The guesthouse was named neion after the mountain Neion that is mentioned in Odyssey, which, according to the German archaeologist W. Doerpfeld who supported that Lefkada is Homer’s Ithaca, is the mountain Skaroi, which is located opposite to the guesthouse.
The three buildings that exist on the hill of Kiafa, were bought on 2000, were restored and turned into a contemporary and comfortable retreat, compatible with the landscape, in harmony with the natural beauty of the surroundings and is a typical traditional house that reflects the architecture of the region.
Neion is an alternative destination. Here, the intense and rapid rhythms of the everyday in the urban environments and in the crammed touristic regions are replaced by the rhythms of nature. Surrounded by hills with dense vegetation and small-scale vineyards and the mountain of Skaroi with the old forest of the ancient oak trees, protected from the noise and surrendered in the laws of nature, it addresses to the restless, active, spiritual traveller – explorer and calls him to participate to several activities and practices of contemporary art.
Neion consists of two stone – built, fully renovated buildings and can host up to twenty persons.
The main two stored building has three double and four triple bedrooms, each one distinct from the other.
On the ground floor there is the dining room, a cosy big hall with a fireplace, the library and two bedrooms. The rest of the rooms are located on the first floor, where there is also a smaller hall and another library.
All of the rooms and the whole building are filled with beamed ceilings and wooden floors, with a view to the garden, the picturesque villages or the sea, according to their orientation, they all include an en-suite bathroom, a mini fridge and air condition. Alternatively for those who don’t want to use the air condition there are fans provided. The bathrooms are equipped with sanitizing products and hairdryer.
The second building is spacious and has a fireplace, an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen and can host two to six persons.
The everyday at neion
The day at neion begins with a hearty, homemade breakfast with local, traditional products and is served in a buffet in the main hall, while during the day there are beverages and drinks that one can enjoy in one of the secret spots in the guesthouse: the big monastery table in the entrance, the door – table benefitting from a pleasant breeze, the main yard for nice talks-as there is always someone around or in the “Red square” with a view to the sea and the surrounding islands.
The presentations and the workshops that neion organizes, take place in the “Red square” or in the old threshing floor and the yoga lessons are practiced in the living-room.
There is a library for the intellectuals and free mountain bikes for the athletes, who can hike or walk or bike in the various routes and paths of the region.
There is a free private parking and wireless connection to the internet (wi-fi).