Villa Kefalonia

Greece | Europe: Mediterranean

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Owned by the same family since the 17th century, this small historic estate on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, offers an elegant manor house for rent to discerning travelers. The estate turned eco-retreat takes its guests back in time. It blends the ongoing agricultural activity with regional tradition and culture, while combining the authenticity of the past with the art of good living.
The painstakingly restored estate consists of the 19th-century stone olive mill and its old oil press room, Villa Kefalonia, an elegant manor-style house and the lovely old cottage surrounded by an orchard of biologically grown fruit trees. Villa Kefalonia with its 50-sqm swimming pool is rented all summer to visitors seeking an exclusive holiday retreat and to adherents of barefoot chic.
Special care is taken in order to preserve the natural surroundings. The area around the olive mill has been planted with indigenous trees, flower bushes and shrubs of the Greek flora. These, together with the existing ancestral olive trees and Italian cypresses, form a pleasant Mediterranean landscape.
The present owners, with an obsession for detail, have turned this idyllic spot into a refined holiday retreat, for visitors who are seeking a hideaway full of romance, calm, unspoilt natural surroundings as well as elegant and relaxed accommodation.

Rates
From EUR 4.900 per week (minimum stay) for the Villa Kefalonia during low season.
From EUR 9.940 per week during peak season.

The above peak season rate includes our staff of two: a maid and a professional lady cook 6 days a week plus washing and ironing of Guests’ clothes twice a week.
The cook prepares breakfast, eventually snacks and also prepares and serves 1 main meal per day, 6 days a week of which up to 4 meals can be dinners.

Note: An extra fee of 160 Euros per week is payable to the cook on arrival for the shopping services.

During low season maid service 6 days a week is included in the rate, while the cook is on request at 65 Euros per meal (preferably dinners) plus the shopping fee.

Location:
The estate and villa is located 12 km from Kefalonia's capital, Argostoli, 2 km from the Castello di San Giorgio and 900 meters from the Ionian Sea.

Accommodation:
Within the estate, on a separate plot of land, stands a Kefalonian-style manor house. Villa Kefalonia was recently created and exquisitely designed to provide accommodation for up to 6 guests. This exceptional villa with its terracotta roof made out of old tiles and decorated with top-quality fittings and collector's items offers a panoramic vista of an undulating valley of olive groves and to the clear blue Ionian Sea.

The villa has a private Tuscan-style swimming pool extending from its terrace into the beautiful garden. A large living/dining room (50 sqm) leading to a shaded open-air dining area, large kitchen, shower room, twin bedroom (with adjacent bathroom) leading to the terrace and another double bedroom make up the ground floor. On the upper floor is a double bedroom with sea view balcony, a twin bedroom with a small balcony and a bathroom.
The villa is fully air-conditioned, includes satellite TV, DVD player, hi-fi system with CD player, Internet connection, dishwasher, microwave oven, washing machine and tumble dryer. On weekdays, Villa Kefalonia provides maid service.

On a plot of land neighboring the estate, a 19th-century olive mill with its old oil press room protected by architectural listing is situated. One of the very few examples of the traditional Ionian architecture of the countryside which survived the 1953 earthquake. Particularly rare are the hand-sculpted milling stones made out of local white marble.

On the upper floor is a double bedroom with sea view balcony, a twin bedroom with a small balcony and a bathroom.
The villa is fully air-conditioned, includes satellite TV, DVD player, hi-fi system with CD player, Internet connection, dishwasher, microwave oven, washing machine and tumble dryer. On weekdays, Villa Kefalonia provides maid service.

On a plot of land neighboring the estate, a 19th-century olive mill with its old oil press room protected by architectural listing is situated. One of the very few examples of the traditional Ionian architecture of the countryside which survived the 1953 earthquake. Particularly rare are the hand-sculpted milling stones made out of local white marble.

Dining:
Villa Kefalonia is a self-catering holiday villa. Upon arrival at the villa the guests will be offered complimentary wine, honey, etc. Additional provisions can be made on request. The guests will also be presented with a folder which contains useful information about restaurants and taverns as well as beaches and excursions, etc.

Activities:
Fabulous swimming, water-skiing, sailing, dinghies, canoes, sea kayaks and windsurfing all offer endless ways to enjoy the warm waters of the area. Relax under shady olive trees or go sunbathing on the sandy beach. There are plenty of small idyllic coves with sandy beaches that can only be accessed by boat.

Best Time to Travel:
April to October, but it can be very hot in July and August. During the winter months the weather conditions are perfect for outdoor activities like golf, walking and bicycle rides.

How to Get There:
By car and ferry:
Coming from Athens, take the highway to Patras. When in Patras, go to the port and take the ferry to Kefalonia (port of Sami). From Sami drive to the village of Peratata (approx. 25 km). From the village of Peratata it is another 3 km drive to the village of Poriarata, where the estate is located.
By air:
From Athens Airport to the Airport of Kefalonia. It is strongly recommended to rent a car at the airport of Kefalonia, then drive to village Peratata and subsequently to village Poriarata. There are also charter flights from a few European airports (e.g. London) to Kefalonia.

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