Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation

Our partners will welcome you like one of the family at their locally-run 7-acre organic estate on beautiful Ithaca. Ionian nature abounds here with far-reaching sea views, native flower and herb gardens, and estate-produced olive oil on tap.
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
Price
2495To4950 per week (sleeps 4-6)
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Location
Ionian Island of IthacaSee map here
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Varies with season, e.g., house for 2 €2495 - €4,750.
Up to 5 people.
Babies free, discounts kids 2-5.
Includes private airport transfers, car & much more! Quotes for Wellness Retreats & use of the whole Estate on request (max.
18 people)
Offers
Anytime before end of October, would you like to bathe in gentle sunshine? explore our peaceful & beautiful island? enjoy our Chef's organic island foods whilst saving 200 euros on 2019 rates? Then autumn is the best season for you at Levendis.
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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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Holiday information

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).
SINGLE USE PLASTIC-FREE:
In creating accommodation on our Estate, we simply never found a need for the use of one-use plastics, especially living on an island where the transporting away of waste is quite an operation. Although single use plastic can have the tendency to creep into our lives if we are not careful, we have taken steps to ensure we continue on as those before us did, without the need for throw away plastics.
PRESERVING FOOD:
On our farm produce such as vegetables, fruits and eggs are provided to guests in baskets and hopefully used when they are fairly fresh.
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.
BAGS:
Guests are provided with cotton laundry bags, paper carry bags and material beach bags.
IN THE ROOMS:
Skin care and toiletry products provided to our guests are made here on our estate. We package them either in paper or re-usable bottles. We offer discounts when bottles are brought to us to refill. Paper bags go into recycle bins to be re-used, or composted after a few uses.
WATER BOTTLES:
All water on the Estate is underground spring water and we provide guests with glass bottles.
RUBBISH:
Our Chef’s kitchen Rubbish bins are washed daily rather than lined with plastic bags. The only plastic we need to deal sometimes is plastic wrapping on items guests buy whilst elsewhere on the island during their holiday. This could be a pair of swimming flippers, a child’s game or perhaps tetra packs containing juices. However, this has always been so minor, I daresay we are lucky in that our guests tend to be very well educated in all matters.
EDUCATION:
Prior to their holiday we send all guests a long list of the items which they don’t need to bring on holiday which, I think, educates them from the outset - they understand immediately that they will not need anything except clothes!
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!
CHANGE MAKING:
We have always wanted to find an alternative to the one large plastic bag we use each day in which to collect non-recyclable, non-compostable rubbish to the local council’s bins. These have to be strong enough not to break in transit and previous attempts with a reinforced paper sack were unsuccessful. When Responsible Travel got in touch we reignited our search for a new solution and happily, we have tracked down potato and rice starch bags which are working well so far.
Multi generational:
This holiday is suitable for grandparents, parents and children.

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

Reviews

10 Reviews of Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation

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Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019 by

We 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

Our 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

Birds, 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

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

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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.

People

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.

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