Peloponnese self catering cottage sleeps 2, Greece

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Responsible tourism: Peloponnese self catering cottage sleeps 2, Greece

Environment

Being fortunate enough to own a property within a special historical site in Greece we are very aware of the need to keep it an unspoilt area, therefore we abide by the laws of the Greek Archaeological society.
We use only stone found in the location and build our walls in the style of the castle using as little cement as possible. We do not have solar panels or satellite dish for that reason, that it is not in keeping with the environment.
We also paint our cottage in the colours of the location.
Our garden is planted with Mediterranean plants and as many drought resistant species as we can find, we do not use chemical fertilizers on our olive trees, vegetables or flowers, preferring to use organic methods of horticulture.
We use a drip system to water our garden which comes on in the early hours of the morning so as to not disturb the water pressure for our neighbours, and when it is most advantageous to the plants.
We use energy saving lamps both in the cottage and in the garden and we have a toilet with a long and short flush.
We encourage guests to only use the air/con when necessary, we hope to install good quality ceiling fans so that we do not use air conditioning in the future. We also ask guests to limit the use of the hot water boiler.
We also encourage our guests to observe Greek 'Siesta', which happens between 2p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Summer.
We also ask our guests to be aware of the dangers of fire in the hot, dry Summers in Greece, especially when using the BBQ.

We hope that our guests will appreciate the very special environment that they are in and love it as much as we do.

We recycle wood and other materials whenever possible and a good part of the furniture in the house is made by us from recycled wood.

Community

We have been in Greece for nearly 12 years and we still do not speak the language very well but we understand more and more. We try to integrate with the local people as much as possible and try to not let the language barrier be a problem.
We have wonderful neighbours in the Castle who are happy to give us fresh, free range eggs and lemons straight from the trees.
When we have guests we recommend the local restaurants especially those that use their own garden produce.
We buy from the local shops, whenever possible . We always ask the best way to cook from the Greeks, they have much better knowledge of these things. We recommend places of local interest to our guests with details of how to reach them and we tell them about how lucky we are to have our local beach home to nesting Loggerhead Turtles and how careful we all must be to observe and protect their nests. We also ask that they support the turtle volunteers who do such a good job. They can be found on the harbour manning a kiosk with information and Turtle souvenirs.
We try and pass work to locals as we are aware of who is good at what in this area.
I help to organize bazaars locally, where people come along and sell their handicrafts, it has really taken off amongst the Greeks and we now have a lot of local talent on display.
We observe and respect the wonderfully diverse wildlife in Greece and when change threatens this special area i.e. open cast mining, we are there with Greeks and other nationalities to protest , we all know how blessed we are to live in this beautiful and, as yet, unspoilt area of Greece.

16 Reviews of Peloponnese self catering cottage sleeps 2, Greece

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Reviewed on 28 May 2018 by

We just loved sitting reading in the beautiful garden - in fact sometimes this was what we did all day - moving from area to area for the shade and different aspects. The chairs in the different areas are very comfortable and the smells of jasmine, roses and herbs added to our total enjoyment. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by

Beautiful and original garden in a real Greek location above the town in the grounds of old Koroni castle. An easy walk to the long and sandy beach on one side of the castle, Koroni town with waterside cafes and tavernas on the other. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

Being in such a beautiful place that made relaxing very easy. Koroni is a charming, 'typical' Greek village with whitewashed houses with blue shutters, stepped narrow streets, nice shops, cafes, old churches, the odd gallery etc, with the blue blue Med lapping its shores. Set above it are the imposing walls of Koroni castle. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2017 by

The holiday was just perfect in every way. The hosts, Jina and Nick were friendly and helpful. The cottage was everything we needed with the most stunning garden. Koroni was unspoilt and felt very Greek. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2016 by

Every day was a delight and so wish we were still there. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2016 by

(The holiday was) really great. Restful, peaceful and enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2016 by

The cottage is well equipped and comfortable and all we had to do was relax. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by

Leave the car behind and walk everywhere. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2016 by

We loved it and strongly recommend it - and by our enjoyment would give it 5 stars. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by

Best bit: Having a beautiful garden and cottage to ourselves with easy access to ancient Messenii the beach and Koroni town. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2016 by

Very relaxing, a very special and unique location. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2014 by

Five Stars!...We enjoyed everything about it. We found the cottage suited us perfectly, we took our 21 month old and the owners provided a cot,mosquito net and paddling pool for her Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2014 by

One of the best holidays we have spent in Greece, and we have been many times. Koroni is a beautiful unspoilt town. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2014 by

Great! We had everything we needed, and the cottage was very well equipped. The best part for us was the beautiful garden, with loads of places to sit. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2013 by

Just the very best holiday I've ever had. The climate was ideal; the place superb. Nik and Jina are so helpful; you couldn't ask for more. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2013 by

Excellent. Our first time in Greece and a lovely family holiday, very peaceful and relaxing, we were outdoors a lot. It's a beautiful place to take photos or draw. Read full review

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