Villa Varkoula (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4) with private swimming pool
Villa Varkoula is a 2 bedroom property with two en-suite bathrooms. There is a double bedroom with king size bed and one twin room. It has a fully fitted kitchen, unlimited Wifi, air-conditioning, satellite T.V. with sports channels and all patio doors and windows are fitted with fly screens. Cutlery and crockery caters for greater than the occupancy of the villa, with other electrical goods making a home from home feeling. The lounge patio door opens out onto a terrace overlooking a beautiful valley and the sea beyond. A recent addition to this area is a pergola ideal for shade from the midday sun or early evening heat. The private pool is 7mx4m, with a tiled walk-in step and there are sun-loungers for use on the tiled terrace. A wooden fence surrounds the pool and terrace area, with plants and trees around the outer edge. A BBQ is located just off to the side of the patio area. The private area on which the villa is located gives a feeling of space. We have a trampoline for the kids
Villa Karavaki and Villa Varkoula are located in one of the best areas for water sports and entertainment on Kefalonian at the red sandy beach of Xi. Here they have inflatable water trampolines and games. The area at Xi beach is a resort of it's own with a great variety of restaurants, bars and traditional taverns to choose from. The villas are ideal as they are position in a quiet area only 15/20 minutes stroll away from the Xi resort and beach. A bus service runs from the beach to Lixouri town twice daily, once in the morning, once in the midday and passes by the villas.The beach at Xi is a 3km long stretch of fine red sand and is especially safe for children or non swimmers with it's shallow water. At the far right end of Xi beach are the clay cliffs, from 20 to 30 meters high. The clay is used by the Greeks for face masks. Kounopetra (Moving Stone) is located along the coast, it is a paradoxical natural phenomenon, a rock in the sea that moves rhythmicalally. New in 2012 was the water-park at Kounopetra, with four water slides and a bar/restaurant. The water slides are just around the corner about 10 minutes drive away. The Kipouria Monastery, which houses remarkable relics and post-Byzantine icons is perched on a cliff and has stunning views of the sea and the most beautiful sunset on the island and is located around the coastline from Xi beach. For the more adventurous swimmers, Petani about 20 minutes away is great for snorkelling and on some days the waters are calm and flat, whilst on other they roll in onto the shore. The nearest town is Lixouri (about 4 km away) is a modern town with a harbour, wide tree-lined streets and beautiful squares edged with flowers. It is where you will find all the facilities of a traditional working town, such as shops, restaurants and banks. Plus for those fish lovers, you can still purchase fresh fish in the traditional way from the local fishermen along the harbour midmorning. If you enjoy dining by the harbour, Lixouri is the perfect place. Lixouri is the second important town of Kefalonia, and boasts beautiful buildings, traditional small houses surrounded by flowers, beautiful squares with quaint cafes, and impressive churches. The small passenger/car ferry which takes about 20 minutes runs regularly every hour and will take you across the harbour to the capital Argostoli. Mantzavinata (just up the lane) from the villas has a mini market and coffee bar and also boasts a traditional olive press and a winery. Vatsa (2 km away) is where can find one of the most exotic fish taverns on the island (occasionally the resident ducks may come to visit). The moon shaped sandy beach is about 200 meters long and 12m wide. Near the beach a small river flows into the sea, and it's used by fishing vessels and sport boats as a small harbour. Both villas are wheelchair friendly, with ramps and bathroom grab bars. Flat access parking is immediately adjacent to the front entrance.
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Great Kefalonian Bolt Hole
About the Owner
About Frances Findlay
We have had a business in Kefalonia for almost 20 years. We had two children and now live both in Kefalonia and the U.K.. It is a family run business, building and managing villas. We manage, clean and maintain all our villas to a very high standard.
Frances Findlay purchased this villa in 2006
Why Frances Findlay chose Kefalonia (Cephalonia)
The area is especially peaceful and uncommercial. The Paliki peninsular is the most traditional and unspoilt areas of the island of Kefalonia.
What makes this villa unique
The villas are close to the beach of Xi which is one of the few sandy beaches on Kefalonia and is ideal for children as the water is very shallow and easy for swimming. Satalite TV channels including sports and film OTE viewing.
Car hire is essential and can be arranged with a local hire car company. Entrance to the villa is accepted after 2pm and departure must be by 10.00am (unless otherwise agreed).
No specific change over days, flexible. Entrance to the villa is accepted after 2pm and departure must be by 10.00am (unless otherwise agreed).
(9 traveller reviews)
Great Kefalonian Bolt Hole
Lovely little villa situated near Xi Beach. Fabulous views of Mount Ainos. The villa is clean, light and has everything you need for a a relaxing stay on this wonderful island.
We appreciated the welcome package, and the quality of the fixtures and fittings, the swimming pool was well used and lit at night, which was a nice touch, and I have been reminded to mention that you provided towels, which saved us bringing ours, so all in all, we were very pleased with the experience, we met Louisa, and Barry, who were both very helpful.
Nice Villa with lovely view
Very well equipped villa with a perfectly sized pool. The views of the hills are just lovely. It's located very close to Xi and Vatsa beaches which are spot-on for families.
Clean, accessible by car to XI beach, gas, market and cafes.. Beautiful view...
Had a great time...nice and clean villa.. Perfect for my family.. Party of 4.. Nice pool.
Well located, clean, functional, great facilities
Villa Varkoula was really well located on the peninsula. Lots of beaches nearby, and facilities and shops in Lixouri, however the villa itself was private. The villa being a bungalow is so much better suited to holidays than the other larger ones I saw. We could just hang out inside and out, we loved it. All the utilities were clean and really functional. The pool is very well maintained. Bring a phono plug to jack into the hifi for evening discos with the kids. We had 7 days there where each day was different and unique.
Self Catering with a boutique hotel touch
This was our 3rd trip to Kefalonia, but the first time we had been to the Lixouri area. We shall return! It's stunning. Quieter and cheaper than the more commercial parts of the island (althoug that's a relative term on Kefalonia!). Beaches are lovely and it's great for snorkelling.
Villa Varkoula is in a lovely location with great views acros a valley, towards the mountains. The accommodation is spacious for 4 and has all the basics that you need. Having two en-suite bathrooms is a real bonus and they are nicely done with English style double showers, rather than the typical Greek cubicle.
Outside there is plenty of space around the pool, which is bigger than it looks in the photos and is kept really clean and is well lit at night. We arrived at 11pm and were happily swimming at midnight! The biggest problem I had was dragging my wife and sun away from the pool to go and see some sights!
You get a lovely welcome pack and Frances is easy to contact if more help is needed. Just one word of warning, watch your shins on the corners of the beds!
The Internet connection is slow, so it's ok for email and you can stream music (with occasional buffering), but don't expect too watch much video!
A car is really essential, as Varkoula is in a quiet out of town spot. However, it's only 5 minutes drive to Xi beach and 10 minutes into Lixouri.
This is a lovely villa in a great location. We make a point of never staying in the same place twice, just so that we get to see lots of places, but we are already thinking that we will make a exception in the case of Varkoula...
Thank you France's and hope to visit you again.
From the Owner
“The area is especially peaceful and uncommercial. The Paliki peninsular is the most traditional and unspoilt areas of the island of Kefalonia.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
This area is perfect for walkers and those looking to explore. The views are so dramatic, breathtaking and varied that a landscape painter would be in their element.
The beach and resort of Xi is only 1km stroll away. This is a long fine red sandy stretch of beach, with water sports and inflatable climbing games. The waters are shallow, ideal for young children and none swimmers. A variety of restaurant, taverns and mini markets are located in the area. Other beaches such as the beautiful cover of Petani are approximately 15 minutes drive away. Here you can entertain yourselves with the crashing waves and crystal waters. Petani is also great for snorkling.
The Capital Argostoli is a pleasant 20 minutes ferry ride from Lixouri town. You can take your car on the small ferry or board as a passenger only. The ferry arrives directly into the main town, walking distance from the centre, so a car is not necessary for visiting the Capital. Kefalonia airport is around 10 minutes drive away from the capital. An alternative route is around the bay which will take approximately 50 minutes.
Lixouri main town is about 5 minutes drive away. 5 minutes drive is the waterslides at Kounoptra and at Xi beach 2 minutes away there are inflatables (games in the sea for the kids and even adults - 5 euro for all day). The fabulous monastery of Kipouria built on a cliff is not far away with breathtaking views of sheer cliffs and crashing waves.
The new Water Park at Kounopetra has 4 different slides, ideal for all the family and is only 5 minutes drive from the villas. The promenade of Lixouri has a variety of tavernas offering a selection of traditional and international served by the waterfront. The pedestrian shopping mall is a bustling hive of activity during the height of the summer months.
From the Owner
“The villas are close to the beach of Xi which is one of the few sandy beaches on Kefalonia and is ideal for children as the water is very shallow and easy for swimming. Satalite TV channels including sports and film OTE viewing.”
- Away From It All
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- Hair Dryer
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- Iron & Board
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- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
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- Child's Highchair
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- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- pets considered
- near the sea
- water parks
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- pier fishing
- 45 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- There is a sofa bed in the living area for extra guests
- These villas are perfect for children with their enclosed picket fenced areas. A small convenience store is only 2 minutes stroll away and they also serve snack food such as kebabs. The beach and resort are only 15/20 minutes walk away and has a great variety of taverns and coffee bars. The waters are shallow, great for young children and non-swimmers. For others there are water-sports and games to entertain all ages. The local bus runs twice a day, morning and midday, from the beach to Lixouri town passing by the villas. The natural surroundings of the villas makes the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. The views over the valley and towards the sea beyond are ever changing and a pleasure to watch during the hot summer evenings. Guests have commented on how entertaining it is to watch the swallows dip over the pool in the evenings. The enclosed patio areas are ideal for families and each incorporates a private pool of 7m x 4m. Brick built barbeques are a perfect way to cook and enjoy the warm evenings around the pool. If you don't want to cook, grab a kebab from the local mini market/snack bar. The gardens are established and offer privacy to each villa