Last Updated: 15 September 2023
The house which belonged to Bella's family, was built in 1914 and is an addition to an older house built around 1830. As time went by, the family welcomed new members and according to tradition, all members of the family lived under the same roof, grandparents, parents, and children. Around the house were stone benches where women would sit and do their embroidery, the ‘’ Karsanika Embroideries ” were part of a daughter’s dowry or were sold on the market thus contributing to the family income.
The house was tastefully renovated in 2021 to bring forth its distinct architectural aspects.
Shades of green, elements of stone, and wood are all features of the area’s traditional
architecture which blend through a contemporary viewpoint creating an essence of familiarity, a unique view where the old and new coexist in harmony.
Comfort and elegance were taken into consideration while renovating this place so that the visitor can enjoy a memorable vacation in a village with excellent weather close to nature. This two-floor accommodation consists of two bedrooms and an extra room with a sofa bed which becomes a bed large enough to sleep two children. It also has two toilets, one on each floor and a fully equipped kitchen.
There is a stone-paved patio with a barbecue built under a roof where the visitor can grill whatever s/he pleases. This area can be used for breakfast too.
The house is found in the village of Karia in Lefkada on the slopes of the mountain of Elati, 12 kilometers from the city of Lefkada, 5 kilometers from the majestic sunset of eastern Lefkada (Exanthia), 6 kilometers from the coast of St. Nikita. The west coasts of the island (Nidri, Perigiali) are a 20- minute drive through a breathtaking road trip. Karia is famous for its beautiful village square with age-old trees, a stone-built fountain with running water, traditional coffee shops, bars, Greek taverns. It also has a supermarket and a pharmacy. It is also known for its ‘’Karsanika embroideries”. Maria Stavraka made the unique Karsanika embroidery, famous in the 19 th century. During summertime, there are many cultural events such as “The Riganada” A Representation of a Traditional Wedding Celebration, Traditional Dances performed by the group “ Friends of Music and Dance Apollon”. The visitor can admire the church of Saint Spiridon, patron of the village, built at the end of the 19 th century with its impressive bell tower, an example of architecture found in the Ionian islands. There is also a museum with local exhibits in the village.
In addition, one can walk through the paved roads and admire the beautiful houses made out of stone which preserve the village’s unique architectural tradition.
At the foot of the village, in the meadow, lies the monastery of St. John which was built in 1605. The visitor can admire the frescoes and the wooden icon screen as well as “The Red Church” which was built in 1478. Finally, nature worshippers can enjoy the wonderful green routes found throughout the area.
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