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Sleeps 2. Spacious 1 bedroom room with twin beds, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning.
Formerly part of a farm building that housed the field hands that would come to bring in the harvest, this room has been converted into a spacious guestroom. The furniture is a graceful blend of antique and modern. The bedding is of the highest standards to ensure a good night's sleep, and both feather and foam pillows are provided. There is a large cupboard to hang your clothes and a spacious desk sits under the window.
At the Gentilini Retreat we want you to de-stress and enjoy a different kind of holiday. Sit on your private patio, glass of chilled Gentilini wine in hand and look up at the dazzling display of stars on those long, balmy nights of summer. Breathe in the scents of rosemary, lavender and fig. Stroll around the farm estate with its century old olive trees which now produce an exquisite organic extra-virgin olive oil, or indulge in a hobby such as drawing, painting or photography. Gather succulent figs from the farm's sprawling trees. Enjoy a delicious complementary breakfast, made up of local produce, thyme honey from the estate's bees, eggs from our hens, and fruit freshly picked from the trees in the orchard. Then take a dip in the cooling waters of our large pool. As a guest of the Retreat you also have privileged access to the world-acclaimed Gentilini Winery and a private tour of the historical Gentilini Mansion that has been restored to reflect the grandeur of the past and is not open to the general public. The central location of the Retreat also makes it perfect for exploring everything this wonderfully diverse island has to offer.
Hi, I am Eleni, your host. I studied in the UK so my English is excellent. I will do all I can to make your holiday a memorable one on Kefalonia and at the Gentilini Retreat. I live year-round on the Estate, so I can assist you whenever necessary. I look forward to meeting you!
Eleni Cosmetatos purchased this guest house in 1949
The Gentilini Estate, which is called Prassato, has been in the Gentilini family since the 1770's, a dowry brought to Demetrio Gentilini by his young bride. The monumental size of some of the olive trees bear witness to continuous cultivation since antiquity. The owner would take up residence in the original two-storey house during harvest time, to ensure that his part of the produce would be paid in, the land being farmed on a share-cropping basis. The buildings on the estate have now been converted to host guests in the summer months, while the rest of the estate is farmed organically to produce a boutique extra-virgin olive oil.
The Estate is a magical place. Everyone who comes tells me that they really feel as though they have the place to themselves and can really unwind. You cannot help but relax here. However, it is also so perfectly located close to all the main roads of the island that everything is within easy reach, whatever the mood. I really feel as though the Retreat is truly unique on the island. Something completely different.
The Gentilini Retreat provides an authentic space for real change. I think its uniqueness results from a blend of traditional Greek values with the comforts of quality accommodation.
The Retreat is positioned in a valley surrounded on all sides by gentle hills. Whilst the location is discrete and secluded, amenities are not far away. There is a welcoming restaurant within five minutes drive and a supermarket that will serve your daily needs is ten minutes away.
Eleni, the owner, sets very high standards. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have an ensuite bathroom, tiled floors, a refrigerator and air conditioning. Accommodation comes with a private patio with outdoor furniture.
A substantial breakfast is provided which includes fresh fruit grown on the island, locally produced honey and jam, eggs laid by the hens and refreshing homemade lemonade.
The swimming pool is set amongst twenty acres of olive trees. Owing to the small number of guest rooms the pool feels private and tranquil; some days you may find you have the pool entirely to yourself.
Spend your days enjoying the sunshine, reading by the pool, listening to the gentle murmur of the trees, smelling the perfume of the flowers, and wandering the circular walk around the Retreat. From the Retreat you can easily explore the island and discover nearby beaches. Argostoli, the island’s largest town, is just fifteen minutes away.
The Retreat is about twenty minutes from the airport; you will need to hire a car and Eleni will meet you at the airport to help with your arrival. The trees at the Retreat bear fruit that are pressed annually into Gentilini olive oil; a bottle of which you can take home with you, along with memories of a relaxing holiday.