My Little Place on the Hill

near Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £98 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.

Highs

  • The views - most suites have terraces that look out for miles over the mountainous interior of Kefalonia
  • You can walk to the 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 welcome - Vicky and Alex are convivial hosts; Alex is English, and Vicky's English is excellent
  • The pool - there’s plenty of room for everyone to make a splash, and children have their own section

Lows

  • Breakfasts and bar snacks are available during the day but you'll need to sort your own dinner as there's no restaurant
  • The self-catering kitchenettes are basic; no oven or microwave, just a hob, fridge, kettle and toaster
  • 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

  • Hire a boat or catch the ferry to Ithaca for the day. A steep walk up from the harbour brings you to Polyphemus in Stavros Town, a wonderful restaurant run by a communist chef who has covered his walls with pictures of Che Guevara. You'll lunch on delicious sun-dried octopus and juicy dolmades, spicy sausages and mouth-watering moussaka. Afterwards, stroll around the pretty fishing village of Kioni, and return home before sundown.
  • 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
    Wedding
    • Boutique Suites
    • 17
    • Self-catering (+ breakfast and bar snacks; restaurants nearby)
    • All ages welcome
    • Closed: 7 Oct 2018 - 11 May 2019
    • 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
    • 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. Superior Suites have better views and kingsize beds. 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.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Cots Available
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer
    • Hob or stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Sofas or daybeds
    • Terrace
    • Toaster
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi
    • Writing desk or coffee table

    Eating

    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.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Bar snacks
    • Breakfast
    • Children's meals
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Communal dining
    • 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,
    • Swim and sunbathe at nearby beaches: it's a 20-40 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
    • 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 all day, 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:

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 35 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

    We had a lovely time there but I just want to mention one thing which is incorrect on your website. The beach is more like a 30-40 walk. in fact we had to drive there as the walk was too long and not suitable for a buggy.

    8/10,

    My Little Place on the Hill is a really beautiful spot, with stunning views of the mountains and a quietly stylish and low-key feel. Our family suite was more of an apartment, with separate rooms (rather than interconnected areas, as you get in many hotel suites) which worked very well for the four of us. The furnishing was simple but spotless (it was cleaned every day). The pool is also a great size (20 metres) with plenty of room to accommodate everyone from adults doing their daily lengths to toddlers splashing in the children's area. Vicky and Alex are congenial hosts who were happy to organise a boat trip and book recommended restaurants, taxis etc. The weekly barbeque was delicious as well, with Sandra presiding expertly over the bar every day. We had a gorgeous week. Don't tell too many of your friends!

    9/10,

    Our ten-day stay was exactly what we needed – a relaxed environment to recharge the batteries in a peaceful location in a beautiful corner of Kefalonia. Vicky and Alex were exceptional hosts – friendly, caring, informative; nothing was too much trouble for them. They have renovated an older development to a modern standard, resulting (in our deluxe king-sized one-bed apartment) in a spacious hall, high ceilings and a feeling of a past, slower, more tranquil pace of life. The villas are simply, but very stylishly decorated with an artist’s (Vicky’s?) eye. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony, shaded for much of the day, admiring the views which overlooked the pool and the hills beyond. The cooking facilities are basic but sufficient, with a full-sized fridge freezer however we always ate out at least once every day. To us, it’s the great attraction of Greece and we were well served with several good tavernas/restaurants either a short drive away or a fifteen-minute walk to the nearby village of Spartia. A small niggle was the shower but we (some of us) acquired the knack of not flooding the bathroom. The daily maid service was very efficient and thorough with towels replenished when requested.
    It was the perfect location and we shall treasure memories of a super-sized pool (20m and deep for most of it) and being served drinks and snacks poolside by ever-cheerful and friendly Sandra. Bring your beach towels and relax. We will certainly be back.

    10/10,

    The hotel was a perfect place for a relaxing escape. The hosts were amazing, relaxed and friendly, we really enjoyed attending the once a week hotel BBQ. Avithos beach was perfect, only 15 minutes away and had everything you needed, great beach bar and tavernas.

    9/10,

    This is such a lovely place to stay.The hotel is a nice size with a beautiful swimming pool. The owners (Vicky and Alex) are very welcoming and have created a quiet and therapeutic environment, and Sandra who runs the bar and food is very friendly and good fun. If you want to be gregarious it is easy to get to know other guests, if you want to keep yourself to yourself and have a quiet time that is easily possible.
    The format of the rooms is excellent as you have a kitchenette and small sitting area . Our room had a nice balcony. I think the kitchen is more appropriate for snacks and breakfast rather than full meals, although there is a portable hob. The local beach (35 mins walk) is both beautiful and peaceful when we went in June (out of school holidays). If you are challenged or disabled in terms of walking you may not want to do this, as a short part of the walk is a little steep/slippy, although most of it is on a very quiet path with shade. The local taverna (20 mins walk) is above the average Greek taverna in terms of quality, and is very friendly. We thought it was very good value and a great format. I would be happy to return to the hotel, and most guests seemed to be coming back for the umpteenth time. We wanted a holiday without a car this time, and this worked for us, but if we return (which we would love to), we found after about 4 days we were itching to see the island - so I would hire a car next time. (Taxi's aren't cheap - back from the beach = 30 euro, 20 Euro into Argostoli). All in all a lovely and welcoming place to stay.

    10/10,

    Friendly, relaxing hotel in a lovely part of the island. Super convenient for the airport, so great for a short break. Close to some really nice beaches and a short walk into the village for restaurants.

    10/10,

    A beautiful and special place run by lovely people.

    10/10,

    Alex, Vicky and Sandra made us feel so welcome at My Little Place on the Hill. The hotel was beautifully designed with lovely little touches. It was a very relaxed vibe with quiet spots in the shade away from the pool. All their recommendations - from places to eat to beaches to visit - were brilliant. The weekly BBQ was delicious and there are a couple of places you can walk to for dinner. The beach is around a 30 minute walk but I'd definitely recommend hiring a car, especially if you have children. We hired a boat for the day (on recommendation) which was a real highlight. Equally, if you feel like doing nothing, then the pool and bar area is a fine place to while away your days. We stayed here as a couple and we will be back - next time we're hoping to bring our family and friends!

    10/10,

    At MLP you will be greeted as if you're already a part of the extended family and led up to your room by the charming Alex. Our room was monochromatic and modern with a simple bathroom, but truth be told, we spent very little time in the room due to the fantastic company hanging out by the pool or the nearby beaches and restaurants. Near the castle, we liked il Borgo so much we ate there three times and Alex and Vicky's Wednesday night BBQ was a hit attended by most of the guests. The pool is immense with enough cosy nooks around it to immerse yourself deeply in your novel. There's a shallow end too for the kids.
    What we found nice were the funny chats we had with Alex, Vicky and Sandra and the other guests who occasionally rocked up to the bar. The property has thoughtful design touches and lazy lounging cats who finish the picture of tranquility off nicely. The hosts are so warm and helpful, never phased by the constant questions or recommendation requests. And, they will never steer you wrong. Just check out their handmade quirky guidebook with maps to boot. We loved Avithos beach, arriving later in the afternoon when less crowded, and watching the sunset to mojitos and cool music from the beachfront bar. Avithos Preview restaurant is a good choice, you will pass it on your way down to the beach. Trapezaki beach about 15 minutes away from MLP was also fab, with reclining lounge-chairs and a restaurant called Denis that we all loved. All in all, a very memorable week and we will most certainly return to MLP.

    10/10,

    Overall the highs and lows by i-escape are accurate. We loved the view, the welcome, the quality of the food (great Dachos salad) and the huge swimming pool and garden! We felt there was no affordable breakfast option (the bar menu ends up pretty expensive).

    7/10,

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