Xyloporta is a collection of recently renovated olive picker's cottages situated around a central courtyard with several terraces, two pools and incredible views over the Ionian sea.
We use the terrace for yoga and are in the process of building a yoga platform down in the olive groves. There is a large living room which we also use for indoor yoga if necessary.
I have a water purifier at Xyloporta to avoid the need to buy bottled water. The refuse is divided and recycled.
We have hosted several successful retreats at Xyloporta; for walkers, artists, but primarily yoga groups. The property is old, very rural, surrounded by olive groves, with guaranteed peace and privacy.
Each little cottage is different from the other, independent, with its own terrace area and entrance. They were all renovated four years ago and are all en suite, two with baths as well as showers. The bed linen and bath towels are from the White Company and the shower toiletries are Jo Malone. Although simply furnished, the cottages are comfortable and have hanging rails and chest of drawers. The design is unusual and clients love it because they feel they can be "apart in their togetherness", joining the group as and when they feel like it but able to inconspicuously retreat for some downtime as required. There are seven separate cottages, of varying sizes - from a three bed to single occupancy.
There are lovely walks from Xyloporta, up into the olive groves or down to the beaches, we have 7 paddle boards clients are welcome to use and 3 e-bikes. I can recommend a cook on the island, trained at Prue Leith, who has cooked for all our retreats and is accustomed to large numbers and various dietary requirements. She is also a great source of local information.
Our housekeeping team comes in twice during the week for sheet/towel changes and cleaning. Our housekeeper will be there to meet and greet the group and show them how Xyloporta works (when the bins are taken away etc).
We are in the process of designing a yoga platform in the olive groves which will be built this winter. The kitchen is fully equipped to cater for large groups, with an extra large electric oven and gas hob, two fridge-freezers and three sinks. We have wifi in the main living room but not in the bedrooms, there are hammocks and a swing seat in the garden and plenty of spaces for people to retire to if they want some time out from the group. The infinity pool is 10m x 5m with a smaller splash pool beside it. Both pools look out over the sea towards the Peloponese and Cephalonia.
There are 7 cottages. 5 can be divided into twin rooms (one can take 3), 1 is a double room and 1 is a very small twin which is probably best used for single occupancy.
There are two bathrooms with bath as well as shower, the others are all shower/wetrooms.
There are no extra costs. The cleaning team come in twice a week for sheet/towel changes and cleaning. They also clean after departure as long as the kitchen is left tidy and as clean as possible.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are included.
I can recommend a local cook, who is Irish and trained at Prue Leith. She has cooked for several retreats and can accommodate large groups with diverse dietary requirements.
Kitchen and Dining room
There kitchen is fully equipped with two fridges, a gas hob, an extra large electric oven, a dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine and three sinks. The indoor dining area can seat 14.
There are several terraces and one very large one, beside the pool, where yoga can be taught. There are hammocks and a swing seat in the olive groves. We are building a yoga platform this spring.
Xyloporta is 43km north from the Zakynthos International airport. It is very rural, down a private track. The nearest shops, tavernas, beaches are 5 minutes away.
Xyloporta House, Zakynthos, Greece
Zakynthos International - 43km away.
Rentals commence after 2pm and terminate before 10am, Saturday to Saturday. A deposit of 25% of rental fee is payable if the booking is made more than 8 weeks prior to start of the rental. The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental. If cancellation is required and Xyloporta cannot be re-let, then payment is forfeit.