Peloponnese holiday villas, Greece

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Responsible tourism: Peloponnese holiday villas, Greece

Environment

All our farming activities from: harvesting, feeding and maintaining our 200 olive trees, vegetable garden and fruit orchards incorporate organic and permaculture methods, helping in maintaing healthy soil and minimize water usage. All garden plants are endemic and selected to have minimal water requirements and are watered using a drip system, again conserving water wherever possible. Our chickens are free range and aid us in sharing the kitchen waste with our compost bin as well as providing enormous tasty eggs. As often as possible we use recycled materials for outside building projects ( greenhouses, pergolas, raised vegetable beds, walls, paths, animal shelters, tree houses etc) either combed from beaches when storms have delivered timbers, or stones and wood recovered from dump sites. We have restored and converted a stone store room to form the master bedroom of one house using local methods, craftsmen and materials. Our swimming pool incorporates the most energy efficient filter system and liner. Thus enabling us to keep her filled with water even in winter and only having to refresh the water by a third instead of 100% every spring.

Community

All produce and products we can not provide for are sourced locally and we encourage our guests in the same manner. We provide information from where to buy locally caught fish or visit local artists galleries to which restaurants cook original local cuisine often with ingredients from their own farms. We are happy to inform guest of any local festivals or cultural events such as Greek dancing or local musical performances either in Methoni or Pylos castles or the surrounding area.
We encourage recycling of both food ( chickens eat everything! compost uses the rest.) and packaging, through recycling bins. Whenever we have extra bookings that we can not fulfill we pass the enquirers details onto local accommodation providers, thus aiding our business in cooperation with others in the local community. We are great believers in exchange and barter system. So whenever feasible we avoid the money system in preference of exchanging services or produce. This works well in the agricultural sector.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Peloponnese is very beautiful, so green and relatively quiet. There were so many beaches, and even in August, they weren't crowded. Beach tavernas on quieter beaches were lovely.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Find the wonderful roadside fruit and veg stalls if you're driving (not the trucks driving through Methoni which are over-priced and grumpy). Simon will give you a list of beaches, which are definitely worth visiting (take a snorkel), but all of the beaches are relatively quiet. Kalamata is the nearest airport, but it's a long but easy drive from Athens on a great road - if driving from Athens you'll need about 15 euros each way for tolls for the new motorway.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Simon's place has solar heating and a compost heap if you want to use it. Shops in Methoni and nearby all feel local, the little supermarket may be a chain but otherwise they are local businesses. Methoni is not overly-touristy. We had wind-surfing lessons and board hire from a fantastic local guy in town, rather than the bigger company up the road. We used the roadside fruit and veg stalls when we were passing. We ate at tavernas owned by local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Magical. Incredibly friendly, very beautiful, wonderfully peaceful, but plenty to do.

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