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Photo Article: The pool opens at luxury and isolated Greek villa May 1 - now just eight weeks unbooked until November

Tom Winnifrith
Friday 19 April 2024

Another day and another reservation arrives. That means that there are now just eight weeks unbooked this year between May 1, when the pool opens up, and November 2 when it shuts for the winter. A number of those renting are return visitors. If you fancy a holiday in the Greek countryside, two miles from the nearest house in a luxurious poolside villa, I can help you. The Eco palace we have restored over the past decade, in the Mani will be 100 years old this year and has, as you can see below, been completely renovated. The pool will be warm by May and will stay warm until late October so the smart holidaymaker still has five weeks of off peak bookings available and here are direct flights to Kalamata throughout that period. As of now there are still  three weeks unbooked in May, two weeks in June and a week free in both August and September with 12 days unbooked in October.

The sea is 30 minutes away and the local village three miles away has everything you need. The pool man reports all is on track and my pal L is installing snake repellant canisters next week. So all is ready…

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.

If you want more details they can be found HERE


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. Last year I sat in wonder looking at the local golden eagle perched on that redundant telephone wire. This winter there were three eagles soaring overhead

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.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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