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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We spent two weeks with Eleana and her family in September this year. Yes, we were paying visitors but Eleana made us feel more like her guests. From the moment she picked us up at the airport until we said our reluctant goodbyes she did everything possible to make us feel at home. Other reviews mention all the wonderful treats she provides for her guests, from freshly baked cake to produce from the garden. It may seem too good to be true .... but believe me my increased waistline bears witness to the truth! The apartment was spacious, well furnished and kept immaculate. Although in a central area of this small village, the location is quiet and peacefull whilst being close to a supermarket, bakery, tavernas etc.

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday on Samos, wonderful weather, incredible churches and archaeology, beautiful scenery but it is the warmth of welcome from all the people on Samos that we met that will draw us back again. When we do visit again we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere other than with our friend Eleana.

Date of stay: September 2012
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Thank SusanWorcestershire
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

I booked our recent week at Iliana's appartments on the strength of the reviews on this website, and can confirm that the reviews and ratings are very well deserved!
We were met at the airport by Iliana and after a short drive, were welcomed into our 1st floor appartment, very clean, with everything you needed and a lovley little balcony with views of the village square and sea. Our fridge was stocked with Iliana's home made cheese, fresh goat milk, eggs and vegetables.
The location was ideal. Ireon is a lovely village and we had everything on the doorstep here - bus stop, supermarket, baker, plenty of restaurants and tavernas and a choice of quiet beaches.
We didn't hire a car and just walked or took the bus to Samos, Pythagoreio and Kokkari.
Iliana was available for questions and supplied information and tourist maps and books. She also supplied frequent 'treats' including my husband's favourite Loukamides (like little doughnut balls with honey) and my favourite Tyropitas (cheese pies). The week ended with her dropping us back at Samos aiport after a very enjoyable holiday.
We have stayed at some of the best hotels (including the Burj Al Arab), but it would be hard to beat Iliana's for comfort, location, hospitality and cost!
We are aiming to travel to more of the Greek Islands (easy for us living here in Cyprus), but if we ever go back to Samos, we would definitely stay with Iliana again.

Date of stay: September 2012
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1  Thank jackiechaney
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

our 3rd stay at illiana`s and it gets better and better. the place is fantastic, illiana and her family are wonderful. ireon is the best village by far. samos is a beautiful island, it needs to be promoted in the uk alot more than it is. we can`t recommend the place enough, her hospitality is second too none.
if you don`t go there then there`s no hope for you.
we will be back again and again.
if you read this illiana, sue and kev say hello and see you soon. x

Date of stay: June 2012
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Thank kevoSouthampton
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

Having decided on a last minute holiday we booked direct flights to Samos & booked 2 weeks at the Eleana Apts in Ireon. We could not have hoped for a more wonderful holiday.
It started with Eleana picking us up from the airport and taking us to our one bedroom apt which was large & spacious with a balcony which had views down to the sea & to the hills. We also met her Mother, Father & son –Maria, Spiros & Costas and her brother Vangelis who also looked after us so well. Eleana even had us over for breakfast one day as she loves people to sample local food which she makes herself. The whole family wants to ensure you have a great holiday and everything you need & we kept finding things in our apt, homemade cheese pies, dolmades, fruit, we were really spoilt. Thank you so much Eleana & family. Ireon is a lovely village with very friendly people & just enough tavernas & bars. Samos is a beautiful Island & we hired a car (recommended by Eleana) from Friendly Car Hire in the village & the name says it all, Costas & his family are really friendly. We toured Samos which is a beautiful Island with lots of resorts but it was always lovely to return to Eleana Apts & Ireon.

If we had to sum up this 2 week holiday:-
Eleana Apts/Studios 10/10
Friendly Car Hire 10/10
Ireon Village 10/10
Samos Island & People 10/10
The whole off our holiday 10/10
So if you are looking for a wonderful holiday in Samos contact Eleana & go to Ireon. Thank you Eleana & family for making our holiday so wonderful and yes we do definitely want to return. All the best for the future Best Wishes Jean & Paul xx

Date of stay: May 2012
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2  Thank Jean E
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

We’ve just booked to go back to Eleana’s this year and I realise that I haven’t written up a review of our stay last year.

Just to give you some background information, Samos is one of the larger Greek islands so there is a lot to see and to do. There are many historical sights, as well as a large unspoilt coastline and some beautiful walks and boat trips.

Samos is famous for the wine that it produces and, because the soil is very fertile, they also produce much of their own food. This means that, not only will you always eat extremely well in Samos with incredibly fresh ingredients, it is cheaper to eat out than many other of the smaller islands, which have to ship in supplies from other parts of Greece.

Ireon, where Eleana’s apartments is located, is a quiet village with a couple of lovely stretches of beach. Both beaches have excellent cafes where you can get lunch – freshly caught fish, Greek salad and a cold beer being my preferred option – and hire sunbeds and umberellas. The beaches are not crowded and there is always plenty of room, even in the height of summer.

Ireon itself has a central square with an excellent traditional Greek Kafenion where you can sit with an ices coffee (or something stronger) and people watch. There are also some really excellent bars and restaurants, as well as a supermarket and two or three general stores for stocking up with food and holiday essentials.

There is a cash machine in the central square, along with a taxi rank. Buses also leave regularly from here to go to various locations around the island. Buses are cheap and (usually) air-conditioned.

Nearby Pythgroria is a lovely town with a stunning harbour full of beautiful yachts and some excellent bars and restaurants. It has some interesting historical sights including the Castle of Likourgos, an important defensive structure in protecting Samos against Turkish invasion. Pythagoria is just 20 minutes away from Ireon by bus, or 10 minutes in a taxi (approx 6 euros).

Eleana’s is made up of 4 apartments and two studios. All of them are spotlessly clean and bright, with simple cooking facilities, and outside space – either a balcony or a terrace.

Ileana, who runs the place with her mum, and who lives upstairs with her family, is an absolutely fantastic hostess. Without imposing on your privacy she makes you feel incredibly welcome, and there are often presents of home-made cake, or fruit from her family’s own vines waiting for you when you come in from the beach. Staying here is like coming home, that’s how easy, warm and stress-free it all is.

I just can’t recommend the place enough, and hope that you find this information useful.

Date of stay: August 2011
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3  Thank brixx
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