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Maina, a traditional hillside house with sea view in Mani, Peloponnese.

East Mani, Greece
  • House1614 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Maina is suitable for all seasons able to accommodate 8-10persons in 150sqm

Nestled in a quaint village of traditional stone towers in Eastern Mani (location of John Kassavetis’ film “The tempest”), this hillside house has views typical of Mani, looking out over olive groves and the sea which is just a 5 minute drive away. Originally an abandoned megalithic two-story building dating from the 18th century, the house is surrounded by a garden with olive trees, carob trees and prickly pears, even a cave. It’s an ideal place for privacy and relaxation. To the East, the yard abuts a 16th century tower, and just below there is a Byzantine chapel with 12th century frescoes. The stone tower house was renovated and extended by the architect Elena Zervoudakis, z-level architecture, preserving the building’s traditional elements and combining them with minimalist interiors to give a sense of serenity and primordial spirit. The 150 sq.m. house is built into the slope and thus evolves over 3 levels, each with access to the garden and verandahs. The house has two apartments that can be separated: the katoi (sleeps 4-5) and the anoi (sleeps 4-5).


On the lower level there is a bedroom with a double bed, a single bed and a wooden ladder that leads to a loft, containing a double mattress that sleeps two. A half-height wall, isolates the bedroom from an open closet, beyond which lies the bathroom.A wooden staircase leads to the middle level, where is the living room and the kitchen.

The living room is an open space with large pillows, which can also be converted into a sleeping area, with a double and a single bed.The kitchen is free-standing, fully equipped island. There is a simple wooden dining table that can seat 6-10 persons and a stove with a wood-burning oven.

At Katoi the lower level has access to the west exterior side and the middle level has access to the east and the west exterior sides of the house. The central veranda on the west side has an open-air kitchen with a marble sink, BBQ and a big wooden table.

The small balcony on the east side is ideal for having breakfast, under the shadow of the tower and the trees, leading to the garden with its hammock and carob tree.


A staircase leads to the third level, which can be isolated, if needed, from the other two levels and can be totally independent. It consists of a sitting room with fireplace, where there is a sofa that can be used also as a double bed, an open plan fully-equipped kitchen, a loft with a single bed, a double bedroom and a bathroom (with shower).

There is access to the exterior on both sides, with a view to the sea. The western yard offers a shady refuge under the trees.

The east yard below the heavy rocks, offers a magnificent view to the sea and Kotronas bay.

Its recent conversion to an ecologically-minded holiday villa (using local materials and techniques, rainwater harvesting and eco-friendly waste disposal system for irrigation) aspires to leave a light footprint on the long history of the building and to open up a dialogue between traveler and place.

Maina is the perfect starting point to discover the rugged natural beauty of Mani and its cultural wealth. The blend of the mountainous landscape and rugged coastline with pebble beaches, small coves, mystical byzantine churches, and austere tower houses each with their own dynamic history, is unique. The spectacular path to the ancient city Aigila and the monastery of Krounos passes right in front of the house. Not far to the north there is majestic Mount Taygetos with its wealth of flora and fauna, and opportunities to collect herbs. Walks here vary from child friendly to seriously challenging. Being a limestone peninsula, Mani has a labyrinth of caves, some of which can be visited by boat. Horseback riding is also on offer nearby as is the chance to harvest olives in ancient groves, sample wonderful home cooking and even learn some of the traditional recipes of Mani.



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About Thanos

I have always lived in big cities, born in Athens and studied in Paris Architecture. During my studies I often visited Mani and been attracted by its unique and harsh landscape. My profession helped me to understand the 'aura' of the area and appreciate the atmosphere of the house. Seduced by these elements, decided to buy a property there and make it my 'home village' in the future. Now, after fifteen years, we decided with my husband to rebuild the old house with modern facilities, respecting the traditional character of the place. i practice Architecture and have my own office in Down town Athens. Why the Owner Chose MANI when i was studying architecture in Paris i visited many places in Greece and abroad. I was attracted by Mani’s unique atmosphere and spectacular landscape. I was captivated by the area’s unspoiled environment, its blue seas, endless sunshine, the quality of the light there, its romantic stone towers, and its wildness. Yet despite its romantic isolation, the house is only 330 kms from Athens, the capital of Greece and it's easy to reach. I thought it would be a 'bargain' and i think it's proved to be correct.

Thanos purchased this House in 1989

Why Thanos chose East Mani

A stone-built 19th century tower-mansion renovated and extended in 2008, by architect and owner Elena Zervoudaki, preserving the building traditional elements and combining them with the minimal interiors to produce the sensation of serenity.

What makes this House unique

The Unique Benefits of this House The proximity of the property to Athens means that we can leave at any hour of the day from Athens and be in the Mani property within 3-4 hours. From the moment we step into the house we can forget the big city and relax in total peace and quiet with only birdsong for company. The village in which the house is located is very small and has few permanent inhabitants. The beaches are within easy reach and it is possible to swim in warm waters from May until October. In the evening it is wonderful to sit and relax on one of the houses terraces and enjoy the sun over crystal clear waters and the moon rising on a calm sea. The house retains its traditional character yet contains all the modern conveniences that the visitor requires.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Fireplace
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 2 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 2
          outdoor shower
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Near The Ocean
            • Ocean View
            • Rural
            • Village


                • Away From It All
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Local Activities Guide
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Fireplace
                        • Firewood
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Local Maps
                        • Mosquito Magnet
                        • Parking On Street
                        • Shampoo
                        • Toilet Paper
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Wood Stove


                            • 2 Ring Stove
                            • Blender
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Mini Refrigerator
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 8 people


                                    • Audio Tape Player
                                    • Books
                                    • Books for Kids
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Radio
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Child's Swing
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Patio
                                        • Porch / Veranda
                                        • Terrace
                                        • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


                                            • Low Allergen Environment
                                            • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • nude beach
                                                • ruins
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • surfing


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                                                              East Mani, Greece

                                                              Mani is located on the south Peloponnese occupying the northwestern section of the Laconian region and the northeastern part of the Messinian region with the Taygetos Mountains in the centre. Mani stretches along the middle finger of Peloponnese and reaches the most southern point not only of Greece but also of the whole European continent. The deepest point of the Mediterranean (4850m) is located 62 miles to the southwest of the cape. The length of Mani is 75 km, its area equals 1800 sq.km. High rocks and inaccessible siliceous shores of Mani complete the picture of a wild and deserted place. Mani is one of the most traditional spots of Greece It consists of 250 sun lit villages and sites with plenty of olive trees and cactuses. It has a lot of old traditional buildings, the high stone towers being the most characteristic among them. These severe, tall stone towers of Mani stay against the limestone landscapes the old symbol of guard and freedom of Mani . They represent the family’s honour, traditions, hospitality as well as the customs of Mani. There are about 800 towers and 6 castles in Mani. Byzantine churches and classical archaeological sites prove the long history of the place. The nature in Mani is very impressive. The majestic Taygetos Mountain rich in flora and fauna dominates the area. The flora numbers about 160 Greek endemic plants out of which 28 exist only on Taygetos.. The fauna is rich in reptiles as well as in birds and mammals. Today its fauna includes 85 species of birds, 19 species of mammals and 33 types of reptiles. Mani because of its limestone ground numbers many caves. The most popular and famous ones are the caves of Diros in the west part of Mani. The interior of these caves is beautifully decorated with stalactites and stalagmites and they are visited by boat. All over the Peninsula you will find different kind of beaches all of them quiet and unspoiled. Pebble beaches, small cricks, rock beaches with crystalline waters and vast sand beaches with shallow water.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $24 - $37
                                                              Damage Deposit

                                                              Period Maina max. 8 pers. Easter Holidays min. stay 4 nights 850€ MAINA is a two apartments house and the rate quoted is for the ANOI part of the house, for MAINA the whole house please ask Christmas Period (20/12/2016- 5/01/2017) min. stay 4 nights CLOSED The house can be partly reserved, please contact the owner. DEPOSIT OF 200 IS REQUIRED FOR SECURITY, FULLY REFUNDED AFTER DEPARTURE. The nightly rate in winter period is for maximum 4persons and for a part of the house, each additional person must pay a fee of 20eur/ per person / per night Anoi/ max 4pers - katoi/ max 5pers maina the whole house / max 7 persons Extra person / 20€ per night – only after notification Special Rates If you stay more than the minimum stay Price include all the services described in “Maina features” as well as: electricity 40kw/day and water 50lt/person/day Deposit 200€ is required, refundable after departure Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice Contact, information, reservations mob +306936181629

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