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“Maybe, i should have ridden on the back of a mule....timeless treasures need slowing down.”
Review of The Old Watermill

The Old Watermill
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Kyparissia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Sydney, Australia
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“Maybe, i should have ridden on the back of a mule....timeless treasures need slowing down.”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Before reaching this superlative gem,we were appraised of the character of the Spartan peoples by our host at the beaut lodge we were staying at. He waxed laconically about how laconic they were: sparring of words,brief and concise in their speech. We were further appraised,that neither humour or any frippery seem to have played much part in Spartan life which,like their unremarkable capital was,well spartan. Boom- Boom!

Lakonia today,at least in its most bleak and defiant region, The Mani, preserves its sense of austere,unyielding apartness.

The village of Kyparissia can only be reached by one of the most breathtaking drives in Greece. Shortly after Harakas Village,you enter a short,narrow, very high,gorge ,only to discover the right hand side of it drops away to reveal the sea below.. the ensuing descent into Kyparissia hits every superlative,with wonderful views to the islands off-shore,a fort above,and chapels built into rock. Check out the old water-mill,like a lot of abandoned olive wheels and presses,is a lovely reminder of how life was everywhere.... bloody hard!.

Vrissi and Paralia are interesting in passing. Boating is the only way in and out,unless you want to sit on a mule all the way back to Athens

Visited September 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Marvellous atmosphere”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited this place on several occasions in April 2014. The technical aspects of the mill are impressive, but what we liked most is the wonderful garden and the nice Kafeneion. We very much enjoyed the very peaceful and lovely atmosphere.

If you like peppermint tea, try one here, as it will be prepared based on fresh leaves out of the garden.

Visited April 2014
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Athens, Greece
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“Don' t miss it for nothing! This is the best place to have your coffee and have some home made sweets during afternoon”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Owners are great, the location magnificent and the restoration of the water mill is amazing. Choose anything from their catalog or the products they pproduce and you won' t regret it.

Visited August 2013
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ATHENS
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“A monumental water mill in Kyparissia - Peloponnese”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Preservation of history, local tradition and monuments support communities’ intermolecular strengths and bring people together in hard times. This is the case of Kyparissia reconditioned water mill, visit able since early this summer. Technically speaking, a watermill utilizes waterfall power (mass of water/time unit and height of water fall) to turn a heavy milling stone squeezing wheat grains below and produce flour. This old methodology usable till sometime within last century, is available for you to see still in action in this mill! To reach the mill you need 5 minutes driving from Kyparissia to the small community of Myloi (meaning mills, as in this area their main occupation used to be olive oil processing and flour milling). Adequately road signs indicate the way on both directions near the north entry to Kyparissia. The mill actually produces flour during weekend time (best timing to visit). The rennovation is absolutely perfect both esthetically and technically. Detailed explanation of how the mill works and references of background history are happily offered by the mill’s crew on the spot. I wish to underline the educational value of this latter gesture as it definitely represents an added value to knowledge buildup of younger generations visiting the place. Behind the mill, the owners have created a sitting café area where you can have a variety of drinks (infusions, beer or local strong alcohol). My personal suggestion is to try miller’s mature tsipouro alcohol as it is unique. The go-together dishes with tsipouro are home-made and simply fantastic. The old watermill of Kyparissia is a very positive historical and recreation core-unit in this area. Do not forget to ask for the special pamphlet which provides additional historical details and information.

Visited August 2013
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