|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Renovated self-catering villa surrounded by olive trees, set in the foothill of the Lapithas Mountains, overlooking the sea. This is a beautifully furnished traditional farmhouse, offering ideal rural holidays for families, romantic breaks or for nature lovers. The air-conditioned, open-plan sitting-room/ kitchen makes up fully half the house (a generous 100 m² in total) with 2 double bedrooms and bathroom (complete with bath and shower). The kitchen is equipped with electric fan oven, dishwasher and washing machine. A wide veranda runs the entire length of the house, giving plenty of sun as well as shade. The garden completely surrounds the house, and is fully maintained for you. The house is set in a working olive farm of 400 trees, with neighbouring olive-groves stretching for kilometres in either direction. We are approx. 1000 m from the village of Kato Samiko, 3000 m from the beach, and mountain walks start at the front door, with hundreds of km of forest tracks.
[EOT Greek Tourist Board Registration Number (MHTE: 0415K92000468501]
We left the UK about 20 years ago, and spent the next few years travelling Europe, looking for somewhere to put down roots. By 2002 it was clear that Greece was the place for us, and we have been here ever since.
Charles purchased this villa in 2004
We spent several years wandering around Europe, looking for the perfect spot. Once we narrowed our search to Greece, we then spent several years travelling all around the mainland, and several of the islands, trying to find exactly the right spot for us. Once we narrowed it down to the area around Kato Samiko, we spent months walking around the area, along the beach, up the mountains, around the lake etc, hunting out places for sale. All the while, we had a running joke about the perfect olive grove that we passed continually, but knew we could never buy, as it couldn't possibly be for sale. It had fabulous views, stone-built terraces, ancient olive trees, was close to the village but not in the village, and was in all ways exactly what we knew we wanted, but could never have. Owing to some rather strange luck, we now own exactly this piece of land, and we have no intention of ever leaving. For us, The Olive Farm is perfect, in every way.
What is special about The Olive Farm is actually the olive trees themselves - we have young slim trees of 20 years, big well-established trees of 100 years, and right outside the house is a huge, gnarled, gigantic tree of unknowable age. The house is squeezed in amongst them, giving you a wonderful sense of seclusion and privacy, whilst still having the ability to sit on the veranda and watch the sun set behind the island of Zakynthos, across the bay. The vast beach, the mountains behind the house, the forest, the village across the valley all help, but it is the olive trees and terraces that make this place so special. And this is what all our guests tell us too, so there must be something to it.
We have had a superb holiday here at The Olive Farm, It has been very relaxing and Charles, Ellie, and especially Lexi have been so friendly and helpful - thank you so much!We have eaten very well hereour favourite places have been: Ta Pefka, Doufas, and the taverna on the beach at Lakovatos - all increadibly well-priced and the owner of Ta Pefka was particullarly, was so friendly. We also had a very good lunch at Sto Kioupi in Dimitsana in the mountains. The local beach is very good as is the beach at Kakovatos. The supermarket and bakery are good in Zacharo. All in all, a great week!
We really enjoyed our stay at the olive farm. It was exactly as we expected, and clean and very well equipped. Charles, Eleanor and Lexi (and their menagerie) were very welcoming as hosts, and extremely forthcoming with help and information, without ever being intrusive. A splendid, if slightly remote, location - the ancient sites of Olympia and Messini are within striking distance, and there are fantastic beaches nearby. There's also the bonus of constant butterfly visitors to the verandah! We would definitely recommend this property.
We spent 3 weeks at the Olive Farm, which is the perfect place to enjoy real peace and quiet - unless you mind bees humming, chickens cackling or crickets chirring. It was the kind of holiday when my wife and I were 'all on our own' as much as we wanted, but were still able to rely on help and advice from the very friendly and likeable owners when this was needed. The owners live 50 yards from the property, but this did not spoil the feel of 'being on our own' in lovely Greek nature. The property is spaceous, well-maintained and provides plenty of books (books galore and many DvDs), but also various board & card games. The front garden below the veranda offers many flowers - a real treat to the eyes. The location is ideal for both the typical beach holiday and for tours into the mountains: it is only a few minutes by car to the long, sandy coastline, where we saw only very few people (in fact, our next 'beach neighbours' were 200 or 300 yards away from us, so we felt like having our own private beach). In the mountains, we did fascinating day trips to waterfalls, canyons, and monasteries - the owners gave us brilliant tips on where to go and what to see and there is also a folder in the property with details about each trip. In a nutshell, it was just the kind of holiday we had dreamt of and we are already planning to return to this romantic place.
We want to thank the owners, Eleanore and Charles, for their hospitality and kindness and do hope to see them again next summer!
Marianne & Adalbert, Germany
P.S.: When our rental car had a flat tyre and we had no equipment on board to change wheels, Charles came in no time - yes, on a Sunday! - to Zacharo, where we were stranded, and got us out of this calamity. This was just gallant, 'Sir Charles', we will always owe you! :-)
If you've read the book by Gerald Durell you can live the reality. The Hoilden-White family are delightful, The house is comfortable with lots of atmosphere and great views set in an unspoilt part of Greece within easy reach of a wonderful beach.
I loved watching the sun set over the Mediterranean. Across the bay the lights come on like a glistening necklace around the shores of the island of Zakynthos. The surrounding olive groves whisper peace and say, we have been here for centuries and we welcome you. Within easy drives there are gorgeous, almost empty beaches. I hope to come again - and again - Deo volente.
Great base from which to explore the region, a short drive from an enormous beach and the wonders of Olympia and there's even an ancient acropolis that you can walk to from the house. The Olive Farm has everything you need for a perfect stay - it's spacious and fitted out to a very high standard. Brilliant owners who are there to advise on local restaurants etc. Free dog isn't mentioned in the brochure nor were the pigs, cats, chickens who all put a shift to make you happy.
We would heartily recommend The Olive Farm to anyone - we had the most wonderful time there. The house has everything one would need to feel comfortable and at home. Upon our arrival Charles, Ellie and Lexi provided us with bottles of cold water, olive oil and some basic food which were highly appreciated. They were very friendly and helpful during our stay and managed to make us feel at home. The covered veranda is spacious with lots of flowers and fantastic view to the sea and sunset. We spent many hours there relaxing and enjoying the view.
We spent 2 weeks there with our 2 boys (6 years old and 16 months old) who loved the house and veranda as well as the olive trees area around the house. There is very beautiful beach within 5-10 min drive (having both "organized" and "wild" sections), and Ancient Olympia is only 30 mins drive away. All the info, provided from the owners, was very useful and easy to follow.
The Kato Samiko area is very beautiful and the diversity of nature is really amazing - you have mountains, sea, endless sandy beach, beach flowers, lake, wild and cultivated greenery, citrus and olive trees. We had a wonderful vacation and would love to go back.
Decidedly un-touristy, the area around Kato Samiko is one of the best-kept secrets of the Peloponnesus. The beach is vast, stretching out over 100 km in an unbroken curve of golden sand, backed by sand dunes and pine forest, without any major developments or resorts-you can normally find your own private stretch of beach without difficulty. Ancient sites include Olympia (25 km), The Temple at Vassai (30 km), the hot springs and spa at Kaiafas (3 km), as well as a wealth of smaller archaeological sites including our own Acropolis, just 2 km away. Shop at local markets in Zacharo (12 km) or Krestena (8 km), or the city of Pyrgos (25 km). Mountain walks and superb cycling and mountain-biking routes abound, and island-hopping day-trips to Zakinthos or Kefalonia from Kylini (50 km) for those who wish to see more than just the Peloponnesus. Virtually all the main archaeological sites of Greece are reachable by car, with the new bridge across the Gulf of Corinth making even Delphi accessible.
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