Next year we must do something special as the Greek Hovel will be 100 years old. Maybe I shall build a stone wall as an add on up by the house. I shall consider my options. This year, between the start of April and the end of October, the place will be busy.
Between the start of April and the end of October the hovel, now a luxury eco palace redesigned by my own fair hand, is almost entirely booked out. Joshua and I will be the first guests in April, there to ensure that the air conditioning and heating is fully working, the last repairs made to the road and that a bit more furniture for the house and pool is bought. And then the guests start arriving to enjoy the scenes and facilities you see below. There are three free weeks left in May, one in July and then October is also free.
The pool opens on April 10 and will close either at the end of September or the end of October if we have bookings. Flights direct to Kalamata airport (less than an hour away) run from April to October. But Athens airport is just a three-hour drive and if you are not a pool swimmer an out of season visit is well worth it as a base to enjoy exploring the Mani, following the Paddy Leigh Fermor trail, or the wider Peloponnese.
My own trip is now less than three weeks away, I really cannot wait.
Next up is a view from the pool showing the balcony that leads from the kitchen and beyond it three little windows in the main living space
Photo three is the view from the balcony that runs along the back of the main living space above both the rat room and the main bedroom. Yes those really are mountains.
Photo four is the view along our land, which stretches for 800 yards or so, taken from the main living space. This morning I sat in wonder looking at the local golden eagle perched on that redundant telephone wire.
Next up is the view from the kitchen balcony where newly cleaned items from the bat room are drying. The pool is below and as you look out further, you can see the abandoned convent on the other side of the valley and in the distance Zarnata Castle on the high hill beyond Kambos. The pool is now looking very blue and is almost ready for use.
Finally, taken from the balcony, a view into the main living space, now with a table for meals and with a massive sofa for lying on watching old Sherlock Holmes movies.