My Little Place on the Hill

near Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece Book from Book from £87 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 18 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're a 20-minute stroll from 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
    • 18
    • 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
    • Small boutique
    Room:

    Rooms

    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.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Coffee tea making
    • Cots Available
    • Fridge
    • Hob 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 meals
    • Coffee tea making
    • Communal dining
    • Fridge
    • Hob stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Organic produce
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Toaster
    • Vegetarian menu
    • Weekly BBQ
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Dive into, or lounge and read 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-minute walk to beautiful Avithos beach along a track lined with wild herbs, olive groves and vineyards. Or visit sandy Spartia beach just 15 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, and although it is unfenced, Alex is a trained lifeguard who always keeps a watchful eye on bathers.

    Best for:

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

    Family friendly accommodation:

    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. There are also Pool View Family Suites

    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 52 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    9/10
    Rooms
    9/10
    Food
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    9/10
    Overall

    We loved our stay at My Little Place on the Hill - it was the perfect, relaxing break.

    10/10, , June 2016

    Beautiful, stylish and very lovely place in the hills of Kefalonia outside Spartia and 15 minutes from the airport. Alex and Vicky have created an extraordinary place, with a relaxed and very beautiful vibe, which people quite rightly come back to time and time again. Sandra who is behind the bar is totally fantastic too - and all 3 as well as the beauty of Vicky's design eye which has added all the personal as well ad design touches to this extraordinary place make this a hard place to beat. I went to a 4 star hotel on Ithaca which really would score very low due to cool service, despite its beauty and being nominated as one of the beautiful hotels in Greece.. Vicky, Alex and Sandra have it totally right, and the whole laid back and non intrusive but friendly and open atmosphere is also complemented by a barbecue night once a week as well as service around the pool. Can't recommend it highly enough.

    9/10, , September 2016

    We had the most wonderful time at My Little Place on the Hill, it's the perfect size so that there's room around the pool, a good mix of children and adults of all ages, our boys had a brilliant time mostly spent in the water. The immediate surroundings are picturesque, and it's in a great location for exploring the island with a car as nothing is too far away, as well as being easily located for the airport. The hosts, Alex and Vicky, are the right combination of laid back but attentive to guests' needs. There was a minor issue with the shower, which was rectified quickly and without fuss. I have happily recommended My Little Place on the Hill to friends on our return, and unusually for us we're considering a return visit!

    10/10, , August 2016

    Our room was clean, simple and stylish. It would have been nice to have a/c in the 2nd bedroom as left door open but this let in mosquitoes. Would also be useful to have more kitchen utensils e.g. knives, bowls, etc. Fabulous breakfasts, lunches and BBQ. Only a shame they don’t provide dinner options too. Service is exceptional. Alex, Vicky and Sandra can’t do enough for you. They have managed to create a lovely informal, friendly atmosphere which is inclusive without being intrusive <br>Overall value is excellent. We would definitely like to return. <br>Addresses a real gap in the market for a hotel with a self-catering feel, offering the best of both worlds. Laid back tranquil, great atmosphere. Only downside was the wasps – worst in the morning but having some wasp deterrents at the tables when eating would help as we ended up taking our food indoors.

    9/10, , August 2016

    I hope this place stays "Our little secret on the hill". Alex, Vicky and Sandra have built a beautiful, subtle, welcoming environment. We adored it. <br>We will be returning next year without a doubt.

    10/10, , August 2016

    A beautiful location and wonderful boutique hotel ran by fantastic hosts Alex and Vicky. Very family focused and attentive hosts. We had an amazing and relaxing time and we will be back next year. Recommend without hesitation for a family break on a very scenic and welcoming island.

    10/10, , August 2016

    Lovely place, great pool, friendly and helpful owners, children loved it.

    10/10, , July 2016

    The combination of exquisite views, understated charming rooms and great hosts make My Little Place on the Hill an absolute gem.

    10/10, , August 2015

    One of the loveliest places I have ever stayed. The hosts are amazing. The place itself is beautiful. This is a reluctant review as I am not that keen for others to find it! Heaven.

    10/10, , June 2016

    We were delighted with our stay at My Little Place on the Hill. Lovely location and such a pretty little hotel. Comfortable and well appointed apartments and our hosts and their staff could not have been more helpful. What we had foodwise was lovely but there is not a lot of choice. However, there are places to eat nearby.

    9/10, , June 2016

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