The Kinsterna Hotel is a Byzantine mansion which has been faithfully and meticulously restored with great respect for its long history. Winner of numerous international distinctions and awards, the Kinsterna today is a true paradise for nature lovers. Words alone cannot describe the peace and quiet, the clean air and the majestic atmosphere of the mansion and its estate – all with a view of the legendary castle-rock of Monemvasia.
The Kinsterna Hotel is located in the settlement of Agios Stephanos, 7 kilometres south-west of Monemvasia in the southern Peloponnese and is built on the edge of the “Ibrahim Bey estate”.
The fertile 22-acre estate contains centuries-old olive trees, mainly of the local “Athinolia” variety, numerous citrus trees and an orange grove producing the famous Monemvasia oranges. Fruit-bearing trees have been a feature of the estate since the early 19th century, and whenever individual trees die they are replaced by traditional native varieties. There are also impressive stands of ancient eucalyptus trees and towering cypresses, vegetable gardens and beds of flowers and aromatic herbs. Across from the manor house on 5 acres of gentle sloping land lie Kinsterna’s private vineyards featuring native Greek varietals such as Kidonitsa, Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko and Monemvasia – from which we produce our own vintage wines.
Kinsterna’s owners have revived the traditional agricultural practices and occupations of the estate, such as: harvesting grapes, making olive oil, distilling tsipouro (traditional Greek spirits), baking bread and producing soap – creating a working model of sustainability that lies at the heart of their goal to make the estate as autonomous and self-sufficient as possible - as it was centuries ago.
Enjoy the delicious local specialties prepared by our chef and his team; relax by the sparkling pools filled with fresh water from mountain springs; browse rare volumes in the estate library; sample the wines from our own cellar; revitalize your senses at the atmospheric Kinsterna Spa, or hike through the verdant hills surrounding the estate, and enjoy majestic views and the beauties of nature. Kinsterna also organizes historical, cultural and athletic events and activities, which are intimately connected to the estate and specially designed for visitors who wish to learn more about the mansion’s region and history.