Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation

“Whether you're on Ithaca for relaxation, contemplation or outdoor activities, this luxury estate promises an organic experience set against the deep blues of the Ionian Sea.”

Highlights

Saltwater infinity pool | Organic coffee & food shop | Traditional, organic meals on request | Outdoor massage pavilion | Hidden hammocks | Local taverna for evening meals | Babysitting service | 10 min walk to beach | Optional activities: self-drive excursions, dingy hire, crewed yacht charters, horse riding, cycling, snorkelling, wild flower walks

Description of Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation

No sooner than you’ve stepped a tentative foot onto the fishing boat bound for Ithaca then your very own legendary Greek odyssey can begin.

This luxury self catering Greece estate is all you need to let your mind unwind as your body and spirit soak up the sunshine and the most extraordinary clear blue swathes of the shimmering Ionian Sea.

No smoothed white pebble has been left unturned when it comes to complete and utter guest satisfaction with the scent of sage, rosemary, thyme and salty sea breeze combining to great effect alongside organic olive groves and bountiful vegetable gardens.

The hillside setting is perfect for maximising mountain and coastal views with the peaceful natural surroundings never failing to lull guests into sublime submission or rejuvenate imaginations into creative play or meditative thought.

As you’d anticipate, as much of the estate’s home grown produce as possible goes into breakfasts and evening meals with the resident chef on hand to cater for every whim with children, honeymooners and couples all benefitting from inspirational organic ingredients.

Although the setting screams romance, children are also in their element with free range chickens, a rescued donkey and a companion sheep providing untold entertainment alongside exploring the estate’s forest paths or just splashing in the superb salt water swimming pool.

No matter who you’re travelling with, you’ll soon be made to feel like one of the family with home cooked meals on arrival, early morning chats over coffee and recommendations for local cafes and restaurants all helping guests to find a pace and style that’s comfortable for them.

Aside from the family-friendly feel there’s a great choice of wellness and relaxation activities to welcome the day and exploit the scenery. Pilates, yoga and meditation in the alfresco lounge area, underneath the pencil pine trees, are perfect ways to start the day afresh with all over massage treatments in the forest glade just what’s required to unravel a few knots no matter when you plan on getting up.

As the mind is a muscle it makes sense to give it a slight stretch even on small Greek island holidays and there’s no better opportunity other than accompanying a storyteller en-route to the ancient sites that inspired Homer to pen his epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Self guided cycling and walking allows you to explore under your own steam, with no end of mountain tracks and rural roads descending into valleys and secret coves where swimming or snorkelling in window clear water lets you submerge under warm waves until your heart’s content.

Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation. How it all began.
A planned two year break from city life in Australia went little awry on discovering that we inherited a small olive grove on a hillside above our favourite beach. Builders, restauranters & landscapers in previous lives, we decided to pool talents & build four traditional houses under the olive trees - perhaps for our 4 children in the future, but meanwhile maybe we could rent them out. 20 plus years later?? Land size increased by 4 times, the eco-landscaping of 7 acres of hillside and forest and the addition of numerous outdoor amenities.... enormously satisfying full time work for four people

Rooms, food and facilities

Our luxury self catering villas are just as sumptuous as they sound and as this estate features four traditional style houses, ideally located overlooking the Ionian, this is your chance to really see how good life can be.

Each of the estate’s properties are situated on a terrace with herb gardens creating a permanent perfume whilst flag stone pathways and stairs lead guests to the morning coffee shop, the shaded alfresco dining and cooking area, and the salt water swimming pool and summer house.

Further down the slope you’ll discover outdoor lounging areas, massage pavilions and hidden hammocks whilst further still unearths the organic farm as well as forested paths to swimming coves or the local taverna which opens in the evening until the night’s sky is twinkling with stars.

The four guest houses are designed to maximise the elements with natural materials and passive heating and cooling systems helping to keep guest comfortable no matter what the time of day.

Each house has two bedrooms which are kept cool thanks to a strategically placed flagged terrace area covered with a vine pergola. Guests can also make the most of well-maintained kitchens, sitting rooms with slow burning wood heaters, and fully equipped outdoor eating and relaxation areas.

Meals can be arranged in many guises including locally sourced marinated meats for the BBQ, carefully packed organic ingredients for a picnic hamper and the chef’s menu which always includes a bounty of organically farmed vegetables and locally sourced seasonal produce.

From families with babies and active kids to small groups and couples into yoga, meditation, Pilates or just generally relaxing, luxury self catering Greece style does not get any better than this.

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Our top tip:
Take your time to do pretty much everything on Ithica as often the most treasured of rewards are only realised once you've returned to the real world.
Room description:
4 traditional houses, each with 2 bedrooms, living room with fold out bed, kitchen, bathroom, sea views and private verandah.
Amenities:
Set in a 7-acre organic olive farm with infinity pool and gardens.
Meals:
Self catering. Stocked with refreshments from the estate on arrival, with fresh bread daily. First breakfast included.
Also included:
Transfers, housekeeping, beach equipment, car (in high season).
Vouchers
Accepted

How to find us

Head to Kefalonia Island, located around 50kms west of mainland Greece, whereupon it’s a 45 minute small fishing boat ride to Ithaca and your luxury accommodation at the organic farm estate.

NB: Airport transfers from Kefallonia to the accommodation are included in tariffs

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation

Environment

The first guiding principle of offering luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation was to invite people to share our lives and begin to learn about a new environment at the same time ? to offer the experience of 'living in Greece for a week or two' rather than mindlessly taking a holiday in a different country.

Producing organic olive oil has been extended to other farming activities - raising sheep and chickens; and providing a biodiversified environment which also includes gardens planted with native flora; vegetable gardens growing greens used in the local diet, a wide range of other vegetables, and Mediterranean herbs. We are a member of the National organisation for organic producers. We work to encourage the idea that holiday destinations offering high quality accommodation and services can be, at the same time, in harmony with a natural, living environment.

Providing organic foods and gardens rich in native flora and foods; having passive cooling and using our own timber for heating our accommodation; providing natural spring water; harvesting rain water for the gardens; using grey water for maintaining forest trees; recycling organic waste, we are providing a sustainable environment and encourage guests to become inquisitive about why they feel so at rest ? firmly believing it?s the affect of their ?whole? and peaceful surroundings.

Community

Our second guiding principle is that tourism income should always 'stay at home', and so we operate independently rather than risking a compromise on this.

Our local community benefits because we provide a full time income to two people (and families); and local families own every service we recommend or routinely make use of ? taxis, car hire, boat hire, restaurants employing local people and sourcing foods locally, supermarkets, cafes, food producers such as shepherds and fishermen. The economy of the island therefore benefits from every guest being here.

Reviews of Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2015 by

A wonderful holiday which far exceeded our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

The location of the accommodation, our home for the next few weeks was simply stunning. The gardens lovingly tended to by the owners Marilyn and Spero, provide a perfect relaxing haven to unwind. The entrance to our cottage was awash with wisteria and the fragrance of white jasmine filled the air. Spotting a Pine Martin one evening was really exciting for all of us! The place is awash with all kinds of wildlife, green lizards, giant centipedes, and birdlife galore. A very exciting playground for adults and children alike. However it is the hosts Marilyn, Spero and family who made this holiday so special and memorable. We really enjoyed our 'coffee morning' chats and were made to feel like one of the family. If you enjoy having whole beaches to yourself, swimming in crystal clear waters with perfect air temperatures, then May is the month for you to visit the beautiful island of Ithaca. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2013 by

Pretty much perfect!.....The tranquility, the love and care in every detail and the warmth and generosity of our hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2013 by

The wonderful view of the sea from the cottage, and the fantastic swimming in the clearest, blue sea water i have ever seen ... Just go - you will be rejuvenated! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by

The estate is absolutely beautiful and we really did feel at home. Overall - great holiday! The most exciting thing was hiring a boat and exploring and discovering deserted coves in this beautiful, unspoilt island. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by

The most memorable part was a boat trip in calm and sunny weather - quite unusual for this time of year! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2011 by

If you enjoy long distance open sea swimming this is made for you; plenty of beautiful swims in swimming pool temperature water. Ithaka is stunningly beautiful and the accommodation is located to take maximum advantage of the natural beauty. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2010 by

Arriving at the estate - we came directly from our wedding reception (via a couple of hours sleep at Gatwick) - Mal & Spero met us and their welcome was so warm and friendly that we know we would have an amazingly relaxing and wonderful time. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2010 by

This really was the best holiday we have ever had, we have struggled in the past to find somewhere that everyone enjoys which is difficult with young active children, but this accommodation and Ithaca really did mean we relaxed and enjoyed time with them whilst they also had a great time. None of us wanted to leave and we will definitely go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2010 by

We have two young kids and this was the most relaxing holiday we've been on with or without them. I'll definitely be going back! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2009 by

We are all agreed that this has been our best holiday ever. Leaving was a real wrench. Every single person we met was friendly and helpful and we have returned full of praise for the people of Ithaka. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2009 by

The place was amazing and very beautiful and relaxing. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2008 by

This holiday was all about relaxation and it's hard to imagine a better place to do just that. The most memorable part of the holiday was the view from the Estate over Alphales bay, stunning. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2008 by

The estate is truly one of the most special places on the planet. The peace, tranquillity and beauty is second to none. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2008 by

The island, Ithaca, was unspoilt and around every corner was another breathtaking view which over a two week period never ceased to impress. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2008 by

The owners are available every morning for chats and this is very reassuring - you can ask everything you need to and they are completely accountable for everything and good company. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2007 by

Excellent....Overall we liked the ethos of the place which seemed to be that you could have a wonderful, peaceful, luxurious time without damaging the environment. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 May 2007 by

Don't hesitate - just book it....Our high hopes were more than exceeded and we enjoyed one of our best trips ever ! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2007 by

The most memorable was the view of Aphales Bay, the warmth of Mal, Spero and everyone at this accommodation and the sense of peace. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2007 by

This accommodation is beautiful. A perfect place to unwind. Memorable days of doing nothing much and feeling very relaxed - a real feat with a 1 year old and a 4 year old in tow. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2006 by

The most memorable part without doubt, being able to relax, look at the sea, enjoy the warmth and the lovely produce in such sympathetic surroundings and to know that our 18 month was also having the time of her life. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2005 by

What can I say, the break to this accommodation was just what my wife and i needed, totally relaxing without the maddening crowds! The most memorable part I think was the boat trip from Kefalonia to Ithaca. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2005 by

The most memorable part was the view from the Estate. A simply wonderful place. I give this holiday six stars. The best family vacation yet. Hosts were wonderful, food great and the view awesome. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2005 by

We had a really great holiday. The journey to our destination was a real enjoyment and the trip across the water from Kefallonia to Ithaca in a Greek Fishing Boat was breathtaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2005 by

The most memorable part was sitting out in the garden most evenings, looking at the stars, spending time with my husband, relaxing and drinking a bottle of wine or 2, in complete privacy. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 May 2004 by

The two of us spent two weeks on our honeymoon here in May and it was even better than we could have imagined. The location was a private paradise with organic gardens, a beautiful sea view, and natural terrain along with wonderfully kind hosts. Read full review

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