The SpaceThe ground floor includes a large living room with the fireplace, the dining room, the kitchen and a restroom. On the lower floor there are three bedrooms, the main bathroom and a second restroom. My home awaits to become yours and give you the chance to experience another way of Greek life that has changed little over the years... Guest AccessSituated within a five minute walk from the village square, the two storey house provides you with all the amenities of a modern home. Feel free to use it all. From the kitchen and the living room, to the bedrooms and the bathrooms. Make yourselves at home. That is what Greek hospitality is all about. Upon arrival a basket of freshly baked bread from the bakery of Stemnitsa will be waiting for you! The basket also contains local honey, marmelade, butter, filter coffee and herbal tea just to make your morning a bit sweeter. Οn the patio you will find the next basket containing wood for the fireplace. Interaction with GuestsI try to be around for my guests and at the same time respect their privacy. Anytime you need of anything just call out my name. The NeighborhoodStemnitsa is situated at the western edge of the Mainalo mountains, above the left bank of the river Lousios, at an altitude of 1080 m.
Stemnitsa was the ancient Arcadian town Hypsous and was founded by a son of the King of Arcadia, Lycaon. In the 7th and 8th century Slavs settled in the Peloponnese. The name Stemnitsa has Slavic roots and means "woodland". After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 the Peloponnese was occupied by the Ottoman Empire. Due to its remote location Stemnitsa served as a relatively safe haven from the Ottomans, and it became a centre of Greek culture and religion. Many old churches from this period have been preserved. The church of Bafero was built in 1185 and the Zoodochos in 1433. The two larger churches are Ai-Giorgis and Agia Paraskevi. Stemnitsa was also a shelter for the Kolokotronis clan and other fighters of the Greek War of Independence. After the revolution of March 25, 1821, from the end of May to mid of June 1821, it served as the first seat of the "Peloponissiaki Gerousia", the temporary government of the liberated Peloponnese. The Gerousia met at the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Stemnitsa was known for its gold- and silversmiths, as well as other crafts. Since the 1970s, there is a public funded gold and silver smithery school. Getting AroundStemnitsa is accesible by car, and public transportation. It takes less than 3 hrs to reach the village from Athens and you can choose to either drive from Vitina, or take the forest road from Chrisovitsi, a route that is simply magnificent. Please note that sometimes in the winter this forest road is closed due to snow. Other Things to NoteStemnitsa has a folklore museum. It includes various exhibitions regarding the traditional way of Stemnitsa life in the past including how candles were made, a jeweler's workshop, a shoe repair shop and a copper tinning representation. It also houses an extensive selection of Byzantine icons, old costumes, copper- ware, guns and jewelry. Seven kilometers from Stemnitsa, down by the ravine of the river Lousios one can find the monastery of St. John the Baptist (Prodromos) built, according to some sources, around 1167, on the side of a rock face. It served as a center of faith and education for the enslaved Greeks during the Ottoman rule. About 200 yards below the monastery, is the river Lousios. Near the monastery are the excavations of an ancient hospital built in honor of the ancient Greek god of medicine, Asclepius. The library of Stemnitsa used to have around 5,000 volumes until the Greek War of Independence of 1821. It is now a monument and is located next to the square.