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Peaceful sea view apartment with pool- surrounded by olive groves

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4 with pool 1/2 acre garden sea view near beach weelchair access

Get away from it all on this stunning Greek island and enjoy a peaceful holiday near Avythos beach. Serene Villa is set in 1/2 acre of landscaped gardens near the traditional Greek village of Kaligata and 5 mins drive from the small resort of Svoronata with tavernas and mini market. With a sea view balcony ahead and mountains behind we are in a peaceful rural setting, 15 mins walk to the beach and tastefully furnished with everything you may need for an enjoyable self catering holiday. Air conditioning, welcome pack and airport transfers included. There is a large pool and gently sloping floodlit gardens with BBQ bread oven and pergola. The 2 spacious apartments and grounds have private access, car park, and are completely wheelchair accessible .


Complementary therapies and Yoga on site. We harvest our own olives to make oil. We can guide you on local walks and direct you to the best parts of the island. The location is perfect for peace, tranquility and a sample of real Greece!

Complementary Therapies and Yoga: Available on site by arrangement, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, or Stress management, by a BCMA Registered, experienced and qualified practitioner. UK qualified Yoga Teacher. Guided local walks


Disabled Access- fully wheelchair accessible.: Our spacious apartments are suitable for families and couples, but we have taken special care to ensure that those who are less mobile can enjoy a comfortable holiday too.

Both apartments at Serene Villa have been built with the Disability Act in mind to UK standards and are fully wheelchair accessible.


Ask for further details about our special facilities - Oxford Dipper pool hoist, shower chair etc.

All doors are above 90cms wide including the large 'wheel in' shower room and the paths through our beautiful half acre gardens are gentle slopes with no steps anywhere!.

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Friendly Advice: Friendly advice and information is on hand from resident British hosts, John and Christine.

We can recommend local tavernas, places of interest, suitable beaches, and tucked away places not mentioned on maps!

We are your personal British speaking on site reps! See our reviews!

We live here all year round. This is not just another building with pool - it is our home! We love being here and have a growing understanding of the local culture and environment to share with you. Sample our own olive oil. Come along on one of our daily morning walks. Join us in the evening for a BBQ and sit in the floodlit pergola. Try one of the complementary therapies or join in with a Yoga session.

Stay with us in Autumn and help pick our olives! You are very welcome and are always treated as our special'guests.


More Details

Christine and John Hunt
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Christine and John Hunt

John and Christine retired early and moved from the UK to live on this stunning and peaceful Greek Island.

Christine was a teacher for 20 years and Head of a Middle School for Pupils with Special Needs. She is also a fully qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher and Therapist.

John was a successful Sales Director from Wales who has travelled extensively and is now enjoying an idyllic life in the sun.

They are your personal Holiday Reps who live on site, maintain the property to a high standard and can provide lots of local information.

Christine and John Hunt purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Christine and John Hunt chose Livathou

We first chose this beautiful olive grove near Avithos Beach in the Livathos Region of Kefalonia, which is unusually lush and green and populated by traditional local villages and very little Tourist monopolisation. We fell in love with the special atmosphere and culture of Kefalonia and the warm friendliness of the local people. We decided to design and build accommodation that could be fully accessible by all - families, couples and the elderly or disabled and provide a very special place to have a completely relaxing holiday away from hustle and bustle. It is our home and we love it here! We are continually improving our facilities and beautiful garden. We walk regularly and although we have been here 8 years now, in the Winter we explore and keep finding new gems of coastline, waterfalls and places to be amazed at!

What makes this apartment unique

We are away from tourist spots and nestled in a green valley immersed in local wildlife. We live here all year round and are forever increasing our knowledge about the island and local culture - so we have lots of information to share with you! We have our own olive trees and make olive oil. We love to BBQ fresh fish, sample local wine and pick the local fruit and vegetables. It is our haven of tranquility by the sea! In a 15 minute gentle stroll we can be on the Blue Flag beach of Avythos, or nodding to the locals in the nearby village, or exploring the coastal paths and rural walks amongst the citrus and olive groves. Within 20 minutes we can drive to all the facilities in the town, admire the visiting yachts and spot the turtles in the bay. We are in an ideal spot for driving and exploring the rest of the island or we take our small boat down to the local marina and along the coast. When we return home sundrenched and content, we can relax and soak in our pool or read under the shady pergola and enjoy a quiet private time. We have no immediate neighbours and so we are truly SERENE VILLA

Guestbook comments from the owner

Still as good as ever!.... Why go elsewhere when you have found your oasis? See you next year!

(4th year of visiting)
Aug 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Livathou in Kefallonia Regional Unit

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large modern shower room. Walk in 'wet room' style shower area suitable for wheelchair users Fully adjustable height shower head and grab bars Wide doors Indoor towels provided. Vanity unit, mirror and mobile trolley. Non slip mat and shower curtain
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , in the lounge
  • I double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom. Free air conditioning. Fitted wardrobes, large mirror and hairdryer Safe deposit box included. Wide doors for easy access Windows have shutters, fly screen and double glazing Extra pull out sofa bed in spacious lounge. 2 travel cots and baby equipment to hire
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Guide dogs for the blind welcomed in alternative accommodation. No smoking inside. Welcome pack of local produce and wine provided on arrival. Kitchen is spacious open plan and fully equipped. Laundry facilities, iron and ironing board provided. Maid service. BBQ area and large shady pergola outside. Sea view balcony with wide patio doors and side patio area with outdoor furniture. Private entrance and parking on level ground. 35sq metre outdoor pool shared between just 2 apartments has pool hoist for wheelchair users and is accessible by gentle paths through the half acre landscaped gardens. Plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas and tables with a beautiful sea view from the pool. The villa is set in extensive landscaped gardens with our own mature olives and fruit trees, water feature lawns and flower beds with roses jasmine honeysuckle and bougainvillea. Fresh garden produce when available. Flat screen TV DVD player and DVDs all available to hire. Internet limited Wi Fi close by


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Peaceful sea view apartment with pool- surrounded by olive groves
average rating of 4.96875 based on 34 reviews

Fantastic, peaceful villa

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 boys aged 13 and 10). The villa was just what we needed, nice and spacious, with great amenities, fantastic grounds and an amazing pool. The surroundings are really peaceful so you can really switch off and unwind.

John and Christina are lovely hosts, from collecting us at the airport, to the welcome pack in the villa, and the chats by the pool letting us know all the best places to go. John even told us about a bar where the boys could watch the football.

Thanks for having us. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will hopefully come back soon (if only so the boys can play with Mollie the dog)

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear when our guests enjoy their stay at Serene Villa, Kefalonia. We have a growing number of repeat customers and it is heart warming to see them return with cheerful faces, to soak up the magic of this beautiful island. They say Kefalonia is like it’s honey - once you taste the sweetness, the memories stick in your mind and you crave for more!
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Lives up to it's name

  • 5 of 5

Serene Villa was everything we had hoped for and more.

Very clean and spacious apartment with wonderful views of well maintained gardens and beyond.

If you're looking for a truly relaxing holiday, then this is it.

This was our second time in Kefalonia but by far the best.

Serene Villa is a perfect location to explore the beautiful island of Kefalonia.

Chris and John make you feel very welcome, from John meeting us at the airport to having a comprehensive welcome pack.. Also taking us to a local taverna on our first night before our hire car was delivered directly to the villa the next morning by Greekstones a local company. PERFECT

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. We aim to please! We will meet you at the Airport and the transfers and a generous welcome pack are included in the price. It is adviseable to have a hire car, as although we are not far from the beach and the small village of Svoronata with tavernas and a mini market, it is a quiet rural location not a resort. A hire car is essential to get the most out of your holiday and there are stunning sights to explore. Christine and John
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Exactly what we needed.....

  • 5 of 5

It sounds so corny...but Serene Villa was everything we had hoped for, peaceful, an incredibly beautiful setting and the perfect base to explore this beautiful island.

We really cannot fault anything..from the wonderful welcome we received from John at the airport and Christine at the villa it was just perfect.

A wonderful welcome pack which included, a bottle of wine, fresh milk, fresh orange juice, tomatoes, beer, local honey, butter, cheese, eggs and a loaf of bread. A lovely touch especially with our late evening arrival.

The gardens and the pool are simply beautiful and really add to the setting.

The apartment was very spacious with a good size wet room with a powerful shower. Mosquito covers on the windows and neither of us were bitten during our 10 days on the Island.

Great size fridge/freezer and full oven and hob.

Excellent wifi- faster than at home!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed the BBQ that Christine and John put on for us and had a great time socialising with the lovely people in the next door apt (hello Jo and Linda)

The air conditioning was excellent as was the use of the washing machine in the basement. It meant we travelled home with freshly washed clothes, a real bonus as I was working a 13.5 hr shift the very next day. Thank you

We toured nearly the whole island and fell in love with it. Loved everywhere we went but absolute highlights was the Summit of Mt Ainos, Fiscardo, Assos, Agia Efimia, Poros, Argostoli, Petani bay and Skala due to how quiet it was in early season.

We also hired a boat from Reginas in Fiscardo for the day and drove across to Ithaca where we had a beautiful beach to ourselves and discovered more uninhabited coves back on the island. A magical day.

To return to Serene villa after a busy day exploring was perfect and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Took up Christine's and Johns recommendations of the local tavernas and thoroughly enjoyed the Olive Grove and also Esperides.

Thank you for providing such a beautiful base to explore this magical island.

Fiona and Mike

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very good to know that we are just part of the whole Kefalonian experience. We always meet our guests from the Airport and we are on site to give you information about places to see and where to eat and to help with any questions or difficulties. Thank you for your feedback.
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Perfect holiday, location and people!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing location, perfect for a grumpy old man like me who loves his peace and quiet - even with a wife and two children (12 + 7) in tow :)

The apartment was pretty much everything we had hoped for as first time visitors to Kefalonia: clean, airy, amazing views, well maintained and aircon throughout! The beds were firm and the linen spotless - we fell in love with the apartment pretty much straight away. Being able to make simple meals in the well appointed kitchen meant we saved some pennies by not eating out for _every_ meal :)

What made the start of the holiday special was being met by John so he could cart our suitcases to the apartment without us attempting to jam them in to the minuscule hire car we'd arranged (book early!). He did the same on our sad return to the airport at the end of an amazing fortnight.

John and Chris were excellent hosts, always ready to help with suggestions for places to go and eat. The barbecue on one of our last nights was great fun and we stayed up late sitting in the pergola, laughing and chatting with the lovely family in the other apartment. Being able to use the washing machine was a massive bonus but the big attraction for us was the pool: I don't think a day went past that we weren't all in it at least twice!

We did a bit of sightseeing but we spent most of the time going to tavernas for lunch or dinner and heading out the beaches for snorkelling and catching the rays. The temperature was at the top of my comfort range (being a Manxman) but the wife and kids loved it (33C+). However, being able to just walk in to the sea and cool off was the perfect way to deal with the heat!


Beach: Skala

Towns: Argostoli, Sami, Poros

Restaurants: Esperides, Olive Garden (ask John or Chris!)

To say we enjoyed it would be an understatement, we've already booked to come back in 2017 and can't wait to see John, Chris and Kefalonia again!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Second visit even better than our first !💛

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at Serene and it was just as wonderful as our first. The peace and quiet relaxed us quickly the sound of bells on goats, the smell of tyme and lavendar , a good book , glass of wine and a beautiful view , heaven. A welcome pack greeting us in our clean and spacious apartment no need to rush out . Our wonderful hosts John picking us up and Chris both making us feel so at home again , nothing too much trouble . "Greek stones car rental " provided a good car at reasonable rates and off we went exploring further afield this time . Our son particularly enjoying the car ferry trips and the waves at Zola beach , so many photos ! The heatwave in June was coped with easily due to the welcome aircon in the apartment . Tasty food at local tavernas or produce bought at local supermarkets lots of choices making life easy . If you like to explore, don't mind driving but want to return from your days adventures to a clean apartment , peace, serenity and a friendly haven this is the place for you . We will definately be back . Miss you already Kefalonia . 🌞

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic week at Serene Villa

  • 5 of 5

It's or 3 rd time in Kefalonia and 1 st at Serene Villa. We had a fantastic week at Serene Villa. It is a unique place, so quiet and peaceful. great view from the terrace and the pool area. This place is very well maintained with loving care. Very clean and nice. John and Christine are very nice hosts, thank you so much for your hospitality! We hope to come back another time and will always recommend to stay at the Serene Villa. Br. Henning and Betina, DK

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking time to write your review! We do hope you will visit us again. It will be good for to join our happy group of regular customers and as such, you will get a discount off advertised prices. Best Wishes John and Chris
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Kilometres
Georges Bar
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
700 Metres
Preview Taverna Avythos
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Car: necessary

Kefalonia is amazingly unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism and has much to explore with spectacular coastlines and quaint villages, St Gerasimos Monastery and St Georges Castle. Mount Aenos has dense forests, eagles and wild horses. The lush greenery is supported by underground water systems which have caves and lakes to explore. There are several wine factories offering tours. Wonderful honey, olives, local fruit and fresh fish are abundant . Argostoli has visiting yachts, cruise ships, and a lively square with tavernas and coffee bars, music and traditional greek dancing. Nightlife is low key and family orientated. Kaligata and Kourkoumelata are traditional villages in the South noted for their pretty, fragrant gardens with jasmine and bourganvillea. Serene Villa is located in a quiet spot in the valley above Avythos bay which has olive groves, vineyards and citrus trees. We are walkable to Avythos blue flag beach which is mainly sandy and safe for families. There are also rocky coves for snorkelling or larger beaches with watersports for family fun nearby. Athens sights are 1 hours flight away, or take a boat trip and see dolphins and turtles on the way to neighbouring islands. Myrtos beach is one of the most photographed in the world! There are always peaceful spots to be found away from crowds.

Other Activities: Complementary Therapies and UK Qualified Yoga Teacher on site, guided walks nearby.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Livathou, Europe

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Jun 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
PEAK 2018
22 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
LATE 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
EARLY 2019
1 May 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2019 - 20 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
PEAK 2019
21 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
LATE 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Price is for a 2 double bedroom 60sq metre apartment with sea view balcony, side patio and full kitchen, large wet room/shower room with full wheelchair access inside and throughout the grounds. Sleeps up to 4 persons.
Air conditioning, welcome pack and all bed linen and indoor towels plus Airport transfers are included.
Outdoor BBQ and pergola area, pool with sun loungers and 2,000 sq metres of landscaped gardens. Parking space within the grounds.
Arrival days are negotiable according to availability. Only full weeks in July and August please.
Prices are based on the apartment being occupied by between 1 to 4 persons per week.
BBQs and guided walks by arrangement.
Private sessions of Yoga, Hypnotherapy and complementary therapies by arrangement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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