Sunday, 15 August 2010

Roggia Farm, Corfu

The area of Roggia in North Corfu had been abandoned over the last 30 years until the idea of Roggia Farm eventually came to fruition. Roggia Farm has newly built houses with modern facilities and comfort inside, but which blend into the existing environment. The owners claim that their building intervention did not dramatically change the scenery of Roggia but, on the contrary, added new aura and fresh life to the area.

It is an organic farm with a range of local trees, plants and animals with the aim of applying biodynamic farming in the future. Since 2008 visitors have been able to come and stay at the farm and have the choice of helping with the animals and land or just watching; helping with the cooking or just eating!

The farm consists of a main building plus 3 maisonettes / studios for guests. For those who wish it, daily activities include feeding and cleaning the animals and cultivating, collecting, watering and pruning the vegetables and crops. Other activities, on request, include cycling, walking, horse-riding, yoga and massage and aromatherapy.

On my recent visit to the farm, I was much impressed by the whole environment and the enthusiasm of Nikos and his mother Lina who run it and for whom it is indeed a labour of love. For more information, visit their site here.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Lithies Houses, Zakynthos

Lithies Houses are set in large private grounds of 55,000 sq.m. in a forest within the borders of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, with views of the Ionian Sea. It is run by a farming family, and visitors have the chance to enjoy many biological homemade products such as organic honey, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Accommodation is in three 66 sq.m. houses, suitable for 6 people and two 52 sq.m. stone houses each built on two floors and suitable for 2-5 people.

Within the farm, the family runs the "Lithies Taverna", where all dishes are prepared in the traditional way with pure ingredients, mainly biological products cultivated in the family farm. The organic wine is from the farm's vineyards.

During your stay you can watch how honey is made and, in season, you can also see how the olive oil and wine is produced. The stunning forest area is perfect for hiking and walking and the houses are located only 800m away from a beach where you can play beach volley or go on organised scuba diving excursions.

Lithies farm is member of the organic farming program in the area of the national sea park of Zakynthos

For more information visit their website here.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Enagron Traditional Houses - Axos, Rethymno, Crete

Enagron is located in an area of more than 50.000 sq. metres with cultivations such as olive groves, vineyards, vegetable gardens and fruit trees but also with the wild vegetation of Crete. It is located just above the springs of Mylopotamos, the river that gave its name to the region, in the village of Axos at the foothills of Mount Psiloritis.

There are 32 apartments in 12 independent buildings, which can accommodate 2-6 people. The apartments are fully furnished and stylishly decorated, equipped with all amenities (central heating, air-conditioner and fireplace).

There is a restaurant – tavern, as well as a traditional kafenio, lounge, bar and many open covered areas. There is also a modern fully-equipped congress hall that can host congresses and events for up to 120 people.

The concept of the Enagron with its special facilities is to provide for a place where you can enjoy nature all year through, whether alone or with company, whether you organize activities of your own special interest or you participate in the activities offered or whether you are looking for this special place to introduce your products or present your plans to your customers.

Some of the available activities include:

    * Hiking on marked paths
    * Exploring nature on donkey-back
    * Participation in or observation of farming duties
    * Participation or observation of social, cultural or religious events that take place in the surrounding villages
    * Traditional Cretan cooking classes
    * Making cheese with our shepherd, baking bread in the wood oven
    * Grape-harvest, wine production, distillation of raki
    * Botanic walks – identification and collection of herbs, which upon return we brew into a delicious decoction
    * Observation of wild birds
    * Simply enjoying nature with all our senses under the trees or by the pool in the summer.

For more information please visit their website here.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Perleas Mansion, Chios

Perleas Mansion, on Chios island, combines the nobility of an old mansion with the beautiful environment of organic farming.

The 4-acre estate offers high quality holidays to nature lovers. Meals are carefully prepared with fresh vegetables gathered directly from Perlea's fields. The farm has about 1100 trees, especially citrus trees, tangerines, oranges and lemons. The olive trees provide the necessary oil for cooking and there is also a small production of potatoes and vegetables. All cultivation has been certified as organic since 1993, being one of the first to be so designated in the area.

The three different residences have seven apartments, which can host at least 14 visitors and the rooms have been recently refurbished to offer every modern facility.

There is also a stable with chickens, turkeys, goats, rabbits and pigs. A small handicraft unit has recently been established, producing fresh, all natural marmalades and sweets from age-old traditional Chian recipes.

Only 7 km from the city of Chios and 4 km from the seaside.

For more information visit their website here.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Mystic Blue Eco Sailing And Diving

Mystic Blue was inspired by a group of people from different backgrounds, with varied skills (divers, biologists and environmentalists), who were brought together due to their love of the sea and nature.

Their primary objective is the study and protection of the marine world and the raising of public awareness on environmental issues. In order to support this goal, they have created a series of eco activities involving sailing, diving and exploring unique species.

When their sailing boat, Tahita, is not chartered, she takes part in environmental activities throughout the year and they participate and support researchers in their collection of information and in their studies regarding ecology.

The group organises clean-ups of beaches, coves and underwater and collect plastics for recycling. Marine ecology seminars for divers and underwater photography exhibitions are also organised with the aim of raising awareness towards the protection of the sea and wild life.

For more information visit their website here.
To read their Responsible Travel policy visit here.

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