Fondana is not for everybody. With spectacular uninterrupted views of many islands as distant as Skyros and Evia, and its own access to a private cove for swimming and snorkelling, Fondana is unique on this peaceful, safe and unspoilt island. It is a place to sleep, read, eat, play games, listen to music, spend time with friends and family and swim at our private access to the sea. It has no immediate neighbours, there is no light pollution, nor any extraneous noise. A car is essential.
Fondana offers complete freedom and escape, giving direct access to the clear waters of the protected National Marine Park. This private access is through a windy, shady path with some 400 steps – seven minutes down and some twelve minutes up through wild and beautiful forest. The cove consists of three discreet concrete platforms from which it is possible to jump into the sea or use the swimming steps.
House cleaning is arranged twice a week.
The house is also ideal (and cheaper) in April/May/late Spetember and October (out of high season) for keen walkers or nature lovers, being as it is surrounded by protected National Forest and there are many marked trails on the island.
The owner is the guests' first point of contact (by phone or via email). Local contacts will be available for immediate questions.
We will be happy to give guidance on how to reach the island and so far as ferries go we recommend Openseas.
Julian, 50, is half American and half English and has lived in many places - the US, Tunisia, Iran until the revolution, Switzerland and France. His background is in finance after having studied History at Oxford.
His wife, Elena, is Russian and is an international simultaneous conference interpreter.
Julian cannot live without music (Bach to Ted and Pressie); books - Gibbon, Shakespeare, Isherwood. Ecclesiastes. Favourite movies are: the 3rd Man, Five Easy Pieces, Brief Encounter, Apopcalypse Now and anything by Kubrick/Kurosawa. There are also many things Julian cannot live with: music in restaurants (or anywhere) in the wrong context and intolerance being amongst them. Julian will happily eat the same dish (say, an omelette) for weeks.
Elena cannot live without various potions for the skin, yoga, sushi and many of the things that Julian cannot live without (such as himself). We travel mostly within Europe and always travel privately. With respect to life mottoes they are adequately laid out at Delphi.