|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
A fully equipped villa which is quiet and relaxing . The rear bedroom has a single bed and a small double, the front bedroom has a double bed. There is space for a cot as well. A new kitchen blends in with the 18'' thick stone walls and original features such as a mosaic marble sink outside - great for prepping salads in the sunshine ready for the barbque. A vine-draped pergola shades the dining patio and a high stone wall makes 'Phoebe' a private little haven. There's a gated parking area which doubles as a secure play area. The beach is so close it's great to go for several dips a day - take a stroll in the morning, past the bakery (the smell of fresh bread is irresistible); grab a pastry, and as your route is straight down the historic main street between the end of our little lane and the castle, you can also collect a coffee from Niko's and paper at the Newsagent opposite and have breakfast on the beach with the clear waters of the Ionian Sea lapping at your toes.
These lovingly-restored villas created in a 150 year old village house sit in secluded gardens with orange, lemon and olive trees, private patios and pergola-covered eating areas. The perfect Summer holiday rental, here you can enjoy all the romance of ' Real Greece' with up-to-date family friendly self-catering facilities. The rear bedrooms overlook the gardens and church, (beautifully-lit at night) whilst the view from the front bedrooms of village rooftops, the Ionian Sea and the island of Sapienza is equally romantic. The villas have bathrooms upstairs and second toilets downstairs; Aleiki has a bath, Phoebe a shower. Aleiki also has a bathroom with shower in the garden and Phoebe has a private outdoor shower. This makes life with sandy kids much more convenient.The comfortable living rooms with dvd, sofabeds, wooden floors, beamed ceilings and thick stone walls, perfect for escaping the midday heat, are easy to use as 3rd bedrooms if needed. The kitchens have beautiful granite surfaces, and are fully equipped. LOTS OF REVIEWS AND MORE PHOTOS AT OUR WEBSITE - ( website link is just before the reviews section below )
Getting There: Charter flights from several UK airports fly to Kalamata May-October. From 2013 Easyjet fly direct from Gatwick to Kalamata and Ryanair fly from Milan to Kalamata. Easyjet to Athens has cheap seats if you book early. The journey is spectacular through the Taigetos Mountains - which divide the territories of the ancient kings Agamemnon (Mycenae), Menelaos (Sparta) and Nestor (Pylos). The new motorway, lined with Oleander and Cypress trees makes for an easy and pretty drive of about 2 and a half hrs to the foot of the mountains. If you decide to hire a car there are good deals with independent Greek companies at Athens airport. As you cross the Corinth Canal to the Peleponnese, a stop to admire this feat of c.19th engineering is a must. Agamemnon's palace at Ancient Myceae is well worth the short detour. .Don't hesitate to email us for further details.
METHONIANS VILLAS website: Please click on the 'OWNERS WEBSITE' text ( at the end of the Facilities sectiona page below here). Lots more guest information, comments and photographs.
A deposit of 50 euros per person is required on arrival and is refunded on departure.
We had a lovely time here in Aleiki Villa, myself and my two boys here, with my parents next to us in Villa Phoebe. An ideal arrangement ! We spent many lazy sunny days between the garden, the beaches and the local restaurants and cafes. Greece has been a revelation and I don't doubt that we will be back. Our picks are the small beach past the campsite and two restaurants Andreas' place round the corner and Palia Istoria on the street leading from the beach to the fort.
We echo everything the other reviewers have said about this lovely villa and its hospitable owners. Fiona and Nigel are the best hosts you could ask for, they know this area really well and are total experts at what they do. We felt at home here within ten minutes of arriving. The villa is charming, comfortable and very well equipped (as well as immaculately clean), the garden is perfect for lazy evenings, and the location is quiet but still central to all the goings on of the beautiful village. We were a couple and a friend seeking a peaceful retreat and an authentic experience and we couldn't have found anywhere better. This is a fantastic area to stay in, whether you want to hire a car and see the many incredible local sights (we recommend the stunning waterfalls at Polylimnos) or relax without a car and walk to everything you could possibly need for a peaceful holiday. The restaurants and beaches here are delightful and a showcase of Greece at its best. Almost loathe to be leave this review as we don't want Phoebe to get too booked up - we will be back!
Coming to this part of Greece, Methoni, has been like discovering all earth's pleasures in one place ! How wonderful to find a thriving high street butchers, bakers, fish mongers, wonderful grocers store all so welcoming to the humble un-greek speaking tourist. We have adopted the local cuisine and eaten so well. The endless sandy beaches and calm seas have been a wonder indeed to two small energetic boys. And when we have felt like a trip to paradise Voidokilia beach and fresh water lagoon have provided pleasures that will stay with us long after our return to England - oh to see it at migration time! For me the abundant insect life has been fascinating. So Nigel and Fiona thank you for letting us stay. It really has been wonderful and we fear we may be back !!
PS a couple of strong recommendations : Kastros restaurant on the corner of the castle is simply wonderful. Really great home cooked Greek food all locally sourced ( including VERY local wine ) absolutely charming service and with a few creative twists. Do go, we loved it. Also the nearer of the two butchers does the most sublime hog roast on Saturday mornings ( 3 whole pigs ) not to be missed.
Pheobe is a very homely stone house with all the comforts we needed, without being over-the-top in terms of luxury trimmings. The garden is very pretty and private for breakfast or evening meal, with both sunshine and shade and the seemingly constant buzz of cicadas.
For our family (two teenage daughters) the location was perfect. We like to be in among the villagers and able to easily walk everywhere. There is a permanent population in Methoni so even out of season there would be a good bar and restaurant nearby and an interesting flow of locals to and fro along the small main street. It's not a picture perfect place, it doesn't have fancy shops, but it's real! Old men watching the world go by as they flick their worry beads, women practising traditional dancing in a village hall, an open air movie night for the kids...
In summer the choice of tavernas and beach bars was really good and everyone friendly - we ended up eating out pretty much all the time because of the great prices and variety. The main square and beach are an easy stroll from Pheobe, as is the vast castle with its wild interior. The beach may not be the best ever but the water is beautiful and as you swim you have stunning views of mountains and stylish boats moored off. The 'tourists' are mainly Greek families (of all ages) so the atmosphere is lively but appealingly low key.
Fiona and Nigel are very fond of their Greek neighbours and lifestyle and gave us plenty of useful and enthusiastic advice as well as thoughtful extras like home grown oil and blueberries. Thank you both so much! We will definitely come back.
Our family spent three and a half weeks in Greece. We spent the first two in Nigel and Fiona’s villas in Methoni and we spent the last week at their place in Gialova. Each of the locations was wonderful. The accommodations were even nicer than the pictures convey, they were extremely clean, and well-stocked. Furthermore, Nigel and Fiona were glad to provide everything we needed from DVDs for our kids (and the villas were great for kids with plenty of room) to tips about sites to see to advice on the best boat rentals and most beautiful beaches to explore. The location of the villas is also perfect—we loved exploring the Peloponnese from Methoni and Gialova. These villas—and their gracious owners—helped make for a perfect holiday for our family.
Beautiful days in a beautiful house in a beautiful town in a beautiful…country !
Chagall, Grisette et Marguerite, les 3 chats du voisinage, seront les meilleurs temoins de notre voluptueux bonheur dans cet endroit paradisiaque. En arrivant, nous avons trouvé une maison jolie et bien pratique, avec, sur le chemin de la mer, plein de commerçants sympas. Les propriétaires ont été discrets et serviables, souriants et accomodants. Parfaits !
J'espère que noue aurons la chance de revenir encore et encore.
Merci pour tout. Et n’oubliez pas quelques croquettes et du lait (écrémé ) pour les chats. Ils se laisseront bien apprivoiser un jour ….
Bordered by a long sandy beach (with safe shallows), a C.13th Venetian castle to explore and great restaurants, cafes, and shops, everything you need for a perfect holiday is right here. A car is not a necessity.Take an evening stroll 300metres behind the cottage to the clifftops to see the sun set over the sea ( ther's also a little bar up there). Untouched by development, Methoni is friendly and traditional; you'll soon feel like a local. Try Andreas' taverna - 1 minute's walk from your door for some of the best local and innovative dishes in the Peloponnese. There are regular buses from the stop just around the corner for trips to Pylos or further afield and boat trips to the island of Sapienza. The peninsula is great for cycling and if you do wish to hire a car the sites and museums of ancient Olympia, Messini and Nestor's palace are a must, as well as stunning Voidokilia beach - one of the best in Europe. LOTS OF REVIEWS AT OUR WEBSITE - see link above 'reviews' on this page
Other Activities: Live Greek Music ( seasonal )