My Little Place on the Hill

near Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £114 per night

Stylish self-catering suites for 2-4 with soaring hill views, nearby beaches and a large communal pool

You’ll soon forget what day it is after unpacking at this laid-back complex of 17 modern suites, with inland views stretching across to the fresh, green mountain range of Mt Ainos National Park. Set in a quiet village in the south of the island, and easily accessed from the airport (7km), this is the perfect hideaway to return to after a day spent discovering the unspoilt beauty of Kefalonia.

Owners Vicky and Alex couldn’t be more welcoming, while giving you plenty of privacy to unwind by the pool or swing in a hammock under towering eucalyptus trees in the lush gardens. The little details add up here - from finding your name written on your suite door to the creatively arranged décor and the relaxed, rustic style of the alfresco poolside bar. Soon, you’ll feel as though you’ve come to stay with old friends. Renovated and designed by Alex and Vicky, the suites enjoy a loyal following of couples and families who can’t help but keep returning to this delightful gem.

Information provided by My Little Place on the Hill on 07/07/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
New enhanced safety and cleaning protocols in place.

Policies
Full payment only due if you cancel 1 day prior to arrival for 2020. For 2021, cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival incur 50% charge and full payment due if cancellations less than 1 day prior to arrival.

Highs

  • The views - most suites have terraces that look out for miles over the mountainous interior of Kefalonia
  • It's a pretty 40-minute walk to beautiful Avithos beach, along a track lined with wild herbs, eucalyptus trees, olive groves and vineyards
  • Great value, particularly in the tranquil warm months of June and September
  • The warm welcome - Vicky and Alex are convivial hosts
  • The pool - there’s plenty of room for everyone to make a splash, and children have their own section

Lows

  • You'll need to sort your own dinner as there's no restaurant, just breakfasts and bar snacks
  • The self-catering kitchenettes are basic; no oven or microwave
  • A car is essential to explore the island, although there are mini-markets and a few restaurants within walking distance
  • Bathrooms are small and there are no shower curtains; the room got soaked when we showered
  • Very popular with families in July and Aug, so those seeking a tranquil, romantic escape may prefer May, June and Sept

Best time to go

The suites are open from May to early October. June and September are lovely, fresh, tranquil months to visit Kefalonia, although the sea can take a while to warm up in May/June. The temperature - and number of visitors to the island - rises steadily in July and August. Direct charter flights run from late April to mid-October.

Our top tips

Kefalonia was part of the Venetian empire for 400 years, was placed under British protection in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, and was united with Greece in 1864. Soak up the history around the Fort of St George (former capital of the island, 10 minutes drive from the hotel) and stop for lunch at the popular Castro restaurant.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Family
  • Boutique Suites
  • 17 suites for 2-4
  • Self-catering (+ breakfast and bar snacks; 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
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
  • Yoga mats
  • Small boutique
Room:

Rooms

The spacious suites are basically apartments; each has its own hallway, bedroom, bathroom, separate living room, kitchenette and private terrace. Most Standard Suites have garden views; Superior Suites have better views and kingsize beds. Although primarily designed for couples, the suites can be reconfigured so that the living room becomes 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 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, garden or to the hills. Your kitchenette has adequate facilities for rustling up simple breakfasts, lunches or one-pot dinners.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Family friendly
  • Hairdryer
  • Sofas or daybeds
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Writing desk or coffee table

Eating

Each suite has a kitchenette: hob, toaster and kettle will take care of breakfast, while a large fridge keeps provisions and drinks ice-cold. Pots, pans and tableware are all provided. There’s no oven or microwave though, and just 2 hot plates, so eating out might be preferable. Mini-markets are a short walk away while larger supermarkets are a 6km drive.

We opted for breakfast at the poolside bar (extra cost as per menu). Expect fresh fruits, yoghurt and muesli, cakes, jams and locally sourced honey. 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 from 9am-2pm and 6-10pm, alongside ice-cold beer, wine and cocktails. The bar also stays open late on some evenings. 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.

For other meals, explore local restaurants. The closest eateries are a 15-minute walk away - they include 2 traditional Greek tavernas offering decent, good-value food. Pre-booking is advised in high season. Or, if you're happy to drive, there's a great selection further afield. For authentic Kefalonian cuisine with stunning views of the turquoise sea, 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Family friendly
  • Fridge
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Dive into, or lounge and read a book from the little library by the tranquil 20m pool. Hammocks hanging from towering eucalyptus trees are perfect for a siesta. Note that you'll need to bring your own pool towels
  • Swim and sunbathe at nearby beaches: it's a 40 minute walk to beautiful Avithos beach along a track lined with wild herbs, olive groves and vineyards. Best to drive with little ones though. Or visit sandy Spartia beach just 5 minutes' drive away
  • Kefalonia’s most stunning arc of beach, Myrtos - set beneath dramatic cliffs that give way to a turquoise sea - is a 40-minute drive away
  • Hike in the hills of Mt Ainos National Park amongst fir trees, herbs and wild flowers - or take a jeep safari through the forest
  • Avid cyclists can get a mountain bike delivered to the hotel - a great way to explore the island in the cooler months
  • Explore the island’s famous caves: Drogarati has a big chamber filled with stalactites, while the gorgeous Melissani is home to an underground salt-water lake
  • Hire a boat to explore secluded coves and rocky outcrops along the coast
  • Visit Fiskardo (60km), a pretty little fishing village in the north with tavernas and pastel-couloured houses lining its waterfront, or tiny Assos (47km) with its fort and harbour views of a Venetian fortress
  • Visit fantastic wineries and vineyards for wine tasting - Kefalonia is the only Ionian island to have been granted appellation of origin for its wines - robola, mavrodaphne and Muscat
  • The island’s capital, Argostoli, is just 12km away, great for a wander or stocking up on supplies

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Children are very welcome at My Little Place on the Hill, and will like playing with the cats, although teenagers may find themselves at a loose end. The pool has an adjoining children’s area, although it is unfenced. Driving to the beach is advised with young children as the walk is not great for buggies and is uphill on the way back.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Family Suites and Superior 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. The differences are the views - those from the Superior Suites are, well, superior - and these rooms also have a kingsize bed

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chair

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

Children's meals:

Pool snacks such as toasted sandwiches are available, as are ice creams, juices and fruit smoothies

Kids Activities on site:

  • A pool
  • Large garden and grounds

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches close by
  • Funfair in town

Families Should Know:

The pool is not fenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 15 minutes
  • Hospital: 15 minutes
  • Shops: 2 minutes' drive (Spartia)
Kid Friendly:

Location

My Little Place on the Hill is set in the quiet village of Korianna, just 7km from the island's airport and 12km from the capital, Argostoli. The nearest town, Spartia, is a 15-minute walk away.

By Air:
Fly into Kefalonia Argostoli (7km - 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. A basic taverna, minimarket and beach are all within walking distance, but you'll need a car for food shopping and sightseeing. Note that taxis are expensive on Kefalonia.

By Car:
For car hire see our car rental recommendations. There's parking at the property.

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 7.0 km EFL
  • Athens 360.0 km ATH

Other:

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

My little place on the Hill is one of those places that feels like a home from home. You are soon on first name terms with everyone. Alex and Vicky were very welcoming hosts making us feel instantly relaxed. Sandra behind the bar was always on hand to provide insider tips on best beaches and restaurants. The kids soon made friends to play with in the large pool. A hidden gem! Can’t wait to return.

9/10,

Great little place, amazing pool, incredibly friendly and helpful hosts. The pool is a fantastic size with lovely views. The staff are very helpful, booking restaurants for guests and recommending day trips. The rooms are a really good size, and lovely balconies. So great for families!

10/10,

Fabulous place to stay at this pretty under stated property. Peaceful and convenient location with a great pool. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful with everything we needed. We will definitely be back and have told our friends it’s a must see!

10/10,

We loved our first stay at *Our* Little Place on the Hill. Early check in and late check out were offered to us at this beautiful little haven. We were welcomed like members of the family by Vicky, Alex and Sandra and made to feel at home immediately. Cocktails in the evening were good enough to keep us from exploring the local area for restaurants, and we were persuaded to have dinner delivered to our room! Breakfast and lunch are tasty and lovingly prepared. The grounds are beautiful, the pool is large and comfortably cool on those hot, hot days. Our stay came at the end of a longer trip, and it slowed us down to the most seductive and serene pace; we just didn't want to leave. Easy to see why people come back again and again. We hope to be amongst them in future.

10/10,

We’ve just returned from a magical week at My Little Place on the Hill. Alex and Vicky are wonderful hosts and Sandra who takes care of everyone’s food, drink and ice cream needs deserves a special mention too! We spent many a happy day relaxing around the enormous pool, which was a highlight for our daughter and the new friends she made there.
It’s also a brilliant jumping off point to explore the rest of the island - Alex and Vicky have prepared a book full of tips and ideas to help with this. A day trip to Freteli was our favourite - we also loved Aristole and the local beaches.
And then there’s the food - we never tired of eating Greek salads and fresh fish straight from the water. There are restaurants you can walk to and plenty more a short drive away.
At the end of each day, My Little Place was the place you wanted to come home to. Everything looks great, from the whitewashed walls with hot pink bougainvillea to the monochrome bedrooms - it’s totally chilled and welcoming. We just wish we were there again now.

10/10,

The most heavenly property. The type you don’t really want anyone else to know about!
Simple yet exquisite. We had the most magical week, our first trip abroad since covid. 11 yr old twins and 5 yr old boy. Perfect for adults to melt into the background with a book while the children swim and play in the extensive gardens. Idyllic beaches within walking distance (You’ll want a car with kids in summer). Adequate self-catering facilities, but reasonably priced, freshly made breakfasts and light lunches available at the pool bar. There are loads of excellent tavernas both within walking distance and further afield, which the hotel staff will happily book for you. Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for more. It was just wonderful for the whole family, and we came away truly feeling like we had had a holiday.

9/10,

Lovely location, very friendly welcoming hosts, great pool. Highly recommended.

10/10,

Now home, our holiday feels like the most beautiful, treasured dream.
We keep recounting stories of it to anyone who will listen, making sure our fragile memories don't fade away. Reminding ourselves it was all real. That's how exceptionally special My Little Place on the Hill is.
Our first adventure as a family of three, we needed somewhere that was going to make us feel safe, welcome and at the same time, encourage us to adventure out and explore the jewel of an island that is Kefalonia.
Our kind, perceptive and generous hosts Alex and Vicky and their stellar team (special shout out to the beautifully patient Sandra), greeted us with open arms and every day, helped us navigate and chart our time in Greece.
Days were perfectly pitched between marathon sunbathing and swimming by the outrageously large pool or venturing further afield to picture postcard secret beaches, mountain safaris fuelled by history and nature, coastal boat trips and calamari lunches.
My children have seen a little more of the world, experienced the kindness of strangers and made international friends. All even more important and poignant after the insecurity of a pandemic.
We will return, it's what our dreams are now made of.
You must travel here too, but please 'tread carefully, because you tread on our dreams'.

10/10,

We had the best holiday ever, and the accommodation was wonderful!

10/10,

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