HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Peaceful sea view apartment with pool- surrounded by olive groves

Bedrooms 2
Space 60 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 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!.

See more pictures on www.serenevillagreece.com

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.

See www.serenevillagreece.com

More Details

Christine and John Hunt
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 March, 2017

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 Kefalonia (Cephalonia)

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
  • 1 of 2


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Livathou in Cephalonia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • 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

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

Peaceful sea view apartment with pool- surrounded by olive groves
average rating of 4.965517 based on 31 reviews

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: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

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: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

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: Sep 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Delightful place with a warm welcome

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful place to stay, with smart accommodation. Appreciated being met at the airport by John. Pool as lovely as it looks in the photos, with great views. Extremely peaceful. We enjoyed walking to the beach, about 15 mins, and then the walk back afer dinner was also lovely as it was not so hot and there was a lovely sunset. John and Christine were friendly, and we had a tasty meal with them one night. We could not get Wifi connection at the villa but there was Wifi at most tavernas. Small price to pay for spending time in such a peaceful place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are very pleased you had a good time in Kefalonia. With 2 teenage boys we can understand your reliance on wifi. We do have internet at the villa but we were waiting for a new router for the pergola extension, after some storm damage. We hope you will return to this beautiful island again one year as there is much to explore and do here in the big outdoors. Best Wishes Chris and John
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Dream come true

  • 5 of 5

With the name of Serene we dreamed of peace in the countryside with beautiful views and the sounds of nature all around. We were not disappointed from singing frogs at "the Orange grove Taverna to swallows chattering and crickets chirping.

To be met at the airport by John and enjoying friendly banter as you are driven to the villa is such a relief on our first visit ,then to meet Chris and be greeted with a welcome pack and maps and advice such wonderful help you felt instantly at home. Introductions to the extended family of cats and dogs so well behaved never entering your perfect apartment equipt with everything you need , clean and so well maintained and decorated. The garden is a delight with shady pergolas ,sloping paths easy for wheelchairs and those with walking difficulties , a wonderful pool with sun beds and huge parasols and area for Chris to teach yoga in the shade. A car is essential to get around the island and advice is given from both Chris and John on were to go and what to see .

We highly recommend this property to anyone who wants to enjoy peace and quiet in the Keflonian countryside but within easy reach to villages and roads to beautiful beaches like Myrtos and Antisamos . We dearly hope to return in the future and look around the garden for more of Johns fairy houses that he builds in the wintertime .

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 1

Very relaxing and away from other properties

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to Serene Villa. The 2nd visit was as good as the first (a few years ago). Chris and John are excellent hosts and guests are made to feel part of their family. The apartments are fully equipped, (we have now stayed in both); should you need anything extra, John or Chris are on hand to sort it out.

The building is set in a quiet location, but with a car it is very easy to get to all parts of Kefalonia. However Chris or John will pick you up and return you to the airport if necessary. The Island itself is spectacular and very beautiful.

We will definitely be returning.

Tony & Janet from Derbyshire

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


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, Ionian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
EARLY 2017
6 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
PEAK 2017
23 Jul 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
29 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 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.
Please ask for rates for Yoga and Retreat Holidays, which include BBQ's and guided walks.
Private sessions of Yoga, Hypnotherapy and complementary therapies by arrangement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Enquire Now Enquire Now

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

You might like these similar properties