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Villas near Xi Beach, Peaceful Area, Wifi, Private Pools, Air-Con, Amazing Views - Villa Varkoula (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4) with private swimming pool

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

Description

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


About the property

GR1185

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.


Property Manager
Frances Findlay
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Greek
Calendar last updated:
2 November, 2017

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 Paliki

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.

Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Kefalonia International airport (EFL)
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Mini Market Matzavinata
Nearest Ferry
4.7 Kilometres
Lixouri
Nearest Beach
1.9 Kilometres
Xi beach
Car: recommended

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.

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Further Details:

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.

Available Rentals

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Notes

Booking Notes:
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).

Changeover Day:
No specific change over days, flexible. Entrance to the villa is accepted after 2pm and departure must be by 10.00am (unless otherwise agreed).


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Villa Varkoula (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4) with private swimming poolin Paliki in Cephalonia

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • There is a sofa bed in the living area for extra guests
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
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

Reviews

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average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews
5

Wonderful villa in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful fortnight at Villa Varkoula. The villa is lovely, spacious and clean. Relatively large, very clean swimming pool, which gets the sun all day (but with shade around for sitting under), although we spent most of our days out and about. The location is also wonderful (although a car is essential). For those who like busy beaches with activity, there is a Xi beach (which we avoided!), but there also a selection of much quieter beaches, both sandy and rocky (better for snorkelling) nearby. Lixouri is very close and has a lovely selection of tavernas and a few shops, but not as hectic as most popular resorts. For us it was heaven. A relaxing break, with great snorkelling, delicious food, a few trips further afield to see some sights and the warmth of the Greeks. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really lovely

  • 5 of 5

Property is well appointed, in a beautiful location and is private and quiet. Frances was available on the phone for the minor queries we had, and she sounded more than happy to be contacted which makes you feel less of a pain in the bum if you do need to ask anything. You do need to have a car to get to even the nearest beach at Xi though - although it is only a 5-10 minute drive away. Xi is lovely, don't be put off by the dark sand it is still a great beach with a choice of bars and restaurants to hand. Loads of other stunning beaches nearby as well. We had 2 x 14 year olds with us, they would have been a little bored if it hadn't been for wifi as its not close enough to anything for them to wander off and explore by themselves. Wifi is reliable though. Lixouri is lovely, the driving is easy most of the time although evenings can be chaotic and Greek drivers are more 'relaxed' than we are - adds to the excitement though. Kefalonia is wonderful, pretty unspoilt by tourism and very few Brits around which pleased us - mostly Italian and Greek tourists as far as we could tell. You can drive most of the island within a week if you want to, it is small enough to get a really good sense of the layout. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great stay at Villa Varkoula

  • 5 of 5

The villa was comfortable and well equipped but above all, was spotlessly clean. Amazing view of the mountains to the East from the patio beside the crystal clear pool. Owners were lovely and very helpful. Lovely cool bedroom with a/c and the bathrooms were well equipped with large shower, plenty of space and lots of hot water.The villa was easy to find and a good base for getting out and about to explore the island.

We stayed in early June when the island was just waking up which was ideal for us. Everywhere we visited was quiet and easy to park. Xi beach was not our cup of tea but Petani beach is an absolute must. Despite the main road tom the north of the island being closed, Fiscard and Assos are both well worth the drive.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Kefalonian Bolt Hole

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Very Good

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice Villa with lovely view

  • 4 of 5

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.

Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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