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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Agios Nikolaos, Messenia Region, Peloponnese

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Julian H
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fabulous house in a superb location”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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The villa is absolutely superb: quiet, clean, comfortable, elegantly designed and very well equipped. Every detail of our stay was thought about by the delightful owner, from the provision of fresh laundry twice a week to the plentiful supply of upmarket toiletries. The villa is spacious, with excellent furniture inside and out. Every morning we had breakfast in the garden under the shade of an olive tree. The beach is no more than five minutes away on foot. The beach right next to the nearest taverna was never crowded (amazing for late July), and the loungers are all provided free of charge. To walk into the centre of Agios Nikolaos takes about 15 minutes, and makes for a lovely evening stroll for a drink or dinner – or both! The village has about three mini supermarkets (two larger ones are on the main road near Stoupa).

Not to be missed are the inland hill villages, with their narrow lanes and frescoed churches. Our favourite was Milea. Don't overlook the lower part of the village, called Kato Hora, which has two exceptional churches. There is a wonderful walk from Milea to the top of the mountain ridge, where, from the precariously sited monastery on the summit there are views over both sides of the Mani peninsula. Other nearby villages worth exploring are Exohori (one of the favourite places of novelist Bruce Chatwin, whose ashes were buried there in 1989), Kastania (lots of well-signed churches and a simple taverna), Proastio (the church of Agia Triada has very fine frescoes from 1745, and is set in a beautiful little garden), Platsa and Saidona (where there is a taverna halfway down a flight of stone steps, where lunch is served on a balcony terrace with stunning views over the countryside to the sea). Just to the south of Agios Nikolaos, on the main road towards Areopolis, is the village of Thalames. At the taverna of O Platanos in the village square they have live music every Wednesday evening, which is attended by all generations from the village and beyond. It makes for a very entertaining evening.

We were very sad to leave Villa Sophia & Daphne and long to return. We cannot recommend the house more strongly. It was such a joy to be there, and was the perfect base for a stimulating and relaxing holiday.

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Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
11 Aug 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful and detailed review!
I am so glad our guesthouse met your expectations and you enjoyed not only our hospitality but the beauty of Mani as well!
We are grateful to you for recommending us to other travelers as well.
We look forward to welcoming you again in Sophia&Daphne!
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Lemourina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A peaceful and relaxing vacation in Mani”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 for a stay in August 2013
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While trying to find the destination for our summer vacations we decided to take the safe side. Return to Greece, return to Peloponnesos! This wonderful part of Greece with its mild climate, lush vegetation, interesting architecture, tasty food and great sunbathing opportunities. We have been on vacation to Peloponnesos a couple of times before, and we are really amazed by everything this area of Greece has to offer, why it was not a difficult decision to go there again and stay more than 10 days that we did last year.
Previous times, we have stayed in different hotels and guesthouses, which is a perfect alternative if you want to be able to go around with your car to see different places and areas. Last year though we stayed in this newly built cottage within a stones throw from the beautiful village of Kardamyli: “Sofia and Daphne”. We found Sophia and Daphne through Tripadvisor villas and decided to give it a try although it was new and did not have so many reviews. We went there by car, and it takes you approximately 3 hours to drive from Athens. A practical alternative is to book a flight to Kalamata and rent a car from there. The booking procedure was very smooth, and we easily got in contact with the owners/couple who let their house for rent. The procedure was equally smooth this year and together with the excitement of summer holidays led me to write this review.We clearly remember that last summer upon arrival we where greeted by the glad and cheerful manageress of the cottage and her father. As this business is family driven we had the opportunity to experience greek hospitality in a discreet and genuine way.The cottage is a stone-built private house in the traditional style of Mani area. It is located some close distance of the main road and is reached it through a narrow gravel road. The location is beautiful amidst olive groves and is very quite. The overall experience of the stay was excellent. The cottage is brand new, very clean and tidy. The planning of the house is smart as all the bedrooms have separate entrances and private bathrooms and much detail is focused in elegant design and functionality. There is airconditioning all through the cottage and excellent amenities including washing machine and dishwasher. The allocation of space is excellent and the privacy that is achieved from the planning makes it a great opportunity for some private moments wether one is travelling together with other couples (as we did) or with the family. My fiancé loved and found very inspirational the nice terrace where he occasionally sat and worked.What I loved apart from the serene atmosphere was the location near but not on the beach and the warmness of the owners and the locals as well. It was a fantastic surprise when the manageress, Villy, provided local fresh products such as olive oil, olives and jam. The walk down to the sea takes about 5 minutes. You arrive a nice little beach, not too crowded, calm with pleasant clear water. This is very convenient since I love to walk up early and take a refreshing swim, before others reach the beach.
Some minutes ride with the car or approximately a 15 min walk there is the picturesque and not so known as Kardamyli but equally interesting little village of Agios Nikolaos where you can get local groceries or other supplies. It’s a great place to take a coffee in the morning or a quite dinner in the sunset. In the area one can find plenty of trekking paths and places of interest like archeological sites etc that we are looking forward to explore this year when we are staying longer.Me and my fiancé are really looking forward for our vacation this summer in Mani and the peacefulness of Sophia and Daphne Cottage.

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Management Response
24 Apr 2014
Dear Guest,

We feel quite excited and honored, you have spent time to write such a wonderful, very detailed review on our property, which I am sure many travelers will also find extremely helpful.

We look forward to welcoming you again and offering you the hospitality of Sophia&Daphne.

Thank you once again,
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Leanne M
Charlotte, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tranquility and great scenery”
Reviewed 17 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014
3
people found this review helpful

The house is large, extremely clean, and well air-conditioned . It is located in a very peaceful area and next to the sea. The living room is light and bright with high ceiling. The bedrooms are also very spacious. There is an amazing terrace with great view. We absolutely loved hanging out on the veranda and admiring the view every morning at breakfast. This is actually the place where you would like to spend time. Moreover, the kitchen includes all the facilities that you could ask for, if you are interested to cook. Also, the house provides internet connection.
Clean, pretty and relaxing, l highly recommend it.

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Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
24 Apr 2014
Dear Guest,

we would like to thank you very much for your accurate and great review on Sophia&Daphne!

We would like to inform you that our garden has been fully reformed since March 2014 and offers to our guests better chances for enjoying outdoor relaxation.

Thank you once again,
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giorgos d
Athens, Greece
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“perfect place perfect vacations”
Reviewed 30 May 2013 for a stay in September 2012
5
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Messinian Mani is one of the most beautiful places in southern Peloponnese. We travelled to Mani with a couple of friends as we booked this beautiful house for ten days in the village of ag. nikolaos. the house is located in a quite place but it is close to some very beautiful and popular beaches and very close (walking distance) to the village. the rooms are nicely furnished in a traditional way. l should point that the house is brand new and everything is designed in order to serve the visitor. the kitchen includes all the facilities that you could ask. l highly recommend this house. One negative thing is that the house does not have an internet connection.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: wifi/ibternet access anavailable
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
18 Jul 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your great review. It is our pleasure to keep our guests satisfied enjoying the hospitality of our villa. I would like to inform you that from June 2013 SOPHIA&DAPHNE provides wi-fi internet access to our guests. Than you once again for your valuable remark.

On behalf of SOPHIA&DAPHNE
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Bacabouqu...
Kalamata, Greece
Level 4 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Relaxing!”
Reviewed 27 May 2013 for a stay in August 2012
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I was lucky enough to stay at this beautiful property in the village of Agios Nikolaos...trying to find a house for me and my friends was a bit of a hassle in the beginning since we were looking for privacy and calmness...but "Sophia and Daphne" proved to be just what we were looking for! Moreover the house lies within walking distance from the village as well as the beautiful sandy beach at the end of the road and the rocky area of Trahila at the other side...It caters for all modern needs such as state of the art fridge , dishwater etc and it's obvious that particular attention is drawn upon design and style! For me it's was a clear example for a perfect combination of tradition (stone work) and modern atmosphere! there was a unique experience for us to really enjoy the greek summer by making use of the big terrace , the veranda and the garden with the olive trees...
Me and my friends really enjoyed our stay there and we will definitely come back again at the first chance!

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Liked best: The property itself!
Liked least: i could not rate sth in particular ...
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Jul 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your great review. We look forward to welcoming you again in SOPHIA&DAPHNE.

On behalf of SOPHIA&DAPHNE
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