Eurycleia and Melantho are two neighbouring houses in the small village of Agia Saranda, above Afales Bay on Ithaca's north coast.
Melantho was a maidservant in Odysseus' palace and Eurycleia nursed Odysseus and his son, Telemachus, when they were babies.
Comfortable and modern interiors open out on to balconies and terraces with magnificent views over sweeping valleys and hillsides of olive and cypress trees and Afales Bay. The neighbouring island of Lefkas is clearly visible.
Afales beach is just under a kilometre away. At a similar distance is the site of "Homer's School" where recent excavations indicate that ruins found are those of Odysseus' palace.
Christina, the owner, lives nearby and is on hand to offer help and advice when needed.
This part of Ithaca contains a beautiful natural landscape of pasture land, vineyards, olive groves and the occasional hamlet of just a few houses. There is peace and seclusion but the coast is not far away.
Surrounding the village there are many walking trails to hidden hamlets such as Kalamos with its natural spring water.
Maid service and linen change twice weekly.
Location: car hire recommended. There is a good taverna just under half a kilometre away. The village of Stavros (tavernas, shops & cafebars) is 1.5 kilometres and the seaside village of Frikes (boat hire, tavernas & shops) is 3 kilometres.
Accommodation: Eurycleia has a ground floor of an open-plan sitting room (WiFi), dining area and kitchen (dishwasher); cloakroom. First floor of one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, each with an en suite shower room. Washing machine. Barbecue.
The house does not have air-con as the elevated position enjoys cooling summer breezes. Fans are provided.