Run by a friendly and creative Greek-Welsh couple who have renovated this old property with love, the Orchard Guesthouse and its surroundings hold a lot of surprises. To begin with the building was completed around 1928, representing a house that was built over an old-time warehouse. Carefully restored by the descendants of the original owners, the Orchard now boasts four of the coziest and most charming quarters to enjoy a Greek vacation with an eco-friendly twist.
Each of the four apartments (Warehouse Studio, Hayloft Studio, Old Stable and Four Seasons) has its own charms, architectural uniqueness and artistic elements, from the traditional stone walls and wooden furniture to the hand-painted artwork. Yet discretely behind the scenes all the modern comforts are there, including free Wi-Fi internet, modern bathrooms with fine toiletries and well-equipped kitchens. Of course there’s also a Mediterranean garden and a citrus orchard to add to the ambiance.
Beauty and adventure all around
Once you get out the front door there’s the whole of Pelion beckoning to you with its incomparable network of renovated hiking paths among villages tucked away in the mountains and valleys. Pelion is perfect for hiking throughout the year, except possibly for August (best for the beach or high mountain escape) and January-February (ideal for a skiing on the mountain).
The beaches around the Pelion peninsula are amazing, clean and unharmed by mass tourism. Best of all, just a short walk from the Orchard is the Pelion Steam Train Station which will take you on one of the most picturesque rides to a stunning little mountain village called Milies. You can also go from village to beach to village by car and dine in some of the homeliest local places. The stone-built villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa are a must, but so are the less known ones hidden on the inside of the peninsula.
From horseback riding to Mediterranean dining
Beyond hiking and discovering the villages, the friendly folks at the Orchard can help you plan a number of activities. Ask Leda and her husband to arrange a horseback riding adventure or when the next local carnival or festival is. Take a boat around the coast and stop by magical little coves or dine in a seafood ‘taverna’ by the sea. Last but not least, anytime you go to Pelion the bustling nearby town of Volos with its seaside cafes and eateries represents a modest urban delight that offers an interesting contrast to the rich natural environment.