“On Captain Corelli’s mystical island, 5 secluded hillside houses for 2-6, with stylish pools and exquisite sea views”
Cricket (sleeps 6) has a wild garden and a sophisticated feel, plus an open poolhouse with billowing white muslin - the perfect hang-out . 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. We're yet to visit but know that whichever you choose, you'll love.
- 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 a 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 (whose master bedroom has a bathtub)
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- Boutique Villas
- 5 villas for 2-6
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
- Laundry 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. Beds, we've heard, are super-comfortable, and sheets and towels are changed twice a week; daily cleaning is available on request. Bathrooms (1 per bedroom) have good showers. Each villa has an open-plan living area with sofas, a TV/DVD player and iPod dock, and a kitchen with an indoor dining table. Outside, sun terraces are strewn with cushioned chairs, sunloungers and shaded outdoor areas.
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 and all feels wonderfully uncluttered. 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)
In kooky 1-bedroom Scorpio, an open-plan space: a big romantic bed with a dark-wood backdrop, and towels in slate grey and brick red in the shower bathroom. A kitchen and little living area. Best of all, a 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 was recently reinvented as a luxurious single-storey 1-bedroom retreat. The glass-walled entrance opens onto an airy living area, dining table and kitchen, but you might find yourself somewhat distracted by the mesmerizing sea views. Outside, a sleek terrace is framed by a rustic rock garden (hiding an outdoor shower) and a shimmering infinity pool - perfect for gazing out at the horizon.
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 kitchen-dining area and an elegant terrace with gas barbecue and swimming pool.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
- Swimming pool
- Washing machine
Kitchens are immaculate, all you’d hope for. A welcome hamper is provided, and mini markets are a 5-minute drive away, up the hill in Maganos. You have barbecues, too, and each villa has an indoor and outdoor dining area.
If you’d rather not cook, your nearest little taverna is on white pebbly St Jerusalim Bay, a 15-minute saunter downhill (and a 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, but everything will put a smile on your face, including the tomato, olive and feta bread, loved by the locals. It is open lunchtime and evenings and on the beach you can hire sunbeds, parasols and lilos. For more choice - lots of choice - there’s Fiskardo (8km) with harbourside restaurants, cool bars and 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.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Shopping service
- 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 a small and excellent taverna - but watch out for sea currents
- Daf Noudi 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
- At the end of the day, join the cool crew at the top of Fiskardo’s hill, at the Emelisse Art Hotel with its several terraces for sunset, cocktails and oven-fired pizzas by the infinity pool
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Horse riding
- Museums / galleries
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Cricket and Gecko are good family rentals for 6 + 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. Baby cots can be provided.
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. One of its bathrooms has a bathtyb. Gecko also has 1 double and 2 twin rooms plus space for a baby cot; its bathrooms are shower only.
- Baby cot
- Microwave for warming bottles
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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:
- 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
Kefalonia Boutique Villas are set on a hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea in northern Kefalonia, 8km from the fishing village of Fiskardo.
Fly into Kefalonia (60km - served by charter flights from the UK throughout the summer), or Athens then get a connecting flight. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
From The Airport
You can take a taxi - approx €75 in 2013 - but we'd recommend hiring a car for food shopping and sightseeing. Note that taxis are expensive on Kefalonia.
See our car rental recommendations. The villas have parking.
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.com.
More on getting to Greece and getting around
- Kefalonia Argostoli 60.0 km EFL
- Athens 360.0 km ATH
- Beach 1.0 km
- Shops 2.5 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km