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 »
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!!!!
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 »
Sign-up for our quarterly Newsletter available from the website. Please visit our ‘Book Now’ page and sign up today! Looking forward to adding news of the lates developments at the villa this spring and to including photos and reviews from the guests we will be welcoming in 2017.
Early July Ryanair flights from London Stansted to Kefalonia for just £177.98 return for one or two weeks (or even an 11 day holiday) travelling on Mondays and Thursdays – a pretty good deal! The Walnut Tree awaits – first two weeks of July available.
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.
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 »
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.’
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 »
During April and May, The Walnut Tree villa gets it annual makeover which sometimes includes ‘major works’ and other years (much to our relief!), general maintenance jobs are quite sufficient. Last year the whole villa was re-painted inside and out and we had air conditioning installed throughout the top floor – with lower ceilings upstairs, summer heat can be more of a problem. Problem solved! We have also continued to develop the barbecue area, installing in 2014 a stone built fire pit/barbecue – to our own design. Oh dear …. the stress of the first ‘fire up’! But it worked Read more »