Located within 5 mins walk to the gorgeously quaint harbour village of Kioni, with its traditional restaurants attracting the many yachts, this house offers a tranquil and scenic Ionian "get away".
The garden, with its 3 tiered terraces, is set within former olive groves, provides a stunning panoramic view across the sea to the windmills that characterise the entrance to the bay.
The sea, and its pleasantly shaded coves, is within a couple of minutes walk affording the chance to swim and sunbathe whilst coming and going back to the house as one pleases.
The upstairs consists of a double bedroom, shower and bathroom, open plan kitchen / living room. Tall French doors open onto a balcony with its sea view.
There is a separate double bed annex down below with its own bathroom which opens up onto its own sitting out area again looking over the bay.
The house is well furnished with washing machine, fridge and cooker. We had a new outside dining table made last year by the local carpenter which we keep on the first terrace where we tend to BBQ.
The garden stretches back some 100 metres to natural olive groves where the chime of goat bells can often be heard in the distance.
Vathi, the capitol, is a 45 min drive away. Stavros, a pretty hillside village from where one can explore Homer's Odyssey, is 20 mins away whilst Frikes, another small fishing village also popular with yachties, is 10 mins by car.
There are many hillside walks nearby which are particularly stunning in the spring.
The house is primarily for our own use so it is well stocked with everything you will need to enjoy all the delights that Kioni has to offer.
Shops and Restaurants:
The harbour area includes a number of waterside taverna style restaurants. There is a bakery and a great little supermarket which serves the many yachts and seems to sell everything. There is a "veg van" that turns up every morning and there is a lovely practice where a baker will do the rounds in a van dropping loaves off at houses which have left out a shopping bag (with €1.10). There are two super relaxed and sociable bars which play soft low key music which provide good starting and finishing points before and after dinner.
There are two main options for travelling to Kioni. 1) Fly to Kefalonia, which is served by a number of UK airports and airlines (Monarch, Norwegian Air, Ryanair, EasyJet etc), where one can pick up a rental car or arrange a taxi to travel to Sami (takes 45 mins) from where two daily car ferries take the short hop across to Pisaetos, Ithaca. Kioni is about 45 mins away from Pisaetos. 2) Fly to Preveza from where one can rent a car or take a taxi (€60) to Nidri, Levkada from where a daily car ferry connects with Frikes, Ithaca. Frikes is just 10 mins away by car to Kioni.
About the Owners:
We bought the house in 2014 from the most charming couple who had beautifully and sympathetically renovated the house whilst developing and nurturing the terraced garden. We would like to spend more time there but kids and exams have limited our opportunity this summer. This is our first time renting it out so we have not done things on a commercial basis. It is very much our summer home!
You should allow €75 for cleaning.