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Vassara Peloponnese
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.6
Persons: No restriction .
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 11594
Country: Greece

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Last Updated: April 23, 2018

Hello from the Sunny Mountains of the Peloponnese

HELP with BUILDING and Renovation and Maintenance of TRADITIONAL ORIGINAL STONE HOUSES in all aspects always welcome .

We always try to accommodate Helpers who are competent Home fixers, Carpenters or wood workers, Plumbers . Stone or bricklayers ,Tilers, Plasterers or Electricians or Drystone wallers as there is always something that needs doing .


A chance to immerse yourself in Rural Greece and get to live in a different world .

We are a family of 4 our property is 20km north of Sparta in Lakonia, Southern Greece.We are in a scenic mountain village with a bus service and lifts with locals to and from town are quite easy.The surroundings are unspoiled with walking,hiking and cycling on traffic free paths and tracks with stunning views available directly from property which is in the heart of the village .
The location offers the chance to live in the heart of a traditional village on the edge of remote countryside but only 20 mins from a large town ,SPARTA . Home of " The 300 " and Ancient Sparta .Byzantine " Mystras " is 10 mins from town . Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape .
We are only an hour from the sea and the beaches at Vathi ,Mavrovouni and the delightful port of Gytheio the eastern gateway to the " Mani " and go regularly all year round and welcome you along .

We always welcome self motivated and enthusiastic people who enjoy working independently or part of a group to help us move forward .We believe the basic fundamentals of HELPX are important, that is it should be a complete social ,cultural and work exchange to each parties benefit.

We are among other things renovating and restoring two old traditional stone houses using as many salvaged and recycled materials as possible , with a view to renting them , for people to come and immerse themselves in an unchanged village environment . We have finished an OFF GRID SOLAR PANEL installation to run one house totally independently .Finishing Paving part of the courtyards is another project .Anybody with some level of experience in CARPENTRY or STONE or PLUMBING or Electrical work is always welcome. I am a self taught woodworker and general builder happy to pass on skills and or be taught more .

There is always interesting work for any helpers in any field . We always have challenging new projects to be undertaken for long stayers but also the inevitable general property maintenance .
Then we have two GARDENS one for the vegetables and then we are beginning with the trees , shrubs and flowers so any experience in this field in particular veg and or Mediterranean plants is appreciated and of course the general upkeep as well .

We welcome any helpers all year round if we have space.

ACCOMMODATION is in SEPARATE building or even more independently in a studio in the Olive Groves and is of a very good standard. We have a good sunny spot in an olive grove for tents and CAMPER-VANS for those who prefer.

WORKING HOURS and days are flexible but will be agreed in advance so as to avoid misunderstandings but in general for a minimum 6 hrs per day we supply 3 proper meals on working days and take a longish lunch hour together,{A cereal breakfast and packed lunch on days off}, we cook all meals for you and we usually eat together .If you like to cook that is great too , we love to try new food and enjoy mealtimes .On days off we are happy to take you with us on trips around the Peloponnese .

THE VILLAGE has 2 bars and a restaurant within 150m of the house providing the chance to stay in a village environment but only 50m from mountain olive groves .The most notable sites nearby are Mystras and Ancient Sparta with Monemvasia or Nafplio a day trip away. We speak English and Greek,and poor French but we try.We go to the beach and sites often and we would happily bring you with us or help you to go independently if you wish .


reviews (22)
Helper: Grant Billen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 3, 2016
In summing up, it's the great location, it’s the delicious meals, it’s the he... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Carroll Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 6, 2016
I stayed with phil and Shema for a month hand a great time. Had a lot of fun ... view complete review

Helper: Michel Schädeli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: January 12, 2016
I have stayed for nearly 7 weeks with Phil, Shema and there daughter Annabel.... view complete review

Helper: Chris and Marielle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 20, 2015
We spent 3 weeks with the Day family. They seemed nice and easy going from th... view complete review

Helper: Lucy Gill Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 16, 2015
Staying at Phil and Shema's was a real pleasure. Their communication was refr... view complete review

Helper: James Costello Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: July 24, 2014
This was my first help-x experience or any of this nature to be honest. I ... view complete review

Helper: Debbie Hall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 21, 2014
A five star helpx for sure! They are a lovely family and I really enjoyed spe... view complete review

Helper: Jennie and Henry Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 18, 2014
No need to read anymore reviews. You MUST visit Phil, Sheema and Annabel! Our... view complete review

Helper: Patrick and Liz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 10, 2014
We went to help with Phil and Shema for a week. We stayed over a fortnight. T... view complete review

Helper: Stu Corbett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 11, 2014
I had a great time staying with Phil and Shema (and Annabel) in February. The... view complete review

Helper: Donna and Nigel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 29, 2013
Shema, Phil and Annabel are wonderful people (we didn't get to meet Charlie) ... view complete review

Helper: Sharron and Charles Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 1, 2012
We were very fortunate that our first Helpx experience was the 5 weeks we sp... view complete review

Helper: Liam and Alana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 3, 2012
We organised to stay with Phil and his family months ago, and as such organis... view complete review

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Helper: Vesna Stojanovic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Serbia Date: September 3, 2012
Great expiriance with a great people! When I saw offer from Phill and Shem... view complete review

Helper: Delwyn and Murray Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: April 10, 2012
If you are lucky enough to get the chance to stay here, you should have a hap... view complete review

Helper: Nick and Dee Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 8, 2012
We have just stayed with Phil & Sheema for nearly 5 weeks and can definitely ... view complete review

Helper: Gus and Fash Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 2, 2012
We've just been at Phil and Shema's for the last 5 weeks. We had the warmest ... view complete review

Helper: Vanessa RUBINI Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: January 20, 2012
I spent 5 weeks in Vassaras with Phil, Shema and their wonderful chidren and ... view complete review

Helper: Aishling and Joan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: December 16, 2011
We stayed with Phil, Shema and family for 2 weeks in early November and we ha... view complete review

Helper: Malika Nagre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 6, 2011
A long overdue email, I cannot recommend this family highly enough. A beautif... view complete review

Helper: Kurt Marten Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 21, 2011
I had a wonderful time with Phil, Shema and there two children, Charlie and A... view complete review

Helper: Christopher and Megan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 13, 2011
We were only with Phil and Shema for 10 days - but what a 10 days they were!!... view complete review

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