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Sparta Gaia Romantic, Peloponnese

Entire flat hosted by Dimitra
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 bathrooms
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Housed in a restored Mansion Sparta Gaia Retreat attracts unspoilt spots adventurers, ecotourism, agrotourism, authentic Greece travelers. Comprises 4 traditional stone apartments inside a 2 acres herb and tree garden. "Romantic" is a double room with bathroom, fridge and superb garden views, ideal for relaxation and inspiration. 2min walk from Agios Demetrios Zarakos village market, local food taverns.Central to beaches 20min, mountain 15min, historic sites 15min, Monemvasia 35min car drive.

The space
"Romantic" is a private upstairs double room with bathroom with private entrance and stunning views to the garden and from the terrace to Mt. Taygetos and Cape Tainaron. Grandpa's bookcase and desk are still there for your lap top and creativity. Stretch at the sunny veranda and don't miss the sunset from our 360-view terrace overlooking the Mt. Taygetos pyramidal peak and the southernmost cape of Europe, Tainaron. (Cooking device and ware available for longer stays upon request).
PARKING: The villa has its own parking area.
WASHING MACHINE available.
AIR CONDITION and fan, though located on a hill a fresh breeze usually blows.
WIFI: at the village's cafes and tavernas.
GARDEN: Pick up almonds, figs, grapes for your breakfast from the garden trees; organically grown and watered by rain water from the cistern.
WOOD OVEN: Grill local lamb chops, smoked sausage with orange or bake your own pizza in the traditional outdoor wood oven.
TERRACE: Practise your morning workouts on the terrace enjoying the magnificent view to the top of Mt. Taygetos and to the southern most Cape of Europe, Tainaron.
AUTHENTICITY: Respecting the house that inspired in me the love for archaeology and the values of the Greek earth, my main concern was to secure the guests’ comfortable and unforgettable stay, while preserving the old mansion’s authenticity; the traditional -bioclimatic- architecture of the buildings complex intact: the stone walls, the two centuries old roof tiles, the
cedar window blankets, the doors, the wooden cypress floor, the cistern, the outdoor wood oven, the “liakos” veranda, and the pergola with the old vine-arbour, the wall colors: ochra, blue, asbestos white, the dry stone fences around the two acres local herbs and almond trees garden, and the “Shepherd’s house”, a rare 17th c. building.

Guest access
Agios Demetrios village is centrally located, so that you can easily access the south, west and east Laconian coasts (the closest beach is 20 min car drive), Mountain Parnon villages (the closest 15 min), ancient and Byzantine sites (the closest 15 min) and Mani (60 min). All distances in car drive time.
• MONEMVASIA (40 min). Uniquely preserved Byzantine castle town.
• BEACHES
SOUTH, LACONIAN GOLF
The closest is at Kokkinia (20 min), a sandy beach and many secluded coves. Continuing, around Elia (25 min) are many beaches: Makrygialos, Tigania, Boza.
Plytra (25 min) and Karavostasi are sandy beaches next to a submerged ancient town. From there within another 15 min drive you reach a kilometers long beach, with enclosed bays: Archaggelos, Demonia, Marathias, till you arrive to Neapoli. From there you can reach by boat Elafonisos island: Simos sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in Greece.

WEST, LACONIAN GOLF
Gytheion bay (45 min) with sandy beaches is the entrance to Eastern Mani, a unique area in Greece for the fortified tower houses, with pebble coves.

EAST, MYRTOON SEA (1-2h)
Gerakas: Greece’s longest fiord and a fish village, Vlychada, Balougeri: Clear blue water in a landscape of wild beauty, Kyparissi: Picturesque village with beautiful beaches, Fokianos bay: A unique beach of considerable beauty.

• MOUNTAIN
Mt. Parnon (15 min) is one of the less visited mountains of Greece that has kept an incredible variety of rare flora and many traditional villages. Mari (15 min): Water springs and river next to the village, Kremasti (20 min), Kosmas (30 min).

• ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
Geraki (15 min): Authentic Byzantine village next to the ruins of the old castle town.
Monemvasia (25 min): A castle town preserving the Byzantine architectural character.
Plytra, Pavlopetri (25 min): submerged ancient towns
Mystras (60 min): Palatial residence of the last Byzantine emperors with impressive ecclesiastic frescoes.
Palace of Menelaus (60 min): Mycenaean site, probably the palace of Beautiful Helen and Menelaus.

• MONASTERIES
Ηistorical monasteries are within an hour’s reach: Agioi Saranta, Elona Monastery.

• CAVES
Avgo: Lakonia is the most abundant in caves region of Greece. One of them is situated next to Ag. Dimitrios.
Diros (60 min): An underground river complex forming stalagmite scenes of breathtaking beauty.

Other things to note
Delicious gastronomy in the local tavernas. Vegetarians will love, besides the Greek salad with local feta cheese, the wild greens salad, the green pies and the local cheese. The freshly made "goges" pasta will challenge your Italian experience. Delicious local lamb on the spit, lamb chops and smoked sausage with orange.
The village produces aromatic thyme and flowers honey, olive oil, and olives.

Licence number
00000157528
Housed in a restored Mansion Sparta Gaia Retreat attracts unspoilt spots adventurers, ecotourism, agrotourism, authentic Greece travelers. Comprises 4 traditional stone apartments inside a 2 acres herb and tree garden. "Romantic" is a double room with bathroom, fridge and superb garden views, ideal for relaxation and inspiration. 2min walk from Agios Demetrios Zarakos village market, local food taverns.Central to bea… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Washing machine – In building
Hangers
Iron
Hair dryer
Air conditioning
Free on-street parking
Private entrance
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Zarakas, Greece

Agios Demetrios village has Excellent Tavernas with Traditional Dishes from Local Products in Great Prices. Is a Lively Village with tavernas, cafes and many stores (bakery, pharmacy, groceries). Summer night feasts. Lies in a Central location: Choose from a variety of secluded beaches or touristy with facilities to the east and the south. Reach mountain villages and trails within 15΄. Visit historical sites, Monemvasia, Mystras, Sparta, Mani.
Agios Demetrios village has Excellent Tavernas with Traditional Dishes from Local Products in Great Prices. Is a Lively Village with tavernas, cafes and many stores (bakery, pharmacy, groceries). Summer night f…

Hosted by Dimitra

Joined in October 2013
  • 39 Reviews
Open-minded, hospitable, I speak English, German, Spanish, Greek, I like to experience living in different places and countries. I spend time in the nature and in the sea. Being with friends, play music and dance are some of my favorite things. My studies are in arcaeology, but at this point of my life I am an author and journalist. My life motto: Keep walking. On the next step you may fly
Open-minded, hospitable, I speak English, German, Spanish, Greek, I like to experience living in different places and countries. I spend time in the nature and in the sea. Being wi…
During your stay
Being an archaeologist and environmentalist I know the region quite well. Written by me an explicit guide with places to go on foot, to drive by car, the best places to eat, details about the local cuisine, the history of the mansion and the family, will be available at the house. Me and my collegue are willing to support our guests in anything they may need and make them feel at home.
Being an archaeologist and environmentalist I know the region quite well. Written by me an explicit guide with places to go on foot, to drive by car, the best places to eat, detail…
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  • Languages: English, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español
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House rules
Check-in: 12:00 - 14:00
Check out: 11:00
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No pets
No parties or events
Smoking is allowed
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