Family Villa with Spectacular Views in rural Kefalonia near Sami - Perfect Villa for all Age Group Family Holidays - free WiFi, Table Tennis and Boule Court
About Celia Jenkins
We have to pinch ourselves on a regular basis: we live just above the beach in our garden flat in Devon for two thirds of the year and have our Spring and Autumn in Kephalonia. We bought The Walnut Tree as an abandoned building site on a holiday whim. Our friends thought we were crazy - until they visit us. Now they think we are lucky - as we do. We love Kephalonia and all that goes with it. MESSAGE TO FUTURE GUESTS. Please be assured that I will always contact my inquirers by telephone AND OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS NOW IN PLACE ON OWNERS DIRECT WEBSITE. The one thing all renters expect when renting holiday accommodation is peace of mind about the booking of their chosen holiday villa. I plan to provide this to the best of my ability.
Celia Jenkins purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Celia Jenkins chose Kefallonia Regional Unit
We had the idea of buying a plot of land before we both retired so that we could build a house, and more particularly, make a Mediterranean garden in a leisurely manner with loads of time at our disposal. When we saw the location of The Walnut Tree it all seemed to fit. It was near enough to civilization to be convenient and removed enough to be peaceful. The mountain views were spectacular, we could see the Bay of Sami, the island of Ithaca and the surrounding countryside with just a few neighbours.
What makes this Villa unique
Our main delights at The Walnut Tree are the garden, the views, the wonderful skies (dawn and dusk are particularly spectacular), the sounds of the Greek countryside (birds, sheep, goats, donkeys, cows, distant church bells .... or nothing) and planning future projects for both the house and garden. Of course, when we are sharing the house with our family and friends, it all becomes even more worth while. It seems that from the comments and reviews of all our guests, our delights are theirs too.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great family size villa with beautiful views
This 5 bed villa is split over 2 levels, effectively a 2 bed apartment upstairs and a 3 bed apartment downstairs. The grounds are spacious and well maintained. The pool is excellent and especially good for smaller children as the swallow end is clearly marked and the slope is gradual. There are plenty of sun beds and outdoor seating. The kitchen area is small but well stocked with cooking utensils etc. All the bedrooms have air conditioning and plenty of storage and hanging space. The villa is ideal for family groups as there are books and games, pool toys, snorkelling equipment, table tennis and much more to keep everyone entertained. The villa is 5 minutes drive from the beach and numerous taverns in Sami, and the views of the surrounding hills are beautiful.
Loved it! Loved it!, Loved it!
Ten of us, 8 adults, 2 children and one teenager went for a week to The Walnut Tree. I have nothing negative to say about this gorgeous villa, it really is fantastic!
It was clean, roomy, well organised, and had everything possible we needed thoughtfully arranged. Communications with the owner were exceptional and the property managers - Adrian and Caroline were also wonderful and looked after us really well.
It's the first time I'd been to Greece but totally loved the island of Kefalonia and the village of Sami which is a short drive from the villa down to the coast where we could purchase everything that we needed.
We had an action packed week: we hired boats and dived from them into the sea exploring the coastline, visited the caves, saw the turtles in Argostoli from electric boats, visited a couple of the many beaches, hired quad bikes and explored the villages and visited some of the many restaurants enjoying the local food. After every trip we could go back to the cool of the villa and enjoy the pool where the children (and adults) had so much fun.
It was the trip of a lifetime for me and such a joy to have the family there so thank you again Celia for allowing us to have a share of your delightful Greek home.
The Walnut Tree Villa is definitely worth a visit.
We stayed here for 2 weeks and were not disappointed in any way.
The villa is spacious, very well maintained and equipped with everything you might need. A lovely pool and gardens, and fruit and olive trees galore.
The views are stunning and it is only a short drive from Sami ...we couldn't of asked for more.
We took advantage of the table tennis , swimming pool and boules daily and enjoyed these immensely.
The villa also has a great bbq that we enjoyed as a family on a few occassions buying local organic meat and produce.
If you want a relaxing holiday , stunning views and a villa that has everything this is the place to be.
Walnut Tree, Kefalonia
Outstanding accommodation in a lovely quiet setting just outside Sami. The villa and gardens were a delight and the pool was a perfect “playground” for the 5 children.
After a day exploring the island it was such an idyllic place to relax and enjoy a swim, spark up the barbecue and then settle back with a drink or two to look out over the beautiful gardens.
The villa has everything you will need to enjoy a wonderful holiday.
Contact from the owner (Cynthia) prior to travel and the local support provided by Adrian and Carloine made the whole process so easy.
Our only regret is not booking more time at this outstanding villa.
It was great location close to SamI and Afima. Assos and. Fiskardo are an hour drive and Skala.
It was Avery good maintained vila. Great location with starting point to visit Asos, Fiskardo and Skala . Afima which is close by is great for the evening. The vila is quite and very good for families.
Perfect Villa in a stunning setting
Hired the villa as a group of 12 consisting of three families of four.
Excellent communication from Celia from the moment we enquired about the villa to just before departure. Always on hand to answer any questions and recommendations for car hire etc.
The villa itself was perfect for our group, being on two split levels. Fantastic facilities within the villa including DVD player with a whole heap of films (good to amuse the kids when they needed to be out of the sun).
Well stocked kitchens on both levels, never ran out of playes and cups!
Stunning view from the pool, we all commented on how unique the setting was. We loved picking fresh fruit everyday from the garden!
Used the bikes a few times to cycle to the bakery for morning goods but you definately need a car being in this area. Excellent service from Nikos at Star Villas. We had cars for 12 of the days and used them everyday for travelling all over the island and for the evenings down to Sami for dinner.
Would definitely recommend this villa and will definately return in the future!
Sharon - thank you so much for your review. Having our guests' comments is so key in helping our prospective renters make their choices for their all important summer holiday. And we like them choosing The Walnut Tree villa. Come back soon.
The nearest beach is a five minute car drive and about a twenty minute walk from the villa. Between Karavomolis and Aghia Efimia (going north up the coast), there are many little coves perfect for early morning and evening swims and a spot of snorkelling. At Antisamos Beach, about fifteen minutes drive away, there is a range of water sports and opportunities for snorkelling. Famous and beautiful Myrtos Beach is about twenty five minutes drive through the port of Aghia Efimia. There are many beautiful beaches all around Kefalonia.
The nearest airport is Keffalinia (Argostoli) - Kefalonia's only airport. It is about 40 minutes drive away. Car hire is recommended for visitors to the villa. We can arrange for guests to be met at the airport with a car or to have a car delivered to the villa. There are passenger/car ferry services from mainland Greece to Sami from Patras and from Kilini to Poros. There are also ferry services to Italy (via Patras) from Sami, at Pessada to Zante, and at Sami and Fiscardo to Corfu and Lefkada.
The villages of Poulata and Kavaromolis are about two kms away respectively. The port of Sami is about four kms away. The capital of Argostoli and the airport are a drive of about 35 to 40 minutes. The cave/lake of Melissani and the cathedral-like cave at Drogarati are within a 10 minute drive. The very pretty harbours at Fiskardo, Poros and Assos are all within an hour away and well worth visiting either by road or by boat (available for hire in Aghia Efimia).
There is a wonderful taverna called Robilis at Poulata and at Karavomolis there is a supermarket, a good bakery, restaurants (Zervati - good fish restaurant, The Mill - dine on the edge of the sea) and two hotels. In the port of Sami, you will find ATMs, post office, medical centre, tourist information, supermarkets, shops, bars, restaurants and tavernas and of course the busy port with ferries coming and going, fishing boats (buy fish straight from the boats) and a great variety of yatchs from all over the world. The Walnut Tree's central position on the island gives our guests easy access to the delights of Kefalonia whether it be visiting ancient sites, pretty ports (Fiskardo, Assos, Poros), mountain villages, or tasting the great variety of traditional Greek cuisine of which Kefalonians are justly proud. There are many wonderful walks along the old roads of the island, through olive groves, mountain passes and in the spring and autumn through a countryside which blooms with wild flowers of every colour imaginable.
On the waterfront of the capital Argostoli, there are meat, fish and fruit markets - the produce here is of exceptional quality - we would recommend the pork as one of the island's best products along with excellent local feta and of course the fish. There are many monasteries (watch the sun go down from the monastery just above Myrtos), churches, castles, ancient ruins, deserted villages and beaches to discover and enjoy - each one so different and special.
The island of Kefalonia provides its visitors with plenty of scope for adventure both for the beginner and for the more experienced.
Horse Riding and Donkey Trekking
There is a riding stable off the Sami to Poros road (within ten minutes drive) and Donkey Trekking available at Grizata also near Sami.
An excellent diving school at Aghia Efimia (9 kms from the villa) provides tuition for the uninitiated and dive sights for those with their PADI qualifications.
Climbing, caving, extreme hiking and biking, four-wheel touring
There are several companies in Kefalonia able to provide adventure sports with instructors and guides.
There are a couple of companies providing wine tours, visiting the five wineries on the island with tasting opportunities.