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The house is lovely and comfortable to stay in. Maria sent very helpful directions for how to find the place and it is just over an hour's drive from Athens.
The kitchen and bathroom have not been modernized but we didn't really mind as everything is clean and functional and the place has real character and charm. The kitchen is very well-equipped.
There is a terrace in front of the house with a wonderful view of the sea and the mountains in the background and we loved being able to sit and eat or have a coffee or a glass of wine out there.
There are a few small pebbly beaches within easy reach of the house, all amazingly clean and, in September, when we stayed, virtually empty. .
There is not much to do in and around Porto Germeno and the local amenities are pretty basic, but it is a beautiful spot on a stunning part of the coast and perfect for a relaxing break.
The only reason I did not give this property 5 stars is nothing to do with the property itself, but with the location: there is a pack of apparently mostly stray dogs that roam around the village houses. They did not come up to Maria's house, but they tended to hang around the houses at the bottom of the road and if you don't like dogs, it is unpleasant to have to encounter them every time you go past. More annoyingly, they bark constantly. This is particularly a problem at night. The house is on a quiet back street; there is hardly any passing traffic, and this could be an idyllic spot, with nothing but the rustling of the olive trees in the breeze and the gentle splash of the waves in the background. However, this tranquility is regularly shattered by loud outbursts of barking and howling dogs. We hardly had an undisturbed night's sleep the whole time we were there because of this and it is a great pity that what could be such a perfect, peaceful little holiday spot is marred by this nuisance.
The house was bigger than we expected with a beautiful garden and pleasingly provided all the essentials: washing power, oil, vinegar, mosquito coils, towels etc, which was great.
Rosa, the lady next door who caretakes the property was available whenever we needed her and, at my request, bought us some food for when we arrived.
The property is not quite where we thought it was as the pinpoint on the map is wrong but it is only about 1/2 a km out and a 5 minute walk from the nearest shops and tavernas.
It's an authentic home filled with plenty of stuff but it served us very well and we had a wonderful time.