Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
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.
Throw-away plastic products are unnecessary in our kitchens. Each of our kitchens are fully equipped in ceramic, stainless steel,and glass, including storage, cooking, food preparation and serving tools and equipment.
Meals are provided in stainless steel, glass or food-grade re-useable plastic bowls.
The local community is becoming far more aware of ecological issues such as the need to reduce and dispose of rubbish in a way which is kind to the planet, the need to keep the island, its beaches, hiking paths and villages clean and tidy. We like to think that we have had an influence on this over the last 20 years!
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
9 Reviews of Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019 by Katie WheatleyWe have lots of lovely memories so it is difficult to single any one thing out. But as we have to choose we would say the beautiful views gardens pool and the charming cottages which provide a wonderful environment in which to relax and also the great welcome and inobtrusive support of the family who built, own and run the estate. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2018 by Bryan ParkerOur stay was a unique & happy experience, unlike any previous holiday. While it can be a challenge to get there, the effort is repaid abundantly. It’s an eco-chic vacation in a cottage where everything can be taken care of, according to one’s wishes. One returns refreshed in mind & body. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jul 2017 by Chris KearneyBirds, bats, bees, lizards, pine martens, countless types of flowers and olive, eucalyptus and cypress trees blend in with the traditional style houses. We loved the walks around the forest... I could have spent the entire 10 days happily without leaving the estate at all. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2015 by Susan PurnellA wonderful holiday which far exceeded our expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by Alison Brookes DayThe 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 Michelle AloofPretty 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 Raju BhattThe 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 Francesca GillThe 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 Claudine SchlieffersThe most memorable part was a boat trip in calm and sunny weather - quite unusual for this time of year! Read full review
PlanetThe 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.
PeopleOur 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.
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