Lysander Estate Greece, Kefalonia

The measure of a truly relaxing holiday is its effortless ability to transport you from the mundane to the magical – and this historic estate, surrounded by landscaped gardens and less than a five-minute drive from the beach, does just that, with abundant elegance. However, what makes this such an exceptional villa is the friendly, unobtrusive, excellent service that comes with it, making your experience more like that of a hotel holiday, but with the guests you’ve chosen to be with.
 
The heritage of this property, owned by Ambassador Lysander Migliaressis-Phocas and his wife Lila, is undeniable. It’s a showcase of period furniture and collectors’ items with a restored 18th-century threshing circle and olive mill nearby. However, soft pastels keep the interiors light, whilst outside swallows swoop over the swimming pool and the attractive stone terrace, enticing those for drinks long into starlit evenings, making this an ideal haven to unwind and truly relax.  
 
There’s a daily maid service to keep the space spotless and Yolanda, the chef and housekeeper, who creates the real magic behind a stay here. She’s an exceptional cook and two meals a day are included in your stay: breakfast and one main meal, up to four of which can be dinners – and there’s a menu to choose from. She’ll set the table and lay a spread of traditional dishes made with fresh local ingredients as well as a few of your own home favourites, catering for children and adults with equal amounts of care and attention. She’ll also prepare picnics and shop on your behalf, which you can pay for locally.
 
With four bedrooms – two doubles and two twins, which can be turned into doubles – Lysander Estate is ideal for two families or a group of couples holidaying together. The island capital, Argostoli, is about 15 minutes away by road, with a big open-air market, and for meals out, there’s a choice of upmarket restaurants and simply family-run tavernas nearby, including one on Trapezaki beach, a five-minute drive from the Estate. At their best in the morning, the pale sands and shallow waters are perfect for children. Further south, you’ll find unspoilt Lithero beach with its crystal clear waters, about 2.5km away. It’s never crowded and there’s another taverna nearby, which serves excellent seafood.
 

 

Accommodation:
  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-8)
  • Lysander Estate can also be rented 6 May-17 June and 9 September-21 October without the services of a cook – please call to check price and confirm availability

Ground floor:

  • Large sitting/dining room with TV (local channels); leads to terrace 
  • Fully-equipped kitchen 
  • Double bedroom with Satellite TV (some UK channels)
  • Twin bedroom (beds can be configured into a double if required)
  • 2 bathrooms

First floor:

  • Double bedroom with Satellite TV (some UK channels)
  • Twin bedroom (beds can be configured into a double if required)
  • Bathroom
General:
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout
  • ADSL Internet 
  • DVD and CD players
  • Sound system
  • iPod docking station
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safe
  • Shaded outdoor seating and dining area
  • Swimming pool 13m x 5m (depth 1.2m – 1.6m), Roman steps
  • Helipad
Staffing:
  • Full concierge service
  • Full time maid service 10am-1pm (additional afternoon maid service in July and August)
  • Personal laundry/ironing included 
  • In-house chef/cook included (cost of ingredients payable locally)
  • Breakfast and one 3-course meal each day (maximum 4 dinners/week, cost of ingredients payable locally)
  • Shopping service available in advance and during stay (cost of provisions payable locally)
Complimentary internet:
  • All properties with internet 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
Location:
  • Trapezaki beach and taverna 7min walk
  • Bakery (Vlahata) 20 min walk or 4min drive
  • Lithero beach 7min drive
  • Lourdas beach 10 min drive
  • Koroni beach  and bar 10min drive
  • Pessada beach 15min drive
  • Argostoli 15min drive
  • Airport 20min drive
 
  • I am delighted to be able to write this very positive review of your villa and the very attractive Estate on which it stands. Your home - the setting, the interior/ furniture/ furnishings and the grounds - is truly beautiful and very special. The attention to detail is noteworthy- everything is of the highest standard. The location is, indeed, quite spectacular. The swimming pool set in the beautifully manicured lawns was very inviting but our visit on this occasion was to sample Yolanda’s legendary cooking; she did not disappoint for all courses were cooked to perfection! Her genuinely warm hospitality and her superb culinary skills made the experience extra special. She kindly gave us a guided tour and also found time to take us to the old Olive Mill and the surrounding grounds of the Estate. The memorable time we spent at the villa was probably one of the highlights of our holiday, so thank you, Lysander, for offering us this opportunity. We would have no hesitation in recommending the villa to friends and family and we hope to return ourselves one day with the rest of our family as was originally planned! Roland, Maggie and Lowri - June 2017
  • The most wonderful place to celebrate my birthday with family and friends without a shadow of a doubt. The most comfortable villa we have stayed in worldwide. Myra and Tim - September 2016
  • From the hubbub of London to the delights of the Filadexia - 10 wonderful summer days spent here. As everyone has written, the food served here is without a doubt the highlight of the stay. Yolanda is flexible, charming, and understands a child's appetite as well as some hungry adults. Thank you too to Lysander for all his helpful advice and charts. Without a doubt, we have been amazed! Thank you from us all - we have had a wonderfully relaxing holiday! Alistair, Kate, Alexa, Beanie and Thomas - August 2016
  • A lovely and very well kept villa, thanks for you letting us stay. We have our suspicions that the cook and housekeeper have secretly been recruited from Hogwarts, with Yolanda cooking magical dishes and Effie miraculously cleaning up after us wherever we go. We did go further afield to explore this beautiful island but our favourite beach is the closest at Trapezaki! Mr Tyford - July 2016
  • What a special place! Yes, it is an amazing location, but what really makes this place are the people, especially Yolanda and her amazing cooking! Coming off season is something I would recommenced to others. Whilst you take a bit of a gamble on the weather, the emptiness of the beaches is a bonus. We visited Myrtos beach twice whilst staying here and were virtually the only souls on it. Wonderful and a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of London town. We also loved Annos - very pretty! The only real issue we had was packing to go home. The kids absolutely loved Yolanda and Effie, as well as their time here. A huge thanks to you all! Tony, Rav, Spike and Ide - July 2016
  • We've had a lovely week here at the villa. it';s a truly beautiful spot and was perfect for our requirements. The garden is lovely and our 18 month old enjoyed helping water all the plants very much. We've had a relaxing holiday, which is exactly what we were after. Yolanda was an amazing chef and she looked after us very well indeed! Lysander was the impeccable host and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the mill. All in all we've had a fantastic time here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friend for future. Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable. Mrs Beaumont - June 2016
  • We were recommended to come to this villa and the superlatives didn't match up to the reality. The villa is idyllic. Effie keeps its spotless and Yolanda is a real asset. Her culinary skills are superb and they both looked after us royally. Lysander gave us some great recommendations and we can wholeheartedly recommend the Horatio's Vineyard, catching the ferry to Lixari. We have had a holiday of a lifetime in this luxurious villa. Many thanks! Roger, Margaret, Colin, June, Helen and Stephen - June 2016
  • We have had a super time at this villa. Many thanks to Lysander for conceiving this excellent villa and its lovely gardens and for all the good advice on places to visit and explore. Yolanda and Effie have taken wonderful care of us, the food has been excellent introducing us to some delicious local dishes as well as treating us to our family favourites. The housekeeping has been impeccable, friendly and unobtrusive. We have had a truly enjoyable and relaxing fortnight and we are charmed by Cephalonia. Many thanks! Mrs Downs - June 2016
  • This is our second holiday here and it was as good as, if not better than last time! Yolanda has looked after us exceptionally well and we love her food and having her around - she is a real asset to the Migliaressis Estate but I would love her to come back to the UK with us! Once again, we had some very good recommendations from Lysander for things to see around this beautiful island as well as the best places to eat. We look forward to returning! Sue, Martin and Patrick - May 2016
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  No of people 5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
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  No of people 2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
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†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Lysander Estate can be rented during 6 May-17 June and 9 September-21 October – please call us to check price and confirm availability.

Greek National Tourist licence (EOT): 0830K100589401


If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:

2-3 guests 1 Group B
4-5 guests 1 Group D
6 guests 2 Group B
7 guests 1 Group B and 1 Group D
8 guests 2 Group D

 

Booking Conditions

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
  • Visas
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Twin-centre holidays: a £15-100 per person administration fee is applicable which will include all middle transfers

YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
Full protection is guaranteed when you book a package with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL Licence 5858) and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Membership W5698).

FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.

ACCOMMODATION ONLY
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.

CHILD CONCESSIONS
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.

INFANTS
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 30% of the total holiday cost is required. 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.

Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
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.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION
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.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
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.

Gatwick-Zakynthos (EasyJet – Flight number EZY 8745/5)
Depart 0840 Arrive 1410
Depart 1450 Arrive 1625
Snacks can be purchased on board
Gatwick North Terminal
 
Heathrow-Corfu (British Airways Flight number BA9126/7) 
Depart 0715 Arrive 1230
Depart 1320 Arrive 1435
British Airways offer a buy on board service
Heathrow Terminal 5
 
Gatwick-Chania, Crete (Easyjet Flight number EZY 8781/2) 
Depart 0800 Arrive 1355
Depart 1440 Arrive 1635
Snacks can be purchased on board
Gatwick North Terminal
 
Gatwick-Kefalonia (Air Germania Flight number ST2722/3)
Depart 0925 Arrive 1440
Depart 1525 Arrive 1700
Hot meal and soft drink provided on board
Gatwick South Terminal
 
Heathrow-Preveza (British Airways Flight number BA9130/1)
Depart 0940 Arrive 1515
Depart 1625 Arrive 1755
British Airways offer a buy on board service
Heathrow Terminal 5
 
Gatwick-Skiathos for Skopelos (Air Germania Flight number ST2610/1) 
Depart 0535 Arrive 1135
Depart 1325 Arrive 1520
Hot meal and soft drink provided on board  
Gatwick South Terminal

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
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).

Infants are permitted a 10kg checked bag allowance plus a fully collapsible pushchair, a car seat and one piece of hand luggage for items required in the flight (subject to security restrictions).
 
Any excess baggage will be charged at the airport. As this is a BA charter service, BA miles cannot be accrued or earned on this flight, nor can BA Executive Club members access the airport lounge.
 
If you are flying with Easyjet you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person (excluding infants) up to 20kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted measuring a maximum 56 x 45 x 25cm (including wheels, pockets and handles) which you must be able to place and retrieve safely in the overhead lockers without assistance.
 
If you are flying with any other airline, please check the airline’s website for details.
 
It is common for airlines to change their restrictions on luggage weight and the number of items so, before travelling, we recommend you check the airline’s website for the latest information.

IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS

Instead of full meals, BA now operate a ‘buy on board’ service offering sandwiches, snacks and drinks in conjunction with Marks & Spencer. Only card payments are accepted and choice may be limited, so you might find it easier to take food and drink onto the plane with you. 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.

PREGNANCY
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.

NAME CHANGES
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.

FLIGHT DELAYS
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

Sivota and Epiros Coast (Simpson Secret) Car Makes and Models
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.

CAR INSURANCE
As conditions vary throughout Greece, please ensure you ask for full details at collection, before you sign your car hire contract.

The insurance 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 SEATS
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.

TRANSFER INFORMATION
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.

Barbecues
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.

Beach/pool towels
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and Simpson Hotels, and these are normally laundered weekly.  

Beds
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.

Cleaning
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.

Half-board
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.

Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.

Plumbing
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.

Satellite television
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.

Seasonal facilities
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 pools
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.

Villa owners
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.

Welcome Pack
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. 

Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themselves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide.

We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities