Kefalonia Boutique Villas

near Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £116 per night

On Captain Corelli’s mystical island, 5 secluded hillside houses for 2-6, with stylish pools and exquisite sea views
Flowers on the table, wine in the fridge and owners Tassos and Shari to welcome you on arrival. Up in the view-filled hills, a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from a perfect little cove, are 5 stylish villas surrounded by vineyards, facing the turquoise Ionian Sea. For boats and bars there’s Fiskardo (8km); for sand, swims and snorkels, stunning Myrtos and Dafnudi; for pork souvlaki and fresh fish, the charming taverna at St Jerusalim Bay, just down the hill.

Cricket (sleeps 6) has a wild garden and a sophisticated feel. Swim a lazy lap in the infinity pool, watch the sun set from a rattan lounger, trot up the open-edged stairway to bed. Next door, pale blue-shuttered Gecko (sleeps 6), is wrapped in a walled Mediterranean garden, its courtyard, terrace, loggia and pool reassuringly visible from every room: a parent’s delight. And then there’s Scorpio (sleeps 2), an immaculate, cool haven with more amazing views and an indoor/outdoor infinity pool (one to write home about). Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to leather and steel chairs, slate floors, artfully strewn pebbles and a dozen colourful oars on a pristine white wall. Crows Nest (sleeps 2) and Esmeralda Cottage (sleeps 2) are sleek understated affairs, both with spacious terraces and shimmering infinity pools overlooking the valley and sea.
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  • Breathtaking sea views and stunning sunsets
  • Designer looks inside and out, sofa-strewn terraces for chasing shade or sun, and gorgeous private pools
  • Welcoming but unobtrusive owners, who live nearby if you need them
  • Good kitchens for self-catering, plus BBQs
  • Cricket and Gecko are perfect for a group of friends or family; each sleeps 6 in a double and 2 twin/double rooms, and all have ensuite bathrooms; Scorpio, Crows Nest and Esmeralda Cottage are romantic just-for-2 retreats


  • A 7-night minimum stay, though changeover day can be flexible, and payment by PayPal only
  • Too secluded for some; you'll need to drive out to most restaurants and bars, and to get groceries
  • An unbannistered staircase in Cricket (keep an eye on tots)
  • Annoying wasps, but wasps are everywhere on Kefalonia, especially during August
  • Ensuite bathrooms are shower only, except Cricket, which has bathtubs in both its double bedrooms

Best time to go

May, early June, September and early October are ideal - perfect for spring colours and gentle exploration, though the sea is a little chilly before June. In July and August temperatures regularly exceed 38 degrees; expect Greek visitors and English yachtsmen. Kefalonia is beautiful, but the weather can turn in October. The villas are open from mid April - mid October, coinciding with direct charter flights from the UK.

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
  • Boutique Villas
  • 5 villas for 2-6
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • 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
  • Concierge Service
  • Twice-a-week cleaning included in rates


Each of the 5 villas is beautifully styled, with fresh, original touches. Some sleep 2, others are designed for up to 6 people. Sheets and towels are changed twice a week; daily cleaning is available on request.

Cricket (sleeps 6)
This 3-bedroom villa has 2 bedrooms in the main house, plus a third in the annexe overlooking the pool. Floors are big-tiled in black and white, ceilings are airy, shuttered windows are painted turquoise. We loved the salvaged boat beneath the staircase – formerly used to transport mail between Fiskardo and Ithaca. Ensuite bathrooms have white painted beams and the same checked floors; there are ladders for snowy towels.

Gecko (sleeps 6)
From the living area of 3-bedroom Gecko villa, a door leads to the main bedroom - in fresh creams, whites and blues - and another to the twin. This in turn opens to a long narrow room which, if there are just 4 of you, makes a pleasant dressing room/ reading room, with French windows opening to the pool. If there are more of you, this room can also be a twin/double.

Scorpio (sleeps 2)
Kooky 1-bedroom Scorpio has an open-plan layout. There's a big romantic bed with a dark-wood backdrop, towels in slate grey and brick red in the shower bathroom, a kitchen, and a little living area with quirky touches including an end-table fashioned from an old beehive. Best of all, however, is the stunning indoor-outdoor infinity pool that wraps around the villa; bathe as the sun sets.

Crows Nest (sleeps 2)
Having once provided the entire local village with their olive oil, this 18th-century ruin has been reinvented as a luxurious single-storey 1-bed retreat. The all-glass entrance opens onto an airy kitchen, living and dining area, but you might find yourself somewhat distracted by the mesmerizing sea views. Outside, the terrace is framed by a rustic rock garden (hiding an outdoor shower) and a shimmering infinity pool.

Esmeralda Cottage
Similar to Crows Nest, but a tad more compact, Esmeralda Cottage is an open-plan 1-bedroom arrangement that also boasts a foodie history, having originally been a small olive press producing seasonal oils. Today, there's a four-poster bed perfectly placed for soaking up the sea views, as well as a sleek, modern kitchen-dining area and a huge terrace with gas barbecue, sun loungers and an infinity pool.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Bluetooth music system
  • CD player
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


Kitchens are immaculate, all you’d hope for. Most have dishwashers (not Esmeralda); all have barbecues and an indoor and outdoor dining area. You'll find a welcome bottle of wine in the fridge, and for other provisions mini markets are only a 5-minute drive away, up the hill in Maganos. If you'd rather leave the cooking to someone else, Tassos and Shari can arrange a chef to whip up a feast for you to enjoy out on the terrace.

For eating out, your nearest little taverna is on white pebbly St Jerusalim Bay, a 20-minute saunter downhill (and an unlit trek up, but you could take the car). No menu, just what’s best and freshest that morning. The fish is extraordinary, the braised pork belly is delicious, even the bread - tomato, olive and feta - is scrummy. Wash it all down with a local wine or beer. For more choice - lots of choice - there’s Fiskardo (8km) with harbourside restaurants, cool bars and boutique shops. Nowhere’s cheap on Kefalonia, especially Fiskardo, but the island does produce Greece's best wine - a legacy of the Venetians.

Fancy a lunch of delectable sun-dried octopus and juicy dolmades, spicy sausages and mouth-watering moussaka, as you shade beneath olive trees? Then hire a boat from Fiskardo and zip over to the island of Ithaca (as in Greek myth) where a steep walk up from the harbour brings you to the exceptional Polyphemus in Stavros Town. The restaurant, run by a communist chef who has covered its walls with pictures of Che Guevara (why not!), is open from May to October.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper


  • Wander downhill to white pebbly St Jerusalim Bay, which has sun loungers, kayaks and underwater video cameras for hire
  • Picturesque Fiskardo, where a string of pastel Venetian houses and tavernas hug the harbour and yachts are double parked on the water, is where it all happens round here. Hire a boat from Regina, near Nicolas Taverna to the north of the bay, and spend a day flitting in and out of idyllic coves
  • Drive south along the mountain road to Kefalonia’s second resort, tiny Assos, and go paddling in warm waters beneath its fort. Drop down the zig-zagging lane to swim from the beach and eat at one of the harbour tavernas
  • Come back up the hill and head south for a few miles to Myrtos, the most photographed beach in the Ionian archipelago, a stunning curve of white sands falling to pebbles and turquoise-blue waters. You’ll find a refreshment bar, parasols, sunbeds and a lifeguard - but watch currents on certain days. The waters, deep just 2 steps from the shore, can be fierce
  • Alaties beach (Salty Beach) is a tiny, hidden, little-known beach with crystal-clear waters overlooked by an excellent taverna - but watch out for sea currents
  • Dafnoudi beach is reached via a 600m path through a cypress forest. The beach is pebbly, the waters calm, the colours vary from blue to green - a utopian spot, perfect for snorkelling. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a rare Mediterranean monk seal
  • There are stalactites and stalagmites at the cave of Drogarati, or a mystical underground lake at Melissani cave. History buffs can visit Venetian fortresses, Byzantine remains, Mycenaean tombs and Roman mosaics on day trips
  • Tassos and Shari can arrange massages, beauty treatments and yoga classes with a local instructor

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wine tasting


Cricket and Gecko are good family rentals for 6 plus a baby. Each has a safe garden and a private pool. There are good kitchens to self-cater, barbecues and washing machines. Restaurants and beaches are a short drive away.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cricket has 1 double room and 2 twin rooms, plus space for a baby cot, though it has an open staircase so wouldn't suit toddlers and should probably be avoided with children under 10. Both of its bathrooms have a bathtub. Gecko also has 1 double and 2 twin rooms plus space for a baby cot; its bathrooms are shower only.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • Microwave for warming bottles

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

Children's meals:

Well-equipped kitchens for self-catering, with ovens, hobs and microwaves. Cricket has a food blender

Kids Activities on site:

  • Private pools
  • DVD players (bring family DVDs)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Stalactites and stalagmites at the cave of Drogarati
  • Boat trips and snorkelling
  • Venetian fortresses, Byzantine remains, Mycenaean tombs and Roman mosaics

Families Should Know:

Cricket has an open staircase. The pools are not fenced


  • Airport: 60km (Kefalonia)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 5 mins' drive
Kid Friendly:


Kefalonia Boutique Villas are set on a hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea in northern Kefalonia, 8km from the fishing village of Fiskardo.

By Air
Fly into Kefalonia (60km - 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, but we'd recommend hiring a car for food shopping and sightseeing. Note that taxis are expensive on Kefalonia.

By Car
See our car rental recommendations. The villas have parking.

By Boat
Kefalonia is served by ferries from Astakos (on the Greek mainland), Kyllini / Patras (Peloponnese) and neighbouring islands.

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


  • Kefalonia Argostoli 60.0 km EFL
  • Athens 360.0 km ATH


  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 2.5 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 15 independent reviews from i-escape guests


This is a truly beautiful villa in a very peaceful, quiet location with superb views of the Aegean Sea. The layout is open plan and spacious. The kitchen area is well equipped and also has a wine cooling fridge to keep water and wine cool. Pool towels being provided was a bonus and the cleaner was very attentive. Plunge pool was a fantastic option to have and was just perfect for cooling off on hotter days. Shari was on hand if we needed her and offered some great tips on where to go. Magannos has two perfectly well stocked shops so you can get most of what you need from there. Four local restaurants in Magannos ... all good although we loved Blue Harbour particularly. Away from the town and a short drive was Jerusalem Bay and Oddyysseas restaurant was a particular favourite as was Acqua down at Alaties bay (simple food but great). Fiskardo offered a nice change ... just avoid it when cruise ships are in. Our stay was peaceful, relaxing with a perfect villa and location. Definitely a place to go back to. We loved it!


Kefalonia Boutique Villas (we stayed in Scorpio) was great! The villa was immaculate, private, lovely pool area with great views. It was great to have a BBQ area, and the kitchen is also well equipped.
It was a little slow to get in touch with Shari on the run up, and as the roads are quite windy, I'd recommend asking for a google maps link so you can put this into your phone or satnav.
The supermarkets I'd recommend are the ones in the centre of Fiskardo rather than the ones you pass on the way. Having a car is essential for staying (Fiskardo 15 min drive for example), but the roads are fairly quiet. The only beach/taverna to walk to are St Jerusalem Bay (which has a great taverna), but is a steep 15 min walk down and a longer hike up!


It is a beautiful, absolutely stunning property, extremely well-designed and thoughtfully decorated. It has breathtaking views, and is extremely quiet and relaxing, giving you the feeling of being remote while at the same time having a great location, being only 15min walk from Jerusalem Beach, and only a 10min drive from Fiskardo. It is simply the nicest place we have ever stayed!
Shari and Tassos were easy to contact and extremely helpful and welcoming. They went far beyond what could be expected to make it an extra special stay for us. We could not have asked for more.
Nearby Jerusalem beach has a fantastic Taverna - Odysseus - selling extremely tasty and good value fresh Greek food. It has an excellent choice of wines and spirits and the service is also perfect. It is just about walking distance if you don’t mind walking up the hill for 15min on the way back. In the other direction there is Acqua - a lovely beach cafe with good value food, brilliant cocktails and very attentive and friendly service.


A truly wonderful stay in an incredibly tranquil spot. The villa is beautifully decorated, with everything we needed for a memorable week. Great location also.


Beautifully finished to a very high standard, just stunning. Its totally secluded and the only thing you hear are the goat bells each evening. The outdoor area is fabulous and the sunset's are amazing. Definitely need a car, the local village which has mini mart's and restaurants is a 10 minute drive. The pool was great and stunning when lit up at night. A very relaxing, peaceful area and luxurious spec villa, a very romantic bolthole.


We loved our stay! The villa is well-equipped, tastefully and stylishly furnished, and the terrace with pool is beautiful with breathtaking views. Shari was lovely and very helpful. Highly recommend!


Cricket is absolutely gorgeous - spacious, comfortable and beautifully designed.The pool and views phenomenal. Worth every penny as wasn’t cheap. You need a car to get around. Has a beautiful beach ‘Jerusalem ‘ 5 mins drive which has great taverna.
We would definately come back.
One thing to improve - no hand soap, shower gel, etc anywhere no washing up liquid etc - so little extra touches would have made it perfect.


We had a great time in Kefalonia and the villa was super.


Only a 3 out for 5 for service as we did struggle with a few things in the villa during our stay and when we contacted the owners, it was quite a while before we heard anything/anything was done.
All in all a beautiful villa in a beautiful Island - maybe a little bit out of the way since you need a car to get anywhere, but not a huge problem.


We stayed in Esmeralda, one of the Kefalonia Boutique Villas and enjoyed a really great week of relaxation and pleasure! The rooms are perfectly clean and there is everything you need for your holiday stay. The studio is open space and modern, with bed, kitchenette and bathroom under one roof, divided by a half-height wall. Everything is exactly like in the picture, with a lot of passion for details! The views on the sea are just fantastic, you can enjoy a perfect sun down every evening if you like. Also there are two nice sea-side tavernas in a good walking distance. Shari, the host is very nice and very responsive.


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