Gardenia Cottage Greece, Skopelos

Gardenia Cottage is known affectionately as The Chicken House, after the fortunate birds that lived in the gardens while it was the weekend cottage of its wonderful owners Adonis and Elva. The chickens now happily roost elsewhere, and the house has been converted into a charming retreat for two, complete with a brand new private swimming pool. The renovation is a total delight: comfortable and well equipped (wifi, air-conditioning) yet with a traditional feel that is entirely appropriate to the surroundings. There is plenty of outdoor space to sunbathe in seclusion or laze in the shade and enjoy the scent of gardenia blossoms in early summer. 
The view from the upstairs bedroom is stunning: watching the sunrise over Alonissos from your bed or taking a private evening dip in the pool, it’s hard not to be seduced by the romance of this intimate spot. For dinner out, there are waterfront tavernas aplenty in Skopelos town, just 10 minutes away by car.
  • 1 bedroom villa (sleeps 2)
Ground floor:  
  • Open plan kitchenette/dining area with mini-oven, 2-ring hob, fridge
  • Small sitting room with TV/DVD (Greek channels only); WC

First floor (accessed externally): 

  • Double air-conditioned bedroom with en-suite shower room; balcony with sea views
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safety deposit box
  • Laundry room with washing machine
  • Outdoor kitchen/dining area with oven, fridge-freezer
  • Barbecue and outdoor shaded dining area
  • Private swimming pool 7m x 4m (depth 1.5m)
Complimentary wifi:
  • 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 (Stafilos)  20min drive
  • Tavernas/shops  (Skopelos) 10min drive
  • Skopelos 10min drive
  • Transfer Skiathos airport to Skopelos port 2hrs
  • We loved Gardenia Cottage - a perfect hideaway for two people. We never got tired of the views and found the location perfect. Although the weather was a little unpredictable at the end of the season, we saw our fair share of sunshine. Many thanks to Marcia for all her help and advise and to Adonis for his kind gifts! Mr Lambert - September 2016
  • We have had a wonderful week in a beautiful, quirky cottage. What can you say about the views other than 'wow'! We did venture out of the cottage to Ag Ioannis and it's definitely worth the visit even if like us you have never seen Mamma Mia. Favourite beach for us was Limonari, only a fifteen minute drive away. Our favourite restaurant was Rodi, a secluded courtyard restaurant away from the harbour. Excellent food and friendly staff. As for Marcia, what she doesn't know about the island is not worth knowing. Adonis is a star and was there if you needed him. Thank you all! Mr Roberts - September 2016
  • What a wonderful cottage - amazing views and peaceful setting. Special thanks to Adonis for showing us the way here and to Marcia who was so helpful with all her local knowledge. We made surer of the Heather Parsons Trail book kindly left on the bookshelf. Enjoyed seeing lots of birds. Saw plenty of the island by car and saw many beautiful views but I have to say the view from the terrace of Gardenia Cottage takes the breath away! Well done Simpson for finding another little gem! Mr Jenner - September 2016
  • We have had the best time! Thank you Adonis and family and thank you Marcia! We followed your recommendations to some delicious meals. We recommend the coast road to Glossa: don't believe the map which indicates a 'red' road in land - it becomes a 'white' forestry track. Agnanti is indeed a great place to eat as all have said. All in all a lovely island, lovely people, lovely time! Mrs Bradley - August 2016
  • The rhythm of life here in this beautiful villa. A wake to the rising sun and the sound of cockerels announcing the day; coffee on the top of the balcony - bliss watching everything come to life; the 'blonde' hen (can't call her pale brown, she is far too beautiful) popping over to spend the day. Decisions, decisions... Shall we go to Limonari until lunchtime or go to Elios for the afternoon and watch the sunset? More often than not the hours tick by and the little hen hops back as dusk. Then it's wine time and supper. Wonderful long lunch at Agnanti in Glossa and dinner at Rodi's. We are far too relaxed! Thank you Marcia for everything and to Jane and Janet at Skiathos. Hope to see you all at 2017! Mr Gayler - August 2016
  • This is the fifth year we have used Simpson for our summer holiday and will happy to do so in the future. Mr Gayler - August 2016
  • Totally unforgettable stay in beautiful and charming Gardenia Cottage. Loved exploring the island alongside enjoying plenty of lazy 'villa days'. Our favourite beaches are Limnonari and Stafilos; favourite restaurants - Annas, Zoupa, Olivo and Agnanti; favourite Mamma Mia moments - climbing the 200 steps up to Ag Ioannis to ring the bell! Thank you Simpson Travel! Mr Scott - July 2016
  • We have had the most fabulous time! Thank you Simpson Travel but thank you also to Marcia, you have been amazing - friendly, professional, knowledgeable and generous with your time. Also, an extra special thank you to Adonis for being a great host! The holiday has been so relaxing - just what we wanted and needed. We have spent a lot of time just engaging the beautiful views and the peacefulness of being away from everything. We have really enjoyed the boat trip on the 'Ena' and can definitely recommend Perivoli restaurant. Beautiful garden, delicious food, a little oasis in the middle of Skopelos. It's our first holiday with Simpson but it will definitely not be our last. We are returning refreshed and rejuvenated! Mr Crawford - July 2016
  • Just having our final pre-dinner drinks by the pool in the daily glorious light, watching the birds swooping down to drink from the water. This is a delightful and very individual house, as are the owners and wonderful Marcia. We dined at Agnanti in the evening, when the view from the terrace is spectacular. We have driven to Panormos and Mamma Mia beaches, and from Glossa to Agios Ioannis and climbed the rock to visit the exquisite church of cinematic fame. Finally, do visit the nearby restaurant Fotinis - the food is delicious! Fourth holiday with Simpson: more to come! Mr Freedman - June 2016
  • A superb holiday, encompassing magical sights, unspoiled, quiet beaches and stunning views from the wonderful. long walks. If you have the correct kit (don't attempt without walking boots, etc), the walking tracks T1-5 are very well marked and afford spectacular, panoramic views of the island. Explore the less frequented beaches. In terms of restaurants. Agnanti in Glossa is not to be missed. Marcia's local knowledge is excellent. Agnontas beach is beautiful and the taverna staff there are very welcoming. Adonis and Elva are caring and thoughtful hosts whose detailed consideration is evident throughout the villa. All in all, a wonderful holiday, seamlessly managed by both London and local staff. Thanks, especially to the lovely Marcia! Mrs Wells - June 2016
  • The moment we arrived at Gardenia Cottafe we fell in love with this magical place. The quirky house, the beautiful garden, the stunning views and the most welcoming hosts! Antonis and Elva were so warm and genuine and spoilt us with goodies from their garden. Skopelos is such a beautiful island: peaceful, great walks, stunning scenery and nice private beaches. We had some great food. We loved sitting on the terrace, watching the butterflies dancing around the gardens. This was our first holiday with Simpson Travel - it was such a great experience! Marcia was a lovely and knowledgeable rep. Our only regret was that we were only booked for one week. We usually don't holiday in the same destination twice. With Gardenia Cottage in Skopelos we are happy to make an exception! Mr Hischer - May 2016
  • This was our first holiday with Simpson Travel - everything was very well organised, the staff very knowledgeable and helpful. The moment we arrived at Skopelos and Gardenia Cottage we absolutely fell in love with this magical place. So peaceful and relaxing with stunning views, great weather, quirky house and beautiful gardens - and the warmest welcime imagineable by the charming owners Antonis and Elva - made this a very special holiday experience indeed. Mrs Hischer - May 2016
  • Villa Gardenia has been an absolute delight. Skopelos has some really great places and restaurants. Top rating is the drive up to the west coast to Glossa and lunch at Agnanti, followed by a visit to Agios Ioannis. In Skopelos we found the Muses a very pleasant lunch stop. But most of all, we enjoyed Gardenia Cottage - it's a little gem! Mr Cropp - May 2016
  • Villa Gardenia and Skopelos - no doubt you as a prospective customer have come across this Villa, and maybe you are wondering what to expect. Don't delay - the Villa really is a delight, with many outstanding - and sometimes quirky - features! The chickens and ducks next door that mysteriously leave you a plate of eggs during your stay; the amazing quality and variation of light coming across the bay from Alonissos and across the infinity pool. And Skopelos as an island is also a delight, green and forested; quality restaurants; occasional hints of film (Mamma Mia!); easy driving with wonderful views around the gulf. So, before you leave this review, and this page, and Simpson's site, think - do you really want to end up in a slick soulless run-of-the-mill villa jammed in with many others, or do you want to sit in the quietness of an evening, or the clear coolness of a morning, looking across the blue sea towards dawn or dusk, above a wild flower meadow and olive trees....... Mr Cropp - May 2016
  • Thank you Simpson Travel and Marcia! We have had wonderful two weeks! Gardenia Cottage fulfilled our expectations and more! Our recommendations are go where you like the look of. We found good food in the places which were not mentioned so widely too. Marcia deserves a special mention for her efforts and advice. We had a lovely day out on the glass bottom boat. Hopefully we will be back! Mr Heywood - September 2015
  • Wonderful and totally relaxing two weeks. Thank you Marcia for recommending Gardenia Cottage. The charm, simplicity and the views - amazing! Adonis and Elva have looked after us so well! Thank you! Mr Gayler - September 2015
  • Our fourth occasion we have travelled to Skopelos with Simpsons and have enjoyed the service, the detailed accuracy of the villa description, the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. Skopelos island has the perfect blend of spectacular scenery, peaceful beaches and a local community life with restaurants to cater for all tastes. Mr Gayler - September 2015
  • What an amazing week - non stop sunshine, the best hosts ever and an excellent rep! Thank you Adonis and Elva for making us feel extremely welcome! As we enjoy authentic Greek food, we loved some of the rustic, 'non commercial' restaurants on the harbour front and also Taverna Peparithos half way down to the town. Thank you Simpson Travel - another 5 star winner! Mrs Barnes-Wehrle - August 2015
  • The pictures on the Simpson Travel website indicated something special but did not exaggerate. The work and attention to detail that Adonis and Elva have put into the property, together with their generosity to their guests, creates one of the best villas that we have enjoyed. Marcia was most friendly and helpful, and we have seen so many beaches, points of interest and eateries, that have been much enjoyed. Agnanti and Anna's have given us the best meals. We truly enjoyed Gardenia Cottage and Skopelos! Mr Seed - August 2015
  • Gardenia Cottage was the best villa we have ever stayed in, the views are spectacular and the accommodation very comfortable. Marcia, the local rep, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The owners were friendly, welcoming and very generous with their gifts of eggs, pastries and other local produce. The island has some lovely beaches and is small enough to drive from one end to the other in about an hour but large enough to get way from the crowds at the more popular locations. Another wonderful holiday from Simpson's! Mr Ellis - August 2015
  • A great quirky villa with every comfort, the best views and a welcome breeze. Adonis and Elva were most welcoming. Marcia gave us great tips and was most helpful. Best restaurants we found in Skopelos Town - Anna's, To Rodi, Alexander Taverna and Zoupa. Other restaurants are Agnanti Taverna in Glossa (it's a must) and Pavlos in Agnondas for fresh fish. Best swim - in Agnondas off the unmade road to the Three trees. It's worth the bumpy ride! We have enjoyed the most relaxing two weeks. Mrs Owen - July 2015
  • Gardenia Cottage proved to be a wonderful location for a thoroughly relaxing holiday - fabulous views, very spacious and comfortable, peaceful and yet also only ten minutes by car from all the amenities of Skopelos town. Adonis and Elva are brilliant hands-on hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. Well done once again to Simpson Travel - our ninth holiday with you proved to be every bit as good as all the previous ones! Mrs Bolton - June 2015
  • This was our ninth holiday with Simpson Travel and as always we would give them top marks from start to finish. It was great to see Marcia again and she was so friendly and knowledgeable as always. We had a wonderfully relaxing stay in this beautiful spot and feel that our batteries have had a much needed recharge. Gardenia Cottage is lovely - comfortable and very spacious for two people. Adonis and Elva have been great hosts and so kind. Eating out - in Skopelos we liked Anna's, To Rodi, Perivoli and Olivo. Try to get up to Glossa for lunch or dinner at Agnanti Taverna - it's superb and really worth the trip. Thank you Simpson for another great holiday. I am sure we will soon be planning the next one! Mr Bolton - June 2015
  • The first word I used when we arrived was 'Wow'! Amazing villa, the views, the sounds, the feeling of happiness. A beautiful place to have a lovely relaxing holiday. Adonis and Elva made us feel so welcome. The rep Marcia is so friendly and helpful. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future. A wonderful location for our anniversary! Mr Tate - June 2015
  • What a lovely villa, wonderful location, delightful hosts in Adonis and Ewa and family. So peaceful and relaxing here, everyone is friendly. Beautiful views around the island. Mr Torbett - June 2015
  • What a lovely villa. Wonderful location, delightful hosts. So peaceful and relaxing, and everyone is so friendly. Beautiful views around the island, good food at Aramis Taverna in Loutraki and Korali in Agnontas. We enjoyed sitting by the sea and watch the boats or swim. This is out second trip with Simpson Travel and the quality is as good as the first. Marcia is a lovely and knowledgeable host. Mr Torbett - June 2015
  • This is the first time we have booked a Simpson's holiday and can truly say it exceeded our expectation and wouldn't hesitate to use you again. Miss Bastida Gil - July 2014
  • A thoroughly relaxing break in delightful accommodation with a real "wow" factor - a well appointed and quirky house in a beautiful location with stunning views and a friendly welcome. Mr Bagnall - June 2014
  • Gardina Cottage was even better that we expected and Adonis & Elva, the owners, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Skopelos is wonderfully unspoiled and excellent for a relaxing holiday.. Thanks also to Marcia & Simpsons for ensuring everything went smoothly. Mrs Oakley - May 2014
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  No of people 7 July 14 July 21 July 28 July
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  No of people 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 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.

Property EOT Licence:  0756K91000430401

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

2-3 guests 1 Group C
4 guests 1 Group D


Booking Conditions


  • 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


  • 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

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).

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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

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


  • 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.

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.



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.

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.  

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.

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:


Position, view, serenity, privacy


Space, style, furnishings and interiors


Property enhancements


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:





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Total price £ 2,498

Date of Travel

Departing from
London Gatwick