Quiet, elevated, sunny, south facing position with superb sea views, close to beaches and Agia Efimia harbour village.
Nigel and Deanne Swanton
- english, french, greek, Main language English but with basic Greek & Frenc
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We spent 10 amazing days in this wonderful villa - we don’t want to leave. The owners, Nigel & Deanne and first class. We feel like we have known them years.... they met us when we arrived and showed us around. They have thought of every creature comfort you could possible need/want while staying here. We did hire a car to get around and Nigel & Deanne gave us some good info of “must see” places during our 10 day stay - we were not disappointed. the only bad thing..... we have to leave and go home....
Nigel and Deanne who are great hosts, obviously take great pride in their property and this results in a wonderful stay for their guests. We could not fault the villa and thoroughly recommend it.
Garry and Maggie
Super location villa good as were the owners. Best self catering holiday we have had for a long time
Nothing to complain about all good but a car is recommenddd.
The perfect get away
Never used this site before to book a holiday but most definitely would again. Very simple and clear with very quick response time to any questions we asked.
This villa was the most amazing place to stay. It has a modern feel and all furnishings and facilities were to a high standard. The kitchen was very well equipped should you chose to use.
Having an upper terrace and lower pool area was a very nice touch. Lots of room for just the two of us. The view is second to none, perfect if you are looking for a romantic break with a loved one, this will definitely set the tone for your holiday.
The harbour itself is charming, lots of very good restaurants and bakeries, if your a foodie you will love it. What also surprised us was how reasonable the bars/restaurants were, we experienced a warm welcome from everyone we met.
Having spent only a week there we would most definately like a return trip to both the villa itself and Agia Efimia.
Finally thanks to our hosts Nigel and Deanne. They were so very hospitable and even messaged us a couple of times with events that were going on around us - you don't get that on a package holiday!
It was the perfect get away.
WOW! What a beautiful villa with the most amazing views! The villa is spotless and has absolutely everything you need for a holiday. The owners Nigel and Deanne are so friendly and make you feel at home the minute you walk into the villa. Can't wait to go back.
The Villa has a stunning view over nearby Aggia Effimia which is a relaxed fishing village / port with plenty of stunning beaches within a short drive. It really is a top location to stay in if you want privacy, great views, proximity to some nice places to eat and nice beaches.
The outdoor area at the Villa sets it apart with a beautiful deck to dine on, a BBQ area and an amazing swimming pool / sun bathing area. There is no AC but there is a wonderful breeze through the bedrooms and you can hear the tinkle of the sheep bells which is a lovely sound. We slept very well indeed.
The owners really are lovely people - they were extremely helpful, thoughtful and no request was too much to ask.
We would both recommend it and go back.
WHERE IS THE VILLA?
The villa is minutes from the centre of Agia Efimia harbour village and is reached along a quiet, tree lined road and pedestrian footpath with shaded seating that winds along the edge of the sea past a few houses and restaurants. In moments you reach a private road/track that climbs up to "The View" villa which gets its name from its stunning south facing location looking out over the bay towards the island of Ithica and Sami, with yachts, fishermen and ferry boats coming in and out. Conveniently close to the village the location however is so peaceful that you can hear the birds singing in the trees and the sheep on the hills behind.
Two minutes drive down from the villa (walkable in five minutes if you're averagely fit) are several small white coves with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. The world famous Myrtos beach is a 15 minute drive along the Pylaros valley. The beautiful road to Sami runs right along the edge of the sea with more tiny coves and halfway along is Paraskevi beach with its taverna, bar & tree shaded sunbeds on the grass. AntiSamos beach with water sports is 25 minutes drive away via Sami.
Kefalonia airport (EFL) is a lovely 40 minute drive across the island. Car hire is recommended. Flights are available from many UK cities (London, Stanstead, Luton, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham etc) on most days of the week with Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Thomas Cook, Thompson etc. Car ferries run from the mainland at Patras & Kyllini & Astakos and also from the islands of Zante, Lefkas & Ithica. Car ferry connections are also available from Italy (Venice, Ancona, Brindisi and Bari) . Coaches run direct from Athens to Agia Efimia using the Patras and Kyllini ferries.
The villa is within walking distance of Agia Efimia harbour village although you may prefer to drive as it an uphill climb coming back. The pretty & unusually located harbour village of Assos with its ruined castle is 10km away and the picturesque port of Fiskardo is 29 km away. 6km away is the Melissani underground lake and 11km away are the Drogorati caves. High up in the middle of the island is the exhillarating Ainos National Park with wild horses, great views and the famous Kefalonian pines.
Agia Efimia is in the northern part of the island of Kefalonia which is quite different from the package-tour beaches of the south, and is generally preferred by the independent traveller for its unspoiled and traditional character. It also has lots to offer: in Agia Efimia itself there are waterside restaurants, bars, cafes, most with wi-fi, supermarkets, butchers, bakers, a cake shop, ice-cream cafe, souvlaki/chip shops, kiosk, beach & gift shops, a cash point, pharmacy, post-office, tourist information office, self-drive boat hire, car, scooter/quadbike and bicycle hire, scuba diving school, hotel pools with bars open to non-residents, day cruises to neighbouring beaches and the legendary island of Ithica. If you can drag yourself away from Paradise restaurant poised above its beach just minutes from the villa, or watching the boats in the harbour, the capital town of Argostoli is well worth a day trip and on the way you can visit the Robola winery for a tour, tasting & buying, maybe stopping also at the hilltop castle and restaurants at Kastro looking across to the island of Zante. Sami, 15 minutes away (and where the movie Captain Corelli was filmed) has a clinic and other medical services and ancient ruins up at the back. Ainos National Park is in the centre of the island and horse riding is available nearby. If you enjoy walking, bring your boots because there are endless footpaths to explore crossing the partly ruined old field terraces linking some very traditional small local villages and up onto the mountains where the wind turbines stand. An ouzo and souvlaki might be your thing but there are some very lovely restaurants to be found as well (see our visitors' book at the villa) - one thing you can always be sure of is that friendly Greek hospitality and relaxed sense of humour !