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 »

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 »

Walking in the mountains of Kefalonia

Walking in the mountains of Kefalonia

A SECRET NOT TO KEEP! Travel writers and travel companies talk the delights of Kefalonia but ignore the wild places, the National Parks and the mountains.  This is beginning to change. Over the last few years, several companies have been set up  focusing on outdoor activities.  They offer hiking and walking, climbing, mountain biking, four-wheel safaris and the like.  However, the best way to spread the word ……. word of mouth!  The best advertisement! WILD NATURE EXPEDITIONS  http://wildnature-expeditions.gr   CONTACT: Kostas Vitorakis who has been running this company for several years providing activities such as Caving, Canyoning, 4 x 4 Safaris, Rock Climbing, 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 »