Kefalonia Boutique Villas

near Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece
Book from Book from £139 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.

Highs

  • 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

Lows

  • 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...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Villas
  • 5 villas for 2-6
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 8 Dec 2022 - 15 Apr 2023...
  • 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
Room:

Rooms

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
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • DVD player
  • Family friendly
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

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
  • Family friendly
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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

Kids

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

Distances:

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

Location

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.

Airports:

  • Kefalonia Argostoli 60.0 km EFL
  • Athens 360.0 km ATH

Other:

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 13 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Service
10/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Lovely villa in a fantastic rural location with wonderful views. The villa was very comfortable - importantly it had very comfy beds with lovely linen and everything we needed for a family stay. Great outdoor terrace to watch the amazing sunsets. An easy walk down to Jerusalem beach and not too far to walk to Atelies beach nearby too. Both have tavernas but they had just closed when we visited as it was the last week of the season but they have great reputations! Nearby village has a fruit market and supermarket for supplies and a couple of restaurants so you don’t have to drive too far. Fiskardo and many other beaches are an easy drive away.
Would definitely recommend this villa and Shari the owner was on hand for any queries and very helpful.

9/10,

The villa was a perfect place for a holiday. We gasped with wonder when we woke and first clapped eyes on the breathtaking view. It is so peaceful and restful, by far the best kept secret on the island. The local beaches are gorgeous. We really didn’t want to leave! Shari is an amazing host. We can’t wait to return and stay for longer - one week isn’t enough time to discover the island.

10/10,

We loved this Villa it was a tiny ‘peace’ of heaven. Evenings spent watching the sun go down over uninterrupted views of the beautiful landscape and sea of Kefalonia. The facilities at Esmeralda are stylish, minimalistic and carefully thought out and quality is of a very high spec. The kitchen is simple and adequate for a relaxed week without cooking. We will be back, no doubt about it!

10/10,

Stunning villa, beautiful sunsets and views to dream of - it was our second stay at one of the villas and certainly won’t be our last!

10/10,

We stayed in Crow's Nest - a beautiful villa with far-reaching sea views. The sunsets here are MAGICAL and it is well-placed for beaches, and local restaurants etc (a car is essential but there is plenty within 15-30mins drive). Shari is lovely and gave some great suggestions for local area activities.

9/10,

Absolutely amazing views and sunsets, gorgeous villa. Set in a lovely part of Kefalonia. Highly recommend for a relaxing break.

9/10,

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