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We stayed at the house for 12 days with 4 adults, 4 yrs old and a baby and we all loved it. Nice clean house in peaceful sourrandings, close to bakery( very nice staff there and good cheap local wine to buy), cafe and grocery shop. Supermarket 5 minutes by car. Owners father ( really nice person)welcomed us in the house with lots of advices what to do and where to go.When with kids you really appreciate your own kitchen and washing machine. Weather didn't spoiled us ( time of cyclon, lots of rain)but we still managed to do a lot of sightseeing. If you have a car the house it's a good base to see lots of stuff. We managed to go to Athens. Epidavros, ancient Mycenaes, ancient Corinth(-great cafe with apollo temple views- we thought that prices will be high but we paid very reasonable price for all meals), Acrocorinth- (our most favourite place of all), Argos and Larissa castle. ancient Olipmia ( there is nearby Klio's honey farm in the town of Oliympia- free entry and presentation in a lovely family atmosphere- well worth visiting), Loutraki lighthouse, Prodomos and Philosophou monasteries, Napflio( with our favourite tavern 'Kalamari' with good prices and great service- near port parking), Hydra island, Dydymos caves with chapels and despite bad weather we managed to spend 2 days on a local beach 50 meters away from the house. The beach can't be voted the best beach in Greece( factory in the distance view) but with kids it is nice to have a access to the sea close to the place you stay plus this beach is known for low waves which is also a bonus when swimming with kids. We even managed to do some snorkling and see some fish, sea sponges and spiky sea slugs.In Isthmia you have small but quite good fruit and veg market- you can even buy snails there:)-we didn't try it but local guy insisted there are delicious with spinach in the soup. On the way to Mycenaes there is lot of stalls - try olives preserved with orange peel- deliciuos, or eggplants or courgettes in sweet syrup.
In summary - we are very satisfied and we can honestly recommend this place.
Dear Evan and Evan's father- thank you for a great stay!!!!
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.