Richard first came to Greece in 2001 working for a flotilla sailing company after completing a tradition and modern boat building apprenticeship. It wasn't long before he was on the water skippering a flotilla and visiting all the Ionian Islands. One of the fishing ports he visited was Fiskardo and it was not long until he fell in love with the Venetian village and all its local history so, as you can imagine he jumped at the chance to live there permanently as resort manager when the flotilla company decided to start up a new base in the harbour.
Together with his wife Sarah they bought some land and have built their own house overlooking the ever changing Ionian Sea and now have a young family.
With his great mate Jamie they noticed an opening in the market of villa management and came up with the concept of Ionian Property Services. They began with just one villa on their books and now have over thirty. Sadly Jamie moved back to the UK a few years ago to be closer to his family but Richard and IPS is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Richard is always amazed at the natural beauty of the place and never gets tired of the stunning views, ever changing Ionian Sea, hustle & bustle of Fiskardo in August and of course the very welcoming Kefalonians. Most of all though he loves the hidden energy of the place that somehow draws people back to the island year after year.
Will is based in the UK and oversees the rental side of the business. He and Richard first met at school and one visit to Kefalonia back in 2006 was all it took to get him hooked on the island. Will spent twelve years working in design agencies before founding PocknellBaird, a brand, strategy and design business. Will has a deep love for motorcycles as well as Kefalonia and hopes one day to be able to blend the two.
Fern is UK based and responsible for the day-to-day management of the rental side of the business and works alongside Will on marketing and development. She fell in love with Kefalonia years ago and has been enjoying it's rich offerings ever since.
Katia was born and brought up in Athens but was always drawn back to her ancestral home in Kefalonia. From a baby she visited the Island every year and as a small child remembers wanting never to leave. Katia's family had been one of the many families to leave the Island after the 1953 earthquake to resettle in Athens. In 2009 though her chance came up to move to Kefalonia and she has never looked back.
She loves the life that kefalonia offers, allowing swimming in some of the cleanest waters in the world, walking the ancient footpaths through the sunning forests with endless views of the sea and other Islands. 'The peace and nature of the place is just inspirational'. Well known for her wicked sense of humour and practical joking but also her care and dedication, Katia has become an integral part of the IPS team.
Vasilis was born on the Peloponesse into a farming family. After school he studied to be an electrician and his first job was working for CERN on the LHC Project in Switzerland. There he met another Greek of about the same age whose home was in Kefalonia. He was easily persuaded to head for Kefalonia to live and IPS have been very lucky in finding him. He has now been with IPS for 4 seasons and has fallen in love with the Island. His biggest complaint is that working here means you don't get enough time to enjoy the place! He loves the sunsets, landscapes, seas and most of all the amazingly clear starry nights - especially the full moon rising above Ithaca.
Fern, Bookings Manager
Katia, Head Housekeeper
Vasilli, Head House Manager
Established in 2008, Ionian Property Services (IPS) is a local and friendly business based on the Erissos Peninsula of Kefalonia. We rent holiday homes and provide tailored property management services for domestic and commercial properties in Kefalonia.