INNOVATIVE HOLIDAY APARTMENT IN ITS OWN OLIVE GROVE 800M FROM THE BEACH

Fiona Hall

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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INNOVATIVE HOLIDAY APARTMENT IN ITS OWN OLIVE GROVE 800M FROM THE BEACH

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2 bedrooms sleeps 2 adults and 2-3 children

Arkady apartment is set in a hillside olive grove, with panoramic views, just outside the pretty village of Gialova. Even in the high season the beach is uncrowded and you can eat with the locals nearby or join visitors in the Gialova restaurants. The apartment has everything you expect in high quality, self contained holiday accommodation.

At our local beach, a 10 minute walk away, our local Greek Taverna serves inexpensive traditional dishes and home-made wine. In Gialova village is a diverse selection of restaurants and even two small bars.

A little further on is Golden Beach with 3km more of safe and sandy beach. Take a picnic and enjoy a wonderful adventure visiting Palio Kastro ( the old castle) on the cliff above. On the other side is is the dark cave where King Nestor kept his livestock and semi-circular Voidikilia beach, voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by the New York Times in 2010. Because of UNESCO status it remains undeveloped and uncrowded.

If you rent a small boat for the day you can explore the islands, go snorkelling and find the tiny 'secret beach' of Sphacteria. On the island is a wooden church built by the Russians to commemorate the Battle of Navarino.

The tiny village of Gialova has a small supermarket and several shops. If you prefer not to to drive you can take one of our bicycles and make the trip in 5 minutes. We provide a help yourself fridge with essentials like mild and bread if you prefer to sunbathe on your private terrace in the olive grove instead.

The area around has many attractions including Nestor's Palace, Ancient Olympia,The Temple of Apollo Epicureus at Bassae, Ancient Messini and Methoni Castle, once known as 'The Eyes Of Venice' for it's strategic importance.

The small town of Pylos is 5km from Arkady apartment and is one of the most beautiful old towns in the Peloponnese.

We are sheltered from the open sea by the island of Sphacteria, where the Athenians finally defeated the Spartans in 425bc and the Spartans camped on our beach !

This area is far enough from Athens to be still off the beaten track. People that come here enjoy a peaceful, unspoilt, relaxed atmosphere and the friendly rural community maintains its identity and customs.

Arkady apartment is family owned and independent. We look forward to welcoming you here for a memorable holiday.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Fiona Hall

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Speaks English, Greek
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
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Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
http://www.homeaway.com.au/holiday-rental/p446456
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Gialova Messinia
5

Beautiful spot to relax and soak up stunning views

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I spent 10 days here and loved it! Spectacular views over the sea greeted us every morning and sunsets and starry nights were our companions when the sun went down.

Our favourite part was the outdoor balcony (yes, with a view) with its open air kitchen. Since my husband is an excellent cook, we spent many evenings (and lunchtimes) lingering on the balcony as we felt it was the best place to be. The neighbouring village of Gialova has lots of good places to dine, but there was something special about lounging at home and not going anywhere several nights of the week.

We'd never visited the Peloponnese region before and are in love with this part of the world. From our home base at Arkady, we found plenty to see and do on day trips and road trips so we're keen to return and see more of what we missed the first time around.

Overall, we found this to be a very special spot to relax and soak up and enjoy the Greek lifestyle and Fiona and Nigel were fabulous hosts.
  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
http://www.homeaway.com.au/holiday-rental/p446456
+44 7818060806
Gialova Messinia
5

Beautiful, tranquil spot for a special time away.

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I spent 10 days here and loved it! Spectacular views over the sea greeted us every morning and sunsets and starry nights were our companions when the sun went down.

Our favourite part was the outdoor balcony (yes, with the view) and its open air kitchen. Since my husband is an excellent cook, we spent many evenings (and lunchtimes) lingering on the balcony as we felt it was the best place to be. The neighbouring village of Gialova has lots of good places to dine, but there was something special about lounging at home and not going anywhere.

We;d never visited the Peloponnese region before and are in love with this part of the world. From our home base at Arkady, we found plenty to see and do on day trips and road trips so we're keen to return and see more of what we missed the first time around.

Overall, a very special spot to relax and soak up the Greek lifestyle.
  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
http://www.homeaway.com.au/holiday-rental/p446456
+44 7818060806
Gialova Messinia
5

A perfectly breathtaking stay in Gialova

  • 5 out of 5
I stayed in Arkady with my 3 year-old son for a week. The photos don't do the place justice - the view from the balcony/outdoor kitchenette over the garden, olive groves out to the bay is just gorgeous.

Fiona spends a lot of time on the garden and the rich scents of roses, geraniums and more exotic blooms were all around us. There is a beautiful space to do your morning stretches with yoga mats provided if you wish. She and Nigel are wonderful hosts, explaining the best local places to swim and eat. I don't drive and they were happy to pick us up from Gialova if we were there for a late meal at Aplo - a very cool place on the beach where they play black and white films outside and serve delicious modern Greek food. The beaches are brilliant for small children, sandy with shallow water and at this time of year, we had them almost to ourselves. I would especially recommend the beach at Methoni and Golden Beach for long picnics on the sand.

The apartment was clean and well-maintained. There is a family atmosphere as the owners live in a separate part of the villa and they were able to lend us some toys, an inflatable ring for the sea, and books to keep my little boy happy.

In short, we didn't want to go home and would recommend this apartment 100%!
  • Review Submitted: 02/06/2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
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Gialova Messinia
5

Wonderful bay views in Gialova

  • 5 out of 5
We've just had a wonderful week staying in this beautiful apartment near Gialova, a short (approx 40min) drive from Kalamata airport. This is a perfect holiday let for a week in the Peloponnese, in the lovely messenia region. Nigel and Fiona really looked after us very well and made us feel especially welcome. The apartment is in a great location, with a great views, just a short distance downhill to the sandy beaches of the bay. The outstanding feature has to be the open kitchen which can comfortably sit four, which has the amazing view that can be seen in the picture (Thought it's hard to do it justice in one picture). We chose to spend most of our nights cooking from the well appointed kitchen as the view was way better than any tv!

Just down the road is the village of Gialova which has a good selection of shops and restaurants to suit all budgets, the best of any of the towns in the bay, many of the locals from Pylos and the Navarinio dunes headed down there for the great food. Martins beach hire will sort you a couple of bikes for 6 euro a day, which makes for a great cycle around the bay to Voidakillia, which is a wonderful beach and nature reserve. Go and see Niko at Pylos marina to hire a boat for the day and explore the islands and snorkelling spots of the Navarinio Bay - we hired our own boat it was a fantastic day out. Though Nestors palace is alas closed for 2014, the archeological meuseum is open in the nearby town. Ancient messene is a good day trip out and is a must see as are the beautiful secret waterfalls at the Polilimnio canyon (sp.?) If you are looking for history Pylos and the Navarino bay is absolutely steeped in it, from the earliest battles as far back as 400BC to the more recent ousting of the Ottoman Empire. Nigel and Fiona furnished us with some great reading material and there is evidence of shipwrecks and memorials all around the Bay Area.

The property has two bedrooms with shower rooms, and easy parking up a track from the main village. Worth hiring a car, which is ideal for trips to the supermarkets or day trips out - if you don't book via europcar (as we did) - it would be worth asking the hosts as they have a friendly company. You can get to the village for nights out via a short bike ride, and Nigel and Fiona helpfully gave us a lift the few nights that we went down.

All in all, an excellent stay in a lovely apartment, with our wonderful hosts Nigel and Fiona. We'll be back next year!
  • Review Submitted: 01/06/2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
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+44 7818060806
Gialova Messinia
5

Seafood, best beach ever, history, olives...

  • 5 out of 5
What a lovely fortnight that was - thanks for all the help, advice, delicious bread and those life-saving cheese sandwiches on the day we left (just when we were completely in the middle of nowhere everyone suddenly got very hungry!) . We changed plans on the way to Athens and did Mycenae instead, so Ancient Messini is a treat for next time.

Gialova gave us exactly what we wanted. A restful break away from the crowds in a beautiful and fascinating part of Greece, with amazing food straight out of the sea and off the land. And the fact that Greeks clearly go there on their holiday too is a really good sign.

Thanks again. You live in a lovely place!
  • Review Submitted: 08/09/2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Kalamata
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Patras
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Kalamata
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Megalopoli
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Local Beach
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nikos Taverna
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Pylos
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Nikos Taverna

It's a 10 min walk to the warm, crystal-clear waters of The Ionian Sea and to our local taverna, Niko's. Home-cooked traditional food, big Greek salads and his own wine served by the jug, make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. All are made welcome.

Gialova remains relatively not touristic considering its incredible natural beauty, historical and mythical significance and proximity to astounding archaeological sites. Here you cannot escape the voice of Homer drawing you back to ancient times - looking out to sea from Nestor's Palace and imagining the wise King of this region returning from Troy, brimming with ideas of peace and agricultural plenty for all; his legacy is still apparent today; 90% of all organic farming takes place in the Peloponnese. Nestor's city is rumored to lie under the sands of Voidokilia beach, perhaps the most beautiful beach in Europe. With the lagoon behind and Golden Beach beyond it forms a huge conservation area.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Gialova, Greece

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak
4 Jul 2014 - 7 Sep 2014
6 night minimum stay
€145
From
€145
Fri,Sat,Sun
€699
 
 
Late Summer
8 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
4 night minimum stay
€125
From
€125
Fri,Sat,Sun
€585
 

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Notes A Security deposit of 50 Euro per person is payable on arrival and refunded on departure.
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Amenities

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Gialova, Greece

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 2
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • local restaurant guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Computer Available
  • soap
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Both bathrooms have shower toilet and sink. The bathroom for the extra room on the ground floor has shower, toilet and sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , with bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 child bed , with bathroom
  • Two bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. The main bedroom has a double bed for 2 adults. The second bedroom has two single beds. It is possible to add a third fold down bed for a small child. They both have wonderful uninterrupted views of Navarino Bay and the island of Sphakteria. The tiny village of Pyla on the hill 3km away can be seen from the side window of the master bedroom and you can faintly hear the strains of the Greek Orthodox sung service wafting down the valley on Sunday mornings. ( We have an extra double bedroom available on the ground floor with en-suite bathroom for larger family group. It has its own entrance and terrace ).
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • snorkelling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
Notes:
You also have a private patio in the olive grove which can be reached via a short path from the apartment. It's just right for sunbathing or an outside meal. It has lovely views of the olive and citrus groves, all the way down to the sea. It shaded by a pergola and planted round with a variety of Mediterranean trees, shrubs and flowers. If you have young children we provide a paddling pool here as well. There is also an option of a separate third bedroom with en suite bathroom for larger families. Just let us know what you would like.
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