Our stay was for 4 nights over Easter, and it was wonderful. We loved everything - our room, the superb breakfasts with local specialities - home-made - which were delicious, the fabulous outlook from the house over the village and beyond, our generous hostess Nena, the simpatico fellow-guests, and even the steep climb down to and back up from the rest of the village. Nena's hospitality seems to be legendary - deservedly so, and even extended to coming down to the village to guide us to the house when we first arrived. Her suggestions for walks are based on her own deep knowledge of the area and we surprised ourselves with how well we managed them. We believe we were re-invigorated simply by being at Mpelleiko in Stemnitsa. This is such a special place we didn't want to leave and are yearning to return. P.S. Easter in Stemnitsa was in itself a wonderful experience, culminating for us in the main square at midnight on Saturday night as the minutes ticked over into Easter Sunday: the priest and worshippers emerged from the church to light our candles, an effigy of Judas Iscariot was lit, then we set off "home" trying to keep the flame of our candles from going out on the way, and on reaching Mpelleiko making the sign of the cross above the front door. To be a part of this traditional celebration of Easter was very memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional houses in the area of Stemnitsa, Mpelleiko as well, have got two floors, the ground floor called katoi and the first floor called anoi. On the ground floor there are two rooms, the principal room, to kyrios katoi, and the room of the donkey, to katoi tou gaidarou, which resulted from an extension of the building in the beginning of the 18th century. On the first floor there is the drawing room, i sala, the winter room, to himoniatiko, the chamber, i kamari , and the summer room, o ontas. ... more less
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