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Traditional stone house in mountain village, privacy, beautiful views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,313 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Two storey traditional house with stone walls and beamed ceilings throughout, providing an ideal setting for creation and relaxation. The stone-paved garden features Mediterranean plants, trees and herbs and offers unobstructed views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

The ground floor comprises a kitchen / dining area, spacious and cozy, with a dining table seating 6; an open-plan room (30m2) offering views to the garden and beyond, with a king-sized bed and a sitting area with music corner. The adjoining bathroom is large and well equipped. For more photos and a fuller presentation, google stoneretreat weebly, or click on the Stone Retreat Website link at the bottom of this page.

The upper floor consists of a large room (50m2) with vaulted beamed ceiling and fireplace, its 6 windows offering views in all directions. There is a sitting area with electric piano and home cinema as well as a large sofa which folds out into a double bed with a solid cotton matress. This rooms gives onto a terracotta surfaced terrace (35m2) which overlooks the garden and is ideal for al fresco dinners and star-gazing.

The property and surrounding area would appeal to artists, writers, history lovers, hikers and serious cyclists as well as to those who seek tranquility.

For those who are interested in visiting Greece during the winter months, the house has central heating and a large fireplace.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

Why Christopher chose Vrousti

We fell in love with the little village of Vrousti while we were touring the Highlands of Argolida by car. What attracted us was the unspoilt aspect of it. Here was a hamlet of old stone houses mostly, with no modern interventions and no tourism. Not even a village shop or post office. The absolute quiet of the place charmed us. You feel that you are very close to nature and especially to the sounds of nature: the sounds of the bells from the goat herds, the bark of a sheepdog, the night sounds of owls hooting and foxes crying. The local people are simple folk, goat herders and cheese makers, and they lead peaceful, traditional lives. For us, it was the perfect place to escape from the noise and crowds of the city; a place to relax, to contemplate and to create.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We, Yvette and Rogier from The Netherlands, stayed a week in this beautiful house and really enjoyed it.

If you like privacy and walking in the mountains, this house, seated in the sleepy but still-alive-village Vrousti, can be highly recommended.

The view over the mountains is great. The house looks old, but is recently built. The interior is just like the photos: with a great feeling for details. Very charming. Two wide terraces give you almost all day the possibility between sun or shadow. The fact that there isn't an airconditioner in the house isn't quite relevant: even during the heat wave we were confronted with (40 degrees Celcius) the thick walls kept the temperature inside to be okay.

Visiting the shops and taverns of Argos takes about 20 minutes driving, but the roads are very good, so this distance doesn't really matter. Reaching the beaches costs 30 minutes.

Argos has great bakeries (fournos) and confectioners (zacharoplastio), a Greek/Roman theatre and agora and lots of taverns.

You really also have to go to the picturesque Nafplio, the first capital of Greece; a nice Venetian city, with an incredible fortress, akropolis, cliffs, cactuses and many nice shops and restaurants. If you're there don't forget to stop at confectioner Dolce with its great icecreams, cakes, baklavas, chocolates, sweets etc. The best confectioner we have ever visited.

If you are interested in the Greek/European history you must visit Mycene, Corinth, Tyrens and Epidauros. The theatre of Epidauros (with a capacity for 13.000 spectators) has a nice agenda of performances. We don't speak Greek, but nevertheless it was a great impression to see an Aristophanes' comedy of more than 2000 years ago, played by the best Greek actors before an audience of 10.000 people, while the sun disappeared behind the mountains.

The owners are also very nice and friendly; they give many tips and are very helpful.
Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vrousti in Koutsopodi

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1313 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We request that you leave the house in the condition that you found it.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Custom Designed shower stall on wooden platform
  • Fully equipped spacious bathroom, with large, custom designed shower stall on a wooden platform. High aesthetic appeal. Stone counter with Hand-made Ceramic washbasin. Toilet in separate room. Towels and Toiletries supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Main Floor bedroom - sitting-room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Upper Level bedroom in open-plan area with fireplace.
  • Each bedroom is on a separate floor, open-plan, combining sleeping and sitting areas. The ground floor bedroom features a King-size bed while the upper floor has a double bed. Both beds have natural fiber mattresses and pillows, all by Coco-Mat. Both beds are dressed with linen/cotton sheets and pillow slips. Coverlets are provided for the fresher nights. Facilities for washing and ironing are provided, however, if you wish arrangements can be made for bedlinen to be washed off-site on a weekly basis.
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(11 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Visit of a life-time

  • 5 of 5

The wonderful experience we enjoyed at the Stone Retreat is difficult to express in words. The Stone Retreat itself, its decor, and the views of both mountains and sea were more beautiful than can be shown by photos. The warmth of the hosts (Rosa and Christopher) as well as local community also made us feel immediately welcome and at home. We were overjoyed to be welcomed on our first day by the local delicacies prepared and brought by Rosa and Christopher, and later by the freshly picked fruit and fresh milk brought by a very kind neighbour (Voula). Our stay at the Stone Retreat was truly unforgettable; we hope to have the chance to return one day soon.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your kind words. We hope to see you again!
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Amazing retreat in the Peloponnese

  • 5 of 5

We booked our rental over the winter holiday 12/26 - 1/2 - to avoid the crowds, the heat and take advantage of the kids winter vacation.

The stone retreat is amazing! Nestled in a small village near Argos, it is charming, warm and quiet. Winter is the perfect time to stay in this cozy stone house - the central heat works quick and the fireplace is oh so romantic. There is outdoor dining areas that we took advantage of on New Years Day. A great record collection and all the comforts of home.

We came with our two boys (7 & 9) and used the Stone Retreat as our home base taking day trips to Monemvasia, Hydra, Nafplio and Mycenae. The longest was about 2 hours away. You could also make Athens and Olympia in 2 hours.

Christopher and Rosa are the ultimate hosts - leaving us a hot meal, bottle of local wine and some provisions for our first morning. They also can to our rescue when our rental car died.

I am ready to buy a stone house and raise goats after our stay! Of course I’ll have to call Rosa to help me decorate!

I’ve been using VRBO for 12+ years in the US and Europe and this was by far the best place I’ve ever stayed with the best hosts!

We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent an absolutely delightful week in September at this wonderful property. The location was perfect for the many day trips we took - a short distance to Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Hydra, as well as exploring the nearby Larissa castle and Palimidi fort. We are a well-traveled couple and the villa is one of the most beautiful properties we have ever stayed in. The rooms are spacious, beautifully laid out, and would easily accommodate more than the two of us. We enjoyed the gorgeous outdoor spaces - amazing vistas of mountains and valley at all times of day from the idyllic terrace and garden. We loved the interiors - the many original and artistic furnishings made by the owners, Rosa & Christopher. And we truly enjoyed meeting and getting to know them. It was a privilege to be staying at their property.

There is wonderful hiking - one of our favorites just right out our door and through the village, hiking up to the crest of the hills above in the evening, for great exercise and glorious views. We especially loved the village of Vrousti - such a unique place, and wonderful to wake up to the music of goat bells in the distance, each morning. A highlight was meeting Voula, a neighboring goat farmer, who was so warm and friendly - and spending some delightful time with her.

Christopher & Rosa are exemplary hosts and such wonderful, interesting people. They met us at the villa and showed us through the property, offering great suggestions for trips, hiking, restaurants nearby (which we loved), and some sights we were not aware of. They checked in with us by phone throughout the week and were available for any questions. Our arrival was later in the day and Rosa so thoughtfully surprised us with wine and a welcome bite to eat. We were so touched by their kindness.

We spent 3 weeks in Greece but our week in Vrousti was by far our favorite time of the trip. We are looking forward to returning to the villa next year.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Special Place!

  • 5 of 5

“Stone Retreat” is a work of art! Christopher and Rosa have created a unique space that allows for a full appreciation of the countryside. They have a beautiful sense of design and have paid loving attention to every detail of the home. The beds are very comfortable with linens that look too beautiful to sleep in! The exceptional shower with a rainfall showerhead is lovely too. The home has two levels that are separate from each other. Our teenage daughters felt lucky to have their own “apartment” and patio on the second level.

“Stone Retreat” is also immaculate and full of wonderful surprises. We really enjoyed the lovely basket filled with olive oil, honey, lavender, mountain tea, fresh eggs…that greeted us upon arrival. Also, there is an extensive record collection which brought much enjoyment, and our daughter was thrilled to be able to play the guitar. Rosa also has her incredibly beautiful weaving throughout the house.

The outdoor spaces are magical. Potted flowers and plants fill the courtyard. The heather was in full bloom and the honeybees were wild with delight. We looked forward to sharing our meals outside, especially in the evening when the patio lights created a wonderful ambience. We would spend hours just sitting by the table and then would go the upstairs patio to look at the stars.

Every day we took walks from the house. We mainly stayed on the roads, but never saw a car. The flowers, interesting insects, and expansive views to the sea were wonderful! It was so nice to walk in absolute quiet, except for the sound of a buzzing insect or goat bell.

Christopher and Rosa provided us with maps and lists of things to do. We headed their advice and were never disappointed. They had recommended a beach near the Assini Ruins and we spent three afternoons there. It is a small beach with chairs and umbrellas for rent, so there is respite from the sun. Also, we enjoyed three lovely meals at the taverna above the beach. Napflio is a very delightful town nearby with many great restaurants, historic sites, and a great seawall walk. The nearby village of Kasia is also nice for a good meal--very charming village. Mycenae and Epidaurus are an easy drive from the house too.

“Stone Retreat” is truly a special place. We felt so fortunate to be able stay there. Thank you, Christopher and Rosa, for sharing your home and giving us so many wonderful memories. We loved every moment of our stay and hope to return again one day.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just left this property after a stay of sixteen nights. To say we are upset at leaving is an understatement.

The house is exceptional, with high quality fixtures and decorations. It had everything we needed and was clean and well-maintained. We are fussy about beds and bedding, but were very comfortable during our stay.

The region is brilliant, with both the seaside and the mountains close by. And it's so quiet! The loudest sounds we heard were the goats and goat-herders.

Driving to Vrousti from Athens airport was far easier than we expected and wasn't a problem after a lengthy flight.

While at this house, we enjoyed visiting the various archaeological sites and eating long lunches in seaside tavernas.

At times we had to work, but the good quality wi-fi made this easy. We could not receive mobile phone signals in the village, but could on the road to Argos.

Christopher and Rosa were excellent hosts and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Brenda and Terry! It was a pleassure to have you. Hope to see you again at Stone Retreat.
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A true retreat in the Peloponnese countryside

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay while enjoying the culture, history and natural surroundings of this area. This is a true home, nestled into a small mountain village, with all of the amenities needed for an enjoyable stay. From the welcoming basket of homemade marmalade, wine and herbs to the information on the house and local attractions the owners have paid attention to every detail. The garden patios are special as are the panoramic views and the tranquility of the site.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Warm words from wonderful guests. Thank you Kevin and Lori!
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Athens International Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Corinth - Tripolis (E-65)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
26 Kilometres
Nea Kios
Car: necessary

Our house is located in Vrousti, a hamlet nestled in the mountains of Argolida, one of the most important centers of Ancient Greece. The significant archaeological sites of Nemea and Mycenae, the ancient theatres of Argos and Epidaurus are all within easy reach. An extensive network of mountain footpaths starts from the village and hikers will enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area while cyclists will delight in exploring the numerous mountain roads and paths. The Venetian town of Nafplion, located at the apex of the Argolic gulf, offers a counterpoint to the peaceful rhythms of Vrousti with its delightful shops, wide variety of restaurants and buzzing nightlife. The area boasts a wide variety of excellent beaches with facilities for most water-sports and points of departure for the renowned Argo-Saronic islands of Hydra, Spetses and Poros. Argos, the nearest main town, apart from its historical interest, covers all shopping needs and includes an extensive farmer’s market twice a week.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Vrousti, Peloponnese

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season 1
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season1
1 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Please contact owner for rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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