The manor house and estate at Achmetaga, set among fields, olive groves and wooded hills in northern Evia, have been in the hands of the Noel-Baker family since the 19th century. They have now been transformed into a unique place to stay, with a choice of accommodation which includes rooms in Konaki, the family house, or in the Candili wing, converted from the estate’s granary. Each of these has its own garden and plunge pool and a recent and very welcome addition is a 15m swimming pool which can be used by all guests on the estate.
The family cook prepares excellent authentic Greek dishes from locally grown produce, which are served at a communal table, and there is thrice-weekly maid service. Ideal for couples is the self-catering, self-contained Ktounia cottage, with its own plunge pool (but without electricity or other modern conveniences), about 20 minutes walk from the main buildings. Candili also has a seaside summer house, 90 minutes’ drive from the estate on a peninsula of more than one hectare, gloriously isolated and perfect for those who prefer to be on the coast. Candili also offers a wide selection of creative summer courses, including painting and pottery.