Jacaranda House

Peloponnese

Traditional stone house that has been artistically restored with private pool set in a Mediterranean, walled garden with a profusion of flowers and trees and within very easy walking distance of the heart of the village.

Beautifully restored stone house with private pool, colourful garden and in a quiet position just steps away from the heart of the village and 5 mins drive from the sea

Jacaranda House is a wonderful property full of character that is situated in a traditional Peloponnese village that has spectacular views across the Gulf of Corinth. This old, stone house, surrounded by a mature walled garden with private swimming pool, has been sensitively restored by its owners retaining many traditional features such as stone arches, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, thick stone walls, vaulted wooden ceilings and spacious rooms.

A large double wooden gate leads through the thick stone wall surrounding the property into the garden. The stone pathway meanders down through the flower beds planted with lavender, majoram, rosemary and a profusion of cloudy-blue plumbago and heavy-scented jasmine to the main entrance.

The house is on two levels. On the ground floor level, there is a farmhouse style kitchen with dining area and comfortable living area with sofa and armchairs around a wood burning stove. This is a great space for serious cooks with a very well-equipped kitchen. Down the corridor is a guest double bedroom with windows overlooking the garden. Next to the kitchen is a hallway with entrance to the main bathroom featuring Italian tiles and the original stone walls with full-size bath and shower.

Moving through the hallway on this level are two further bedrooms: The first is a spacious bedroom with twin beds which also has doors leading directly into the garden. Next to the twin bedroom is the master bedroom with an antique bed, large corner fireplace, en-suite bathroom and doors leading to the garden. These two bedrooms can either be accessed independently from the garden, or are well designed for families with small children since there is also an inter-connecting door through a thick stone arch between the rooms.

From the kitchen/living area a spiral staircase leads to the upper level. The upper level is one very large living room with vaulted ceiling that also has a double bed for extra guests. Two sets of doors open onto a very spacious veranda with sea and mountain views. The veranda has a large outdoor dining table for 8 people as well as various armchairs, comfortable outdoor sofa and day bed with plenty of pillows. An external staircase leads from this veranda and level down to the garden which is planted with many flowers, herbs, climbers, shrubs and trees including a magnificent purple-flowering jacaranda tree. The focal point of the garden is the swimming pool nestling amongst the flowers. It has a 9 metre swimming length and a large rounded area with steps across the width of the pool which is excellent for cooling off or for children to play. The swimming pool terrace is also partially railed so avoiding difficult drops.

In the garden there are two additional terraces - the sun bathing terrace above the swimming pool with its teak loungers, and the coffee terrace with its elegant table and chairs punctuated by a pink-plumed silk tree and four mature yucca trees. A large barbecue is situated conveniently close to the main kitchen door.

The villa has ADSL wireless internet, DVD, TV, i-pod outlet, dish washer, washing machine, piano and an excellent library of books and CDs.

The village itself is 200 metres above sea level and the local beach is a few minutes by car. This is a traditional, farming community where olives, oranges, lemons and grapes are cultivated in abundance. The village has two good tavernas, a cafe in the main square which also serves food in the evenings and a bar set in a leafy garden overlooking the sea. The local greengrocer and fishmonger visit the village twice a week. Otherwise, all amenities can be found in the neighbouring town about 7 kms distance. Kalavryta Ski Centre is about 40 mins from the house along a spectacular road that cuts straight through a gorge. The archaeological sites of Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae and Epidavros can be visited as day trips and there are many surrounding towns and villages of interest to visit.

Jacaranda House with its different areas for relaxing is a perfect choice for families or a group of friends wanting to 'chill out' in comfortable surroundings in one of the more authentic parts of Greece.

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Facilities

Private pool
BBQ
Ceiling Fans
Walkable to taverna
Sea View
Suitable for Honeymoons
Baby Cot
High Chair
Laundry
Dishwasher
iPod Friendly
Tennis

Prices

Sleeps 6
Deposit 40%
1 - 17 May€ 1080/week
18 May - 7 June€ 1450/week
8 June - 5 July€ 1650/week
6 - 19 July€ 1950/week
20 July - 23 Aug€ 2250/week
24 - 31 August€ 2050/week
1 - 13 Sept€ 1650/week
14 - 30 Sept€ 1450/week
October€ 1080/week

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Available
Booked
Change over day - Saturday or Sunday in July/August, otherwise flexible
Minimum 7 nights

Reviews

Katherine M. arrived 4th August 2019
We were hot and tired after 3 nights in Athens and in need of some rest and relaxation after our 2 hour drive and for 7 days, that is exactly what we got. The villa is beautiful with an abundance of terraces from which to follow the sun. Decor is very rustic with stone floors and walls and lots of wood. Lighting is low but this was not a problem. The ceiling fans are quite adequate and after the aircon in Athens being either too cold or too warm, the gentle continuous breeze was appreciated. The sun disappeared from the terraces at around 4pm so we drove to the beach for the Late afternoon which was lovely. The notes in the house listed some beaches and we found a few very pretty ones with crystal water, but don't forget your water shoes as the beaches are pebbly. There were beach chairs and an umbrella in the house which we made use of. The showers in the house were good and powerful and there was plenty of room for us all to relax. The unusually shaped pool makes the most of the space and is beautiful and framed by exotic flowers and plants. The upstairs lounge is particularly comfortable and we watched a few things on Netflix. The local taverna closest to the house (2 minutes walk) was the best, in fact the only one we went to. No one spoke English and we had no Greek but they were so friendly and we managed to communicate and they sent free carafes of wine and yoghurt and fruit at the end of the meal. There is a huge BBQ grill and we had fabulous meats, fresh beautiful salads and great chips cooked in olive oil. We ate in the villa a couple of times, just pizza and pasta, although there is a fantastic looking BBQ. We would usually BBQ but this time couldn't be bothered as the restaurant was just fabulous and for around 45 for four people was excellent. In Athens we sometimes paid twice as much, although we did have some lovely food and I would expect a price difference between a capital city and a hilltop village. We heard only one English voice the whole time we were at the villa. This is not a holiday resort but a place where real Greek people live. The beaches have some nice restaurants and I think some Greek people were on holiday there. Young and old were enjoying the sea, it was fabulous. Parking is not a problem in this part of a Greece, we parked right next to the beach each time. We only needed the car to get to the villa and back to the airport for trips to the beach and the supermarket. There are a few other tavernas in the village and a bar but we were happy just relaxing in the villa and walking to our favourite taverna. We usually holiday with other families in villas around Europe and this was the first time in many years we'd been on holiday just with our children, one at university, the other about to start, so this time was precious and we found the perfect place to spend it. Sotirios met us in the village car park, a few steps from the villa and drove us to the door in his jeep, which was very welcome. He was on hand to help out whenever we needed it and we would usually bump into him in the taverna at night - thank you for the carafe of rose Sotirios! We feel we experienced the real Greece and would recommend the villa and the company PGV to anyone wanting the same. PGV were great communicators from the start and arranged the hire car to meet us at the Athens hotel at a better rate than I could find. If you drive from Athens do stop and look at the Corinthian canal. We had planned to stop in ancient Corinth but the weather was just too hot and we'd seen some fabulous sites in Athens already we just wanted to be to the pool. If you are thinking of this villa, don't hesitate, it's the real thing.
 

Alison F. arrived 21st October 2018
The villa was lovely, and the services of Pretty Greek Villas has been outstanding. I much appreciated the availability of local support and the information provided to us about the villa and surrounding areas. 

Sarah H. arrived 6th October 2018
We had a fantastic time at jacaranda villa. It was very relaxing and we loved it ,didn't want to leave. If we could be really picky ,if the pool was heated ,as it was October, it would have been the icing on the cake!. However we did manage to swim in it twice and our son a few more. It is a beautiful part of Greece, that people don't seem to know about as much as the islands. Driving was fine ,once you figured out how to drive the Greek way. The Acropolis is a must see and the other sites around there but our favourite was Delphi ,absolutely stunning and the drive to it. Olympia looked amazing too but it was closed due to a strike ,but we managed to view a lot through the fences. The drive back on mountain roads was interesting ,but amazing scenery. Also Corinth, was another fascinating site. We also did the train ride from Diakopto(a delicious bakery here,) and the one in Akrata. Great food in the Tavernas and the beaches (trapeza our favourite ) ,water so clear ,we swam a few times in the sea. Yiannis, was very helpful when we had s small problem with electric and washing machine but sorted out very quickly. A microwave might be a helpful addition too. All the information that was given to us was great and helped a lot. So thankyou very much for a fantastic holiday, we lived it and have lots of amazing family memories 

Lindsay E. arrived 5th August 2018
We loved our stop at Jacaranda house, just brilliant! 

Gillian K. arrived 28th July 2018
Wow, we had such a great time at Jacaranda House. The villa was exactly like the pictures. It was clean, spacious and comfortable. We especially loved the pool area and the veranda with the amazing view. We had a very comfortable, relaxing and safe stay at the villa.  

Bree B. arrived 27th August 2017
Beautiful gardens and pool, Yiannis was incredibly friendly and provided a fantastic welcome pack of fresh fruit, wine, bread, cheese, the local grill restaurant was amazing. 

Andrei Gemeneanu arrived 27/06/2016 
 
thank you so much, we loved it. We shall be back!
 
Many thanks,
A

Barry Pestell arrived 11/06/2016
 
Thanks for your message. Yes, we had a wonderful two weeks at Jacaranda House. Everything was great and we really appreciated the generous Welcome Pack. 
 
Thanks and best wishes,
Barry Pestell

Sarah Hill arrived 09/07/2016
 
We had an absolutely fabulous time! Ben was a super host and we did a lot of things that we might not have done without his assistance. Also thank you for your Greek translations while we were out riding.....
 
The house is lovely without being too personal and we had everything we needed.
 
It was all over too quickly.
 
Many thanks for all
 
Sarah Hill

Simon Garrett arrived 01/08/2009
 
Thank you for your message.  We did have a good holiday; Platanos was delightful and real and we particularly enjoyed the smallest bar/taverna.  The people were extremely pleasant and friendly and we really appreciated the lack of tourists around us.
 
Dinoís was a bonus too.  Platanos was well placed for us to explore the area which was very beautiful and dramatic.  The garden at Jacaranda was a treat with lovely flowers and scents.  
 
Please pass on our thanks to Ben and Marie Louise for their help with things like printing boarding passes, making telephone calls and such like!  Ben telephoned the Avis hire car people about our missing bag.  Would you be kind enough to email back to me a confirmation that we reported our bag missing as soon as we could, and that Ben reported it on our behalf as our agent.
 
Thank you very much.
 
With best wishes,
 
Judith Garrett

Brian and Babs Ward arrived 12/06/2010
 
Just a note to let you know how much we all enjoyed our holiday, I am now 
busy back at work. Once again thank you, everything went really well, apart 
from a flat tyre but thankfully that happened outside the Veranda Taverna 
but they came quite quickly and we were able to get up to Cave Lake, 
although we were thankful it did not happen on the mountain road. You can 
assure any guests there is absolutely no problem in Athens we had a nice day 
there and a good flight home. Do you have any villas in the south, we 
thought we might give that a whirl next year. I am sorry we did not see you 
to say cheerio. Speak to you soon.
 
Babs

Ricardo Gonzalez arrived 12/07/2011
 
I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to say good-bye to you and Ben before we
left. I just wanted to thank you both for all of your assistance prior to
and during our vacation in Greece. And many thanks to Kelly for here helpful
advice and assistance.  We really loved the house, it was everything we
expected. The girls loved the pool and we loved the charm. As I mentioned, I
would have been content to sit on the porch with a book or some music and a
beer the entire time. I hope Ben did not think it rude of us to not take him
up on the very generous offer to show us the mountain villages, I would have
enjoyed this very much, but Alexandra and the girls were a little worn out
from day trips in Switzerland and our very hot trip to Mycenea, and they
preferred to stay close to the pool and beach. Also, thanks to Ben for the
jar of honey, we were planning to take it home and so we hadn't opened it,
but during Alexandria's research prior to packing, she was convinced that we
were not permitted to bring it. We didn't open it until the day we left, it
was delicious! We could have been enjoying it the entire stay. We hope that
we will return to Greece in the future and will definitely look you up (as
well as recommend you to any of our friends who may be looking to vacation
in Greece in the future).
 
Best of luck and thanks again for everything.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Ricardo, Alexandra, Julia, and Zoe

Mark and Sarah Taylor arrived 31/07/2011
 
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Jacaranda and have loved the house, the village and all the surrounding areas ñ with thanks for your very informative, and now well thumbed guide. I think we very quickly took for granted the things that made it perfect for us ñ the almost deserted beaches, the crystalline waters, the friendliness of  everyone we came across. Our high point was the afternoon and evening spent at Lake Tsivoli, it was just so beautiful. 
 
Many many thanks, we look forward to consulting you again for future holidays, kind regards
Sarah

Wendy Simpson arrived 23/06/2012
 
 
May we take this opportunity to thank you for a very nice and relaxing time at your house.  It's exactly what we needed. Our daughter left for university last year and just spending time with her has been amazing. 
 
If you ever want to come to England we have a narrow boat     We could swap a week !
 
Thanks again. Wens x 

Emma Smith arrived 04/09/2012
 
I just wanted to write and say thank you - we had a wonderful time at Jacaranda House and were very sorry to leave last Thursday. The house was absolutely perfect for our needs and the situation just wonderful. 
 
We particularly loved not meeting another Brit for the duration of our stay, even though we were out and about a lot.
 
Thanks to your recommendations we had some great meals, although we were turfed out of the Veranda by a rather rude waiter (the son, I think!). We tried to go to Mourayo in Aiyera but found it closed, but did enjoy the pizza place in Akrata very much. However, our favourite place was Trifona in the village - we were made to feel so welcome and I think this was the highlight of our stay. Our daughter was kept well entertained by the very friendly staff and locals while we enjoyed the views and food. We also had really lovely days out at Trapeza on the beach and Kalavryta where we went on the train. And absolutely loved the baker and greengrocer in Akrata - both run by the friendliest of people.
 
Thanks again for all your help in making a very memorable holiday.
 
 Kindest regards
 Emma Smith

Susan Liberman arrived 22/09/2012
 
Dear Vickie and all the staff at Pretty Greek Villas,
 
Our stay at Jacaranda House was delightful. The accommodations were lovely, the setting could not be more beautiful - even the weather was perfect!  It was a wonderful stay, certainly enhanced by the experience we had at the villa.
 
Thank you for providing such comfortable and attractive quarters,
 
Susan Liberman 

Denis Gorski arrived 12/07/2009
 
Thanks for this holiday - it has been really great, enjoyable and memorable. Appreciate the effort you and Ben have put into it to make our stay comfortable. 
 
So count on us coming back next year to discover the Cyclades and Aegean experience next time around. Please do not forget to send me the reminder  when it is time to start bothering about booking, so that we don't do it on a short notice next time.
 
Regards and all the best,
 
Denis

Naomi Whitaker arrived 31/07/2012 
 
Feed back about our 11 day holiday to Jacaranda House.
 
A wonderful, hidden away gem with great facilities. We thought it was surprisingly spacious! The pool was fantastic. The pool and outside balcony (with the day bed) being the most used areas of our stay.
 
Aristos and Maria were brilliant and they both did a great job; the villa, gardens and pool were spotless.
 
Even though we didn't speak any Greek (other than hello and thank you) we got by and when we found we were struggling to be understood, we used apps on our phones to translate or find pictures to assist when ordering in tavernas/restaurants. It really was an authentic Greek holiday.
 
A great place to rest and relax, all tavernas in the village were within walking distance and were wonderfully welcoming - with lovely food.  Only the old lady in the opposite villa was interesting, as she clearly was struggling for money. We only saw one english person for our entire 11 day trip! So we felt as though we had truly visited somewhere different.
 
The directions were very good, including the ones to the doctors which we had to use. Mountains, caves, snorkelling at Rams Head/Planantos and ruins at Ancient Olympia were all stunning.
 
All queries and contact from Marie-Louise and Ben were prompt, efficient, answered fully. Pretty Greek Villas were very good with communication. I was nervous about booking without the company being registered with ATOL or ABTA or using paypal however, I need not have been.
 
All in all a wonderfully relaxing and impressive place to stay - authentic luxury Greek holiday in the heart of a village away from all the normal British tourist areas. I would highly recommend Pretty Greek Villas.
 
Warmest regards,
Naomi

Daniel Green arrived 11/08/2012

Vickie - Thanks for your email We had a great week thank you - it's a brilliant service you offer and
you'll be first on our list if we go abroad again next year.

The villa was so well kitted out and Aristos really helpful - we made a good team on the BBQ...

Ben - the kids are fully recovered - thanks for pointing us in the
right direction

I see you're based in Ferndown in the UK? We were in the New Forest
last week. Apart from the rain, the food, the beaches and the tent it was just like being back at Jacaranda.

Have a successful year and maybe we'll 'meet' again

Regards to all

Danny & Cathy

 

Karen Mullis arrived 18/08/2012
 
First of all I must apologise for not getting back to you sooner with 
a note of appreciation for the wonderful week we spent at Jacaranda 
House nearly 6 weeks ago now! We had a fantastic time in your villa, 
and we would definitely hope to return. We enjoyed the area immensely, and we
especially appreciated the thoughtful and detailed information about restaurants,
bars and sightseeing that you provided. We followed your suggestions
closely, and on the odd occasion we didn't, we wished we had! It really did
feel as if we had "inside information" about the best places to go, so thank
you for the time and effort you put into compiling the information, it
made our holiday so much easier and more enjoyable. We also loved the house
itself,and enjoyed Maria's wonderful pastitsio, which was delicious! Our
daughter burst into tears when we had to depart, as she did not want to go. I
know how she felt!
 
Many thanks, and thank you again for a great holiday.
 
Kind regards,
 
Karen

Sarah Weir arrived 29/09/2012
 
Many thanks. We had a really lovely time at Jacaranda and particularly enjoyed the general style and feel of the place, the privacy (although this may be less so in the summer with neighbours around) and the really high quality of the reading materials in the house which was an absolute joy. If we had realised the owners were such an erudite couple we would have come without any books at all as we wanted to read pretty much everything they had.
 
The service from Pretty Greek Villas was very good with full, detailed descriptions of all properties and efficient answering of all emails as well as good directions.  The people who looked after the property were all very charming and friendly and we really enjoyed the area and the village.
 
 
Many thanks. Sarah

Adria Stevens arrived 20/07/2013
 
Thank you for your email.
 
As we wrote to Ben in our short note, we had a lovely time in Platanos.
The house was well equipped although we couldnt get the TV to work but for us, that was no loss.
Otherwise we had a wonderful time in what is a comfortable house.
Thanks to Ben for the warm welcome - the few things left for us were most appreciated.
 
We will certainly include Pretty Greek Villas in our plans again next time we travel to Greece.
Many thanks again,
Kind regards,
Adria & Jeremy 

Hannah Warmanen arrived 18/08/2013
 
We are just settling back into our normal schedules in Chicago this week, the jet lag is almost gone, but our fun memories of a truly special holiday are still with us!  Thanks for all your help in making sure mums birthday trip was one to cherish and remember. We loved villa jacaranda and all the authentic Greek experiences we had during our time there!  It was everything we had hoped for, and allowed us to spend quality time as a family which is so relatively rare these days because of our geography!  
We hope you are both well, and especially thank you for helping us on the night we had drinks and dinner at the bottom of the hill.  So much fun, such a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to future trips to Greece Im sure!  
 
Best, 
 
Tim and Hannah -- also, Cheryl, Ritchi, Ally and Dom x x x 
 
Ps see a couple of our holiday pics attached :)

Sara Barnes arrived 13/06/2014
 
We had a wonderful stay at Jacaranda House and I have already given Ben feedback which he has responded to.
 
As I said to Ben the service we received from all the staff at Pretty Greek Villas was excellent and we shall definitely be using you again in the future. 
 
Kind regards
 
Sara
 
Yes it was good to meet you too! We have had an absolutely lovely stay and are both very chilled! House is lovely and perfect for what we wanted. Never did manage to find Coral though! Had some very nice food along the front in Akrata and went back a couple of times. Having lunch there today before the drive back to the airport! Really wish we were staying longer and will certainly be using Pretty Greek Villas in the future. Your service has been excellent and everyone we have spoken to has been very friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble.  Been good to know there is someone on hand anytime.  However we managed well enough and have had a really good holiday.
 
Many thanks to you and your staff at Pretty Greek Villas!!
 
Hope to speak again sometime!!
Sara.

Richard Beddington arrived 05/06/2014
 
Thank you so much for getting in touch. We had the most wonderful time in Jacaranda House. It couldnt have been more perfect and everyone was so kind. We would also like to thank you all for the delicious cake that was awaiting us on our arrival. 
We would like to leave a good review so where is the best place to do so? On the website?
 
kind regards,
Georgie

Ali Ham arrived 04/07/2009
 
We had a great holiday and loved the villa.  The kids were more than happy playing in the pool and would have stayed there all day if they'd had their way!    
 
Regards,
Ali Ham 

David Treanor - arrived 06/09/2009
 
First of all, Id like to thank Marie-Louise for offering us the opportunity to leave later on our final day -- it made a huge difference, we were able to have a lie in and enjoy the morning sunshine before heading off to the airport.  It is that kind of personal touch that makes booking through a company like Pretty Greek Villas so worthwhile. I have recommened your firm to several people and would have no hesitation in booking with you again. 
 
Jacaranda House was charming -- well finished and equipped, a lovely garden and excellent village setting. It met all the requirements I asked for when booking. 
 
We have now stayed with you twice -- last year at Lefkada -- and would certainly do so again. 
 
Best wishes, 
 
David.

Sally Gilbert arrived 23/06/2007
 
Thank you for your kind e-mail. We had a wonderful holiday in Platanos. It was such a lovely village and the locals were very friendly and welcoming. We ate in all the tavernas in the upper village. The lady at the cafe on the square prepared us a mixture of Greek home-cooked dishes one night  and this was delicious. 
 
One evening, we went to the meat taverna in the mountains by the petrol station and watched the sun set. We were the only people there and it felt like they had just invited us into their home and cooked us a meal. They didnít seem prepared for us on arrival but the food they cooked-up was delicious. We also went to Longos beach a couple of times ñ this was our favourite beach. The water was so still and blue. There were lots of nice places to eat, too.
 
We went to Daphneís bar a lot too she was very welcoming and the bar was beautiful. They boys loved the canoes and Dad loved the beer.
 
James and I had a drive up into the mountains one afternoon (after Benís suggestion) and the scenery was breathtaking. We found Ancient Aigeria on route and this was very special.
 
Anyway, thought I would just drop you a line to say thank you for a lovely holiday. The owners have truly created a Greek Oasis at Jacaranda House.
 
Best wishes
 
Sally