|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
The Villa Katerina is a large, luxury villa located in the residential village of Metaxata in Kefalonia, the island known for its impossibly blue waters and stunningly sandy coves. The Villa features traditional elegance combined with modern day comfort and is luxuriously equipped with everything you could possibly need. With large rooms full of sunlight and space, and surrounded by three acres of private outdoor spaces for playing and relaxing, it is ideal for families or groups of friends to enjoy rural peace in a stunning environment. While away the day around the enormous family-friendly swimming pool with Jacuzzi whirlpool, located at the back of the landscaped gardens and available for the use of our guests. Enjoy evenings watching the stars over the sea from the extensive terraces, or find yourself drawn to the mesmerising lights of the historical 'Kastro'.
Villa Katerina is very well positioned so you can experience all that Kefalonia has to offer. There is a minimart and souvlaki bar less than five minutes walk away for your convenience. More shops and tavernas can be found within walking distance in the neighbouring village of Lakithra. For those who wish to explore further afield, there are beaches to suit every taste less than 20 minutes drive away. The lively, picturesque resort of Argostoli and the upmarket resort of Lassi are 15 minutes away. Off the beaten track, Kefalonia is a walker's paradise.....
So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a deserved break on "an island of rugged beauty and unadulterated light" (The Times, 14 March 1998). Stay at our Villa, and lose yourself and the cares of the world in the same grounds where Lord Byron was inspired to write his famous work 'Don Juan'.
ACCOMMODATION - fully air conditioned, sleeps 8-10 people
Ideal for 2 families holidaying together : four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Two large bedrooms downstairs, one with kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom, the other a twin with bathroom next door. Upstairs, there is a double bedroom and a large single with a double capacity sofa bed, sharing a bathroom. The Villa is child-friendly - a cot and high chair can be provided, there are locks on upstairs windows, upstairs stair gate, and electric socket covers available.
Large living areas : downstairs boasts two large living areas. One of these areas has a sofa bed and can be converted to a fifth bedroom. The Villa is equipped with wifi, TV,, hi-fi system, and dvd including library of films for your entertainment. The large dining table can seat up to 10 people.
Fully fitted kitchen, equipped with hob, oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher microwave, kettle, toaster. Breakfast bar.
Utility room - houses washing machine, iron, ironing board
Extensive terraces : all the rooms lead out onto verandas or balconies with panoramic views. Built in barbeque on a terrace over a stunning seascape.
Outdoor spaces : the villa is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Go out of the back gate into the swimming pool area. Stunning swimming pool that features Jacuzzi whirlpool area - perfect for sitting in and reading a book on a hot day. Or step through to our private estate and explore the orchards and secluded, wild garden spots.
Hi, I am Aikaterini Fleming, owner of the VIlla Katerina. I am the last remaining member of my family to be born with the name 'Metaxas'.
My early ancestors were pioneers of the 'Silk Road' from China to Constantinople and the name Metaxas comes from 'Metaxi', the Greek word for silk. After the fall of Constantinople in the 11th century, they are believed to have settled in the area of Kefalonia known as 'Metaxata', now a residential village with our Villa at the heart of it.
There the core family remained. Some toiled the land, others became doctors or joined the priesthood. But the prosperity of the family, as was common in Kefalonia, came from shipping. My great-grandfather, grandfather and many uncles were ships' Captains and in the late 19th century, shipowners.
I was brought up in the UK and I have visited Metaxata most summers for over 50 years. I have seen Kefalonia change from an island with no tourism to how it is today, where warm hospitality is offered to tourists within a beautiful and authentic backdrop .
Kathy Fleming purchased this villa in 1949
My great grandfather built the original house on the current estate and lived there until the grand old age of 104. My grandfather built the current house in the 1950s.
The beautiful and peaceful surroundings in Metaxata have not only supported longlevity but also inspired intellectual creativity. Lord Byron spent some time there when he was writing his famous ‘Don Juan’. Both my grandfather and my father have written and published books while spending time there.
For me, the Villa Katerina holds a lifetime of memories. When it came to me, I decided to restore it to its former glory. While installing all the modern day comforts that you would expect to find in a luxury accommodation, I tried to keep the traditional elegance of many original features.
Villa Katerina is now a luxury property that boasts all the fixtures and fittings that you would expect today. It has the high-ceilinged, large rooms typical of older buildings giving a beautiful sensation of space. The extensive space, both indoors and the on external terraces, allow larger groups holidaying together to spread out or spend time together as the mood takes them.
Villa Katerina is nestled in three acres of private grounds. Landscaped gardens lead into the stunning swimming pool area, and into other areas where there are orchards or simply quiet spots where our guests can wonder and relax.
I have always loved Metaxata. I have memories of childhood holidays – my grandmother serving lunch after a morning spent on the beach and my grandfather playing his guitar under a blanket of stars on the veranda in the evening. Recently, I have taken pride watching my own children restore part of the old garden. While Villa Katerina is quiet and secluded, I have never got bored or felt isolated there – good beaches, shopping facilities, restaurants etc are all within easy reach. And I never cease to wonder at the beauty of our views.
“I would highly recommend Villa Katerina. From the minute we booked the owners could not have been more helpful. Even though the pool is shared, it was usually quiet and we were the only persons using it.” SP Sep 2010
“We all enjoyed Villa Katerina very much! We particularly liked the spacious areas for our large party to spread out. The WiFi was a bonus.” AB Aug 2010
“The Villa was wonderful, extremely well appointed and we had a lovely time in Kefalonia. Your property managers were very helpful. We had a magical time!” NL Sep 2010
"it was one of the best properties we have ever stayed in and we would have loved to have stayed there much longer." MS June 2011
"The swimming pool and grounds were great for the kids. The Villa is wonderful" HM Aug 2012
"Beautiful location, a very relaxing place to stay" SP July 2012
"The villa itself, the local area and Kefalonia all exceeded our expectations" SM August 2013
Although the photo's on the web site are very good they don't really do it justice. The size of the villa, garden and pool area is quite a bit larger than first appeared. Excellent facilities including microwave, full size oven and hob and washing machine. Excellent location, with spectacular views all around. The local shop just a short walk up the quiet street, next door to a grill house (eat in or take away). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and, given the opportunity, would definitely come again
Our family of 10, 8 adults and 2 young children had a wonderful stay at Villa Katerina. Plenty of space, large bedrooms and all mod cons such as Air conditioning everywhere and washing machine. Metaxeta is a great base for exploring the island with Argostoli, Lassi and the airport all within a 10 minute car ride. Sam our maid was brilliant and helped us with a couple of issues that cropped up during our stay. We used the BBQ at least 5 times using the extensive well lit terrace for some great evenings. The communal pool was a 10/10 with great filtration and jacuzzi features and never overcrowded quite the opposite. Kathy the owner was great to deal with and we will definitely return as soon as possible - highly recommended.
lovely villa with excellent pool ideal for families . we travelled with relatives 4 adults and 4 teenagers in total . plenty of room for all of us with well equipped kitchen and 3 bathrooms . easy reach by car to airport and bigger supermarkets and nice local beach at avithos . brilliant views from the roof terrace. great kebab restaurant/takeaway across the road next to village shop and bakery within walking distance.beautiful island with friendly trusting locals , crystal clear waters , fabulous food and stunning scenery. Good communication with owner , who helped with car hire. lovely clean well equipped property .
lovely property in a good location with an excellent pool . great communication with friendly owner who helped with car hire. brilliant kebab restaurant/takeaway across the road next to village shop. well equiped kitchen and outside BBQ. Loved the roof terrace with magnificent views across the sea and mountains . nice beach at avithos close by and good restaurants within a short drive. easy reach of the airport and bigger supermarkets . beautiful island with very trusting friendly locals , crystal clear water and excellent weather.
Just back from an incredible holiday in Kefalonia - stunning grounds, villa and pool. Holiday of a lifetime. Certainly true that you need to pay more to get something special - this certainly stands out for all the right reasons - would thoroughly recommend for an extra special holiday. Would best suit a large group as the villa is so large that we felt 4 of us rattled around somewhat. Perfect location, less than 15 mins from airport, 15 mins to THE best restaurant (The Olive Lounge, Lourdas) 10 mins to your pick of the most incredible beaches and the whole area totally unspoilt by tourists. Owner extremely helpful throughout. Recommend wholeheartedly. 5*
We have just returned from spending 2 weeks in this lovely villa. The villa more than lived up to its description, it was very clean & well maintained and everything we needed was supplied. It was one of the best properties we have ever stayed in and we would have loved to have stayed there much longer.
Our family party was made up of 5 adults & 2 children and there was plenty of space for everyone.The pool was a big hit with all the family and having to go through 2 gates to get to the pool made it very safe for the children, so we didn't have to worry if they were playing outside in the garden unattended. Even though it is a shared pool we often had sole use and because it is so large it would never feel crowded.
Our local contacts Sheila & Tony were very helpful, and the owner Kathy was great, even keeping in contact whilst we were in Kefalonia which was a lovely touch.
Kefalonia is a beautiful island and we would recommend hiring a car to explore, our favourites places were Fiskardo & Assos.
We would recommend Villa Katerina to anybody who wanted a wonderful villa on a beautiful island.
Mant thanks to Kathy for allowing us to share her villa.
Villa Katerina is perfectly located.....
Easy travel connections - 15 minutes drive from the international airport. Similar distance to the lively, picturesque capital of Argostoli and to the upmarket resort of Lassi. Nearest supermarket and souvlaki bar within 5 minutes walk, more tavernas and shops within easy walking distance in the neighbouring village. Selection of sandy coves with 1o-20 minutes drive.
Although there is a bus service that goes past the Villa and travel by taxi is relatively cheap (approx. 15 Euros to Argostoli) we would recommend a car if you wish to explore the full extent of the island.
Kefalonia is known for its impossibly blue, clear waters and boasts an amazing coastline with many sandy coves. There are beaches for every taste, more cosmopolitan with lively beach bars or simply quiet and secluded swathes of sand.
The nearest beach to Villa Katerina , 10 minutes drive away, is Avithos beach with golden sand and beautiful clear water. The beach is fantastic for children and there are a couple of very good tavernas there. Other beaches we would also recommend are Lourdas, Trapezaki and the resort beaches of Lassi which are all within 15 minutes travel. Facilities for watersports are available at the Lassi beaches.
What to do if I can tear myself away from the beach?
Kefalonia is a walkers' paradise. Discover huge forested areas of fir and pine trees near Mount Aenos. Explore inland, rugged mountainsides where you will find the remains of villages destroyed by last century's earthquake. Wonder amongst the picturesque vineyards near the Cathedral of St Gerasimos - tasting tours are available.
The village shop less than 5 minutes walk does cater for your everyday needs. Argostoli boasts a selection of colourful markets selling local fruit and vegetables as well as traditional butchers and fishmongers. For those who arise early, fishing boats come into Argostoli port in the morning bringing in the night's catch that you can choose from and buy straight from the boat. For more utilitarian shopping, there are a selection of large supermarkets in 'Kokilia' about 15 minutes drive away.
The capital Argostoli
The lifeblood of Argostoli is its lively, seaside food markets and port area. But the heart of Argostoli is 'Valianos Square', right in the centre of town. Here, local people meet in the traditional pastry shops and 'kafenia'. In the evenings, Greek families still go out to take the air and the older people sit down while young boys and girls 'promenade' and meet each other. Plenty of bars and tavernas to choose from around this area.
Various tours, by coach within the island or by boat around the island or to its neighbours can easily be booked from Argostoli .
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$370|
Deposit of 20% payable on booking to secure the property. Rental balance + £300 security deposit due 8 weeks prior to accommodation date.
Notes on prices:
Now offering 15% early booking discount for 2017 bookings