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Stone Cottage in traditional Greek village with spectacular sea views

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4-6. 2 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms. Dining area. Kitchen. Huge balcony, patios

Set in an olive grove at the foot of Mount Pelion over-looking the sea, Oliver’s Cottage offers a taste of Greece as it used to be. On the ground floor a large living room with sitting area, with two traditional Pelion size 'box' sofas which can be used as twin single beds or a double bed

Dining area, with wood-burning stove, fitted kitchen and shower room.

On the first floor, large bedroom with 2 single beds and one double bed. En suite shower room. Double doors opening onto huge balcony with spectacular sea views. 2 Further folding beds or a child's cot can be added on request.

Outside – patios to front in full sun with sea views and rear in the shade of the olive trees. Barbecue.

Ano Gatzea is a picturesque Greek village a stone’s throw from the sea. Cobbled paths lead down through the olive groves to the beaches or up the mountain where you can walk all day past tumbling waterfalls, through forests and historic villages, meeting only the occasional farmer on a mule.

Ano Gatzea is the only “station stop” on the heritage Pelion mountain railway (there are lots of other stops for goats and tortoises on the line!) Built in 1895 using muscle power and the odd stick of dynamite, this extraordinary railway line winds its way up the mountain from the sea to the mountain village of Milies. Trains run once a day in summer and at weekends in spring and autumn.

The nearest beach is Gripsana, 20 minutes’ walk through the olive groves. Nearby (1 km) is the low key resort of Kala Nera (which means “fine waters”) and The Rivera Club which offers drinks on loungers by the sea and a selection of watery sports to try. The Pagasitic Gulf, almost entirely surrounded by land is almost swimming pool still in summer and remains warm enough for swimming throughout the winter. With the ski resort of Chania only 40 minutes’ drive away. locals boast that you can “ski in the morning, swim in the afternoon”.

Mainland Greece, less developed and less visited than the islands, is a walker’s paradise. Cobbled paths link the villages and a huge network of forest trails make for superb mountain biking, taking you high onto the mountain, or even coast to coast across the peninsula from the Pagasitic Gulf to the Aegean Sea.

Thick forests of beech and chestnut are home to wild boar, martens, nightingales and jet black squirrels. The high mountain remains snow-capped until early summer, while below in the valleys fast-flowing streams and waterfalls run though olive groves full of flowers.

We provide a series of GPS-compatible self-guided walks, from gentle strolls taking under half an hour, to full-day hikes, all of which can be done from the house. These are graded from “A Piece of Cake” to “Tough”, enabling you to choose something that fits your mood and energy levels. Choose which walk you fancy doing from the photographic guide and then follow the fully described walk plan, with inset map, GPS references and photos of difficult bits.

We also offer boat trips in a classic sailing yacht – contact us for more details

The city of Volos, reputed to be the most beautiful in Greece, is 17 km away. A lively, airy city, Volos has a cinema, superbowl and theater as well as lots of sea front restaurants and tspouradika (ouzo restaurants) for which the area is famous (just don’t think about driving afterwards!). For more peaceful dining, try Angeliko’s tavern 150 m from the house, or for a real taste of Greece Maria and Georgos’ café where the home-made wine will give you something to talk about.

More Details

Richard Dawson
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in South Pelion in Magnesia Prefecture

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , An additional 2 folding beds can be provided
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Cot available
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Whilst children are welcome please note - Like many Greek villages Ano Gatzea has unfenced sheer drops, rocky outcrops and hight walls off which your children can pitch themselves if they want. You know your own children - if they are a risk to themselves, for your and our peace of mind, please take them somewhere a little tamer.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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Stone Cottage in traditional Greek village with spectacular sea views
average rating of 4.25 based on 12 reviews

Four stars is a very good rating

  • 4 of 5

My son and I spend 14 wonderful days here in Juli. We enjoyed the beautiful cottage and the tranquility of the village.The owner, Richard Dawson, is friendly and helpful and knows the area well.

The Pelion peninsula is excellent for hiking. If hiking is your main reason for coming here, you should consider going in spring or fall, as the summer is too hot for longer walks. I would certainly recommend that you hire a car, because you will want to drive to various beaches and villages and when you need to get supplies for the fridge. If you are a timid driver, the last, steep drive up into the village might be a little intimidating.

Some of our favorite restaurants in the area were: Maria and Yorgos' cafe in the village, Paris' in Kala Nera and the restaurant at Sakia Camping next to Kala Gatzea.

We were not disappointed- the cottage is lovely and the whole area quite spectacular.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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what you see is what you get

  • 4 of 5

perfect house with nice views

lot's of options for walking in the nature

good backery in town

the taverne nearby the church is a good choice

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Oliver's Cottage for a few days this September. It could not have been more perfect. Charlotte and Richard are extremely welcoming hosts. I could sit all day and look at the view across the olive groves to Trikeri island and the far shores of the Pagasetic. The cottage is absolutely charming and the village of Ano Gazea is great fun. We had some wonderful walks; the cobbled paths make it a walkers' paradise (provided you have stout footwear) The sea in that area is wonderful - beautifully clear, lots of fish, and significantly warmer than on the Aegean side of the Pelion. We also took the opportunity to take a day trip on their beautiful classic yacht, which I thoroughly recommend; we even saw dolphins. All in all, an excellent find. We shall return.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hikers Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Charlotte and Richard . We had a great stay in Ano Gatzea . What an experience ! It was like going back in time . Your cottage with its modern comforts fits perfectly in the beautiful old village . Ano Gatzea is stunning ! We loved walking the narrow cobbled stone paths around the village , up into the hills or through the olive groves down to the water . The views are everywhere , the food was amazing and the local people were very friendly . We were so lucky to find your beautiful part of Greece and we treasure our stay there .

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tolle Gegend, nette Leute, sehr ruhig und gut zum Wandern

  • 5 of 5

Es scheint als ob die Zeit hier ein wenig langsamer vergeht. Die ganze Komposition mit dem Cafe, der Railway Station, den Steinhäusern, den steilen und schmalen Steinwegen erinnert ein bisschen an eine Filmkulisse von Indianer Jones (der Anfahrtsweg ist in jedem Fall spannend, war aber sehr gut beschrieben). Auch die Fahrt mit dem Zug war ein Erlebnis

Maria vom Cafe war sehr nett und hilfsbereit, hat uns sogar ihr eigenes WLAN zur Verfügung gestellt, da das im Haus nicht funktionierte. Alles im Allen ein guter Ort zum entspannen und ein guter Ausgangspunkt für Wanderungen.

Ganz liebe Grüsse von der Familie Bock und auch vielen Dank an Richard für den unkomplizierten Haustausch

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House and Garden

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, silent, close to several beaches and a perfect starting point for hikes.

There are several hikes described by the host. He was very helpful and supported some of our activities during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Maria and Georgos
Nearest Ferry
18 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Kato Gatzea
Car: recommended

Stone Cottage in picturesque Greek village with spectacular sea views. Sleeps 4-6. Suitable for walkers, nature-lovers and those wanting to discover the Real Greece.

At the foot of Mount Pelion in a traditional Greek village, Oliver’s Cottage is set in an olive grove over-looking the sea. Cobbled paths lead though the olive groves to the beach or up the mountain to the historic villages of Agios Georgios, Pinakates and Vizitsa. The Pelion heritage railway runs through the village and trains wind their way up the mountain to the village of Milies, stopping for the occasional goat en route.


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Pet Fee £17.66

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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