district: village of Kato Pedina
Apeiros Chora is a family-owned luxury guesthouse set in a renovated, 200 years old stone mansion, typical of the uspoiled Zagori (or Zagorochoria), a historically rich region in northwestern Greece. The fortified house features many original details, such as bolted entrances, iron bars in the windows, embrasures in every entry, a hidden room and an underground escape route. Inside antique furnishings (such as original gunpowder containers) unify with vibrant and colorful contemporary design, plus a touch of Eastern, Ottoman, grace.
The boho-chic rooms are distributed throughout the building, some with garden access and a suite on the top floor. There are beautiful views of the village and the surrounding mountains, fire places here and there, period details, vintage and contemporary lamps. The whole house can be rented as one if you are looking for privacy and safety or hosting a unique venue with family or friends – a wedding or an anniversary, a baptism, or for a forum in yoga, or wellness retreat, management meetings, etc. A chef can be hired to make use of the fully equipped kitchen.
A fabulous (Greek) breakfast is included in the rate. Light meals are available on request during the rest of the day, plus a taverna can be found within walking distance. There’s plenty of room to meet your hosts and fellow lovers of the good life in the spacious communal areas, which include a games room, a snack bar, and a library. In addition to the wellness area with hammam and Jacuzzi, massages can be arranged on request.
Apeiros Chora is located in Kato Pedina, in the center of the Zagori, a network of 46 villages up in the Pindus mountains. It is about half an hour’s drive from Ioannina, the capital of Epirus. Under the Ottoman Empire it was the closest city to Europe, and a major centre of the Greek Enlightenment. An array of outdoor activities can be enjoyed, like a flower safari, truffle hounding, hiking, canoeing, trekking, canyoning, rafting, mountain bike, etc. – even skiing! With the Apeiros Chora base, guest have easy access to popular landmarks like the Vikos Gorge (one of the deepest in the world), the Voidomatis River, the arched stone bridges, and the Vradeto steps.
Your hosts: Athina & George
✅ free WiFi • size matters: 5 rooms & 2 suites (16-48m2) (172-517 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2015 • bathroom amenities: ✅ free on-site parking ✅ pets allowed on request, no extra charges • Ioannina National Airport (IOA): 30 km (35 mins by car)
The DNA: Avid traveller and interior designer, Athina and her husband George decided to restore the 7th generation family mansion and run it as a unique hotel. The family first arrived here in the late 17th century and it is one of only a handful of homes in Greece with such a long-established family ownership. Apeiros Chora attracts people with high aesthetic expectations, and this is what too it makes special. Plus the fact guests can enjoy an authentic and generous hospitality in a homely atmosphere. The region is incredibly beautiful and many travellers are starting to discover there is more to Greece besides the islands or Athens.