Bower House Estate, Petalidi, Messinia, Greece - Peaceful Location, Close To Beach, Privacy Assured, Strictly No Smoking Property
About Melanie Densem
Mel and Bryan Densem were living aboard their beautiful 42ft sailing yacht and cruising the Mediterranean when they stumbled across the stunning south west Peloponnese a totally unspoilt area of mainland Greece. They purchased a 4 acre olive grove close to Petalidi and dedicated 7 years of their lives to designing and building their dream home 'Bower House' adding many unique features both inside and out. Completed in 2009 Mel and Bryan now wish to share that dream with a select few.
Why Melanie Densem chose Messíni
Having travelled and experienced mainland Greece and more than 20 of its islands in both the Ionian and Aegean we believe this area is unspoilt and represents true Greece. It is remote yet easily accessable all year round via Athens and for 7 months of the summer directly to Kalamata
What makes this Villa unique
The area has many stunning hideaways, enjoys a special climate and has the optional benefit of rural solitude or busy town life just 20 minutes drive away. Historical sites of great interest surround you yet magnificent scenery and beautiful walks remain undisturbed. Unlike most other properties, Bower House is located within a protected forest zone and has the added bonus to offer its visitors the rare opportunity to witness birds of prey and other rare animals within their natural environment. Commercial development is minimal, discreet and in keeping with the area. With friendly locals we can enjoy all it has to offer in complete safety.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Private celebrations are permitted for the renters
Under 5 considered not suitable. Please ask
Minimum age of primary renter:18
1. Bookings are accepted on the bases you agree to BOWER HOUSE ESTATE terms and conditions in addition to Homeaway.
2. Agree to provide your personal contact details by submitting our booking form on our private website and name each member in your party on request
3. Agree to read the "House Book" located at the property which provides vital information for your safety and comfort.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Excellent! Five star experience in a fantastic villa. Pool beautiful. The accommodation was exactly as described. It was clean, spacious & very well equipped. The welcome package was generous. We loved the fact that Melanie & Brian made everything so easy from choosing which wine to drink, providing useful suggestions on where to eat & which beaches to visit. Everything to make the holiday stress free had been thought about, we were able to use beach mats, umbrellas & a cool bag. We would definitely stay again.
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed a five star experience. Your feed back was also very helpful and and we are happy that you found everything cosy, clean and exactly as stated. You also found our guide book useful maximising your time to enjoy and explore all this magnificent area has to offer. We certainly enjoyed your company on the two nights you joined us for dinner and we were happy to have shared some magic moments during your vacation. We sincerely hope to see you again. Mel and Bryan.
Stunning setting, well equipped villa.
We have just had a wonderful holiday at Bower House. The house itself is in a stunning setting, you could never tire of the views. The welcome from Mel and Bryan was incredibly warm they have genuinely thought of everything that you could possibly need to relax and unwind. The house, pool and BBQ area are very well equipped – boules, games, beach stuff to borrow, all cooking accessories etc. Our 3 children’s highlight was definitely the pool and its inflatable selection, ours was the invite to the local village music night. It’s a beautiful area of Greece to explore and the house has an extremely useful guidebook recommending restaurants, beaches and archaeological sites nearby. If we had any questions we could contact Mel and Bryan and they always seemed to go over and above to help us have a great time. We’d love to return.
Cath and James, Surrey, August 2017
Once again we are truly delighted to have provided our guests with a very memorable vacation. We would be only too happy to welcome you back. A delightful family.
We really enjoyed our stay at Bower House. We had teenagers and a not-very-mobile granny in our party, but the beautiful setting and proximity to attractions and amenities (ruins, water sports, tavernas) plus the swimming pool, BBQ, boules, cribbage board, Wi-fi etc, meant that everyone was happy. Mel and Bryan went out of their way to be helpful without ever being intrusive; the design of the house means that, although they live on site, we were barely aware of them, but then they were always available if needed. There was a very useful book of suggestions as to where we might go, but they also came up with additional suggestions and information once they had an idea of our interests. Extras, like washing, and restocking the fridge with drinks and topping up Wi-fi were charged at very reasonable or cost prices.
Our Personally compiled guide book to this beautiful area has proven very useful for all our guests leaving them to browse and select their ideals but also having us available for that little extra information and suitability for their party proving welcome. We always try to go that extra mile and find our efforts are rewarded with all guests feeling extremely happy with their vacation experience. Thank you for your custom we hope to see you again.
Lovely secluded villa with swimming pool
We are a family with 3 young kids (5,7,9) who came to Bower House to stay for a week. We were very warmly welcomed by our hosts who continued to look after us for the entire week. Bower house is a lovely property, beautiful rooms, well equipped kitchen, stunning views all around including from the infinity pool and most importantly a really nice outdoor kitchen & barbecue area! Mel and Brian were extremely helpful when it came to suggesting places to visit, things to see and things to do in the area. Given that they live downstairs in the property, a helping hand was never far away. We warmly recommend Bower House as a great place to stay and explore Peloponnese!
As this lively and exciting family found we go to a lot of trouble to ensure our personally compiled guide book to this beautiful area is updated every year and includes helpful comments from previous guests. It makes exploring the stunning locations so easy!
Children thoroughly enjoy our private pool and exploring the 4 acres of Olive Grove and on special occasions Bryan is only too happy to give them a "Bower House Safari Ride" in his Jeep and accompany them through the short woodland walk whilst the adults sit back, relax and enjoy our private piece of paradise.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CUSTOM!
A truly unforgettable holiday
In the beautiful and well equipped kitchen, there is a quote from Seneca saying 'it is because we do not dare that things are difficult'. Brian and Melanie, the lovely owners of Bower House Estate definitely dared to deliver their amazing dream of building their superb dream house with amazing views on the mountains and the sea. It was a real privilege of having been able to stay two wonderful weeks enjoying superb weather in their house which is equipped with all (and even more) what you expect from a luxurious holiday house. Bower House is very spacious and comfortable and the children enjoyed every minute in the large swimming pool. The owners are always very discrete but also very keen to help when needed (they even came to our rescue when our rental car broke down) and very helpful in recommending the local restaurants and shops, beaches and attractions of which there are plenty. The experience for us as a family with three children (aged between 14 and 10) was a truly unforgettable family holiday. Highlights were a unique sailing trip (organised by the owners), the visit of ancient Olympia (which was very special just before the Rio Olympics and with excellent driving instructions from Brian), the discovery of the amazing beaches in the area, the delicious meals with view on the sea and of course all the moments enjoying Bower House.
Being discreetly in residence (in a self contained apartment beneath the main building) we can take pride in going that extra mile to provide the very best of everything for our guests and we are delighted to hear that our dedication to perfection has contributed to your "Truly Unforgettable Holiday" !
Thank you for taking the time to make your review.
A very nice family villa
At the beginning of July my family enjoyed a week long visit to Bower House Estate. The beautiful house is situated in the most stunning location overlooking the neighbouring hills and the tops of the surrounding forest trees and with a sea view. It is an extremely private and peaceful place where we were able to relax around the pool or enjoy family fun in the pool on the lilo's. Mel and Bryan were excellent hosts, there when we needed them, providing us with very good information on local beaches and places to visit and very discreet at other times enabling us to have quality time as a family. The villa, pool and grounds were maintained to the highest standard and extremely safe. The local village is typically Greek and very friendly. There are a number of cafes, bars and restaurants all reasonably priced and a couple of supermarkets if you want to have a barbecue at the house - followed by a game of boules - great fun. This holiday was a villa holiday with a difference, one we shall certainly repeat.
BOWER HOUSE ESTATE offers the best of both indoor and outdoor living. With total privacy and exclusive usage of all facilities, pool, Huge BBQ with outdoor kitchen, boules pitch, sunbathing patios and exotic gardens with numerous places to dine you're spoilt for choice.
The idyllic country setting with 360 vista overlooking the Taygetos mountains offer views of breathtaking magnitude and complimented with country walks around the area.....A book is provided for walking enthusiasts wishing to go that extra mile!
Thank you for your sparkling review. We shall look forward to seeing you next summer. Mel and Bryan
Numerous beaches within easy driving distance. The nearest 5 minutes away unspoilt, with crystal waters and solitude. A further 5 minutes you can sit by a local bar and taverna with sunbeds and parasols provided.
Travel:- Easy jet now fly direct to kalamata from gatwick 4 times a week. Regular flights continue to Athens from Manchester and Gatwick . Thomas cook flights operate Saturday and Sunday Only.
Kalamata Airport is 22km (20 minute drive) Athens airport is 287km A very easy drive (3hr) Car hire is essential.
Ancient Messini 29km.
Bower House Estate is situated within a forestry protected area and is visited by many birds and wild animals. Visitors may well experience the sight of buzzards that glide overhead and animal lovers see the Marginata tortoise that visit the property as well as other interesting creatures.
Ideally located close to the charming fishing village of Petalidi where supermarkets, ATMs , restaurants, coffee bars , wifi , pharmacy, doctors and post office are easily found.
Historical sites of interest within reasonable driving distance Koroni, Methoni, Pylos, Ancient Messini and a little further you can visit spectacular Monemvasia, Mistras, Olympia, Epidavros, and Athens.
Beaches with crystal waters close with sport activities of sailing, wind surfing, parakiting etc. Golf, horse riding and beautiful walks all within half an hour or on your door step.