Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The villa, like Stavros (who ensures all is well throughout your stay), is charming and full of character, with imaginative touches and continual surprises complimenting the setting. The villa has been painstakingly restored with original features retained such as vaulted and beamed ceilings, exposed brickwork and hardwood floors all refurbished by local craftsmen using traditional methods.
An eclectic combination of antique and contemporary furnishings alongside historical mementos, remind one of a bygone era whilst subtly providing every home comfort one could wish for including a well equipped kitchen with up-to-the-minute gadgets and handmade furniture.The glorious views across the hill-side to the sea from the first floor balcony complete the highlights of this unusual, imaginative and truly stunning property.
|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 a door opens into comfortable sitting room with TV/DVD, CD player and iPod dock. A door 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 which in turn leads up to further terraces and the swimming pool.Steps lead up from the hall to a small second sitting/reading room.On either side of this sitting room doors open into:
The first floor consists of one double bedroom and a twin bedroom, with two separate shower rooms and a washing machine on the same level.There is also a sitting room.The double-bedded master bedroom which consists of a suite with bedroom and doors into a dressing and seating area.A suite with twin-bedded room and doors into a dressing and seating area.A separate room lies at the rear with two shower/WC's.
|Further details outdoors|
As elegant, spacious and comfortable as the interior is it is the gardens, terraces and grounds that are the highlight. Well- maintained gardens surround the house with several areas to relax in the shade of a citrus tree with a book. The grounds at the rear of the property come complete with ruins which Stavros has imaginatively utilised to create shaded terraces which in turn lead up to the swimming pool.As beautiful, spacious and comfortable as the interior is it is the gardens, terraces and grounds that are the highlight. Well- maintained gardens surround the house with several areas to relax in the shade of a citrus tree with a book. The grounds at the rear of the property come complete with ruins which Stavros has imaginatively utilised to create shaded terraces which in turn lead up to the swimming pool with outdoor shower and barbecue. All of this is beautifully lit to create the most idyllic of settings.
-Interesting discount for small party 2/4 people.
-On arrival there is an welcome hamper.
-The owner owns an antique Mercedes(1949) that will take you for a glorious ride to fiscardo once a week.
The Ionian Islands region
Fiskardo is the northern port of the island. Maintains the traditional architecture of the Ionian Islands and has been declared as a protected village. The port of Fiskardo connects with the port of Ithaca and Lefkada and therefore Fiskardo is the place to begin day trips to Ithaca and Lefkada.
Fiskardo, according to the 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 harbor create images taken from everyday life painting.
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 is unique.
Fiskardo and all nearby villages are surrounded by cypresses and olive trees.
The weather in early and late 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.
Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands. Its capital is the beatiful Argostoli.
In Argostoli the visitor can admire the historical sea-bridge. It was manufactured by Charles de Bosse (''Devosetou'') with stone. The project was completed in 1812 and maintains this form until today.
You can find following Museums on the island:
- ''Corgialenos'', the History and Folklore Museum.
- The Archaeological Museum.
The sinks (''Katavothres'') are cracked-openings in the ground near the sea where
the water enters, followed by a long way underground across almost the entire island. The geological phenomenon discovered in 1963 when geologists Viktor Maurin and
Josef Zötl from the Technical Univercity of Graz dropped 160 kilos of paint in one of these sinks. Two weeks later traces of colour were found in sources on the other side of the island, 14km away, as well as in Lake Melissani.
Of particular interest are the Lake Melissani and the Cave Drogarati which are located at the area of Sami.
Myrtos beach consided one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranian and included in the catalogue of the best beaches of the planet.
In the northern part of Cephalonia is located a beautiful village ,Assos,which belongs to the municipality of Erissos. The village maintains the traditional architecture of the Ionian Islands. A beautiful sightseeing Assos castle that it was built in (1593) on the peninsula of Assos. The large entrance to the castle of Assos survives in good condition.
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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.