Saxonis Houses in Papigo is a charming bed and breakfast that first opened in the early 1990s. It was created by an Athenian couple that had decided to turn their back on their busy life in Athens and move to Papigo in the mountains of Epirus. They restored three 19th century houses and appointed them in a tasteful and unpretentious style, opting for aesthetics based on local tradition – those of simplicity. They came to the Zagorohoria looking for peace and quiet, and that is exactly what they offered to their guests. Saxonis Houses now has a new owner, Vasilis Nasiakos, who continues in the same spirit, while adding a hefty dose of hospitality. He is making good progress with small renovations to the rooms – some were a little overdue – but rather than focusing on luxury, he puts the emphasis on comfort and ‘warm hospitality’, as well as on getting his guests to enjoy the amazing nature. He organises trekking programmes and loves to guide his guests in the mountains and the famous Vikos gorge. So make sure you bring your walking shoes! After a few hours of activity, you will enjoy sitting by the fire in the small sitting room (stocked with games and magazines) or resting in the idyllic terraced garden.
3 double rooms
6 rooms for up to 4 persons
Prices for two persons from 50 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please contact Vasilis.
En-suite bathroom (shower).
One room has its bathroom just across the corridor.
Small sitting room with fireplace and board games
WiFi (in the common spaces and in some of the rooms)
Organised activities (rafting, hiking, trekking, mountain biking, climbing)
Activity packages, for example:
1st day: Pick up from Ioannina and transfer to Saxonis Houses, Papigo. Dinner, settle in Saxonis Houses Hotel
2nd day: Breakfast. Trekking to refuge. Lunch. Continue to Drakolimni. Return to Papigo for dinner and sleep. Walking time: 8 hours
3rd day: Breakfast. Relaxation day with walk to Ovires, mikro Papigo where we have lunch, and return to Papigo for walks around the area dinner. Walking time: 2 hours
4th day: Breakfast. Trekking through Vikos gorge to Monodendri village. Lunch. Transfer from Monodendri to Papigo, Saxonis Houses for dinner. Walking time: 7 hours
5th day: Breakfast. Rafting in Voidomatis river to Klidonia village for lunch. Transfer to Papigo for walks in the village and dinner
6th day: Breakfast. Trekking to Ano Klidonia village. Lunch. Return to Papigo for BBQ good bye dinner
7th day: Breakfast and transfer to Ioannina
Breakfast is served from 8.30 to 11.30 am on the terrace or in the dining room. Everything is fresh and homemade: the orange juice, the bread, jams, cake, the savoury pies and the scrambled eggs. When Vasilis’ wife is around she prepares more treats like rice pudding and apple crumble. For your other meals you have a good choice of restaurants in the Papigo. The taverna of Guesthouse Astra (on the road towards Mikro Papingo) is my favourite.
Children are very welcome at Saxonis Houses. There are six rooms for up to four persons, but keep in mind that several of these are done in the local, traditional style with two built-in double beds flanking a fireplace, so if you book one of these with two kids they will have to share a bed. There are also some rooms with a double and two single beds. A cot/crib is available on request.
Kids will have a great time when at Saxonis Houses. Vasilis (who also organises summer camps for kids) can teach them archery and take them rock climbing. You can also take them walking through the gorge, swimming in the nearby rock pools and rafting in the Voidomatis River. There also is a great place for horseback riding in Papigo.
Saxonis Houses are in a quiet cobbled lane in Papigo, one of the prettiest mountain villages in Greece. The ‘centre’ of the village (little squares shaded by massive plane trees with a few tavernas and little cafés) is only a minutes walk away.
From Ioannina, take the road in the direction of the airport and Konitsa. After 40 km, turn right towards Aristi and Papigo (lots of sharp turns during the last 11 km). Normally you can drive into Papigo, though when there is snow you sometimes have to leave your car at the parking lot just outside the village. Take a left about 50 m after the big church (with the bell tower), and turn left again, then follow the narrow stone path (cars can just about pass) for about 80 m. Just before the path turns slightly to the right you will see Saxonis Houses, on your right. You can drive all the way to the gate to unload, but at other times it is best to leave your car at the entrance of the village, just a few minutes on foot.