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This pastel-coloured little house hidden under the leaves of old chestnut trees seems to come straight out of a fairy tale. Owner Maria Giannakou has a great talent and passion for interior decoration, and Anerada Inn is her playing field. She has created a refined country-style décor, and redecorates, refurbishes and changes little details with almost every change of season. The (smallish) living room is elegant, cosy and inviting, and the five bedrooms are feminine and romantic, with country-style beds overlaid with light feather duvets, loosely draped canopies and cinched curtains. Outside, little lights twinkle in the trees and at night candles show the way to the entrance. In the morning, an outstanding breakfast is served by the fire if it is chilly out, or on the terrace when the weather is nice.
What makes it special to me:
The incredible charm of the place as well as the comfort. I love the décor, even though it changes every time I visit! It is a dream hide-away. I loved breakfast too.
But what you should keep in mind:
Not much, Anarada Inn is pretty perfect as it is. I thought my mattress was a bit too firm and the bathroom (I stayed in the little house) was more elegant than practical.
|Tel.||22370-41479 (hotel), 126.96.36.199.45 (reservations)|
|Children:||Welcome (but not suitable for very young children during the winter season)|
|Dogs:||Allowed with prior agreement|
|Accommodation||4 double rooms |
1 double suite
1 garden cottage for 2 persons with a kitchenette
Prices for two persons from 95 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please check the website of Anerada Inn.
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Sitting room (closed betweeen 14h30 and 17h00)
Breakfast is served from 9h00 to 11h00. You will find a delicious spread of, among other things, croissants, scrambled and boiled eggs, cheese pies, crêpes and homemade cake. In the afternoon Maria drinks and tea with home-baked sweets are served. For lunch and dinner you will have to go out: there are one or two places to eat in Megalo Horio (just a few minutes walk from Anerada Inn) and you will find several other restaurants in the nearby villages and along the shores of the Karpenisiotis River.
The Anerada Inn sits at the entrance of Megalo Horio, a small mountain village in Evritania. It is quiet and peaceful.
From Athens, you should take the national road to Lamia, from where you follow signs for Karpenisi (a beautiful drive through the mountains). Don't go to the centre of Karpenisi, instead stay on the new road below the town, and follow signs for Koryschades and Megalo Horio. You will see Anerada Inn at about 15 km from Karpenisi, on the left side of the road, a little bit before the central parking area of Megalo Horio. The drive from Athens takes around three hours.
The mountains of Evritania in the centre of
During the winter the area is popular with Athenians, who come on weekends to ski and après-ski; most of them stay in the town of
Koryschades, a small village just a few kilometres away from Karpenisi, is one of those. It is well known for its eventful history: it was in the old village school, now a small museum, that in 1944 the resistance against the nationalist army was organised and formed a left-wing government. Today, however, it feels sleepy and peaceful and it’s just perfect if you are looking for a few days of quiet.
Other charming, traditional villages include Megalo Horio (“big village”) and the two Mikro Horio (“small village”) – one old and one new. The old Mikro Horio was largely destroyed in an avalanche in 1962. After this tragedy in which 13 villagers perished, the survivors built a new village just a few kilometres away. Despite its relatively young age, the new village feels totally traditional as well. It is a wonderful place to stay, with a few tavernas where you can have some traditional Greek food and a village square to sip Greek coffees or something stronger. But do also visit the old village, most of which has been restored by now.
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