5 bedroom luxury villa with magnificent views of the azure Ionian Sea
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About Fotini Vallianatou
Me and my husband Miltiadis were both born in Ionian islands (Kefalonia and Corfu respectively). Although the last 20 years we live and work in Crete and we have traveled in many places all over the world, we love the Ionian landscape. All these years we spend our summer holidays together with our two sons in Kefalonia, with unbelievable consistency!!
Fotini Vallianatou purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Fotini Vallianatou chose Pilarei
There is no year until today that we managed to resist our impulsion to spend some days in Pylaros during the summer. When we decided to built a holiday villa here, we were hoping that the result would make all visitors to leave with the same feeling that we leave Kefalonia every year: sure that we will come back next year!
What makes this Villa unique
We built Villa Daphni having in mind all the amenities we would like to enjoy during our summer vacation: privacy, all comforts inside, spectacular views and spacious surroundings outside. We chose a spot that lies within the heart of an unspoiled area, yet it is near to some magnificent beaches. We look forward to our visitors' satisfaction as a confirmation of our success.
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A slice of paradise
We just came back from a 2 week stay at Villa Daphni. Although there were only 2 couples, we decided to spoil ourselves with this 5 bedroom villa for our first stay in Kefalonia.
From the initial booking to our departure, the friendly communication, excellent service and attention to detail has set this place apart from the rest. Fotini, the owner, has been very helpful in answering enquiries. Her staff have been amazing. George, the manager, is the sweetest and most generous man, who made us feel very welcome and special with unexpected gifts of his own vegetables and oil, and even a cooked and delivered meal one evening! Koula, the cleaner, did a great job too, as did Nick, the pool man. A big surprise was that the morning after our arrival, we had a visit from Christina to advise us of all the places to see on the island, which was incredibly helpful.
We felt very lucky that the villa's location is so perfect and the view is stunning. A 5-minute drive to Agia Effimia, 20-minute walk to the village of Makriotika, or 10-minute drive to Myrtos Beach. This is proper Greece, no huge resorts full of crowds in this part of the island, but also all the amenities required.
The villa itself has an abundance of thoughtful touches. Well-stocked kitchen, laundry, TV room and PC, as well as books and games - even sunhats! The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. The towels are top quality and were changed regularly. We were delighted with our choice.
The memories of relaxing by the pool, with only the sounds of goat bells and cicadas, with the occasional peacock call, will stay with us forever. It was a fabulous holiday on an unspoilt island, with typical Greek hospitality. Staying at Villa Daphni was the icing on the cake!
Villa Daphni - A Real Gem
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Daphni. From the moment we arrived ( being met by the wonderful George), to the minute we left.
There was a welcome pack with beer, wine, greek Yoghurt etc.
The villa is in a wonderful location on the side of the Pilarei Valley with an unbelievable view across the valley.
Peaceful and quiet, the only sound is the Goat bells and Peacocks in the Valley.
The Villa was immaculate with the towels and bedding and the pool serviced every other day.
The villa is about 3km from the harbour at Agia Effimia where there are plenty of Restaurants with excellent food.
Take a short work into Makriotika. The Nixterida restaurant does the most fantastic Goat chops.
We couldn't have wished for a more relaxed and perfect holiday, and will be returning as soon as possible, hopefully next year!!
Thank you for a wonderful stay Fotini and George.
The best villa we have ever stayed in, very spacious, excellent location, amazing views. George went above and beyond nothing was too much trouble. The village had an excellent restaurant very friendly atmosphere and again the views across the bay were amazing. Agia Efimia which is around 5 mins drive is beautiful lots of choice of restaurants that overlook the picturesque harbour. Our favourite was Perusima the food is excellent and staff were really friendly. It was our third visit to this beautiful island and we would visit again. You will not be disappointed Kefelonia has lots to offer everyone and the amazing villa we rented was the icing on the cake.
Gorgeous villa in a fabulous setting. George is a treasure - so helpful and charming.
Beautiful house in a stunning location
Fantastic villa with amazing views. Loved waking up to the sound of the goats bells jingle jangling on the hillsides. Villa was very tastefully decorated, very comfortable and well equiped. We were very well looked after by George and his small team. Agia Efimia was delightful with plenty of restaurants and a few shops/supermarkets including bakery and butchers. We also hired a boat from here and explored hidden coves. A car is needed to explore all the island. It is a 5 min drive to Agia Efimia by car and about a 30 min walk downhill. We would thoroughly recommend this villa as a perfect holiday destination seeking tranquility.
10 minutes drive from the breath-taking beach of Myrtos, one of the best beaches in Greece. Similar distance from Agia Efimia, with yacht marina, restaurants, cafes, car hire, rental of motor/sailing boats, pharmacy. Local walk trails can guide you to the beaches through the Valley of Pyllaros within 60-90 minutes of walk. 20 minutes drive from the superb beach of Antisamos.
15 min. drive from the port of Sami with ships to Patras and Italy. 45 min drive from the airport of Kefalonia. Although local bus-service and taxis exist, use of car is recommended.
In walking distance from the quiet, picturesque village of Makryotika with traditional bakery, minimarket, cafes, taverna. Largest nearby town is Sami, in 15 min drive distance with port, bank, shops, medical center, international press, postoffice car-rental. Caves of Melissani and Drogarati are located near Sami. Argostoli, the capital of the island, is 30 min. drive.
Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea. The island is named after the mythological figure Cephalus. Its impressive caves, green slopes, azure waters and golden beaches offer the visitor infinite opportunities to relax in beautiful surroundings. Island's mountain Ainos covered with Abies cephalonica trees, is declared a natural park. Kefalonia is also well known for its endangered loggerhead turtle population which nest at Kaminia beach.
Pylaros is one of the most unspoiled areas of the island located very close to the mythical island of Ithaka. The small harbor of the Agia Efimia is a preferred spot of the sailing boats in Ionian Sea. The Myrtos bay, acclaimed as the best Greek beach, is the area's tourist attraction. The area, originally oriented in cattle-breeding with a high percentage of locals leaving the place for a better chance mainly as mariners, is recently making its first steps in tourism. Villa Daphni represents one of the best examples of the recently constructed villas in the area, which becomes a preffered destination for those seeking a quiet, untouched corner in the Ioanian Sea. At the same time the area is investing in aeolic power with its new aeolic power plant capable to cover big part of the island' s power needs.
Starting from the harbor of Santa Efimia, take a small boat and visit the near-by Ithaka, Ulysses' final destination, for an one day excursion! Or visit the small hidden beaches in the coastline. Visit the numerous small villages of Pylaros, and enjoy the quiet rural life. The picturesque village of Fiskardo is in 30 km distance.
Also, starting from Villa Daphni, you can follow one of the Local Walk Trails to guide you to the nearby beaches through the Valley of Pyllaros within 60-90 minutes of walk, or uphill to the Monastery of Themata with spectacular views. Scuba diving and water-ski courses are offered in Agia Efimia, while cave enthusiasts can visit the Caves of Melissani and Drogarati near Sami.