the house

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A stone-built 19th century tower-mansion renovated and extented  by architect Elena Zervoudaki, preserving the building traditional elements and combining them with the minimal interiors to produce the sensation of serenity.

The mansion is 150 sq.m. and is built into the ground slope, so that it evolves over 3 levels, each with access to the garden and yards. The house has two apartments that can be separated: the katoi (sleeps 4-5) and the anoi (sleeps 4-5). It is surrounded by a garden with olive trees, rocks and a cave, 200 meters from the village parking facilities. It is an ideal place for privacy and relaxation.
Built by using local materials and teckniques, rainwater harvesting and eco friendly waste disposal system for irrigation, the house is considarate to the environment.

iiiioeii24 Situated in the south of Peloponese, in eastern Mani, at Exo Nyfi, a traditional village, with stone-built towers, five minutes away from the sea, by car.




On the lower level there is a bedroom with a double bed, a single bed and a wooden ladder that leads to a loft, containing a double mattress that sleeps two. A half-height wall, isolates the bedroom from an open closet, beyond which lies the bathroom.A wooden staircase leads to the middle level, where is the living room and the kitchen.synthkat1


The living room is an open space with large pillows, which can also be converted into a sleeping area, with a double and a single bed.The kitchen is free-standing, fully equipped island. There is a simple wooden dining table that can seat 6-10 persons and a stove with a wood-burning oven.synthsaloni2


At Katoi the lower level has access to the west exterior side and the middle level has access to the east and the west exterior sides of the mansion.


The central veranda on the west side has an open-air kitchen with a marble sink, BBQ and a big wooden table.

The small balcony on the east side is ideal for having breakfast, under the shadow of the tower and the trees, leading to the garden with its hammock and carob tree.


A staircase leads to the third level, which can be isolated, if needed, from the other two levels and can be totally independent.



It consists of a sitting room with fireplace, where there is a sofa that can be used also as a double bed, an open plan fully-equipped kitchen, a loft with a single bed, a double bedroom and a bathroom (with shower).


There is access to the exterior on both sides, with a view to the sea.

an_ex The western yard offers a shady refuge under the trees.

The east yard below the heavy rocks, offers a magnificent view to the sea and Kotronas bay.

plans of the house

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