Daily breakfast, dinner and cooking lessons included.
Only 90 minutes from Athens.
Open June through September 2020
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 guests of Villa Katrin you will experience the food, culture, natural surrounds, and above all—the Hospitality—that 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.
Not into cooking? Not a problem. You can enjoy one of the 110 beaches of Evia, take an archeological tour, go for a hike on one of the many hiking trails or spend a lazy day in town. Then, as the sun goes down, come back to a sumptuous Greek meal prepared by our Culinary Staff and Cooking Class.
The Villa has a large commercial size kitchen on site. Our culinary staff plans 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. Your culinary creations will be included with daily dinner for all guests to enjoy!
Breakfast and Dinner 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.
Farm Fresh Ingredients
The ingredients used are farm fresh, sourced from local farms and markets. Take a trip with the chef to the local farmers market where you will select the best produce, meats and breads for the meals that you will prepare in each day's lessons
Learn to make authentic Greek meals with local farm fresh ingredients.
Villa Katrin is located on the north end of Katheni, a small village about a 20- minute drive from the main city of Chalkida and an hour-drive from Athens. It provides the ideal home-base for exploring Evia with day trips and activities. Guests also enjoy just spending quiet time in the country. The villa has 6 bedrooms and 1 apartment suite, each with full private bathroom. The home serves as a Bed & Breakfast during the summer months.
Villa Katrin offers a variety of amenities to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible. Each room has a flat screen television, as well as high-speed internet. Laundry service is available for small fee, so no need to over- pack. A variety of Island experiences is available to you. Just let us know your wish list, and we will have it for you when you arrive
Villa Katrin has a fully stocked Bar that has most international brands. If you prefer something special from the bar, please let us know in advance of your stay.
The Lounge is available for guests wanting to relax, play games or watch an old classic movie. Beverages including coffee and tea and a variety of local snacks are available at the bar throughout the day.
The Sun Room upstairs is a favorite get-away where you can enjoy a book or a little private time in a cozy space with a spectacular view.
Evia is rich in ancient history, especially concerning the Trojan War. The Island holds a prominent and dramatic role in Homer's Iliad. Among many sites, you will discover the Ancient Temple of Artemis (the Goddess of hunting) where Agamemnon sacrificed the sacred deer before setting sail for Troy. If you are a fan of Greek Mythology, you 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.
Without a doubt, 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.
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.
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.
Explore the hidden and out of the way sights of Evia on a bicycle tour.
Evia has a fantastic nightlife scene! There are several night clubs in Chalkida to dance the night away. The best part is, you can be back to your country home in just 20 minutes.
One of our favorite night clubs in Chalkida is Mist Club.
Aloha! We are D.J. and Travis, your hosts at Villa Katrin. We live in Honolulu Hawaii during the winter months, and in Evia Greece during the summer. We both have Greek heritage, with families from Athens, Kalamata and Crete. We have been traveling together to Greece for over 25 years. No matter where in the world we visit, we always seem to return to our beloved Greece. It is the place where we both feel immediately at home.
Because we reside on the opposite side of the planet for each half of the year, we have a kind of two-sided perspective. As residents of Hawaii, we have the ingrained Aloha Spirit of sharing and appreciation. Island dwellers naturally tend to look out for each other. This is true in Hawaii as well as Evia. As Greeks, we feel a deep connection to the ancient history and hospitality that define Greece.
In the fall of 2018 we made our first visit to Villa Katrin. Not only did we fall immediately in love with the home and the village, we knew that this special place could be shared with others in a way that honors the history of the land and the family that resides here. We are able to open the Villa for a limited number of months each summer to share this special home. Our wish is to provide an experience that provides the intimacy of a family home, but also the freedom of a small hotel.
Our goal is to provide travelers an experience not offered in many places. We want to give our guests the chance to slip into a foreign lifestyle for just a few days and to fall in love with this special place the way we did. We have a home where you can come to and truly feel you are somewhere else in time-- a unique experience-- not just another stay in a high end hotel or resort with elevators, and people everywhere.
We know that Food Vacations are popular and are gaining in interest as travelers are looking for something different. At Villa Katrin we provide the opportunity to learn how to cook some of the most incredible dishes on the planet— sampling the Cuisine of Greece.
We look forward to your stay.
If this is your first visit to Evia, or you have been many times, we want your experience to provide you with a lifetime of memories.. Our staff is always available to assist you with any specific requests, your company recommendations, or day trip suggestions.
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Have some questions? We are available to assist. Looking forward to the opportunity of having you as a guest.
Katheni Καθενοί 340 14 Greece