Olivia Cottage Greece, Skopelos

Olivia Cottage is situated amongst fields and olive groves, in an ideal position close to the beautiful Stafilos Beach. This is one the island’s best known beaches, a wide bay of crystal clear water in a pretty, green setting with two traditional tavernas.


A white, beamed open-plan sitting room and kitchen provides light and uncluttered living space whilst upstairs an arched wooden door leads from the pretty bedroom to a rear terrace.

This is a perfect spot for a couple, with easy access to delightful Skopelos Town and its attractive cafes, restaurants and shops.
 

Accommodation:
  • 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)

Ground floor:

  • Open-plan living/kitchen/dining area with TV (Greek channels only) and DVD player; access to outdoor dining area and barbecue
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer
  • Small dressing room with Z-bed
  • Shower room
  • Stairs to mezzanine

Mezzanine floor:

  • 1 air-conditioned double bedroom

General:

  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safety deposit box
  • Private swimming pool 6m x 3.5m (depth 0.8m – 1.7m)
  • Cottage set back from the Skopelos Town to Stafilos Beach road
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
Location:
  • Beach (Stafilos) 5min drive
  • Tavernas (Stafilos) 5min drive
  • Skopelos Town 5min drive
  • Transfer Skiathos airport to Skopelos port 2hrs
  • A lovely week spent at Olivia Cottage, quaint yet full of character. We’ve had many wonderful holidays with Simpson and as always we’ve been very well looked after – this time with Marcia who deserves a big thank you. Also thanks to Spiros for his kindness and generosity. Go to the ‘Mama Mia’ chapel – the drive & views are worth the climb. Mr Solomon - September 2016
  • We have loved our week in Skopelos. What a lovely island – relatively unspoilt, calm and peaceful. It was quite a revelation. We liked Limnonari Beach. It’s nearby, family friendly, a scenic backdrop and good lunches at the taverna. Perivoliou has the most beautiful, clear water and is good for snorkelling. We have enjoyed our time at Olivia Cottage. A lovely vacation. Many thanks to Marcia for her help and advice during our stay. Mr Partridge - August 2016
  • A lovely relaxing week - enjoyed visiting various beaches and lazing by the pool. As we are here with our 4 year old daughter (she's had a great time) meant we tended to eat out either at lunch or early evening so couldn't sample the courtyard restaurants in town which seemed to open at 7pm. Enjoyed early evening meals at Agnondas on our first and final days as well as a couple of lovely lunches at the taverna at Limnonari Beach and a good meal at the taverna overlooking Stafilos. Thanks to Marcia for being a good rep. Ms Henson - August 2016
  • This was our first visit to Greece and our first time travelling with Simpson's. Neither will be our last. We stayed on Skopelos in Olivia's Cottage and have been spoiled. The island is stunning, the cottage charming (the location is ideal and the outside area perfect for poolside relaxing). Finally, Marcia is a great rep - knowledgeable, very helpful and clearly wants guests to have a great time. The problem for us is that we loved this holiday so much we may not get to visit any of the other islands. Mr Fry - August 2016
  • What a glorious holiday! This is our first visit to the Greek islands and we now understand why everyone we spoke to prior to coming here had only positive things to say. There is an understated relaxed charm, coupled with a magnificent landscape which makes for a winning combination. We generally lazed by the pool and went to some beautiful beaches. We would highly recommend you hire a boat for the day as part of a small group. A huge thank you to the staff at Simpson Travel who have all been so warm, friendly and professional - difficult to get right. A huge, huge thank you to Marcia for her in-depth knowledge about everything in Skopelos and beyond - a lady of many talents! Mr Fry - August 2016
  • Another fabulous holiday with Simpsons. I recommend you far and wide, recently commenting to a friend that you are a company for travellers not tourists. This is our second year with you and I foresee many more. Many thanks to all the team for creating holidays in destinations I've been searching for my whole life. Mrs Timlin - July 2016
  • Olivia Cottage is a beautiful house and we loved the rustic charm & homely feel. Spiros, the owner of the house, was extremely friendly and welcoming.We would definitely come back for all the wonderful experiences this island has to offer! Mrs Timlin - July 2016
  • Simpson Travel are a great company to deal with. Have been travelling with them for the past five years and, as always, things went smoothly without any problems. All te staff are helpful and make the organising of the holidays so easy, a couple of phone calls and its done. Mr Wyles - July 2016
  • Olivia Cottage is very beautiful & tranquil. Upon meeting up with Marcia, we found her very confident & welcoming. A lovely, relaxing holiday in a great setting. Mrs Wright - June 2016
  • We have had a wonderful relaxing week here, very much needed. Wonderful to be 'away from it all', yet just up the road from civilisation. What a lovely island Skopelos is! Easy to escape the world, yet more sophisticated than many Greek islands, particularly with the great choice of food in the restaurants. The courtyard restaurants are lovely (Zoupa and Anna's), as is Pavlos and the fish taverna at Agnondas - perfect for sitting by the beach watching the sunset. One week is not enough! Mrs Barnard - August 2015
  • Olivia Cottage is amazing, very homely, very close to Skopelos Town. We spent our mornings laying by the pool and relaxing. Visited all the beaches and hired a boat for the day, so we managed to get to the small, but lovely inaccessible beaches. Fabulous restaurants in Skopelos town and Agnondas beach. Marcia was very helpful with her advice on what to see, where to go, etc. All in all fantastic two weeks. Well done to everyone at Simpson. Mr Richardson - August 2015
  • Thanks to all at Simpsons for making our holiday a wonderful experience. Special thanks to Marcia in Skopelos for making sure everything ran smoothly. Olivia Cottage in Skoplelos is a delightful holiday home. Perfect for relaxing and an ideal location for exploring the island. Mr Richardson - August 2015
  • A beautiful cottage on a beautiful island. We have loved every minute of it. We have spent many happy hours around the pool here. Mr White - July 2015
  • Beautiful cottage on a beautiful island. We have loved every minute of it. Week one was hot, week two - even hotter! We have had many happy hours around the pool here. We went up to Glossa and The Mamma Mia Chapel one day; otherwise we have visited the local beaches (Limnonari was our favourite). Most evenings we visited the cafe bar Thalassa which is surrounded with wonderful views. Also it is a good spot for morning iced coffee. Favourite restaurants for us tended to be Alexander's, To Rodi, Perivoli and Zoupa. Marcia has been a great help with advice and answers to all our questions. We look forward to returning to Skopelos! Mr White - July 2015
  • Well another wonderful 14 days at Olivia Cottage, year after year it goes on to please. Have booked again for next year - says it all. Thanks to Marcia and her team - nothing is ever too much trouble Mr Wyles - July 2015
  • Well another wonderful 14 days at Olivia Cottage, year after year it goes on. We have booked again for next year, says it all. Thanks to Marcia and the rest of the team. Nothing ever was too much trouble for them! Mr Wyles - July 2015
  • It was only by chance we came across Simpson Travel some four years ago when looking for a midsummer holiday. Since then we have travelled with them every year to Skopelos Greece and have been highly delighted by the service offered. The accommodation at Olivia Cottage is so tranquil and peaceful one could not wish for more a truly relaxing time. We have also, on all our visits, been impressed by the Simpson representatives, they are there to help in all ways but unlike other companies are not in your face. We have, since our return last week, already provisionally booked the same weeks next year and cannot thank the whole Simpson team enough. Just keep up the good work. Mr Wyles - July 2015
  • Olivia Cottage is the perfect retreat in an ideal location. We were looking for a relaxing holiday and have not been disappointed. The island is beautiful, its people welcoming and friendly. Huge thanks must go to Marcia, who we've christened 'marvellous Marcia', mistress of the marinade, for all the recipes but more importantly for being helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and fun. We always looked forward to her regular visits. Thanks also to Katarina, Costa and all the Simpson team for a happy, enjoyable and carefree holiday. Mr Hughes - June 2015
  • Olivia Cottage is the perfect retreat in an ideal location. We were looking for a relaxing holiday and have not been disappointed. The island is beautiful and the people are welcoming and friendly. Glossa is well worth visiting, Agnanti restaurant offers tasty food and stunning views while you eat. The cafe in the square is a good spot for coffee beneath a shady tree. Whilst in the area, the climb up the steps to Agios Ioannis is unmissable (The Mamma Mia Chapel) and worth the effort. The two monasteries to the east of the island are interesting, despite the track being a little rough. We spent time on three beaches - our favourite being the pretty and sandy Limnonari (great for snorkeling). Stafilos and Milia beach are good too. We've had some tasty barbecues in the garden and enjoyed meals in the town - Alexander Taverna and Anna's are both very good. Many afternoons have been spent around the pool. Huge thanks must go to Marcia, who we've christened 'Marvelous Marcia' for being so helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and fun. We always looked forward her regular visits. Thanks also to Katarina, Costa and all the Simpson team for a happy, enjoyable and carefree holiday. Mr Hughes - June 2015
  • It's been a fantastic week at Olivia Cottage, but we must say a week is not long enough and wished we'd booked two weeks. Our main thing was to totally relax this week but we managed to also enjoy some great days out and fun evenings. - August 2014
  • Beautiful island, amazing green seas, perfect for snorkelling! Hot sunshine, friendly locals and fantastic accommodation! What an enjoyable holiday. Thank you Skopelos and the Simpson Team..... hopefully see you soon! Mr and Mrs Rice - July 2014
  • Here for the third time and still as good as ever. In fact, have booked for next year already. We just love the place and the people. Wyles - July 2014
  • A lovely and relaxing holiday. We will miss the climate most and the pool. The people are friendly and warm. - June 2014
  • Last guests of the season. We went to Skopelos for a relaxing holiday and that is what we had. For the most part the weather was warm and sunny with the exception of the last two days, but it was the end of the season so it wasn't too unexpected. Olivia's Cottage was lovely and perfectly situated, very peaceful but only a few minutes from town. The beaches were close by with their crystal clear waters. Thanks to Marcia who was very friendly and helpful, and popped in regularly to make sure we were ok. All in all a lovely, relaxing holiday, and just what we needed. Mr and Mrs Clifford - September 2013
  • Marcia our rep was most helpful and friendly - thank you. She visited regularly to check we were ok and to catch up on events. A very pretty cottage, near to the beaches and good for a chill out. We had a restful holiday - beautiful blue skies, seas and views - what more could you want! Mr and Mrs Lewis - August 2013
  • We stayed at the Olivia cottage on Skopelos and wanted a relaxed and laid back holiday. It did what it said on the tin! Mr Conway - August 2013
  • We were after a chill and that is what we got. The most taxing decision was where to eat each evening! The cottage was really pleasant, and Marcia was a star inevitably. The Conways - August 2013
  • Two weeks this year and just as wonderful. Skopelos as a whole is a great place. The evenings around the harbour, with the vast array of restaurants - the ambience was quite addictive. Marcia, as ever, a good rep - not in your face but always there to help. Have already provisionally booked next year and can't wait to get back. Mr and Mrs Wyles - July 2013
  • Pretty cottage, and Marcia has been very helpful. Mr and Mrs Garrard - June 2013
  • Lovely little cottage, very Greek. The owners and Marcia were really friendly and helpful. Mr and Mrs Popham - May 2013
  • Last guests of the season and we have been enjoying all the benefits that brings; quiet beaches, roads to ourselves, no parking issues and the pick of any restaurant. The island is magical with a charm that hooks you from the moment you arrive. Olivia Cottage is perfect both in location and accommodation. We have greatly enjoyed both the BBQ and the pool. The stillness in the air is so peaceful and is only broken by goat bells, cockerels and cat mews. Weather has been warm and sunny so we were able to combine sightseeing with beach visits every day. Agnontas - very quaint cove with little Greek fishing boats moored up in front of shoreline tavernas. Panormos has a superb long sandy beach and is a great place to watch the sunset. We also hired a boat, from here for the day (recommended by Marcia). Book in advance. We explored coastline with dozens of beaches all the way up to Loutraki. Found a lovely little cove all to ourselves – bliss. Ag. Ioannis chapel is a must see! Quite a trek and not for the faint hearted. Worth the views. Stafilos Beach is by far our favourite. It is close to Olivia Cottage, has a very sheltered location, very fine pebbles/sand and the clearest crystal water. A wonderful place to spend a day. Skopelos town is buzzing even at this time of the year. The narrow streets in the old port are full of surprises at every turn; little shops, bars, restaurants, churches, flower filled courtyards – just delightful. Enjoy your stay and relax. Mrs Firman - September 2012
  • Olivia Cottage has Greek charm in abundance! We have had a very relaxing and chilled holiday. Marcia was fantastic help and our landlady is very attentive. Sad to leave! Mrs Eltze - September 2012
  • 1st September – our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We drove to the Monastery of Ag.Varvaras in the mountains, to the east of Skopelos town. A hair raising drive, but the views are well worth it. Monastery - small but beautiful and the lady caretaker is helpful and charming. Very glad we had two weeks here, as we managed to explore nearly the whole island. Easy to see why there is no airport – hardly an area of flat land anywhere on the island. After trying several, our favourite beach is at Agnontas, a beautiful bay with local fishing and tavernas. All in all a perfect holiday. Heartfelt thank you to Marcia. Mr Evans - August 2012
  • Quaint cottage -very peaceful and lovely to return to, after a day out exploring this beautiful island. Just go off and explore. Mrs Thomas - August 2012
  • A beautiful, restful retreat. Two weeks of sun, relaxation and peace. We ate out every night and enjoyed all restaurants. Glossa is worth a visit. Skopelos – a small relaxed paradise. Mrs Wright - July 2012
  • We’ve had such a brilliant week. The villa’s simplicity is its charm; understated and typically Greek! We used it to its full! We were seeking a relaxing week and that’s exactly what we had. Just brilliant. Marcia is very knowledgeable, very helpful and accommodating. Thanks for everything, Marcia. Mr Crowther - July 2012
  • Just wonderful – tranquil and relaxing, just what the doctor ordered. So impressed we have already booked for next year – that says it all. Simpson staff were so much help throughout the holiday, and we can’t thank Marcia enough. The only downside was staying 5 days – not enough – it’s 14 next year for sure. Mr Wyles - July 2012
  • Thank you to all at Simpsons for an excellent holiday service, especially Marcia (Skopelos Island Manager) Mrs Williams - June 2012
  • A FABULOUS HOLIDAY - WONDERFUL! Mrs Hearn - June 2012
  No of people 19 May 26 May
Olivia Cottage 7 14 7 14
2 1,247pp 1,980pp 1,466pp 2,161pp
  No of people 2 June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 June
Olivia Cottage 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 1,430pp 2,131pp 1,435pp 2,146pp 1,447pp 2,179pp 1,475pp 2,224pp 1,498pp 2,286pp
  No of people 7 July 14 July 21 July 28 July
Olivia Cottage 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 1,545pp 2,336pp 1,556pp 2,584pp 1,657pp 2,678pp 1,682pp 2,703pp
  No of people 4 August 11 August 18 August 25 August
Olivia Cottage 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 1,682pp 2,703pp 1,682pp 2,703pp 1,682pp 2,630pp 1,603pp 2,317pp
  No of people 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 September
Olivia Cottage 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 1,472pp 2,193pp 1,461pp 2,154pp 1,427pp 1,957pp 1,229pp 1,724pp 1,229pp 1,724pp
  No of people 6 October
Olivia Cottage 7 14
2 875pp SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

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

Property EOT Licence:  0756K91000443901

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

2-3 guests 1 Group C
4 guests 1 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).

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 BA9126/7C) 
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
British Airways offer an in-flight snack on our service from London to Corfu. Special meal requests may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking. Easyjet offers a pay on board snack service.

GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.

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.

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.

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. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence.

CAR INSURANCE
Please note that in most cases you will need to pay an ‘excess’ in the event of theft or damage to your hire car, regardless of blame. As amounts and conditions vary throughout Greece, please ensure you ask for full details at collection, before you sign your car hire contract. The excess charge ranges from €300 to €1,000 dependent on your destination. Where an ‘excess’ applies, it may be possible to purchase extra insurance locally, which reduces or cancels the ‘excess.’

The insurance with or without the excess will not cover:

  • Tyres, including puncture repairs
  • Loss of or damage to car keys (and costs incurred due to this, for example towing and replacement keys, etc.)
  • Windscreen, wing mirrors or undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
  • Interior of car is also not covered in Corfu and Paxos
  • Personal Accident Insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
  • Any damage, loss, accident, theft, attempted theft, etc. caused by your own negligence, for example, driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel, unlocked doors, apparent personal effects, etc.

CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. No money will be taken if you return the undamaged car at the correct time with the correct amount of fuel and not requiring cleaning.

CHILD 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 themelves, 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

Book Your Holiday

Total price £ 2,494

Date of Travel

Departing from
London Gatwick

Adults  
Children  
Infants