We have stayed a week in this beautiful house and really enjoyed it.
If you like privacy and walking in the mountains, this house, seated in the sleepy but still-alive-village Vrousti, can be highly recommended.
The view over the mountains is great. The house looks old, but is recently built. The interior is just like the foto's: with a great feeling for details. Very charming. Two wide terraces give you almost all day the possibility between sun or shadow. The fact that there isn't an airconditioner in the house isn't quite relevant: even during the heat wave we were confronted with (40 degrees Celcius) the thick walls kept the temperature inside to be okay.
Visiting the shops and taverns of Argos takes about 20 minutes driving, but the roads are very good, so this distance doesn't really matter. Reaching the beaches costs 30 minutes.
Argos has great bakeries (fournos) and confectioners (zacharoplastio), a Greek/Roman theatre and agora and lots of taverns.
You really also have to go to the picturesque Nafplio, the first capital of Greece; a nice Venetian city, with an incredible fortress, akropolis, cliffs, cactuses and many nice shops and restaurants. If you're there don't forget to stop at confectioner Dolce with its great icecreams, cakes, baklavas, chocolates, sweets etc.The best confectioner we have ever visited.
If you are interested in the Greek/European history you must visit Mycene, Corinth, Tyrens and Epidauros. The theatre of Epidauros (with a capacity for 13.000 spectators) has a nice agenda of performances. We don't speak Greek, but nevertheless it was a great impression to see an Aristophanes' comedy of more than 2000 years ago, played by the best Greek actors before an audience of 10.000 people, while the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
The owners are also very nice and friendly; they give many tips and are very helpful.
We (Swiss family with two small children) found the house absolutely stunning - even more beautiful than on the pictures... Due to the age of our children, and also because of its beauty, we mainly stayed at the house, cooked, relaxed, enjoyed the view and enjoyed the luxury of this. Our children were happy playing in the yard or venturing out to the neighbors. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking and meals can be enjoyed out in the shady yard or on the sunny terrasse.
The owners Rosa and Chris were extremely friendly and supportive whenever needed. Their advice about the area was very helpful - and the welcome basket with local organic goods, fresh fruit and wine was simply stunning! We also enjoyed using the home cinema at night (DVD collection available).
We would greatly recommend this perfectly kept, carefully renovated retreat for anyone looking for peace and quiet, summer nights under the stars in luxurious, charming surroundings.
In July 2012 we (a family with three children aged 10, 8 and 1 year from Germany) spent one week at the Stone Retreat in Vrousti.
We completely agree the first two comments: The house is beautifully arranged, the village allows you to calm down and get some feeling of country life in Greece, and the hosts are very friendly and helpful. By car you get around very easily (only: you must have a car, otherwise you cannot get there), but you can also enjoy house and village and make walking tours around Vrousti.
We really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it.
We stayed at Christopher and Rosa’s Stone Retreat for almost two weeks in April (2013). It is a wonderful place. They put a lot of thought in decorating the house. We immediately felt at home. When we arrived we found not only two friendly owners, but also some cheese, eggs, bread and a lot of other things. The downstairs of the house was our favourite, eating outside in the sun or inside at chilly evenings. The beautiful shower felt like a wellness resort! We enjoyed playing Christopher’s records (a lot of sixties music) and discovered some new gems.
The two terraces are big and there are a lot of different places to sit and look over the valley. We used the big BBQ to prepare dinner and make a fire. The upstairs is also great with the seating and the big fireplace.
From the house we made some lovely walks. For instance the one to the nearby village of Karia, with a few taverns on a lovely square for lunch, dinner or a beer. Christopher gave us some good walking tips and there are a lot of other small goats paths you can follow. On a few of the walks we met the village shepherd’s. Very friendly people. Vrousti is quiet and beautiful and you can only hear the goats, birds, one or two cars a day and the bells of the goats.
We highly recommend this place and the owners are close by, but only when you need them. A lot of privacy and a good place to rest but also to walk and visit nearby archeological sites, the Venitian town of Napflion or the beach.
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