The Stone House

Paleokatouna, Lefkas, Greece Book from £314

Large tranquil villa (for 6-10) with infinity pool and incredible views, near the yachting town of Nidri
Set your alarm, and you'll wake up to a breathtaking panoramic sunrise over the Ionian sea at this 5-bedroom villa on unspoilt Lefkas. Secluded among olive groves, your only accompaniment will be the hum of cicadas, and a distant church bell.

Families or friends will feel at ease as soon as they arrive - the villa was designed by English couple Sue and Michael, with their perfect escape in mind. The main house has 3 bedrooms split over 2 levels, plus a capacious living area; a further 2 bedrooms are accessed via French doors from the terrace and gaze over that view. Outside, there’s plenty of space to relax: terraces lined with bougainvillea and oleander, shaded dining and barbecue areas, and a stunning infinity pool fringed by loungers and hammocks. If you can tear yourself away, Lefkas is a gem of the Ionian islands. Nearby, Nidri's harbour is pretty, and the calm, eastern sea is perfect for sailing or swimming with children; further afield, the west coast is home to some of Greece's postcard-perfect beaches.

Highs

  • Super-comfortable beds with 5* hotel mattresses, a choice of pillows and a bi-weekly linen change
  • Peace, plenty of space indoors and out, and lots of privacy
  • Cooking is a joy with mixers, juicers, a wood-fired BBQ and a herb garden to raid. Or there's a traditional taverna 5 minutes' walk away
  • Pretty Lefkas is easy to get to (drive over a causeway from the mainland), and relatively untouristy
  • Good value (and rates include regular cleaning)

Lows

  • A strict cancellation policy; 7-night minimum stay (Sunday-Sunday); substantial damages deposit, and check out at 9am
  • Two of the bedrooms lack views, but you won't spend much time indoors
  • You'll need a car to get here and for grocery shopping (though Nidri is a 15-minute walk for restaurants/bars)
  • The best beaches are on the west coast, an hour’s drive away - but there are some pretty coves nearer to home

Best time to go

Wildflowers abound in April and May, come for the searing heat in mid-summer and return for the mild days of autumn when you’ll have the beaches practically to yourself and the sea is still warm. The villa is closed November-March.

Our top tips

Drive the winding road to the lighthouse at Cape Lefkada - the sheer drop below will take your breath away!

Great for...

Beach
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Villa
  • 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10-12)
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Nov 2015 - 26 Mar 2016...
  • 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
Room:

Rooms

The heart of the villa is a generous open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge with sea views, a wooden beamed ceiling and a balcony through an arched doorway.

The 5 ensuite bedrooms are airy and cool with teak furnishings, wooden floors, air-con and ceiling fans. Indonesian batik cushions and collectibles from South-East Asia mingle with soft rugs, muslin curtains and crisp white linens. Windows have insect screens.

In the main house, you'll find 2 super-kingsize bedrooms (double or twin) and, on the lower level, a large twin bedroom (2 big doubles) that can also be used as an entertainment area. A hideaway haven for teenagers and children, it has DVDs, TV, books and board games.

Accessed via the terrace, a further 2 sumptuous bedrooms, including the four-poster master bedroom, have French doors opening out onto glorious views.

The terrace itself has cleverly designed spaces with secluded bench seats, comfy sofas and a communal dining table set amongst the mature gardens.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • CD collection
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Magimix
  • Microwave
  • Mosquito net
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Sandwich toaster
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

The kitchen is a cook's paradise. Cookbooks, electric mixers, juicers and ample workspace are at your disposal, along with a herb garden outside the back door. There’s an American fridge-freezer with ice and filtered water; everything is on hand to create the perfect holiday feast. The indoor dining table seats 10 while the shaded outdoor eating area is kept beautifully cool thanks to the ceiling fans. On the terrace, a stone barbecue will inspire herb-roasted meats and chargrilled veggies.

En route from the airport, we'd advise stopping in Nidri to buy the basics for 1 night, then the next day head to the supermarkets in Lefkas town (closed Sundays) to do a proper shop. If you don't want to cook, Sue can arrange a chef to come in, or lunches and dinners to be delivered (or pre-delivered for your arrival). There's a traditional taverna 5 minutes' walk away, and Nidri (10-15 minutes' walk) has mini-markets, a fishmonger and butchers, and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Lounge by the pool and drink in the stunning views
  • Have a coffee in Nidri's pretty harbour then hire a boat and chug around the tiny islands just off the coast
  • East Lefkas is a haven for sailing, while Vasiliki, in the south, is world famous for windsurfing. Kitesurfers will love the breezes just outside Lefkas town, where there's a beach with windmills
  • Go wild swimming in the Dimosari waterfall near Nidri
  • Visit some of some of the Med’s best beaches - the west side of the island has long stretches of white sand and gin-clear waters. Egremni is an hour’s drive (and 350 steep steps) away and neighbouring Porto Katsiki is a Greek tourism poster-star
  • Visit the local winery for a tour and tasting
  • Head inland to the pretty mountain town of Karya and have dinner in its shady square
  • Explore Lefkas town - a charming place to potter, with cafes, bars and shops (closed Sundays)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

A great family escape with plenty of space for children to play, an entertainment room with DVDs, toys and board games, and a gated infinity pool. The kitchen is well-stocked with plastic crockery, and useful equipment such as a sandwich toaster, electric hand mixer and Magimix

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Three of the 4 double bedrooms can be converted into twin rooms, and the twin room on the lower level can sleep 4 kids (in 2 double beds). There are 2 travel cots. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with a shower or tub, insect screens on the windows, and ceiling fans

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

A high chair and 2 travel cots (bring your own sheets)

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

Kids Activities on site:

  • Infinity pool
  • DVDs
  • Toys
  • Giant Jenga, backgammon and boules
  • Puzzles, books and board games

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches (the little beaches in Nidri are coarse sand and some rocks; Poros is our favourite)
  • Sailing, windsurfing and water skiing

Families Should Know:

The villa is on a hill, surrounded by walls with steep drops the other side. The pool is unfenced, though it is on a gated terrace with a child-proof lock.

Distances:

  • Airport: 40 mins' drive (Preveza)
  • Shop: 5 minutes' drive (Nidri)
  • Hospital: 30 minutes' (Lefkas town; minor injuries)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

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Service
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Value
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