“Two beautifully restored cottages for self-catering, set in terraced gardens with a pool, in a quiet hamlet of northern Kefalonia (sleeping 2-6)”
Lime Cottage is the larger of the two. You enter 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 flat-screen TV. There are 2 big white metal fisherman’s lamps, as well as spotlights, and an old-fashioned wood-burning stove, making it atmospheric after dark.
Lime's 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. There's also a white wooden mezzanine level above the living room with a sofabed, meaning that Lime can in theory sleep 6, though I think it would be a little crowded. All guests share a white-and-grey marble bathroom with a big walk-in rain shower.
Charming Fig Cottage sleeps 2 and is ideal for a romantic escape. You get an open-plan kitchen and living area - again with marble floors and a whitewashed wooden pitched ceiling - which opens onto a lovely stone terrace with sea views. From the kitchen, marble steps lead up to the sleeping area with its wrought-iron double bed (so you might not want to cook pungent dinners before bedtime!), and a shower bathroom. There's also a double sofabed in the lounge if you're travelling with a child or 2, though this might make it a bit of a squeeze. Note that there are a couple fewer mod cons than in Lime (no CD player or central heating).
In Lime Cottage, the open-plan kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker, big fridge/freezer with an ice maker (so you can even make cocktails!), kettle, toaster, microwave and oven, espresso machine and dishwasher, plus a wealth of pots and pans, crockery and glasses. There's a table in the kitchen, but you'll probably want to dine alfresco - Lime has a lovely outdoor eating space with a long wooden table, two wicker armchairs, and bench seating with cushions. It’s a fine spot for breakfast, with the sea merging into the sky in the distance, and you also get sublime sunsets.
In Fig Cottage there's a similar but smaller open-plan kitchen, with slightly less fancy equipment (no dishwasher, sandwich toaster, ice maker or coffee machine), and a 2-ring hob. The living space opens onto a small stone terrace with sea views and a table and benches for eating out. There are plans to build a private barbecue area for each cottage, but meantime there's a shared barbecue you can use.
For food shopping, there’s a mini-market in the village (a 5-minute walk uphill), 2 small grocery stores in Magganos (a 10-15-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.
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 at outdoor tables, or indoors by an open fire. In Magganos there’s a decent taverna called Ionio, which does good local food and occasional live music. In Fiskardo, highly recommended are Vasso’s and Tassia’s, both overlooking the harbour and serving good (though not cheap) fresh seafood.
Families are welcome and kids will enjoy the pool and gardens, though teenagers could get a little frustrated by the isolated location. The cottages are in a tranquil setting yet are conveniently close to tavernas, shops and beaches.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
We think Lime Cottage is perfect for a nuclear family with a couple of kids (ideally aged 5-10), with 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) and use of the pool. It also has a double sofabed on the mezzanine above the living room which could sleep an extra 1-2 people, though it would be a squeeze.
Fig is great for a couple with a baby or young child: it has one double bedroom and space for a baby cot, or you can use the pullout sofabed in the lounge (this is a double sofa, but we think the cottage would be a squeeze with 4).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Parents should be aware that there are terraces, steps and drops around the property and the pool is unfenced