House 6 miles South of Monemvasia , 5 Minutes on Foot from the Sea, Tranquil And Set In Open Countryside
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About Harriet Bridgeman
We built the house in Greece around 40 years ago and took our four children there for annual holidays. Now our grandchildren visit and we still enjoy going there too. We hope you will enjoy your time there!
Harriet Bridgeman purchased this Cottage in 1970
Why Harriet Bridgeman chose Monemvasía
Testimonies from our Visitor's Book: As idyllic and rejuvenating as last time. We discovered new pleasures and revisited familiar. MANY thanks to Chante and Theo for all their help. We will return! Joe, Vicky, Ted, Anna. July, 2017 Limonas has continued to be the amazing place I remembered it to be and I can't think of a better way I could have spent my first few weeks of summer so thank you to everyone in and around Monemvasia who made our holiday so special. I will never forget the wonderful experiences I have had here including watching shooting stars late at night, dancing on the verandah to Joni Mitchell, starlit swims off the causeway between the new and old town, and eating many of the best meals of my life. I hope everyone who stays here has such a lovely, lovely time. Anna, aged 13 It has been TOO good. It is terribly painful to leave - a real bereavement. The place is woven deeply and tightly into the very strange book I have been writing here. Charles and Mary Foster. August and September, 2017 Thank you so much. It has been an amazing stay. I recommend the beach down the lane. At night I saw a shooting star. I was paddling in the water when a turtle swam under my feet. I recommend Pipinelli's taverna. He does amazing party tricks such as picking up and holding the table in his teeth. Thank you. Rachel, aged 9
What makes this Cottage unique
We bought a little plot of land in the late 1960s and built a simple house there in the style of the local Greek homes. It has the traditional reed-lined roof and Greek blue shutters at all the windows with mosquito netting built in. The large chimney breast is the main feature in the living area. The large sheltered veranda outside is where most people choose to eat and spend the majority of their time. The area is still underpopulated and many artists and writers have stayed there and have fallen in love with the tranquility and the surrounding wildlife. The most noisy aspect of the area is the cicadas! The area offers a standard of living which my family really enjoy - locally grown food, cooked to order; wine produced locally from vineyards in the area. You can enjoy peace and quiet for reading, walking, exploring a local butterfly valley, sunbathing, or use the house as a base from which to walk up to the mountains, explore the coast, take boat trips or cycle. There are no other properties like this available to rent in the area.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Limonas is an absolute tonic!
The property and surrounding area has a very magical charm and warmth about it. The local people were very welcoming and we felt very much at home. Loved the 'off grid' part of solar water heating and lighting. Chante and Theo (the welcoming party) were like old friends and couldn't be more helpful. We always felt as though we were being looked after.
If you want a relaxing holiday and get a flavour of Greek life look no further. Having a car was a must for short excursions and trips into the mountains, but most of the time we were very happy on the local beech and going to local restaurants. Would thoroughly recommend, and can see ourselves going back in the future.
Thanks to the owners for sharing their beautiful property.
We had a blissful time. Limonas is as characterful as the description implies. Local beaches were gorgeous and there was a wealth of great tavernas. We will return.
My father, sister and I stayed in this charming, no-frills holiday house, and enjoyed every minute. Its simplicity was endearing and reminded us that life without Wifi is both possible, and enjoyable. Being off-grid really made it a proper break from the frenzy of life back at home. We discovered for ourselves the excellent local wine, the magic of Monemvasia, and the ancient history of the area.
Einfaches Haus in ruhiger Lage und beeindruckender Landschaft
Sehr angenehmer Kontakt, herzlicher Empfang. Idyllische ruhige Einzellage, schöne Strände und landestypische Lokale in näherer Umgebung. Nächster Strand nicht zu empfehlen, aber schöne Badestrände in wenigen Minuten mit dem Auto zu erreichen. Ferienhaus im Inneren schon etwas abgelebt und teilweise renovierungsbedürftig.
Einfaches Haus, gut ausgestattet, mit schönem Garten und Kamin
Das Haus selber ist sehr einfach, aber völlig in Ordnung. Die Ausstattung ist (für griechische Verhältnisse) ebenfalls in Ordnung. Ein kleines Manko ist, dass die Wände nicht bis zur Decke gehen, man also in den Schlafzimmern nicht von Lichtschein (und Geräuschen) aus dem Wohnbereich und den anderen Schlafzimmern geschützt ist.
Das direkte Umfeld ist sehr schön, großer Garten, naher (Kies)Strand (ein schöner Sandstrand ist wenige Minuten mit dem Auto entfertn). Auch die Lage zu Momenvasia und Neapolis ist gut.
Chante, die Verwalterin, ist sehr nett, auch ist es einfach mit ihr zu kommunizieren (Englisch ist ihre Muttersprache).
Bettwäsche muss mitgebracht (oder für 10 Euro/Person gemietet) werden.
Special interest holidays:
This isn't a typical tourist area so no special interest holidays are offered, as far as I know. If you speak Greek, you'll be able to make further enquiries in the area once you're there! Cycling, walking and swimming are all possible.
Limonas is off the coast road south of Monemvasia so the closest beach is about 200m in front of the house, separated from the house by the garden and the road. There are sandy beaches along the coast in either direction from the house - as you drive from Monemvasia, you'll see plenty of spots to visit. The best are about 1/4 of mile on either side of the house.
If you are travelling from the UK, the nearest airports are Kalamata or Athens. The drive from Kalamata to Monemvasia takes 90 minutes; the drive from Athens to Monemvasia is 4-5 hours. However, Kalamata only operates during the summer months (roughly May-September), in which case Athens is the best option from the UK. Taxis to Monemvasia from Athens would cost around €100. Car rental is easiest from Athens: , and compartmentalize. Daily bus from Athens to Monemvasia takes 5-6 hours.
Any taxi from Athens Airport knows where the Bus Station is for buses going to the Peloponnese. There is a boat which leaves Piraeus (accessible by taxi from the airport) at 9am three times a week which takes about 6 hours.
At the foot of the rock of Monemvasia and the old town is the new town and a small port with restaurants, shops and hotels. In Monemvasia, opposite the marina, hire bicycles for €5 per day, adults and children.
Mistra, Byzantine city just outside Sparta, 60 miles away
The Dirgos caves, through which one can take boat tours, and which children love. These are beyond Githion, a very attractive fishing town.
The Mani, the fascinating near-deserted next door 'leg' of Greece written about by Patrick Leigh Fermor in his book of that name.
The beautiful port of Yeraka, and the other mountain and coastal villages to the north of Monemvasia. The wine in Yeraka is like nectar.
Eleffansos, a delightful small island which can be reached by a boat; there is also an excellent beach. Travel across the country via Foutia or by the longer but better coast road.
Porto Heli can be visited by boat.