Pretty one-storey house on the Southern Peloponnese coast. Low-environmental impact with deliberately minimal use of 20th/21st-century energy supplies in the property. This is very much traditional living: the twentieth-century has only just arrived, let alone the twenty-first which is the why the rental is exceptionally low. The house is not on an electricity grid so the cooker, fridge and heater are run off calor gas, but solar panels power the lighting, the shower and the water. There is an open fire for the winter months. The housekeeper is there to help generally and to provide fresh linen and to help with washing. There is a facility to recharge batteries using solar power.
We built the house in Greece around 40 years ago and took our four children there for annual holidays. Now our grandchildren visit and we still enjoy going there too. We hope you will enjoy your time there!
Harriet Bridgeman purchased this cottage in 1970
We bought a little plot of land in the late 1960s and built a simple house there in the style of the local Greek homes. It has the traditional reed-lined roof and Greek blue shutters at all the windows with mosquito netting built in. The large chimney breast is the main feature in the living area. The large sheltered veranda outside is where most people choose to eat and spend the majority of their time. The area is still underpopulated and many artists and writers have stayed there and have fallen in love with the tranquility and the surrounding wildlife. The most noisy aspect of the area is the cicadas!
The area offers a standard of living which my family really enjoy - locally grown food, cooked to order; wine produced locally from vineyards in the area. You can enjoy peace and quiet for reading, walking, exploring a local butterfly valley, sunbathing, or use the house as a base from which to walk up to the mountains, explore the coast, take boat trips or cycle. There are no other properties like this available to rent in the area.
The most relaxing and most memorable holiday at Limonas - a happy, happy time - a wonderful limbo between mountains and sea and old friendships renewed. What could be more beautiful or appropriate at this time of change?
The property and surrounding area has a very magical charm and warmth about it. The local people were very welcoming and we felt very much at home. Loved the 'off grid' part of solar water heating and lighting. Chante and Theo (the welcoming party) were like old friends and couldn't be more helpful. We always felt as though we were being looked after.
If you want a relaxing holiday and get a flavour of Greek life look no further. Having a car was a must for short excursions and trips into the mountains, but most of the time we were very happy on the local beech and going to local restaurants. Would thoroughly recommend, and can see ourselves going back in the future.
Thanks to the owners for sharing their beautiful property.
We had a blissful time. Limonas is as characterful as the description implies. Local beaches were gorgeous and there was a wealth of great tavernas. We will return.
My father, sister and I stayed in this charming, no-frills holiday house, and enjoyed every minute. Its simplicity was endearing and reminded us that life without Wifi is both possible, and enjoyable. Being off-grid really made it a proper break from the frenzy of life back at home. We discovered for ourselves the excellent local wine, the magic of Monemvasia, and the ancient history of the area.
Special interest holidays:
This isn't a typical tourist area so no special interest holidays are offered, as far as I know. If you speak Greek, you'll be able to make further enquiries in the area once you're there! Cycling, walking and swimming are all possible.
Limonas is off the coast road south of Monemvasia so the closest beach is about 200m in front of the house, separated from the house by the garden and the road. There are sandy beaches along the coast in either direction from the house - as you drive from Monemvasia, you'll see plenty of spots to visit. The best are about 1/4 of mile on either side of the house.
If you are travelling from the UK, the nearest airports are Kalamata or Athens. The drive from Kalamata to Monemvasia takes 90 minutes; the drive from Athens to Monemvasia is 4-5 hours. However, Kalamata only operates during the summer months (roughly May-September), in which case Athens is the best option from the UK. Taxis to Monemvasia from Athens would cost around €100. Car rental is easiest from Athens: , and compartmentalize. Daily bus from Athens to Monemvasia takes 5-6 hours.
Any taxi from Athens Airport knows where the Bus Station is for buses going to the Peloponnese. There is a boat which leaves Piraeus (accessible by taxi from the airport) at 9am three times a week which takes about 6 hours.
At the foot of the rock of Monemvasia and the old town is the new town and a small port with restaurants, shops and hotels. In Monemvasia, opposite the marina, hire bicycles for €5 per day, adults and children. Fishing can be arranged through Sophia Gollek; boat trips through her husband Yannis.
Lula, who has a small shop nearby, sells olive oil, bread, simple groceries and calor gas. Bottled wine is now generally available at the grocers' shops in Monemvasia but wine from the cask, which you can buy in your own container at any taverna or from the grocer or the butcher, is cheaper. Lula's wine is recommended, also that of Coulas her brother who has a taverna on the opposite side of the road going towards Monemvasia. Particularly good is the local Kastropolitia, only €6 red or white, produced by the Monemvasia Winery.
A far wider selection of groceries is available in Monemvasia. Costas, Lula's son, runs a larger restaurant attached to her shop at Aghia Stefanos, which offers some of the best and cheapest food in the area. It is the closest restaurant to the house and is frequented by locals rather than tourists. Restaurants recommended include Pipinellis (cheap and good!) at Aghia Paraskavi, halfway back to Monemvasia, and Taverna Kamares just beyond.
Mistra, Byzantine city just outside Sparta, 60 miles away
The Dirgos caves, through which one can take boat tours, and which children love. These are beyond Githion, a very attractive fishing town.
The Mani, the fascinating near-deserted next door 'leg' of Greece written about by Patrick Leigh Fermor in his book of that name.
The beautiful port of Yeraka, and the other mountain and coastal villages to the north of Monemvasia. The wine in Yeraka is like nectar.
Eleffansos, a delightful small island which can be reached by a boat; there is also an excellent beach. Travel across the country via Foutia or by the longer but better coast road.
Porto Heli can be visited by boat.
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Limonas is let for £400 per week during high season (April-Sept inclusive); payment is accepted by bank transfer or cheque. A deposit of 50% is due immediately on booking to secure the reservation; the remaining amount is due one month before the booking commences. We feel the rates are extremely reasonable and a clear description of the property given; therefore refunds are not given unless the reasons clearly substantiate.
Weekend days - Sat-Sat preferred.
A deposit of 50% is due immediately on booking to secure the reservation; the remaining amount is due one month before the booking commences. We feel the rates are extremely reasonable and a clear description of the property given; therefore refunds are not given unless the reasons clearly substantiate.