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Little piece of heaven on earth

By Vidaltxo London 17th August 2020

It was a real pleasure to be able to share your "little piece of heaven on earth" . It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Feeling relaxed and full of renewed energy...(lets see how long it lasts). By now you would have welcomed to your next lucky guests.... I hope they will enjoy your home as much as we did.

Let's see when we can return to Bower House....counting the days already.

Thanks again for all your hospitality and for letting us share your home!

A big ELBOW hugs to you both.


Amazing holiday in a stunning location

By Elizabeth Odell on 20-Aug-2019

Our two week family holiday at Bower House was truly wonderful. Mel and Bryan were wonderful hosts and, despite living on site, were discreet and very respectful of our privacy whilst also being only a “toot” away when we needed them. The house was beautifully decorated and equipped with everything we could need and more and truly stunning views from the balcony, gallery and every window in every direction! The infinity pool (along with the huge array of inflatables, snorkels, woggles etc) was a particular highlight for our four children, and the sun loungers were the perfect comfortable spot from high to watch them play whilst relaxing in the sun. The outdoor kitchen and bbq area were a great addition and we spent many meals sat under the shady trees enjoying the delicious local food. The information booklet that Mel and Bryan put together was crammed full of recommended tavernas and places to visit (along with the all important directions!), many of which were little gems we would never have found without their insider knowledge. The whole area is a beautiful little slice of paradise and it truly was a holiday we will never forget. Thank you Mel and Bryan, you really did think of everything!


By Mr T on 01-Jun-2019

It's very unusual to find a one-bedroom holiday home with a private pool so we were pleased to find this one. The setting is beautiful and the outside area and pool are fantastic. The flat itself is pleasant and has everything you need. There is fresh bread and milk when you arrive and a good range of supplies. The owners live in the house upstairs and are available for help and advice. The nearest town, Petalidi, is a 10 minute drive and there are a good range of shops and restaurants. Highly recommended.

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By JOANNA GALLOWAY on 20-Sep-2018

" We stayed at The Bower House for a week in August. This was our first visit to this region and we loved the beaches, local food and the total relaxation we were able to find at the villa. We were given an incredibly warm welcome by Mel and Bryan, and they both made a great effort to ensure our children (15 and 14) were comfortable and

included in everything. The house was spacious and very well equipped - the pool was a real highlight and the lounge chairs were the perfect place to relax and read. There were chairs in different locations around the house so that you could sit and play cards on the bedroom balcony and look along the coastline, or sit in the garden under the shade of the trees. We were particularly delighted with being able to use the telescope in such a stunning setting - the night sky was incredible. Mel and Bryan both took time to recommend places they thought we would enjoy and made available cool bags, and beach umbrellas and everything you needed to make the most of the places that we visited. Bryan also went out of his way to assist us in sourcing wine to take to the next part of our holiday. Their input definitely enriched our holiday as they were able to direct us to great restaurants and unique beaches that we wouldn't had known to find.

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By ANDRE WEISNER on 28-Jun-2018

Reviews I've given Verified Stay Außergewöhnliches Objekt 5/5 Tolles Objekt; Vermieter wohnen in separater Wohnung und sind äußerst diskret im Hintergrund. Das Haus ist beeindruckend gestylt und sehr gepflegt. Schöne Außenanlagen, super Pool und ruhige Lage Submitted: June 28, 2018 Stay: My 19 - June 2, 2018

The Beautiful Bower House Villa

By R Willaims on 24-Aug-2017

RUTH WILLIAMS REVIEW We really enjoyed our stay at Bower House. we had teenagers and a not-very-mobile granny in our party, but the beautiful setting and proximity to attractions and amenities (ruins, water sports, tavernas) plus the swimming pool, BBQ, boules, cribbage board, Wi-fi etc, meant that everyone was happy. Mel and Bryan went out of their way to be helpful without ever being intrusive; the design of the house means that, although they live on site, we were barely aware of them, but then they were always available if needed. There was a very useful book of suggestions as to where we might go, but they also came up with additional suggestions and information once they had an idea of our interests. Extras, like washing, and restocking the fridge with drinks and topping up Wi-fi were charged at very reasonable or cost prices. FIVE STAR - R Williams -

Wonderful holiday at bower house

By Cath And James, Surrey August 2017 on 22-Aug-2017

We have just had a wonderful holiday at Bower House. The House itself is in a stunning setting, you could never tire of the views. The welcome from Mel and Bryan was incredibly warm they have thought of everything that you could possibly need to relax and unwind. The house, pool and BBQ area are very well equipped – boules, games, beach stuff to borrow, all cooking accessories etc. Our 3 children's highlight was definitely the pool and its inflatable selection, ours was the invite to the local village music night. It's a beautiful area of Greece to explore and the house has an extremely useful guidebook recommending restaurants, beaches and archaeological sites nearby. If we had any questions we could contact Mel and Bryan and they always seemed to go over and above to help us have a great time. We'd love to return. FIVE STAR. Cath and James, Surrey. August 2017 OWNERS RESPONSE: So happy to hear you enjoyed all the facilities we offer for both parents and children. You were a delightful family and we too would love to see you return. Thank you for your custom!

A truly unforgettable holiday

By Hans D on 26-Oct-2016

In the beautiful and well equipped kitchen, there is a quote from Seneca saying 'it is because we do not dare that things are difficult'. Brian and Melanie, the lovely owners of Bower House Estate definitely dared to deliver their amazing dream of building their superb dream house with amazing views on the mountains and the sea. It was a real privilege of having been able to stay two wonderful weeks enjoying superb weather in their house which is equipped with all (and even more) what you expect from a luxurious holiday house. Bower House is very spacious and comfortable and the children enjoyed every minute in the large swimming pool. The owners are always very discrete but also very keen to help when needed (they even came to our rescue when our rental car broke down) and very helpful in recommending the local restaurants and shops, beaches and attractions of which there are plenty. The experience for us as a family with three children (aged between 14 and 10) was a truly unforgettable family holiday. Highlights were a unique sailing trip (organised by the owners), the visit of ancient Olympia (which was very special just before the Rio Olympics and with excellent driving instructions from Brian), the discovery of the amazing beaches in the area, the delicious meals with view on the sea and of course all the moments enjoying Bower House. My Response Being discreetly in residence (in a self contained apartment beneath the main building) we can take pride in going that extra mile to provide the very best of everything for our guests and we are delighted to hear that our dedication to

perfection has contributed to your "Truly Unforgettable Holiday" ! Thank you for taking the time to make your review.

A very nice family villa

By Nigel G on 25-Oct-2016

At the beginning of July my family enjoyed a week long visit to Bower House Estate. The beautiful house is situated in the most stunning location overlooking the neighbouring hills and the tops of the surrounding forest trees and with a sea view. It is an extremely private and peaceful place where we were able to relax around the pool or enjoy family fun in the pool on the lilo's. Mel and Bryan were excellent hosts, there when we needed them, providing us with very good information on local beaches and places to visit and very discreet at other times enabling us to have quality time as a family. The villa, pool and grounds were maintained to the highest standard and extremely safe. The local village is typically Greek and very friendly. There are a number of cafes, bars and restaurants all reasonably priced and a couple of supermarkets if you want to have a barbecue at the house - followed by a game of boules - great fun. This holiday was a villa holiday with a difference, one we shall certainly repeat. My Response BOWER HOUSE ESTATE offers the best of both indoor and outdoor living. With total privacy and exclusive usage of all facilities, pool, Huge BBQ with outdoor kitchen, boules pitch, sunbathing patios and exotic gardens with numerous places to dine you're spoilt for choice. The idyllic country setting with 360 vista overlooking the Taygetos mountains offer views of breathtaking magnitude and complimented with country walks around the area.....A book is provided for walking enthusiasts wishing to go that extra mile! Thank you for your sparkling review. We shall look forward to seeing you next summer. Mel and Bryan

Lovely secluded villa with swimming pool

By Ponrus N on 25-Sep-2016

We are a family with 3 young kids (5,7,9) who came to Bower House to stay for a week. We were very warmly welcomed by our hosts who continued to look after us for the entire week. Bower house is a lovely property, beautiful rooms, well equipped kitchen, stunning views all around including from the infinity pool and most importantly a really nice outdoor kitchen & barbecue area! Mel and Brian were extremely helpful when it came to suggesting places to visit, things to see and things to do in the area. Given that they live downstairs in the property, a helping hand was never far away. We warmly recommend Bower House as a great place to stay and explore Peloponnese! My Response As this lively and exciting family found we go to a lot of trouble to ensure our personally compiled guide book to this beautiful area is updated every year and

includes helpful comments from previous guests. It makes exploring the stunning locations so easy! Children thoroughly enjoy our private pool and exploring the 4 acres of Olive Grove and on special occasions Bryan is only too happy to give them a "Bower House Safari Ride" in his Jeep and accompany them through the short woodland walk whilst the adults sit back, relax and enjoy our private piece of paradise. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CUSTOM!

A stunning setting and beautiful home from home

By Frances King K on 24-Nov-2015

We are a family of 4 with 2 children of 7 and 5 and this was our first villa holiday. It was such a lovely contrast to our first week in a resort and such a beautiful setting. Mel and Bryan made our lives so easy - we particularly loved the folder of day trip ideas with such clear instructions of how to get there, where to eat nearby that we were able to explore the local area so easily. The house is really well set up for relaxing too - the pool was always so clean and the setting stunning onto the hills. With a variety of places to sit and eat, and different areas of the garden to play in and explore the kids had a fabulous time. The bathrooms were all really lovely standard, and the beds too and a really lovely kitchen. The kids loved the water dispenser from the fridge as that was a novelty for them! Our only negative was that it was so hot at night, but Bryan and Mel did provide an air con unit for our son which was kind. It's a wonderful home and beautifully kept with particularly good service in terms of grocery shopping, getting washing done and helping us make the most of our time there. Thank you! We hope to return. My Response This lovely family visited us at the hottest time of year. Whilst we are acclimatized, for guests who are not used to southern Mediterranean temperatures we have now installed full air conditioning in all 3 bedrooms. We are so happy we were able to make your stay so memorable and enjoyable!

A touch of luxury off the beaten track

By Liz G on 06-Sep-2015

We arrived at Bower House after an exhausting 16 hour journey, and found a large, luxurious and very beautiful villa, with some basic food supplies, a fully stocked drinks fridge and two friendly, hospitable hosts to welcome us - it was a perfect moment! The house itself suited us very well as a family with two younger teenage children. Noting previous comments about the stairs, it is true that they are open, but that was fine for us. The pool and barbecue were a real cut above - and much used! The nearby beaches were just perfect, I think we were the only British people there, some times we were the only non- Greeks on the beach. Tourist attractions were within driving distance however, we visited ancient Messini, had a go at Scuba diving and visited the harbour at Koroni, all drive-able

within 2 hours. However, Bower House is really ideal for families who want to sneak away to the hills, watch the sun set (or rise) from one of the many balconies, take in the spectacular view and enjoy local Tavernas where the menu depends on that day's catch, and the fruit is fresh and succulent. Mel and Bryan took a lot of time and trouble to make our stay as good as it could be. The book of their own suggestions for days out and eateries was extensive, accurate and very useful for us. I would agree with other comments that we hadn't appreciated how nearby Mel and Bryan would be, but as we got on very well, it turned out not to be a problem! For us and our family, this part of Greece was perfect, and the house was ideal. My Response Delighted - another happy family! Lovely to read their feed back questionnaire which states: ' It was great, we really enjoyed the sun, beach, pool, and Greek food - this off the beaten track holiday was perfect for us - accommodation and facilities were all fabulous and much better than any other they have rented!'

Luxurious and spectacular

By Alex R on 03-Sep-2015

Bower House provided us with a holiday home where we were able to experience both the luxury and comforts of a magnificent house and real Greece. The house is superbly set in the hills behind Petalidi, yet walking distance to local cafes, restaurants and the sea. Bryan and Mel were the perfect welcoming hosts and instantly made us feel at ease and welcome in their home.They shared with us their extensive knowledge of the local area, ancient Greek surroundings and guided us to fabulously, traditional Greek restaurants and to the local wine and Ouzo! They were great fun and we shared a couple of very memorable evenings with them both. This is a wonderful home and a stay here can offer peace and tranquility and a inside to real Greece. We were thrilled with our choice of villa. My Response This fun and sporting family certainly made the most of the beautiful local country walks that surround our home. Whilst they power walked happily to the village and nearest beach, with summer temps, most people would prefer to choose the 5 minute car ride instead. We were more than happy to use our knowledge and experience to guide, share and introduce them to True Greece at it's best!

A special place

By Kate on 23-Sep-2014

My husband, 11 year old daughter and I hugely enjoyed our two week stay in the Peloponnese staying at Mel and Bryan's luxurious home in August 2014. Bower

House is extremely well located and appointed, the gardens and the pool a delight. It provided the perfect base for lots of wonderful sight seeing (our many trips being aided considerably by the directions helpfully provided) and much needed rest and relaxation. The views from the house are simply breathtaking, and watching the sun set over the Messinian mountains and the moon rise over the sea magical experiences which will stay with us for a long time. Mel and Bryan thoughtfully invited us along to some local events including a panieri in a hill top village which was immense fun. Bower House has a quiet serenity and is a very special place. Whilst not detracting from our holiday enjoyment, we think it would have been helpful in advance to know that Mel and Bryan's 'discretely distanced' living apartment is in the fact the basement to the two storeys of their house which they rent out, so in consequence the physicial separation is limited. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response Kate's feedback questionnaire states: "Bower House is overwhelmingly beautiful, a haven and a warm welcome too...the accommodation and its presentation is outstanding.......the owners are very helpful and knowledgeable and always discreet.....brilliant to be invited to local events and good restaurants..... the most enjoyable aspect of our holiday was combining some excellent cultural trips and sightseeing with the superbly relaxing stay in your beautiful home including the wonderful pool....also to meet some local Greeks and to begin to understand a little of their country, history and heritage. I would definitely recommend Bower House to my friends" Thank you Kate and family we thoroughly enjoyed your visit and were delighted to have been of such great assistance. M & B

Relaxing home from home

By Nicola on 24-Sep-2013

We stayed at Bower House Estate for one week with our two kids aged 7 and 10. The setting is wonderful. The house is perched on the crest of a hill providing beautiful views over wooded valleys and across to the sea. At night you can see the moon shine across the sea from the open windowed gallery on the top floor as bats flit across the sky. The house was exactly as described in the listing and immaculately clean and well maintained. The house and plot are very spacious. It is obvious that Mel and Bryan have put great care and attention into its design and maintenance and all the fixtures and fittings are of great quality. The interiors are homely and comfortable (not at all a spartan holiday house). The only downside was that the staircase in the house only has one banister on the wall side (no barrier on the side with the drop) and I was concerned that one of the kids could trip and fall onto the marble stairs. We got around this by placing a chair at the top of the staircase: a) to slow them down and b) to force them to walk on the side of the stairs next to the wall. Mel and Bryan were extremely welcoming and their thoughtful touches such as a meal when we arrived, and a kitchen stocked with basics and drinks meant that the self catering aspect of

our holiday was easily dealt with, leaving more time for relaxation. We enjoyed exploring the Messini coastline and in particular two trips recommended by Mel and Bryan: one to a waterfall which our kids loved swimming under and one to the spectacular beach at HorseShoe Bay. We also enjoyed their restaurant suggestions. There are plenty of tavernas within 5-10 minutes drive. But you could quite easily spend a lot of time at Bower House too. swimming in the pool, playing boules or simply looking at the view. I would recommend Bower House to my family and friends." Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response Thank you for your sparkling review! We do encourage all our guests to tell us if anything is less than perfect. We would like to point out to future potential clients that the design of our large open plan staircase provides a banister on the wall side particularly to persuade persons to use that side of the stairs where the treads are widest. A second rail on the opposite side could encourage people to walk on the narrowest part. We provide night lights to all bedrooms and in the upper lounge so children can move around safely in an unfamiliar environment.

Our return visit

By Huggy on 03-Sep-2013

We visited the Bower house Estate last year, and we were so impressed with the hospitality of the Densems that we vowed and declared that we would return for a second visit. I have plans afoot to visit again next year. We love the Peloponnese and were lucky to find The Bower Estate as it is a little off the beaten track. This is its charm, as it is the most peaceful, tranquil place that we have ever stayed in. Mel & Bryan introduced us to the local eating hostelries where we indulged in typical ethnic meals, one time in a village in the hilly area near the Villa, and another time in Petalidi town overlooking the bay. The villa is of luxury standard the rooms charmingly decorated and furnished. The swimming pool and boules pitch add to the perception that one is being pampered in total luxury. The garden surrounding the complex has been tastefully designed, and it was a pleasure to take a walk around the 4 acre olive grove. Their olive oil is organic and we were able to bring some back with us to the UK. We are hoping therefore to make another return visit the next time we tour Greece Recommended for: Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway. My Response A return visit is a real compliment! It was a pleasure to entertain you both and we shall most definitely look forward to your next planned visit.

Fabulous! Fabulous!

By Jo on 27-Aug-2013

We had a fabulous stay here with our 5 year old; the house is superb in every aspect..spacious and with 360 degree views of sea and mountains, unique handmade furniture stands out and the cleanliness and attention to detail throughout made our stay very enjoyable. We were more than happy to stay around the beautiful landscaped grounds or relax by the pool but a visit into Petalidi village close by exceeded expectations (as did the surrounding area) as it is a quaint seaside Greek village full of character and with everything you need. We also recommend an evening having one of Mel and Bry's BBQ meals, a wine at the outside bar and a game of boules as the sun goes down!Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response This adorable family and their 5 year old enjoyed all the facilities that Bower House has to offer. Slowing the little chap down was impossible he has no 'off button'. He had just learnt to swim and by the time he left was having a go at the crawl. His parents were a pleasure to entertain and very appreciative of our hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed being a small part of their holiday. It was very sad to see them leave.

Pampered splendour

By Hillary on 15-Aug-2013

As avid Grecophiles of longstanding we have never stayed in such luxurious and perfect surroundings. The property is stunning; of a standard rarely replicated in the Greek holiday housing market. Immaculately presented yet personalised and homely; supremely comfortable and well appointed and of interesting, well planned design to take every advantage of the incredible 360o panoramic views and welcome, cooling breezes from its rural, hilltop location. The manicured grounds are a colourful delight and indigenous wildlife is much in evidence thanks to the unspoilt nature of the habitat rich locale. As a family of cooks and gourmands we were delighted with the extensive and well supplied kitchen and the barbque and also with the various, delightfully situated dining options. Although we sampled delicious food at several of the recommended local tavernas, top quality ingredients were so easily obtainable from a nearbye market garden and the village shops that we feasted very well at the property. Mel very generously supplemented our supplies with offerings of fresh produce from her own garden. The owners, Bryan and Mel, were very helpful and attentive in every way, yet maintained a discreet, low key presence; keeping to their own, delineated and unobtrusive accommodation within the property whilst employing a hilarious 'hooter' system for use by either party to attract attention and seek a meeting. They are very keen for their guests to feel totally relaxed and enjoy complete privacy, yet are equally happy to socialise (and are exceedingly good company) should their clients be happy to do so. We arrived for our very last minute family holiday in a state of total exhaustion after a gruelling year and very much welcomed the supplies laid in by the owners as well as the delicious meal Mel offered to prepare in view of our late arrival. It was wonderful not to have to worry about shopping for immediate supplies or finding somewhere to eat after the long journey from Scotland. We had great fun working our way through some of the places recommended in Mel and Bryan's thoughtfully provided, personally compiled guide and left feeling our stay had not been long enough. A week is nowhere near enough time to discover all the beaches, local beauty spots; archaelogical sites and places of interest within easy travelling distance of the Bower house. It was with regret that we left, but with lots of happy holiday memories and a firm resolve to return. Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers. My Response It was a delight to share our private piece of paradise with this charming family and a joy to watch them totally unwind, relax, explore and enjoy 'True Greece' at its best!!!