Magnificent Country Estate Near the Sea
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- 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
- 700 m²
- Chateau / Country House
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome:
- Smoking Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21, Beds for 21
Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
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:
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Living Room seats 8:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Towels Provided:
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Linens Provided
- Hair Dryer
- 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
- Satellite / Cable:
- Pool Table:
- Music Library
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
- Garden Chairs:
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
- Water Skiing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Rock Climbing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Climbing
- Live Theater
- Bird Watching
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Eco Tourism
- Fitness Center
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
ReviewsWrite a review
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.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/21/13
- Review Submitted 08/09/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
My beautiful experience at High Groves
My beautiful experience at High Groves
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. .
- Guest Dorothy (USA)
- Date of stay 10/13/12
- Review Submitted 01/22/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Spectacular Estate, wonderful setting
Spectacular Estate, wonderful setting
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.
- Guest Dick (Ohio, USA)
- Date of stay 05/12/12
- Review Submitted 05/24/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
More than you may have expected
More than you may have expected
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.
- Guest Z (Moscow, Russia)
- Date of stay 07/29/11
- Review Submitted 10/26/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers.
August ........... ..........7,750 euros per week July.........................7,500 euros per week June & September.............6,500 euros per week April, May and October.......5,500 euros per week Jan, Feb, March, Nov, Dec....4,500 euros per week All prices include daily housekeeping, garden & pool maintenance
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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.
- Primary: (610) 525-6030 (Pennsylvania, USA)
Frontal View of Manor House
View of pool and farming estate
The new colt and his mother
Sun streams into the living room
A view of the estate from the Rosemary bedroom
Home cinema and billiards room
Enter the courtyard
Veranda and loggia at dusk
A chef's kitchen
Beauty and serenity by the pool
Room to breathe while you sleep
View from Picnic Area
Elegant evenings under the stars
Grand Central Station in the bird sanctuary
A quiet afternoon in the small bedroom
A quiet place for a private breakfast
View from the loggia
Cathedral ceiling in the dining room
Her master bath
Graceful outdoor living on the loggia
All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom...and the master has two, a his and a hers
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