Stunning Private Oasis of Outstanding Beauty.
Vincent and Denise O'Brien
- english, greek
About Vincent and Denise O'Brien
Vincent and Denise O'Brien fell in love with Kefalonia on a trip from Australia in 2007. In 2010 they bought a boutique villa in Kaligata and then started work on building their dream villa, Villa Kalliste in Kleismata. They now divide their time between Australia, Kefalonia and the UK. They recently married and entertained over 50 overseas visitors at Villa Kalliste on its completion in June 2012!
Vincent and Denise O'Brien purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Vincent and Denise O'Brien chose Livathou
Having searched long and hard for the perfect spot to build a dream villa, the delightful friendly village of Kleismata was found with its breathtaking views of Mt. Ainos, St Georges castle, Zakynthos, the sparkling Ionian sea, vineyard and olive groves, Complete perfection!
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Kalliste takes the WOW factor to a new level with its stunning views, complete rural immersion, privacy and calming almost spiritual qualities. You need not actually leave the villa as everything you could wish for is at hand, Personal in house chefs, massage, large infinity pool, jacuzzi, croquet, boules, outdoor cinema and private guest house to accommodate any help you may wish to bring with you. However should you wish to explore the magnificent island a private chauffeur or your own private yacht or kayaks can be arranged.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
No parties without owner's permission
Smoking permitted in the outside grounds only
No pets unless agreed with owner
Suitable for weddings up to 100 guests
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Amazing house set in an amazing place. Everything you need for a quite holiday . The owners were very obliging and very helpful
A beautiful villa in a fabulous location
This was the forth year running that we had our spent our one week summer holiday in this villa and always near the end of the season when the temperature is in the lower 30's and more bearable. Our groups have varied in size from 5 to 8 people.
The villa and facilities on site have everything that you could wish for and we have got to the know the owners and managers over the years.
Days were spent visiting local beaches, lazing around the pool and cooking and eating gorgeous fresh food especially the locally caught fish of all varieties.
Last year we could tell there was an element of tension between the owners and managers which we put down to it being at the end of the season.
This year the tension was there again on arrival.
We saw more of the managers this year due to
a) some freakish weather meaning there was a lot of storm debris to clear up, which was done immaculately.
b) they joined us for a wedding anniversary celebration one evening
On this occasion opinions were shared. Later in the week we found ourselves embroiled in more tension.
I am sure as it is now the end of the season, these issues will be successfully resolved in time for next season so that guests can have a hassle free holiday in this stunning, idyllic villa.
Thank you for your review of beautiful Villa Kalliste and your ongoing support for the past four years.
With regard to the 'tensions' you mentioned, we and our long term property managers (our dear friends), are completely baffled by your comments! We all pride ourselves in our professional working relationship at all times. We have just returned from our annual end of season weekend in Fiscardo and enjoyed a marvelous time together!
We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
A very special villa...
We were lucky enough to secure the beautiful Villa Kalliste for our wedding and enjoyed every minute of our week's stay. Vincent and Denise were wonderfully warm and welcoming hosts. They were extremely attentive to all our needs. Paul and Sara too were lovely and made sure we were comfortable throughout our stay. Needless to say, Villa Kalliste is even more stunning than the already beautiful photos! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this very special place. One of Kefalonia's many gems!
Thanks so much for your kind words Tara and Chris. You and your family group were lovely and we wish you well in your married life together. We are sure Kefalonia will always be in your hearts. We hope we see you back here some day in the future!
Beautiful house, breathtaking views, great service
Wow - the property was evening more stunning than the pictures suggested! The location perched overlooking the countryside leading to the sea was stunning.
The location, despite being rural, was very accessible to beaches and restaurants in the south of the island.
The house is modern, clean and wonderfully maintained by the managers (Paul and Sara) but we spent most of the time enjoying the outside space.
The pool, croquet lawn and the outside projector screen (for watching DVDs) were popular with everyone, but the evenings relaxing on the covered terrace as the sun set were particularly enjoyed by the adults.
Viva's cooking was delicious and a great treat. Breakfasts prepared to order at amazing speed (always with a smile) was a great start to the day and then lunch/dinner always seemed to keep four adults and five children happy!
From the warm greeting when we arrived at the airport to the escort to the port and airport at the end of the week everything was perfect. The owners (Denise and Vin) made great recommendations on restaurants, beaches and things to do. They helped with car hire, reservations and to arrange a wonderful day out by boat. They were also able to organise our transfer by boat and taxi to our hotel on neighbouring Zakynthos at the end of the week. Paul also offered to drive if we went out in the evenings.
The level of service was similar to being in a 5 Star hotel but with the added benefit of being in a home!
We would all recommend the location, the house and services that it offered.
Thank you for an amazing week!
Beautifully designed property
Loved it. Vin, Denise and their crew were incredibly accommodating in every way. The property is elegantly designed with all the amenities one could desire. We would absolutely stay again and highly recommend the property.
A beautiful villa in a stunning location
A great start to our holiday being met by our friendly hosts at the airport who helped to organise hire cars and led us the scenic route back to the villa after a hugely appreciated lunch stop at a beautiful and authentic restaurant by the sea. Villa Kalliste is modern and very clean with everything you could wish for. The real wow factor comes with the outside space and the amazing views. It was incredibly hot when we visited but with air con everywhere, plenty of beautiful shady spots in the grounds and the most pristine swimming pool ever, it was never a problem. The housekeeping staff were very helpful but also discreet. It would be a very quiet holiday indeed without a car which is needed for just about everything, especially in mid summer heat, but we found the local villages and restaurants to be of consistently high quality and always cheerful service. We also found the most lovely snorkelling beach a 5 minute (and 10 minute walk) away. The perfect start to many perfect days. A really lovely holiday enjoyed by us all.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your kind review. Yes, you certainly had a heat wave and glad you all coped so well! You were wonderful guests and we really enjoyed meeting you all. Hopefully the two families will reunite for another trip in the future! Also, we are delighted you sampled some of the local tavernas. Kefalonia, as you say, has such fresh, delicious food and it's one of the reasons we live here! We also received an email from the skipper of the motor cruiser you chartered for the day remarking on what lovely guests you were. Thank you again! Denise and Vin
Full E.O.T. License. Completed to the highest standard in June 2012 Villa Kalliste is arguably one of the best villas in Kefalonia. If seclusion, peace and indulgence are your priorities, you will find them in abundance at Villa Kalliste meaning Villa ‘most beautiful.’ Tucked in the south west corner of the island in a spectacular rural setting is Villa Kalliste in the charming village of Klismata. Close to sandy coves and beaches (many naturist), extensive hillside walking tracks, quaint villages, vineyards and olive groves and charming tavernas, yet only a 15 minute drive from the sophistication and action of Argostoli, you will find this peaceful haven to fall in love with. Enjoy a sunset cocktail at your local Avithos Beach Bar, take a scenic coastal drive to the world famous Mirtos Beach, explore the most picturesque of all Greek villages, Assos with its Venetian fortress or simply soak up the endless Aeolian sun at Villa Kalliste, the choice is yours. And, if you are looking for the most perfect wedding location away from it all, look no further! Villa Kallsite takes, the Wow Factor to a new level with its stunning views, complete rural immersion, privacy and calming almost spiritual qualities. You need not actually leave the villa as everything you could wish for is at hand, personal in house chefs, massage, large infinity pool, jacuzzi, croquet, boules, outdoor cinema and private guest house to accommodate any help you may wish to bring with you. However should you wish to explore the magnificent island a private chauffeur or your own private yacht or kayaks can be arranged. Mountain bikes and a personal trainer are also available if you feel in the mood. Assistance with private plane and helicopter charter.