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Frontal View of Manor House

Frontal View of Manor House View from Picnic Area View of pool and farming estate Elegant evenings under the stars The new colt and his mother Grand Central Station in the bird sanctuary Sun streams into the living room A quiet afternoon in the small bedroom A view of the estate from the Rosemary bedroom A quiet place for a private breakfast Home cinema and billiards room View from the loggia Enter the courtyard Cathedral ceiling in the dining room Veranda and loggia at dusk Her master bath A chef's kitchen Graceful outdoor living on the loggia Beauty and serenity by the pool All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom...and the master has two, a his and a hers Room to breathe while you sleep

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Last updated: 03/27/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Porto Heli chateau / country house description

Magnificent private country estate in Epidavros

This stone Manor House is situated on an enormous private estate, close to the sea, and only a 1 ½ hour drive, or 10 minutes helicopter ride, from Athens. A combination of luxury and rustic countryside, this magnificent retreat is an active horse farm, vineyard, and agricultural estate, producing organically fed sheep, rabbits, geese, turkeys, duck, quail, partridge, guinea fowl, squab and chickens, as well as a wide variety of organic vegetables, set amidst vineyards, fruit and nut orchards, and a private forest, enjoying its own source of extremely pure water, all just 15 minutes from the local beaches.
The estate offers extraordinary natural beauty and privacy within its 400 private acres, as well as easy access to the sea and the nearby islands of Spetses, Hydra and Poros. Close to many of Greece’s most important ancient archeological sites, including the theatres at Epidavros itself, with their summer performances, the estate offers its guests a rich variety of activities for all ages.
Boarding is available for your horses, should you wish to bring them with you, to explore the endless trails within the estate.
This is more than a property; it is an experience of rustic elegance, of grand simplicity and of authentic rural Greece that will restore your health and sense of well-being, as you see a side of Hellas that is reserved for the privileged few.


Keywords: Luxury Farm Animals Organic Foods Vineyard Estate Agrotourism Stables Sea

Property Type

  • 700 m²
  • Chateau / Country House
  • 3 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Private Chef
          • Concierge
          • Housekeeper Included

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            The farm animals and bird/rabbit enclosure offer endless fascination for children...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21, Beds for 21

          • North Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

            Ensuite (bath), 2nd Fl, a/c, veranda, mountain view...moreless

          • Caretaker Flat Main Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

            Shares bathroom, Lwr Gr Floor, a/c, mntn view...moreless

          • Caretaker Flat Single Bedroom: 1 twin/ single

            Shares Bathroom, a/c, Lwr Gr Flr, no window...moreless

          • Master Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

            2 ensuite(each), Dress Rm, 1st Fl, veranda, a/c, valley view...moreless

          • Rosemary Bedroom: 1 queen

            Ensuite (bath), 2nd Fl, exp beams, a/c, balcony, valley view...moreless

          • English Bedroom: 3 twin/ single

            Ensuite (shwr) no a/c, Lwr Gr Flr, high ceiling, mntn view...moreless

          • French Bedroom: 3 twin/ single

            Ensuite (bath), Lwr Gr Fl., no a/c, high ceiling, mntn view...moreless

          • Veranda Bedroom: 3 twin/ single

            Ensuite (bath), 2nd Fl, a/c, large veranda, valley view...moreless

          • Child's Bedroom: 1 queen

            Ensuite (shower), 2nd Fl, no a/c, mountain & valley views...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (15), Child Beds (1) Can be configured to suit your needs....moreless

          Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Ground Floor Powder Room: toilet

            ...moreless

          • Master Bath - His: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Master Bath - Hers: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

            ...moreless

          • Rosemary bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Child's Bathroom: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • North Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Veranda bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Has its own veranda...moreless

          • French Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • English Bathroom: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Caretaker Flat Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Stove:

            One very large restaurant stove with two ovens and eight burners, as well as a normal stove with one oven and four burners...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            The main kitchen has a separate pantry. The secondary kitchen is on the lower ground floor, in the Caretaker Flat (Gym)...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            The main kitchen has two large refrigerators, and the third, also full sized, is in the secondary kitchen...moreless

          • Catering Available:

            A cook can be arranged to do food shopping and prepare any two meals per day for an additional charge....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Child's Highchair
          • Coffee Maker

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            In the master and three of the four upstairs bedrooms, plus the caretaker flat and the main kitchen. The LGF bedroom are naturally cooler. The upstairs bedroom without a/c has cross-ventilation....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Two very large fireplaces, one in the Drawing Room and one in the Library...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Two machines, for use only by the housekeeper...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Two driers, for use only by the housekeeper...moreless

          • Living Room seats 8:

            Large living room and separate library...moreless

          • Fitness Room / Equipment:

            Two treadmills, sit-up machine and Wii...moreless

          • Heating:

            Under-floor heating throughout...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Bath and Beach towels provided...moreless

          • Garage:

            Four car garage...moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Babysitter

          Other Amenities

              • Petting farm including horses rabbits lambs geese, turkeys, quail, partridge, guinea fowl, chickens exotic doves tortoises puppies, organic meats and vegetables, swimming pool, fruit producing orchards and vineyard, stabling, home cinema, snooker table, ancient sites, Epidaurus summer theater, nearby beaches, nearby islands of Spetses Hydra and Poros accessible by water taxi, Wii games, 400 acres of private estate, superb staff, experienced stable manager, boarding of horses, local cook available, extremely pure water, estate wine olive oil nuts fruits organic meats and vegetables, 400 acres of private estate, extraordinary privacy...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Nova satellite TV dish and modem receives a broad selection of English language and Greek channels...moreless

              • Television:

                In the Library and Master bedroom...moreless

              • Pool Table:

                Actually a billiards table...moreless

              • Books:

                English language...moreless

              • Video Game Console:

                Wii Sport...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • VCR
              • Video Library
              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • Music Library

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access
              • Internet
              • Telephone

              Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool:

                25 x 50 feet (7.5 x 15 meters)...moreless

              • Heated Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Tennis:

                Public courts are available in the nearby village of Ancient Epidaurus, which is a 15 minute drive....moreless

              • Garden Chairs:

                8...moreless

              • Balcony
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Deck / Patio

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Location & View

              • Mountain View

              Car

                  • Necessary

                  Activities

                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Swimming
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Medical Services
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Paragliding
                  • Hiking
                  • Sailing
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Hunting
                  • Parasailing
                  • Tennis
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Fishing
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Playground
                  • Marina
                  • Ruins
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Churches
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Zoo
                  • Museums
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Walking
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hospital
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Shelling
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching

                  Other Activities

                      • Bring your own horse to board and ride the extensive estate trails, many of Greece's most important ancient sites are close by, ...moreless
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • Wonderful Vacation

                        Wonderful Vacation

                        • Guest Anonymous
                        • Date of stay 06/21/13
                        • Review Submitted 08/09/13
                        Our family, six adults and six children under ten, spent two weeks at High Groves Estate this past June and July. The experience was exceptional. The house itself was beautiful, spacious, and comfortable, easily accommodating our large active group and the setting was magnificent. The staff including an outstanding hostess, who also served as our cook, the house keepers and the maintenance people made our stay pleasant, relaxing and trouble free. The house, and our clothing, were kept sparkling clean. The highlight for the children was a beautiful large swimming pool set below the Peloponnesian hills. They loved visiting the working farm and seeing the chickens, ducks, horses and other farm animals, as well as a 2000 year old olive tree. In the mornings we were often visited by goats and horses, who came up to the house to graze. The house is quite isolated, making for a quiet respite from the touring we did. It is an hour or so by car from numerous ancient sites including Mycenae, Ancient Epidavros, and Corinth to name a few. There is a village with a beach and some nice restaurants about fifteen minutes away. The listing and listing photos were accurate, if anything understated. The owner was very responsive and helpful in answering our questions, accommodating our special needs, and helping us to plan our stay in Greece. Our group is well traveled having spent significant amounts of time in places ranging from Rome to France to western rural China. Our trip to Greece was a highlight of our family’s travel experiences made so by High Groves Estate. For a family, or group of friends, looking for a beautiful house in a quiet rural setting with all of the luxuries of a first class resort but the feel of home I would highly recommend High Groves Estates.

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.

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                      • My beautiful experience at High Groves

                        My beautiful experience at High Groves

                        • Guest Dorothy (USA)
                        • Date of stay 10/13/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/22/13
                        To me, High Groves is "Holy Ground"---all 400 acres --sacred space. So hard to explain, meant only to embrace. How could anyone truly grasp the beauty, energy and spirituality of the sounds of bells worn by goats in the distant mountains; of being in a large pen of turkeys, roosters, hens, geese, ducks, bunnies; of experiencing the love and affection of two of the cutest puppies licking my face; of going to the breathtaking seaview; of hugging an olive tree; of touching an olive, of eating a freshly picked clementine; of petting a horse; of being in the presence of a newborn colt; of becoming friends with a "wild cat"--Fluffy!??? I could go on and on.. Thank you so much, Demetrie over and over again. .

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

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                      • Spectacular Estate, wonderful setting

                        Spectacular Estate, wonderful setting

                        • Guest Dick (Ohio, USA)
                        • Date of stay 05/12/12
                        • Review Submitted 05/24/12
                        High Groves is stunning; a large country estate, very isolated and peaceful. The access through an olive grove, a long, rugged drive to the incredible estate. The main home is a wonderful stone structure with many amenities; the public spaces work well for a large group of guests. Sixteen (16) of us stayed for a week and used the villa as home to explore the Peloponnese. We had easy access to Epidavros, Nafplion, Mycenae, Corinth, then spent our final weekend on Spetses, upon the recommendation of the owner of High Groves. Demetrie and his brother, Basil, are wonderful hosts, always accessible by email and phone, if we had questions. We booked the estate nearly a year in advance and Demetrie was gracious in answering my questions and providing advice on places to see. The main villa works very well for five couples, as the master bedroom and the four bedrooms on the second floor are well appointed. The two bedrooms on the lower level are spartan, at best, but the owners intend to provide better accommodations for those rooms in the future. The kitchen is superb for large groups as is the main dining room. The library, great room, spectacular patio overlooking the valley, the media room and the glorious swimming pool accommodated us in first-class fashion. We hired the wife of the estate foreman to cook two meals a day for us and she was exceptional, the best food we ate in our two weeks in Greece. Her husband was immediately available if we had issues that needed resolved (e.g., a lack of hot water in the caretaker's flat). Our group has stayed in villas in many parts of the world and I recommend this VERY highly for those who like to be isolated and pampered. You MUST have a car--no public transportation available.

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • More than you may have expected

                        More than you may have expected

                        • Guest Z (Moscow, Russia)
                        • Date of stay 07/29/11
                        • Review Submitted 10/26/11
                        Totally worth it! Stayed at the Estate this summer with a group. All the morden facilities together with natural surroundings and complete privacy make for a perfect vacation time. The staff and the owner are nice and helpful and maintain the property in good state. The sights around are astonishing and there are plenty of places to visit - historical and recreational. Look up for Stork restraunt, when you're there. I definitely would come there again.

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers.

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Spring
                      Mar 29 - May 30, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €5,500
                      June 2014
                      May 31 - Jun 27, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €6,500
                      July 2014
                      Jun 28 - Aug 1, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €7,500
                      August 2014
                      Aug 2 - Aug 29, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €7,750
                      September 2014
                      Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €6,500
                      October 2014
                      Sep 27 - Oct 31, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €5,500
                      Late Fall 2014
                      Nov 1 - Jan 2, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      €4,500

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      33% upon booking

                      67% 90 days prior to arrival


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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1970

                      About the owner: An American of Greek ancestry. A global banking executive semi-retired as a management consultant, having lived in New York, London, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Athens, Epidaurus, and now outside of Philadelphia.

                      Why the Owner Chose Porto Heli:
                      Perfect for families, lots to see and do, luxury and simplicity, privacy, close to the sea, ancient ruins, and much more.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                      This is a speacial place for restoring one's health, sense of well-being, vitality, tranquility, imagination, creativity, strength, patience and faith.


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                      Speaks: english, french, greek

                       

                      Photos

                      • Frontal View of Manor House

                        Frontal View of Manor House

                      • View of pool and farming estate

                        View of pool and farming estate

                      • The new colt and his mother

                        The new colt and his mother

                      • Sun streams into the living room

                        Sun streams into the living room

                      • A view of the estate from the Rosemary bedroom

                        A view of the estate from the Rosemary bedroom

                      • Home cinema and billiards room

                        Home cinema and billiards room

                      • Enter the courtyard

                        Enter the courtyard

                      • Veranda and loggia at dusk

                        Veranda and loggia at dusk

                      • A chef's kitchen

                        A chef's kitchen

                      • Beauty and serenity by the pool

                        Beauty and serenity by the pool

                      • Room to breathe while you sleep

                        Room to breathe while you sleep

                      • View from Picnic Area

                        View from Picnic Area

                      • Elegant evenings under the stars

                        Elegant evenings under the stars

                      • Grand Central Station in the bird sanctuary

                        Grand Central Station in the bird sanctuary

                      • A quiet afternoon in the small bedroom

                        A quiet afternoon in the small bedroom

                      • A quiet place for a private breakfast

                        A quiet place for a private breakfast

                      • View from the loggia

                        View from the loggia

                      • Cathedral ceiling in the dining room

                        Cathedral ceiling in the dining room

                      • Her master bath

                        Her master bath

                      • Graceful outdoor living on the loggia

                        Graceful outdoor living on the loggia

                      • All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom...and the master has two, a his and a hers

                        All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom...and the master has two, a his and a hers

                      VRBO #303987

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                      Date last modified - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

                      €4,500 - €7,750 per week (EUR)
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                      9 Bedroom / 9.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 21

                      View calendar: Updated 03/27/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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