The Olive Grove, Cephalonia

Sleeps 8 - 10

€7,315 - €10,640 per week

Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and one of the most ruggedly beautiful and dramatic. It has fine beaches (one of which, Myrtos, is perhaps the most dramatic in all of Greece), two of the Country’s loveliest caves, lofty fir forests, splendid views and the distinctive lemony dry white wine, Robola, – a great island for a holiday!

Set in the middle of a private olive estate belonging to one of the oldest and most influential families on Cephalonia, The Olive Grove sits elegantly overlooking the undulating valleys of olive groves down to the sparkling Ionian Sea.  Here you will find total seclusion and privacy.  The current member of this illustrious Greek family, an ambassador and his wife, have created a pretty, ‘barefoot chic’ rural retreat on the edge of their estate exclusively for guests and discerning travellers.

Only 12 km from the Island’s capital Argostoli, 2 km from the Castello di San Giorgio and 900 metres to the sea (Trapekazi Beach is walking distance), the house was recently built to modern specifications but as a traditional Cephalonian style manor house using, where possible, original features including the terracotta roof made out of old tiles.

Elegantly furnished throughout, the fresh and light interior enhances the owner’s personal collection of art and antiques. The large Tuscan-style swimming pool extends right into the terrace and, together with the beautiful garden and lush greenery that surrounds it, provides a frame for the natural beauty of the place.

This villa is, according to the owner, the only one on the island with an in-house cook. Yolanda has been at the villa for 8 years now and is a really excellent chef.  As  a result, this is a top culinary and wine tasting destination. Along with the gourmet meals prepared in-house, there is a selection of extremely good local wines available from the Estate cellar which has been created over the years.

EOT Licence: MHTE No. 0830 K 100589401

Price Guide 2021:

13-26 June €7,315 per week
27 June – 10 July €9,310 per week
11 July – 28 August €10,640 per week
29 August -11 September €8,645 per week
5th independent Bedroom suite (lower ground floor) available at additional cost of €931 per week
All other dates on request
Saturday changeover in July and August

Sleeps:  8 – 10 

Ground Floor: 
• 50m2 Living/Dining room leading to
• Dining Terrace and spacious Sitting Area
• Large Kitchen
• Twin/Double Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom and direct access to terrace and pool
• Double (Queen size) Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom

First Floor:
• Master (King size) Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom and sea view balcony
• Twin/Double Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom and smaller balcony

Lower Ground Floor (own entrance):
• Small Sitting Area
• Large Twin/Double Bedroom with ensuite Shower Room, WC (fan only)
• Walk-in Closet

  • Staff of two (cook-chef and daily maid) including shopping service* and laundry of guest’s clothes twice a week in July & August
  • Team of gardeners once a week and daily pool maintenance
  • Full concierge service available including reservationsof cars, boats, motorcycles, restaurants, extra staff and in-house massage
  • Shopping service extra €180 per week

• “Tuscan-style” Swimming pool 13m x 5m
• Air Conditioning and heating throughout (apart from a fan in the lower ground floor bedroom
• 3 plasma TV’s
• iPod and iPhone dock
• WiFi and telephone landline
• Fine quality linen and towels (plus pool towels)
• Portable barbecue (operated by the chef)
• Cot and high chair available
• Private parking for up to 2 vehicles
• Helicopter landing
• 2 safes for storing valuables

At extra charge:  A 45 feet motor yacht (2 Volvo D9 engines 575HP each) carrying up to 10 passengers around the northern coast Cephalonia, and the neighbouring islands (Ithaca, Lefkas, etc.)

Things to Do:
Hire a Car – Enjoy unforgettable day trips to beautiful beaches or to one of the many small villages (each with its own unique history and character) the island has to offer.

Visit Cephalonian vineyards and taste the finest local wines. Grape cultivation for wine on the island is approximately 3,500 years old!

Boat Charter – Visit Cephalonian vineyards and taste the finest local wines. Grape cultivation for wine on the island is approximately 3,500 years old!

In addition to the above, the manager can arrange for guests to enjoy various other activities such as a cruise around the islands of the Aegean or Ionian Sea, hiking, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, snorkelling and in-house massages.

By Car and Ferry boat: 
Coming from Athens, take the highway to Patras. When in Patras go to the port and take the ferry-boat to Cephalonia (port of Sami).

By Air: 
From Athens Airport to the Airport of Cephalonia. There are also charter flights from UK airports to Cephalonia. The Villa Manager arranges for your transfers to and from the airport.

What Sarah thinks:

Client Reviews:

“Our villa – in an ancient olive grove near the island’s sheltered southern coast – was on a lush lip of land between the sea and the mountains which selflessly trap the passing clouds around their peaks.” Country Life Travel

“We had the most amazing stay in the villa.  The decor, the food by the superb chef Yolanda, the hospitality of Lysander, the housekeeping of Esse.  We are completely spoiled now.  Thank you for such a wonderful holiday.”

“Thank you for a wonderful holiday in this perfect location.  We relaxed, we swam, we ate so well.  We look forward to returning for our honeymoon.”

“The villa is beautiful but the hospitality and care provided by Yolanda and Esse made our stay extraordinary.”