A family holiday including grandparents chosen for touring the ancient sites of the Peloponnese.
Firstly, it is impossible to locate these apartments. There are no signs from the road neither on the building itself and in addition the local people are not aware of “Athina EcoFarm apartments. This made our check in a terrible experience as it was dark on arrival to the village and we got lost several times. It was a long way from the village and up a very steep and narrow road leading up the mountainside.
Secondly, this so called EcoFarm is not a farm or certainly not in the sense that you can spend your holiday enjoying the grounds of an olive/fruit/herb farm and enjoy a tour of the groves and gardens etc. as the impression gives. It is set on a steep hill/mountainside with only a small number of olive and fruit trees in the proximity of the apartments. The owners do not have a restaurant nor a shop on-site or close by (4KM) and do not spend any time during social hours there for help and advise.
Thirdly, don’t be fooled by the word “ECO”. There is nothing eco friendly or sustainable about these apartments. I sorted my trash into different recycling bags as in the UK and was horrified to find that at the end of our stay we had to dispose of the trash all into one big communal refuse bin located in the village.
Most disturbingly though, during our second night there happened to be a storm and we woke up in the morning to the whole surface area of our apartment flooded to 1inch deep. Of course we had clothes and suitcases on the floor which were drenched but worstly our wallets containing cash was in the pockets and the cash was sodden also my son’s laptop was fully submerged in the water. We contacted the owners who later blamed their neighbour for leaving a hose pipe on! A bit of a coincidence that happened on the same night as a storm also why would they need a hose pipe on during a storm? No, this has happened before, the apartment smelled damp and fusty also the furniture and electric cables were raised above the ground on stilts.
Irritatingly, the other bad point is that having arrived back home to the UK, we have now had a claim of 40 euros made against US for damages. They say we damaged a door net. What an absolute cheek! We did not use or even touch the door nets and I do not see how they can dare to make this suggestion.
Other negative points are:
• Too steep to walk back from the beach especially in the heat and with bags/children.
• Too far from the main village (4KM) you have to drive everywhere.
• Closest shop 4 KM
• Owners expect you to find them – not on site during sociable hours.
• The owners dogs bark and howl on and off all night.
• Cats chase up and down the corrugated plastic awnings making banging noises on and off all night.
• There was a funny smell possibly fusty/damp although I was worried it was fumes from the air conditioning unit.
• No offer of clean towels/bedding.
• No complimentary olives/oil as other guests have mentioned.
• Take your own trash to a communal bin at the road side in the village.
However, they were well equipped and nicely constructed with stunning views.