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There are many sides to Greece. This one in particular is very different from those that can be seen in pictures of white houses with blue shutters. Apeiros Chora rises straight and high on a hillside, a worthy representative of this mountainous, border region. Stone features everywhere, from the steep cliffs to the houses of the village, from the roofs to the facades, whether it be rough or coated in lime. Guests are protected from the rigours of the climate in a cosy and warm atmosphere, but nature is never far away and flourishes in fine weather on the terraces and under the awnings. From here, another side to Greece can be explored between the Pindus range and the Ionian Sea, between peaks and lakes, between sea and forests, in unspoiled nature and a region rich in traditions.
The house has belonged to our family for over three hundred years. My father and I are the descendants of the seventh and eighth generation. Saving this heritage and creating an alternative source of income became a duty in order to pass the property down to our own descendants as our ancestors did for us. As such, we run this historic place, welcome guests into the house of our ancestors, and share our culture, gastronomy and history.
Built in stone, wood and slate for the roof, the house has all the classic characteristics of a regional construction. The architecture was designed to protect the property from the unfavourable conditions in this mountainous region, as well as from raids and thefts that were once commonplace. The house is further fortified with embrasures, locked entrances and windows, hidden rooms and underground escape routes. The building has a total of three floors and takes full advantage of the natural slope on which it stands. The floor that was added during renovations in 1861 gave it its current double square shape. The exterior finishes, including the main gate, the cobblestone entrance and the stables, date from a second renovation carried out in 1896. It was recently our turn to restore the property, and each room has been well-preserved keeping the unique light, calm tones, murals, partitions, wooden ceilings and doors. In the living room and bedrooms we have used large oak beams and handmade stone floors.
“Zagori” or “Zagorochoria” means “the place behind the mountain” in Greek. It is a regional ensemble of forty-six villages, each with its own unique characteristics and history, which for centuries has constituted a distinct residential, historical and cultural unit extending over a mountainous area of about 1,000km². The house was built in the middle of the 16th century and was extended many times over the following centuries. Until the start of the Second World War, it was the centre of the family farm that produced dairy products, grains, wine and beeswax. Over the past three centuries, the house has witnessed all the major events in our family and the region's history.
We welcome our guests into a house that has been owned by the same family for nearly three centuries and which has retained its original form, ornaments, furniture, materials and utensils from the past. It is a place that pays homage to tradition and authenticity. We have enriched the property with modern comforts in compliance with energy and environmental rules which aim to provide a traditional experience in the Greek countryside. We have preserved many old objects and furniture that were used when the property served as a farm, and other items purchased by the family during their travels. The traditional and rural local style has been combined with a more European style and touches of classic urban influences. Our guests feel at home here, and we listen to their every need during their stay.
The Vikos Gorge and the Voidomatis River run through the entire region and form the heart of Greece's largest national park. The lush greenery, the rare species of animals and birds, and the crystal clear waters together with the stone and wood architecture that characterises the region form unique landscapes that are radically different from anywhere else in Europe. Kato Pedina is a typical example of a Zagori village. The Church of the Taxiarchs (Church of the Archangels) erected in the 14th century, showcases important 18th century frescoes depicting the ancient Greek philosophers represented as saints. There are several round-trip hiking options from Mikro Papigo and Megalo Papigo, two other villages with exceptional charm due to their traditional architecture and narrow streets paved with local stone. It is a two hour walk to Ano Kleidonia, an ancient village that has more than seven inhabitants; and an hour and a half to Kokkino Lithari - the Red Rock.
15000 € - 20000 € per week
4500 € - 6500 € per week-end
The house is spread over three floors with the master suite on the upper level, five double bedrooms on the middle level and a junior suite on the ground floor. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. The house has several indoor and outdoor lounges. Some of the bedrooms and living rooms have fireplaces. A kitchen is available on the middle floor and there is a car park adjacent to the property.
200 € - 450 € per night
The house is made up of seven guest rooms, including two suites, spread over three floors and with surface areas ranging from 16 to 48m². There are common areas reserved for relaxation and many indoor and outdoor lounges. Each room has its own bathroom and some have fireplaces.