Katerina and her family were exceptionally helpful and welcoming and we had a wonderful holiday at Studio Petrino.
Katerina always responded promptly with friendly, expert suggestions. She helped us sort it out a complication with the ferries both in advance of our trip and on the day of arrival. When we arrived, she was there to meet us, drive us to the studio and give us lots of fantastic tips about the island. She was always quick to respond to any queries we had during the trip and we felt very well looked after. Katerina's mother, Chryssa, is a beautiful, generous lady who was also incredibly lovely to us. She left us fresh flowers from her garden, fruit and eggs on a regular basis and cleaned the studio twice during our stay. Katerina's brother and father and friend helped us with boat hire (we would really recommend seeing the island from the sea this way) and while we never felt like we didn't have our own space, it was very special to have people who recognised us and said hello as were out and about in Gaios.
The studio is immaculate - a new building in the traditional style - and had everything we needed for our stay thoughtfully provided. The windows are fitted with anti-insect screens and it has a cool, dark interior, which is pleasant after being out in the sun. The little courtyard gets lots of sun and is as prettily arranged as the photo shows.
As described, the studio is about 2km (a half hour walk) up the hill from Gaios. We could see the sea from the top window of the studio and walk to a couple of places to swim, as well as some spectacular cliff top viewpoints on the South West coast. We really enjoyed staying slightly inland as we felt we got to see a more hidden part of the island. There are a few houses dotted about, but it is mainly olive groves, orange and lemon trees and greenery all around - with the occasional herd of goats. Katerina recommended a taverna about half way down to Gaios and it was the real thing - absolutely delicious home cooking.
The whole island is just magical, both in terms of its beauty and the friendliness of the people. I can't recommend Katerina highly enough: we would definitely stay with her again.