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Doukas Stoupa | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bathrooms | Web Ref: 3474 | Sleeps 2
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Doukas 1 Bedroom | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | WiFi | Beach 1.5km | Supermarket 1.1km | Restaurants 1.4km | Sleeps 2
Where to begin describing this exceptional property? With the eye-catching sea and mountain views perhaps, the wonderfully exuberant interior, or maybe the fabulous pool area set in an oasis of palm and olive trees? Doukas is a truly special home, offering the opportunity for a couple to enjoy a romantic getaway, feel thoroughly refreshed… and just a little spoilt!
Built using a harmonious combination of wood and golden stone, following local traditional building methods, this remarkable house is simply bursting with character. Highlights amongst numerous notable features include an imposing fireplace in the sitting area, a wealth of exposed stonework throughout and individual styling in every room, clear evidence of a practiced eye for detail.
With décor that would grace the interior of any grand country home, the ornate interior of Doukas features carved wood lintels, gilt-edged mirrors, glass chandeliers, marble candelabra, antique prints and various period pieces. Colour-coordinated fabrics mixing both subtle and vivid patterns adorn the soft furnishings, windows and strategically chosen walls.
This traditional, even stately feel is perfectly complemented by a range of contemporary features including a lovely fitted kitchen and bathroom (plus a further shower room), Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Modern expectations of comfort and convenience are certainly met.
For a property sleeping just two people, the wealth of living space in and around Doukas would be ample for much larger numbers! The kitchen is practical and spacious, or you may choose to fire up the barbecue. Al fresco lunches can be enjoyed on the covered terrace, fringed by leafy palms, whilst the opulent dining room provides an intimate setting for evening meals à deux. Similarly, there is both a sitting area as well as a more formal living room inside, or various open and covered terraces outside, allowing you to seek shade or sun at different times of the day. The raised pergola with plump cushioned sofas is particularly appealing for whiling away the afternoon with a book in view of the ocean, with even better views from the first floor terrace. A circular spa sits alongside the chic swimming pool where the dark blue tiles are illuminated in a variety of different colours at night.
Doukas is just a 5 minute drive from the seaside village of Stoupa, where amenities include several minimarkets, a bakery, a bank and an appealing choice of beachfront cafés and tavernas. The sandy village beach has a good beginners’ snorkelling site at one end (with pedaloes and small motorboats often available for hire in peak season) while Kalogria, just a few hundred metres away, is another lovely beach with an adjacent fresh spring and a very good beachside taverna. A coastal footpath leads from Stoupa to the nearby fishing village of Agios Nicolaos (4km) where there are several more tavernas and a further sandy beach.
Stoupa sits on the west coast of the Mani peninsula, a verdant finger of land blanketed with olive trees and lapped on both sides by the Ionian Sea. Running down its spine, the Taygetos mountain range provides a majestic backdrop for holiday pictures, and keen walkers will enjoy roaming the many trails or exploring the nearby Viros gorge.
Other interesting visits in this area include the breathtaking medieval ruins of Mystras (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Diros caves, the fortified medieval island of Monemvasia, the main town of the area Areopoli (40km) and its port Limeni (36km) as well as the provincial capital Kalamata (44km).
Please note: Weekly laundry service and daily maid service are included in the rental rate.