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Olive Cottages

| Zakynthos, Greece
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7
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Dogs allowed 1
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Swimming pool
Stag Parties
Villa holidays
Family friendly
Wedding venues
Beach houses
Hen parties
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At a glance

  • Seven luxurious olive-pickers’ cottages
  • Views over the Ionian Sea
  • Private infinity pool
  • Extensive terrace for sunbathing
  • Chef available (at an additional charge)

Idyllically situated on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, this collection of seven ancient olive-pickers’ cottages offer peaceful self-contained spaces with a communal hub, perfect for a group holiday with friends and family. Draped in fragrant bougainvillaea, honeysuckle and jasmine, the cottages are set around a vine-covered central courtyard on a secluded 5-acre estate, blissfully surrounded by olive groves.

Each characterful cottage has its own independent access and is decorated in clean and classic whites and blues with contemporary furnishings and basins hand carved from the local limestone. Sleeping 15, there are seven en-suite bedrooms in total with four private and two communal terraces to soak up the Mediterranean sunshine. The spacious communal open-plan kitchen/living area is as cosy in winter with its open fire and large, sumptuous sofas as it is cool in the summer - a place of rest and tranquillity.

Outside, you can set up an easel on the extensive terrace and spend the day transforming the 270-degree panorama along the Zakynthos coast and hilly countryside into watercolour. Or lay out a yoga mat and meditate to the sound of the ocean waves in the distance before indulging in a refreshing dip in the private infinity pool. A shaded dining area offers the perfect spot for al fresco dining while watching children play in the shallow plunge pool.

For special occasions, an excellent local chef, Stephanos, can be hired to provide delicious homecooked food at an additional charge or the local taverna, La Storia, can deliver dinner to order. A full housekeeping service is provided.

SLEEPS 15: 7 en-suite bedrooms with 8 zip-and-link single beds, 6 single beds and 1 queen-size bed. There is air conditioning in all bedrooms and 2 baby cots are available.

COOK + DINE: Well-equipped open-plan kitchen/dining/living room with a dining table seating 15 guests. 2 outdoor tables and BBQ for al fresco dining. A chef is available (food and drink payable locally). 2 high chairs available.

RELAX: There is a spacious light-filled open-plan living area with plenty of comfortable seating for all guests. Maid service is provided 3 mornings per week and there is also a groundsman, gardener and pool man. Spa services are available at an additional cost, as well as a range of courses throughout the year (please contact us for further information). Babysitting and housekeeping available.

BATHE: 8 bathrooms, 7 of which are en-suite.

OUTSIDE: 4 private terraces and 2 communal terraces. 10m x 5m infinity pool, plus a plunge pool.

TECH: Wi-Fi, TV, DVD, safe.

PLAY: Table tennis, infinity pool and a shallow plunge pool for children.

PETS: Dogs welcome by prior arrangement and at the owner’s discretion.

VENUE HIRE: Suitable as a wedding venue, by arrangement. Hen and stag parties are welcome.

LOCAL AREA: The property is situated on the stunning, north-east coast of Zakynthos, one of the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. The closest beach is just 7 minutes away by car where you will find boat hire, paddle boarding and crystal-clear water for swimming. If you’re lucky, you might even spot turtles! There is also a wealth of breathtaking walks to enjoy past ruined monasteries, hidden beaches and through the surrounding hills and olive groves - be sure to pack your camera.

Several friendly tavernas nearby serve delicious homecooked dishes using locally sourced, fresh ingredients including the island’s olive oil, fruit, seafood, poultry and meat - plate smashing included! And when you need to pick up supplies, there are some excellent fish and vegetable markets in the town.  The tavernas are walkable downhill from the villa in 15 minutes.  However a car is recommended to make the most of the local area. 

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: SUPs available for use at the house,  boats charter (7 minutes drive), guided walks, masseurs, catering, olive pressing in the Autumn!  

Closer to home, visit the winery and Byzantine art studio, hire a boat for the day from Agios Nikolaos (10 km), or hike the mountains and look over to Kefalonia – you could even visit this picturesque island itself, a short ferry ride away.

For a memorable day out, charter the impressive 50’ wooden traditional Greek fishing boat “Odyssey” and visit Shipwreck Bay (voted one of the top beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveller).

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport: Zakynthos International (43 km).

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