Villa Dafní


Villa Dafní
Gythion, Greece
Tel: Rental inquiries: 207 934 2733 or 207 282 4002 (Maine)

Gythion, Greece: Sleep in an olive grove with a curious history

Villa Dafní

You wouldn't expect a family-run Greek olive oil business would have roots in Saco, Maine.

But Daphne Contraros Rioux, who grew up in Lakonía, at the southeast end of Greece's Peloponnese peninsula, had long moved to the U.S. and settled Downeast when she rediscovered her Mediterranean roots in the 1990s.

She was so transported by the olive oil she sampled on a trip to her homeland that she bought a little hillside plot dense with olive trees, and began selling its fruits at her local farmers' market in Saco. That's how her unlikely company Lakonía Greek Products—grown in Greece, sold in Maine—was born.

Best part: You can stay at Villa Dafní, the house nestled within the very olive groves Lakonía's oils come from. It has three bedrooms, a sandy beach nearby and killer views of the sparkling Mediterranean.

Head into the village of Gytheio for a bite at a taverna and a look at the fishing boats, then beat it back to Dafní for a nap under the olive trees.

Rates start at $850 for a weekly rental.

Photo: Lakonía Greek Products

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