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Quiet, elevated sunny position with superb sea views, close to beaches & village
BEDROOM 1: Super-kingsize double bed, bedside tables with lamps, built in wardrobes with shelves, hanging space, full-length mirror and ceiling fan. Large en-suite shower room. French doors with linen curtains and insect screens leading onto private balcony with sea-view and seating. BEDROOM 2: Exactly as Bedroom 1 SEMI-BASEMENT: There is a double bed in the semi-basement that provides additional sleeping space.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Children counted as adults.Children counted as adults.
Parties/events allowed - By prior arrangement only. By prior arrangement only.
No smoking - OUTDOORS ONLY PLEASEOUTDOORS ONLY PLEASE
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter:
- ADDITIONAL OCCUPANTS: A 5th./6th. person may be permitted strictly by prior arrangement and a supplement will apply. Please ask the owner for details
- DAMAGE DEPOSIT: 100€ deposit is payable in CASH ON ARRIVAL. Refunded on departure; deductions may be made for damage other than normal fair-wear& tear
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 !
Nigel and Deanne Swanton
- english, french, greek, Main language English but with basic Greek & Frenc