Villa Hestia Zola
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Hestia sleeps 2-6 guests with 1 double and 2 twin bedded rooms - each with their own private en suite. The layout and design ensures that it ideal for larger groups but is not overwhelming for smaller groups of perhaps 2 or 4 guests.
Private but with its own direct access onto the quiet, tarmac beach road, the villa stands in the most commanding position so as to take the best advantage of the spectacular, panoramic and wholly uninterrupted views, which can be enjoyed from everywhere on the property.
These uninterrupted views encompass the long beach of Aghia Kiriaki directly below the villa, (a mix of sand and shingle) which lies within the bay of Myrtos, across to Assos and Lefkada in the distance, together with the green pastures of Zola and across the valley to the mountains with their ever changing colours.
All of the living and bedrooms face the front of the villa so that the spectacular views can be enjoyed from both inside and out.
The walled and gated property has a private driveway, with parking for 3 cars, which leads to the front door and entrance to the stylish living and dining area. The living area has comfortable sofas and chairs, an L shaped, marble, open fireplace, a wall-mounted Satellite TV and DVD, CD and video player. There is also a selection of over 100 books, games to play and CD's, DVD's and videos to suit all ages and tastes. Extensive guest information books give details of where to go and where to eat, what to do, telephone numbers and history of the island.
To one end of the living room is the dining area with extending table and chairs for 6 guests.
The modern kitchen is extensively equipped with all that guests would expect from their own kitchen and more. All cookware, crockery etc. is generously provided for more than 6 guests.
The uninterrupted views can be enjoyed from both the lounge and dining area.
Two sets of double, glass doors lead out from the lounge and dining area on to the front terrace, which has a large wooden table with comfortable chairs for 6 guests.
The 8 x 4 metre pool has broad Roman steps at the shallow end, ideal for children, a ladder at the deep and is floodlit at night.
The extensive patio and lounging areas surround the pool and there is a large brick built BBQ for al fresco dining.
The patio and BBQ areas have ambient lighting so that the areas can be fully enjoyed after dark.
Next to the BBQ, and under the shade of a Mulberry tree, is an L shaped stone seating arrangement with comfortable cushions, where guests can either dine or lounge out on to perhaps snooze, read or just take in the panoramic views.
6 loungers with cushions, sun filter parasols, small poolside tables and chairs surround the pool and all are of a high quality to ensure maximum comfort.
The established garden is enjoyed and commented on by many of our guests. Olive, palm, fruit and mulberry trees provide shade and the garden is filled with hibiscus, bougainvillea, oleander and Mediterranean flowers. There are herbs growing in the garden for the use of guests.
A large rear patio with grape vine-clad pergola for shade is surrounded by a wall covered in, amongst others, scented jasmine and a border of colourful plants. There is another large wooden table and chairs within this area, which is softly lit after dark.
Apart from the garden all the other areas are either tiled or paved for comfort and ease of access.
Also on the ground floor is a twin bedded room, with private en suite, which has a pair of glass, double doors opening directly onto the terrace and views.
Upstairs is a further twin bedded room, similar to that on the ground floor, which also has its own private en suite. A pair of glass, double doors open directly onto the balcony and encompassing views.
The master bedroom is 19ft wide and has a king sized bed and its own private en suite. Two pairs of double, glass doors lead directly onto the balcony and again encompass the views.
On the balcony is a large marble table and 6 chairs, perfect for watching the mountains change colour across the bay as the sun goes down.
All of the en suites have large walk in showers. They are of a good size with generous shelving, cabinet storage and ample towel rails and shaver sockets. All of the bedrooms have generous storage and a hair dryer in each room.
Zola is a small village involved with agriculture and fishing. It has 2 beaches - a combination of fine shingle and sand. The working harbour has the renowned Fish Taverna, which almost drops into the water. There are 2 cantinas alongside the beach.
There are 2 other tavernas within the village and 3/4 on the opposite side of the bay within a 7 min drive, where there is also a mini-market and petrol station.
Zola's quiet environs are perfect for walking, exploring or relaxing and the locals extend a warm welcome.
Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the home – “A place where all the cares of the world can be set aside and the soul restored”. Hence, the natural choice of name for our home.
Villa Hestia is Ideal for groups of friends, romantic couples and families with children of all ages, seeking a peaceful environment but with all the major towns and attractions within easy reach.
For further information: Please see our own website www.emesvillahestia.com or call the owners on 0044 (0)7768 300697 and they will be pleased to help with advice or further information.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aghia Kiriaki (Zola) 600 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Argostoli (EFL) 30.2 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Please see www.emesvillahestia.com or call 0044 (0)7768 300697 for further details if required and the owners will be happy to answer all queries or help with information regarding all aspects of your proposed visit.
Designed by and built for the owners, the light and airy villa is stylishly furnished as a private home so guests will find all they need and more, especially in the most generously equipped kitchen and furnishings throughout.
Plastic tableware for infants and small blender for pureed infant food.
Mosquito doors or blinds are fitted throughout.
There is central heating throughout and the bedrooms are air conditioned.
The lounge has a large open fireplace.
Quality linen throughout and generous sized towels.
Pool side towels provided. NB. Guests to provide their own beach towels.
Toilet paper is provided and can be flushed away.
Tea, coffee, sugar & mineral water are supplied for arrival & all condiments etc. are to hand, including herbs from the garden.
Also included are dishwasher and washing machine tablets, tea towels, bin liners, dish cloths etc. face cloths, soaps and shower hats.
There is a hair dryer in each bedroom and shaver sockets in each of the en suites.
A large hall cupboard houses an Iron and board, vacuum cleaner and all cleaning materials/equipment should they be required between maid visits.
First aid box, torch and candles are provided for emergencies.
Comprehensive and extensive guide/guest books offer all information on where to go/what to do and where to eat. Plus further information and contact numbers for services, emergencies etc.
Twice weekly maid service from our English Housekeeper who lives within the village and who ensures the highest standards of cleanliness and care.
Twice weekly pool cleaning and villa maintenance by Ace Property Management, an English company who have an excellent track record and who are just 20 minutes from the villa.
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
THE VILLA RECEIVES 3G RECEPTION FOR MOBILES/ BLACKBERRY/IPAD ETC.
|Further details outdoors|
The villa stands in the most commanding position within its own private grounds and walled, established gardens with olive and fruit trees. It has wholly uninterrupted, breathtaking views down to Aghia Kiriaki beach, across the bay of Myrtos and mountains to Assos and Lefkada beyond.
All of the bed/living rooms face the sea and have direct access onto either the terrace or generous balcony.
A garden gate leads onto the quiet tarmac beach road.
An extensive patio surrounds the private 8 x 4 metre pool with Roman steps at the shallow end (ideal for young children) and ladder at deep end.
Plastic tumblers are provided for use around the pool.
There is an outside pool shower and large brick built BBQ.
Quality sun loungers with comfortable cushions, sun filter parasols and poolside chairs.
Large, L shaped stone seating with cushioning under the shade of a Mulberry tree, where guests can dine or just lounge on to snooze, read or merely soak up the panoramic views.
Large wooden dining tables and comfortable seating for 6 on both the terrace and under the rear garden, vine clad pergola. A further large marble table and 6 chairs are on the balcony.
The grounds are all either paved or tiled for comfort and ease of access.
There is ample parking for 3 cars within the villa grounds and further parking outside.
Villa Hestia might be suitable for those with restricted mobility. It has two steps to the front door. A downstairs twin bedroom with private en suite and large walk in shower. The bedroom leads directly onto the terrace with two steps down to the patio. A ramp can be provided and the owners will do all they can to assist. Enquiries welcome.
Guests are required to read the safety instructions located by the pool and to read the safety instructions contained within the Guest Information book.
The owners cannot take responsibility for any injuries to guests caused by the guests' own negligence. The owners presume that guests will have taken out sufficient insurance to cover any injury or damage caused to themselves or the villa for the duration of their stay. Please note no injuries have been reported over 8 years of letting.
See also www.emesvillahestia.com or call the owners on 0044 (0)7768 300697 for further information and advice.
The Ionian Islands region
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, but among the least and last to be commercialised. The coastline offers mile after mile of sandy beaches and unspoilt rural areas just waiting to be explored.
Blessed with high winter rainfall, it is also the greenest. The weather consists of rainy winters and dry, hot summers. With higher winter rainfall, Kefalonia boasts verdant plains, forests and hillsides dotted with grazing mountain goats. The National park of Mount Ainos has the unique Kefalonian pine trees and wild ponies.
Great food is certainly a feature of Kefalonia. Feta cheeses from goats and ewes milk, olives and fresh fish from the ports at Sami, Poros, Argostoli and Fiskardo are among the island's specialities. Having spent many years under the rule of the Venetians, the island’s food and customs reflect Italian rather than Turkish influences.
The famous Loggerhead turtles are a regular sight and can usually be seen up close in the harbour of Argostoli when the fishing boats arrive in the morning to sell their catch.
A holiday on Kefalonia offers a truly different Greek island experience. Rugged, mountainous but blessed with some of the best beaches in the Ionian, Kefalonia has a grandeur that is unequalled by any of the other islands.
Fortunately, for those looking for a more peaceful and relaxing holiday, Kefalonia has resisted the sort of tourism that has overrun some islands. Following the publication of the novel in 1994 of “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” and subsequent film, visitor numbers rose on the island but a great virtue of its size is that has comfortably absorbed them.
With its beautiful sandy beaches and small seaside resorts, impressive mountainous landscapes, beautiful forests and friendly, welcoming locals, a holiday in Kefalonia offers a beguiling, peaceful ambience, which makes a welcome change from some of the larger, more commercialised resorts on other Greek islands.
Zola is often referred to as Kefalonia’s best kept secret. On approach, the first sight of the area is the panoramic view of the little village tucked into the hillside, the mountains across the valley and the unique blue of the Bay of Myrtos stretching out ahead and into the Ionian Sea and infinity.
Whilst Zola appears sleepy there is a lot of quiet activity from the locals who earn their living from either tending the land, fishing from the small working harbour, or via the limited and discreet properties for tourist rental.
Our guests constantly remark that it is hard to do anything but laze and absorb the views but the little trails through the village allotments, olive and almond groves, around and beyond the village, offer great scope for quiet exploration.
There are two beaches – the long stretch of Aghia Kiriaki at the bottom of the tarmac beach road (3 minutes by car) or Vouti; steep on the way back up but it’s worth it. Both are a mix of fine shingle and sand. Another exquisite, white pebbled beach is easily reached by a 15 minute trip in a self-drive, hired boat from the harbour. (Instructions are given beforehand). The hire boats are also ideal for exploring the diverse coastline.
The harbour boasts the oft written about Fish Taverna, which almost falls into the sea. There is also a local taverna within the village square, with freshly cooked food, (meat and veg usually from the village when in season,) where guests will receive a warm welcome.
There are also 2 small cantinas on Aghia Kiriaki beach and 3 or 4 more tavernas a 5 minute drive away on the opposite side of the valley.
The exquisite Venetian village of Assos with its fortress is 25 minutes away and a 40 minute drive further north brings you to the Jet Setting port of Fiskardo with typical Venetian buildings and array of luxury yachts.
20 minutes away to the east is the lovely port of Aghia Efimia and 10 minutes further the port of Sami, both of which boast a vast choice of tavernas.
Lixouri is 15 minutes by car and the island’s Capital of Argostoli, (with its fresh fish, fruit and veg markets and mouth watering cake shops) is 35 minutes max.
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30 Aug 2013
Villa Hestia is a stunning yet homely villa set in an idyllic location. Our days were spent either playing with the kids in the lovely pool or exploring the island and its fabulous beaches. We parti… More
Many thanks for your review and we are so pleased that you had such a wonderful holiday with the children. Many of our guests book to stay at our Villa Hestia over 12 months in advance, and we take very seriously the idea that they therefore are looking forward to their holiday for that length of time. The thought that they would be disappointed on arrival is our worst nightmare! So, many thanks for your appreciation of our efforts to ensure that your choice of holiday villa was all that you expected.
30 Aug 2013
Travelled with my son, daughter in law and 2 grandsons, aged 18 and 21. The villa exceeded our expectations, in an idyllic spot overlooking the beach, although a long way down the valley! There is ab… More
We are so thrilled that you had such a wonderful holiday. You had told us that you know the island well and often stay there, and so we were eager to hear your comments on how our villa came up to your expectations. Naturally, we are delighted that you had such a wonderful time. Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to perhaps welcoming you back sometime in the future.
26 Jul 2013
The villa is just as described and the photos are spot on. It is set in a quiet village, the villa is private and the gardens and views are just beautiful you can actually hear the waves from the bal… More
We are so happy that you had such a fantastic time at the villa and that there was something to appeal for all ages. We do work hard at the end of each season to ensure that everything is as it should be and do take time out to wonder whether anything could be improved on so that this can all be done over the winter months. This is our 8th year of letting and no matter how consistently good the reviews, we are very aware that we can never "rest on our laurels" but must be confident that the villa delivers what we promise our guests. Reviews are very important for us as this is our proof that we are doing it right. Thank you and we look forward welcoming you back in the future.
30 May 2013
We have just returned from a week's break at Villa Hestia. We have been before, and we were glad to find that it was just as enjoyable as the first time. The owners take great care in the upkeep … More
Many thanks for taking time out to review your holiday at our Villa Hestia. It really pleases us that you enjoyed it just as much as in previous years and to know that the alterations and additions are adding to your enjoyment. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Thank you.
12 Feb 2013
It was our first trip to kefalonia and we were in need of a relaxing break and for this we couldn't have chosen a more perfect place. Villa Hestia is in an idyllic location with stunning views, a… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your holiday at our Villa Hestia. No matter how many times guests repeat the same reasons for having had such a fantastic time there, it is still very satisfying for us as owners to know that we are providing what we promised and that what we promise appears to be just what our guests are looking for. Thank you so much and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
17 Sep 2012
We stayed at Villa Hestia in August 2012 (2 adults and 2 children under 6) and throughly enjoyed our stay. The villa was well equipped, spacious and beautifully furnished with great attention to deta… More
Thank you for your great review. It just about sums up everything we hope that our guests experience at the villa. It is always so rewarding to know that we have played such a huge part in making our guests holiday experience just what they expected. We never take reviews for granted so thank you so much and we look forward to perhaps seeing you again in the future.
31 Aug 2012
We had a fabulous 2 weeks at Villa Hestia. The help and advice from the owners enabled us to have a completely relaxing and enjoyable holiday. All we could have wanted was available, the directions f… More
We are delighted that you so enjoyed your holiday at Villa Hestia. We do appreciated how important a "spot-on" set of directions are, so that guests arrive relaxed and as hassle free as possible after a flight. We are proud to say we've not lost a guest yet! Thank you also for your comments about the maintenance and cleanliness of the villa - we owe this very much to June, our Housekeeper and Adrian, our Maintenance/Pool Manager, who work throughout the season on our behalf to ensure that the villa is just as promised, and who contribute so much to making sure that our guests have everything they need. In between our own time on the island they also work hard between them to ensure that the garden is maintained; they clearly do a great job as so many guests appear to enjoy and appreciate it. Thank you from us all for taking the time out to review Villa Hestia and we look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future.
31 Jul 2012
"Simply stunning property, what a gem to find!"
This being our first trip to Greece with the children (11,9,7 & 5) we were sure we wanted a private pool and seaview.... Villa Hestia did not disappoint. The great pictures on the website try to do justice to what is a magnificent setting with breath-taking views of the sea and mountains. The villa is totally private and secure. The bedrooms were spotless each with its own ensuite and walk-in showers and a great selection of books available and a collection of dvds for all tastes.
The local taverna, about a 5 minute walk, was great and very reasonable ($50 for the 6 of us) as was the fish taverna in the harbour down the hill (about a 1 minute drive but just too far/steep to make the kids walk it!) The local beach was very quite in mid July and good for snorkling and also hiring motorboats for the afternoon.
Splendid villa - we will be returning before too long!
Thank you for your wonderful review; we are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday at our Villa Hestia and the location. We kept a special eye on your booking because we were very aware that you had loved Kefalonia in the past but this was the first trip for the children and you were so keen for them to enjoy it. We are delighted that it delivered what we promised and look forward to welcoming you all back in the future.
9 Apr 2012
We had an amazing week at the Villa Hestia-a holiday that none of us will forget.The villa was extreamly well appointed-very comfortable and clean, and full of great books and dvd's.The pool was lovely, although we spent more time in the sea. A short drive down the road and to the left, takes you to a little harbour where you can hire boats for the day-we did this twice - swimming off the boat and snorkling all round the rocks and in and out of the caves, and picnicing on the beaches. It was pure Heaven! If you turn Right it takes you to another lovely beach where we spent a few afternoons--there is a lovely restaurant on the hill above,and up some steps, where we ate on several occasions watching the amazing sunsets.. We also ate a few times in the village-a short walk from the villa where we had simple, but very good and reasonable suppers.As a family ranging from mid twenties to mid sixties,there was something for us all. We spent most of our time on the beaches or in the sea snorkling-we loved it all, and cant wait to go again another year with a new grandchild! We thoroughly reccomend the villa to anyone. Take a cold bag with you!
Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so pleased you had such a wonderful time at the villa and so enjoyed the environs. We very much look forward to welcoming you all back (plus one) in the future. Just a note to all previous guests: The Captain Corelli book has finally fallen to bits through having been read so much by guests but we are pleased to say that a new copy will be at the villa for the 2012 season.
27 Mar 2012
"Stunning relaxing rejuvenating"
Our stay at the Villa Hestia was a huge success!
What do they say about property - that it is all about location location location. Well the location is stunning. You open the door in the morning and there beneath you is your pool and immediately beyond than in an unbroken view, the bay. The view may be enhanced if you are lucky by a honey buzzard flying low. And all around are the mountains. See it and weep that you are foolish enough to spend most your days as a wage slave in London or whereever but rejoice that you have a week or so in , frankly , paradise.
Villa Hestia is marvellously well equipped and comfortable and my party soon had a routine of breakfast of yoghourt and honey on the verandah then swimming and lazing in the sun, maybe taking a leisurely lunch with local wine then off in the late afternoon for sight seeing, an evening meal out and back late for a drink and a dvd before bed. We found the local tavernas really friendly and welcoming and there is a lot to see but we congratulated ourselves on our choice of villa and often didnt really want to leave it. Mr and Mrs Emes left us all the information we could possibly want. The villa is also set in a lovely garden and we particularly noticed the gorgeous hummingbird hawk moths on the bougainvillea. We took a twenty one year old in our party . She worked on her tan and enjoyed cocktails in nearby Asos in the evenings - no complaints from her. We were left with wonderful photos and wonderful memories and we sigh when we think about it.
Thank you for your lovely comments. Location was the most important point for us when choosing where to build the villa and, believe it or not, we still experience what you say about it each time we are there. It is also very gratifying for us when guests appreciate and enjoy the beautiful butterflies, moths and birds etc., which we try to encourage by careful planting in the garden.
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