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Quaint character cottage in traditional Greek village

Bedrooms 1
Space 30 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

For walkers, country-lovers and those wanting to discover the real Greece.

Tucked away amongst the olive trees, this characterful cottage is probably the most romantic place you will ever stay. The bedroom, high in the eaves looking out though the fluttering green foliage feels like you're sleeping in a tree house. Wake up to bird song and views across a sparking sea.

On the ground floor there is a bathroom, kitchenette with 2 ring hob, sink and fridge, and dining area, with wood-burning stove, to keep you cosily warm in winter.

The cottage is cut into the hillside, so both floors are in fact at ground level, giving onto an upper and lower patio.

Ano Gatzea is a traditional Greek village. Here life has changed little over the centuries, and half of our neighbours still rely on mules as their main form of transport. Cobbled paths ('mule motorways') link the mountain villages and you can walk all day (or as long as your knees can stand it) without encountering a car. Mountain streams rush down the valleys to the sea and the dense forests are home to tortoises, wild boar and martens.

A short walk through the olive groves takes you to the still waters of the Pagasitic Gulf. Almost entirely enclosed by land, it makes for warm calm seas full of fish in winter, spring and autumn, although in high summer the waters get a bit warm for them and they head somewhere a bit cooler.

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Charlotte Glascock
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, french, greek
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in South Pelion, Greece

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - Air con
  • A cot can be provided if required.
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • 4 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


4/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

Quaint character cottage in traditional Greek village
average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

A true gem!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a truly fantastic fortnight in Ano Gatzea. The Lemon House was even better than we had imagined, with an amazing view across the Pagasitic Gulf. The owners were wonderful hosts, offering us an abundance of information about the local area. We particularly enjoyed an exceptionally interesting tour of Dimini and Sesklos led by Richard and also the sailing day with Charlotte.

The cottage itself is incredibly quaint, with a choice of two patios to relax on, one of which has a BBQ. We decided not to hire a car this year, and were very surprised how much we managed to see without. There is a very comprehensible compilation of local walks, which we happily made our way through. Also, we found taxis to be most affordable, which added plenty of choice to where we ventured.

We would definitely recommend The Lemon House to anyone who loves nature and walking, and just wants to tuck themselves away for a while.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely views and property, but ...

  • 3 of 5

There are some things in the listing that can use some clarification. First, while there is access to WiFi, it is not inside of the cottage. If you stand in just the right spot with just the right device you get WiFi connectivity. There is certainly no wired Internet access available. Checking email is a chore. Uploading photos to FB is not really doable. For good internet service, you might try the nearby village of Kala Nera as the village seems to offer reliable and free WiFi to the beach area.

The other thing is that the cottage is in quite close quarters with a second rental unit (5 metres) that you can note in the photos. If you are looking for private outdoor space, this cottage is not for you as there is no place outside of the cottage to hold a private conversation, except at a whisper's volume.

Be prepared to go up and down some steep hills--regardless of whether you are driving or walking. While there is a cafe right next door, it has limited hours and a limited menu. Other restaurants, the grocery store and an amazing bakery are 1.5-2 km away: down hill. When walking, the return trip is a challenging option.

The cottage is quite well done. It is clean and well-maintained. The wooden beams and ceilings are quite beautiful. It does lack storage space for luggage. There are lots of walking opportunities for which the owner has prepared detailed descriptions and maps. The owners were great hosts, quite easy going and ready with all sorts of information and help. We enjoyed our stay and found the setting quite gorgeous.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We’re sorry that you had problems with the internet during your stay. The network has since been upgraded so the fluctuating signal should now be a thing of the past. That said, nowhere in the Greek countryside are you going to find superfast broadband. If you need to get serious work done while you are on holiday you should consider basing yourself in Athens. The cottage is in the centre of a village, and so there are lots of other houses around. You should not expect solitude but you have a lot more privacy than you would have, say, in a hotel. Just to clarify about the café, which you say is “right next door” – it’s 50 metres away, so you aren’t disturbed by it (It doesn’t play music anyway). Eating out – Georgos and Maria’s café caters for the locals and opens every evening at 8 o’clock and stays open until late. There is no menu as such - Georgos serves simple home-cooked food much of it grown on his father’s farm. The café also opens for refreshments when the tourist train comes through the village (morning and afternoon). If you tell him the night before, Georgos will also do you breakfast. For a more upmarket experience, before going further afield, you could have tried Angeliko’s (200m) which has a full à la carte menu or Doris’s, a short walk on the flat along the heritage railway line. Angeliko’s is open every evening in the summer and at weekends out of season. Doris’s is open all day every day. Luggage storage space – I’m afraid you must be confusing us with somewhere else you stayed during your holiday in Europe. The Lemon House has a huge under-stairs cupboard (2 cubic metres) which can take any number of large suitcases.
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Ein sehr gepflegtes Häuschen mit schöner Einrichtung und gepflegter Terrasse.

  • 4 of 5

Die etwas schwierige Anfahrt (enge Betonstrasse) wird entschädigt durch ein sehr gepflegtes, schön eingerichtetes Häuschen. Die Terrasse mit altem Olivenbaum und Meerblick war unser Lieblingsplatz. Die Nähe zum Nachbarhaus hat uns nicht gestört. Das Restaurant in der Nähe der Kirche (von Mittwoch bis Sonntag geöffnet) bietet eine reichhaltige Speisekarte, schattige Sitzplätze und sehr freundliches Personal.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Ruhe und Natur pur

  • 4 of 5

Wer Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit in traumhafter Naturkulisse sucht, ist hier genau richtig. Das urige, saubere und zweckmäßig eingerichtete Häuschen befindet sich in einem verschlafenen Dörfchen am Hang des Pilion. Charlotte, die stets gut gelaunte Vermieterin, kümmert sich sorgfältig um die beiden Häuser und ist immer da, wenn man sie braucht. Unaufdringlich versorgt sie einen mit Tipps jeglicher Art. Daneben stehen im Haus Kartenmaterial und Mappen mit Informationen aller Art zur Verfügung.

Aufgrund der abgeschiedenen Lage ist ein (Miet-)Auto vorteilhaft, aber nicht zwingend notwendig. Wir kamen zehn Tage gut ohne aus. Zumindest an der Küste gibt es gute Busverbindungen und auch Einheimische nahmen uns gerne mal ein Stück mit. Bis zum Meer (Kato Gatzea) sind es allerdings schon gut 20 Gehminuten durch traumhafte Olivenhaine. Dort sind nette Tavernen direkt am Meer, ein kleiner Supermarkt sowie eine grandiose Bäckerei vorhanden. "Nach Hause" wollen dann aber schon ein paar Höhenmeter bewältigt werden.

Einzig die Moskitos waren ein wenig lästig. Doch mit Moskitonetz, Citronella-Kerzen und Mückenspray ist auch dies zu bewältigen.

Empfehlenswert sind Fahrten mit der Pilion-Bahn (Haltepunkt direkt oberhalb des Hauses), Wanderungen entlang des Schienenstranges (!!!), das Bergdorf Milies, das Olivenmuseum in unmittelbarer Nähe mit seinen Produkten, in Kato Gatzea dann wie bereits erwähnt die Bäckerei (Vollkornbrot, Kuchen, Kaffee) sowie die Beachbar "Rivera". An Tavernen haben wir einige ausprobiert. Alle waren insgesamt sehr ordentlich, aber keine stach besonders hervor.

Alles in allem ein rundum erholsamer Urlaub in einer tollen Landschaft, den man jedem Erholungssuchenden gerne weiter empfehlen kann.

Sabine und Jürgen

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Maria and Georgos
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Kato Gatzea
Car: recommended

Character cottage in picturesque traditional Greek village at the foot of Mount Pelion with spectacular sea views. Twenty minutes walk through the olive groves to the beach. The area offers superb walking on cobbled paths through historic villages or wilderness walks high on the mountain through seemingly endless forests. A short distance from the cottage is the quaint station on Ano Gatzea, the only stop on the Pelion heritage mountain railway.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in South Pelion, Greece

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season2
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

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