Mazaraki Guesthouse

Sparta, Peloponnese, Greece Book from Book from £75 per night

Beautifully furnished self-catering suites plus a cafe and sunny pool, just 2km from Unesco-listed Mystras

Overlooking the vast Laconian Plain, with the peaks of the Taygetus mountains rising into the horizon, Mazaraki Guesthouse lies in the pretty hamlet of Pikoulianika. Built into a hillside, it is surrounded by pine woods, cypresses, olive trees and fresh-water streams. Upon arrival, you head to the cafe, with its mis-matched furniture and a terrace lined with potted basil and geraniums. Welcoming staff and wafts of freshly-baked cakes create a breezy, informal atmosphere. Neighbouring stone buildings are home to 10 spacious suites with kitchens, and 1 double room, each named after the natural world (Flowers, Olive, Sky) and decorated in respective colours. There's also a small pool.

From the guesthouse, it's a 2km-walk down to medieval Mystras, an abandoned fortified town capped by a 13th-century hilltop castle. Flights of stone steps zig-zag between the ruins and half-a-dozen beautifully frescoed Byzantine churches and monasteries. The final resident left in 1952, and today Mystras is a wonderfully atmospheric site, one of our favourite spots in the Peloponnese.

Information provided by Mazaraki Guesthouse on 22/09/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Awarded "Health First" badge, proving the company adheres to health protocols. Staff training. Staff use disposable masks and gloves. Ventilation and regular disinfection. Antiseptics in all areas. so that the room is available after thorough cleaning, disinfection and ventilation. Linens washed over 70ºC temperatures. Special equipment available.

Common areas
Social distancing in all areas. Observance of pool cleaning rules and PH adjustment within the limits provided by law. Maximum total number of people 1 per 5m2 (up to three people in the pool) and distance maintenance.

Food and drink
Breakfast provided in room.

Mandatory arrival time at 15:00 and departure time at 11:00 to allow for additional cleaning.


  • A great option for those who want to explore inland Greece: stunning mountains, medieval ruins, slow food
  • We loved the spacious, rustic-chic accommodation with private terraces (and the prices)
  • Delicious and varied breakfasts included in the rates and delivered to your door
  • Stunning views over verdant plains and up to snowy peaks
  • Friendly staff, who know how to look after their guests


  • Set in the hills, and approached up a twisty country road, it can be tricky to find; you'll need a car
  • The pool is quite small, and visible from the road
  • No village life as such - just a small shop and a couple of local restaurants
  • The nearest ATM is in Sparta (9km), the nearest beach near Gythio (50km)

Best time to go

Spring or autumn are ideal - the weather is warm and sunny (perfect for hiking and cycling), and flights are generally cheaper. In peak season (Jul-Aug), most people head for the coast; however, due to altitude, surrounding woodland and fresh water springs, Pikoulianika is refreshingly cool on summer nights, making it a welcome escape from both the crowds and the heat. During winter, Mazaraki Guesthouse offers a cosy retreat, complete with log fires.

Our top tips

There's a breathtaking 2-hour hike up the limestone gorge from the pretty village of Parori (tavernas with fresh grilled trout), past the silent and inspiring cave-chapel of Langadiotissa and dramatic orange cliff walls, to the monastery of Faneromeni, where a lone English-speaking monk welcomes you with loukoumi and a tour of the frescoed chapel (generally open 9-2 and 5-7; wear long sleeves).

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 10 rooms
  • Breakfast; self catering; cafe/wine bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Electric bicycles to borrow
Room: Kladia


The rooms are freshly whitewashed, with stone, polished concrete or wood detail. Most have fireplaces or a wood-burning stove, a couple have Jacuzzi baths, and all have a private balcony or veranda. Each sleeps 2-3, except Branches, which sleeps 4-5. Expect a mix of Greek rusticity (sheepskin rugs, chunky olive-wood shelves) with a playful injection of contemporary design (pink sinks, red phones and feature light bulbs).

We stayed in Flowers, which had a cosy living room with sofa and balcony; a compact kitchen with pine cupboards; a polished concrete bathroom with a shower, big white oval washbasin and Korres toiletries; and a bedroom with a big comfy bed, subtle lighting and another balcony. Flowers can connect to a Double Room to create the Sky Apartment. Slightly quirkier is Olive, with its open-plan living space and a larger-than-life rural wall-photo. We also liked Pomegranate, whose fabrics and brickwork provide splashes of namesake orange-red.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchens in the suites
  • Phone
  • TV
  • WiFi


Daily breakfasts are delivered in a wicker basket, at the hour of your choice. Each evening, you fill in a form to say what you'd like the next morning - freshly squeezed orange juice, local seasonal fruit (we had strawberries in May), yoghurt, homemade cake and more. Later in the day, the cafe is open for coffee, cake, tapas and wine (ideal for lunch but closed in the evenings).

Each suite (but not the double room) has a well-equipped kitchen, with a hob and fridge, stocked with basics including coffee, tea, sugar and olive oil. Branches has an oven, too. There are no grocery shops in the hamlet so you'll need to drive to Sparta to stock up.

A short walk away, you'll find Chromata, serving creative Mediterranean cuisine on a terrace with amazing views down onto the plain; expect colourful salads, mushroom risotto, local cheeses, and good house wine. Or try nearby Skreka, serving traditional Greek taverna fare, such as tiropitakia (little cheese pies), horiatiki (Greek salad) and homemade burgers with chips.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Café
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Spend at least a day at medieval Mystras (2km), a fortified Byzantine town built into a steep hillside, now abandoned but proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage site
  • Go cycling in the Taygetos mountains, criss-crossed by marked trails (mountain bikes and maps available for guests)
  • There are stunning hikes from your doorstep: one of our favourites is the loop from Mystras to Taygeti and Pergandeika (walk 19 in the Sunflower guide)
  • Visit Sparta (9km) and see the ruins of ancient Sparta, the archaeological museum and the museum of the olive and Greek olive oil
  • Drive south to the handsome harbour town of Gythio (50km) and swim at Vathi (aka Ageranos) sand beach, one of the prettiest in the region
  • Continue to Diros Sea Caves near Areopolis (60km) - you enter the huge cavern by boat and the stalactites and stalagmites are spectacular

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Beaches
  • Caving
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


Families are welcome and baby cots/extra beds are available in the suites and apartment. The property is built into a steep hillside and the pool is unfenced, so it's not great for toddlers. Older children will enjoy Mystras.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Branches has 2 rooms - 1 double bedroom and a living room that can be set up as a twim bedroom instead, with space for an extra single bed, too. The Suites and Deluxe Suites can each fit an extra bed or baby cot. Sky Apartment is ideal for a family with older kids - it's a Flowers Suite and Double Room combined.

Families Should Know:

The kitchens have hobs but no microwaves or ovens, except Branches, which has an oven.

Kid Friendly:


Mazaraki Guesthouse is in the hamlet of Pikoulianika, up on the hillside 2km from Mystras ruins, 4km northwest of Mystras town and 9km west of Sparta in the southern Peloponnese region of Greece. It's about 3 hours' drive southwest from Athens, and 40 minutes from Kalamata.

By Air:
Fly into Kalamata (56km) or Athens (230km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
From Kalamata airport you could get a taxi (40 mins), but realistically you will want a hire car to explore the area.
From Athens airport, you'll definitely need to drive. See our car rental recommendations. You can park for free at the guesthouse.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Greece and getting around


  • Kalamata 56.0 km KLX
  • Athens 230.0 km ATH


  • Beach 50.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We loved this place. So much so we were thinking of moving in. Friendly, hospitable and helpful staff, beautifully designed interior and decor, great breakfasts, we loved it. Within walking distance of Mystras Fortress Gate entrance, choice of restaurants around the corner. Ideal spot for anyone wanting to spend time at the Mystras site.


Wonderful place - perfect hosts. We had a great time.


This is such a lovely place to (i)escape!
We stayed in “wheat” - a huge comfortable room with a fantastic terrace. Breakfast delivered in a basket to be enjoyed at your leisure is a great touch and we enjoyed choosing from the menu card each evening (it is very easy to over order with such lovely things on offer!)
There are local tavernas within a very short walk - but if you want something a bit more unusual drive up to Tripi where there is a little roadside cafe almost in a cave surrounded by gushing water/fountains. A haven having been overheated exploring Mystras!
Yes - the pool can be seen from the road but its not a hardship in this lovely setting.


What a fabulous place. Our whole stay was perfect. The rooms are quirky and feel luxurious, breakfast was delicious and the views and surroundings beautiful. The whole area is astoundingly beautiful, drinks on the terrace overlooking the Mani will stay with me for a long time. Yes the pool is small, but the gardens lovely and there are plenty of places to relax after exploring. Being able to walk to several local (and good) restaurants was a bonus.


Very welcoming staff. Perfect location for a visit of Mystras. Pool is very tiny.


Lovely stay, very kind, welcoming and attentive staff. Thank you


Charming guesthouse in wonderful surrounding . Amazing view.
The staff is super friendly and helpful. The rooms and balcony are very well equipped and comfortable...into every detail. Breakfast is delicious. Very near are three restaurants.


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