video, DVD, internet connection and a small kitchen with all the necessary accessories for the preparation of light meals.

THE CENTRAL KITCHEN AREA

The state of the Art kitchen, built with traditional, local stones, is very ergonomically designed.

With its tall glassed front doors looks like a conservatory that can be converted into a semi – open air space, with direct access to the big shaded pergola which serves as the main dining area during hot summer days.

It is fully equipped with refrigerator, deep freezer, microwave, dish washer, three coffee makers, two electric wall ovens, electric cooker, ventilator, wifi, TV, etc.

All sorts of small appliances and kitchen gadgets are also available as well as cutlery, pottery and all sorts of glaives to serve 8 guests and more.

Attached to the kitchen there is a bathroom a shower and a waching machine.

BBQ

Next to the kitchen the BBQ area is equipped with a stone barbeque grill, counters, a stainless steel sink and storage area for logs and charcoal.

The cooking area is surrounded by all sorts of trees, plants and flowers.

Cooking here becomes a memorably experience.

VILLA ANDRIANA

Set near the swimming pool in the shade of a perennial pine tree, this stone villa with its 50cm2 bedrooms and en suite bathroom with shower, offers moments of luxurious relaxation and tranquility. It is equipped with a double bed – TV- VIDEO – DVD players a ladies boudoir a relaxing sofa and an antique closet.

A small fridge and a coffee maker complete the furniture.

SWIMMING POOL

The huge swimming pool (20 x 10m) with terracing and a fabulous pavilion is overlooking the sea and the nearby mountains. It is the place that somebody may spend all his day relaxing swimming making sun therapy and taking a nap or siesta during hot hours of the day.

TENNIS COURT

The tennis court surrounded by big trees and climbing bushes is made according to the international standards in dimensions, etc.

The basket may be used for family play.

LOFOS

It is a complex of pine trees in absolute tranquility is offering a superb shadow for relax, study, reading, or watching the friends playing tennis.

Kokkino kastro estate boasts one of the most enviable locations with a natural environment of unique beauty and memories of the past.

FEW WORDS ABOUT LIFE & FACILITIES IN AEGINA

- Aegina is an island οf cultural life with plenty of art exhibitions,theatrical performances,lectures and local festivals.

- The harbor and the marina for yachts are near the center of the town. Coffee bars and taverns by the sea offer deliciously cooked international dishes and of course fresh fish.

- Big chains of super markets offer all standard foodstuff as well as delicatessen both oriental (pasturma) and international (French cheese, caviar, etc.) Also a big variety of wines, beers, whiskies and soft drinks is on the shelves. All the above are of the highest quality.

- There are free beaches near the town and all around the island where you can enjoy the sea, the sand and the sun. Basic facilities such as sunbeds, umbrellas and refreshments are available .

- Three open-air cinemas show mostly English speaking films.

During July and August one can go to Epidaurus,where the famous festival is held,to watch performances of ancient Greek drama, usually in Greek or English.Daily trips are organised for groups,departing from Aegina in the afternoon and arriving at Epidaurus port by motor ships. Visitors are taken to the ancient theatre by shuttle bus.They are taken back to Aegina late at night. Honestly, do not miss this opportunity.You will remember it for ever.

Aegina was firstly inhabited in 5000bc and since then has remained an island with glorious civilization. An important archeological museum as well as the temple of Afaia and other ancient temples are very interesting.

- Auto cars, motorcycles and bikes are available for hire.

- Also taxis , sea taxis and motorboats can take you anywhere in the island and the surrounding areas and islands.

- Finally apart from the national Fast Aids Station and the small hospital there are private doctors of most specialties.

As mentioned above, Aegina is only 1 ½ hours away from the center of Athens. There are speedy boats every hour from Aegina to Piraeus and back and they start early in the morning up to late in the evening so a one day visit to Athens is possible.

(There is a direct subway line from Piraeus to Athens that takes only 15-20 minutes).

HISTORY

George Finlay (1799-1875) the famous Scottish historian was the grandson of the founder of the trading company ‘James Finlay & Co ‘.

In 1823, he sailed to Greece to fight in its War of Independence from the Ottomans, serving initially on board the ‘Karteria’ (‘Perseverance’) the first steam warship used in war with Captain Frank Hastings. In his involvement with the Greek struggle he worked closely with, and became a friend of, Lord Byron in the last months of the poet’s life.

In early 1825 Finlay first set up house on Aegina, the first capital of the Greek estate, buying a landed farm estate which he named ‘The Red Castle’ (KOKKINO KASTRO), establishing his permanent roots in Greece, developing a field of barley for his horse and stocking his garden with pear and olive trees.

For the remainder of the conflict, Finlay, dedicated himself to easing the plight of the refugees on Aegina.

Finlay never wavered in his desire to serve the Greek people by pressing for financial stability and a government adapted to their needs and historical background.

Finlay wrote many books about the history of the Greek people from the Roman times up to his time among which the most known is the history of the Greek revolution of independence from the Turkish yoke in 1821, also he was the official Athens correspondent of the Times newspaper from 1864 to 1874.

The Red Castle was subsequently purchased by Alexandros Mavrocordatos the most eminent political personality in the War of Independence.

Alexandros Mavrocordatos participated in almost all the constitutional assemblies that took place during the War of Independence (1821-1827) and contributed to the syntax of the first constitution of the new Greek State, later on as Prime Minister in the reigning of King Otto he worked very hard to promote democracy against the monarchy regime of the time.

Alexandros Mavrocordatos spent the last 5 years of his life in the Red Castle in Aegina where he died in 1865.

After his death Red Castle passed to other famous families of Greece (families of Soutsou and Baltatsi) and finally it was bought by Melas family in 1911, the family of the heroic Pavlos Melas who fought a gorilla war against Boulgarian troops to keep Macedonia a Greek area in the first years of 20th century.

Melas family revived Red Castle estate by planting most of the pistachio trees of today and decorated the area around the main house.

The today’s owners purchased KOKKINO KASTRO 25 years ego and upgraded it to it's todays sta

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Andreas Konstantinidis
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016

About Andreas Konstantinidis

I am a retiered mechanical engineer(degree from Polytechnic School of Athens) and I usally spend my time in the historic house next to the renting area.

Of course I am willing to help my guests in whatever they may need and give them ideas of how they can make their stay in Kokkino Kastro unforgetable.

Andreas Konstantinidis purchased this estate in 1990

Why Andreas Konstantinidis chose Greece

Kokkino Kastro is ideal for people asking for tranquility and absolute privacy in a rural environment close to town. It is also ideal for people being interested in activities that cannot take place in hotels as wedding ceremonies and parties,athletic training etc.

On the other hand the huge swimmming pool(20*10 m2) the tennis court with basketball facility, the abundant space for jogging among centenarian trees,the romantic walks during sunsets and the nights under moonlight will keep you in all day long.

What makes this estate unique

The landowner welcomes guests to consume during their stay all the matured agricaltural products caltivated in the estate like pistachios, olive oil ,salted olives,lemons,grapes etc..

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

KOKKINO KASTRO is a historic estate in Aegina full of memories from 1825.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

It was one of the most amazing places I've ever been! So much space for you alone. Its a beautiful estate too! So colorful and it smells nice too. You have a huge private swimming pool en tennis court. The hosts Andreas and Diana are two amazing persons, they're so kind. Everything is perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing luxurious holiday house!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing house! You can stay here with family or a group of friends. Enough space to quietly read a book and enjoy the sun but also a great shared kitchen with terrace to enjoy dinner all together! The owner Andreas and his staff will make sure you'll enjoy what his land has to offer like figs and pistachios

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sofie, I thank you for your nice review and I hope you will taste the pistachios of the new harvest you like so much. Andreas
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Amsterdam
5

Heartwarming welcome

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in Kokkino Kastro for ten days with my children and grandchildren and their friends. I am 84 years old.

Because I can not see well, and walking is not easy for me either, Andreas came to pick me up in the harbour with his car. When we arrived at Kokkino Kastro, he gave the car keys to my son, so that he could drive me to a restaurant or to the beach, "Go show your father the beautiful island of Aegina'" , he joked "the car is yoursa more generous host is hardly to imagine.

My walking improved a lot by the way thanks to beautiful Fotini, who came every day to exercise with me in the swimming pool.

Although our group was quite big, (14 people) and I enjoyed every minute of talking laughing and having fun with my children, grand children and their friends, it was not hard at all for me to find a place to be on my own, as the terrace of my luxurious house was really peaceful surrounded by olive and

lemon trees, there were figs growing there too.

I enjoyed every minute of my stay in this beautiful place, and can not say enough thank you to Andreas and his wife Diana, my swimming instructor Fotini and my dear children for this fantastic holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karel, Thank you for your warm review. Andreas
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5

paradise

  • 5 of 5

I had a great time with mij daughter (13 years old) and friends. We had so much fun with the swimmingpool. There was always something new to discover. The great view from the windmill, the beautiful garden, the tennis. The big kitchen was a good place to be with the group ( we even did yoga on the ground :-) A good place to relax where also a lot can happen! Thanks Adreas and Diana! Myrle & Veere

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Myrle, Thank you for your exellent review for Kokkino Kastro, I hope I see you again . Andreas
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5

Everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

When I arrived the first thing I noticed was the hospitality of the owner (Andreas). He told me that I could ask him everything that I wanted to know at every moment of the day or night and also invited us to eat some traditional home-made Greek food at his place.

The temperature at the moment was too hot for me so all I wanted was to cool down. Andreas guided us to our rooms explained globally how everything worked (also the air-conditioning :-)). It was amazing to see how big the area surfscholen was. Everything you need on a relaxing vacation (even lemon trees).

Would definitely come back to Kokkino Castro!

Grtz,

Tato

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tato , Your nice review surprised me .Thank you very much. Andreas,
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Rotterdam
5

Truly a SUPERB place to be!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in many resorts all over the world, and right now Kokkino Kastro ends up in my favorite TOP 3! The location, the (Olympic!) pool, the comfort, the serenity, the beds, the kitchen, the wi-fi, all those things are served and brought to you in an upperclass style, everything with the warm and intellectual hospitality of Andreas and his wife Diana. Two perfect weeks that I and my 2 children will never forget! (T.Wesselo, Rotterdam, Holland)

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Teo, I am sorry I delayed to thank you for your amazing review . I hope to meet again, Andreas,
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Αthens airport via Piraeus port gate 8
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Perdikiotika bar on Afaias st. in town
Nearest Ferry
1200 Kilometres
Aegina port for ferries and speedy boats
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Piraeus port across the city nearby p&f stadium
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
In town by the sea shore
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
. in town
Car: recommended

FEW WORDS ABOUT LIFE & FACILITIES IN AEGINA

- Aegina is not only an island of summer resort it is an island with cultural life (art exhibitions, etc) and infrastructure that overpasses this of most of the Aegean islands.

- The harbor and the marina for yachts are in front of the town. Coffees bars and taverns on the seashore offer deliciously cooked international specialties and of course fresh fish.

- A big chain of super markets offer all standard foodstuffs as well as delicatessen either oriental (pasturma) or international (French cheese, caviar, etc.) Also a big variety of wines, beers, whiskies, etc is on the shelves. All the above compete the Athenian market in price and quality.

- There are free beaches near the town and all around the island as where you can enjoy the sea, the sand and the sun. Basic facilities as lying benches, umbrellas and few refreshment are offered in most of them.

- Three open-air cinemas show mostly English speaking films.

During July and August the Epidaurus festival gives performances of ancient Greek tragedies in Greek or English. You may easily attend one of them by taking part in one of the groups that leave Aegina in the afternoon pass to Epidaurus port by motor ships and then by shuttle they arrive at the theatre and they are back at Aegina late at night. Honestly, do not miss this opportunity you will remember it for ever, the whole trip is fantastic.

Aegina was firstly inhabited in 5000bc and since then remains an island with glorious civilization. An important archeological museum as well as the temp of Afaia and other ancient temps are very interesting.

- Auto cars, motorcycles and bikes are available to hire.

- Also taxis and sea taxis, motorboats, etc, can take you anywhere in the island and the surrounding areas and islands.

- Finally apart from the national Fast Aids Station and the small hospital there are private doctors of most faculties.

As mentioned before, Aegina is only 1 ½ hours away from the center of Athens. There are speedy boats every hour from Aegina to Piraeus and back and they start early in the morning up to late in the evening so a one day visit to Athens is possible.

(There is a direct subway line from Piraeus to Athens that takes only 15-20 minutes).

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Rates & Availability

Egina Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
winter
Nov 5 2016 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,125
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
Apr 11 2017 - Apr 18 2017
8 night minimum stay
$5,845
Flat fee
 
 
May
Apr 30 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,975
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest
 
June
Jun 4 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,507
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,665
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $58 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$667
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Egina Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 22000 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 11 - shower , outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • villa Andriana - 1 queen
    villa Konstantia - 1 queen
    Liacoto No1 - 2 twin/ single
    Liacoto No2 - 1 double
    Liacoto No3 - 1 double
    Windmill No1 - 2 twin/ single
    Windmill No2 - 2 twin/ single
    Windmill No3 - 2 twin/ single
    Windmill No4 - 2 twin/ single
  • VILLA ANDRIANA Set near the swimming pool in the shade of a perennial pine tree, this stone villa with its 50cm2 bedrooms and en suite bathroom with shower, offers moments of luxurious relaxation and tranquility. It is equipped with a double bed – TV- VIDEO – DVD players a ladies boudoir a relaxing sofa and an antique closet. A small fridge and a coffee maker complete the furniture. WINDMILL The windmill which actually looks like a tower built in 1826 is now a guest house with 2double bed rooms in the periphery and a two story living room area and a kitchenette for light meals and on top a terrace with panoramic view of the island . VILLA KONSTANTIA The front of the stone house is covered by two huge glass doors offering views to olive grove, orange trees, lemon trees and the trails of vines that cover the big veranda. The 40m2 double bed room with bathroom has been furnished with taste and has been well equipped with air conditioning, TV, video, DVD, internet connection and a
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • tennis

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