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A Unique And Lovingly Restored Stone Built Venetian Mansion With Cottage, Terrac



Updated: 12-Nov-2016
Mansion and Cottage in Vasilikades near Fiscardo and Assos on Kefalonia, Ionian Islands - Greek Village Location Near The Sea With Stunning Mountain/Rural Views, 10 Mins Drive To The Beach

'Amigdalospito' (Almond House) has been lovingly restored keeping many of the original features such as the old wine press and threshing circle and comes highly recommended. On the threshing circle we have 2 comfy sofas and chairs for enjoying the shade of the Umbrella pine tree in the day and for those sundowners in an evening! To the front of the house we have tables and chairs for breakfast in the shade with an umbrella for during the day. To the side of the house we have a round bench style seating for up to 8 people. The side entrance has a porch with bench seat. Inside above the wine press we have built a fully fitted galley kitchen. The rest of the ground floor is an 80 sq mtr dining and lounge area. Spacious and furnished with a combination of antique and modern fixtures and fittings and very well equipped throughout to a high standard to provide luxury accommodation for up to 9 people. Set on the hillside in the old village of Vasilikades, near the sea with views to Ithaca and the Lixouri Peninsula. A perfect retreat for a family or group holiday, rural with all the local amenities. There are 4 bedrooms in the main house all with en-suite facilities and 3 bedrooms have a balcony with table and chairs and mountain or partial sea views. The 4th bedroom is at ground level to the rear of the house and has a table and chairs outside.The adjacent cottage is open plan with a fully fitted kitchen area, dining table and chairs, small sofa, king-size bed and shower room. Outside the cottage is a covered porch for al fresco dining with table and chairs. A terrace with 2 sun loungers and stone seating area.

Free wireless internet in the house.

Within just a 3 or 10 minutes walk are 2 tavernas, both with great home cooking and a takeout service. There is a supermarket, small corner shop and Ektos bar/cafe.

'Amigdalospito' is well situated, within 10 mins drive is the popular and colourful harbour of Fiscardo and 15 mins to the picturesque fishing village of Assos with its imposing Venetian fortress. The famous Myrtos beach is 20 mins drive away and many other beaches can be reached within a 10/15 minute drive.

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I have worked in tourism, in Greece since 1989 when I led and organized walking holidays in the white mountains of Crete.

I then worked as a "handy person" for a villa specialist and they asked me to work for them in Kefalonia as they needed someone who spoke Greek to help them to find more properties for their portfolio.

Since then I have worked for blue chip travel companies as a representative, then island manager.

During my involvement in working for these villa specialists I got an insight into the important things people require from their holiday accommodation.

Amigdalospito (Almond House) ticked all the boxes! We had been looking for the "right' place for a few years. The restoration was a vertical learning curve and was more hands on than you would ever imagine!

We renovated a small cottage adjacent to the house which we live in during the summer months. So we are close on hand for any advise or tour suggestions for our guests during their stay!

During the winter months I now pursue my love of painting which was put on hold for years whilst restoring the house. Also I visit the mainland to the little known ski areas of Kalavryta and Vytina.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

16/10/13 Sue & Richard. We've had such a lovely time in this beautiful place-it was perfect for the wedding party and as a place for Laura to be married from, it was a home from home! Thank you so much, Sue and Karen, for your hospitality- we and all the family have been made to feel very welcome and it has been just brilliant.

02/08/14 Adrian,Cathy and family. We've had a fantastic week in your lovely house in a perfect setting. It's all gone by far too fast though. Thanks for all your help and suggestions- we loved the beaches & the restaurants. Say "Hi" and thanks to Jamie for a brilliant day on the water too!

19/08/14 Vickie, David and party. Thank you Sue and Karen for looking after us so well. We have all had a fantastic time. The house and grounds are beautiful and altogether its been one of my favourite holidays. It's been lovely to meet you both and thanks for everything.

26/08/14 Gardner & Nowicki families. A fabulous place for our last family holiday before teenagers flee the nest. Love the house, the gardens, the pool and the postcard messaging system. Our best beaches were Dafnoudi and Kamilia- both with the walk down. Karen & Sue Thank you!
Mar 2006
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Glorious Greek holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a an idyllic holiday location. The house is spacious and comfortable, and was so well equipped it felt like staying in a family home. The setting is glorious, a large pool and lots of outdoor space with views across this beautiful island. Karen and Sue are exceptional hosts: they assisted us with every aspect of our holiday: from booking flights, car hire, great tips regarding lovely beaches and restaurants, to organising a brilliant boat trip which was a family highlight. They were discreet, but ready to hand with any queries we had. The house was regularly cleaned and serviced, which allowed us to relax completely. Cephalonia has so many aspects which make it an ideal destination, and our experience was hugely enhanced by by the wonderful ambiance created at Amigdalospito by Karen and Sue. Many many thanks for an outstanding holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you lovely feedback and reveiw! Here's to the next visit! Best wishes Karen and Sue
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Fabulous Holiday House

  • 5 of 5

8 of us (4 adults,4 teenage kids) stayed for 2 weeks. Fabulous holiday. Property exactly as advertised. Scrupulously clean, very well kitted out and maintained. Wonderful views and setting, very comfortable accommodation, lovely pool. Karen & Sue (the owners) were so helpful and friendly - discreetly on hand for any holiday advice - Karen organised a marine-biology day boat trip which our 16 year old daughter described as the best day of her life! They also helped us hire cars for when we arrived - a necessity for getting round the windy roads of Kefalonia. The local village restaurants are very good - and our favourite beach was Agia Jerousalem. The house is about 10 minutes drive from the port Fiskardo - very smart if a little pricey - great for cafes,wandering around in the evening. I would completely recommend this holiday house. We had a blissful 2 weeks and shall be going back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all so much for your lovely review. We shall look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

The entry on Owner's Direct does not do this property justice. Amigdalospito is a spacious and well equipped home, welcoming with its generous facilities. The living area is large and accommodating, and the kitchen is exceptionally well provided with everything that you could want. It is clear that our hosts, Karen and Sue, have brought real passion to this place, which is reflected in the thoughtful arrangements, from the honesty bar to the sun hats. The outside space is ideally arranged, with plenty of seating in different places for a quiet sit down with a glass of wine. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all so much for taking the time to do such a lovely review. Have taken some new photographs which we hope improves our visual entry on the site! We are glad you enjoyed Amigdalospito and hope you visit us again.
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Sunrise over Ithaca

  • 5 of 5

We booked this beautiful property for 3 generations of our family who were in Kefalonia for the marriage of one of our 4 daughters to a Kefalonian on 5 October, and it was perfect! We particularly wanted a property that we could make into a home for our daughter to be married from, and one where we could entertain all the family and friends who had come to join the celebrations. We had planned a party in the lovely outside space at Amigdalospito the day after the wedding, but it poured with rain and so we were lucky that 60 odd people could fit into the large living area for a great party!

We were welcomed into their home with open arms by Sue and Karen for whom nothing was too much trouble, including custody of the wedding dress prior to the day! The whole experience was everything we hoped it would be. We are a family of cooks and the kitchen was far better equipped than any other holiday home we have ever stayed in.

We liked eating at Makis in the village; the second restaurant on the left in Antipati on the way to Fiscardo; swimming, Margaritas and watching the sunset at Alaties; but, of course, our favourite place is Odysseus Taverna at Agia Jerusalim.

We have been to Kefalonia several times and still find new places to explore. We would have no hesitation in recommending Amigdalospito as a great place to stay and hope to stay again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

An absolutely wonderful property that housed our family party in total luxury. The house and associated cottage were extremely well appointed, the swimming pool magnificent and above all the owners, Sue and Karen, were welcoming and helpful beyond the call of duty.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We found and bought the 150 year old house and outbuildings, in 1998. It took six years to lovingly restore and transform it into a comfortable home and perfect holiday accommodation. Karen and I have worked together for many years in Greece and wanted to live in an authentic Greek village, not a tourist place which closes down in winter. There are beautiful rural views with a great sense of space as it is on a hill at the edge of the village. Despite the dilapidated state it was in when we first went to see it, it had a lovely feel. It is only a few minutes walk to two shops, a cafe bar and a couple of tavernas which stay open all year. The property is situated on a hill above the rest of the village and has a lovely cool breeze in the grounds even during high summer. Our favourite beaches and seaside resorts are all within a short drive and many beaches are within a 10 minute drive from the house. All of this mixed with the culture and climate I couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We are keen walkers and used to do our own walking weeks during the season. If you would like to bring a group of your own to walk or study a particular subject, please contact us as we may be able to help facilitate your needs. The grounds and gardens are an ideal place for reading, painting, drawing, sketching and meditating. Or simply doing nothing!


Beaches within 10 minutes drive are Agia Jerousalim, Alaties, Assos, Dafnoudi, Foki (south of Fiscardo), Emblissi (NE of Fiscardo). 20 minutes drive is the famous Myrtos beach which is especially stunning when viewed from the northern cliffs above. Our nearest favourite local beaches at Agia Jerousalim (fantastic for snorkelling and a great taverna) and Assos village with safe beach for families, waterside tavernas and bars with sun loungers and umbrellas for rent.


The airport is known as Kefalinia airport (EFL). It is just over an hours drive from Amigdalospito. The port of Sami is (30mins drive) and has ferries to Ithaca, Patras and Astakos. Fiscardo is a 10 minute drive and also has ferry links with Lefkas and Ithaca. Car hire is recommended but not essential. There is some lovely walking locally and taxis are relatively inexpensive, buses are infrequent throughout the island.


Fiscardo is 8 kms, Assos 10kms, Agia Efimia is 21 kms, Sami 30 kms with the famous Drogarati Cave and Melisani Lake nearby. Argostol the capital, 46 kms with waterfont market, shops, tavernas and bars. The Archeological Museum and Korgialenio Historical and Folklore Museum are well worth a visit.

Further Details:

Fiscardo, a one time quiet fishing village, is now a popular and colourful port. Lined with shops, cafes and tavernas, an ideal spot to watch the yachts come in as well as a visit to the various shops and supermarkets. There is as a bank, various cash points, a new post office and scooter/car/boat hire.

Just outside Fiscardo is a track down to Kaminia beach. It is possible to walk along a path to Emblissi beach from here.

Antipata, the village just before Fiscardo has cafe 'Picnic' which serves great snacks throughout the day and picnic hampers on request. Just next door is a small mini-market. Opposite is To Petrino Taverna serving traditional meals all day.There is also a small tourist shop selling beach items and clothing, jewellery etc. Dafnoudi beach is reached by road from the junction. The nearest village on the main road to Fiscardo is Manganos, it has a taverna, mini market and vegetable shop which also sells local wine and fresh bread. Assos has a small mini market, shop and vegetable market. There is a walk up to the castle for stunning views. Agia Efimia has a few supermarkets, bank, cashpoints and post office. Agia Efimia and Fiscardo both have small boat hire. There are diving schools in Fiscardo and Agia Efimia. Our local beach of Agia Jerousalim has a shady taverna with great home cooked food. The beach has sun loungers and umbrellas for hire by the day. Alaties 'The Salts', (where sea salt is collected in the rock pools) sitting at Aqua (A place for dreamers) is a great place to watch the sun go down and enjoy a cocktail and mezes with great music. Mesovounia is the village our house looks over and is about a fifteen minute walk and has a traditional Coffee shop "Sinantisis" which serves home made traditional sweets, local wine, beer and appetizers. This has turned into a favourite walk by many of our guests! Vasilikades or Enosis as it is known locally on the main road is a 3 minute walk from the house and has 2 tavernas, the traditional long established 'O Makis' and Veggera with beautiful sea and sunset views from the terrace, both with great Greek home cooking at its best! Also there is a cafe/coffee shop, supermarket and corner shop for all your holiday needs.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
NEW FOR 2016 The house and cottage can be booked separately in low and mid-season. We ask for 25% deposit at time of booking. Deposit refunded only in certain circumstances. Balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival date. The price on the availability calendar is for 6 people with an additional £100 per person a week up to 9 people. SPECIAL OFFER 19/6-9/7 and 4/9-17/9 £1500 MAIN HOUSE ONLY for up to seven people. Pool shared with the cottage. Contact us for details.

Changeover Day:
The current changeover days are flexible,Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday and Sundays depending on flight availability and bookings. We have a departure time of 10.30 am and arrival of 4 pm unless an alternative is arranged in advance.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for renting the whole place as private villa in Sterling for 6 people. For over 6 and up to 9 people add £100 per extra person per week. In low/mid season we offer special rates for under 6 people in the main house and cottage only deals for two people with shared pool. SPECIAL OFFER 1st-8th July £1500 per week for up to 6 people in the house only with shared pool.
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From the Owner

The place had ' A wonderful feeling ' even as a ruin so we could not resist the challenge of a complete renovation. In a rural location without being remote, suited us as we were thinking of our later years! The house is one of very few old Venetian style village mansions left standing on the island after the 1952 earthquakes. It later fell down due to neglect after many people left the island to find a new life elsewhere. We were lucky enough to meet the owner through a friend when she was wanting to sell it. Chrysanthi had been born in the house and returned to the island in the 1970's and restored her mother's house on the main road and could not afford to restore both houses. So for us the house was steeped in history and we wanted to restore and breathe new life into it. We have never regretted it along with our many guests who continue to benefit from the wonderful location.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 89 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower rooms with toilet and wash basin to all 5 bedrooms.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed, 5th bed in adjacent cottage
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, This can also be a superking bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, King size bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, This is a fitted double bed accessible from one side
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and side balcony, Bedroom 2 with small fitted double bed, Bedroom 3 with King size bed and side balcony and Bedroom 4 with twin beds and front balcony. Bedroom 5 is in the open plan cottage with lounge/dining/king size bedroom areas and fully fitted kitchen, shower room and outside covered patio.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The whole of the ground floor has been transformed to create the comfortable and spacious main living area of the house. It was once was an earth room, housing the village wine press. Now it is stone tiled and open plan to include the long galley style raised kitchen area, built above the old wine press. There is a large dining area with a patio doors leading to the front terrace. This a lovely area for a group or family to enjoy. The large stone fireplace is built into the bedrock and when filled with logs in Winter warms the whole room. All the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and are large and airy. With proper use of the shutters the rooms are cool in summer months as the stone walls are thick. The house has full central heating too and can be booked over the winter period for Christmas or during the Spring for Easter breaks. A welcome pack includes tea, coffee, bread, milk, butter and preserves on arrival. The pool is cleaned thrice weekly. Outside: The house is surrounded by walled beautiful mature gardens, with umbrella pines, almond and olive trees and native plants, oleander, herbs and lavender bushes. The large front patio has wrought iron seating, tables and an umbrella for outside dining for 10 people. There is a side terrace with circular wooden table, umbrella and seats up to 8 people. On the Aloni (threshing circle) there are two sofas and table for sitting in the shade of the Umbrella pine reading a good book in the morning or for watching the sunset whilst drinking a sun downer! The large pool terrace has Steamer style wooden chairs, sun loungers and a selection of chairs and tables for sitting round and enjoying the pool. The terrace and gardens have been cleverly landscaped to provide separate areas to sit and relax. The 34 sq metre pool has steps for easy entry, suitable for young and elderly alike. The old foot path leads from the garden gate down through the lavender, fig, almond and olive trees to the village. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and cotton summer duvets are provided. The maid service is twice weekly with a mid week light clean and fresh towels. Bedding is changed weekly. Pool towels are also provided. We kindly ask that you do not take them to the beach.

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