Efi's Cottage Greece, Kefalonia
- 1 air-conditioned bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)
Lower ground floor:
- Small kitchen includes 3-ring hob, mini-oven, fridge
- Small shower room
- Kitchen leads to terraces
Upper ground floor:
- Double bedroom
- TV/DVD (Greek channels only)
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and beach towels provided
- Restricted headroom on stairs and doorways
- Freestanding barbecue
- Waterfront terrace with dining, seating and sunbathing areas
- All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
- We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
- Beach (Foki) 5min walk
- Fiskardo (tavernas/shops) 15min walk
- Kefalonia airport 1hr 30min drive
We have travelled with a few well known tour operators and found the the Simpson service to be second to none! Many thanks from Mr&Mrs TaylorMr Taylor - July 2016
It will be difficult to find the standard of accommodation, support and advice with any other operator. Outstanding destinations and excellent but discrete local representation. Very hard to beat.Mrs Howieson - May 2016
What a wonderful place this is ! We have enjoyed our stay at Efi's.Mrs Parkin - August 2015
We have had a wonderful week at Efi's Cottage - we have loved every minute of it!Mrs Bambury - July 2015
Thanks to Wendy for all her helpful tips. We have loved the seclusion of Efi, being able to sit on the terrace watching the boats go by.Mrs Rouse - May 2015
It has been a lovely quiet week here. All in all a very enjoyable week, thanks to Wendy for all her help and tips.Ms Rice - May 2015
The whole week has been fantastic. Spent many hours sitting on the terrace watching yachts and larger 'super cruisers' mooring in and out.Mrs Oytaben - September 2014
The week has been really enjoyable. We were amazed to discover how lovely the setting is and how relaxing the holiday has been. We really appreciated Wendy's very helpful suggestions.Mrs Burton - August 2014
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Efi's Cottage and have recharged our batteries. All in all a very relaxing holiday.Mrs Downing - August 2014
A great place to chill out and relax; just what we needed!Mrs Evans - August 2014
Efi's Cottage is all about location, location, location. We will be back!Mr Tanner - July 2014
We have had a lovely two week holiday staying at Efi's CottageMr Broughton - May 2014
Lovely first week of the season. Breezy on the terrace.Mrs Booth - May 2014
A lovely two weeks with the cottage living up to our expectations in such an amazing position. Good weather apart from our two days of thunderstorms, rain and wind at the end of the first week. This dislodged the steps into the sea again which have now been repaired but need care when used. We are walkers and did five short walks: - Round to the lighthouse and back via Basilica. - Assos which was lovely. Climb on the wide zig-zag to the entry gate then turn left down to derelict buildings. If you go left when the buildings are just below on the right you come to another gate and walk back to the village along a cliff path. An easy path but not for those who suffer from vertigo. - Up to the deserted village and on to Antipata. From there a road on the right just past the church comes down to the main road into Fiskardo above Emblissi Beach. - Forest walk from Emblissi Beach. We missed the start of this and ended up walking to the headland which is covered in cairns. The proper path climbs left uphill from behind the drinks cabin. Eventually it comes to a little beach and a path goes back up to the main road. - Park at Matsoukata and walk up to Katsarata. Road walk, but spectacular views and some amazing villas. We tried various beaches but always seemed to end up at Foki just down the road. Some remarkable boats have anchored opposite the cottage – at the moment there is one with a helicopter on deck! Thanks to Wendy who has been most kind and helpful. And to the lady who has kept the cottage so clean although we haven’t seen her. We hope the next visitors will enjoy the cottage as much as we have.Mr Hardiman - September 2012
Having just spent 2 weeks in Skala with 40 family and friends that all came to Kefalonia for our wedding in Assos on 31 August, we were looking for rest and relaxation on our honeymoon week in Efi’s Cottage and that is exactly what we got! If you have a car we would recommend a trip to Assos, it is such a beautiful place. We have spent a lot of this week on the terrace of Efi’s Cottage relaxing, swimming in the beautiful sea and watching the huger yachts go in and out of the harbour. A pair of binoculars would have come in handy. We hired out a 30hp speed boat for the day (€130 including petrol). We went over to Polis Bay, Ithaca. We took a trip to Agia Jerusalem Beach which is a lot of fun. Get one of the inflatable beds. We also made use of the BBQ on the terrace a couple of evenings and bought meat from the large supermarket in town – there is a meat counter at the back. Overall a wonderful week and a perfect honeymoon. Thank you to Wendy for all the useful information given to us, it really helped us make the most of our week.Ms Kilner - September 2012
Great week yacht watching from the terrace! Snorkelling is excellent from the steps, take the bread and watch all the fish come really close. Look for octopus and starfish. Otherwise all Wendy’s info is excellent, can’t add anything else.....thanks very much Wendy!Mrs Lewith - August 2012
A wonderful week in Efi’s Cottage. Our top 3 highlights: - The terrace, it felt like our own spot of paradise for the week, watching the world go by with the sea at the end of the garden (so to speak). - It felt like all the best bits of Fiskardo were here, to such an extent we just chilled out and took it all in. If it was out of walking distance we didn’t do it. The harbour was great. Foki Beach was lovely, the scuba diving off the steps here was great. All in all an excellent week, relaxing and catching up on sleep! Wendy was excellent. We hope to be back.Mr Balch - August 2012
Had a fabulous week on this beautiful island. Particularly enjoyed Emblissi Beach, which is like a paradise with turquoise waters and tiered rocks where you can lay and relax. A fair walk from Fiskardo but worth the effort in our opinion. Agia Jerusalem bay was also a good beach with lovely facilities. Foki Beach is also very lovely and a very short walk away. Lasting memories of Kefalonia will be the fine cypress covered mountains leading all the way down to the beautiful beaches. Enjoy.Mr Ttofias - August 2012
A wonderful week at Efi’s Cottage. The location and views are breathtaking – all we could wish for. We rented a boat and took a packed lunch and spent a fantastic day on the water, travelling as far as the fish farm. Where we anchored at a small cove, just by ourselves – bliss. Our thanks to Wendy (Simpson Rep) for all the useful information. All in all this holiday has fully lived up to our expectations.Mrs Crosland - July 2012
What a wonderful week, Kefalonia is stunning and Efi’s Cottage is such a beautiful base to stay. You won’t find many views to rival this one right here. Fiskardo is by far the loudest place we have seen, although rivalled by Assos. All the reviews you will read here are pretty accurate so take heed. We would recommend you go to Sami to see the caves. The stalactites are amazing and at the other cave you have an amazing boat ride into the clear blue water. Favourites: - Beach – Agia Jerusalem. Not too far away and nice to have the floats on the beach. - View – Everywhere you look the scenery is beautiful. Definitely worth a walk to the lighthouse. We found Myrtos Beach highly overrated. All the beaches are rocky so buy yourself some shoes you can swim in. Most of all....enjoy.Mr Rushdie - July 2012
Had a fantastic 2 weeks at Efi’s Cottage. Very hot and humid when we arrived so took a few days to acclimatise and have since surrendered to a slower pace of life! Lots of info and good tips in this book, not to mention Wendy who will point you in the right directions whatever your tastes. A few things we really enjoyed: - Loved Agia Jerusalem Beach – not the prettiest – but sun loungers/umbrellas for hire. You can also hire a kayak if you fancy seeing what’s in the next bay. Other good beaches: - Emblissi and Dafnoudi – although rocky for lying on. Further a field Myrtos – sun beds and brollies for hire. Have fun making your own discoveries – we did!Mrs Pearce - July 2012
Our first time in Kefalonia, had a great but very hot week (max 35-36 degrees) Top tip listen and take note of Wendy’s advice - it is tip top. Many Thanks to Wendy, sorry we kept missing you. Best day we had, hire a boat for the day, go to Polis Bay on Ithaca and walk to the village up the hill about 20 minutes. If swimming after dark, watch out for jelly fish. We had a great week, and will be back!Mr Matthews - July 2012
Could not wish for a more fantastic setting with amazing views. Places visited: - Foki Beach – easy walk, great spot. - Assos – really pretty, well worth the drive. - Dafnoudi Beach – beautiful cove, a few more fish when snorkelling than most places. - Kaminia Beach – two lovely coves but quite a long hike to get there.Mr Lily - June 2012
Thanks for an excellent holiday. Please tell Wendy that we have told you how good she was.Mr Lily - June 2012
We have had a lovely restful week at Efi’s Cottage. The weather has been perfect – warm and sunny most days with a slight breeze. Having visited the main sights in Kefalonia back in 2010 we spent the week relaxing on the beautiful terrace and swimming in the evenings at Foki Beach. We had supper a couple of nights in Fiskardo watching the boats go by. As we’re expecting a baby we missed a boat trip this year. However in previous visit it is well worth doing as you can explore the island, and find lots of deserted beaches. Enjoy :)Mr Whittall - June 2012
We’ve been ‘busy doing nothing’ all week and enjoying it! It’s been a very restful holiday. The weather was very wild and windy at the beginning of the week so we used this time for walking. We walked to the deserted village and then made our way to Emblissi Beach – good but not as pretty as Foki. The walk to the lighthouse and Basilica is beautiful – try it before it gets too hot in the day. All the restaurants have been good. We’ve had a great time and will be back. EnjoyMr Davey - May 2012
We had a wonderful week, even with the wind and occasional burst of rain! We very much appreciated the little food hamper, and enjoyed breakfast on the veranda, saving our pennies for lunch and evening meals out and about. As the weather was temperamental, we were very lucky to go out on a boat trip from the harbour. The water was a bit nippy but wet suits were provided and once in, snorkelling was fantastic, especially the shipwrecks! Jamie is very knowledgeable, well worth the money! We also did a trip on the large ferry across to Lefkas for a few hours (€8pp one way). As you get off the ferry, the old town is much nicer than the newer bit around the bay. There were some decent shops, and on the trip over we saw dolphins from the ferry which made my day! You can get the ferry at 10am each day at the far end of the harbour. Today our last day :( we hired one of the small motor boats and also went over to Polis Bay on Ithaca as the previous couple had. All in all a lovely break with plenty of relaxing on our own veranda by the sea. Only got a chance to get in the sea from here today as it has been a bit choppy and these steps are not the easiest. Have been swimming though, Foki Beach and today off the hire boat – best advice is to buy a pair of swim shoes. Makes it a lot easier to negotiate the shingle and pebbles. Thanks to all at Simpson, Wendy and Efi for this spot by the sea. Enjoy.Mrs Field - May 2012
Had a fantastic time at the cottage despite the weather being a bit temperamental (a bit like the UK) sun/very windy/cloud/rain but we still had a great time. Will echo some of the comments already made: - Trip to Agia Jerusalem good, planned to kayak but too windy. - A trip to Assos is good (if not too hot, a 40 minute climb/walk to castle ruins gives a great view) - Wendy the rep is very helpful and we knew that if a problem arose she would help us out.Mrs Popplestone - May 2012
First of 2012 season and weather has been fantastic! Efi’s Cottage bliss, will miss sitting watching boats go past and walk into Fiskardo for coffee. Our trip advisor – If you have a car, Agia Jerusalem Beach. Suspect the beach is very busy and noisy later in the season. Alaties Beach nearby is lovely and very tiny. Myrtos Beach is pretty and worth going over to Agia Efimia, small harbour. Hired a boat and went over to Polis Bay – excellent. Ate in Fiskardo most nights, didn’t have a bad meal anywhere. Thank you Wendy for looking after us so well, you are full of information. We were impressed that the airport greeter was called ‘Greta’ – now that is what I call attention to detail! This was a real chill out break for us – Efi’s is a great pitch – no question.Mrs Bescoby - May 2012
Holiday was fantastic, everything as stated on the web. The bathroom in the property was rather small and basic but I think you are aware of this. I usually book everything myself but will be definitely using you again. Many thanks!Mrs Bescoby - May 2012
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YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
- Prices are in pounds sterling and are per person
- Accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice (including breakfast where stated if you are staying in a hotel)
- Return economy flights from the UK to your destination (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
- Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges
- An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
- The assistance of our local representative overseas
- Simpson information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay
- Holiday travel insurance
- Twin-centre holidays: a £15-100 per person administration fee is applicable which will include all middle transfers
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For most of our self-catering accommodation we are able to offer accommodation only prices (excluding flights, car hire and transfers). Restrictions may apply at certain times of the year.
Children aged 2-11 years are eligible for concessions of between 5%-25% of the holiday price. This is offered at most of our self-catering properties depending on departure dates. High season dates are excluded. Two full paying adults must be travelling in order for child discounts to apply. For further information please call our sales consultants.
There is a charge of £75 per infant (under 2 years) on all our holidays. Travel cots and highchairs are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties, however, some hotels may charge for these items and we will advise you of any extra costs at the time of booking. Many hotels offer reduced rates for children if they share the same room as their parents.
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of £225 per person is required unless you are booking accommodation only in which case 20% of the total holiday cost is required (30% for Exclusive villas). However, if we need to buy in flight seats especially for your booking, we will ask you to pay a higher deposit to include the cost of the flights. This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) Multi-centre holidays incur a £15-100 per person administration fee.
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It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure provided you have paid in full, completed and submitted Advanced Passenger Information and car hire details (if applicable). Please note if you are travelling with Ryan Air you will only be able to download your boarding passes approximately 7 days before departure due to the airline's check-in requirements. Should you prefer to receive your documents by post, please ask us at the time of booking.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to Greece. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
Our prices are based on our lowest contracted fare. Occasionally it may be necessary to purchase flights outside of our normal allocation and in these circumstances we may need to charge an additional supplement to reflect the extra costs incurred. This will also be the case if we are booking flights from regional airports or on flights where we do not have a seat allocation. If a supplement applies, this will be advised to you at the time of booking.
Depart 0840 Arrive 1410
Depart 1450 Arrive 1625
Snacks can be purchased on board
Gatwick North Terminal
If you are flying on our British Airways charter service from London to Corfu you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person up to 23kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted up to 10kg (maximum dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm).
IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS
British Airways offer an in-flight snack on our service from London to Corfu. Special meal requests may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking. Easyjet offers a pay on board snack service.
GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.
You will usually need a certificate of fitness to fly if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. Most airlines will not allow you to fly if you are more than 32 weeks pregnant. Please refer to the airline’s website for details of their policy.
API (ADVANCE PASSENGER INFORMATION)
Most countries require that the airline take additional information from each passenger such as full name, date and place of birth, passport number, country of issue and expiry date. You will need to provide this information at the time of booking or, at the very latest, prior to release of your travel documents. You are able to complete the details online via Manage My Booking or call a member of our Pre-Departure team.
The name shown on the itinerary must exactly match the name of the passenger travelling as it appears in his/her passport (first full name and surname). If not, you may be refused boarding. Once your flights have been booked, it is not usually possible to make name changes without incurring substantial charges. If there are any errors on your invoice or itinerary, please inform us immediately.
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
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In the event of a flight delay, whenever possible we will ensure that the airline/operator communicates the reasons for and extent of any delay and implements appropriate standards of welfare provision. EU carriers should also comply with EU Regulation 261/2004 in the event of delays, cancellations or denied boarding and guidance is provided on the CAA’s website www.caa.co.uk
CAR HIRE INFORMATION
Most of our holidays include an air-conditioned hire car, to be collected from and returned to the airport (or port where applicable). The category of car included in the basic holiday price will vary according to the number of people in your party. We do not consider infants as part of the total party size. The cars we have included offer comfortable seating for the size of party travelling, however, we do ask you to take into account the size of the boot space for your luggage if any infants are in your party, and the number of child and baby seats required. You may wish to upgrade your car to give you extra comfort and space. Availability and supplements for upgrading will be advised at the time of booking. For transporting extra luggage it is also possible to pre-book a taxi at additional cost.
The types of cars listed are only examples of car models in each category. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific make or model. All cars in Greece are 5 door.
Crete Car Makes and Models
Group B: Hyundai Atos or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Fiat Punto/Citroen C3 or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Hyundai Accent/Nissan Almeraor or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group F2: Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group G1: Minibus Fiat Doblo or similar – a/c 6 seats – on request
Group G2: Minibus Fiat Scudo or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Group H: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group I: Cabrio Peugeot 206/Citroen C3 or similar – 5 seats – on request
Group G: Fiat 500/Citroen C1 1.2L or similar – a/c 4 seats – on request
Corfu Car Makes and Models
Group B: Hyundai I10 1.1L or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Ford Fiesta 1.2L or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Hyundai Accent 1.4L or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group E1: Citroen C3 1.4L or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group E2: Hyundai Matrix 1.6L or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group F2: Minibus Fiat Scudo or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Group L: Ford Focus 1.6L or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group G: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 1.4L or similar – 4 seats – on request
Paxos Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat New Panda/ Fiat Punto 1.2L–1.3L or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Grande Punto/ Chevrolet 1.3L–1.4L or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group F: Dacia Duster 4x4 Hard Top 1.6L or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group G: Cabrio Fiat 500/Citroen C1 1.2L or similar – a/c 4 seats – on request
Group I: Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.8L or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group J: Car a/c 5 1.2L–1.3L or similar – 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group K: Fiat Doblo 1.4L or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group B: Fiat Panda/Fiat Punto or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats
Kefalonia Car Makes and Models
Group A: Daihatsu Cuore or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group B: Hyundai I 10 or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Fiat Grande Punto or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Hyundai I 30 or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group E: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group E1: Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group F: Minibus Fiat Doblo or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group J: Car a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Ithaca Car Makes and Models
Group A: Fiat Panda or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group B: Hyundai I 20/Opel Corsa or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group C: Fiat Grande Punto/Seat Cordoba or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group E: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group E1: Daihatsu Couare or similar – a/c 7 seats – automatic – on request
Zakynthos Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat Panda or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Opel Corsa or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Ford Focus/Opel Astra or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group K: Toyota Prius or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group H: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group W: Minibus or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Skopelos Car Makes and Models
Group B: Hyundai Atos or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Renault Clio/Citroen C3 or similar – a/c 4/5 seats
Group D: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group G: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group E: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group F: Fiat Scudo or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Lefkada Car Makes and Models
Group B1: Fiat Punto or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Seat Cordoba or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group F: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group M: VW Caddy or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group M1: VW Transporter or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Meganissi Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat Punto or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group D: Opel Astra or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group E: Suzuki Jimny 4x4 or similar – 4 seats – on request
INCLUDED IN YOUR CAR HIRE
- Unlimited mileage
- Local taxes and compulsory insurance
- Two main drivers. Please note that there is a minimum age for drivers (minimum ages vary from 21 to 25 and can be advised at the time of booking) although there is no maximum age limit. Drivers must hold a British/EU Driver’s Licence or International Driver’s Licence, held for at least 2 years. You will not be able to hire a car without your original, valid Driver’s Licence which you must carry at all times when you are driving. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence.
Please note that in most cases you will need to pay an ‘excess’ in the event of theft or damage to your hire car, regardless of blame. As amounts and conditions vary throughout Greece, please ensure you ask for full details at collection, before you sign your car hire contract. The excess charge ranges from €300 to €1,000 dependent on your destination. Where an ‘excess’ applies, it may be possible to purchase extra insurance locally, which reduces or cancels the ‘excess.’
The insurance with or without the excess will not cover:
- Tyres, including puncture repairs
- Loss of or damage to car keys (and costs incurred due to this, for example towing and replacement keys, etc.)
- Windscreen, wing mirrors or undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
- Interior of car is also not covered in Corfu and Paxos
- Personal Accident Insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
- Any damage, loss, accident, theft, attempted theft, etc. caused by your own negligence, for example, driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel, unlocked doors, apparent personal effects, etc.
CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. No money will be taken if you return the undamaged car at the correct time with the correct amount of fuel and not requiring cleaning.
Child and baby seats (forward facing seats only are available) can be provided if booked at least 2 weeks prior to your departure and are charged at £2 per day. Please remember to specify the age of the child. Local car hire and Simpson Travel staff are not authorised to install the child seats and as style and installation may differ to those in the UK, you may prefer to bring your own child seat for your own peace of mind.
Please refer to the information at the top of the page for details of the transfers included in the cost of your holiday. Taxis are licensed and insured to carry up to 4 passengers. Therefore, if there are 4 passengers and an infant then 2 taxis are needed and we will provide you with a separate quotation. If you are travelling with young children or babies, child seats are not provided for any vehicles used for transfers. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that you bring your own although there is no guarantee that local taxi companies will allow the use of child seats. Please note that the transfer times included in our accommodation details are approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Although we pre-arrange and book your ferry crossings in advance, poor weather or ferry cancellations may disrupt the schedules. In most cases, when you arrive at the port you will have to wait a certain amount of time for your onward boat transfer. If your flight experiences delays and you miss your pre-booked boat transfer, we will then book you onto the next available boat. If you miss the last ferry due to a flight delay or cancellation due to poor weather, it may be necessary for you to overnight at the port and then take the ferry the following morning.
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and Simpson Hotels, and these are normally laundered weekly.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. Double beds usually measure 140cm x 190cm and single beds 80/90cm x 190cm. If you are booking a hotel room, please let us know your room preference (double or twin). Although we will make every effort to convey your request to the hotel, we cannot guarantee your preference will be available.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your villa, apartment or hotel after 4pm and you must vacate it on the day of departure by 10am and 9:30am in western Crete.
Self-catering accommodation is cleaned a minimum of twice a week (including arrival day) and some accommodation may be cleaned more often. Cleaning usually consists of a sweep, mop, bathroom and kitchen tidy up. (N.B. Simpson Secret, Anti Paxos is cleaned once a week on changeover day.)
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Hotel bookings with half-board include dinner, which is usually a fixed menu with or without a choice of dishes. In some hotels, you may take your half-board meal at lunchtime.
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with your local representative.
In some properties a baby monitor has been provided and to the best of our knowledge it is operating correctly but it is vital that you check regularly that the device is operating to your satisfaction. We strongly advise against relying on the baby monitor in case of malfunction. Simpson Travel cannot be held liable for any malfunction of the baby monitor and the use of the device is entirely at your own risk.
Internet access and connection
If a property offers wifi or internet access, the type of connection may vary. Additionally, the signal could be intermittent at times and may not be available in all areas of the property. There may be a charge for internet use in some properties.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided and usually laundered twice weekly. For your convenience some of our properties have a washing machine.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Throughout Greece, especially in the older houses, the plumbing system is not designed to have items flushed down the lavatory. Where necessary, bins are provided in all bathrooms.
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Security and cleaning deposits
For self-catering properties, we require you to lodge a security deposit against any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts, which you may have incurred during your stay and/or due to your negligence. This should be provided by credit or debit card at the time of booking by providing authorisation for us to deduct (within 14 days of your return home) any advised charges from your card. Most of our properties are the owners’ personal homes and repairs, replacements and extra cleaning can be very expensive, so we do ask you to take care in order to avoid incurring extra costs.
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. In Paxos most pools are filled using ‘sweet water’, which is generally a mix of well water (with some salt content) and fresh water. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Very few pools have covers, fencing or life rings, so children must be supervised at all times. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that children are supervised and that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge.
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items and local produce. This usually includes the following complimentary items: coffee, tea bags, milk, bottled water, fruit juice, bread, butter/margarine, crisps, white wine, local beers, tonic, pasta, pasta sauce, yoghurt, honey, regional biscuits, washing powder, washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing-up sponge, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, mixed herbs and toilet paper.