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 »
One of the most fascinating natural phenomenon of Kefalonia is the flow of water underneath the island from one side to the other. Two kilometers from Argostoli at Katavothres , the sea water flows down several sink holes and disappears, appearing again at Karavomolis (near Sami) first in the famous Melissani Cave Lake and then flowing on through the lake pictured below and finally into the sea again. At both ends of the water’s ‘journey’ and possibly from ancient times, the Kefalonians made use of the force of the water and constructed sea-mills. Today, we can only see replicas Read more »
With the prospect of a good olive harvest, we bought a mechanical olive picker and new much larger sheets to catch the olives. We also bought natural fibre sacks – in the hope that the picked olives lasted better once off the trees. Picking time was certainly shortened but the yield was not as good as we had hoped. Still …. 55 litres of oil will last us two years, so we are not complaining. Green, grassy, spicy … and delicious!
This is a photo of the food you are served at Robilis Taverna in Poulata near Sami, Kefalonia ……………… but it doesn’t do it justice. Not one bit! One cannot convey just how delicious and tender this ‘meat on the grill’ is with a mere photo. The sound effects are the thing: you hear a surprised ‘mmmmmmmmmm’ noise when the first plate arrives and then a muffled but actually louder ‘mmmmmmmmmmmmmm’ as the first mouthful goes in!! Then it is pretty well silence for those next few mouthfuls when you are telling yourself that nothing could be more juicy, full of flavour and Read more »
It doesn’t really matter where you go at this time of the year in Kefalonia ….. fields, roadsides, up in the National Park of Mount Aenos, up the sides of steep gorges, deserted tracks, olive groves, old villages …… wild flowers abound! Love in the mist, wild gladioli, orchids, aliums, roses, phlomis, sage, scabious; every day I see another flower I need to look up or otherwise recognise something I would normally see in my garden in England, growing wild here and flourishing. I hate to say this – but here, even the thistles present a picture, covering our Read more »
While we are at The Walnut Tree, cool but sunny days in April are the perfect time to discover more (or revisit favourite) delights in the wilder parts of Kefalonia. We drove south towards Poros, visiting Agilaki (the great depth of this pool gives it its extraordinary colour), surrounded by lush green olive groves and a myriad of spring flowers and then on to the Mycenean Tombs at Tzanata. The real purpose of our trip was to find the snow melt pools and tumbling mountain streams we have been hearing about for quite a number of years. Not far Read more »
Breakfast on Easter Saturday morning – traditional Easter Bread with the dyed red hard-boiled egg! Then a trip to the National Park of Mount Aenos to see the snow … and those wonderful views.
In November 2014, Rees and I joined the Kefalonia Ramblers and Katerina from Kefalonia Donkey Trekking for a beautiful walk discovering the old Watermills of the Sami valley. A truly wonderful day – weather perfect (and in November), company entertaining and Katerina and her two donkeys being the icing on the cake!