Five lovely days at the end of June were enough to simply adore the place. We stayed at the Megali Kamara and some other friends stayed at the Dipato (two storey).
Arriving there after a loooong boat journey from Piraeus, we were welcomed (at 2am!) by the owner, Evmorfia, who acted as if it were 5 in the afternoon.
The first pleasant surprise was the houses' surroundings. A lovely garden, warmly lit up, night scents from a variety of herbs and flowers, and refreshments were thre for us. We chatted as long as we could keep our eyes open and then we just slept the night away.
The next morning, stretching out of our beds, we wanted to find our way around the house's kitchen. We could not believe our eyes. Everything - and much more - that we needed, was there: coffee machines, cookies, local rusks (paximadia), and a fully equipped kitchen did not betray our expectations.
Our breakfast was taking place either inside or outside, at a well-shaded area of the garden.
Ooops forgot to tell you the important piece of info: the mattresses unfortunately can not be taken back home... that is what you will think of them every time you will get out of bed. They are the best mattresses I have ever slept on. Evmorfia has made the perfect choice.
The cupboards are big and smell of lavender and the amenities are so practical.
The living room is spacious, well and naturally air-conditioned, and even though we were ladies just under our 50's (and it can feel hot sometimes), we never felt uncomfortable,
it is immaculately clean, everything is new, the linens were fresh and crispy and Evmorfia was always available to meet our needs.
We regretted that we did not BarBQ but it is not a small island and even if Portari is ideally situated at its center, which saves time and money from the car trips, the island offers so many sites to see that time was just not enough.
We just loved the place and this is why, just now, we (as a family this time) are packing our suitcases to visit the place for a second time this year.
In all fairness,the money reflect the value and we're looking forward to collect more memories which we shall undoubtedly treasure!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "PORTARI HOUSES" is a country villa - guesthouse that offers a different vacation philosophy: warm hospitality in picturesque houses that provide the quality services of a hotel, while at the same time warm, personal attention is ensured by the hosts. The villa-guesthouse stands out for its unique interior design, its traditional architecture and its location in the Medieval settlement of Aroniadika on the seducing island of Kithira – an ideal setting for a relaxed and private vacation. The land where the Portari Houses are found extends over half an acre, complete with a barbeque pit, flowers, herbs and a vegetable garden. The complex is made up of three separate dwellings: Portari House I, a two story residence (110 sq.m.), Portari House II (80 sq.m.) and Portari House III (60 sq.m.) single level. The Cottage (60 sq.m.), a restored traditional home is also for rent. ... more less