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Overview

We have created a boutique house on the stunning island of Kefalonia, in the quiet hamlet of Batzukata, a short distance away from elegant resort of Fiscardo. Our vision has always been to restore one of the many ruins that litter the landscape on the island and in 2006 we found the perfect spot. We started with the shell of a 400 year old property that had been left to decay since the devastating 1953 earthquake and have practically had to rebuild it from the ground up. All of the stonework in the old part of the house is original and our architect is from the old school, wanting to retain any of the original features that were still remaining - one of the bathrooms still contains the old domed stone bread oven.

The Living
In the main area of the house, the entrance leads into the relaxed galleried lounge. This has been furnished to a high standard with Italian furniture and handblown glass lighting. With high, open ceilings, the morning light will flood the wooden floored room and create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. There is a floating staircase leading down to the kitchen and breakfast room with a door out onto the main marble patio.
Between the kitchen and the new bedroom there is a washroom/WC for general use which is in addition to the en-suite wet-rooms. Central heating is available upon request to ensure that comfort is kept to a maximum even on cooler evenings and air conditioning is provided to cool down those hot summer nights.

The Facilities

° Spacious Mezzanine Living Room With Views to Ithaca
° Two Air-conditioned Bedrooms With En-suite Wet Rooms
° Central Heating upon request
° Array of External Terraces
° Infinity Swimming Pool
° Sunbeds for 6
° Outside Sofa and all areas are lit at night
° Enclosed Traditional Barbecue Area with seating for 6
° External Shower With Views to Ithaca
° Fully Equipped Spacious Kitchen With Breakfast Bar seating 6
° Dishwasher
° Flat Screen LCD Television
° DVD Player
° Hi-Fi with MP3 Auxillary Input
° Parking

The Service

° Maid service and linen change on changeover day and midweek.
° Pool cleaning and gardener.
° Pool towels provided.
° Additional maid service and other requests can be dealt with at extra cost if required.

The Outside
Outside, again an open feel has been created. From the original arched entrance through to the main door to the house, sloping down to patioed terraces with shade provided by established olive and almond trees together with sun umbrellas and pergolas a feeling of being in the seclusion of the island is felt. There is an outside shower, for those mornings where you want to ready yourself for the day ahead watching the sun rising over the channel between Kefalonia and Ithaca. A large barbecue area that has been rebuilt from an existing structure on the land and a private stunning infinity swimming pool gives the most incredible views to the Ionian sea and beyond.

Summary:

The Summer House offers you a chance to experience an exquisite taste of luxury on a hillside above the elegant town of Fiscardo.

Facilities

Property type: Villa

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Seats:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Radio
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Air conditioning
Central heating
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Sea view
Extra information (Panoramic views to Ithaca and valley views.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Smoking

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Fishing
Horse Riding
Sailling
Scuba Diving

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Museum
Shopping

Prices and availability

Last updated 09.04.2013


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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 7 Months 5%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 14 Days 5%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Cotbed & highchair for baby All year N/A £40.00 per week

Paid with booking

Air Mattress for additional person - please ask us first before booking this All year N/A £150.00 per week

Paid with booking

Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 4km
  • Nearest bar: 4km
  • Nearest restaurant: 3km
  • Nearest supermarket: 3km
  • Fiscardo: 5km
  • Supermarket: 4km
  • Beach: 4km

Reviews

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29 out of 29 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Thursday 12 September 2013 with Family
This is a high spec property which we were very comfortable and happy in. However, just a couple of gripes Im afraid. If you are going to have a dishwasher (which we did not use) you should have a washing machine. We do not accept the argument of saving water by not having one. When we arrived there were no towels for our children and although after contacting Jamie they arrive promptly, they were not changed once during our stay. According to the website the towels etc are changed midweek and at weekends. This did not happen for us, they were not changed once during our stay. We were supplied with one kitchen tea-cloth and one hand towel, which we change at home daily. We took our towels to my mothers house to wash - sorry not acceptable. This may seem like a small gripe to some, but we like fresh, clean towels. Maybe you should leave a supply in the cupboard. We also found the sewage system outdated. Having said that the villa was great in every other way and the view breathtaking.
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Stayed Thursday 17 May 2012
Once again we returned to The Summerhouse and as always we found the villa to be absolutely wonderful and cannot fault the service provided. Needless to say we will be back.
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Stayed Sunday 18 September 2011
Yet another return visit to this fabulous villa. As usual everything was fully prepared for us and the same high standards were obvious to see. Suffice to say we are already booked for 2012!
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Stayed Sunday 03 July 2011
A fantastic property which offers luxury, charachter, seclusion and tranquility - everything we were looking for. Well be back for a third visit soon
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Stayed Thursday 23 June 2011
We had an amazing week at the Summer House. The villa was perfect for relaxing by the pool and offered easy access to local restaurants and into Fiscardo. Everything was provided and we made full use of the BBQ. I would recommend this villa to anybody who is looking to vist Cephalonia.
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Stayed Sunday 02 August 2009
Beautifully decorated and maintained. Gorgeous view of Ithaka. Quite high standards. The local maintenance people were great, responding very quickly to our demands. We had the most wonderful time. BUT: - We thought the kitchen area was very closed and dark, with only very small windows - A little bit too much stone and cement around the outside areas - The garden not kept at the same standards as the rest (partly dry) - The wasps in the area, an absolute nightmare (we had to rush to the local Doctor after a hugely swollen after bite)
Owner reply:

Thank you so much for taking your time to review our villa and we are really glad you had a lovely holiday.I understand your comment regarding the kitchen - however, the house is over 300 years old and restricted what we could do in its restoration (without losing the charm and traditional features of the original house). The small doors and window in the kitchen were originally used to ensure the house remained warm in the winter and cool in the summer - the three feet thick walls also help to achieve this and although there is airconditioning throughout the house, it rarely needs to be used in the old part of the house due to this. The summers in the Mediterranean are quite harsh and rainfall is very low. The garden is becoming more established over time but as water is in such short supply on the island (primarily being shipped from the mainland) it will take time. We have created a garden that provides some of the local plants and is as eco-friendly as possible.

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Stayed Thursday 09 October 2008
The Summer House is a beautiful villa that has been tastefully restored, decorated and equipped to a very high standard. We were delighted to find the villa exceptionally clean with ample cutlery, plates and all the facilities working unlike some other villas we have visited in the past. Whether we wanted to sit outside in the shade and relax or sunbathe around the pool there is a large comfortable six-seater outside dining table with shade from the midday sun and six good quality sun loungers for soaking up the rays. We were pleased with the large terraced area which affords absolutely stunning views over the sea and the island of Ithaca. We have been visiting Kefalonia twice a year for the past three years and previously used Thompson for a packaged deal. By booking direct with the owner we received a reassuring personal response and I would also recommend the car hire booking facility linked to the villa booking site. By using the link we hired a large car for less than an economy car through Thompson and Europcar. The Summer House is a lovely, comfortable and well appointed villa that is a perfect base for exploring and enjoying this beautiful Island.
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Stayed Tuesday 16 September 2008
A very attractive small villa in a nice location with wonderful view. Pool excellent. The overall standard of construction and fittings was good but it is clear that this is first season and, in our view, the property lacks a few "finishing touches" to take it beyond minimalist. Not everyone wants a TV on vacation but nice to have the choice. selec tion of DVDs amounted to 4- even Captain Correllis Mandolin was missing! Not sure if a washing machine is eco-friendly in that environment but certainly useful given airline baggage weight restrictions if there for 2 weeks or more.
Owner reply:

Please accept our apologies for the lack of selection of DVDs - we can assure you that there were considerably more at the start of the season and we will replenish the stock for next season. We will take your comments on board as we do from everyone who visits the Summer House and will endeavour to implement as many of requests as possible for next year. Unfortunately we shall not be installing a washing machine - due to a lack of water on the island during the main summer months this is simply not practical and we would hope that all our guests would agree that it is important to preserve the local environment where possible. With best regards.

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Stayed Sunday 31 August 2008
Beautiful villa in a beautiful location. Perfect peace. Very helpful owners
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Stayed Saturday 07 April 2007
This is a beautiful character villa, full of thoughtful touches. It has a wonderful view of Ithaka from the pool and dining terrace while the rooms are elegant and cool. We loved it.
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Stayed Saturday 07 April 2007
The Summer House was the perfect retreat from busy, stressful London life - It exceeded our expectations in ecvery respect. Excellent outside space, lots of room for everyone plus extra friends over for a BBQ if you like and French doors from the master bedroom onto the terrace and pool gave the place a very luxy feel! Decor was very tasteful - bright white bed/bathroom linen and contemporaty furnishings made a great contrast to the traditional build of the cottage and the clever use of space and the master bedroom extension made for a great family living space. The whole house is finished to an extremely high standard. Kitchen/Diner was a good size and well equiped for all kinds of cooking. Very clean, good air-con (!), friendly cleaner, pool guy and local agents in case of any problems (which there werent). Hard to find anything to fault but if I was forced, I might sugest a larger fridge, or a separate drinks fridge. Apart from this small observation this is a 5-star cottage and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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Just arrived home after an Amazing week at The Summer House. A completely beautiful retreat and house. The house is finished to a very high standard. The layout is perfectly functional. Mum and I celebrated her 69th birthday in style! Weve left lots of comments in the visitors book and also took inspiration from others recommendations in terms of eating out. I shall definately be returning to this slice of paradise. Thank you to Carl and family for sharing their villa. Michaela and Carol x
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a lovely property, well appointed and decorated. excellent facilities, lovely pool and terrace. Fabulous views across to Ithaca. the low doorway from the Kitchen onto the terrace caught us out a few times, as did the staircase above the Kitchen sink, but you learn after a few bumps to duck. wish we could go back but its so popular it seems there are no dates left for 2013!!
Owner reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay at The Summer House. There are dates left for 2013 - we just hadnt released them yet. Please check online now and you should be able to find what you need. Any questions, just ask. (sorry about the bumped heads!)

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This is a beautifully designed and realised property. We loved being there. It is incredibly relaxing and is a short drive away from beaches and other lovely areas. Highly recommended! The only slight drawback is the height of the doors into the kitchen from the terrace - my husband kept forgetting to duck - but despite him banging his head a few times the stay was idyllic. The evening scents of lavender and jasmine, plus all the butterflies in the day, were just divine.
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This was another return visit to our favourite villa. Each year the owners surprise us with new additions which just add to the experience of staying in this villa. It is maintained to the highest degree with an excellent management team for the very very rare problem and also an excellent cleaner. Although perhaps more expensive than some the price is reflected in the quality and standard of fittings.
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The property is excellent and location is good at the moment. The service we receied was first rate in terms of response and the cleaning of the property added a lot to the holiday. We experienced a small amount of buliding noise for a few days whilst we were there which impacted when we were sat by the pool. The bed was not that comfortable and my husband especially struggled to sleep. Whilst we were there the parsasol collapsed and although it was replaced the replacment was not at all sufficient
Owner reply:

Dear Helen, thank you for your time in completing the a review of our villa - we are glad that you thought that the property and location were excellent and always appreciate it when others recognise the tremendous effort we have put in to create the villa.I am sorry that you experienced a small amount of building works nearby and trust it didnt impact too much on your stay. With regards to the bed being uncomfortable, we have been renting the villa for 3 years now and this is the first mention of this we have had of this - I can therefore only assume that the softness or hardess of a mattress is to a very personal liking. Certainly no expense was spared when we purchased the bed and I can assure you that the mattress is of the highest quality. We will though look to buy a "topper" which would hopefully then offer the option of a hard and soft bed depending on our guests preference. Finally, as you are aware from your stay, the villa is set on a beautiful hillside with amazing coastal views - with this, unfortunately come some strong coastal breezes that can, over the summer, take their toll on the parasols which we replace/repair every year. We have already taken steps this year to replace the large terrace parasol with a reed covered pergola over the whole eating terrace. This will be done over the winter so we will not have this problem in the future and the pergola will only add to wonderful charm and character of the Summer House. I have now brought the matter up with our managing agents on the island (I was unaware of the problem until your comment) - they advised that they provided you with an alternative smaller parasol as a substitute - I understand that the original was brought down with the wind and was unrepairable - it can often take many weeks to get large items like this replaced as everything on the island needs to be shipped from Athens/the mainland - it is particularly difficult to obtain summer garden furniture at this time of the year as it is coming towards the end of the season and the shops simply dont stock large and expensive items like this at the end of the summer.All the bestCarl

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A stunning, stylish & high quality property. Equipped to a high standard, excellent interior & exterior furnishings, a really luxurious place. Quiet & private location with stunning views to the sea & Ithaca. This place definitely has the wow factor & the price is justified. I would highly recommend it & would certainly return. Anybody holidaying at this property will not be disappointed.
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Wonderful villa, you have thought of everything, we will be back next year. I dont think we have ever been as relaxed, the Summer House was so delightful and in a beautiful quiet location. Thank you so much
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This was our first trip to Kefalonia and we had an amazing stay at the Villa. We were looked after very well and will definitely be back.
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This was our fourth visit to the Summerhouse and even now the owners surprise us with additional features to the property. This year an outside settee has been added. We also appreciated the fact that all the linen had been renewed since our stay last year and that bath sheets have been provided rather than the smaller bath towels.
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This was out third visit to the Villa and I am pleased to say it has been maintained to its original high standard with everything we needed right on hand.
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The Summer House is a superb villa with outstanding views and a high quality finish, It is very peaceful and tranquil, and yet a 40min walk will take you to the bustling harbour at Fiskardo. During our stay we were very well looked after and nothing was too much trouble. Highly reccommended!
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Just returned from 2 weeks at The Summerhouse. The house played a very major part in the enjoyment of a lovely holiday. The views from the outside areas to the sea & Ithaka are even more beautiful than they appear on the website, whilst the inside areas are tasteful, comfortable & very clean. Before our departure Carl was extremely helpful, even arranging for a Bodum to be put in place for coffeeholics. His recommendations for eating out we tested with enthusiasm & didnt have one bad experience. The management team in Fiskardo of Jamie, Richard & their team are excellent, wish every rental home had such a reliable safety net, even though we needed them only a couple of times. If I had to make one less that completely positive comment it would be the steps from the kitchen to the lounge & the proximity of their outer edge to head level when loading dishwasher or the bin. I dont know if some designer edge cushioning is possible but it would stop accidental & somewhat painful bumps, same goes for kitchen door to outside, you dont always remember to duck. I think if the house were on the other side of the Atlantic they could be a lawsuit waiting to happen! That should not detract however from a beautiful house that does feel like your home for your stay.
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We stayed in the summer house for one week at the end of August and had the most amazing holiday there! The house is beautifully decorated and renovated in a high quality fashion. Everything is functional and practical as well as comfortable and stylish. The exterior as well as the interior have been refurbished with excellent taste and great care. The price was not cheap, but it was definitely worth paying for the quality we got. The villa with its pool, terraces, barbecue etc even exceeded our expectations. Everything was as promised on the website and better! We would definitely recommend this place to friends and hope to return there ourselves! The house is perfect for relaxing by the pool, barbecues, long evenings outside and inside. Plenty of space and all commodities we could have wished for! The property managers were very helpful, always responsive and friendly when we needed anything. Overall this was probably the most amazing property we stayed in for a holiday! And the island was really nice too. We couldn’t have asked for anything else! Except maybe to be able to stay another week :)
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We had a super holiday at the Summer house, it was a great location and met our expectation. The information we were given was useful, we were looked after but left alone and the right balance was achieved for a very lovley holiday, thank you
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A beautiful restoration and providing everything we needed for a lovely stay. This exceeds other villa properties we have stayed in and we will return. The Villa has wonderful views is set in a lovely garden with differing terraces to catch the sun or the shade and with plenty of outdoor furniture.
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An extremely well appointed house with a very high standard of fixtures and fittings. A lovely well maintained pool has stunning views across to Ithaca. The few problems we encountered were swiftly sorted out by the local agents. We would happily return to The Summer House and would reccommend it to other families as a relaxing and enjoyable place to stay
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A very tasteful interior, a well equipped kitchen plus a stunning view from the master bedroom across the infinity pool to Ithaca make this a special property. The quality of the fixtures, fittings and the finish to the walls and flloors raises this above the standard holiday let. The care taken in designing and completing the villa has paid off. The outside has generous space fro relaxing with the BBQ on a raised and secluded terrace. The maid service was excellent. The owners well crafted recommendations were useful and enabled us to get the best from the locality. This property deserves to be a success.
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Wonderful! One of the nicest places I have ever stayed. We will be back. Heavenly views and beautifully renovated property. I wish it were mine!

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