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Beautiful stone villa with spectacular views of countryside,sea and Kephalonia

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6 overlooking the countryside and sea

'Marias' possesses the charm of a traditional Zakynthian stone-built house but with all modern amenities. It is set in one and half acres of mountain garden with stunning views of the Ionian Sea and the island of Kephalonia. It is an ideal place for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

The main house has an open- plan living/dining/kitchen. The fully equipped kitchen & dining area has a large farmhouse table with seating for up to 8. The sitting room has 2 comfortable sofas set around a fireplace.There is a wc/shower room on this level. Upstairs are 2 double bedrooms, one with its own balcony, 1 twin bedroom and a further WC/shower room. Downstairs a covered archway leads to a large terrace perfect for al fresco dining & watching the sun set over the sea to Kephalonia. Steps lead down to a sumptuous 14metre pool with large shaded pergola with hammock and seating. A large utility room with washing machine and a garage.

A newly built Boule Court set in the garden to compliment the Table Tennis.

A walled garden to the side of the house perfect for breakfast dining.

Zakynthos town which is approx 40 mins by car is a thriving busy town (charmingly chaotic!). It combines both Greek island architecture and venetian. It has local and (a few international) shops, restaurants, banks,hospital and museum. The port for mainland Greece which is 1 hour away by large ferry is situated adjacent to the town.

The town has an outside cinema and a good nightlife.

More Details

Barbara Upchurch
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
5 August, 2018

About Barbara Upchurch

I first visited the North of this beautiful island with my family in 1998 when we came to the Peligoni Sailing Club.

We had a fantastic time and returned the following year, something we don't normally do.

The unspoilt beauty,people and atmosphere compelled me to build a house in 2000 and we have never looked back.

Why Barbara Upchurch chose Volimes

Maria's is built in traditional zakynthian style, it is charming but completely practical.

It has a wonderful feel to it, people find it hard to believe it is a relatively new build and are convinced it is renovated.

Sitting on the verandas looking down the valley to the sea and Kephalonia is amazing.

Very few villas in my opinion offer such a unique location and such tranquility yet within close proximity to the local amenities.

What makes this house unique

A stunning fully tiled 14m swimming pool which you may have to share on occaisons with swallows and other birds and a large shaded pergola parallel to it with seating and hammock.

A Boule Court and Table Tennis.

Spacious grounds with different private seating areas.

Not far from the village and other places but sits quietly in one and a half acres.

Peace and quiet and beautiful views.

Huge night skies, no light pollution.

The grounds are enclosed, children can run free.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on Volimes on Elation

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Spacious wet rooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom one - 1 Double Bed , 1 double bed
    Bedroom two - 2 Single Bed , 2 single beds
    Bedroom three - 1 Double Bed , 1 double bed
  • 1 double, 2 twins. There is a studio room with 2 single beds below the house which isn't included in the accommodation but on occasions may be possible.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
New addition of outdoor Boule Court set in the garden under shady trees New wall mounted fans in each bedroom. Microwave Welcome pack Fridge freezer Mosquito Nets Table tennis Low level chlorine pool maintained 3 times a week. Beach towels not provided. Apart from July and August there is some flexibility regarding change over days. Limited internet access is available nearby. (For further information, pictures or check another websites, please do not hesitate to contact the owner of the property).


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Beautiful stone villa with spectacular views of countryside,sea and Kephalonia
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Maria's for 3 reasons; 1) The charm and comfort of the villa and its beautiful pool. 2) The secluded, peaceful location with stunning views and 3) The genuine friendliness and care from Barbara.

Would highly recommend this villa to anyone who loves to get away from the crowds and enjoy nature and scenery. We saw so much varied bird and wildlife and loved watching the sun set each evening. We went late May and although there was a little breeze some days and the pool a little chilly we still enjoyed the lovely clean infinity pool and sunny terraces and it soon warmed up. Having young children with us meant being a bit vigilant with some steps etc but this was all part of the charm of such a traditional Greek style villa. Barbara was so helpful and provided a travel cot and high chair and even a few beach toys. She was very attentive but respectful of our privacy. We made good use of the washing machine thanks to our baby! The beds were comfortable and clean but I would suggest bringing your own black-out blinds for the windows if you have children. We managed without a stair gate but you may find helpful and also we washed the baby in the big bathroom sink as there is no bath- he loved it though!

Barbara kindly gave us a great map with handwritten notes of places to visit and eat and when we did each and every place was breathtaking. There is a good selection of sandy beaches safe for children and stunning white pebble beaches and coves you must visit.

Overall we felt thoroughly relaxed at Villa Maria's,

Thank you Barbara!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure having you to stay at Marias. I wish you had mentioned the baby bath Amy as I had one. I am sorry I didn't think to offer it. Also the shutters in the bedroom when closed are designed to block out the light negating the need for blinds. However these comments will serve to remind me and help me support future guests who come with a baby. I hope we see you again one day. Barbara
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Great holiday with the most amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday at Maria's and could not have imagined a more perfect house for our holiday on Zakynthos! The house itself is a wonderful mix of old and new, designed with great taste and offering everything we needed. The biggest asset is the wonderful and huge outdoor area with this incredible view of the sea and Kefalonia, the neighbouring island. Watching the sunset has been a major highlight of every day! Barbara was the friendliest and most attentive host, provided us with everything we needed for our toddler son and gave us the warmest welcome. We highly recommend staying at Maria's!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pia for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you stay at Maria’s and I hope you will return one day.
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Couldn't ask for anything more – bliss!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week here with my mum, brother and his girlfriend for a long-overdue family holiday. We really couldn't have picked a more perfect location! Initially we were looking to stay on Kefalonia, but I happened to find 'Marias' villa on Zakynthos and that was enough to change our minds!

We found lots to do nearby, visiting the charming local traditional villages, an afternoon in Zakynthos town, stunning coves (we enjoyed Porto Vromi and Cape Skinari), and a boat trip to the Shipwreck cove and Blue Caves – great value at €15 for a 3-hour trip. The water around the island is just incredible, it's like paradise.

There are plenty of restaurants within a short drive, but towards the end of the week we preferred to stay and cook at the villa, enjoying the relaxed feeling, warm breeze and fantastic sunsets over the sea.

The location is very quiet, with only a few passing cars (or cows!) and the livestock in the next field with the strangely soothing sound from their bells! I'll miss that! :)

The house and grounds are so well-thought out, lots of areas for relaxation, the multiple terraces and of course the incredible pool, amphitheatre, boules court and more. The grounds were so spacious, we never got on top of one another.

The pool was the main draw to this villa, and it really was spectacular. No one overlooking, we felt so lucky to have all of this to ourselves!

Barbara has been incredibly helpful from when we first booked, even posting us a hand-annotated road map of the island which was indispensable during our trip. Communication has been first-class.

Thanks again to Barbara – you really have an incredible property in the stunning Greek islands. I really hope we will be back again in the near future.

Best wishes, Laura and family.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing time at Maria's!

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is thus villa is amazing the views are fantastic Barbara is lovely and was always there if you needed her but at the same time she never bothers you. Which is what we liked as we like to chill and we like our privacy. I would 100% stay here again for sure!!! Thank you Barbara for making our stay enjoyable! 😎😃👍 Angela, Dave and Amy Pocock

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The prettiest part of the island, and Marias had a sensational view. One of the best villas I have stayed in, with lovely gardens and a fantastic pool. Barbara and Makis have created something that they really care about and it shows in the detail and design of the place. The villa was comfortable and well equipped - very spacious and clean. The beds were lovely and comfy and the views from the bedroom windows were out of this world. I would definitely return! Top marks.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maria's Villa

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better villa, spacious, well equipped and quiet. Sitting at the back of the villa all you can see are the hills, the sea, and the sunset. The best part of the day was having an evening meal and watching the sunset in the sea; we actually ate in every night bar one because it was so stunning and peaceful. The almost infinity pool is situated at the side and back of the villa, it has a big area to sunbathe, relax, read and watch the swallows drink; swimming in the evening with the sun setting (as if it is next to you) is the best feeling! Before we came we were slightly concerned about having no air conditioning but because the walls are so thick it is always cool inside even after above 30 degree heat every day. You think you have discovered every nook and cranny but there is a secret path leading to a washing line and a walled amphitheatre behind a closed door!

The cliffs are so steep it takes just under 15 minutes to get down to the sea; however, it is the best cove on the whole island! It is called Porto Sellinas and hardly anyone goes. You can swim through crystal blue water with great snorkelling; there is also a cave to swim through with an overhang that you can jump from!

Thank you to Barbara and Makis for being very generous and helpful owners who gave great advice, we really enjoyed our holiday. Phoebe, 13.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Phoebe it was our pleasure to have you and your family stay at Maria's Villa. Only you and your adventurous family could have chosen the most difficult but most beautiful cove to swim at, the other easy little coves posed no challenge for you at all! Hoping we see you again sometime in the future.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Agios Nikolaos for Kephalonia
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Volimes and Askos Park
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Agios Nikolaos
Car: necessary

Situated in the mountainous north of the beautiful island of Zakynthos, Marias is a traditional stone built house with uninterrupted, spectacular views of Kephalonia. Surrounded by an acre and a half of garden, with eucalyptus, cypress, pine and pomegranate trees, the house is just 3 km from the friendly village of Volimes. The house is also within easy reach of the unspoilt beaches of Vromi and Makris Gialos and Agios Nicholas. The family resort of Alykes with its long sandy beach offers watersports, supermarkets, cash machines and restaurants. Marias is the perfect base to explore this delightful island. Ideal for complete relaxation, walking and boat trips to the Blue Caves, Shipwreck Cove and Kefalonia (you can even hire your own boat to explore the hidden little coves with their azure clear waters), Marias offers all the charm of a quiet retreat yet with the hustle and bustle of traditional, family-run tavernas and village life close at hand.

Direct flights to the island April-Oct.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on Volimes, Ionian Islands

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season
28 Jun 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
6 Sep 2018 - 26 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
27 Sep 2018 - 11 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A deposit of £250 to be paid to secure booking (non returnable) and the balance to be paid in full 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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