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Rural Cottage 2 minutes drive from the sea

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Cottage in Lahos, Nr. Frikes, Ithaca Island, Greece - Peaceful Location yet Close to the Coast.

This simple, whitewashed cottage was built over a hundred years ago. It has been renovated and updated to make a comfortable family home but still retains its old world character with its arched windows, ancient shutters and original wooden ceilings. It is light and airy, with at least 2 windows in each bedroom. Two french doors open onto the sun terrace from the open plan living room and kitchen. The kitchen is has a full cooker and large fridge/freezer. There is also a large shower room containing a washing machine. It is tiled in terracotta throughout.

Michael Simpson
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2017

About Michael Simpson

I'm a retired film maker who has always loved Greece. I found and restored this cottage 16 years ago.

Michael Simpson purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Michael Simpson chose Ionian Islands

I fell in love with this cottage because of its location and character.

What makes this cottage unique

Looking out over the countryside from the terrace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a short line to say how much we enjoyed ourselves at Lahos. The cottage was perfect, the village peaceful and the whole area ideal to have the most relaxing holiday. Every thing we needed was there and the whole place was the better than we could have hoped for.

Thanks. Jack and Carol

We thought that Rhiannon Cottage was good value for money and pleasantly located. Handy for Frikes, which is a fishing village with a few good restaurants - very pleasant. The views from the terrace are very nice and the building has retained a lot of old charm. It was well appointed and made for a comfortable stay. Ithaca is small, beautiful and quiet. If you like this, with good Greek food and pleasant people then you will be happy. If you need organised entertainment, lots of high profile tourist attractions or jet-skis and McDonalds then you will be very disappointed. Doug and Mary Williams.

A delicious stay- hard to tear ourselves away. The cottage and location perfect, thank you so much. I hope we can come back one day. Caroline Webb.

We all loved Rhiannon Cottage and its beautiful setting. We had been looking for the "authentic Greek experience" for some years and definitely found Ithaca to be what we had been hoping for. Reyneke family.

Our fourth visit to Ithaca and our second stay at Rhiannon Cottage. We love its Greek character and simplicity and sitting on the terrace or in the garden in the evening is divine. The Washer family.
Jan 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on the Ithaki, Greece

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with wc, shower wash basin and washing machine.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Folding bed for use in living room or double bedroom.
  • Garden
  • bay
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Notes on accommodation: Precise location can be found at: http://www.google.co.uk/maps/@38.4627124,20.6527208,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1sz6UVSC0XIeXo.kqUwgRkM5qEQ Outside: The large vine covered terrace has a panoramic view of the surrounding cypress and olive clads hills and valleys and the mountain village of Exogi. There is a large table seating 6 and smaller table seating 4 together with a sun lounger. Utility Room: Washing machine in bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and sheets changed once a week on request. No cleaning during your stay unless by arrangement. Other: Floorplan can be seen at: http://floorplanner.com/projects/23686775-rhiannon-cottage/floors/26007792-ground-floor/designs/26834603-rhiannon-cottage/edit#details


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Rural Cottage 2 minutes drive from the sea
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

Met our expectations for a charming, individual villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lot of time researching a villa for our holiday. We were determined to find somewhere that would be charming and individual. Rhiannon cottage certainly lived up to our expectations. It is well equipped but not glitzy in any way - as is fitting for the type of property. There are other properties nearby but they are detached and not too close. The property is not overlooked - that gives it a good feel. During the run up to the holiday, the owner Michael was very helpful in promptly answering our e mailed questions.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Idyllic peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday on the magical island of Ithaca.

Rhiannon cottage was in a beautiful rural location close to the traditional, friendly village of Stavros & pretty Frikes bay.

We had a warm welcome from Britta who looks after the property. The cottage was clean & spacious with good facilities.

We found lovely tavernas & local shops in the nearby villages & enjoyed spectacular drives into the mountains. There are beautiful bays for swimming close by.

We had a really wonderful holiday & would like to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

On my first sight of the property from the road it looked a bit tatty but its lovely inside. The bedrooms are of a decent size with wardrobes and cupboards, the beds clean and comfortable with mozzi nets over all of them. The kitchen has all the appliances needed but there is a step down which was a little dangerous as its all tiled in the same colour and both me and my husband fell down it until we put something there to remind us. The bathroom is big with plenty of hot water, a washing machine and a very efficient shower. The sitting out area is peaceful with views of the mountains and the lovely sound of the goat bells clanging. More shade would be welcomed with the removal of the grape vines which encouraged the wasps. The cottage met all our expectations and we were sad to leave it. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family as we've had a fantastic holiday .

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely atmosphere

  • 4 of 5

A lovely, quiet inland location but close enough to beautiful little beaches (between Frikes and Kioni), shops and tavernas. Rhiannon Cottage is simple, tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable. We loved sitting on the terrace gazing at the night sky and listening to the tinkle of the goat bells...our only gripe - 4 nights wasn't long enough!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Quiet and relaxed

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Rhiannon Cottage for 8 nights in August and enjoyed our holiday thoroughly. Rhiannon Cottage is a traditional house in the hamlet of Lahos on the north island of Ithaki that has been restored with respect to the original architecture. The setting is beautiful with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and a lovely garden with a shaded patio protected from the wind. The house is cool in the summer because of the thick stone walls and it is furnished simply but comfortably with all essentials.

The closest beaches of Kourvoulia have the most amazing blue green waters and were tropically warm, they are situated on small coves along the coast, with trees rolling to the water edge, and are fantastic for snorkelling. Polis beach, near Stavros, is organised and offers basic food, drinks and canooing but remains quiet with brilliantly clean waters, rich in sealife. There are many other beaches and small places of interest to visit in the north and south islands.

There are shops in Stavros, a few minutes drive away, where you can get fresh groceries and cooking essentials, lots of local produce. There is also a mini market in Frikes and shops in Kioni, both Kioni and Frikes are very beautiful little ports with good restaurants.

We found Ithaki very beautiful and serene, ideal for holiday makers who are looking for relaxation and enjoy exploring places. Rhiannon Cottage was a perfect base to return to after long days out and we had fun evenings relaxing at the terrace playing board games with our kids.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A rural idyll at the foot of a Greek mountain

  • 5 of 5

Just coming down to earth after our 4 weeks in Lahos.

We loved being there and found Rhiannon Cottage was perfect for our needs. We loved the layout and openess of it . Great outside area where we lived except for one day of rains and storm at the beginning.

It was a perfect location for us .

Did not have a car so walked a lot , to Stavros for amazing Butcher and Organic fruit and veg, and everyday to Frikes for Frappe and wifi.

Went up to Exogi very early one morning - amazing place , fabulous views.

We found everything working and the kitchen was great as we don't tend to eat out much.

Large bathroom is also a boon

We loved being at the foot of the mountains and watching he sun go down and the light fade , listening to the Sheep and Goat bells tinkling over a glass of the local wine.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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17 minute walk to the sea (2 minutes driving). 25 minute walk to nearest beach (4 minutes driving).


The nearest airport is Argostoli in Kefalonia. Cars can be hired from the airport but are best booked in advance. If you are not hiring a car, a taxi from the airport to the port of Sami takes roughly forty minutes and costs about E40. The ferry takes half an hour to the Ithacan port of Piso Aetos and costs about about E3. A further taxi from the port to Lahos takes half an hour and costs about E30.


The cottage is set in half an acre of olive and almond trees on a winding country lane 5 minutes drive from the village of Stavros and 2 minutes from the tiny fishing port of Frikes. The nearest beach is 4 minutes drive.

Kioni, a "picture postcard" village used by the upmarket holiday companies, is a five minute drive from Frikes.

Precise location at


Further Details:

The small harbour of Frikes is a popular calling in point for yachts but still retains a laid back charm. It has four tavernas, a bar and two small grocers. You can also rent motorbikes and boats by the day. There are a series of small cove beaches beyond Frikes on the road to Kioni. Other beaches can be reached by boat. Walking, writing and pilates holidays are available locally. See www.creativeithaki.com. Rhiannon Cottage website is at www.rhiannoncottage.com


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on the Ithaki, Greece

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required on booking. Balance 6 weeks before rental.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Sunday but flexibility is possible depending on bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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