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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The Architect’s House is a jewel of a villa in northern Kefalonia which sleeps from two to four people and, besides having its own pool and garden, is a five-minute walk down a private path to a secluded beach. It is the perfect Kefalonian hideaway, with no neighbour except a tiny church and one other property on the hillside opposite, yet only a ten-minute drive from lively and picturesque Fiskardo, with its plentiful supply of cafes, shops and waterside restaurants.
The road to the Architect’s House leads south of Fiskardo for two kilometres and then down what can sometimes be a rough track. Once there, however, you can relax into what is one of the most bijou holiday villas on Kefalonia. The lower floor contains the pretty double bedroom, from which French doors open onto the terrace and garden, and an open-plan sitting-room/kitchen fitted out in natural wood, in Scandinavian style, and comfortable easychairs. From here, too, French doors give access to the upper terrace and the garden.
A wooden staircase leads up from the sitting-room to the second bedroom, which has a double bed, sofa and glass doors which open onto a small balcony. As in the rest of this elegant villa, the ceiling is in light wood and the colours are soft pastel yellows and greens.
Outside the garden shows the architect’s hand, being constructed on two levels linked by the sweeping curves of paths and flowerbeds. The upper terrace next to the house is a perfect place for reading and outside dining, while the pool occupies its own separate space in the lower part of the garden, surrounded by a terrace of white stone.
A path leads from the garden to the tranquil waters of a small and secluded beach, where a fringe of fir trees offers welcome shade from the summer sun.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Local 400 m|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kefalonia 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen area, Double bedroom and Bathroom.
First Floor Landing (reached by open wooden staircase), bedroom with double bed and single day bed (made up on request at time of booking) and small balcony.
Air conditioning in bedrooms.
Facilities: Washing machine, Dishwasher, TV, DVD player, CD player, Hairdryer, Air conditioning in bedrooms
About this location
The Ionian Islands region
The Ionian island of Kefalonia or Cephalonia is situated in the southern Ionian sea just north of Zakynthos and below the island of Lefkada, and although Kefalonia is the largest of all the Ionian islands it retains a small-island feel. The good quality roads are easy to tackle and largely free of traffic, which is refreshing on an island of this size. Its size also means there is plenty to explore, especially the long coastline which offers everything from long sandy beaches to small sandy bays and shingle beaches surrounded by olive groves or cypress woods.
While Kefalonia’s coastline is spectacular at every turn, the interior has much to offer as well, with a number of national parks and some wonderful forest areas and high mountains. There are also abandoned castles, goats with gold teeth, dragon caves and underground lakes! And the island is steeped in mythology and history. The most notable event of recent times, the 1953 earthquake, caused serious devastation in many parts of the island but it also resulted in some important modernisation, including the rebuilding of the island’s infrastructure. A further consequence was that all development on the island since 1953 has been required to meet very high standards of design and construction. So all the new villas on Kefalonia have been built to high specifications and fit in well with the other buildings in the local communities. This is as true of an area like Fiscardo in the north, with its old houses and pre-53 buildings, as of more modern areas like Sami, Lassi, Argostoli (the capital) or Spartia further south.
But it is the people of Kefalonia who make this island the relaxing and welcoming destination it is. Since their island is not overrun by tourists, the Kefalonians still see the tourist as a visitor and remain very helpful and friendly. Courteous and hospitable, they will often invite visitors back to their homes, hoping that they will love their island as much as themselves and will carry back the fondest memories of their visit when the time comes to leave.
Kefalonia is also known for its rich and varied artistic heritage, which has absorbed influences from all the occupying cultures and empires which have claimed Kefalonia over the centuries. Many Greek musicians, artists and sculptors hail from the island, as well as writers and designers, and this lively cultural interest is reflected in the many festivals and other regular artistic events throughout the year.
While all Greek islands have their own character, many of the larger ones have regrettably lost much of their individuality and become mass tourist destinations. Kefalonia is a complete exception to this. It may be large in size but it has the character and feel of an island much smaller, its pace of life still gentle and unhurried and its people still keen to welcome visitors and help them to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of their Ionian paradise.
Amenities: Taverna Foki Bay is a 10 minutes drive. Shops, restaurants and internet facilities in Fiskardo 4.6km away. Assos is a 20 minutes drive, Sami 45 minutes drive and Argostoli a 1 hour 15 minutes drive.
Beaches: 3 minutes walk from house, Foki Bay 10 minutes drive
Airport: Kefalonia 60km
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