If words like authentic and off the beaten track delight you, then you’ll love the rustic luxury of Villa Vager in the Peloponnese, Greece.
This Villa Vager Review forms part of a series on The Big Greek Road Hop: Driving the Peloponnese. Find more about exploring this beautiful part of Greece over here.
High in Arcadia in the foothills of Mount Mainalon, on roads so winding the Sat Nav can’t cope, you’ll find the perfect antidote to over processed coastal Greece: a restored farmhouse and family home surrounded by scented pine.
The stone walls are honeyed and weather worn. The views sweep left and right across olive groves and rocky peaks dotted with fir. And the people who run it, the Vagers of the Villa’s name, are warm, friendly and very much down to earth.
Although the spot seems perfect for a retreat of some kind – there are only nine rooms – the location itself in the middle of the Peloponnese makes it a great base for a series of day trips into ancient beaches and culture.
Head west for Olympia, east to the glittering coast and former Greek capital of Nafplio.
It’s only about an hour to the ancient ruins of Mycenae and Mystras to the south, where Byzantine architecture clings to the rocky Mount Taygetos in a gesture of defiance against the concept of vertigo itself.
Then again, you can just stay put in Vitina and exercise your adrenals by zipping around the mountains on a quadbike.
All with a relaxed, home made breakfast kind of affair at the warm and welcoming Villa Vager.
Luxurious converted farmhouse with a warm welcome and a family run feel. Great landscapes and terraces made for drinking coffee and soaking in the sun.
We stayed in the Elatos Suite on the ground floor, a mix of period furniture with designs in relief and modern touches like a fully functioning shower and angular glass lights. Small touches like under floor heating made the stay particularly luxurious, while the desk and wifi meant I was also able to get some work done.
The eight other rooms and suites have similar white and stone walls with lace and patterned fabric touches but some have fireplaces for a real sense of rustic charm.
On the highest hill in the quiet Greek village of Vitina, a small place with a town square just a short walk away. Despite the remote feel, the roads connect Vitina to several of the main cultural sights of the Peloponnese making Villa Vager a great base for exploring the region.
Homemade stone-baked pizza available on site, otherwise it’s a short walk into the village for a range of authentic Greek dishes. Think plenty of souvlaki, feta and wonderfully fresh Mediterranean salads.
Very much so in the original sense of the phrase: people are very friendly towards children. The steps and layout of the lounge may make it a challenge for mobile toddlers. We had our first bad experience with travel with a baby here as Rosa fell ill with a rash and cried all night long. Awful for her and probably awful for the other guests and owners. The staff were still wonderful and welcoming, though, and an early morning stroll into town saved our sanity while the rhythm of the dawn walk seemed to soothe her.Book Now
Disclosure – we stayed at Villa Vager on a complimentary basis for review purposes. As ever, as always, we kept the right to write what we like, otherwise there’s just no point. We received flight support from Original Travel, a creative company who can arrange bespoke tours through the Peloponnese and beyond.
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Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more. Find out more.
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