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Luxury Villa With Sea and Mountain Views. Free Wi-Fi.

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Private Villa with sea and moutain views. 4 beds, 2 baths. Close to the beach.

Villa Mandalay is a privately owned detached villa set in it's own private Mediterranean garden with bougainvillea, lemon, orange and olive trees, large traditional Greek BBQ area, a sun roof terrace, a balcony and a dining terrace. The villa has three floors; 2 bedrooms, a laundry and a shower/WC room downstairs and 2 bedrooms and a shower/WC room upstairs with an open plan living room/dining room/kitchen area on the first floor. Lending itself to a two family holiday. Fabulous sea and mountain views from the upstairs bedroom sun terrace. Five minutes walk to Pessada village. Two minutes walk to the rocks and secluded sandy beach (pictures above), ideal for sunbathing, crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Complementary free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the whole villa.

Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Paul

My name is Paul Yates, I'm self employed and live near York in rural North Yorkshire. I have been renting Villa Mandalay successfully with ownersdirect for the last 12 years. I've been visiting Kefalonia for over 20 years and decided to buy Villa Mandalay in 2003. Your peace of mind can be assured dealing direct with an English owner.

Paul purchased this villa in 2003

Why Paul chose Pesada

I bought Villa Mandalay 15 years ago. Situated just outside the quiet fishing village of Pesada, away from the crowds and tourist resorts. Just across the lane are the steps and path leading to the secluded sandy cove pictured above.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is on 3 floors, with 2 bedrooms and a shower room/WC on the top floor and the same on the lower floor, making it ideal for a two family holiday. Home from home, with free wi-fi, CD's, books and videos for the younger ones, there's everything from beach toys and loungers to cots and potties. Although villa Mandalay is in a quiet village, there are shops, bars, banks and good tavernas all within a short car drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'I just want to say that the week that we stayed in your villa was brilliant. We had such a good time and the villa was excellent, just what we needed. With the added bonus of Capelli, he was great, the kids loved him. I also want to thank you for your advice that you gave us before we went and for the info, it was most useful. If we go to Kefalonia again I know where we will be staying'.

'Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time at 'Mandalay'. The girls loved it, and in particular the 'private' beach, a few locals after 3pm made it more of a social event as everyone was so friendly'.

'Just to let you know we had a wonderful time in Kefalonia!!

It was everything we wanted it to be and more. The best things were watching a Loggerhead turtle being born on the beach near the villa and the local Taverna which we ate at every night. We enjoyed our stay and Capelli came out to meet us for the first 2 days! Many thanks for all the info you sent to us, it came in very handy'.
Feb 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Pesada in Livathou

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 Shower room, washbasin/vanity unit and WC. Bathroom 2 Shower room, washbasin/vanity unit and WC. 2 Hairdryers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double bedroom with french windows to sun terrace. TV. Bedroom 2: single bedroom French windows to balcony. Bedroom 3: kingsize double bedroom. Bedroom 4: kingsize double bedroom. All bedrooms have fans and mosquito nets over the beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • churches
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Accommodation is on three floors two kingsize bedrooms, shower room 1, wc and laundry on the lower floor. Open plan living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. Double bedroom with sunterrace, single bedroom with balcony, shower room and wc on the first floor. Outside: Private, well stocked flower gardens all round, large brick built traditional Greek BBQ and dining area. Sun terrace with large sunblind, outside dining tables and chairs. Outside shower, lawned area with sun loungers and large parasol. Our tortoise has lived in the garden for many years, a favourite with the kids! Utility Room: Laundry/ storage room with ironing facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean towels and linen are included, maid service is once a week. Midweek clean and linen change is optional.


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(19 traveller reviews)

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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Great location, great place to stay and very much appreciated Paul's helpful advice. Thanks Paul! We settled in very quickly. Our 2 small boys, 2 & 4 loved saying hello to the 2 tortoises each day. Paul very kindly allowed us to bring our own small paddling pool for the boys, which we used a lot and left at the villa for other families...or for our next visit! The villa was spotless. We also appreciated the midweek clean and change of sheets etc. All in all a brilliant holiday and we hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Simon and Leah, Daniel and Joel, thanks for your review. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay at the villa and hope you can make it again next year. Thanks also for leaving the paddling pool, which I'm sure future guests with small children will appreciate.
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Прекрасная вилла!

  • 5 of 5

Отдыхали в июне 2017, все очень понравилось! Замечательный хозяин Paul, всегда очень быстро отвечал на все мэйлы и вопросы. Отличное место, тихое, много тени днем во дворе, двор просторный! Лужайка с травой, отдельная зона с большим мангалом, несколько обеденных зон. До мини-пляжа 5 минут, немного нужно спуститься к нему по ступеням, но все очень комфортно и среди деревьев инжира! Пляж небольшой и на нем почти не бывает людей. Песок и береговая линия мелкая - идеально с детьми. Это рай, ребята :) Рядом еще три виллы, в десяти минутах ходьбы - теверна, за продуктами - в Агростоли (15 мин на машине) или Лидл (10 мин). Сама вилла - выше всех похвал! Все окна с противомоскитной сеткой. Кондиционера нет, но не чувствовали в нем нужды, дом каменный и хорошо проветривался. Матрасы на кроватях новые, состояние дома и комнат гораздо выше, чем на картинках! Очень чисто. На кухне новая мебель, отлично оборудованная, посуда - любая. Чистота, повторюсь - идеальная. Очень довольны, не хотелось уезжать! Paul & Angela thank you so much, our vacations were great!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Anastasia for your detailed review. I hope you are able to return to Villa Mandalay at sometime in the future. Best wishes to all. Paul Google translation of Anastasia's review: Beautiful villa! We rested in June 2017, I liked everything very much! Remarkable owner Paul, always very quickly answered all the mails and questions. Excellent location, quiet, a lot of shade during the day in the yard, the yard is spacious! Lawn with grass, separate area with a large barbecue, several dining areas. To the mini-beach 5 minutes, a little need to go down to it on the steps, but everything is very comfortable and among the trees of figs! The beach is small and there are almost no people on it. Sand and shoreline are shallow - perfect with children. It's a paradise, guys :) Nearby three more villas, ten minutes walk - tavern, for groceries - in Agrostoli (15 min by car) or Lidl (10 min). Villa itself - above all praise! All windows with mosquito net. There is no air-conditioning, but they did not feel the need for it, the house was stone and well ventilated. Mattresses on the beds are new, the condition of the house and rooms is much higher than in the pictures! Very clean. The kitchen has new furniture, well equipped, utensils - any. Clean, I repeat - the ideal. Very satisfied, did not want to leave! Paul & Angela thank you so much, our vacations were great !!
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Excellent holiday experience

  • 5 of 5

Staying 12 nights there in June/July 2017, 2 families with kids.

Wonderful place, quiet, green and peaceful, with the local magnificent Pessada beach at 5 min walk down the stairs to the incredible small bay.

All facilities available at location, good taste furniture and decorations.

Paul was a very helpful host and give us all the needed information and advises in advance.

One minus: the draining system from the basement floor bathroom was working slowly; Angela (the property administrator) timely supports us with the local plumber, however with no significant results.

Overall, the location and the surroundings are amazing, and the time spent there, in Kefalonia, will be not easy to forget.

We do thank Paul for this.


  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Adrian. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Villa Mandalay and the little beach close by. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house with view of the sea from master bedroom. House has very good mosquito screens on doors and windows and black out shutters that would please even the most sensitive to light in the mornings. Mere footsteps to small relaxing beach. Everything is well organized and thought out, impressive number of loungers, outdoor tables and chairs and shaded areas. Good internet. Peaceful location-whats not to like! Paul was attentive from the day we made the booking. Angela who manages check in etc is helpful and considerate. We had a very pleasant stay in this lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Dawn, best wishes to all.
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Beautiful villa, everything you need for a relaxing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week away in the villa!! The villa had everything that was needed. Eating dinner outside was a real treat. Meeting the two little tortoises was lovely, the kids loved feeding them. Would highly recommend the villa.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm pleased you had a lovely week in the villa Joanne. Many thanks.
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What a Gem

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for more, an absolute gem, home from home but with lots more sunshine!!

The villa was beautiful, very clean. The view from the top bedroom balcony is amazing, looking across the sea.

The garden area's idyllic and then a short walk away we found the steps to the small cove with sandy beach that other reviewers have already mentioned; it was like having our own private beach, perfect.

Paul, the owner, was a great help with his knowledge of the island and having a car meant we could make best use of exploring the island and local bars, restaurants etc. We were equally happy with the tranquillity of the villa, so relaxing.

We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ann, hope to see you both back again soon. Best wishes.. Paul
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Kefalonia EFL
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Iliovassilema and Divino winery
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: recommended


Just a few minutes walk to a secluded sandy cove (see photos). Kefalonia is known for its beautiful coastline, there are many gorgeous long stretches of beach and small sandy coves all within short driving distances.


Car hire is recommended. You can prearrange your car to be waiting for you at the airport or I would be pleased to arrange it for you. The airport is a 15 minute drive from the villa. From Pessada you can take a day trip to Zante on the ferryboat.


Pessada village is 5 minutes walk and the main shopping town is Argostoli which is 20 minutes by car.

Further Details:

There is a good village shop, a winery and a restaurant in Pessada. Three supermarkets all within 15 minutes drive. The bakery and cake shop are at Peratata,10 minutes drive. There is also a good selection of tavernas in most of the surrounding villages and towns.

There are ATM's and banks where you can change money, buy most other things and enjoy nightlife in Argostoli which is the main shopping town, 20 minutes drive from Pessada.

Water sports on the beach at Skala.

Motorboat hire is available at Skala, Katelios, Argostoli and Fiskardo.

A trip to Mellisani Lake and the Drogorati Cave are well worth a visit.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Pesada, Ionian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2018 Rate 1
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
2018 Rate 2
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
2018 Rate 3
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
2018 Rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
2018 Rate 5
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are direct with the owner. A non refundable 20% deposit is paid at the time of booking and the balance paid 4 weeks prior to your holiday.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are per week with up to 4 people sharing.
In April, May, October and November, additional £140 per extra person per week.
June and September, additional £154 per extra person per week.
July and August, additional £175 per extra person per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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