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.
Thank you for your interest in our house. It is situated about four miles outside Monemvasia, a beautiful Byzantine town built on a rock and one of the last unspoilt tourist attractions of Greece. The house itself is situated in open country and about 100 yards from the beach, although the best beaches are a quarter of a mile to either side of the house.
The house sleeps a maximum of 7 people: accommodation comprises of 3 double beds and 1 single bed. The house is simply furnished and cleaned between each let.
There is no electricity in the immediate vicinity of the house and so the cooker, the fridge and the heater are run off calor gas. There is an open fire for the winter months, and electricity and solar lighting have been installed. Water for the shower and lavatory are supplied by an electric pump – but it is important to use the plastic containers provided for fresh drinking water.
The rental of the house is £440.00 per week with lower out-of-season charges. The house has been let for the last 20 years and anyone who has taken it would, I am sure, be very happy to give you a reference should you require it.
Please contact Chante Antarakis (please see below for contact details) prior to your stay. As the house can be tricky to find, you may find it helpful to meet Chante in Monemvasia and then she can guide you to the property by car. Chante will also prepare the house for your arrival and check it is clean after you leave. We would very much appreciate you leaving it as you find it.
Landline: 0030 27320 66309
Mobile: 0030 69420 94284
There is now a collection point from where the track to the house meets the main road. Black bags can be bought in Monemvasia. Please ensure all rubbish is cleared from the house on departure.
There are daily buses from Athens to Monemvasia via Sparti or Molai. The bus trip is about 5 hours. Buses from Athens to Monemvasia depart from Kifissos KTEL Bus Station. To go to Kifissos KTEL Bus Station, passengers have to take Bus 051 from Omonoia or Bus X93 from the airport of Athens. There are also daily buses from Sparti and Molai to Monemvasia. The bus trip from Sparti to Monemvasia is 1 hour and from Molai to Monemvasia 30 min
Open Monday – Friday, from 8am - 1.30pm.
The National Bank of Greece (next to the Post Office) opens twice a week. Opening times are 9am - 2.00pm. Contact Number: 0030 2732024210
Blankets and pillows are provided, but you should bring your own linen or a sleeping bag, towels, tea towels etc., unless you would like to borrow from the house and pay Chante to do your laundry on your departure at a fixed price of 10 euros per person.
In theory peace and quiet are wonderful, but it is also extremely useful to have a car. Although the local farmers are very generous about lifts, they cannot be relied on, and carrying heavy food and water supplies is not always convenient. There are also some marvellous journeys that can be made in the day, for example:
1. Mistra, the unique Byzantine city which is just outside Sparta and about 60 miles away on a good road.
2. The Dirgos caves, stalactite and stalagmite caves through which one can take boat tours, and which children love. These are beyond Githion which is a very attractive fishing town and a good place for an early lunch.
3. The Mani, the fascinating near-deserted next door 'leg' of Greece written about so well by Patrick Leigh Fermor in his book of that name.
4. Yeraka, and the other mountain and coastal villages to the south of Monemvasia, which can only be reached over rather slow and rough but beautiful mountain roads beyond Aeropolis. The wine in Yeraka is like nectar and is unlike the wine anywhere else.
5. Eleffansos is a delightful small island which can be reached by a glorified rowing boat that travels every half hour from the mainland, where there is also an excellent beach. Travel across the country via Foutia or by the longer but better coast road.
Agios Stefanos Outstanding food - home grown and Greek. Attached is Meliszankia Taverna, a small shop attached where Calor gas cylinders can be changed.
Inside the castle:
Kanoni Good quality Greek
Votsalo Different Greek dishes
Matula Garden restaurant
Xrysovoulo Upscale restaurant
On Bridge Pizzeria
Votsato Traditional Greek dishes
Mamakias Creperie Crepes and fast food
The Trata Seafood
Taxis are available on the harbour at Monemvasia, next to the cigarette kiosk and you can arrange with them to pick you up from Limonas. If you wish, they will take you as far as Athens, which may give you an extra day of holidays in Limonas and although it will cost about £100, but this should be clarified with the taxi service. If the fare is shared between 4-5 people, it is not bad for a distance of 220 miles. The drive will take approximately 4 hours. Tel nos. 61398, 61247, 61127, 61605, 61793.
When leaving the house please inform Chante of your approximate time of departure and ensure that rubbish is cleared and the house left as tidy as possible. Since the lets are normally Saturday to Saturday, your successors will be arriving the same day and it does not leave much time for anyone to tackle a disastrously messy house.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Port Authorities, Monemvasia 27320-61266
Police, Monemvasia 27320-61210
Police, Malaous 27320-22207
Fire Department, Malaous 27320-23888
Intercity bus service, Malaous 27320-22209
Intercity bus service, Monemvasia 27320-61752
Hospital, Malaous 27323-60100
Dr Vasilis Koulovakos, GP 27320-62142
Dr Kleoniki Kougi, Pathologist 27320-62100
Pharmacy, Monemvasia 27320-61444
Pharmacy, Paraskevi 27320-61575