Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Oleander is one of 4 villas generously spaced around a large swimming pool surrounded by beautiful gardens, enjoying a superb location in the traditional coastal village of Kypseli. The gentle pace of village life here lends itself perfectly to simple, relaxed tourism, but it's central situation along the east coast gives Kypseli the advantage of being an ideal base from which to explore the entire island too. If you ever get tired of relaxing by the pool, the local beach with it's clean and clear sea....safe for swimming and perfect for snorkelling.... is a short stroll away down a quiet, narrow country road. Two of the best fish tavernas on the island are to be found along the shoreline here, and the village also boasts another two restaurants, a beach-side garden bar and also two grill houses......and all are within easy walking distance of the villa. But as well as a fully fitted and equipped kitchen, Villa Oleander has a stone-built barbeque, so you can enjoy al fresco dining "at home" anytime too!
The well-stocked village supermarket is only 0.3 metres away, plus the local butcher and the wood-fired bakery,with it's delicious selection of hand-made breads and pastries, are each only 0.4 metres away.Nightlife in Kypseli is traditional and simple, informal & impromptu. If you do happen to fancy a night of something more cosmopolitan though, the established and busy resorts of Tsilivi and Alykes are to be found at just 4kms. and 7kms. away respectively.
Villa Oleander has one double bedroom and one very spacious twin bedroom that comfortably takes a third bed, both upstairs. There is also a proper sofa-bed in the lounge which pulls out to a small double. Ideally it makes an extremely generous-size bed for one extra person, but could sleep two if they were both slim! There is one bathroom upstairs and another one downstairs. The spaciousness of this villa makes it ideal for families or groups of friends.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kypseli 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dionysis Solomos, Zakynthos 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
*The villa has a high-standard excellant daily maid service, with bath and hand towels changed daily, and fresh
bed-linen every second day. Tea-towels are also provided and changed daily.
* There is a whirlpoolbath-tub in the master bathroom.
* There is a safety deposit box in each of the bedrooms.
* There is a hairdryer in each of the bathrooms.
* Baby-cots, cot linen and highchairs are all provided free of charge on request.
* Free Wi-Fi onsite.
* Bath/Pool towels are not provided
|Further details outdoors|
* All the villa's verandahs and balconies are fully furnished.... making them perfect anytime for al-fresco dining.
* Villa Oleander has a own stone-built barbeque, complete with utensils.
* Poolside sun-loungers and umbrellas are provided.
* Villa Oleander shares one of the two on-site double car-ports.
Diana, the owner, is English, but speaks fluent Greek having lived in the country since 1980. She has a wealth of local knowledge that she is only too happy to share with guests to help them get the most from their holiday.
The Ionian Islands region
Zakynthos is the southernmost of the seven islands that make up the chain known as the "Ionian Islands". It enjoys the most hours of sunshine per year of any of the Greek islands, and enjoys a sheltered climate thanks to the protection offered by the imposing Mount Ainos over on neighbouring Kefalonia. Spring is truly beautiful, with the entire countryside covered in wild flowers.
The soil on Zakynthos is rich and fertile, supporting a thriving and diverse agricultural industry. Everywhere you go there are well tended olive groves, and the entire island makes superb olive oil. Kypseli is well known for it's citrus fruits, melons and vegetables, whilst the north of the island has wonderful wild herbs and grazing for sheep, making it the place to go for local honey and cheeses. The south has pasture lands for pigs, so pork is their speciality , and the central plain that runs through the island is perfect vine-growing country, so wine is their main product.
The island is relatively small and easy to travel around, but the bus services are sporadic and unreliable (to say the least!). Taxis are usually plentiful and have set fares for all destinations. Although a hire-car is not strictly necessary for a holiday in Kypseli, I would recommend it... even if only for a couple of days... to have the independance and opportunity of exploring more of this stunningly beautiful island.
No trip to Zakynthos would be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Caves and the Shipwreck. One of the best ways to do this is by speedboat, which leaves from the nearby harbour of Tsilivi in the morning and gets you back by early afternoon. Alternatively you can drive to either Porto Vromi or Skinari and hire one of the small boats that are there waiting to take you, which makes a great day out too.
Another must is a trip out to see the turtles as they lounge in the bay waiting for nightfall to come onshore and lay their eggs. The turtles and their nesting grounds are very strictly protected, and the programme takes great care to ensure that these magnificent creatures are safeguarded to ensure their continued survival. Approved turtle-spotting trips are available daily from the beach at Laganas.
Anyone lucky enough to be in Kypseli on July 26th will experience the warmth, energy and friendliness of the locals as they invite you to join in their "panayiri"....a local celebration for the saint of our church here, which culminates in an evening of dancing, drinking and general merry-making not just for the villagers, but for visitors alike. Great fun!
The main religious festival of the island takes place in August to celebrate the island's patron saint...St. Dionysis. It is held in Zakynthos Town (12kms.), and is in the evening of August 24th, but is preceeded by a week of festivities including a huge travelling market, road-side stalls, a funfair and other celebrations. Not to be missed if you're here on this date!
Kypseli beach is undeveloped and unspoilt, just perfect for swimming and snorkelling. However,nearby Tsilivi (4 kms.) offers a large range of watersports on the beach, and also has a good water park. Alykes (7 kms.) has watersports to offer as well, and it's also possible to hire small boats from the beach here too ( passport required).
Not surprisingly, there are no A.T. M machines in Kypseli, but Tsilivi has plenty. The major banks are all in Zakynthos Town.
Hopefully you won't be needing them on your holiday, but the nearest pharmacy and doctor's surgery are 4kms. away in Tsilivi, and the island's hospital is in the town, 12 kms. away.
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19 Jun 2014
"The Olive Tree Villas were 5* all the way!"
The Olive Tree Villas were 5* all the way! Dianna, the owner lives locally and is English but has lived in Zante for years, is a wonderful thoughtful owner. She helped us arrange car hire locally… More
5 Apr 2014
"Perfect holiday with toddler"
I meant to do this review for a while about our stay last September. Very clean, spacious villa with a good sized shared pool- we enjoyed eating breakfast on the veranda and bbqing in the evening ( o… More
9 Sep 2012
"a very pleasure stay in Villa Oleander"
Sono stato a Villa Oleander con la mia famiglia e amici (4 adulti e 2 ragazzine di 13 anni); le ville sono veramente belle, la corte attorno alla piscina è molto ben curata, così come l'interno della casa. La pulizia è quotidiana e in casa non manca nulla. La sig.ra Diana, proprietaria delle ville, è una gentilissima sig.ra inglese che si preoccupa molto del soggiorno dei propri ospiti. Con il marito gestisce una taverna a Tsilivi molto carina e dove si mangia piuttosto bene. Ottima sistemazione, anche percè è giusto a metà dell'isola e ogni località è facilmente raggiungibile.