Our extended family of 13 was looking for a large, secluded vacation home on Kefalonia, that would serve as our base to explore the Island yet could keep us occupied when we stayed at home. Skinos Ilivatos eco villa fulfilled these needs and much more.
Katerina (Kat) was extremely responsive and helpful before we ever arrived. Whenever I had a question about the sleeping arrangements, car rental or anything else, Kat had an answer or recommendation within 24 hrs without fail. This took away any stress and we knew we had a ride waiting for us wating (Kat and George picked us up at the airport on arrival), rental cars scheduled and a well stocked fridge waiting for us when we arrived.
The villa itself surpassed our expectations. The huge infinity pool was a huge hit and was definitely needed during one of the hottest spells of the summer. As avid cooks, the kitchen facilities, utensils etc. offered anything and everything needed to cook up a feast for a large family (which we did a few times). A great BBQ pit was also available, and it was utilized twice, the second time being when George brought his friend in to cook up a mountain of juicy steaks as an unexpected treat from himself & Kat. The spacious rooms had great views, particluarly the master suite on the top floor which had a huge surround patio. The professional quality gym and equipment was a huge hit with the teenagers, as was the rec room. There were plenty of games on hands to occupy the family in the evenings, several TV's and a music/speaker system perfect to play music on the pool patio as we relaxed.
The location was exactly what we were looking for. The villa is definitely off the beaten track and is accessed by bumpy old sheep trails, however the privacy and exclusivity that this affords is well worth the 10 minute drive to civilzation. That said, we were close enough to the supermarket which was quite large and stocked with everything needed to feed a large family. Plenty of fresh bread and produce all locally grown. Also, depsite its remoteness, the villa was situated right between 2 awesome beaches (not touristy at all) Lakadakia and Vatsa which made for great short trips for snorkeling and kayaking (Kat and George even loaded their kayaks and drove them to the beach ahead of us). On another morning, Kat showed the kids a great private cliff jumping location which was a hit. We were also only 15 minutes from Lixori a very quaint town with great Tavernas, bars and shopping. We spent a couple of evening mingling with the tourists and locals alike and had a great restaurant reservation from Kat. Kat & George know everyone, so several restaurants and stores offered us a discount!
We had planned to spend 2 or 3 days on road trips exploring. One day we did do this and it was well worth it. We started at Myrtos beach, then proceeded to the villages of Asos and Fiskardo. This provided a great combination of beaches (Myrtos is one of the best beached in Greece), quaint villages and shopping. Both Asos where we stopped for lunch and Fiskardo were extremely beautiful, scenic places. The drive itself was an adventure dodging mountain goats on the cliff roads and seeing amazing views of the island. As I said, we had planned on more trips, but a combination of the gem beaches and the amazing villas persuaded us to stay close to home. On the days we did not cook at home, Captain Nikolas fish restaurant(one of the most famous restaurants on the island) was amazing and the local family tavern at Lakadakia was an unvelievable experience. When questioned about a vegetable not on the menu, the restaurant owner went into her garden picked the vegetable and proceed to serve it to us just a few minutes later.
Of course being in Greece, if you have the opportunity to take a boat trip, you must do so. Kat recommended a wonderful boat that we rented for just our family. This was probably everyone's favorite day. We visited a couple of very secluded beaches accessed only by boat and swam alone in the clear turquoise water. As we sailed, there was plenty of shelter for those wanting to read a book or take in the scenery, although most of us took advantage of the sun beds on deck!
Finally, I would like to thank Kat and George. As a regular traveler and participant of home rental properties, I was skeptical about how the owners would work out. We have all heard horror stories of owners who you cannot get rid of or constanly hang around the house. This was not the case. George said right at the beginning that they would be here for us as much or as little as we liked and emphasized that they were available to us at anytime. Kat and I communicated regularly by text for such things as restaurant reservations, boat rentals, directions to the store, bank, restaurant etc. When we needed her in person she was there. One night she kindly led us to the fish restaurant 10 minutes down windy trails. Another night we ran out of salad and when I mentioned this, within 10 minutes she had run over to her mom's house and come back with a big bowl of salad for us! Kat and George were the perfect hosts and you can tell that they take the rental of their home as a serious business for which they are completely dedicated to.
Without hesitation I would recommend this home for any family (small or large) looking for privacy yet within striking distance of some of the best beaches and restaurants on the Island. If you are looking for a crowded tourist resort, this is not the place for you; but if you really want to experience Greece from the eyes of a local yet taking in all of the attractions and locations that bring the tourists to Kefalonia, then Skinos eco villa is that place! I hope we will be able to visit Kat and George again some day. Personally I prefer not to interact with homeowners when on private family vacations, but for once I really enjoyed spending time with George and Kat and invited them to visit us anytime, if they ever come to Colorado.
Our week at Skinos eco villa was one of the best family vacations we have enjoyed and will without question remain in our family's hearts. Memories to cherish!
Ευχαριστώ πολύ Thank you very much Kat and George.
Well, for me, words are not enough to express my experience here. I had the best time of my life and it was worth every cent i spent.
From the moment we booked the villa, Katerina, who is such a great person, took care of our needs.
The villa has literally EVERYTHING you need, even a beach in the back where you can go swimming and do snorkeling
The pool is amazing, that infinity look is priceless. Also, the lights are lit in the evening.
If you are a cat lover, you have to meet Lucretia, she's adorable and very talkative and also they have a farm with horses, goats, sheep and of course, dogs. They are very friendly and playful. You must visit them too!
You can go cycling on the island with villa's bikes, also you can do canoeing.
The silence here is amazing, really good for relaxation, no one who can disturb your peace.
Katerina and George were amazing with us, they took care of every our need with pleasure. Great people, we surely have made two friends in Kefalonia. Also, guys you need to come to Romania!
In conclusion, you have to go there to convince yourself that i am right about everything i said :)
Katerina and George, thank you for EVERYTHING, you are amazing people and i am so glad that i had the chance to meet you, i surely will come back!!!
Thank you for everything Katerina and George! You are so amazing!
This was by far our best holiday. The house was amazing with everything we need. It was big, with large and clean rooms, and a fully equiped kitchen. The pool was excellent and beautiful by night when it was enlightened. We hadn't time to get bored. The villa was giving us the opportunity to have extra fun by playing billiards, ping pong, riding bikes, see the animals.
The hosts were very kind, they helped us with everything we need, even if it was about food, drinks or places to go. They provided us fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, meat for barbeque, a huge variety of cheese. They have also recommended to us a boat trip and it was a great experience, with some nice people.
We don't have enough words to express how amazing we felt this week. We never thought that we will find so much generosity from your side and we appreciate it a lot.
We will definetely recommend to others to come here. And also, we want and hope to come back here again ♥️
So this was the perfect vacation for 12 individuals. The villa has everything you need and more. The bedrooms have great beds, the kitchen is fully equipped, you have caiacs to go on the sea through the private beach which is 100meters away, bicycicles to go discover the scenery and the infinity pool which is awesome.
Did I mention there is no one around and you cannot disturb anyone? A farm nextdoor with horses? Brace yourself, as things are going to be only better, because the hosts are wonderfull people and they will assist you with anything you need during your stay.
Guys, keep up the good work and see you soon!!!
Even though the trip to the villa is quite long, when you arrive here, you are just astounded by the view, the genius design of the villa and the way wind blows wherever you are on the property.
Gorgeous settlement with a lot of plants gives it the best place to just chill and recharge your batteries.
The pool, the pool is just amazing both during the day and night. During the night there are changing lights inside and the whole set-up just absorbs you and makes the perfect place for stargazing.
George and Katerina are simply the best hosts ever. They are very kind, beautiful people and they helped us with everything we needed, making this experience even more awesome.
Many thanks guys, for sure it will not be long until we will come back!