Staying at Saintfridays
I actually e mailed another site for information but their facility was closed and they recommended Saint Fridays. Why ??? My wife and I wanted to stay a minimum of 3 months commencing October. The original site does not operate in the Greek 'winter'.
So from the moment of e mailing Hilary and Paul and later phone calls I had no reservations in paying up and catching the last UK charter Flight they recommended . It was the last for Kalamata ...after that flight one had to fly to Athena.
(I explain we were long term house sitting in France and later UK and promised ourselves a long break in a special (for us) area.)
As arranged Paul was there to greet us (at an agreed price) and off we went at 10pm to St Fridays... about an xxxx hr trip.
Look at the site and all you see is true. there is no 'photoshop' used or smoke and mirrors information.
What you see is what you will experience. If you want the RITZ ... go somewhere else.
Now the area, Yes , it is alone hidden in the Olive Groves with a view out over the Sea and further . With the exception of one power line in the distance it was the same views as the ancients would have had. My wife an Archaeologist was over the moon.
St Fridays is a 30 minute lovely undulating walk to the shops which is a traditional Village. If you expect Marks and Sparks (UK)or Macy's (USA) forget it...Try more like small individual dimly lit friendly individaully owned shops (but not between 2 and 4pm...which might sound strange but you will enjoy the later night shopping as the result.)
We purchased what we wanted .So in answer to . ...Can I buy all groceries clothing Medical goods and eat at restaurants ???YES you can.
Languages ??? We overheard a few languages between traders and customers and we had no problems.
We got what we wanted at various old shops and we made wonderful assoccations with local business people.
Is there an ATM or Bank there..??? NO
Is there a coach service passing through that can get you to a Bank and ATM E Mail bigger coffee shops etc etc...Yes. The town on the coast is KORONI and is 15 minutes away by bus.
You see ; we use Public transport in all countries . So change down a gear and do what locals do in very up market aircon coach which is regular if you note scheduled timings.. But if you are not used to buses there are Taxi's at each town.
Our suggestion is you need to adapt to what is available e.g. get a bus time table and have the right fare. Dont tender a huge note.
We mainly stayed local for a few months and later hired a car for further expeditions ( for my wife Archaeology sites , for me Cafes).
We used local school and regular buses to search other Regional areas and enjoyed everything.
The Beaches from St Fridays are down thru the Olive groves and down a made road for a 15 minutes walk to the beach (which extends for miles/ks).
We were lucky as the owners were insitu for a time and I guess we were spoilt BUt after they left the local friendships (Greek and others )we made continued to make us welcome.
In summary in todays world when first choosing to arrange things (by E Mail ) it can be a fraudulent risk .I can state that the Family Greek Cypriot/Scottish owners (both professionally employed also in UK) are above reproach. My advice to help you find good places to stay like Saintfridays, when you are booking anywhere, don't hesitate to arrange things direct with the owners by e mail and follow up with phone calls to avoid the fraud risk.
We are going back there.
- Also Known As:
- SaintFriday's Holiday Villas Greece/Peloponnese