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The Upper House provides 130 sqm living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The floors of the Upper House and its terraces are entirely covered with red marble. It was fully refurbished in 2007 and fitted with new furniture. From the large roofed terrace our guests enjoy stunning views of the Argolic Plain, the City of Nafplion as well as the sea and mountains of Arcadia. The terraces are equipped with four rattan arm chairs and an additional table with eight arm chairs. The split level living room has approx. 60 sqm (with ceilings up to 4 meters high) and features a large library, intimate dining area, fire place, sofa and three easy chairs. Technical equipment: Climatisation in the living room (2 separate areas) and in each bedroom, Loewe Sat-TV with more that 100 international channels, DVD, Stereo and High-Speed Internet Access with wireless LAN.
Villa Arkadia is located on a 10,000 sqm estate providing a breathtaking view of the Argolic Plain, the Argolic Gulf, the mountains of Arcadia and of Nafplion, the historic capital of Greece. It boasts a large pool, a separate pool house with fitness equipment and more than 400 sqm of terraces, allowing for privacy even if the house is fully occupied. Villa Arkadia was built in a secluded location in 1974 and was completely refurbished in 2007 with a lot attention to detail. It is fully climatised and can be used all-the-year. The villa is equipped with new kitchens, new baths and furniture, and the Upper House features a large library that was installed in 2007. Its unique location allows for beach and sporting holidays and offers unforgettable excursions to the famous sites of classical Greece. The scent of old pine trees and the whispering wind carry our guests away from everyday’s hustle, allowing careless days just as life was once in legendary Arcadia.
Sizzling beachfile: Sizzling beachlife can be found in Nafplion (5 kilometres) with its famous sandy Karathona Beach stretching over 1.5 kilometres and the city beach “Arvanitsia” underneath the Palamidi fortress (pebble beach with sun beds and restaurant). Other popular beaches are the picturesque bay of Tolo, which is widely known for its white sandy beach (10 kilometres from the house). In addition, it is still possible to find deserted beaches along the coastline of the Argolic Peninsula. And then there is still your private pool at the Villa Arkadia.
Sports activities: Fitness: The Villa Arkadia has a separate pool house with fitness equipment (treadmill, cross trainer, rowing machine, weights and gymnastic mats). The beaches in Nafplion and Tolo offer water skiing, paragliding, windsurfing, banana boat riding, and kayaks, canoes, jet skis and motorboats for rent. Sailing: In Nauplia you can charter a GibSea 42 sailing yacht inclusive skipper for day trips and longer sailing trips. Tennis can be played at the Olympic Center in Nafplion (4 hard courts, free of charge). Bicycle and motorbike tours lead from the house into the unspoiled hinterland of the Argolic Plain (bikes are for rent in Nafplion). Hiking: Mostly in spring and autumn, walking tours into the Greek landscape are very popular. In front of the house stretches the Argolic Plain, beneath the house (for example on your way to the “Profitis Elias” monastery) you will encounter only few people on your way through tobacco fields and orange plantations.
Local support: In Nafplion you will be supported by our administrator. She will hand over the keys to the property and show you the details of the house upon your arrival. During your stay, she will be happy to answer all your questions and to assist you should there be any problems. She waters regularly the garden and cleans up the pool if necessary. It is possible to have the house cleaned-up once a week or even more frequently (extra fee). The final clean-up is obligatory.
We spent a week at the house with members of our family from Europe and the States. The accommodations were wonderful--even on the hottest days, the rooms were cool and comfortable. Sleeping was always perfect! The kids loved the pool and swam well into the evening on nights we ate at home. We went To Nafplion for lunch or dinner most days and explored some of the forts and archeological sites. The beach was only a 10 minute drive away and it was great to swim in the sea as the sun set over the mountains. We rented both flats and it was perfect to give family members just the right amount of personal space, as well as many spaces where we could all be together. We look forward to returning next year. Thank you!
We were on holiday with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. They rented the Upper House, whilst we had the Lower House. In fact, we could all have fitted into the Upper House, but we didn't want to be on top of each other, and we preferred to have the whole house to ourselves.
It worked out wonderfully well. Both houses are lovely, and everything is high quality and works!! A first for Greece, and we have been visiting for decades. Mattina, who cares for the house, was delightful and so helpful. If we ever needed anything, she was there instantly. Although she doesn't speak English (fluent German though), her lovely daughters will translate - if necessary, on the phone!
The pool area is amazing; quite beautiful, especially at night, with spectacular views to Nafplio and the castle. The outdoor shower with hot water was a particular hit. We actually never made it to the beach as the children adored the pool - and so did we. The pool house with fridge, ice maker, Weber bbq and exercise equipment was great.
The village is small, but it has a bakery, kiosk and small supermarket, which sells all the basics and some local produce. The coffee shop stocks croissants and pastries, but you have to get there early. We went into Nafplio most nights to eat. Nafplio is absolutely beautiful and fascinating, but really, really busy at night. Parking in August is a bit of a nightmare, although we always eventually found a place in the big public car park. Loved it though. The fruit and vegetable markets on Wednesday and Saturday (from memory) are brilliant. I would have liked to have had much more time to stay in and cook, especially in view of the AEG oven, hob, dishwasher and microwave in our Lower House.
I'm afraid we didn't get round to many ancient sites - too hot, and too pleasant at home. However, we did make it to the Palamidi fortress, which was well worth the effort. It had such a calm, peaceful atmosphere belying it's violent history.
All in all, a wonderful holiday and we'll be back.
The photos look good, but the reality is even better.
The location is to dream about with a view from the terrace of vines, olive groves and orange trees, leading to Nafplion with the wonderful Palmadi Fort, the Gulf of Argolis and the mountains beyond.
The house is beautifully presented, tastefully decorated and furnished. It has been restored and fitted to a very high standard, so that everything works as it should. It was clean on arrival and obviously well cared for by the delightful caretaker (whose English is almost non-existent, so Greek or German would be useful).
The pool is idyllic. It could be regarded as a disadvantage that it is shared with the occupants of the other part of the house, but this wasn't a problem for us. The parasols and loungers are arranged at opposite ends of the pool to reduce any loss of privacy (and are as attractive and robust and in good order as everything else)
The village is only a few minutes walk and has a basic shop and a delightful taverna. Nafplion is within easy reach and is a lively and inviting port and resort town. We very much enjoyed Karathona beach just beyond.
There is a wealth of ancient sites nearby, most notably Mycenae and Epidavros, but also Tiryns and the little known Midea, as well as the Palmadi fortresses.
We spent a wonderful family holiday in the upper house and would unhesitatingly recommend it.
We rented the Lower House for a week in September for 2 adults and our 5-month old daughter. We were fortunate to have the place to ourself and it really is a wonderful place to stay - the pictures and description on the website give a very accurate impression of the property. The view is spectacular and you can easily spend all day sitting by the pool admiring the scenery, even into the night as the pool area can be lit when it gets dark. Nafplio is only a 5-minute drive away and is a beautiful town with dozens of restaurants/bars for lunch or dinner, as well as shops, museums etc. Although it gets very busy in the evenings, we didn't have a problem with parking. There are various supermarkets nearby as well as some shops in the village itself so self-catering is also no problem. There are numerous beaches in the area, although we didn't visit the beach as the villa was so comfortable. The main archeological sites in the area - Mycenae, Epidaurus and Corinth - are also very close. The villa was fully equipped with TV, DVD, stereo and internet access. As well as the pool, there are facilities for table tennis. We were also provided with a cot for the baby (and a high chair if we had needed it) as well as all the cooking facilities you could want and a washing machine. The housekeeper was very friendly and accommodating and the villa is clearly kept to a very high standard. We would highly recommend a stay here. With a larger group, it would be ideal to rent both the upper and lower house together.
Die Villa Arkadia liegt wenige Kilometer außerhalb von Nauplia, auf den Hügeln vor den Toren von "Griechenlands schönster Stadt" (so zu Recht Die Welt im Februar 2016, http://www.welt.de/reise/staedtereisen/article152760710/Voellig-unterschaetzt-Griechenlands-schoenste-Stadt.html).
Sie bietet neben absoluter Ruhe den vermutlich traumhaftesten Blick, den man sich ausmalen könnte. Diesen am - oder im - Pool zu genießen, ist Entspannung pur.
Die Fotos geben kaum wieder wie schön es vor Ort ist und in welch hervorragendem Zustand die gesamte Anlage - unteres Haus, oberes Haus, Pool(-anlage) sowie Terrassen - ist.
Sollte man sich aber doch von der Anlage wegbewegen wollen, so gibt es eine Vielzahl an Möglichkeiten zur kulturellen sowie sportlichen Aktivität in der unmittelbaren Umgebung. Neben Nauplia selbst - der ehemaligen griechischen Hauptstadt - mit seiner beeindruckenden Verteidungsfeste "Palamidi", sind v.a. Epidaurus und Mykene hervorzuheben (in jeweils unter 30 Minuten Entfernung). Auch Athen ist in 1 1/2 Stunden erreichbar. Von den vielen Stränden sind v.a. Tolo (15 Minuten) und der Strand der "Einheimischen" in Nauplias Karathona-Bucht (10 Minuten) zu empfehlen. Die "gute Seele" vor Ort, Mattina, hilft aber auch gern mit Empfehlungen weiter.
Durch die moderne (auch Küchen-)Ausstattung der Villa Arkadia steht auch solchen gemütlichen Abenden nichts im Wege, an denen man sich doch zum Kochen entscheidet - und nicht in eins der vielen authentischen Restaurants der Umgebung einkehrt. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten gibt es in der näheren Umgebung der Villa Arkadia viele, Markt ist darüber hinaus Mittwochs und Samstags in Nauplia.
Wir wollten gar nicht mehr weg und zählen bereits die Tage, bis wir wiederkommen!
Urlaub in der Villa Arkadia ist die perfekte Verbindung von traumhafter Ruhe, einem unendlich weiten Blick über den argolischen Golf, griechischer Kultur in unmittelbarer Nähe und einem gepflegten bunten Treiben am Abend in Nauplia.
Die Villa, das Grundstück und der Poolbereich sind hervorragend gepflegt, alle Details entsprechend exakt den Fotos und die wunderbare Seele des Hauses hat bei Ankunft sogar den Kühlschrank gefüllt.
Einkaufsmöglichkeiten gibt es - vom Bäcker bis zum Supermarkt - in der näheren Umgebung der Villa Arkadia, Markt ist z.B. Samstags in Nauplia. Nauplia hat darüber hinaus wunderschöne kleine Gassen mit einer Vielzahl hübscher Boutiquen, Cafés und Restaurants. Unvergesslich schön sind der große Platz mitten in Nauplia und die Uferpromenade.
Ausflüge in die griechische Kultur bieten sich an nach Athen, Korinth, Mykene und Epidaurus. Ein Muss ist auch der Palamidi, die Festung oberhalb von Nauplia!
Wir waren rundherum absolut begeistert: von Haus, Pool, Ort und Umgebung!!
The historic city of Nafplion (population 25,000) with its medieval old town and picturesque parks, alleys and squares is easy to reach (5 km). After enjoying the sunset on the board walk, Nafpliots spend the night in numerous cafés, bars, restaurants and discotheques. The city is dominated by three fortresses, the illuminated Venetian “Palamidi” (which can also been seen from the house), the Hellenic “Akronafplia” and the former hangman island “Bourtzi”. The city offers great shopping, museums, art galleries, beaches and all medical care facilities. Every June, international orchestras and soloists perform at the annual music festival that takes place in the squares of the old town. Classical Greece is within your grasp: legendary Mycene and the sanctuary of Epidauros (with its famous amphitheatre where the classic Greek plays are given in July and August) can be reached in 30 minutes, Tiryns (5 min), Sparta (90 min), Olympia (2 hours), Delphi (3 hours) are equally easy to visit.
Other Activities: Fitness