OFFER: 15% A WEEK
A 65qm apartment, with fully equipped kitchen, part of the 18th c. Sparta Gaia Mansion, inside a 2 acres organic herbs and almond trees garden in Agios Demetrios Zarakοs village. Sleeps 5. Combines the traditional architecture with contemporary elements.
Agios Demetrios has Excellent Taverns with Local Product Dishes in Great Prices. Lies in a Central Location:
Monemvasia 40 min
Closest Beach (Kokkinia) 20 min
Mystras, Sparta 45 min
Mt. Parnon, old villages 15 min
AUTHENTIC: Respecting the house that inspired in me the love for archaeology and the values of the Greek earth, my main concern was to secure the guests’ comfortable and unforgettable stay, while preserving the old mansion’s authenticity; the traditional -bioclimatic- architecture of the buildings complex intact: the stone walls, the two centuries old roof tiles, the cedar window blankets, the doors, the wooden cypress floor, the cistern, the outdoor wood oven, the “liakos” veranda, and the pergola with the old vine-arbour, the wall colors: ochra, blue, asbestos white, the dry stone fences around the two acres local herbs and almond trees garden, and the “shepherd’s house”, a rare 17th c. building.
PARKING: The villa has its own parking area. WASHING MACHINE available for your free laundry. AIR CONDITION and fan. Located on a hill a fresh breeze usually blows. WIFI: Due to the stone walls wifi connection is possible around the house and at the village's cafes and tavernas. GARDEN: Pick up almonds, figs, grapes for your breakfast from the garden trees; organically grown and watered by rain water from the cistern. WOOD OVEN: Grill local lamb chops, smoked sausage with orange or bake your own pizza in the traditional outdoor wood oven.
Agios Demetrios village is centrally located, so that you can easily access the south, west and east coasts (the closest beach is 20 min car drive), mountain Parnon villages (the closest 15 min), ancient and Byzantine sites (the closest 15 min) and Mani (60 min). All distances in car drive time.
• MONEMVASIA (40 min). Uniquely preserved Byzantine castle town.
SOUTH, LACONIAN GOLF
The closest is at Kokkinia (20 min), a sandy beach and many secluded coves. Continuing, around Elia (25 min) are many beaches: Makrygialos, Tigania, Boza.
Plytra (25 min) and Karavostasi are sandy beaches next to a submerged ancient town. From there within another 15 min drive you reach a kilometers long beach, with enclosed bays: Archaggelos, Demonia, Marathias, till you arrive to Neapoli. From there you can reach by boat Elafonisos island: Simos sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in Greece.
WEST, LACONIAN GOLF
Gytheion bay (45 min) with sandy beaches is the entrance to Eastern Mani, a unique area in Greece for the fortified tower houses, with pebble coves.
EAST, MYRTOON SEA (1-2h)
Gerakas: Greece’s longest fiord and a fish village, Vlychada, Balougeri: Clear blue water in a landscape of wild beauty, Kyparissi: Picturesque village with beautiful beaches, Fokianos bay: A unique beach of considerable beauty.
Mt. Parnon (15 min) is one of the less visited mountains of Greece that has kept an incredible variety of rare flora and many traditional villages. Mari (15 min): Water springs and river next to the village, Kremasti (20 min), Kosmas (30 min).
• ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
Geraki (15 min): Authentic Byzantine village next to the ruins of the old castle town.
Monemvasia (25 min): A castle town preserving the Byzantine architectural character.
Plytra, Pavlopetri (25 min): submerged ancient towns
Mystras (60 min): Palatial residence of the last Byzantine emperors with impressive ecclesiastic frescoes.
Palace of Menelaus (60 min): Mycenaean site, probably the palace of Beautiful Helen and Menelaus.
Many historical monasteries are within an hour’s reach: Agioi Saranta, Elona Monastery
Avgo: Lakonia is the most abundant in caves region of Greece. One of them is situated next to Ag. Dimitrios.
Diros (60 min): An underground river complex forming stalagmite scenes of breathtaking beauty.
Being an archaeologist and environmentalist I know the region quite well. Written by me an explicit guide with places to go on foot, to drive by car, the best places to eat, details about the local cuisine, the history of the mansion and the family, will be available at the house. Me and my colleague are willing to support our guests in anything they may need and make them feel at home.
Delicious Gastronomy in the Local Taverns. Vegetarians will love, besides the Greek salad with local feta cheese, the wild greens salad, the green pies and the local cheese. The freshly made "goges" pasta will challenge your Italian experience. Delicious local lamb on the spit, lamb chops and smoked sausage with orange.
The village produces aromatic thyme and flowers honey, olive oil, and olives.
- 15.00-17.00 and 22.00-07.00
Open-minded, hospitable, I speak English, German, Spanish, Greek, I like to experience living in different places and countries. I spend time in the nature and in the sea. Being with friends, play music and dance are some of my favorite things. My studies are in arcaeology, but at this point of my life I am an author and journalist.
My life motto: Keep walking. On the next step you may fly