My Little Place on the Hill

near Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £103 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
  • 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
Wedding
  • Boutique Suites
  • 17
  • Self-catering (+ breakfast and bar snacks; restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 22 Nov 2019 - 14 May 2020...
  • 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. 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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 - approx €25 in 2013 - 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 23 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

We had a fantastic holiday August 2019 Vicky and ALex the owners are excellent hosts understanding their guests needs for a great holiday, their boutique hotel provides a laid back stylish setting.

10/10,

Great location and atmosphere with wonderful friendly hosts.

10/10,

The owners are great hosts and the place is perfect for families with young children. They have lots of excellent tips of where to eat and what to do in the local area. Ask the hosts Vicky and Alex as they have the best ones. They also have them jotted down in a guest book.

8/10,

The consideration of the owners and the staff makes this a very special place.They go out of their way to make sure all their guests are having a great time.

10/10,

We absolutely loved our stay and have just recommended it to friends of ours. However, I think it would be good to offer eggs at breakfast. It would be good to save on plastic packaging and not have mini bottles in the bathroom, maybe refills. I would have liked more storage for clothes especially in the kids room. They're just little things though.

9/10,

Vicky, Alex and Sandra couldn't have been more welcoming or hospitable; they even opened a day earlier for me. It's a really lovely place and we enjoyed our stay immensely. We'll definitely be back.

9/10,

We had a wonderful stay at My Little Place on The Hill. The room was thoughtfully decorated and immaculate, with a kitchen adequate for cooking small meals if needed. The pool area is gorgeous and brings the whole place together. The pool is wonderful, beautifully maintained and set against the backdrop of the mountains. The vibe is super friendly and relaxed, you are made to feel at home. Children 8 and 5 made terrific friends and there is plenty to do nearby. Would recommend and visit again.

10/10,

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,

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