“A simple but stylish mountain village hideaway on Pelion's wild, wooded eastern flanks”
When we visited, 3 of the 6 rooms had been stylishly refurbed with a clean, contemporary look that comes as a refreshing change from the dark-wood-and-stone of most traditional Greek inns. Expect dimmable downlights or tripod standing lamps, plump white duvets offset by cherry red counterpanes, one of those Eames-esque white bucket chairs that are de rigueur in cool homeware catalogues - and, yes, a single exposed stone wall to remind you that you are in a venerable Peliot house.
Some rooms have glassed fireplaces, others striking textured artwork by Volos-based dentist (yes, you read that right) Vasilis Kapodistrias. Here's proof that you can judiciously use flatpack furniture - for those open modular wardrobes are indeed Stolmen - offset by one or two eye-catching statement pieces to create an altogether cool and classy effect.
In due course Dimitris and Lena plan to refurb the 3 Loft rooms, housed in their own wing beneath the terrace, and also split-level. Meantime the Junior Suites and Deluxe are the ones to go for. If you're a couple, request Junior Suite #2 - the loveliest room in the house, where we stayed. For a couple with child, or 2 friends travelling together, Junior Suite #1 is the answer - a split-level room with cosy sleeping platform upstairs, and a living area (with single sofabed and fireplace) plus shower room downstairs. Single travellers, or couples on a short stay / tight budget, could opt for the smaller Deluxe room - but at these rates you might decide to splash out on the altogether lovelier Junior Suite #2.
Come breakfast time, Lena lays out a wonderful spread - either outside on the sunny terrace, or in their dining room if it's cooler - of whatever she has just baked, plucked and whipped up. We tucked into cinnamon-dusted rice pudding, savoury loaf filled with sausage and cheese, fresh apple pie, juicy Cantaloupe melon slices, pastries with homemade cherry and peach jams - and there was plenty more besides. Sitting at marble tables (repurposed from vintage sewing machines), under the shade of a triangular sail or the vast magnolia tree, there can few better starts to the day.
They don't serve lunch or dinner, but if you're around in the afternoon you may be invited to test Lena's latest pie or Dimitris' coffee-making skills. And it's only a minute's walk to the Plateia taverna where, sitting under a huge spreading linden tree behind the church, I enjoyed a Greek salad, finger-licking chicken stew, dessert and local wine for the princely sum of 8 euros. There are a couple of other eateries in the village, and plenty more on the coast (Damouhari enjoys an idyllic setting).
This is not an obvious choice for families, being tucked away in a remote mountain village - but if you do venture here with kids, they will be warmly welcomed by Lena and Dimitris.
Children (4-12 years)
One Junior Suite has a single sofabed; the other rooms can fit a cot (book early as there's only one cot). Families with 2 or more children will need separate rooms.
You'll find several fantastic beaches within 1/2 hour's drive, including the sands of Agios Ioannis and the pirate-like cove of Damouhari (a great spot for snorkelling and sea-kayaking, if your children are confident swimmers). There's also a small shady playground next to the hotel, with swings, see-saw and a slide.