“A cluster of beautifully decorated stone cottages, each sleeping 2-4, with stunning views over Kardamyli village and the rugged Mani coastline”
There are 9 studios and 4 apartments spread over the hillside in (semi) independent stone buildings, rather like a little village. All of them have a balcony, a bathroom with shower (except apt. 131: tub), and a well-equipped kitchen (see Eating). The studios, which are housed in 2-storey cottages, one-up one-down, have one twin or double bedroom; the apartments, some of which are free-standing, have a second room which can be used as a sitting room or a children’s bedroom, using the 2 sofa-beds. The largest apartment, no. 131 above reception, has a huge living room and terrace, and enough bedspace, using an extra bed or cot, for a family of 5.
The open-plan arrangement, combined with simple tiled floors and light pine furniture, gives the apartments a cool, contemporary, spacious feel. The German kitchen fittings are seriously efficient, and the bathrooms a cut or two above the Greek average. Giorgos has chosen tasteful outdoor furniture for the balcony (or terrace), as well as tasteful pictures and prints inside (in the past he exhibited watercolours and arty photographs at his mother’s restaurant). Air-con, Venetian blinds and a mountain breeze keep the rooms pleasantly cool, and there is barely a sound, other than the rasp of cicada crickets and the melodic tootling of the 4 daily buses as they pass through the village below.
All the rooms have a well-equipped kitchen corner, with fridge, toaster, kettle, pans and cooker (but no oven). There is a wooden table and chairs, cutlery and crockery to suffice easily for 2 (studios), 4 (most apartments) or 6 (apartment no. 131).
You can pre-order a continental breakfast which Maria will bring to your room - and there's no better start to the day than orange juice, pastries and coffee on the sea-facing balcony or terrace. But after the first day or two you may prefer to get your own supplies and do it yourself. You'll find all you need for simple meals (omelettes, salads etc).
For dinner, we highly recommend you head out to one of Kardamyli's many charming restaurants for fresh seafood and classic Greek dishes cooked the way they were always meant to be. The nearest - and one of the best - is the taverna attached to Elies, about 10 minutes' walk away by the beach. In the village itself (20-30 minutes' walk), we can particularly recommend Lela's taverna, run by Giorgos' elderly mother, for its fresh home cooking and unrivalled seaside setting. There are also several seaside eateries in nearby Stoupa.
There are two small but well-stocked supermarkets at the entrance to Kardamyli, with fresh fruit and veg as well as lots of familiar packet food. There is a butcher and a baker in the village, and several peripatetic fishmonger vans.
A great place for children young and old: beaches, small castles to explore, a bit of nightlife for older kids, and a separate sitting room with comfy sofa-beds (apartments only) for them to sleep in. The cost of the apartments is the same for 2 or 3 people with a 10% surcharge of the room rate for a 4th person. There are cots available but bring a high chair. Make sure your children have sun protection and plenty to drink. Remember, it is a 20-minute walk from Kardamyli itself.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking