Friday, August 24, 2012

Presenting Villa Ersi - FINALLY!

We just returned from a five week long trip to Greece to visit family, enjoy some beach time, but most importantly, move into Villa Ersi and realize this crazy project my family and I have been working on these last few years. 

Backyard at dusk
I won't bore you with the hair pulling, frustrating moments and bureaucratic hurdles we encountered, because a) I don't really want to relive those moments, and b) I'm eager to show you the final photos of the house. First - long story short, here's how those five weeks in Greece went down:

The shipping container, aka "House in a Box," that we loaded up and shipped off back in June was delayed in arriving a few days. Not because the ship was delayed, but because the container itself spent a few too many days in customs at the port of Piraeus (insert bureaucratic hurdles here). 

Once we finally trucked it to Kefalonia we needed to creatively find a way to remove the boat before we could unload the contents of the house (insert hair pulling, frustrating moments here). We went through a few bizarre scenarios and finally found a loading ramp to safely remove the boat.  

My cousin proudly stands
Once we unloaded all of the boxes, I realized that our job in assembling the furniture (think allen wrenches and lots of swearing) would probably take the whole summer - and not just a few days, as I had initially thought. 

My sister (her cast), my husband, and the dozens of boxes. 
Work to the house was still being completed, even as we were moving in. Every morning at 8am workers were hammering away installing the driveway, the kitchen backsplash, oven, stove, electrical work, and painting - just so you get the idea. Imagine your vacation in a construction zone. That's what it was.

The cheapest way to fill the pool was with the garden hose, so after not-so-patiently waiting for five days, we got creative. 

Half filled? So what. 
We really did have a great time, albeit exhausting, but then again - Greece is never a totally relaxing vacation for us. For my family, it's usually just a break from our everyday lives, because we live there for an extended period of time. We party late, take mini trips, and visit with family and friends. Now that the house is complete, our next task is to finish the website and start renting the house during the months we're not there.

Villa Ersi will be available as a three bedroom, four bath, luxury villa rental during the months of May-June and September-October. And without further ado, here she is!

Entrance 

Living Room

Living Room


Dining Room


Kitchen

 Upstairs Bedroom 1

 Upstairs Bedroom 1

 Upstairs Bedroom 2

Upstairs Bedroom 2

Downstairs Bedroom

Outdoor Dining

The pool

TA DA! That's it for now. I'll have more photos to share on the website in the next few weeks, or check out and like the Villa Ersi Facebook page.

8 comments:

  1. Looks amazing! Kalo riziko and I hope to see you all next summer!

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  2. Helena - A Diary of LovelyAugust 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    wow Julie, its AMAZING, just gorgeous!

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  3. Thanks Helena! We're so excited for it to be done. Hopefully we'll get to enjoy it more next year!

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  4. Thanks Nina! Definitely, next year!

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  5. Wow that is a lot of work! It looks beautiful! I'd be interested in possibly renting it one year. Kefalonia is on my list of islands to visit!

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  6. Thank you. Absolutely! We'll have more info on the website soon.

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  7. The blue accents make me SO happy. I think this is going on my Camp Mighty Life List, right now!

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  8. Thanks Lindsay! It's the traditional look of Kefalonia. I love it too :)

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