Villa Ireni Greece, Kefalonia
Villa Ireni retains its traditional character and interior, and has considerable charm with a delightful balcony overlooking the beach and a shady vine-covered terrace to the rear.
The attractive village of Fiskardo, with its first-class restaurants and shops, and pastel-coloured old houses by day and sparkling lights by night, is just a five minute stroll away along the coastal lane.
To make the most of a very beautiful stretch of coast, small motor boats can be hired in Fiskardo to explore nearby coves and beaches.
- 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)
- Living room with TV/DVD (Greek channels)
- Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer,
- Access from kitchen to outdoor shaded terrace
- Double air-conditioned bedroom with sea view
- Twin air-conditioned bedroom with sea view
- Small air-conditioned twin bedroom
- Two simple shower rooms (one accessed from the living area and one from the kitchen)
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and beach towels provided
- Large roof terrace for dining, sunbeds for sunbathing and a shaded area
- Rear shaded dining terrace with barbeque
- Small road between villa and beach
- 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 (town) 1min walk
- Tavernas/supermarkets (Fiscardo) 5min walk
- Fiscardo Harbour 5min walk
- Kefalonia airport 1hr 30min drive
Villa Ireni was situated in a suburb position with stunning views over the bay. As we travelled with my 81year old mother in law, the close proximity to the restaurants beside the harbour was ideal. It was a perfect choice for us and we will certainly use Simpson travel again.Mrs McKim - June 2016
We had a wonderful time in Fiskardo. Lots to see and do. The restaurants in the village are very good and the traditional bakery has lots of marvellous cakes, bread and free range eggs. Wendy the Simpson representative was extremely helpful and informative.Ms Argles - May 2016
Our holiday in Kefalonia at the Villa Ireni was absolutely delightful. The location, villa and support from Simpson Travel were exactly right - helpful when we needed, but in no way obtrusive. We certainly felt that our experience mattered to the lovely rep Wendy; we were never just another family on the site. It has given us such a taste for Greece and beach holidays that I am already looking to see what we can book next. Kathleen Lynch-HowardMrs Lynch-Howard - August 2015
The whole Simpson holiday experience from website to returning home was first classMr Jones - July 2015
We all agree that this has been one of the most perfect holidays EVER. The villa is in the best location imaginable; only seconds away from the lovely Zavalata beach, and only a few minutes walk from the tavernas and shops at Fiscardo harbour. Our outward flight from the UK had been delayed by several hours, so we were delighted to see our Simpson driver waiting right in front of the arrivals door in Kephalonia. From then onwards, everything went like clockwork. The villa is really well equipped, and the beds were so comfortable. There is plenty of outdoor space for relaxing, and the view is fabulous. The little road in front of the villa has only a tiny amount of traffic, so there was no problem with noise or any other disruption. We were particularly pleased to find that all the living accommodation was on one level. Being a party that included an 87 year old, and one member of the family recovering from a double knee replacement, we were happy to find that everything was so accessible. Wendy our Simpson representative was so very friendly, and really helpful when it came to planning trips and excursions. She was thoughtful enough to realise that we were quite tired when we arrived, and she arranged a convenient time to return and tell us about the area. When we weren't people-watching down at the harbour, enjoying a lovely meal at one of the many excellent tavernas, or swimming down at the beach, the villa was a lovely place to return to and unwind. A real home from home. We'll be back! Thank you Simpson Travel!Miss Wray - August 2014
We spent a perfect week at the Villa Ireni in Fiskardo. The villa was beautiful and the location couldn't have been better - right next to the beach and only a couple of minutes walk from the harbour and tavernas. Wendy the rep was very helpful in giving us information about boat trips, beaches, walks and excursions.Miss Ougham - August 2014
Our holiday with Simpsons more than met our expectations. Their staff could not have been more helpful, from the moment when we first made contact to find out more about the villa which we had shortlisted, right through to the time we reluctantly returned home after a very special holiday. Well done, Simpsons - we really couldn't have asked for more!Mrs Oldman - May 2013
After a week at Efi’s Cottage – the pink house last on the left towards Foki Beach – we relocated here after some tremendous storms and torrential rain that carried on until the middle of the week. The last four days have however been glorious sunshine and the sun terrace at Ireni has been put to very good use. We have met Efi that owner – a charming, lovely lady who even bought us some wine. She was left the house by an old aunt! Great trip to Assos (€50 by taxi there and back) again crowd free at this time of year and a good walk up to the Citadel ruins about the village. Wendy has been a real star and has looked after us superbly, suggesting the relocation here when the weather turned vile. Thanks again Wendy for all your help and attention. Thank you Efi for the honey you brought us on our departure day – you are so kind!Mrs Davies - October 2012
The week’s weather has been a blast of fun summer – hot and sun each day! We therefore determined to do very little, and we were gloriously successful. Apart from the one over the road, we’ve been to four beaches: Emblissi – good beach but we didn’t much enjoy the walk from here. Foki – beautiful, and an easy walk. Agia Jerusalem – took a taxi (we decided against car hire because we wanted to be lazy). Main beach good, sun loungers and umbrellas helped. Lighthouse rocks: nice walk to it, rocks in the water slippery but good swimming. (Snorkelling good everywhere) Highlight – (as many others have written before) was a day’s boat hire. We took ourselves to Ithaca and had lunch – excellent. And most of what we did was on Wendy’s recommendation, and her information proved to be invaluable.Mrs Carruthers - September 2012
Villa Ireni is lovely, homely and better than we expected. There should be more pictures on the website of this beautiful place, more of the upper terrace where we all spent a lot of time watching the boats moor in the evening and also watching the Italians arguing in the morning whilst enjoying a croissant and a coffee in the 30 degrees morning sun. Boat hire needs more instruction and more written instructions about mooring in different bays. Not great for a first timer, choppy waters across to Ithaca was a bit frightening but I’m not great off land. But it was all worthwhile when we passed a turtle with a head as big as a €4 watermelon from a local supermarket. All beaches we’ve visited, Agia Jerusalem, Foki and beach just outside our villa have been lush. Great for snorkelling or just having a cool down. Wendy is really helpful and had some good, recommendations for places to visit, but we have been quite happy to stay put and wander the streets for Fiskardo, as this is so beautiful. We enjoy an afternoon beer at one of the bars, well worth it if you see the Greek fishermen nearly having a fight with an Italian tourist! Myrtos Beach is probably the bluest waters you will ever see. Amazing scenery from the top, well worth a visit, even if you’re not a sunbather. All in all, fantastic place, lots to see and do. We will be back, loved every minute.Mrs Macaulay - August 2012
We all have had a truly wonderful holiday here in Fiskardo – the location of the Villa Ireni is perfect. Our children ages, 16, 14, 11 were able to independently explore the harbour as it is such a safe and friendly place to be. All the Greek people we have encountered have been very friendly and helpful. We have enjoyed eating both in the villa as well as sampling the many restaurants. We had a barbecue at the top balcony one evening – which was great fun! We really enjoyed hiring a boat, exploring Fiskardo and relaxing in the villa. Wendy is very helpful and her local knowledge was useful. The beach outside the villa and Foki Beach no more than 20 minute walk are lovely. Have a great holiday and enjoy this every special place.Mrs Rudge - August 2012
Amazing holiday , thankyou simpson travel for putting those extra special touches on our holiday. For me you had it spot onMrs Macaulay - August 2012
Thanks to Wendy for all her help and useful info! It was lovely to meet Efi, who was keen for us to enjoy the house. Our highlight of the 2 weeks was our boat trip. A great experience for all ages. Jamie’s local knowledge and fun descriptions of local wildlife informed most of our snorkelling around the local beaches. We loved Foki and DafnoudI Beaches but some of our best snorkelling was on the beach across the road – we saw a couple of eels, octopus and a star fish. We enjoyed a trip to Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake.Mrs Coe - July 2012
Absolutely loved the place. Fiskardo is probably the best location for all ages as it has more to offer. Recommend – Boat hire and visiting Melissani Lake. The drive to the lake via the smaller roads is very scenic and there are a few good, clean deserted beaches along the way to stop off for a swim. Beaches – loved Foki Beach and the various deserted beaches we visited by boat. Swam in the sea every day which was lovely. Wendy’s knowledge and friendliness has been fantastic. Her love of her job is obvious. All in all a great time was had by us all. We arrived stressed and are leaving smiling and relaxed. What more could we ask for.Mrs Shah - June 2012
We have had a really wonderful time at Villa Ireni. To make our holiday perfect for us, Wendy gave us all the information we needed, and so much more. We went on the Romantica 2 to Meganisi, Scorpios and Lefkas which was very good value but be prepared for it to be crowded with not much seating. Our favourite beach was Emblissi just 25 minute walk (or taxi). It’s a beautiful bay with crystal clear water. The beach by Ireni is perfect for an early evening swim and the villa’s location to the harbour is also perfect. Thank you Simpson Travel.Mrs Smith - June 2012
Villa very well located to make the most of the quiet, yet close to main harbour area. Local people are very helpful and friendly. Found the prices higher than in other Greek Islands but it is a few years since we were last in Greece. Wendy from Simpson Travel is very helpful. Feel very relaxed going home.Mrs Earl - May 2012
Had a wonderful peaceful week. Watched the world go by – sunrise over morning coffee on the balcony at end of hall. The villa was immaculate, lovely touches of fresh flowers, essentials waiting plus extras to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary week. Watching the birds swoop and the light play on the sea and mountains. Enjoyed meeting the artist owner of Ireni (briefly). Wendy excellent with lots of tips. Favourite beach – Dafnoudi – great for snorkelling, remote – maximum people at any one time were eight of us – clear blue sea. Word of warning re- boat hire – very minimal instructions given – we had a bit of difficulty with choppy waves in a cove (changed suddenly) ended up slightly damaging the propeller, cost extra €80 on top of fuel and boat hire! Decided dry land and sun bed safer option. Had good meals at all restaurants, tried a different one each time! We are not ready to leave this lovely place yet!Mrs Wilson - May 2012
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Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.
If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:
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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
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
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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 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.
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 a buy on board snack service on our London to Corfu flight. 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.
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.
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 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.