What does it feel like to stay in a traditionally handmade village in the silent mountains of Central Greece?
In the last weekend of April 2014, I was invited by Travel Bloggers Greece and Family Goes Out on a team trip to Montanema Handmade village. I had a chance to experience 3 days in a luxury accommodation surrounded by a pine tree forest at a unique place in Greece. I have written a review about this magnificent place for Family Goes Out here. I believe that this accommodation cannot be missed in my favorite family friendly accommodations on this blog. Montanema Handmade village resort offers family experiences in the broadest sense of the word in a traditional setting but with 5 * luxuries. It represents my family philosophy and the kind of vacation that this blog represents.
The houses of Montanema Handmade Village lie in the dense forest and high in the mountains, located in the gorge of the Agrafa Mountains. These mountains are part of the Pindos Mountains in Central Greece. The nearest town is Karditsa (35km). The village is truly handmade. It took almost 10 years to construct the resort. The village is built around it’s natural environment. No tree was cut to construct the accommodation. Traditional building techniques and materials, together with respect for the natural surroundings were key concepts in the building period. The resort is completely eco-friendly and sustainable.
Montanema Handmade village currently consists of 33 different types of stone houses. Together with the Family Goes Out team, I tried the so called family house. A very comfortable accommodation with an enormous bathroom and fireplace. Hand-made ecological cosmetics were available. The children’s room had playful details and bed linens for kids. The kitchen was fully equipped, all are in the houses in Montanema Hand Made Village, and therefore suitable for self catering. Breakfast is included in the room price and offered in Fournia restaurant but coffee and tea are available in the room upon arrival. There are also snacks and drinks in the fridge. There are baby cost and baby high chairs available. The water in the resort is potable and comes from a mountain spring nearby. We noticed immediate effect on our hair and skin. For families it is convenient to know that there is no need to buy bottled water in this resort.
Sleep in Montanema is wonderful. The combination of good quality matrasses and the total silence outside left everyone to sleep like a baby.
Other houses in Montanema Handmade Village that are suitable for families are the maisonettes. They have an open plan and offer single beds on the second level (open stairs therefore not suitable for young children). Check out the website of Montenema Handmade village to find detailed floorplans of all the houses in the resort.
Not only are the houses beautifully decorated, the communal areas, both in – and outdoors are decorated with great style and class. There is a perfect balance here between inside and outside and the natural surrounding compliment the art inside and the other way around. History and modern details are combined in a spacious salon with cozzy sitting corners and a fire place. There is a bar with modern details. Interesting artefacts are on display, there are books, family games, childrens books and toys. All this in an atmosphere of total relaxation. All indoor spaces in Montanema are non smoking. But there is a dedicated area for smokers outside with a heater. There is also a pool (but no children’s section in the pool) a spa, a conference center, wine cellar, playroom, fitness center and mini shop. Outside in the gardens are swings and hammocks overlooking the Antohori Canyon and the Pindos Mountains. The paths in the resort are stroller accessible and inside the communal areas is an elevator to move between floors.
I already mentioned Fournia restaurant. Although self-catering is possible, I don’t think you will cook your own family meal here during your vacation. The food in the resort’s restaurant Fournia is of excellent quality, all traditionally cooked with locally produced products. Delivery at your cottage is optional. Bread and butter are home made. The open plan kitchen and in- and outdoor ovens and grills let your children take a look inside. Meals for the children can be arranged to your needs. This, together with the healthy choices, large wooden tables and high chairs, the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly staff and the panoramic view over the valley makes Fournia a top favourite family restaurant in the area.
Montanema is for families that appreciate the outdoors, true food, beautiful nature, quiet surroundings and spending quality time together. If your family likes adventure, there is much to see and to do in this area. The resort is suitable for short get-aways and holidays in both summer and winter.
How to get there?
By car : Athens – Montanema Handmade Village : 330 kms – 3 hours 30 minutes
Karditsa – Montanema Handmade Village : 35 kms – 40 minutes
Please note that the last kilometers before the resort are a 20 min drive on a dirt road.
By bus: Athens – Karditsa: 4 hours
By train: Athens – Karditsa: approx. 6 hours
By plane you can take Athens, Thessaloniki or Volos as your starting point.
A pick up can be arranged by the the resort.
* I was invited by Montanema Handmade Village. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own *