Villa Hestia Zola
About the home
Villa Hestia sleeps 6 guests with 1 double and 2 twin bedded rooms - each with their own private en suite.
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 extensive patio and lounging areas surround the pool and there is a large brick built BBQ for al fresco dining.
The 8 x 4 metre pool has broad Roman steps at the shallow end, ideal for children, and a ladder at the deep.
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.
There is also a large, L shaped stone seating arrangement with comfortable cushions, under the shade of a Mulberry tree where guests can either dine or lounge out on to perhaps snooze, read or just take in the panoramic views.
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. 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.
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 families with children of all ages, romantic couples or groups of friends 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 the owners will be pleased to help with advice or further information.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Aghia Kiriaki (Zola), 600m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 250m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed Property, Sea view|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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 seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
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 7 years of letting.
See also www.emesvillahestia.com or call the owners on 0044 (0)7768 300697 for further information and advice.
NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR 2013. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR 2014 SEASON.
PLEASE NOTE: The villa books up very quickly. To avoid disappointment, please book early. If you would like to book now for next season please enquire for a quote and early booking discount.
7 Day lets and upwards are the norm but the owners will consider less when the calendar, as indicated on this site, allows it as an infill.
A 10% deposit is required to secure the booking.
The balance is payable 10 weeks before departure.
Once final payment has been made guests will receive a highly detailed directional map, with details of how to exit the airport/ferry port and where to shop en route to the villa.
Whilst we do not supply a welcome pack, sufficient tea, coffee, sugar and mineral water is provided to get guests started and condiments are stored in the kitchen.
Please, no smoking within the villa. Ashtrays are provided for guests to enjoy a smoke either on the balcony, terrace or in the garden.
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.
The Kefalonia / Zola area
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.
How to get there
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DIRECT daily charter flights from most UK airports. www.airflights.co.uk
Easy Jet from Gatwick www.easyjet.co.uk
Ryanair from Stansted.
Direct flights also from Athens, Pisa, Preveza, Holland, Scandinavia and European airports.
Direct flights twice daily from Athens.
Why not combine 7 days at Villa Hestia with a few days either side in Tuscany. Cheap flights to and from Pisa onto and off the island from May through to end of October.
Ferries daily from Patras, Kyllini, Zante (Zakynthos). Ferries also from Brindisi, Italy.
The owners consider that a car is a necessity. Cars can be hired at time of booking flight. www.airflights.co.uk
Taxi's readily available at the airport and ports.
Argostoli airport code: EFL.
The owners are happy to help with flight/car hire information.
CALL THE OWNERS ON 0044 (0)7768 300697 who will do all they can to help with travel arrangements.
Activities near Kefalonia
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
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,... 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... more
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... 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... more
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... 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... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low Season||6 May 14||28 May 14||£ 924||-||-||1 Week|
|Low/Mid Season||28 May 14||25 Jun 14||£ 1363||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid/High Season||25 Jun 14||16 Jul 14||£ 1594||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||16 Jul 14||30 Jul 14||£ 1759||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak Season||30 Jul 14||3 Sep 14||£ 1890||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||3 Sep 14||24 Sep 14||£ 1594||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid/Low Season||24 Sep 14||8 Oct 14||£ 1363||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||8 Oct 14||1 Nov 14||£ 924||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Sorry, fully booked for 2013. Bookings now being taken for 2014. Most of our guests are returning visitors, so for early booking discounts please book early. For further information, or if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the owners on 07768 300697.
Further photos and information can be found on www.emesvillahestia.com
Rentals of under 7 days might be available for booking as infills between existing bookings. Please contact the owners on 07768 300697 for availability, prices and any available discounts.
Prices may be subject to change at the the discretion of the owners.Book
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BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR 2013
Available October through to start of May for those who don't mind assorted weather with rainfall but higher temperatures than in UK. Spring starts very early on the island. Please note that "tourist" tavernas will be closed but for those who wish to experience the real Kefalonia, when the locals relax after the summer season, this could be for you.
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