Barbara Studios - (Accommodation in Svoronata)

Jim J           

My wife Susi and I stayed at the Barbara Apts from August 22nd until September 5th. The apartments are fine but only if you stay away from the ground floor. Rooms 2, 3,4,5, are appalling, cell like springs to mind but the annexe is a joy to behold. Light airy and well kitted out. Be advised that the cleaners appeared only twice during our two weeks there and the bed linen was only changed twice. Apparently loo roll is not provided so bring your own as the local brand is a bit rough ! The apartment complex is quite quiet but the Premier League bar just next door is a good spot for a bit of craic and a few beers. Matt & Jo run the place and you are guaranteed to enjoy their Yorkshire humour. The Ai Helis restaurant is very good and reasonably priced. Down the street is La Calma which is a restaurant and small bar. Susi says that the lamb chops at La Calma are to die for ! They offer entertainment one night per week so don't miss Harrison Grice who sings the best Rat Pack you will ever hear.

The small supermarket next door is expensive so take the bus into Argostoli and shop there, the prices are about half of those next door. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes and the scenery is breathtaking. Reading reviews prior to travelling I intended to hire a car but I found it not really necessary as the bus and taxi service is sufficient.
The Ai Helis beach is nice but beware of the 80 or so steps down to the beach and back up again. There are no toilet facilities on the beach whatsoever but there are watersports available and a small snack bar.