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Butterfly Time at The Walnut Tree villa

Butterfly Time at The Walnut Tree villa

  In 2005, when we first started to think about planting the garden at The Walnut Tree villa, being insect friendly was high on the list.  We wanted to attract all insects, particularly BUTTERFLIES, moths and of course bees.  I am bound to say I have been pretty surprised by how many different insects there are.  Over the years the flyers, the ‘creepies’ and the ‘crawlies’ that emerge out of the sky or out of the undergrowth constantly amaze us.  When I stop saying ‘Well! I’ve never seen that before’ it will be a sad day.  ‘Insect Heaven’ would be Read more »

Walnut Tree villa rentals set for 2020

Walnut Tree villa rentals set for 2020

The pool at The Walnut Tree RENTAL  RATE  INCREASE FOR 2020 Reluctantly we have decided to increase the 2020 Walnut Tree villa rental rates by around 10%.  Our extra guest charge (over the optimum occupancy of 10) will continue at a daily rate of £15 per day per person.  Rental rates have not increased since 2014. Running costs are the main reason for this increase in the Walnut Tree rental rate.   Having to absorb a new Greek Income Tax levied on turnover which varies from 15% to 35% made the decision even more necessary.  Whoops! NEW  AIRPORT  BUILDINGS  OPEN GOOD Read more »

Eating out – eating in at The Walnut Tree

Eating out – eating in at The Walnut Tree

WARNING! I think it only fair to warn our guests that you probably won’t lose weight at The Walnut Tree villa whether you eat in or out. Boot camp it is not! DECISIONS, DECISIONS! Below is an example of a healthy breakfast. And it is very healthy. And the fruit is mostly picked from The Walnut Tree garden. Then add some locally made Kefalonian Greek yoghurt, seeds, nuts .. what could be better! It’s more about what happens next….. Picture the scene. You are sent on the morning/breakfast run to the bakery (Spathis Bakeries in both Karavomilos and Sami – Read more »

New management team at The Walnut Tree

New management team at The Walnut Tree

New Management at The Walnut Tree We are delighted to announce that Ace Properties (Adrian and Caroline Hill) have agreed to manage The Walnut Tree villa during the letting season.  Ace Properties are also looking after the villa while we are in the UK during the winter. Meeting and Greeting our Guests Adrian will be meeting and greeting our guests on their arrival in Kefalonia.  Any information or special requirements that our guests may need for their holiday to be just as perfect as can be – this will be over to Adrian. Villa Management Caroline will oversee guest changeovers Read more »

What DO we do at The Walnut Tree villa?

What DO we do at The Walnut Tree villa?

RETURN TO THE WALNUT TREE Just before Rees and I return to The Walnut Tree villa and garden  ……. what’s the most-asked question?  It’s got to be: ‘What do you do when you are in Greece?’  And of course we always hear: ‘Have a lovely holiday!’  Hmmmmmmm!  Don’t get me wrong!  Our time in Greece is one long holiday … but it is a working holiday!  But we do sometimes jokingly call our time there: ‘The Boot Camp’. What we do at the villa is dependent on the time of year. SPRING Springtime is principally concerned with preparation for the Read more »

Olive Oil Harvest at The Walnut Tree villa

Olive Oil Harvest at The Walnut Tree villa

Our time at The Walnut Tree villa has been a succession of journeys and adventures.  Some of these adventures and journeys have started using The Walnut Tree as a jumping off point. Others have been ‘at’ The Walnut Tree.  Over the last ten years the harvesting of our olive trees, pressing and collection of olive oil has been both a journey and an adventure. When we left The Walnut Tree villa in June we had high hopes of returning to a good crop of olives.  Unfortunately, subsequent adverse conditions affected Kefalonia’s olive oil production. When we returned to The Walnut Tree Read more »

The Walnut Tree villa is on Google Maps!

The Walnut Tree villa is on Google Maps!

The Walnut Tree is on Google Maps. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Walnut+Tree+Villa/@38.2395163,20.625493,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x135d8deb7a87c1ab:0xa9fd5a147e03ecc0!8m2!3d38.2395121!4d20.6276817 Good news for The Walnut Tree villa which is now clearly accessible on Google Maps.  If you put ‘The Walnut Tree, Sami’ into Google Maps, it’s no problem!  There it is – with the journey and directions from the airport easy to access. Thank you very much Google! This is a very good addition to our guest arrival information pack.  This map and link will be included in every Information Pack sent to our future guests. .

Olive Oil for sale – from Walnut Tree villa’s olives

Olive Oil for sale – from Walnut Tree villa’s olives

Off to the UK A Monday morning in Argostoli, Kefalonia!  Richard Dixon (richarddixon4x4@yahoo.com) took delivery of our 17.5 kilo oil tins – we are as nervous as kittens.  It is a bit like seeing your child off on his/her first big trip from school.  Our Walnut Tree olive oil was going on a big journey, across seas and across a continent.  It is a big trip!  Oooooer! Apart from a slight mix-up because Richard took an earlier ferry than originally planned and our daughter unable to do a pick up at 5am (children asleep in bed obviously), the journey and Read more »

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 »

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 »