Who We Are, Where We Are.
My name is Tim Smart, and when with my wife Aphroula and our young family we moved to Pelion in 1984,
it was intended to be just a short break between overseas jobs - my contract in Indonesia had recently come to an end -
but something about the place took hold, and the longer we put off leaving, the harder it became to do so. And so,
25 years later, we are still here, and although the girls have grown up and left, we are still delighted that we decided to
Needing to earn a living we started Houses of Pelion in 1986, and since then we have been welcoming visitors from Britain,
from numerous other European countries, and from as far afield as America and Australia. Our approach to your holiday is simple;
we think of you as guests rather than as clients, and so do our best to be as helpful and informative as possible while you
making your booking, and then to making you feel at home once you have arrived in Pelion.
Densely forested and remarkably green, even in the summer, the Pelion peninsula juts south-east into the Aegean Sea,
some 200 miles north of Athens. Shaped roughly like a fish hook, it encloses the Pagasitic Gulf on its inside curve
whereas the outer coastline opens onto the Aegean. It is a wonderful place for swimming, sunbathing and relaxation
which is very reminiscent of the Greece of the sixties and seventies: sitting at a restaurant for ages sipping wine
without feeling pushed to leave; women returning home in the evening with their goats and stopping to chat to their friends;
the irrigation channels flowing early in the morning to water the summer gardens, and many other aspects of village life
which help one to wind down.
On the other hand there is a choice of activities for those who would like to get out and about.
The peninsula is criss-crossed with cobbled donkey tracks, until relatively recently the only means of getting from one
place to another. These now make perfect routes for walkers and riders. If you enjoy walking we will be very happy to
give you directions for finding and following the paths near to your accommodation.