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7 Day Cooking and Culinary Vacation in Katheni, Evia

Villa Katrin, Eparchiaki Odos Psachnon - Katheni 7, Greece

A Greek Culinary Experience

If you are looking for a true Greek culinary vacation, staying at Villa Katrin on the beautiful Island of Evia is it. Villa Katrin offers a rare opportunity to experience the true heart of Greece. Just a short drive from Athens, you will find yourself in the peaceful and beautiful countryside village of Katheni. As a guest of Villa Katrin, you will experience the food, culture, natural surrounds, and above all, the hospitality, the feeling only a private home can provide. Along with the friendly hosts guiding your stay, you will learn to cook using recipes and methods that go back hundreds of years..

Highlights

  • Greek immersive culinary experience
  • Learn to prepare a different meal each day
  • Daily cooking lessons for all guests who wish to join
  • Taste ingredients fresh from local farms and villages
  • Discover traditional and family recipes often left out of restaurant menus
  • Stay in an authentic Greek country home among orchards and farmlands
  • Large commercial size kitchen, with room for everyone
  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Villa Katrin is a romantic country home surrounded by green lawn with olive trees of fresh lemons, oranges, pomegranates, and grape vines. Situated on a quarter of hectare in the village of Katheni, the villa and grounds have spectacular views of Mount Dirfys and the lower rolling farmlands. It is in the heart of the fertile farmlands of Evia. The population is approximately 250 residents. There is a bakery, a cafe sports bar, a butcher, a mini market, and a wonderful taverna in the town square.

Named for the family matriarch, Katrina, the villa was built over the past ten years as a family winter retreat with the goal that it would someday be a country inn offering guests unique access to an authentic Greek experience during the summer months. With that in mind, the villa was built with the combination of amenities you would expect in both a private home and a small hotel.

Get up early in the morning and take a walk to the village just down the cobblestone street. As you get closer, the smell of fresh bread will take over your senses. At the town square, the local farmers are selling fresh produce picked that morning. Everything is fresh - it is like being dropped into an organic food lovers paradise.

The villa’s spacious common rooms and bedrooms are decorated in the Greek traditional elegant country style, with six comfortable bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. You will notice the attention to detail in the specially selected oak finishes throughout the home. Oak is the tree of Zeus and the symbol of strength and endurance.

The home is warm and welcoming while also allowing privacy and freedom to come and go as desired without concern of disturbing other guests. The entry lobby has a small dining room, a full bar and a spacious living room with a fireplace. There is also a small living room with a fireplace upstairs that features dramatic views. All the bedrooms are upstairs and four have private balconies with mountain or valley views.

Program

Cooking lesson

The villa has a large commercial size kitchen on site. The culinary staff plans the menus, prepares meals, and teaches the hands-on cooking classes using recipes which have been passed down for generations and are not often found on restaurant menus. There is plenty of room for everyone to participate in the preparation of the daily meals which are prepared with fresh produce and meats from the farms surrounding the home. You will also learn many traditional Greek dessert recipes. Your culinary creations will be included with daily dinner for all guests to enjoy!

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 9:00 Buffet style Greek breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Cooking lesson - open for all guests who wish to participate
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Open seating in the dining room

There are many activities and sights to explore around the villa, such as hiking, winery tours, beaches, etc. Let the staff help map out a perfect day-trip for you to enjoy after breakfast, or after the daily cooking lesson. You can partake in many activities, and return home in time for cocktails and dinner.

Villa Katrin staff loves to make special events for guests or groups which can include regional tastings of wines, beers, chocolates, or reception with local Greek artists, or a movie night on the lawn. Please let them know how they can make your stay special.

Location

This culinary vacation is located in the Katheni Village, Evia, Greece. Villa Katrin is located in the center of Evia. You will travel by car from Athens to Chalkida to Katheni Village.

The Island of Evia ("Euboea" in Ancient Greek) is the second largest Greek Island, after Crete. It has three distinct regions: the fertile and forested north, dramatic mountains and rolling farmlands in the center, and baron south. You can discover all the diversity that Greece has to offer within Evia. Only two bridges connect the Island of Evia to the mainland, both run through the city of Chalkida ("Chalcis" in Ancient Greek).

Distances

  • Athens, 100 kilometers (57.5 miles)
  • Chalkida, 22 kilometers

Food

Breakfast and dinner are included. A traditional Greek breakfast is served daily. Dinners feature favorite Greek meals, along with family dishes and comfort foods that are not often found in restaurants.

The ingredients used are farm fresh, sourced from local farms and markets. Take a trip with the chef to the local farmers market and local shops where you will select the best produce, meats, and bread for the meals that you will prepare in each day's lessons.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Evia is a beautiful undiscovered region of Greece with fertile lands and a rich ancient history. There are many activities within a short drive around the Villa.

Chalkida

Chalkida is a gorgeous port town with waterfront promenades of open air restaurants and music.

Archeological sites

Evia is rich in ancient history, especially concerning the Trojan War. The Island holds a prominent and dramatic role in Homer's Iliad. Fans of Greek Mythology will find the lands come alive as you explore the rolling fields of farmlands and mountains where fair maidens hunted the land and bathed in streams.

Regional wine tours

The ancient Greek soil and the perfect weather combine to create some of the best wines and spirits in the world. There are several family vineyards and distilleries on Evia, which make wonderful day trips from Villa Katrin.

Learn to make Greek feta cheese

Visit a local farm to learn the ancient art of making Greek feta cheese. Each region in Greece creates a special feta that incorporates their unique flavors. This is a wonderful and flavorful experience.

Healing natural springs of Edipsos

Located to the north of the villa, Edipsos is one of the most famous spa towns in Greece. Popular since ancient times, the healing properties of the thermal springs (about 80 of them) were mentioned in the works of Aristotle, and have hosted notable visitors from Marcus Aurilius to Aristotle Onasis to name a few. You may find semi-thermal sea water at certain beaches where thermal springs reach the sea. Make sure to add this day trip to your 'do-not-miss' list.

Bicycle tours

Explore the hidden and out of the way sights of Evia on a bicycle tour.

Kayaking

Explore sea caves or beautiful rivers by kayak.

Beaches

Discover the 110 beaches of Evia. You are sure to find many that fit your taste; from secluded naturist areas to beaches with sunning beds, cocktail service and tavernas nearby.

Spa treatments

To the north of the Villa is the seaside town of Edipsos, known throughout history for its hot natural mineral springs. You can experience the healing waters in one of many public beaches, or purchase a day pass for the spa with many pools of water. Taking the day pass is recommended as the public areas can sometimes be crowded.

What's included

  • Daily cooking lessons in the large commercial size kitchen
  • Taste ingredients fresh from local farms and villages
  • Dinner created by the culinary staff and the cooking lessons
  • Stay in an authentic Greek country home among orchards and farmlands
  • Daily Greek breakfast
  • Coffee, tea, and water
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcohol

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Athens

  • Drive north from Athens on the E75 Highway for 64 kilometers (39.7 miles).
  • There are toll stops on this road.
  • Merge right onto A11 North to Chalkida.
  • Continue for 16 kilometers (10 miles).
  • Cross the bridge into Chalkida town. Take Highway 77 North.
  • Continue for 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles).
  • Turn right after the supermarket onto Epar.Od. Artakis-Kimis.
  • Continue for 15 kilometers (10 miles) to Katheni Village.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Villa Katrin creates an experience that requires a seven-night minimum stay. It is currently open for the months of June, July August and September 2020.

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