The Chatzigakis Manor (or Arhondiko Hatzigaki) in Pertouli was one of the first charming historical boutique hotels in Greece. It is a 19th century mansion in the little village of Pertouli in mountains of the southern Pindos range. The setting is totally alpine. It is not so much a destination for ski vacations – the local resort has only three lifts – but with densely forested slopes, sparkling snow-crowned peaks (many over 2000 metres high), rivers, gorges and waterfalls, the area is spectacular. The building has quite a history. It was severely damaged when during WW2 the occupying forces set fire to it after they discovered it was used by members of the Greek liberation army. It was restored half a century later and brought back to its full glory with elaborately timbered ceilings, dark wood and antique tiled floors, impressive staircases and lots of fireplaces. Furnished with a mix of antiques and country-style pieces, everything in this luxury guesthouse looks elegant, comfortable and inviting. There are several cosy sitting rooms and stylish rooms and suites in the mansion itself; a converted barn houses more rooms and suites; and in another stone building you will find a restaurant and a magnificent sitting room.
The setting, the history and the stylishness of the Chatzigaki Manor make it unique. I particularly liked the elegant bedrooms and the cosy sitting rooms in the mansion itself, but the whole place is quite amazing.
Run by professional staff you might miss perhaps the personal welcome. The restaurant is only open during the summer and holiday periods. (There are other places to eat in the village.)
15 standard rooms for up to 2, 3 or 4 persons
5 luxury rooms for up to 2, 3 or 4 persons
9 superior rooms for up to 2 or 3 persons
4 junior suites for up to 2, 3 or 4 persons
3 superior suites for up to 2, 3 or 4 persons
Prices for two persons from 70 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please contact the Chatzigaki Manor.
En-suite bathroom (bath or shower)
Two rooms have wheelchair access
Several sitting rooms with fireplace
Outdoor swimming pool (summer use only)
Health centre with sauna and gym
Conference centre for up to 300 persons
Playroom for children
For breakfast you can choose between a buffet, served until 10h00, or room service, until 11h00 (extra charge). The restaurant serves traditional Greek food, but is only open during the summer and holiday periods. There are several more places to eat in the village.
Even though the atmosphere and style of the Chatzigaki Mansion is ideal for romantic escapes, children are very welcome too (we came with ours). Many rooms and suites can sleep up to four persons, and cots are available. In the summer, of course, kids will enjoy the pool, and for cooler days there’s a playroom in the mansion. The area is great for all sorts of outdoor activities your kids, if not too young, may enjoy (river canoe and kayak, rafting, hiking…), and during the winter months – usually from Christmas to the end of March – you can try the tiny ski centre of Pertouli (6 km from the village).
Walking and hiking
There are walking trails leading out of Pertouli, and you can catch up with the E4 European hiking route. Walking through lush fir forests and mountains you will come across springs, rivers, waterfalls, old stone bridges, rock formations and canyons.
This is an amazing area to enjoy the great outdoors. Go white-water rafting or kayaking along the Aspropotamos river. There’s also canyoning, rock climbing and horseback riding.
During the winter months – usually from Christmas to the end of March – you can ski. A little bit. The ski centre of Pertouli (a few km from the village) is tiny (three lifts, three slopes and three cross-country ski routes) but the setting is beautiful.
Visit the Meteora
A one-hour drive from the hotel, the Meteora near Kalambaka make an easy day-trip. There are six monasteries in operation (Great Meteoron, St. Stephen’s, Holy Trinity, St. Nikolaos Anapafsas, Varlaam and Roussanou) and they all are open to visitors. Opening days and hours vary, but during the morning and most of the afternoon you will always find several that are open. Access has become easy – a car can get you close to most of the monasteries – but also involves a bit of walking up steps. The Monastery St. Stephen provides wheelchair access.
The Chatzidaki Manor sits at the top of Pertouli, a tiny, peaceful village in the Pindos Mountain range in Trikala. It is a splendid location of densely forested mountain slopes and sparkling white mountain tops. It all feels very alpine. The area is great for outdoor activities such as rafting, kayaking and of course hiking, and there also is a mini ski resort nearby. Also, the Meteora are about half an hour by car.
The 360 km drive from Athens to Pertouli takes about four hours. Try and do the drive during daytime. Especially the last 30 km road stretch is so beautiful (it takes you through a gorge where you drive along to the river), that it would be a pity not to be able to see the scenery. From Athens the fastest way is via Lamia, Karditsa and Trikala – from Trikala you follow signs for Elati and Pertouli. There is a sign for the hotel at the entrance of the village.