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Family Holiday Villa with Private Pool - near Wonderful Beaches

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Family Villa with Spectacular Views in rural Kefalonia near Sami - Perfect Villa for all Age Group Family Holidays - free WiFi, Table Tennis and Boule Court

This spacious villa can accommodate ten (twelve or more by arrangement) in five air conditioned bedrooms. With three on the ground floor (two bathrooms and a separate WC), there are two more bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper floor with air conditioning throughout. This villa is particularly well equipped: it is a family home as well as a holiday rental and 'comfort' is the 'watch word'. Free Wifi, well-equipped kitchens (there are two), good quality linen and towels, comfortable beds and sofas: we want our guests to feel as comfortable in our home as they do in theirs. Hot water is supplied by solar power with a supplementary immersion electric heater.

The Walnut Tree has its own pool (10m x 5m and non-diving), table tennis, badminton and a boule court. The villa is surrounded by landscaped grounds of over an acre with lawns and terraces, a barbecue area with a firepit and an outside oven. There are glimpses of the sea and the island of Ithaca in the distance from the house with good views from first floor. However, the joy of The Walnut Tree villa is the 360 degree view of the surrounding area - the forests, olive groves, farmland and hills as well as the far distant mountains of the Kefalonian National Park of Mount Aenos.

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Celia Jenkins
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2017

About Celia Jenkins

We have to pinch ourselves on a regular basis: we live just above the beach in our garden flat in Devon for two thirds of the year and have our Spring and Autumn in Kephalonia. We bought The Walnut Tree as an abandoned building site on a holiday whim. Our friends thought we were crazy - until they visit us. Now they think we are lucky - as we do. We love Kephalonia and all that goes with it.

MESSAGE TO FUTURE GUESTS. Please be assured that I will always contact my inquirers by telephone AND OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS NOW IN PLACE ON OWNERS DIRECT WEBSITE.

The one thing all renters expect when renting holiday accommodation is peace of mind about the booking of their chosen holiday villa. I plan to provide this to the best of my ability.

Celia Jenkins purchased this villa in 2003

Why Celia Jenkins chose Ionian Islands

We had the idea of buying a plot of land before we both retired so that we could build a house, and more particularly, make a Mediterranean garden in a leisurely manner with loads of time at our disposal. When we saw the location of The Walnut Tree it all seemed to fit. It was near enough to civilization to be convenient and removed enough to be peaceful. The mountain views were spectacular, we could see the Bay of Sami, the island of Ithaca and the surrounding countryside with just a few neighbours.

What makes this villa unique

Our main delights at The Walnut Tree are the garden, the views, the wonderful skies (dawn and dusk are particularly spectacular), the sounds of the Greek countryside (birds, sheep, goats, donkeys, cows, distant church bells .... or nothing) and planning future projects for both the house and garden. Of course, when we are sharing the house with our family and friends, it all becomes even more worth while. It seems that from the comments and reviews of all our guests, our delights are theirs too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We have just returned from a really lovely holiday at your lovely

Walnut Tree, everything that we could have hoped for.Thank you so much for all your help in arranging things for us and for the info you sent, all very useful.There were load of highlights and lots of fun. Sami is a special little town and so close. Your garden is lovely and beautifully planted. Thank you again, you are very clever to have found such a lovely island and house.'

'Thank you once again for wonderful holiday which we will remember for years to come. It's the first time my sister and I have holidayed together with our respective families and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was absolutely beautiful and both my sister and I couldn't believe how will equipped it was.'

'We had a truly wonderful time. The house is lovely and the gardens are fabulous. The whole family agreed that we would love to go back again next year.'
Nov 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on the Cephalonia, Greece

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Basin with good size cupboard beneath
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This is downstairs and also includes a basin and cupboard
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Upstairs and includes basin with good size cupboard
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , Includes a basin with mirror and cupboard
  • 2 bathrooms with showers, 1 shower room and a downstairs lavatory with basin. Hairdryers in each bath/shower room with storage space under basin, a large mirror and good lighting.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Beds either seperate or together creating super kingsize bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Extra large singles
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (12 by arrangement) in 5 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: 5 bedrooms - 3 doubles/2 twins. There is air-conditioning in all bedrooms and throughout the upper floor. Plenty of wardrobe and storage space, good lighting and mirrors are in each bedroom. There are two chair/beds in the upstairs apartment. A cot(crib) and extra put-u-up bed are also available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The living areas have comfortable sofas and chairs. The dining areas have extendable tables on both floors with 15 dining chairs in total. There is remote control air-conditioning on the first floor and all bedrooms. The property has full central heating. There are two log burners - one on each floor. The hot water system is on a timer from the electrical supply. Both apartments are provided with CD players, DVD players, an extensive DVD library, CDs, a bookcase on ground floor with reference books, cookery books, maps, dictionaries and the bookcase on the first floor holds a good variety of novels, as well as playing cards and some board games. Outside: Outside, the villa is surrounded by over an acre of grounds securely fenced and gated. The grounds are laid out to lawns, a small vineyard, olive trees (our guests enjoy our own oil as part of their welcome pack) and many fruit trees . We have a swimming pool (10m x 5m non-diving) and a boule court, just down steps from the pool. There is also Table Tennis and a Boule Court for our guests to use and enjoy. We have a barbecue area with outside lighting, firepit and large barbecue and an outside oven by the pool. Utility Room: The utility room has 2 washing machines, an ironing board and iron, several large dryer/airers and ample storage. In one of the cupboards there is a plentiful supply of pool/beach towels. There is also an extra fridge - for cold drink storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 100% cotton bed linen and towels are included. The property is cleaned twice a week with a complete change of linen and towels. Beach/pool towels are provided in the utility room cupboard. Other: There is a small changing room/lavatory off the utility room for pool users and an outside shower just outside the double doors leading from the utility room onto the pool terrace.


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Stunning, Beautiful, Relaxing Villa

  • 5 of 5

It was our second visit to The Walnut Tree after loving it so much last year. The Walnut Tree is the most idyllic, beautiful, clean, spacious villa, suitable for a large family. We actually cannot find any fault with it and can recommend it completely to anyone wanting to visit the gorgeous island of Kefalonia.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is such a great review! Thank you Ali and all the family. Come back soon.
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Awesome family villa perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

From the time we booked the villa Celia could not have been more helpful. She was extremely pleasant to talk to & went over & above to ensure that our stay in the Walnut Tree was perfect. The villa is everything & more that Celia says it is. There was nothing more we needed or could have asked for.It was spotlessly clean & beautifully decorated. The outside gardens were so pretty & well kept. The swimming pool was perfect for the grandchildren as it had a shallow end perfect for their ages 2 -5. They used to watch the bats dive bombing the pool at dusk.It is also a perfect location & within an hour's driving of most places or less. Sami is literally a 5minute drive where there are a few supermarkets & an abundance of restaurants & coffee shops. Whilst the supermarkets stocked most things we found it much cheaper to shop at Lidls in Argostole about 3/4 hour away, we combined the shopping trip with a trip into the town to see the turtles that swim around the fishing boats there, an amazing site,followed by a coffee in one of the seafront restaurants & then a quick shop on the way home. It was a family vacation plus our youngest son's wedding in nearby Assos. Can I just say if anyone is considering a wedding abroad I can't recommend Assos highly enough. It was a truly magical day, perfect from start to finish. Greece is so picturesque & the people so friendly, don't think I'll ever see another wedding like it!

We didn't get to see all the island which is probably Celia's fault because the villa was sooooo beautiful we couldn't drag everyone away from it, but we will definitely return.Before I finish I also have to mention Spyros who met us & showed us around the villa on the first day there. He was a lovely man & gave us lots of advice on where we should go whilst there & helped us out by replacing a buggy for our youngest grandchild as it had been damaged by the baggage handlers.....he replaced it within half an of being there! I could go on & on but may bore you, all I can say is if you are considering renting this villa do it, don't hesitate because someone else might get it before you & then you'll have missed out on a wonderful experience. Thank you so much again Celia for making our holiday/wedding week an amazing one & giving us some special memories. We would love to return one day.......you never know they might re-new their vows out there!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, Sue and all the family! What a fabulous review and such a big thank you. I can only say the pleasure of our communications regarding your stay at The Walnut Tree was mutual. I know you are intending to visit Kefalonia again - if you do and we are there, please make sure that you let us know and come and see us. Of course, if another taste of The Walnut Tree is on the cards - it will be just wonderful. So glad the week AND the wedding went so well.
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Fabulous Walnut Tree

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at The Walnut Tree in as many years. We absolutely love it there. It really is a fabulous house, with everything you could possibly need, from lovely swimming pool, air conditioned bedrooms, great BBQ area, pro boules pitch, ping pong table, the list goes on and on, but the beautiful garden is the icing on the cake. Lying out on the sun loungers after dark, spotting shooting stars is also magical!

The location is great - just a short drive from everything you could need in the charming and quiet small town of Sami - and many great beaches.

The taverna at Agia Paraskevi through Karavomilos, on the road to Agia Effimia is one of our all time favourite places to go for lunch.

Can't wait to go back again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great endorsement of what we try to do at The Walnut Tree. The whole team (our agent, Spyros, housekeeping, pool and gardeners, Gary and Elaine and Violtca, our lovely cleaner) are responsible for the good comments we have - that and our lovely guests, of course - who tell us about their stay at the villa. Big thank you for your comments.
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Amazing house for large group, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for this beautiful stay in Kefalonia!

We were a large group of 12, but the Walnut Tree House managed to accommodate us perfectly. The beds are comfortable, even the extra 2 sofa beds are reasonable and there are enough bathrooms and toilets. The highlight however is the kitchen (both of them!) and its equipment. I have never rented a house that well equipped! There is nothing missing, pots and pans to cook and feed 12 hungry mouths! The bbq area works great as well, and thanks to the beautiful seating area we spent cosy nights outside (mosquitos though, you want to bring some repellent).

The garden and the pool are simply beautiful and so peaceful. We even had some homegrown fruit and vegetables!

Celia was very accommodating for our complicated travel arrangements, some of us had to leave earlier etc. Communication was easy and no question remained unanswered. On site, Spyros was friendly, approachable and always happy to help. He reserved us a table at his in-laws restaurant, Zervati, which has a beautiful garden and excellent food and service!

I would definitely recommend to rent a car once you are in Kefalonia, as you can discover everything the island has to offer in less than an hour from Sami. Hence, the location of The Walnut Tree is perfect, also Sami is a very nice place to go for a quick gyros or some nice seabass.

I can only recommend the Walnut Tree House for a stay in Kefalonia, especially for a larger group of friends or family as there is enough room for everyone to do their own thing during the day, but equally it is possible to sit everyone around one table for dinner!

Thank you for having us!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everything we love to hear from our guests! Thank you Julie.
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Stunning Villa on the most beautiful island

  • 5 of 5

The reviews that go before say it all...

The Walnut Tree is simply the most idyllic, beautiful, well equipped villa anybody could ever ask for, set in a stunning setting where nobody could ever tire from the view or the peace and quiet.

We have just returned from a two week holiday, the first time to Greece, with our large family - me, husband and 7 children aged 10 to 18. There is something for everyone ... even the teenagers were kept amused with the table tennis, boule court and large pool. Not an iPad or phone screen was looked at ... bliss!!

The villa is actually perfect for a large family or two separate families holidaying together as the top of the villa is a beautiful separate apartment (view - amazing!). In our case, it was used by the teenagers who enjoyed having their bit of independence of staying up later than us and playing cards, whilst still being in the same villa. Perfect.

The villa is extremely clean, well equipped and we wanted for nothing! The large bbq area and gardens are an added bonus to the villa and add to its charm.

As for the island, there is so much to see and explore, we could not do it all in 2 weeks. It has a bit of everything really: beaches, coves ideal for snorkelling, walks worth doing just for the views, lovely restaurants, gorgeous cafes, small towns to potter in, bakeries to expand the waist line ... etc etc. The small 'town' of Sami is a 5 minute drive from the villa and has everything you need so you don't have to travel far if you don't want to, although I do recommend seeing as much of the island as possible.

Celia - the owner of the villa - is excellent with her communication and could not have done more for us. Spyros, a local man who takes care of the villa, gave us invaluable advice of where to visit and is at hand to sort out any problems that might occur during your stay.

Celia - Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful holiday home ... and we shall definitely be back if you'll have us!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Will we have you? I should say so ..... we could not have had more appreciative guests and thank you for your lovely comments.
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Sheer bliss! Fabulous Villa in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

Well… where do I start? The positives will just go on and on.

My family and I (age range 3 years up to 65 years) were looking for a villa that had enough space to accommodate 11 people, was situated on a picturesque island and had lots of places to visit and explore. How lucky we were that our search came across The Walnut Tree, it ticked all the boxes. Our recent family holiday was absolutely perfect.

During the two very happy weeks that we spent there, we found the villa matched, if not exceeded, all of our expectations and was exactly as described on the website. We found it to be extremely clean, nice and spacious, very well equipped and very comfortable. The pool was perfect for all age groups and just the right depth. The outdoor space with vast private gardens and beautiful views was truly idyllic for sitting and relaxing during the sunny days and evenings. We were even lucky enough to watch the moon come up and illuminate one of the mountain sides…. It was magical…

We found the location of the villa was perfect too, the beautiful port of Sami had plenty of tavernas to choose from and good mini markets, butchers and bakeries if buying food to eat in. We hired cars during our stay and Sami was ideally situated to visit all corners of the island. We enjoyed days out to Fiscardo, Agia-Efimia, Skala, Katelios, saw the beautiful turtles at Argostoli, did lots of water sports and snorkelled in clear blue water at Antisamos beach, visited the caves at Mellissini and took a boat trip to Ithaca.

Whilst in Kefalonia we had no issues regarding the recent euro problems seen in the media, our debit and credit cards worked everywhere and nowhere was there evidence of a euro crisis on the island.

I would highly recommend you make contact with Celia, (the owner) as she is extremely helpful, as are the team that look after you once on holiday. If you’re considering a holiday in Kefalonia, then look no further as The Walnut Tree is ‘PERFECT’.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful review of The Walnut Tree. A great big thank you also for being so reassuring about the welcome holiday makers can expect in Kefalonia - business is truly as usual. Come back soon!
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 Mid Summer Season
25 Jun 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 High Summer Season
9 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 Late Summer Season
4 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 Autumn Season
25 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Summer Half Term
19 May 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 Early Summer
3 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Mid Summer
25 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 High Summer Season
7 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 Late Summer
2 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 Autumn
24 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes: Please note that we have an Online Payment System in place for The Walnut Tree villa. However, the owners can manage the payment themselves with PayPal or direct bank transfer with direct contact between ourselves and the guests. Balance of payment is required 8 weeks before the rental begins. Damage deposit of £200 payable at this time. Whichever payment system is preferred, the owners require their Booking Form to be filled in by the lead guest with names and ages of all those under 18 and returned. A copy of the rental conditions will be sent at the same time as the Booking Form. Compliance with these conditions are a requisite for the rental agreement (contract).
Rental of the upper floor or ground floor apartments separately can be rented out of high season when available. Please contact the owners to discuss rates.

PLEASE NOTE : Required - Security Deposit of 200 Euros payable in cash on arrival, held by our agent and returned by him on favourable inspection on departure.

The owner will always contact inquirers prior to booking by telephone for security reasons.

Changeover Day:
We prefer our changeover days to be Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays or weekends. We understand that flight price is key to booking large family holidays. Please feel free to discuss flights with the owners.
Arrival: 3.00 pm
Departure: 10.00 am

Notes on prices:
Rental prices shown are for the whole villa and for an occupancy of ten guests. Extra guests are charged at 5% per person per night to cover linen/towels, electricity, hot water, etc.
Out of season, the upper and ground floor apartments can be rented separately - please ask for details and rental prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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