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Olive Oil Harvest – oil for sale from The Walnut Tree villa

Olive Oil Harvest – oil for sale from The Walnut Tree villa

      Good Olive Harvest in 2017 enough oil to sell for the first time!   After our best ever olive oil harvest at The Walnut Tree villa in autumn 2017, we now have enough oil to sell! As we pick our olives comparatively early, our olive oil has the distinctive bright greeny-gold colour and the slightly peppery grassy flavour associated with authentic extra virgin olive oil.  We used the olive press in Frigata for our first ‘pick’ and our local press just outside Sami for the second. Our Trees When we bought the villa thirteen years ago, there Read more »

Villa holiday at The Walnut Tree – fly from Birmingham with Jet2.com

Villa holiday at The Walnut Tree – fly from Birmingham with Jet2.com

Planning a self-catering holiday at THE WALNUT TREE villa in Kefalonia?  To fly from Birmingham Airport check out the Jet2 website! https://www.jet2.com/en/cheap-flights/birmingham/kefalonia May and September are just the months to visit The Walnut Tree villa near Sami, Kefalonia – good for walking through the National Parks, viewing the spring/autumn flowers and perfect temperatures to enjoy these wild unspoilt spaces. So it is GOOD NEWS that the budget airline Jet2 have just announced 2019 regular flights from Birmingham to KEFALONIA on Tuesdays.  This new service starts in May and continues until the end of September.  You can already book these flights Read more »

KEFALONIA – A GOOD PLACE TO START FROM – EXPLORING GREECE!

KEFALONIA – A GOOD PLACE TO START FROM – EXPLORING GREECE!

‘I didn’t know that Kefalonia was on the way to anywhere!’ A friend said that on hearing that we had guests staying with us …… en route for Italy.  My response is this Blog!!! With daily ferries and flights to mainland Greece, ferries to all the other Ionian islands and four different ports in Italy plus direct flights to UK, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia – and of course with the several flights each day to Athens International Airport – the whole world is only a airline ticket away. Where we have been Read more »

Eat Walnuts at The Walnut Tree villa – they boost willpower……

Eat Walnuts at The Walnut Tree villa – they boost willpower……

‘Walnuts Boost the Willpower of Dieters’ I have just read an article that suggests that WALNUTS boost willpower!   I am certainly not suggesting summer guests should be thinking about dieting while on holiday at The Walnut Tree villa.  BUT….. looking forward to this year’s harvest of walnuts from our two trees (not much luck yet I have to admit!) this piece of information seemed like good news for a new year ‘self assessment/renewal’ …. or a spot of dieting.  I prefer the French word ‘regime’ – much kinder! As our guests often mention, our kitchens (one on each floor) Read more »

2018 Updates to General ‘Admin’ at The Walnut Tree

2018 Updates to General ‘Admin’ at The Walnut Tree

A COUPLE OF CHANGES………..   Our charges for extra guests over the optimum occupancy of ten will be £15 per person per night (instead of 5% of rental).  We thought this more straight forward.  The charges cover electricity, water, pool cleaning, linen and towels.   Cleaning, change of bed linen and bath towels will now be at the end of the first week for guests staying for more than one week with a 75 Euro charge if an extra clean is requested.  Extra bed linen for all bed sizes as well as extra bath towels will be available in a Read more »

A very happy New Year from all at The Walnut Tree

A very happy New Year from all at The Walnut Tree

On the whole, looking out of our window in drizzly Devon this morning, I would rather be in Kefalonia and obviously at The Walnut Tree villa.  Still it won’t be long; we return on the 26th of March for a leisurely late spring and preparations for the 2018 letting season. On that note, we are delighted with lettings this year with only the last week in June and the last two weeks of August/first weeks of September still available. No big ‘refurb’ plans for inside the Walnut Tree villa this year.  However, we have started renovating the pool terrace by Read more »

WALKING in Kefalonia – a definite ‘to do’ when on holiday at The Walnut Tree villa

WALKING in Kefalonia – a definite ‘to do’ when on holiday at The Walnut Tree villa

So often when travel writers and travel companies describe the delights of Kefalonia ……….. the beaches, clear waters, friendly Kefalonians, food and wine made with local ingredients, sailing, diving, lazing and the rest ……….. the extraordinary wild spaces that are the central spine of this mountainous island are largely ignored.  I am glad to say that this is at last changing, helped by several companies set up over the last  few years specialising in outdoor activities: hiking and walking, climbing, mountain biking, four-wheel safaris and the like and ……. word of mouth: the best advertisement! Up in the high mountainous Read more »

New ferry service linking the Ionian Islands will be inaugurated in March 2018.

New ferry service linking the Ionian Islands will be inaugurated in March 2018.

What good news for the Ionian Islands!  A new linking service announced by Shipping Minister, Panagiotis Kouroumblis will provide ferries between Corfu, Lefkada, Cephalonia and Zakynthos – good for tourism, trade and ease of travel for those living on islands. Perfect for those holidaying in Kefalonia (or another island) who want to island hop for part of their holiday. http://int.ert.gr/new-ferry-service-linking-ionian-islands-to-start-as-of-march-2018-says-shipping-minister/ A few photos of Ithaca taken in October 2017.  This is an island not to be missed: history, beauty, enchanting villages – we loved it! Ferry at Vassiliki on Lefkada and some photos of Corfu town, Paleokastrista and the Ladies Read more »

The Walnut Tree Olive Harvest 2017

The Walnut Tree Olive Harvest 2017

    For us and many others in Kefalonia, the olive crop in 2016 was just about non-existant.  So this year in 2017, the expectation was high and not to say – a little bit desperate.  We were down to our last litre as were many of our Greek friends.  On our return in late September, after some extremely hot summer weeks (with one period of ten days when the daytime temperatures did not fall below 40), we viewed our olives with some despair.  The olives were plentiful and on some trees more than plentiful, but the crop was wrinkled Read more »

Exploring Ithaki – a three day trip just scratched the surface!

Exploring Ithaki – a three day trip just scratched the surface!

  When we are living at The Walnut Tree in the early spring and summer and again in the late autumn, one of our great pleasures is to take advantage of the Greek ferry system and go travelling. Ithaca!  Odysseus, Penelope, ancient castles, high mountain roads, good walking, fabulous views, beautiful churches, small unspoilt towns and harbours, deserted beaches: Ithaca/Ithaki is an island of two parts divided by a narrow bridge of land between two mountains: Paleokastro and Agros.  There are two main towns, the capital Vathi in the south part and Stavros in the north with around eight villages Read more »