Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Megali Mandinia - Serenity House
Authentic village, private & upmarket, close to golden beaches & great tavern
SERENITY HOUSE is upmarket, elegant and luxurious and is an ideal place for families, groups of friends and romantics.It sits on the edge of the panoramic village of Megali Mandinia overlooking the sea and close to the majestic Taygetos mountain range. The thriving city of Kalamata with its sweeping harbour and vast array of watersports and marina is only 20 minutes away while the pretty fishing hamlet of Kitries is only 10 minutes drive. Eleni with her donkey and goats pass by daily! The vibe of the area is relaxed and peaceful. Nowhere in Europe can you find such a beauty spot which is so majestic and yet so unspoilt.
Aside from the stunning views, Megali Mandinia has it all. Tavernas and a mini market within walking distance with a great beach only 5 minutes drive.
SERENITY HOUSE is a three story luxurious villa which has four bedrooms , four bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, an outdoor pool and BBQ, olive trees and a large and sumptuous covered veranda. You can be at the beach which has four bars (one with a plunge pool) in less than 5 minutes or choose to lounge by your own private pool. There is a huge covered & fully tiled veranda with comfortable outdoor sofas and loungers - this offers much needed shade in the summer. The BBQ is fully equipped and has it's own sink and separate seating area. Nightlife is only a few minutes drive to the exclusive area of Sandova beach. Or stay closer to home and wander through the village picking figs and grapes on your way. Stop at George's Cafe and have a frappe - a place where time stands still with the only sounds being the clacking of Greek worry beads.
Classics lovers can find a vast array of sites - some well known like Ancient Olympia and some unknown - but just as fascinating, and all only a short drive away.
Hiking for both the experienced and inexperienced walker can be found 20 minutes away in the Tayegatos mountain range.
A very experienced English speaking walking and cultural guide can be arranged by appointment - at a fraction of the cost you would pay with large tour operators such as Martin Randall.
For more information about this stunning and historical region please read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peloponnese
*Closest airport is Kalamata- 30 minutes away.
Seasonal international flights have been scheduled to fly directly to Capt. V. Constantakopoulos Airport of Kalamata (KLX) from Athens International Airport and many European destinations.
Aegean Airlines will continue to connect Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden with Kalamata Airport, offering direct flights from cities such as Munich, Düsseldorf, Moscow, Rostov, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Stockholm and Paris.
Condor, a German based no frills global airline will connect now Germany to International airport of Kalamata (KLX) for 2014 as well. Starting from May 2014, the new routes from Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt will make it easier to reach Messinia.
Air Berlin / FlyNiKi
As of March 2014, Air Berlin / FlyNiki is flying to Kalamata from Vienna, at times allowing for convenient connections with feeder flights from Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Munich, Zurich and Paris.
A direct flight from Vienna will start operating from May 2014, flying once a week each Sunday.
For 2014, Scandinavian Airlines will continue to operate a direct flight from Oslo, Norway, to International Airport of Kalamata. The flight will be available every Saturday, starting from 17th of May 2014.
From the 10th of April 2014, easyJet will operate twice a week direct flights from London Gatwick, each Thursday and Saturday, whereas from July 1st a 3rd flight will be added each Tuesday.
Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines, is a British charter airlines based in Manchester and for 2014 it will continue to operate a direct charter flight from Manchester & Gatwick to Kalamata Airport.
Starting on the 3rd of May, Ryanair will offer a direct flight from Milano Bergamo to Kalamata, twice a week, every Tuesday and Saturday.
Starting from 21st of April 2014, Transavia will offer every Monday a charter flight from the airport of Schiphol in Amsterdam directly to Kalamata airport.
Travel Service is a private airline company offering charter flights from Czech Republic. During summer 2014, a charter flight from Prague to Kalamata will be offered every Monday starting from 16th of June 2014.
Astra Airlines, a Greek airline based on Thessaloniki, will offer during summer 2014 direct flights from Thessaloniki to Kalamata Airport, twice a week.
Please check all national carrier sites for flights to Athens
ABOUT THE HOUSE
The decor is contemporary although the villa has traditional Greek elements such as tile, wood, marble & stone. The furnishings are upmarket and stylish and have been chosen with both care and an eye for design.
On the ground floor there is a fully tiled hallway which leads to a lounge and dining area. The lounge has comfortable sofas, a cable TV and DVD player. The kitchen is fully fitted with a fridge/freezer, a four ring hob and oven, toaster, dishwasher and kettle. This leads straight onto the large verandas with a table and chairs to eat Al-Fresco and a great outdoor sofa and chairs. Bedroom 1 has two single beds. Fitted robes. There is a shower room and toilet on this floor.
The first floor is reached via a lovely marble staircase and leads to the Master Suite with a sumptuous queen bed, huge modern bathroom and a veranda with panoramic 360 views of sea and mountains. Bedroom 3 has two single beds, and an en-suite bathroom. There is a cute balcony with spectacular views that will take your breath away.
In the lower ground floor there is Bedroom 4 with a queen size bed, a fully fitted bathroom and a useful patio area. Close by is a fig tree - help yourself - they are delicious for breakfast with Greek yogurt. Along the corridor is a washing machine and dryer . Here is also the 'Games' room with the Wii and a selection of games.
Outside is the pool with a shallow end for the children and a shower. There is a large BBQ and seating area along with a pretty landscaped garden and covered car port. There are a number of olive trees which provide shade along with delicious olive oil which is provided in plentiful quantity for you to enjoy. (Children should be supervised at all times and no diving in the shallow end).
Everyone comments that the best part of the house is the unusually large covered veranda. We guarantee that you will spend lazy days there soaking up the view, feeling the breeze from the sea and generally being serene and relaxed.
There are plenty of games including a Wii and table tennis and also a choice of pool toys to use. There is also a generous book library and a good selection of DVDs to watch through the BOSE TV stereo system.
WiFi and Air con
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
*The house is on a small but accessible road
*Nearest Mini market is 5 minutes walk. Closest supermarket is 20 minutes away in Kalamata
*Nearest Tavernas are 5 minutes walk
*In case of emergency, Kalamata hospital is 30 minutes away
*Closest airport is Kalamata- 30 minutes away.
Cleaning service provided twice a week
Mosquito repellent in all rooms
Good selection of DVDs incluing children's DVDs are provided and can be viewed thorugh the BOSE sounds system
POD docking station provided
Full set of crockery and cutlery provided
Outdoor dining seats 8
BBQ seating seats approx 12
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
As an ex English teacher in this area of Greece, I vowed to come back one day. 5 years later, I came back with my husband and we bought a plot of land on the edge of Megail Mandinea. We then built the house to exacting standards over a period of 3 years. Every year we go back to experience the village, the views and to chill out. It is the real Greece - one that is difficult to find.
Eileen purchased this villa in 2006
Why Eileen chose Megali Mandinia
We have now decided to rent the property as we want to share this unbelievable and as yet unspoilt area. More and more flights are beginning to fly into Kalamata airport and the magic of this real gem may be lost in years to come.
What makes this villa unique
Aside from the spectacular views of the Messinian Gulf and the Taygetos mountains, everybody comments that the best part of the house is the unusually large covered veranda. You'll only want to leave the comfort of this area to dip into the pool. Spend hours relaxing, reading, drinking ouzo or fresh juice here and then think 'Where has the day gone?'.