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A Medieval Tower House in the Peloponnese with Amazing Sea and Sunset Views

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Last updated: 03/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 double bedrooms & 1 sofa bed, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6/8

A medieval tower house with sweeping views over the Mediterranean. Meticulously restored with modern comforts and an eye for textures, this 3 bedroom house provides an ideal base for exploring the nearby beaches, monuments and hiking areas of southern Greece, or simply sipping ouzo and soaking up history and sunshine in the 1200 square meter garden.
In the deepest south of old Greece, the Mani Peninsula, this is the beautifully restored tower house of the Manoleas family, with original structures dating from the 1600s. It has been fully modernized while retaining its original character, and decorated with local antiques. Located on the outskirts of Thalames, once the capital of the region in the Middle Ages, now a protected monument of winding streets and crumbling Byzantine churches. The house is set in beautifully landscaped gardens with ancient olive trees. The village sits at 450 meters altitude on the slopes of the Taygetus Mountains, 10 minutes from beautiful beaches

The Mani, a corner of ancient Greece: This is a property for travelers who want more than a usual resort vacation. Beaches there are plenty, some sand and some rocky, with crystal clear water for snorkeling, and the Taygetus mountains behind them offer amazing hiking country. What is unique however is the opportunity to live in a restored piece of history, a medieval tower house in a working Greek village. The olive mill is just down the road, local honey and mountain herbs are sold in the village square, and vans selling fresh fruit and vegetables come by daily. The village has cornerstones with ancient Roman and Greek inscriptions, Byzantine churches are hidden around many corners, and ancient Sparta is just 30 km away, on the other side of the Taygetus.

Not your standard rental property: Pyrgos Manoleas is our home, not a rental property. We spent many years touring Greece before finally deciding on Thalames and this property, which we bought in completely decrepit state from the Manoleas family. We spent 5 years, a huge amount of resources, effort and affection on restoring it to its original glory, bringing antique oak planks from Turkey for the floors, hand crafted tiles from Italy, hiring a German master craftsman to supervise works, and a talented Greek architect for the overall design. The garden has been carefully landscaped to provide many sitting areas with different ambiance and views for every season. The ancient olive and mulberry trees have been preserved, with Mediterranean flowering shrubs and aromatic plants rambling over old stone walls. We hope to retire there someday, and in the meantime rent it to people we consider guests, not clients.

Management: We live and work in Italy, but our property is managed for us by our friends Yoanna and Kiriakos, who take care of the garden and house. They live in the main part of the town, just a few hundred yards away, where Kiriakos runs one of the two local coffee shops. They can supply basic provisions, however a car is recommended for ease of movement, as public transport is limited


Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/11/2017

Property Type

  • Villa

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    no smoking indoors, plenty of patio and terrace space in the garden. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    top floor master bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • The master bedroom is on the top floor of the tower, with en suite bathroom (shower) and amazing views on three sides. The other two bedrooms are in the annex (10 meters from main tower), which includes a second full bathroom. The living room in the tower also provides an additional (double) sofa bed. A third full bathroom (shower) is on the ground floor....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Barbecue is high quality Weber Kettle model with accessories DVD/BluRay player with USB input for hard drive movies Sound system has both cable input for MP3/iPod and USB key input Garden hammock provided Access to the house is through the narrow streets of the old town, closest vehicle access is 100 meters away. Due to steps and rough pavement the property is not suited for wheelchairs or persons with severe mobility restrictions. Smoking indoors not allowed...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    10 minutes drive from fantastic beaches...moreless

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    indoor dining table in kitchen, plus large dining table on patio - given the weather in southern Greece we normally eat outdoors from May to October...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    in two bedrooms of annex building...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    WiFi available throughout the house...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    both bathroom and beach towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    fully equipped kitchen, this is our home, not a vacation rental...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    wide range of spices, condiments...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    4 ring electric stove, full oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio:

    many stone flagged patios around the house at different levels, some in the sun, some shaded, including large grape vine covered pergola with hammock...moreless

  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • Terrace


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season 2017
Jun 3 - Jul 28, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Peak season 2017
Jul 29 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

High season 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $216.00
  • Cleaning $64.80

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 03/11/2017
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65 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Kalamata international
100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
2 village Kefeneion
43 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Gythion (ferries to Crete and Kythira)
56 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
150 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Village taverna
9 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Pantazi beach

Car: Recommended

The village of Thalames is the ancient capital of the region, now preserved heritage site. A sleepy town of old ivy covered stone tower houses and byzantine churches, surrounding a large platia, where a huge old plane tree provides shade to the local taverna, olive mill and honey vendors. Thalames is 2 km from the sea in a straight line, set at an altitude of 450 meters, which provides sweeping views along the coastline and across the Messenian Gulf to the fortress of Koroni


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We are a French-American couple who both work in humanitarian and development aid, currently with the United Nations, so our lifestyle is quite nomadic. We've lived in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Sudan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Congo and a few other countries in between. We are currently Rome based.

Why the Owner Chose Lefktro, Greece:
I've been visiting Greece regularly since the 80's, and we decided to buy a property in 2003. After 2 years of house hunting across Crete, Kythira and the Mani we decided on the Thalames-Platsa-Langada area of the Exo-Mani as the best mixture of proximity to beautiful coastline, breathing space outside the crowd, longer sea views, and being a few degrees cooler in the summer. The unique fortress architecture of the Mani was also a big draw, but finding a pyrgos-spiti (tower house) to restore was not easy as they rarely come up for sale. Thalames was our first choice due to friends, amazing location, and special conservation status.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
While there are many beautiful properties for rent in Greece, there are few restored antique properties, for the simple fact that it is very expensive and time consuming to restore them. Pyrgos Manoleas is the real thing, with the main structure dated to 1686, and the 'newest' part to the mid 1800s, located on the outskirts of a town already described by Pausanias 1900 years ago. Thalames is a working Greek village, where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a traditional town, just ten minutes' drive from amazing beaches and coastal resorts.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/11/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Hammock under a grapevine pergola

    Hammock under a grapevine pergola

  • Kitchen


  • annex bedroom

    annex bedroom

  • bedroom


  • lower terrace in front of the Paleospiti annex - great spot for reading

    lower terrace in front of the Paleospiti annex - great spot for reading

  • Taygetus mountains

    Taygetus mountains

  • early morning at Pantazi beach, the closest to the house

    early morning at Pantazi beach, the closest to the house

  • Foneas beach, 15 mins away, great spot for snorkeling

    Foneas beach, 15 mins away, great spot for snorkeling

  • Hiking at Cavo Grosso in spring

    Hiking at Cavo Grosso in spring

  • Tower village of Vathia

    Tower village of Vathia

  • Areopolis, capital of the Mani

    Areopolis, capital of the Mani

  • main tower building

    main tower building

  • Taygetus sunset from the garden

    Taygetus sunset from the garden

  • Living room

    Living room

  • living room

    living room

  • View of Thalames, property at right center

    View of Thalames, property at right center

  • The village of Thalames seen from the hills

    The village of Thalames seen from the hills

  • View over Trachila

    View over Trachila

  • Byzantine church of Panayia Agitria, near Tigani

    Byzantine church of Panayia Agitria, near Tigani

  • Lunch with friends at the Platanos tavern in Thalames

    Lunch with friends at the Platanos tavern in Thalames

  • Swimming at Cape Matapan, the southernmost point of mainland Europe

    Swimming at Cape Matapan, the southernmost point of mainland Europe

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