Semantron Traditional Village
The Semantron Traditional Village is located at Eleonas near Diakofto and it’s the most historic and, at the same time, the most attractive hotel complex in the whole of Aigialeia. Built in the middle of Eleonas – the region’s largest olive grove – it lies 167 km from Athens (about 1,5 hour now that the Corinth-Patras road is finally finished), 50 km from Patras and 40 km from Kalavryta and the ski resort there. It manages to combine the serenity and tranquillity of the plain with the blue of the sea and the wild charm of Mt. Helmos.
The village of Eleonas, with its narrow lanes, spotless, tidy houses, gorgeous gardens and flower-filled balconies, is only five minutes from the hotel. And just a few metres beyond is the beautiful beach set in this lush green landscape.
Some two centuries ago, the Semantron was a collection of cells in which monks from the Mega Spileo monastery used to stay when they descended to the plain to pick olives and other fruits and to press their oil. This complex, built in 1840, was restored and converted into the contemporary hotel we see today.
The old olive press and the stable of the monastery were transformed into two superb restaurants, which offer exceptional dining experiences, while one of the features worth noticing inside is the impressive millstones that have been preserved.
Today amidst an estate of 5 hectares thickly planted with olives, oranges, cypresses and plane trees, at Semantron Traditional Village there are 42 deluxe and superior rooms and suites in a setting that is ideal for families with children as well as couples who wish to combine a quality holiday with alternative activities and sports as well as agrotourism.
Aesthetically speaking, both the houses and the public spaces of Semantron Traditional Village are wonderful examples of traditional stone-built architecture with wooden balconies that look onto the mountains and the gardens. The – discreetly luxurious – furnishings are also in particularly good taste, and the services offered of a standard to match.