Master double bedroom (can be made up as a twin) with en suite bathroom and doors opening onto a balcony
3 further bedrooms with en suite bathrooms – each room can be made up as doubles or twins
Large, open plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room
Outside terracing with tables and chairs
Swimming pool (saltwater) 12m
Umbrellas by pool
Chrome ceiling fans
Mosquito nets on the windows
Polished concrete floors throughout
Korres products in bathrooms
Rain head showers
Maid service twice a week
House manager lives locally
Local food delivery available
Local shopping service available
All payable locally
It is possible to arrange spa treatments locally
The house is in the beautiful north of Ithaca
Stravros is 2.5km
Frikes is 1km, a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive
South of the island is 45 minutes by car, or 20 minutes by boat
1. Fly to the island of Kefalonia which is very close to Ithaca. From the airport take a taxi to the port of Sami (30 minutes drive). There are public ferries to Pisaeto in Ithaca twice a day or a sea taxi which will take you to Frikes in Ithaca in 30 minutes.
You can connect to Kefalonia airport via Athens.
2. Fly to Preveza on mainland Greece. From the airport take a taxi to Astakos (1 hr drive). There is a public ferry to Vathy which goes once a day.
We can help with all transfers from airport to Ithaca.
A hire car is recommended.
It is possible to walk into nearby Frikes in just 20 minutes where there are restaurants and bars. Great for teenagers.
There are some fabulous beaches on Ithaca just a 10 minute drive from the villa. Polis beach near Stavros is an 8 minute drive.
You can easily drive to the picture postcard port of Kioni where there is a choice of tavernas, bars and a few gift shops, there is a good supermarket there too. Boats can be hired in both Kioni and Frikes.
Head further south to the capital, Vathy, (45 minute drive – windy roads – but quicker by boat) – here there is a bigger selection of places to eat and bars, enjoy the wide choice of shops too. Vathy has one big supermarket.
Ithaca is steeped in history – come home with some better knowledge of Odysseus as there are lots of museums devoted to the man. There are some ancient churches and good museums near the house too.
There is some great walking in the hills and cycling if you are feeling energetic. Ithaca is one of the smallest islands in the Ionian and not all the bays are accessible by car or on foot. It is so much fun to rent a small boat and visit some of the more remote beaches.
Drop anchor in one of them and snorkel for an hour before finding a seaside taverna for lunch. What could be more heavenly…
We have been to see this house twice – and we love it more and more. This is a beautifully restored stone house with artful interiors set in stunning countryside in the north of the tiny island of Ithaca. The restoration has been painstakingly careful and very sympathetically done.
There are still signs of the old olive press in the garden which has some glorious trees – the barbecue nestles in the shade of an almond tree near the pool. Views from the pool are of the glorious hillside – enjoy the sight of cypress, olive and almond trees wending their way through the valley.
The house is L shaped – one wing is double height and houses the open plan living areas of kitchen, dining and sitting rooms. Interior walls have been left exposed or are finished in very stylish polished concrete in contemporary shades of grey.
The other side of the L is where the bedrooms are found – beds have egyptian cotton sheets, towels are fluffy and there are delicious Korres products in the big shower rooms which have pebble floors.
The kitchen looks like something out of a magazine – industrial chic with shiny equipment, exposed stone walls and polished concrete surfaces. Dining table chairs have an Eames feeling about them, this is a great house for entertaining as both inside and outside areas have been beautifully thought out.
The furnishings are simple and contemporary – an old wooden crate has been lovingly restored as a coffee table, groovy pendant lamps hang by one of the beds in the place of bedside lamps. Others have polished concrete walls on one side and exposed stone work on the other. The owners have cleverly married the traditional with the new, without losing the buildings’ charm.
Enjoy a sundowner by the pool after a long day on the beach. This is a fabulous house from which to base yourself on one of our favourite Ionian islands.
We have guests who return to this house every summer.