Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Stavros Villa, Stavros's villa, has everything the traveller-connoisseur could possibly wish for. This traditional villa, in the true and original sense of the word, is an exceptional attraction.
Set majestically among richly-planted, artistically-designed gardens with an imposing entrance flanked by ancient pine trees, this grand residence evokes an atmosphere from an earlier nobler period in Greece's history. The overwhelming feeling of being transported into a bygone day and age is both magical and mystical. Antique artefacts and everyday household items adorn the entire building, vying for the lucky visitor's attention. Tastefully arranged, they form but one part of the tapestry of this extraordinary place, for there are also numerous gems created by Stavros beckoning the appreciation of cultured visitors. Here we are privileged to catch a glimpse into the soul of Stavros and his ancestors. The period furniture dating from as long ago as the 1920s completes the stage for some wonderful temporary time travel. No need for the Tardis here.
Venturing into the gardens beyond ancient doors painstakingly transformed into a work of modern art by Athina, Stavros' daughter, one feels like a young artist entering the hallowed domain of a venerable elder artist. Stavros has taken up where his ancestors left off; traditional dry-stone walls provide a backdrop for his artistic musings in stone, wood and old found-objects, emissaries from earlier times, places and ways, harbingers of goodwill and pleasant surroundings, standing witness to resourcefulness and tireless creativity.
Despite the vintage of the buildings, you will not be left wanting for any of the mod cons that almost all modern villas boast, ranging from air conditioning to wi-fi and digital services, from outdoor pool to barbecue facilities. During the heat of the day you'll be able to stay pleasantly cool by chilling out around the swimming pool in these beautifully-crafted gardens, with plenty of shaded areas to offer protection from the harsh midday Mediterranean sun. Not only will you find everything a weary traveller-explorer needs at the end of an exciting day, but you will also be delighted with the rustic kitchen, complete with a traditional wood-fired oven. And after you've freshened yourself up and replenished your energy supplies, you will almost certainly gravitate towards the west-facing outside areas to savour the majestic sunset over the Ionian Sea, with the northern part of Paliki, claimed by some to be the true homeland of Odysseus, beckoning from the southwest. From numerous locations around the villa the evening sky becomes the stage for a magnificent cosmic lightshow - a warm pastel glow pervades the dusk, wispy streaks of lavender tones high in the sky are often overlaid by cotton-wool-like clouds of various shapes and sizes. The play of light and dark, nuance and hue, comes to its absolute perfection on full moon nights, when the floral colours of the fading day merge seamlessly with the pale whitewash of the evening-going-on-night and the day seems to go on forever.
It is obvious that Stavros and Athina are a pair of warm-hearted people who genuinely care for their ancestral home and their esteemed visitors with equal amounts of kindness, attention and love. Their villa offers so much more than just holiday accommodation. Here you'll find spiritual upliftment, inspiration and appreciation; a haven, a sanctuary away from the chaos and hubbub of modern urban life. Here you will get back in touch with yourself, and then return home revitalised and full of optimism, for that is the impression that Stavros, Athina and Stavros Villa make on every visitor. And I'm sure they will on you, as well.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Alaties 2 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Argostoli 60 km, Nearest railway: N/a|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The front door opens into an entrance hall, to the left of which lies a comfortable sitting room with TV/DVD, CD player and iPod dock. A door then leads into the dining area and fully-fitted kitchen.To the right of the entrance hall is a double bedroom. A shower/WC is located in a separate room on this floor. A door at the rear of this floor opens onto the garden terrace. Steps lead up from the hall to a small second sitting/reading room, which is flanked by a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, with two separate shower rooms and a washing machine on the same level. There is also a second sitting room.
|Further details outdoors|
Beyond the elegance, spaciousness and comfort of the interior lie the gardens, terraces and grounds that complement perfectly the atmosphere of earlier simpler times. These well-maintained gardens surround the house with several areas to relax with a book in the shade of a citrus tree or the huge handmade tropical umbrella . The grounds at the rear of the property contain ruins which Stavros has imaginatively utilised and crafted to create shaded terraces. His imaginative use of natural materials, stone, wood and old found objects, has resulted in an harmonious setting providing visual satisfaction wherever one cares to look. Lush garden beds line stone and pebble pathways which lead to the swimming pool with its outdoor shower and a barbecue. All of this is beautifully lit at night to create the most idyllic of nocturnal settings.
A welcoming hamper is provided. Internet. Pool towels. A free daily cruise by boat for a tour of Ithaca Island. Also available is a vintage 1949 Mercedes Benz sedan that will take you for a glorious ride to Fiskardo once a week, or perhaps for that special wedding touch.
A heavy cleaning is done in the middle of each week of your stay with a linen and towel change. e.g. If arriving on Saturday, cleaning and towel and linen change takes place on Tuesday.
Pool is maintained and checked daily. Gardens are watered and tended in the evening (about 8pm).
The weather early and late in the tourist season can be variable, with intermittent rain and temperatures dropping in the evening. The summer is hot and dry with temperatures regularly exceeding 38 degrees C between June and September.
The Ionian Islands region
Erissos, the region around Fiskardo
Fiskardo, the northernmost port of the island, maintains the traditional architecture of the Ionian Islands and has been declared a protected heritage village. The port of Fiskardo connects with ports on Ithaca and Lefkada, making it an excellent departure point for day trips to those two islands.
Fiskardo, according to tradition, took its name from the pirate Robert Guiscard, who conquered the village in the 11th century. Over the subsequent centuries it saw significant growth thanks to the Venetians and the port. Today Fiskardo is a cosmopolitan tourist destination.
Old preserved mansions with small balconies, narrow streets, dozens of tourist shops, taverns and cafes running around the quaint harbour create picturesque images worthy of an artist's discerning eye.
Fiskardo is a pleasant surprise to guests, as any time you choose to walk in the streets or to sit and
enjoy the breathtaking views, the colors and the atmosphere are magical.
Fiskardo and all its nearby villages are located among cypress and olive tree-covered hills whose terrain is studded with amazing rock formations, wild herbs and bushes, which are home to a great range of wildlife, including pine martens, pheasants, quail, mountain hare, hedgehogs, eagles, lizards and snakes. And the sight of sheep and goats clambering over the road-cuttings and hillsides will certainly invite creative photography.
A little further down the west coast from Fiskardo the beautiful seaside village of Assos lies nestled at the base of a small peninsula capped by the remains of a Venetian fortress built in 1593 . This quaint village, like Fiskardo, maintains the traditional architecture of the Ionian Islands and offers a pleasant sojourn with a meal, snack or cool drink at one of the restaurants or cafes fringing the small bay.
The capital of Kefalonia, which is the largest of the Ionian Islands, is the beautiful Argostoli, where the visitor can admire, among other impressive monuments and sights, the historical stone sea-bridge constructed by Charles de Bosse (''Devosetou'') and completed in 1812. Here you can find the ''Korgiallenios'' History and Folklore Museum, the Archaeological Museum and Kefalos Theatre, which hosts concerts, plays, films and other performances and exhibitions year round.
The sink holes (''Katavothres'') are openings in the rocky ground at the water's edge where the water enters the Earth, and then flows underground eastwards across the entire island. This unique geological phenomenon was discovered in 1963, when geologists Viktor Maurin and Josef Zötl from the Technical University of Graz released 160 kilos of dye into one of these sinks. Two weeks later traces of colour were found in springs on the other side of the island at Karavomylos, 14km away, as well as in Lake Melissani, which, along with Drogarati Cave, is of particular interest. In the same area, Sami, numerous other sites of religious and historical importance are to be found, some linked by well-marked walking tracks.
Further afield Kefalonia prides itself on the unique mountain habitat of Mount Ainos, the highest mountain in the Ionian islands, with its wild horses, black fir trees and panoramic views of the Ionian sea, the surrounding islands and the mainland to the east.
There are many splendid beaches on the island, the best-known of which is Myrtos, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean and is included in a catalogue of the best beaches on the planet.
Kefalonia is truly an amazing island, rich in geological, botanical, natural, historical and cultural phenomena. A visit to this unique place guarantees a memorable holiday, and there is no better base to begin its exploration from than Stavros Villa.
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12 Jun 2013
"A unique experience - authentic, traditional Greek home"
Stavros Villa is a beautiful and grand family home set high in the hills of Touliata in northern Kefalonia, with commanding views across the Ionian Sea. Built in 1925, the house has been lovingly pre… More
9 Oct 2012
"Stavros villa heaven on earth"
We absolutely loved our stay at Stavros villa. Beautiful setting stunning house and Stavros and Athina and their family are truly wonderful people. We cannot wait to go back and have already booked two weeks for 2013. Local restaurants and shops are great. Local beaches really beautiful. September 2013 cannot come quick enough !!!!!
24 Sep 2012
"Great place, great location"
We loved the villa. It is a million miles from soulless modern holiday rentals and full of old Greek (and other) memorabilia. (The villa is large so this doesn't make it feel cluttered, except possibly the kitchen.)
All the facilities, inside and out, are lovingly maintained and work well. The shower rooms upstairs are a little basic but perfectly functional. Considering the water situation, the requirement to hold the shower head yourself is reasonable.
The villa dates back to the 20s with high ceilings, painted wooden floors and other traditional decoration. It feels (and is!) completely authentic. The small rooms of the period are not ideal for modern living but as mentioned, there's plenty of space. One quibble is a shortage of comfortable inside seating during bad weather.
There are lots of places to sit outside with fantastic views from the sterna (rainwater collection well) and front porch. There are also the ruins of an earlier earthquake casualty, a feature of the island's character that adds to the authentic feel of the place. The pool is great for a plunge but too small for swimming.
The hosts were charming and attentive but careful not to intrude. Lots of nice touches like homemade olive oil on arrival and other essentials.
Thanks Athina and Stavros for a lovely week!
12 Aug 2012
"Simply a slice of Heaven!"
It is very rare that you find a holiday house you want to return to, Villa Stavros is that house! It is a unique home offering privacy,peace and tranquillity with stunning views. Cleaner than any hotel we have stayed in,with huge rooms,comfortable bedrooms and a country kitchen which was totally equipped with everything. The ouside gardens were glorious with an abundance of plants and sculptures, covered eating areas and excellent pool. The location was ideal with local shops and tavernas nearby. From the moment we made contact to the end of our stay Stavros and Athina welcomed us with open arms and made our stay just perfect!
6 Jun 2012
"Quirky, beautiful setting, immaculately presented."
This house (I would not describe as a villa) is in a very quiet but easily accessible location in the hills, 5 miles or so from Fiscardo. From the moment we arrived we could see this was something a bit different. A large, solid traditional family house built in the 1920's with wonderfull elevated views to the west coast and across to the top of the Lixouri peninsula and with stunning gardens. The property sleeps 6 in three bedrooms (one on ground floor) but there are numerous other ante rooms and little nooks and cranny's in addition to the normal lounge, kitchen, bathrooms etc., all crammed with quirky artefacts and family heirlooms. Stavros appears to be an obsessive collector and tinkerer, quite at odds with his bohemian appearance. Some might find the place 'cluttered' and I certainly would be on edge if a young family were running around the place. The potential to cause damage to some of the lovingly arranged pieces is great. The main ground floor bathroom is huge, with ample bath, there are two adjacent showerrooms with WC and wash basins on the first floor, in a rear room that also triples as a laundry room and library/games room! All modern conveniences are present including dishwasher, proper oven, fridge, freezer, microwave etc. TV and audio and free wi-fi (swimming pool out of range). The kitchen is a little cluttered but the lovely shaded and sheltered terrace immediately outside is perfect for eating. Terraced garden is similarly interesting, lots of little interesting areas to loose oneself. The pool area at the top is very well sheltered and private, with ample sunbathing area and a large shaded canopy. The pool is a little small, but with the lovely sea a few minutes drive away, was only used for an occasional cool off. The middle terrace is large and perfect for evening drinks in the setting sun before venturing out to the many tavernas. Trees obscure the actual final sunset, but a few steps down to the hardly used road ensures a perfect view.
Several small coves are nearby and accessible by car. Aliates (nearest) was nice but lots of tar, Emblisi was near perfect, and not crowded in the last week of May. Famous Myrtos beach is worth the drive (30-40 min) as is Assos (great Taverna in the square). Fiscardo nice but a bit 'hooray' with the yachting types! Most places were friendly and not pushy, and prices quite good on a 1.20 exchange rate. All in all highly recommended if you want to get away from the sterile modern complex. Car essential.
13 Oct 2011
"We can not wait to go back!"
We can not recommend Stavros Villa enough... it was probably the best place we've ever stayed and can not wait to go back next year.
The house itself is beautiful with so many trinkets and interesting items to look at, you'll feel like you're in a museum! The pool area is lovely, as are the gardens and different outside seating areas.
Stavros and Athina were such excellent hosts and helped us so much throughout our stay, it wouldn't have been the same without them!
We hired a moped from Fiskardo (about 20 minutes away) for around €20 per day which is excellent and in our opinion, the best way to explore the island.
We enjoyed the restaurants and bars in Fiskardo a lot however we loved the Ionio restaurant in Touliata (a 10-15 minute walk from the house)... traditional Greek dishes, lovely setting, friendly service and excellent value for money. We ate here about every other night!
5 Oct 2011
"A little piece of paradise!"
We felt very priviledged to stay at Stavros Villa for three weeks this September. The villa itself is beautifully maintained and full of interesting artifacts. The pool area is delightful and a little piece of paradise! Stavros and his daughter, Athina, looked after us and made our stay thoroughly enjoyable. The villa is close to the village of Maganos which has provision shops and a couple of tavernas, one of which has Greek music in the week - very enjoyable, especially the dancing! We were only a ten minute drive from beautiful Fiskardo where we spent many a happy evening trying out the restaurants right on the waterfront. From here, you can either hire a boat and take yourself off on excursions around the island, or join a boat trip for the day to other islands. We would like to say a big thank you to Stavros and Athina for looking after us so well; their beautiful villa was our home for a few short weeks - the perfect place to unwind and relax!
25 Sep 2011
"A Great Authentic Greek Holiday"
This is a great traditional house in a good location not over looked . A great view from the front of the house to the sea, ideal while waiting for everyone to get ready !The back of the house are sev… More
5 Sep 2011
We stayed at Stavros Villa for a week in August 2011. We are a family of 4 (2 lads aged 11 & 6). The house is just completely different to most holiday homes you would ever get to stay in. It has a real sense of the history of what has clearly been a longstanding traditional Kefalonian family home prior to being used as a holiday villa. It is full of lovely furniture, art and curios in every single room and you feel very special just being there. There are extra little rooms and annexes all around the house which just make it a very individual place to stay. Whilst it is a very traditional home, it is also very well equipped with everything you may need. Outside, the tierred garden is beautifully maintained with several areas for sitting, eating, drinking etc and of course there is also the pool area looking down towards the house which is lovely.
Whilst the house itself is a great place to stay, the real icing on the cake is the way that you are looked after by the owners. Athina (Stavros's daughter) is a lovely and friendly lady who took great pride in making sure we were happy and comfortable and that the villa was kept spotlessly clean. The villa was cleaned daily but she was never ever intrusive at all. We would just return from wherever we had been that day and find the place in perfect order again (especially appreciated by the wife!!).
With regard to location, it really suited us well. It's just slightly off the beaten track in a very quiet village location but the main town of Fiskardo, beaches and restaurants are all within a 5-10 minute car drive.
All in all, I would recommend very highly to those who enjoy the kind of holiday where you relax in a quiet, pretty and traditional setting and you have lovely food and beaches etc close to hand.
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