Fiskardo Cottage

Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £421 per night

A beautifully restored cottage for self-catering, set in terraced gardens with a pool, in a quiet hamlet of northern Kefalonia (sleeping up to 8)

On a west-facing hillside above Kefalonia’s rugged northern coast, the tiny hamlet of Markandonata gets stunning sunset views across fields and woodland onto the deep blue Ionian Sea. Set in pretty Mediterranean planted grounds with a pool, this charming whitewashed cottage has been lovingly restored by British owner Marcus Love - a costume designer for cinema - to combine traditional local style with tasteful antique furniture and full modern comforts.

Ideal for families wanting a peaceful rural holiday retreat; the cottage sleeps 4-8 and the silence is blissful. Close by are excellent unspoilt beaches: 2 are within walking distance, and Myrtos, frequently cited as one of the most beautiful in Greece, is a 30-minute drive away. Sail, snorkel, scuba dive or just unwind. If hiking's more your thing, head for the hills and walk amongst dramatic mountain scenery. Return home for G&Ts on your private terrace then cook or walk to excellent local tavernas.
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    • Gloriously peaceful location, with the upmarket fishing village of Fiskardo just a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk away
    • The loving restoration. Marcus oversaw the tasteful exterior and interior makeover, and the result is an understated but stylish blend of old and new
    • Slick modern kitchens mean self-catering is a pleasure
    • Tavernas, shops and beaches are within walking distance so you don't have to drive everywhere, although you'll probably want a hire car for sightseeing and occasional food shopping


  • Mobile phone reception is patchy
  • The cottage has a shower but no bathtub

Best time to go

The best time to visit Kefalonia is May-June or Sept-Oct, when the weather is sunny, the sea warm enough to swim, and local tourist facilities open without being too crowded. The island gets very busy and hot in peak season (July-Aug), but it’s also fun, with lots going on.

Our top tips

Besides fantastic beaches, the island offers fine hiking. Pack a good pair of walking boots and a copy of Walk & Eat Kefalonia, which gives 10 walks (each with a map) plus recommendations for places to eat on the way and some local recipes. It also outlines excursions to Argostoli and Ithaca.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Lime House/Cottage


Enter the cottage into an open-plan kitchen and living room, with white-and-grey flecked marble floors and a whitewashed wooden pitched ceiling. A cool, light and airy space, it combines modern cooking facilities with a boxy white sofa, armchair and TV. There are old trinkets and collectables, including a retro telephone, a vintage sewing machine, sets of scales, and an old-fashioned wood-burning stove. Spotlights and 2 big white metal fisherman’s lamps make it atmospheric after dark.

The master bedroom has exposed stone walls with a wooden floor, a white wrought-iron double bed and French doors opening onto a small balcony with views across the fields towards the sea. The other bedroom (double or twin) is rather basic though nice, with one exposed stone wall. A new extension provides a third double bedroom with ensuite bath/shower room, and there's also a white wooden mezzanine level above the living room with a wrought-iron double bed, meaning that the cottage can in theory sleep 8. The family white-and-grey marble bathroom has a big walk-in rain shower.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Sunloungers
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


The open-plan kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker, big fridge/freezer with an ice maker, kettle, toaster, microwave and oven, espresso machine and dishwasher, plus a wealth of crockery. There's a table in the kitchen, but you'll probably want to dine alfresco in the lovely outdoor eating space with a long wooden table. It’s a fine spot for breakfast, with the sea merging into the sky in the distance, and you also get sublime sunsets.

It’s worth stocking up on some basic provisions (cooking oil, milk etc) as these aren’t provided. There’s a mini-market in the village (a 5-minute walk uphill), 2 small grocery stores in Magganos (a 20-minute walk), plus 2 well-stocked supermarkets in Fiskardo (5 minutes by car or a 30-minute walk). A shopping service is also available if requested at least a week in advance of your stay, and the owners can also arrange a private chef.

Restaurant wise, the nearest place to eat out is To Petrino in the village - they serve a selection of Greek mezze plus barbecued meat and fish dishes. For breakfast out in the village, head to Picnic and try their delicious Eggs Benedict. In Magganos there’s a decent taverna called Ionio, which does good local food and occasional live music, or in Fiskardo, highly recommended are Vasso’s and Tassia’s, both overlooking the harbour and serving good (though not cheap) fresh seafood.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating: Lime House/Cottage
Activity: Myrtos beach © Fae


  • Swim and sunbathe at local beaches - the nearest is Dafnoudi, a 20-minute walk across fields and along a woodland path. Near Fiskardo you’ll find the pretty pebble beach of Emblisi (a 30-minute walk), while Kefalonia’s most stunning beach, Myrtos, set below dramatic cliffs that plummet down to the coast, lies 20km away

  • Walk along a track past olive groves and cypresses to the restored church of Ag Giannnis (St John), with fine views out to sea

  • Spoil yourself with a massage - one can be arranged for you at the cottage

  • Explore the pretty fishing village of Fiskardo (a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk), with its pastel-coloured houses and tavernas rimming a busy little harbour

  • Try scuba diving with the Fiskardo Dive Centre - they run a ‘Discover Diving’ course for complete beginners, and arrange dives to underwater caves and shipwrecks for those with experience

  • Drive to the village of Assos (10km), a cluster of old cottages, plus several tavernas, built on an isthmus between the seaward cliffs and a small island with a Venetian fortress

  • Visit the Robola Wine Co-operative in the Omala Valley, near Argostoli. They offer a short tour of the cellars plus tasting of their highly regarded dry white robola, and you can buy bottles to take home

  • Explore the island’s caves, close to Sami: Drogarati has a big chamber filled with stalactites, while Melissani is home to an underground salt-water lake

  • Take an excursion by boat to Ithaca and Lefkada - the owners can arrange this for you and can also suggest other destinations, with tours for all budgets

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Caving
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kayaking
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Scuba diving courses
    • Shopping / markets
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife
    • Wine tasting


Families are welcome and kids will enjoy having a small pool to splash in, though teenagers could get a little frustrated by the isolated location. The cottage is in a tranquil setting yet conveniently close to tavernas, shops and beaches. The nearest are a 5-minute walk away, but up an overgrown, unsurfaced track, which could be difficult for young children or those with limited mobility.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

We think this cottage is perfect for a family with a couple of kids (ideally aged 5-10), with 3 bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 twin) and it's own slim pool right outside. It also has a double bed on the mezzanine above the living room which could sleep an extra 1-2 older kids (the steps are a little steep for younger ones).

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • High chair
  • Baby bathtub

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Private (unfenced) swimming pool in landscaped gardens
  • Patio for playing safely outside

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Family snorkelling trips in Fiskardo
  • Beaches
  • Play parks in local villages

Families Should Know:

Parents should be aware that there are terraces, steps and drops around the property and that the pool is unfenced


  • Airport: 90 minutes
  • Hospital: 45 minutes
  • Shops: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly: Lime House/Cottage


Fiskardo Cottage is set in Markandonata, a peaceful hamlet built into a west-facing hillside, overlooking the Ionian Sea and close to the northern tip of Kefalonia. The fishing village of Fiskardo lies a 5-minute drive away.

By Air
Fly into Kefalonia (58km - served by charter flights from the UK throughout the summer), or Athens then get a connecting flight.

From The Airport
You can take a taxi - approx €90 - but we'd recommend hiring a car. It is not essential because tavernas, minimarkets and 2 beaches are all within walking distance, but you'd probably want one for food shopping and sightseeing. Note that taxis are expensive on Kefalonia.

By Car
For car hire see our car rental recommendations. For an idea of distances, the airport is 5km south of the island's capital, Argostoli, and Fiskardo is 45km north, at the top of the island.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.


  • Kefalonia Argostoli airport 58.0 km EFL


  • Beach 2.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


There is a reason this place is always booked; it's quite a lovely cottage on a lovely island. Surrounded by old olive groves, the patio looks out across the sea and is the perfect place for sunrises and sunsets, when neighboring goat chimes can be heard tinkling in the distance. The interesting and creative decor is fun to live in and the kitchen tricked out for anything you might want to make while there. The pool and bougainvillea surrounded patio perfect for swims after a day out on the island or in the sea. Beds comfy. Bathrooms great. Really not much to complain about except the wasps, which just cant be helped and are a problem on the island in summer. Fiskardo is close and we even ran into town, if you are a runner. Otherwise a 10 minute trip downhill by car. Many great beaches and restaurants in the area and just fun exploring a new area of the island every day. We felt spoiled by the housekeeper and were so grateful when we arranged a small amount of groceries to be stocked beforehand since we arrived late at night. Some roads were closed due to landslides and fires on the island before our arrival, so driving not for the feint of heart, but for our family of 2 adults and 2 teens that made it all the more adventurous. We would return in a hot minute.


Just returned from an awesome 8 nights in Fig Cottage. Such a beautiful and peaceful place to stay with spectacular views of the sunsets. The cottage is so well put together and very romantic too. I have travelled a great deal and would definitely put Fig Cottage at the top of my list for places to return to. A little piece of paradise and still smiling now. Hope to return soon.


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