Amongst The Olives
A rare find – a stone property enhanced by its sensitive restoration, exceptional location and with the added comforts of a daily housekeeper who can also do some cooking. Yum Yum!
Amongst The Olives invokes all the beauty and lyricism of the long, summer days of life on the islands. From the very first moment, when you glimpse its old stone walls brushed by the passing of time nestled in an ancient olive grove whose mossy floor is starred with delicate pink wild cyclamen, with the emerald green sea just beyond, you will know that you have arrived at a place of indescribable peace and happiness.
The beauty, integrity and artistry is seen throughout the property which comprises of two separate stone houses.
The larger of the two houses has a large L-shaped open plan space with comfortable and elegant living area with a dining area at the top end of the room. The thick stone walls and old marble flagged floors which have worn down to a gentle ochre patina lend a coolness and rustic elegance to the scene. An archway from the kitchen leads through to a traditional farm-house style kitchen. The large pine-scrubbed kitchen table redolent of many happy family meals, the original bread oven still in full working order (excellent for home-made pizza!) and the many original touches throughout are delightful and blend perfectly with the full modern kitchen facilities that are to be found in any luxury property. The outside veranda and dining area is a peaceful spot to enjoy balmy, summer days under the shade of its jasmine-scented pergola.
Rustic–cut stone steps lead upstairs to two bedrooms. On the left is a wonderful traditional style ‘platform’ bedroom: This has one separate single mattress, one single mattress next to this with a bunk above. This room could work easily for either 3 children or even a couple. The bathroom with WC and shower is located opposite in the hallway. At the end of the hallway is the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. These two bedrooms have direct access to a long veranda from which you have a magnificent view across the ‘wine-dark sea’ to the island of Ithaka.
A short pathway through the garden leads to the smaller of the stone houses. Upon entering, there is a hallway with kitchenette. To the left of the hallway is a serenely beautiful double bedroom, and to the right is a very pretty bedroom with two single divan beds. There is a separate bathroom with shower. The little cottage is reminiscent of a romantic hideway surrounded by wild flowers.
The property is very comfortable and well-equipped with air-conditioning in some rooms, Hunter ceiling fans, Bluetooth speakers so guests can access their own music collection and a Nespresso machine in the kitchen. (Please note some Nespresso capsules are provided for the start of the holiday but guests who enjoy Espresso should bring capsules with them since they are not sold in the local shops.)
The garden is on different terraced levels and its natural beauty with its graceful stone walls, hundreds of wild bulbs, meadow flowers and wild herbs has been encouraged alongside plantings of traditional Mediterranean shrubs such as rosemary and lavender. Throughout the garden, there are many hidden spots to discover – a quiet corner for reading, a beautiful old picnic table and benches weathered by time, areas for lounging and enjoying the scents of the garden and a newly built outdoor dining area covered by a pergola located just outside the main house. Just beyond the smaller house and nestled into the garden is a lovely swimming pool with a beautiful terrace surrounding it made from old-style bricks. From here, there is a gorgeous view over the bay to the island of Ithaka. A gateway from the end of the garden leads into the cypress forest where there is a short walk to the local beach.
The property is ideally located being in a private and quiet spot in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Yet within a 5 minute drive, you can be in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Fiskardo with its colourful restaurants, cafes and shops that line the quayside. Some of the best beaches of the island are within easy distance including Foki Bay, Myrtios, Assos, Alaties and Emblissi. Boats can be hired locally from Fiskardo.
Amongst The Olives is ideally located being in a private and quiet spot in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Yet within a 5 minute drive, you can be in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Fiskardo with its colourful restaurants, cafes and shops that line the quayside. A fabulous opportunity to rent such a unique property on this very sought after island of Kefalonia.
Prices below include a daily housekeeper who also cooks breakfast and one main meal three times per week. Extra cooking can be arranged.
Walkable to beach
40%1 - 12 May
€ 1950/week12 - 19 May
€ 2200/week19- 26 May
€ 2375/week26 May - 2 June
€ 2750/week2 June - 16 June
€ 3200/week16 - 30 June
€ 3700/week30 June - 14 July
€ 4500/week14 -21 July
€ 4950/week21 July - 25 Aug
€ 5400/week25 Aug - 2 Sept
€ 5150/week2 - 16 Sept
€ 3200/week16 - 30 Sept
€ 2850/week30 Sept - 14 Oct
BookedChange over day - Saturday in July/August, otherwise flexible
Minimum 7 nights
Gina Leinberger arrived 05/07/2015
We really enjoyed our time at Amongst The Olives. The villa was perfect for us, so pretty, quiet and well-located. It was a lucky accident that we ended up in the prettiest part of Kefalonia on our first visit there. Shweb was fantastic and we thought his cooking was far better than any of the restaurants on the list. The house was immaculate and well equipped. Everything was really great.
Kind regards, Gina
Kate Moatt arrived 21/05/2016
Thank you for your email. We had the most amazing time in Greece and the. Villa was beyond our expectations! I couldnt praise it enough. A stunning location, beautiful property and Suabe the housekeeper/chef was fabulous and looked after us so well. We very much hope to return in the future.
Thanks again for a wonderful holiday
Tamara Broido - arrived 19/08/2013
Dear Marie-Louise, Ben and Anna,
Just to say a big thank you for the organisation of Amongst the Olives. The house was absolutely beautiful and serene, all your info and instructions were fantastic, Schweb the housekeeper was wonderful and it was also really lovely to meet Hiona the owner who gave us lots of great info. We had a spectacular holiday and hope to visit Greece again soon!
With best wishes
Alan Richardson - arrived 16/08/2015
We had a wonderful time at the villa. It was certainly the beautiful and relaxing place that we were hoping for. We also really appreciated Schweb. He ending up cooking for us every evening. All the meals were excellent and his constant happy smile matched the sunshine. It is very difficult to find fault with the villa, as it had bags of charm, was well appointed and is clearly maintained with pride. Our only suggestion would be to provide a third parasol. Kind regards, Alan