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Great historic mansion. Luxury with style. Mins away from Greece's best beaches

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious stone villa for the trully sophisticated traveller, strategic location

This villa is an ideal getaway for guests yearning for a truly out of the ordinary retreat, just next to Lefkada's breathtaking beaches! Officially recognized as a preserved building, 'Meli' carries with it a history which dates back to the 19th century. It is a unique stone villa featuring 3 spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (designer matresses & toiletries, hairdryer), spacious sitting areas with Flat screen TV with subscriber program, hifi, dvd player, fireplace, dining area, fully equipped rustic kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, spices etc).

The attention to detail is evident in all the superbly-decorated interiors which combine rustic authenticity with all-modern amenities. A large courtyard with, a traditional wood burning oven, create exquisite sitting and dining areas with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The secluded village is next to some of the most famous beaches in the Med (Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Gialos etc)

The experience at Meli combines:

1. Luxurious living with all amenities at hand to ensure your comfort and relaxation

2. Close proximity to the island's wonderful long, sandy beaches with clean, turquoise waters (quite handy, especially when it might take people from the north of the island more than an hour to approach)

3. Traditional Greek village living, with an opportunity to taste local delights & fresh local produce (honey, wine, free range eggs, olive oil etc.)

4. Connection with rich nature's relaxing aura either by sitting at the villa's garden, or by enjoying walking or biking along the fields/olive groves/vineyards/mountain right across the villa etc. (4 mountain bikes provided for free)

5. Calmness and safety as the small village provides the necessary quietness to ensure you enjoy your sleep (away from crowds) and the safety needed for children to feel free to walk & play around (as there are not many cars around)

6. Genuine owner hospitality to make your stay with us carefree.

MHTE No. 0831K9100033800

More Details

Elena Katopodi
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2017

About Elena Katopodi

I got a MSc in the UK and lived in London for more than 12 years. My husband has an MBA from the US and lived in NY for more than 20 years. We have traveled around the world a lot, visited more than 60 countries, and as travelers ourselves we have gathered very useful experiences which we believe are a great help in our efforts to provide you with a pleasant stay.

Why Elena Katopodi chose Lefkada (Lefkas)

I inherited it from my father who inherited it from his father and so on....

What makes this villa unique

The feel of tradition, the smell of the wood beams, the generocity in space, the totally relaxing countryside views, the nature's silent sounds along with those of the birds, the rooster, the donkey...


Dragano Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    WC - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Each bedroom has en-suite bathroom, one of which includes a hydromassage bathtub and another features a large shower for two people.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Rodia - 1 queen
    Levanda - 1 queen
    Myrtia - 2 twin/ single
    Sitting Room - 4 sleep sofa /futon
  • All three spacious bedrooms are tastefully decorated with light colors and antique pieces. All bedrooms have air conditioning, hairdryer, make-up mirror, designer mattresses, safe box and toiletries. The 2 sofa beds in the sitting room can comfortably accommodate two people and folding beds could accommodate more, up to 10-12 if children are included. These should be done under prior arrangement and for an extra charge as prices quoted are based on occupancy of 8. Baby cot & high chair are provided for free.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
-WiFi internet access - complimentary use. -Four mountain bikes are provided for free. -Board games, adult and kids' book library, DVD library provided. -Cleaning provided every 3 days approx. -Facilities for babies/young toddlers (baby cot, high chair, toys, stroller, wooden playhouse etc.) We can help with arranging (at extra cost) private boat trips with skipper Activities closeby: -Windsurfing -Private Boat Hire -Scuba Diving -Sea Kayaking -Snorkeling -Hiking -Walking in nature


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Great historic mansion. Luxury with style. Mins away from Greece's best beaches
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Best place for family re-unions!

  • 5 of 5

We are two brothers living with our families at different countries and we chose to spend some time together at Meli, what a brilliant choice it proved to be! When we arrived we were amazed by this house’s unique decoration, the feel of Greece’s local tradition. We were a large group but there was so much space that we all managed to enjoy our own privacy when we were not family-bonding altogether. The villa is fully equipped and our younger kids appreciated all extra amenities the owners provided us to keep them busy. Elena, Argy and George made us feel at home and provided plenty of useful information even before we got there. Lefkada is a wonderful island and we very much enjoyed the beaches nearby Meli. We will definitely come back and for sure recommend this wonderful house to our friends!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for a holiday

  • 4 of 5

We spend a lovely time at the villa. The place is with perfect location to go around the island and return to a relaxing place to rest! Gialos Beach, Porto Katsiki, Kathisma – have visited them all. To rent a boat and go surfing – it takes only abt 15 minutes to reach Vasiliki. The house is sparkling clean and has good selection of required amenities! The owner was there to assist us as we needed and has been a great guide for the island! Highly recommended! Thank you, Elena, for the great hospitality! Your directions and pre-advise of ideas of things to do in the area and Lefkada in general helped us spend a great time!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Magnific place & island

  • 5 of 5

Meli is exactly as you can see it on the website, a very nice house with beautiful architecture. Elena (the owner) ask us before arrival what can she do for us so the stay will be as expected. She prepared us toys for the children. She surprised us with an welcome pack that included fruits and coffee and things to eat as breakfast, although this was not specified. Also we found 4 MTB bikes and helmets.

The terrace is very very beautiful.

Meli house is close to the most beautiful beaches - Porto Katsiki and Egremni. If you are a wind surfer Vasiliki is not too far.

Before arriving we receive an email with important details about how to reach Meli, nice places we can eat and beaches descriptions. It was very useful.

We loved the holiday and for sure we'll return to Meli!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Genuinely Greek, cosy and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

There is some magic around the place which is authentically Greek and old, modern and cosy at the same time. The location is great, far from the noise and fuss of regular tourist destinations. The house is clean, spacious and well-decorated. The garden is magnificent, with the most remarkable roses I have ever seen in a private house. Perfect place for families with children. And, most importantly, the hosts are extremely hospitable, warm and responsive to the guests' needs.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Magnificent place

  • 5 of 5

The house itself is so remarkable so it made our holiday even more memorable.

It is comfortable, charming, cosy and completed even in small details.

The location is very strategic for best beaches. The place is wonderful for calm, relaxing holiday, for nature lovers and retreat.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Gorgeous, chic, comfortable Greek country house

  • 5 of 5

This large, old house is impeccably renovated and furnished in rustic, chic style using local materials and charming furnishings. The house could be featured in Cote Sud. The garden is also lovely, overlooking a valley, which gives a palatial feel, though it's not that large. Immaculate. Well furnished kitchen. Also stone barbecue outside. All the mod cons. The owner's charming father showed us around and pointed out the places to go on the map. There was a cleaning mid-week.

The village has a nice little taverna, otherwise nothing else except honey stands and fig trees but it's not a far drive from some spectacular beaches. We did shopping in Vassiliki and Agios Petros. No pool, but all the more incentive to get out and explore.

Would absolutely recommend this beautiful house to anyone. We were two parents and three teens and had no shortage of space.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Porto Katsiki Beach
"Breathtaking Setting, amazing sandy beach right under white cliffs, velvet feel water with t..."
Gialos Beach
"Wonderful sandy beach, close to Egremni beach and Porto Katsiki. You can reach the beach by ..."
Egremni Beach
"Long sandy beach with wonderful waters. Has been voted as one of the best beaches in Greece ..."
Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Breathtaking sandy beaches are closeby (Gialos, Porto Katsiki, Egremni & Kathisma). With just a few homes, a taverna providing home-made local delicacies and beautiful surroundings of fields and mountains, the village of Dragano offers a private escape to an uncommercialized and unspoiled region of the island. Endless choices exist for communication with nature & countryside exploration (mountain bikes provided) as well as familiarization with local culture & history (festivals, local life activities). The closest minimarket as well as a selection of restaurants are within just 1.5kms at Athani village. All kinds of amenities such as bars, restaurants, ATM, medical center, super market can be found at Vasiliki (12Kms), also known as a windsurfer's paradise.

Excursions to smaller islands around Lefkada such as Onassis's Scorpios, to Kefallonia & Ithaca. Athani, at 1.6kms, is the closest village to Dragano offering minimarket supplies and a selection of tavernas with romantic views to sea & sunset.

Other Activities: Sailing, Scuba diving, Sea Kayaking, Private boat hire


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $17.99 per person per night

- Stay for less than 7 nights possible if fits with other booking
- Changeover day could be either a Saturday or a Sunday. For bookings of over 7 nights please enquire about changeover day, based on your preferred dates. For bookings in low season, again, please enquire about changeover date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.