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Fiona Hall

Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, greek

Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights


Photos and Description of this Pilos Nestor holiday apartment

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 hire a bicycle locally and make the trip in 5 minutes.

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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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Fiona Hall (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks english, greek


based on 11 traveller reviews

Innovative holiday apartment in its own olive grove 800m from the beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

A welcome as warm as the beautiful weather.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed ourselves so much last year that we decided to return again this year. Our thanks to Fiona & Nigel for the many little touches that made this holiday homely, warm and personal. We had a great time again!

The accommodation is set in a beautiful and peaceful olive grove on the side of a hill overlooking Navarino Bay. Its only a short walk down to the waters edge. The apartments are comfortable and well equipped; including a kitchen on the balcony for al-fresco cooking and eating, and a wide selection of books for those, who want to relax with a glass of wine and a good story. There is also a lovely garden and patio with a swimming pool. Perfect for a midnight swim! We looked at the stars every night and watched meteor showers in the dark night skies. (Not much light pollution here!)

Everything had been arranged smoothly and we felt the welcome and the friendliness of everyone we met. The area has a lot to offer; unspoiled coastal towns with clean beaches and clean water, good food and drink and wall-to-wall sunshine. We ate out in local restaurants nearly every night! It is not expensive and the food and wine are locally produced and freshly cooked.

The scenery is stunning, and the water is crystal clear, great for snorkelling, or even scuba diving which you can try from the local scuba shop in Pylos under the watchful eye of Nicos. You can also hire boats from there, which we did for a day, and went to exlplore the bay and the islands.

Most days we tried a different beach. The kids enjoyed collecting pebbles which we then painted and decorated ….

We also liked going to local villages and towns, especially Gialova and Pylos; both picturesque and lively, full of restaurants and some entertaining local music and events.

No doubt that we will return again. Hopefully next year..

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly what we needed...

  • 5 of 5

Elektra was exactly what we needed. There are two apartments in the house; Arkady and Elektra. We stayed in Elektra for a few days at the beginning of August. The apartment was beautiful, homely (not just the usual whitewashed clinical finish), and clean, with outstanding views of Navarino Bay from the kitchen/balcony. This innovative feature makes more sense than you would fist imagine; and is something that we will remember for long time (if only we had the weather for it in the UK!). The house is situated just far enough up the hill to give you peace and quiet but just close enough to walk to the beach and the village. Perfect… Or, you can walk the other way up amongst all the Olive groves. One of which the house it situated in. And I’m sure you can even borrow a lovely dog from Nigel and Fiona to accompany you if fancy (we recommend Daisy!)…

Nigel and Fiona gave a warm welcome which equalled the weather and the clear waters of the bay. We also took advantage of their recommendations, taking trips to Pylos and Methoni. We saw the Polylimnio Waterfalls, Methoni Castle. We spent many hours snorkelling around the beaches in Methoni and Navarino Bay. If we had had the car for longer we would have gone to Messini and further afield.

Our memories are full of lovely weather, beautiful thunderstorms, sand in beds, warm sea, snorkelling and starfish, sailing, scuba-diving, unfinished books, late trips to the local Stasi restaurant, unpolluted star-filled night skies, and of course Greek salads.

Next time we will try and visit some of the places we didn't have time for, go scuba-diving again, and maybe try a bit of windsurfing or kite-surfing; because we will definitely be returning here and would recommend it to everyone…

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet location, wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

We've had a fabulous holiday here in Gialova : have loved every minute ! The accommodation has suited us perfectly and the view from the balcony is a treat for the soul every morning. We've taken full advantage of all your recommendations and highlights have included : dining at Kastro's, Andreas' and Niko's in Methoni. Visiting Pylos and Methoni castles and snorkelling from the rocks below Methoni castle. Also dipping into the limpid turquoise waters of Shinolakka waterfalls ; Voidokilia beach and the walk to Nestors cave and Paliokastro ; day trip to fascinating Messini , eating well at Stasi's and Elia's in Gialova and swimming across to Sphacteria from the end of Golden beach. Also visiting Tsapi beach beyond Finikounda and eating the most delicious grilled sardines at the Taverna. A feast for the senses ! It's been a pleasure staying here plus meeting you and your extended family, Nigel , Fiona and Phoebe. Many thanks for your hospitality. We'll be back !

Jane , Simon, Joseph and Martha

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane, it was great to meet you and your family and thank you so much for taking the trouble to list some of the many places you have enjoyed visiting. Families especially are pleasantly surprised at how much there is to do here. You can't really see it all in a two week holiday. Presently we have guests on their second holiday with us determined to just laze on the beach after they made so many excursions on their first trip - but even they will be trying Romanos beach and then the fabulous taverna in Evangelimos - they didn't have enough time before ! To add a few more to the list there is Polilimnio waterfalls near Kazarma, Byzantine tombs just outside Methoni, fishing boat trips to the perfect white sand beach on Sapientza island a 'secret' beach findable with a rental boat on the other end of Sphacteria island and plus scuba diving in Navarino Bay. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Nigel and Fiona.
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Location location location... excellent

  • 5 of 5

We had a 10 day stay at the apartment. We utilised the extra bedroom downstairs and were really impressed with the location. The views are outstanding and aside of a few thunderstorms we had a lovely holiday. We used our car mainly to get to Gialova and then we mainly walked. We were able to walk to and from town in under half an hour which was a perfect distance to walk off the amazing food and drinks that Gialova offers. Fiona and Nigel were lovely hosts and couldn't do enough to help/ advise us. We really felt that we experienced a snippet of the Greek lifestyle in and around the olive groves.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having had so many guests who rent a car for their entire holiday and then barely use it, we will, in future, inform everyone who books with us of the option of using our good local taxi driver, Dimitris, to meet them at the airport . We have also set up an arrangement with a local car hire firm, Rigatos Cars who we know very well and who are happy to deliver cars to guests only for the number of days they really want. They are cheaper than the big companies and do not charge the huge insurance excess which can easily turn into a very expensive headache. We're extremely lucky in that the most local and best value restaurant in Gialova, 'To Stasi Taverna,' ( just over the road from the beach ) is the closest to us ( 10 mins walk there, 15 mins walk back! ) We promise that when they give you a 10 kilo watermelon ( which they frequently do) we will collect it for you and transport it home ! We aim to ensure all our guests enjoy happy, relaxing and totally stress-free holidays.
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Beautiful view from the apartment

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for your warm welcome in your houses. Our expectations of a warm and resting holiday were fulfilled. The climate, beaches and wonderful sceneries of Methonia and Gialova helped, but the comfortable, well-equipped house and the beautiful view from the apartment Elektra associated with your care of our well being made the difference. Of course we look forward to and will be coming back. Take good care of yourselves and family and see you soon.

Philippe, Gertha & Ivy

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Una vacanza perfetta

  • 5 of 5

Con i nostri 3 bambini abbiamo trascorso alcuni giorni nell'appartamento Elektra, pulitissimo, accogliente e con vista incantevole che rendeva piacevole anche il lavaggio dei piatti!

Ci siamo sentiti a casa, grazie soprattutto alla calorosa accoglienza di Fiona, agli ottimi consigli di Nigel e alla simpaticissima e dolcissima Phoebe, perfetta compagna di giochi dei nostri bambini.

Speriamo di poter tornare presto!

Stefania e famiglia

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nikos Taverna
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Nikos Taverna
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Local Beach

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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Pilos Nestor, Greece

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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Pilos Nestor, Greece

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 45 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 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.
  • 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 Sfakteria. 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. PLEASE NOTE We sometimes have a larger apartment called Elektra available. It has two main bedrooms and a third bedroom/lounge. Please ask for more information.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • patio
  • Terrace
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
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 can provide a small paddling pool here as well.