Amalthia Cottage

Ithaca, Greece

Part of theSimply Simpson collection

The simple things in life often give the greatest pleasure and we believe our Simply Simpson Collection offers the chance to experience a more authentic taste of local living in some of the most idyllic locations in the Mediterranean. Take time to discover our comfortable, no-frills accommodation and join us on the road less travelled.
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  • Romantic open-plan cottage
  • Private pool and garden
  • 5min drive to Vathy
  • 15min walk to Dexa Beach

Advance Registration... select your dates and reserve your 2023 holiday online, with a fully refundable deposit of £500.

Ithaca’s capital Vathy, has been the main harbour on the island since the 16th century and houses near this picturesque little town have enduring appeal. Just a 5-minute drive from its appealing waterfront, Amalthia Cottage is located in the timeless Mediterranean landscape above Dexa Beach, notable not only for its Blue Flag status but, according to legend, for welcoming Odysseus when he returned from The Trojan War. Hard to imagine such drama here now, in this sleepy spot fringed by trees and only the chirrup of cicadas to disturb the peace. When you’re in need of refreshment, you’ll find a simple beach bar serving cold drinks a short stroll along the shoreline; everything else you may need can be found in Vathy, with its excellent selection of shops, bars and tavernas.

Amalthia cottage is just for two and the open-plan living area with mezzanine bedroom above is perfect for a romantic escape. Though modest in scale, the cottage enjoys a charming setting and the pretty garden, private pool and terrace ensure that island living is just as relaxing as you could wish it to be. There are some self-guided walks nearby and a stroll up to the ancient village of Paleochora is a must; Ithaca’s capital in the Middle Ages, it enjoys fabulous views south across the island and some of the old frescoes are still visible in the ruins of the church. Guided walks can also be arranged, along with self-drive boat hire, kayaking and scuba diving, on request.

Perfectly private and separate from neighbouring Arethusa Cottage, the two properties also work well for two couples travelling together, seeking independent living.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay in a boutique hotel in Kefalonia to your villa holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Greece.


  • 1-bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)


  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with TV/DVD player (English-speaking news channels)
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge, dishwasher
  • Shower room
  • Stairs to mezzanine level with double bed (150cm x 200cm)


  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
  • Washing machine
  • Simpson Travel pool towels
  • Safe
  • Built-in barbecue
  • Swimming pool 5m x 2.5m (depth 0.9m – 1.5m)
  • Separate private parking
  • Guided walks, massage treatments, self-drive boat hire, kayaking, SCUBA diving (payable locally)


  • 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.

National tourist licence (EOT): 0457K91000460201


  • Kefalonia airport to Sami port by private taxi or minibus 50min
  • Waiting time at Sami port is usually short at the port café
  • Sami port to Ithaca (Pisaetos) by sea taxi or ferry and depending on the mode of transport the journey will take 40-50 minutes


  • Shop/bakery 5min drive
  • Vathy 5min drive
  • Dexa beach 15min walk/5min drive
  • Frikes 30min drive
  • Port of Pisaetos 15min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2 guests – 1 Group B, Nissan Micra or similar*

* All our cars include full comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. Please note that damage to the undercarriage, wing mirrors, windscreen and tyres is not covered by insurance.

Car specification

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group C – Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2 litre engine, 1 large and 1 medium suitcase*

Group D – Automatic Nissan Micra or similar, 1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group E – Daihatsu Terios 4x4 Hard Top or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 2 medium suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

We just wanted to say how very much we have enjoyed staying at your beautiful cottage – we so wish we could have stayed for another week – at least! Ithaca is without doubt a very special place and we will definitely come back some day. We’ve got to know the island pretty well, so thank you for all your tips! And thank you for helping to make our time here so enjoyable.
James & Sara – July 2021

We recently returned from a lovely week in Ithaca. Staying in Amalthia Cottage gave us easy access to Vathy for evenings out, shopping, and boat hire but we also enjoyed the privacy of our own villa with pool. Ithaca has beautiful beaches although all are 'pebbled' so beach shoes useful. The scenery is stunning and the island quiet and unspoiled. Judith, our concierge, was 'on-hand' for any help needed, particularly with Covid requirements, and provided lots of useful local advice. Today we booked a return visit.
Denis & Chrissie – via TrustPilot – September 2021

We decided to take the plunge when the quarantine restrictions eased and booked a last minute holiday with Simpson Travel in Ithaca and we were so pleased we did! Everything about the holiday surpassed our expectations, from the quiet airport (Birmingham) and flights there and back, to the smooth journey from Kefalonia airport to Ithaca, and the island and villa. Judith, the Simpson rep, was fantastic and gave us lots of tips to get the most out of our time on Ithaca. And what a place! I admit I had never really heard of Ithaca other than from the Greek myths, but we were delighted with it and will certainly visit again. It is small but perfectly formed, and everyone is so friendly. We would definitely recommend hiring a boat for the day to visit deserted beaches and swim in the clear Ionian Sea – heaven! Our villa was lovely with a small but very welcome pool and nothing but the sound of cicadas and the deep blue of the skies to distract from our reading and snoozing. I just wish I was back there now!
Nicola Edmondson – via TrustPilot – August 2021

I can only praise Simpson Travel for their handling of repeated postponements due to Covid restrictions. They managed everything extremely professionally and fairly. Flying from Manchester (Jet2) was really easy. Airport was much quieter than usual, thus parking and experience from check-in through to departure was simple and straightforward. We had all our paperwork sorted – PLF, vaccination records, etc. and printed copies made it much easier to manage. Entry to Kefalonia was again really straightforward, no undue delays or queues. Transfers to Ithaca also felt safe. As usual, Judi (Simpson’s local rep) was on hand to meet us on arrival. Just love Judi, down to earth but always there to help when needed. Villa was as expected (we've been to the island three times before) and would thoroughly recommend. Overall experience in main town was positive. Did not feel unsafe and face masks warn in all premises. We organised our return Covid test via Judi at local clinic, much easier, quicker (and cheaper) than bringing one with you from UK. We got a printed copy of the test result for our return to the UK. Judi also offered to print out our UK PLF which again made things much easier than faffing around trying to find on phone/tablet. Return trip was just as easy as the outbound one and amazingly no queues at immigration on our return to Manchester. Brilliant holiday, managed well by brilliant company and brilliant rep.
Nick Abbott – via TrustPilot – August 2021

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.

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The fabled land of Homer’s Odyssey and a safe harbour through the ages for Romans, Venetians and Ottomans, Ithaca is historic to the core: a beach holiday destination that comes with an epic story to match its beautiful landscape. The sweeping panorama of Vathy’s bay and a shoreline of eucalyptus-shaded coves give way to undulating hills of pine, olive and cypress groves, whilst timeless rural life plays out in the island’s unspoilt interior, ensuring that Ithaca remains a place to truly relax.

To help you unwind in style, we offer a selection of handpicked luxury villas, giving your Ithaca holiday a welcome touch of comfort.

Read more on our Ithaca region page

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