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Stylish B&B Villa Holiday with sumptuous breakfasts! Airport Welcome, local tour

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Bed and Breakfast at The Garden House, Lourdata, Kefalonia, Greek Islands - Large Pool, Peaceful Gardens, Spectacular Sea & Mountain Views. Delicious al fresco breakfasts.

* Award winning B&B

* Airport collection included

* Peaceful, private pool

* Local accommodation arranged for extra nights

Come and let us spoil you in the comfort of our tranquil, spacious & modern home & meet our affectionate Cocker Spaniel, Mia. Each bedroom (two with king-size beds & one with twin beds) has its own south-facing balcony with breathtaking views over the sea. The prices quoted are the room rate (assuming two people sharing). We are equipped for up to six guests & offer high quality, tasteful accommodation. Full air-conditioning and central heating. Each morning you will be served a variety of breakfasts on the large, shaded balcony. From here you can see miles of the Livathos coastline, the sweep of Lourdas Bay and the island of Zakinthos. You can then spend the day by the pool, laze on one of the local beaches or explore this beautiful island before watching the spectacular Ionian sunset from your bedroom balcony. The Garden House is peacefully situated on the lower slopes of Mt Ainos - a protected National Park. Wild orchids flower in the spring, in the autumn crocuses and cyclamen bloom. Wild horses still roam the mountain & from the balconies we have seen eagles, owls and bats!

Lee and Graham Milne
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
8 June, 2017

About Lee and Graham Milne

We are Lee & Graham, retired and passionate about all things Greek - its history, people and culture. We first discovered Kefalonia in 1999 and had been coming back regularly ever since. Then in 2011 we bought The Garden House which is situated in the area of Livathos. The scenery, views, beaches & walks are stunning. In the past we have enjoyed many B&B holidays in the UK and found the hospitality & friendliness of our hosts made them all the more special. Now we try to emulate this!

Forbes Magazine described Kefalonia as "one of the most idyllic places to live." Once you have visited the island yourself we think you will agree. Together with our Cocker Spaniel Mia we very much look forward to welcoming you to our home & to ensuring you have a very special Greek island holiday.

Why Lee and Graham Milne chose Kefalonia (Cephalonia)


*Extraoardinary sea and mountain views.

*Delicious breakfasts.

*Staying in a private family home.

What makes this house unique

*Private pool.

*Catered accommodation.

*Help and advice when needed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Amazing breakfasts, perfect hosts, we don't want to go home! Thank you for a wonderful week," Jesse, Max and Sophie.

"Thank you for a wonderful stay. The Garden House is beautiful and we have had a very relaxing and pampered holiday. Thank you Lee & Graham for being perfect hosts!" Nigel, Nikki, Victoria & Ryan.

"I found paradise! A place to relax, think, and enjoy every view. Hospitality fantastic. I will definitely return." Jan

"Perfect! Thank you Lee & Graham for your kindness. We have had a really special week." Terry & Ruth

"Well, you said you'd spoil us and you certainly have - and more! Thank you for making us so welcome in your beautiful home." Ann & Geoffrey

"A wonderful week on your beautiful island with as warm a welcome as one could wish for. Thank you for your generous hospitality. Hopefully we will return! Dave and Liz
Jul 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lourdata in Livathou

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Ensuites - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • There is room for a cot in any of the bedrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Living Room.The large open-plan sitting/dining room has an open fire, french doors onto the breakfast balcony, uninterrupted, breathtaking sea, mountain & village views. There are books, games, TV, DVD & internet access. A full size fridge is provided for guests' use. All our rooms can be booked separately or as a whole. On the availability chart the boxes denote when we have one or more rooms still available. N.B Smoking is not allowed in the house. Please email or telephone to discuss which room you prefer to have and also to check availability. We will then hold your room(s) until you have secured your flights. Outside: The large, infinity-edged swimming pool measures 9x4 metres with steps at the shallow end. Apricot, pomegranate, orange & lemon trees provide fruit for compotes and preserves for the breakfast table. Flowering shrubs include jasmine, plumbago, bougainvillea, roses & hibiscus. The garden is level with four steps to the two shaded areas at either side of the house. There are a large number of parasols, sun-loungers, tables and chairs, and barbeques for guests' use. The Garden House is in a no-through road. As there is only one other house in the drive there is no passing traffic. At night the pool, gardens and gates are floodlit. We are 20 mins drive from the bustling cosmopolitan capital, Argostoli. If you are flying to Kefalonia we will greet you at the airport & guide you back to Lourdata. Later we will show you the village with its tavernas and well stocked suprmarkets. The airport is approx. 20 minutes drive and as we are not on the flight path there is no aircraft noise!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

Stylish B&B Villa Holiday with sumptuous breakfasts! Airport Welcome, local tour
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Paradise on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit here and in every way possible just as good as our first! Thank you Graham and Lee so much for your incredible hospitality and the genuine warmth you welcome.

On a general note, the Garden House looked great in it's new paintwork and the view of the sea from the pool is stunning. Lee's breakfasts are fast becoming a thing of legend!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wonderful setting and hospitality

  • 5 of 5

we had a fantastic stay at the garden house- hosts lee and graham were amazing- so kind and caring and we had superb breakfasts which were different everyday with plenty fresh produce and homemade jams and compotes from the apricots and lemons direct from the trees in the garden.

The views were incredible from the villa and the setting is so peaceful.

our whole experience was first class and was made extra special by the warmth, care and knowledge of kephalonia that Lee and Graham provide. The standards of cleanliness were second to none too.

we would be delighted to reccommend this wonderful b&B along with the opportunity to walk mia the spaniel - a home from home experience that we will treasure in our minds for a very long time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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A wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay! I first visited Kefalonia 4 years ago, and fell in love with the island - I just wish I had discovered The Garden House before last year. Lee and Graham are the kindest, most helpful people you could meet and I think pretty Mia must be the second most lovable dog in the world (my Abbie being the first). The rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable with balconies where one can sit and look at the spectacular views. The flower-filled garden and pool are lovely. Lee's breakfasts are very delicious and varied - cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, honey and a cooked course among the choices.

There are many good restaurants in the vicinity with a taxi fare of just a few euros. The beaches nearby are also very good. We hired a car for the duration of the holiday which we felt was neccessary to really see the island. I think our two favourite days were spent taking a boat trip from Skala beach to Ithaca and to Fiskardo - both with swim and lunch stops.

I can't wait to visit again!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Amazing holiday. Amazing hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful setting. You made us feel so welcome and comfortable. The view is amazing. The island has so much to offer and explore. The children have loved every minute and you've both been instrumental in making our complete experience so wonderful. You have gone above and beyond what we expected. The breakfasts have been gorgeous and you're both so friendly and hospitable. Thank you so much from us all xxx

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Five star service, accommodation and location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family break at The Garden House can be described in one word: Superb. This was our second trip to Kefalonia, and from booking through to arrival and the duration of the stay, the service provided by Lee and Graham was second to none. They offered great advice on local amenities and things to see around the island and were always happy to help with anything that we had questions on.

The villa itself was very well equipped and maintained to a very high standard- We occupied a double and twin room as a family of three with a shared balcony between the two rooms offering stunning views across Lourdata bay. A short walk takes you to a fantastic sandy, calm beach which, despite us going in high season, was never crowded and always had sun loungers available. There were many local tavernas within walking distance too and again, Lee and Graham were happy to give recommendations which meant we always dined in quality, friendly, local establishments.

We took Lee and Graham's advice and rented a local car to view the whole island including Melissani cave and watching Sea Turtles in their native habitat in Argostoli.

We honestly cannot recommend a stay here highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

If you look up the word 'hospitality' in the dictionary then the definition should be 'Lee & Graham'. They are friendly, sociable people who own and run this superb B&B in a great location in the hills near to Lourdas Beach. The atmosphere they create very quickly makes you feel almost as though you are visiting family - a hard trick to pull off, but they do it effortlessly. Having said this, they aren't remotely intrusive and will leave you to enjoy your stay in privacy if that's what you wish. They encourage you to treat the place like home.

As you'll see on other reviews - Lee's breakfasts are becoming legendary! To add to the 'family' feel we left our beautiful Cocker Spaniel at home - only to meet Mia at the Garden House gently padding about the garden and covered in petals.

Lee & Graham have almost an encyclopaedic knowledge of the island and you'll never be short of guidance for anything you need to do (they could even recommend a good dentist when my wife had a problem whilst there).

Highly recommended and we'll visit again for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Lisa's Grill
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended


The Garden House is 15/20 minutes walk to Lourdas Beach but longer coming back as it is uphill in places!

There are many other beaches nearby all of which are where the famous logger-head turtles nest in the summer months.

Although we are not far from the beach and local tavernas we strongly recommend that you hire a car. Walking in high summer when temperatures reach 36/38C. can be exhausting. A car is also important if you want to explore the island more fully.


Getting to Kefalonia is straightforward. The airlines flying direct from the UK are Jet2.com, Easyjet, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Ryanair and Monarch. Flying time from the UK is approx. 3 hours.

Please remember we will be there to greet you at Kefalonia airport on arrival and can help you with your car hire arrangements for your holiday.

Further Details:

Your stay at The Garden House includes a sumptuous & leisurely Greek breakfast served outdoors on the shaded top-floor balcony with magnificent views of Lourdas Bay, the island of Zakinthos, our garden and pool. The house is set in peaceful, green countryside of olive groves, cypress and pine trees. Your breakfast includes yoghurt and honey, crusty bread and croissants, local eggs and preserves, fresh fruits in season, village sausages, island cheeses, juices, tea & coffee.

There are incredible places to visit in Kefalonia all within a comfortable drive. These include the Omala Valley and Saint Gerasimos's resting place at the historic monastery there, Mount Ainos and it's breathtaking walking trails, bustling Argostoli with it's fruit and vegetable markets and colourful waterfront, the port of Sami, charming Assos and cosmopolitan Fiskardo which makes for an incredible day out to the north-east coast! Everywhere there are beautiful safe swimming beaches - both sandy and pebbly - many with small tavernas, others with shady olive groves to picnic or majestic cliffs as a backdrop.

There are many places to eat out - some a short stroll from the house, others in country villages, in the main town of Argostoli or along the waterfront of harbours and ports.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lourdata, Ionian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
27 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 3
1 Aug 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 4
5 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £200 per room is requested to confirm your booking with the balance payable six weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Change-over and arrival/departure times are flexible.

Notes on prices:
The prices listed are the room rate per week (based on two people sharing).
Discounted rates are available for single occupancy of any room. Please email or telephone for details.
Airport collection, breakfasts, individual tea/coffee making facilities, linen, towels & daily cleaning are all included in the price.

A deposit of £200 per room is requested to confirm your booking with the balance payable six weeks before arrival. Prices quoted are the room rates based on two people sharing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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