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Eumelia eco-farm Cottages in Lakonia Greece

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◾ The location
Eumelia eco-farm cottages are located at the center of the organic farm and are surrounded by olive groves, fields of herbs, fruit, and vegetable gardens. The farm is located about 2 km from the village of Gouves surrounded by the mountains Taygetos and Parnonas and about 13 kilometers from the beautiful Lakonikos Gulf. Our place is famous for its serene atmosphere and the engaging activities on offer for our guests. There are many great hiking and cycling trails near the farm amidst the vibrant nature. Depending on the season, you can participate in farm activities such as picking olives, grapes, herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

◾ The farm
The same family has cultivated the ancient olive groves and beautiful herb fields since the 1890s. We have perceived the idea of creating a unique farm with the use of hemodynamic agriculture, which is an alternative organic method of farming. We also decided to apply the concepts of sustainability to create a truly agrotourism farm.

◾ We care for the environment
We attach great importance to recycling and employ several different recycling methods: We recycle the water and then use it on our farm. We also create our compost from all the organic material at the farm, as well as from the hotel facilities. Heating and cooling are generated with geothermal power, using heat pumps to minimize the use of petroleum or electricity, and standard-setting natural waste management, based on the root system.

Free Cancellation

Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival time result in a cancellation fee of 50% of the total booking cost.
Any cancellation within 7 days prior to arrival, no show, or departure prior to the scheduled date of departure, results in 100% loss of your total booking cost.

About the property

Built with elements from traditional Greek farmhouse architecture with modern elegance, each one of the five cottages has its private garden and a large veranda with a great view of our ancient olive grove and the surrounding mountains. The cottages are located at the center of the farm. The cottages are harmoniously integrated with nature, bringing the visitor closer to the Greek farming landscape.

All houses have a bedroom, a living room with a dining area, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. The houses and the bathroom water are heated and cooled through the use of geothermal power, providing a pleasant environment and hygienic water.

Included servises & amenities

Organic breakfast and free WI-FI are included

Optional things-to-do/Activities

◾ Harvest, Press and Make Wine from Organic Grapes
You can join us during September in our grapes harvest. You will experience the harvesting and the pressing of grapes in a traditional way. You will have the opportunity to learn how to make your wine surrounded by the magnificent mountain ranges of Taygetos and Parnonas.

◾ Olive Picking, Pressing for Olive Oil and Curing Olives
Learn how to pick olives, how organic extra virgin olive oil is made, and how we cure organic Kalamata olives. We will visit the local olive press and have a lovely time around our fireplace along with beautiful strolls in the vibrant nature of our farm. Olive picking activity takes place during November and December.

◾ Cooking Experiences
Walk around our organic farm and pick fresh eatable greens, cut fresh organic vegetables from our gardens, and then create your meals during our cooking seminars under the supervision and expertise of local chefs. Put together the gastronomic puzzle of the region, boil, bake, and create unique dishes from the symphony of local products.

◾ Natural Soap Making
Learn how to make natural soap from organic olive oil and wild herbs with the cold method, which helps capture all the nutrients with the help and guidance from local artisans.

◾ Mountain Biking
There are mountain bikes available at the farm that you can use to visit the nearby olive groves and the village of Gouves.

◾ Hiking and Walking Tours
Walk around Mount Parnonas and learn the plethora of wild herbs, smell and feel the Greek spring that will forever keep you company in your heart. Hike up the majestic Mount Taygetos and view the Laconic region from the eye of an eagle.

◾ Photography Workouts
In cooperation with photography instructors, we organize photography workouts for our guests upon request. A photo workout is an intensive outdoor photography workshop, with an emphasis on improving your photography skills in practice.

◾ Horseback Riding
If you enjoy horseback riding, we can arrange for you to tour the farm and the surrounding areas with expert teachers by your side.

Places of interest nearby

Eurotas Delta
This delta is found in the area between the central Mani peninsula and to its east, the much-visited historic site of Monemvasia. A designated European Natura 2000 site, it is the largest remaining wetland in the southern Peloponnese. It is an important site for migratory birds, for breeding loggerhead turtles, and for many wetland animals and plants.

It stretches from Gythio to Cape Tainaro, the mythical entrance to the underworld. It is a wild landscape, and maybe nowhere in Greece does a region seem so close to its medieval past. It is a distinct place with legends and traditions, nothing similar all over the world.

Monemvasia is one of the most beautiful medieval castle towns in Greece, keeping its traditional architecture and color. It is situated on a rocky island that is connected to the mainland by a bridge, thus giving its Greek name, which means access from a single point. The town is inhabited today, and the buildings have been restored.

The Byzantine city-state occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader William II de Villeharduin. The whole of Mystras is an open-air museum. A reminder of a glorious era of power and culture. 5 km northwest of Sparta, Mystras makes you feel that time has stopped. Its fortresses, its churches, its mansions, and palaces preserve their glory and are representative of the Byzantine grandeur and civilization.

Sparta is the commercial and administrative center of the area. Being the capital city of the Prefecture of Laconia, it is a modern city with well laid-out streets, built near the riverside of the Eurotas river, at the same site as the old city of Sparta. The ancient city was abandoned after the raids of the hordes of the Goths and Alaric (4th century), but mostly after the building of Mystras (5klm. westwards) during the Frankish domination (in the middle of the 13th century).

Prepare for the experience

Transport to and from Retreats
We can organize the airport transfer for you, or we can help you figure out other transportation options. However, travel arrangements to and from the site of the retreats/tours are entirely your responsibility and eumelia cannot be held responsible for any delays or cancellations of your car service or bus rides.

Health and safety

✔ Provider complies with local legislation and applicable health recommendations with regard to Covid-19 prevention measures

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