Marina

Southern Kefalonia

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room (Sat TV, DVD, WiFi) with doors to pool terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Shower room. Open tread wooden staircase to..
  • Mezzanine:  Double bed. Freestanding bath tub.
  • Outside:  Sun terrace. In built barbecue. Shaded seating/dining terrace. Private chapel. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4.5m) with Roman steps.
  • Private shallow pool (6m x 2m) incorporating two solid sun beds.

It really is an absolute delight to include this charming, romantic retreat in our Kefalonia portfolio. Recently built to a notably high standard and imaginatively designed both inside and out, every aspect of this well-appointed, enviably located hideaway encourages effortless relaxation. A wonderful choice for anyone seeking to rest, refresh and ‘recharge’ (honeymooners, in particular, should look no further!) summer escapes to the sunshine do not come more appealing than at Marina.

There is an impressive amount of space to enjoy; starting outside, surrounded by lawn and shady mature trees, not one but two, private pools vie for attention.

Artistically landscaped around an ancient olive tree, the principal pool has wide Roman steps across the width of one end with a curtained gazebo shading a comfortable seating/dining terrace at the other.

Long, shallow and instantly eye-catching, pool number two has a pair of solid, low-level sunbeds built into one side and extending directly into the water. Quirky... and, of course, cooling!

Other external highlights include sea views from the terraces across to neighbouring Zante (Zakynthos) and even a small private chapel nestling in the shade of two, 100 year old eucalyptus trees.

Equally welcoming, the air-conditioned, open-plan interior is furnished with care and decorated in soft, soothing pastel shades. Attractive, slate-grey coloured flooring, substantive roof beams, and an expansive mezzanine/bedroom with free-standing bathtub keep things easy on the eye and further evidence the owner’s deft, creative touch.

Just 2km away, the sleepy village of Spartia is home to a couple of local tavernas, a bakery and a minimarket for everyday essentials. A simple taverna also sits alongside South-facing Spartia Beach (2.5km) which is backed by limestone cliffs and fringed by good walking country – particularly towards the ruins of St George Castle. With good shopping, daily markets of seafood, meat and fresh local produce plus a choice of waterside restaurants, the interesting island capital, Argostoli, is only 12km.

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Great Things to Do Near Marina

Saddle up and explore

There is an excellent established riding school located in the village of Zervata, 4km south of Sami. A truly wonderful experience, their experienced team offer everything from 1-5 hours trips, to camping overnight with barbecue and campfire. For horse riding enthusiasts, this has to be high up on your list of things to do

Visit Ithaca for a day, home to Odysseus and Penelope of mythology

well, we would recommend that you do some swatting up before you go, as the Iiliad is littered with references to Ithaca, it was where Odysseus was trying to return to for 10 years! Much more easily, you could visit the cave of Nymphs, or why not simply relax, have a nice lunch in one of the waterfront cafes in Vathi and then drop into one of the many delightful coves for a swim or a nap.

Dragorati caves

Although they have deservedly become a serious attraction on the Island, it’s never so busy that you have to spend much time waiting to see them. We recommend that you try to arrive there either early(ish) morning or late afternoon, so as to be sure to avoid any bus party that may be visiting the caves as part of their Island tour. The Stalagmites and Stalactites are well worth the effort of driving here.

Wine lovers - rejoice!

Kefalonia has many excellent wineries, all of which are delighted to offer wine tastings. But please respect the laws, and don’t drink and drive. Why not go twice, and swap drivers? Or try the nearby Mavrata winery, the taxi drivers know the way ( and back!)

Turtle rescue fund

The Kefalonia locals are extremely proud of the fact that the 'caretta caretta' turtles continue to use these unspoilt beaches in the south of the island to nest their eggs. As one would hope and expect, these beaches are protected and supervised to ensure that the eggs are not disturbed by the invasion of sun umbrellas and beach barbecues that can often be found on such stunningly beautiful beaches. Mounda Beach itself is the nearest beach to the villa, unspoilt, beautiful and fascinating.

The king of the castle!

St Georges Castle is the historic capital of Kefalonia. A great place to wander and explore. There are many alleyways, along with a wonderful old church and monastery with ancient icons on display. Afterwards, why not stop for a coffee or lunch there.

Snakes alive! 15th August celebrates bizarre religious ceremony

On the biggest festival day of the year in Greece, the festival of Saint Maria, the most bizarre goings on take place in a village called Markopoulo. The story goes that Nuns once begged the Virgin Mary to turn them into snakes during a pirate raid, and ever since, snakes are brought out to slither around the icons of the church in Markopoulo on this day, and many people consider this festival as a good luck festival and by touching or kissing the snakes, you are going to have a lucky year

The hills are alive ....

Yes, you can drive all the way to the top of Mount Aenos- save your energy for taking photographs and taking in the panoramic views. You may even spot the elusive and extremely endangered wild ponies.

Nearby neighbour- island hop to Zakynthos

Another island, not so far away from Kefalonia, but it could be at the other end of the world, such is the contrast between these beautiful islands. Take the daily ferry over from the port of Pessada for the 90 minute crossing to Skinari, in the north of Zakynthos, and from there you could take another boat trip to the amazing ship-wreck beach, or go for a sightseeing tour before catching the evening ferry back.

Pie in the sky?

The Greeks love their pies, and the Kefalonians have taken it one step further in producing this nourishing dish. Everyone has their own secret recipe, so we are unable to tell you exactly whats in it, but it is flaky filo pastry stuffed with minced pork meat & rice along with the secret recipe of spices and sauce. It is delicious -and will have you walking on air...

Zax - a - ro- pla - stio ( pastry shop in other words!)

Visit any Zaxaroplastio for a sweet pastry! This complicated word denotes popular pastry shops that have a large array of tiny, sticky, confections, using filo pastry, nuts, honey, figs and raisins, some cakes ooze chocolate - – naughty but nice….

A gently shelving beach means parents can relax and watch the toddlers play!

Kaminia beach is a welcome relaxing beach, where the youngsters are free to paddle thanks to the gently shelving beach, and parents can sit back and watch the children enjoying themselves without any worries, just building the odd sandcastle or two!

Olives, ouzo and octopus - try them all?!

Treat yourself to a typical Meze – a series of tiny dishes that accompany the aniseed based liquor, you can try an Ouzerie, that is similar to a Spanish Tapas bar – a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Love thy neighbour - why not explore Lefkas - the island next door?

Lefkatha means white and the islands' name of Lefkas reflects the towering white cliffs and beaches on the Western shores of this green and unspoilt island. Sailing from Fiscardo to Vassiliki, plenty of windsurfers consider this bay serious windsurfing territory. Apart from watching the colourful sails as they strut their stuff, exploring the rest of the island is a delight. Sivota, Nidri, Geni and Lefkas Town offer a wonderful variety of beaches, villages and towns to explore

Nearby

Towns

Argostoli 20 mins

Beaches

Spartia Beach 5 mins
Agios Thomas 15 mins
Lourdas Beach 20 mins
Makris Yialos 20 mins
Avithos Beach 20 mins
Mounda beach 40 mins

Airports

Kefalonia 30 mins
Times are approximate

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