“Stylish self-catering suites for 2-4 with soaring hill views, nearby beaches and a large communal pool”
The spacious suites are basically apartments; each has its own hallway, bedroom, bathroom, separate living room, kitchenette and private terrace. Although primarily designed for couples, they can be reconfigured with the living room as a second bedroom with 2 single sofabeds for children (Family Suites). In keeping with typical Greek style, the design is modern and minimalist with marble tiled floors and white-washed walls. We liked the monochrome furnishings - tasteful stripes, spots and florals with a touch of retro in the steel bedside lamps and hanging lightbulbs.
Bedrooms are comfortable, with wall-mounted air conditioning, white lacquered side tables and plenty of built-in cupboard space. Details are refreshingly simple and unfussy throughout: you’ll find black and white photographs lining the walls (island shots, taken by Vicky), candles in tiny egg cups, cinnamon sticks providing fragrance, and flowers artfully arranged in glass vases. Bathrooms are small - standard shower rooms with toiletries and a good flow of hot water, but unfortunately no curtain to stop the entire room getting a soaking.
The living rooms feature a sofa or daybeds, and some have a simple coffee table and/or a small writing desk. All are different. French doors open out onto a terrace with a table and chairs and views over the pool to the hills. Your kitchenette has adequate facilities for rustling up simple breakfasts, lunches or one-pot dinners.
Each suite has a kitchenette: a toaster and kettle will take care of breakfast and a large fridge keeps your provisions and drinks ice-cold. Pots, pans and tableware are all provided. There’s no oven or microwave though, and just one or 2 hot plates, so eating out might be preferable to struggling in the kitchen. Mini-markets are a short walk away while larger supermarkets are a 6km drive.
We opted for breakfast at the poolside bar (extra cost). The morning sun is bright, so don't forget your sunglasses. Expect fresh fruits, yoghurt and museli, cakes, jams and locally sourced honey plus eggs cooked to order. Fresh fruit smoothies and a variety of coffees (the iced coffee is excellent) are served up with a friendly smile and an interest in the day’s adventures.
Bar snacks - including Greek salads, toasted sandwiches and local olives - are served throughout the day, alongside ice-cold beer, wine and cocktails. Once a week, join Alex and Vicky for a mouthwatering barbecue of grilled lamb, chicken, pork, souvlaki and fish alongside delicious salads. Get to know your fellow travellers around the beautiful outdoor banqueting table as candles illuminate the pool (Thursday or Friday, depending on the month).
For other meals, explore local restaurants. The closest eateries are a 15-minute walk away - they include a traditional Greek taverna and a fish restaurant; cheap and decent food. If you're happy to drive, there's a great selection further afield. For authentic Kefalonian cuisine with stunning views of the turquoise Ionian waves, visit the family-run Avithos Preview Taverna at Avithos beach. Owner Panos is a sommelier and his mother Angela cooks local specialities and homemade recipes that are a cut above most traditional tavernas. We were especially impressed by a salad featuring kritama - a wild seaside plant tasting a little like samphire, hand-picked from the Kefalonian coastline. And do try the olive oil - they make it themselves.
Children are very welcome at My Little Place on the Hill, although teenagers may find themselves at a loose end. The pool has an adjoining children’s area, and although it is unfenced, Alex is a trained lifeguard who always keeps a watchful eye on bathers.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family Suites have a double bedroom, a second bedroom with 2 single daybeds made up as children's beds, and space for a baby cot.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Pool snacks such as toasted sandwiches are available all day, as are ice creams, juices and fruit smoothies
The pool is not fenced