Dancing in Aghia Efimia on May Day

Dancing in Aghia Efimia on May Day

The first of May is a special day in Greece.  In years past we have seen traditional dances with the dancers in national costume.  This May Day it was a bit different – school children, a band of young musicians and local dancers entertaining huge crowds of Kefalonians out and about in the early summer sunshine enjoying the holiday.      

First walk of Spring 2017 – Sami Lighthouse

First walk of Spring 2017  – Sami Lighthouse

One of the many reasons to return to Kefalonia in late March/early April are the walking tracks – so many walks to discover and explore.  Last Sunday, 2nd April saw us off to a good start completing the unmarked but clear track from the old village of Dichalia, past Sami sewage works (one of the most scenic in the world, I’m betting!) and then on to the track.  It is marked on the Anavasi Hiking Map but no markings on the trail itself. The track starts wide and inviting and quickly deteriorates into a rocky narrow path.  However it is Read more »

Orange and Kumquat harvest at The Walnut Tree

Orange and Kumquat harvest at The Walnut Tree

After twelve years of willing (also called: feeding, pruning, pleading and …. yes … a bit of shouting), our young citrus trees are starting to fruit.  2017 seems to be a good year.  Very exciting!  The fruit is falling off the trees – and we cannot wait to get back to Kefalonia and enjoy the fruit of our labours!!!!  

Sea Turtles of Kefalonia – helping volunteers of Wildlife Sense

Sea Turtles of Kefalonia – helping volunteers of Wildlife Sense

One of the organisations involved in the protection of Kefalonia’s Sea Turtles is Wildlife Sense (www.wildlifesense.com).  Last week we had the immense privilege to be invited to help Wildlife Sense volunteers, Shirley and Mike Ogden check nesting sites for the progress of hatching and in some cases helping the baby turtles on their journey to the sea. Wildlife Sense’s publicity leaflet tells us that ‘Kefalonia is home to 2 of the 7 sea turtle species that exist in the world.  Loggerhead sea turtles, aso known as Caretta cartta, nest and forage on Kefalonia’s coast.  Green sea turtles (Chetonia mydas) only forage Read more »

Online payment via Paypal soon to be available on The Walnut Tree villa website

Online payment via Paypal soon to be available on The Walnut Tree villa website

As well as updating The Walnut Tree villa website for 2017 rentals, we have decided to add online payment for rental bookings via Paypal.  The current situation of bank transfer security (discussed on BBC4’s Moneybox on Saturday), makes this something we feel we should be offering to our guests.  Bank transfers and cheques in the post are still options available should these be preferred. The payment method through PayPal and the updated 2017 wesbite should be visible on Monday, 19th December 2016.  

Kefalonia Trails – Old Watermills Walk

Kefalonia Trails – Old Watermills Walk

Over the last few years, we have begun to explore more of the designated Trails of Kefalonia.  Many of these walks have been upgraded over recent years and given explanatory boards at their ‘Starts’ and ‘Ends’ and marked along the way by red or blue painted posts or rocks.   Last Sunday, we set off to follow the Agios Nikolaos Watermills Walk on the road between Sami and Poros, starting near Lake Avithos.  As we discovered when we arrived, there is still work continuing here and in some places there needs to be some renovation to works already completed due Read more »

Review from family’s second visit to The Walnut Tree

Review from family’s second visit to The Walnut Tree

This is such a fabulous review and so lovely to hear from happy guests.   ‘It was our second visit to The Walnut Tree after loving it so much last year. The Walnut Tree is the most idyllic, beautiful, clean, spacious villa, suitable for a large family. We actually cannot find any fault with it and can recommend it completely to anyone wanting to visit the gorgeous island of Kefalonia.’  

Assos Wedding – Bridesgroom’s family take over The Walnut Tree!

Assos Wedding – Bridesgroom’s family take over The Walnut Tree!

A first – wedding fever at The Walnut Tree villa. The Beynon family made The Walnut Tree their headquarters for their son’s wedding in August this year – a lovely group of all generations celebrating a BIG event. Here’s what they said ‘………I can only recommend the Walnut Tree House for a stay in Kefalonia, especially for a larger group of friends or family as there is enough room for everyone to do their own thing during the day, but equally it is possible to sit everyone around one table for dinner! Thank you for having us!’ (full review on Read more »