The Bay House

Ithaca, Greece

  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • Light and airy house
  • Beautiful views of Vathy
  • Comfortable and welcoming
  • Vathy shops and restaurants 5-minute drive

The views from The Bay House encapsulate all that is best about this beautiful island: hillsides covered in wild thyme, olive and cypress trees, a natural harbour with translucent blue sea below, and the roof tops of Vathy. The house has been designed to reflect all this, surrounded by wide terraces, which catch the sea breeze on hot summer days, while the comfortable modern interiors are light and sunny.

Vathy itself with its lively waterfront, shops and traditional tavernas is just a short drive away as is the nearest little bay.



  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)


  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with TV (English speaking news channel), DVD
  • Kitchen includes full oven, fridge-freezer
  • Double bedroom (140cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Safe
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Shaded area for dining and relaxing
  • Private swimming pool 6m x 4m (depth 1.1m – 1.7m)


  • 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): 0830K10000842601


  • Beach 5min drive
  • Vathy (tavernas/shops) 5min drive
  • Transfer Kefalonia airport to Ithaca by taxi and ferry (the journey from airport to Ithaca will take approximately 2hrs)

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:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group B, Nissan Micra or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group C, Fiat Grande Punto 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*

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 1 large and 1 medium suitcase*

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

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

Every detail pre-departure to arrival back home executed with seamless precision – stress-free holiday preparation and a fantastic overseas rep met all our expectations.
Jo & Jonathan – September 2019

This was the first time that we booked a holiday with a tour operator to Europe for years. The quality of accommodation and service coupled with the knowledge and recommendations of the Simpson Travel reps, Judith and Marion, made for a fantastic first time in the Ionian islands. We definitely discovered places which we would not have known about had we booked independently. Five-star holiday all round.
Jessica Harvey Taylor – August 2019

A great fortnight again with Simpson. Lovely island which is unspoilt and very quiet. The location of the villa is superb and we will be very likely to return.
Martin & Jo – July 2019

This was our fourth holiday with Simpson Travel. As ever, we fell in love with our beautiful villa, which is in the best location on the Island. We also enjoyed the discreet but constant support that keeps us coming back every year.
Mrs Manning – July 2018

This villa sits high above Vathy affording spectacular views from early morning sun rising from behind the surrounding hills to an enormous night sky packed to bursting with stars. The sense of calm and peace in this quiet setting is truly special. Driving round the island you will discover many treasures and treats both for the eyes and the stomach! A simpler life to unwind and relax into.
Mrs Donovan – October 2017

Our second visit to The Bay House and just as wonderful. Thank you to all concerned for making our stay so comfortable. Lots of lovely beaches around Vathy but particularly like the small coves between Frikes and Kuoni. We enjoyed the small open air arena in Vathy where we saw 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'. I'm sure we'll return.
Jill & Douglas – September 2017

Fabulous villa with a great location – hard to leave, but leave you must. Best advice – go and explore this stunningly beautiful island. From lovely secluded beaches to hilltop villages. 
Sandra & Ben – September 2017

Excellent service as experienced in previous years. Wi-fi connections only difficult because of location...was solved by standing on the edge of the garden! Would much prefer a larger bed – it would probably be possible to get one in the bedroom space; we're all getting spoiled at home and in other holiday villas! Greta as good as ever and the house looked after beautifully. Will be returning!
Mrs Wyatt – August 2017

A worry-free and guaranteed quality experience with Simpson Travel. Everything is well thought out and looked after on your behalf. Very slick and good value for money given the level of service.
Mr Hutchinson – July 2017

Our second visit to Ithaca and The Bay House. Another wonderful holiday on this beautiful island. Visiting here makes it so difficult to go somewhere else! The perfect place to switch off and relax. Thank you to Greta and everyone here for looking after us both so well, we hope to see you again soon.
Jo & Jon – July 2017

Firstly, thank you to Angelika and family. Very peaceful and beautiful, The Bay House is perfectly located away from the town and yet just a few minutes' drive away. The house itself is very comfortable and really well equipped. The view is gorgeous and especially twinkly at night. This has been the perfect antidote to life in London.
Claire & Sally – June 2017

We had a wonderful two-centre holiday and were extremely well looked after by the Simpson Travel reps at both centres. We had been to Kefalonia before so knew what to expect of this lovely and peaceful island, although it was our first time at the Blue Jasmine which is set in a lovely position overlooking the sea, with a great size pool for such a small hotel. It was, however, the first time we had been to Ithaca where we stayed at The Bay House, just above Vathy, which can only be described as a wonderful location on probably one of Greece's most picturesque islands with some delightful bays and stunning scenery, while if you enjoy walking it is without doubt a walker's paradise. Any concerns that we might have had on a two-centre holiday involving a ferry link were soon dismissed with the transfer both to and from Ithaca being completely hassle free.
Mr Conner – September 2016

It does not need many words to describe this wonderful island. Just relax, explore and unwind!
Mr Boyes – October 2015

Our first trip to Greece and what an absolute delight Ithaca is. We couldn't have chosen anywhere better to stay than The Bay House. Amazing views everywhere you look, even when it gets dark. We explored the island and tried different beaches. The mountain drives to and from Kioni are spectacular. The Bay House is wonderful. We loved relaxing by the pool, looking down on Vathy and listening to the goats making their way around the hills. We will be back.
Mr Mead – September 2015



A wonderful week at The Bay House, could look at that view forever. Enjoyed listening to and watching the sheep make their way up the road each day, accompanied by the sound of their bells. All the trips suggested by Greta were well worth the effort of leaving the sunbeds for a day. Vathy is a great place, the ever-changing boats of all shapes and sizes to look at, lots of good restaurants and shops – a really nice town for an evening wander. Thank you Greta, Angeliki and Nicos for looking after us.
Mr Ewbank – August 2015

Great week at The Bay House. Incredible view. We loved Filatro beach, definitely our favourite. Great meals at Poseidon and the first taverna in the village up the mountain above Vathy. We drove up to Frikes and Kioni and had a lovely lunch on the harbour side in Frikes. It was definitely worth driving back along the mountain top – really stunning views for miles. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Mr Williams – August 2015

What a great house to wake up to on my birthday! We have all had a fantastic stay in The Bay House. It has been an ideal home for one week for four of us – great views, great layout. We hired a boat from Stavros at Ithaca beach for a few days which was a great way to see the island. The food is great and our favourite meal was in the garden house restaurant Polyphemus in Stavros. All the beaches are worth exploring. Greta is great and she will point you to the right direction.
Mr Norman – August 2015

Thanks for a great week in The Bay House. We particularly enjoyed the road trip to Stavros via the beach and an ice cream at Frikes, the lunch at Poluphemus Garden restaurant in Stavros where Monica will explain everything on the menu in as many languages as you like. We also enjoyed chilling in the sun in Filatro beach. Our favourite restaurant was most certainly Libretto. We ate there several times and enjoyed their freshly made pasta, local fish, lamb and especially the arancini balls. At the villa we have enjoyed watching the wildlife and the boats. A great week – thank you!
Mrs Cole – August 2015

The Bay House is as perfect a quiet hideaway as it gets, lovely villa, great pool, amazing views and completely private whilst only being five minutes from beautiful Vathy and a little beach.
Ms Holley – July 2015

We have travelled with Simpson Travel on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The company work to the highest standards with excellent accommodation in fantastic locations. Service both ahead of the holiday and during the stay is excellent; attentive with just the right level of customer contact. I have no reservations about recommending the company wholeheartedly.
Mr Burnby – May 2015

The Bay House in Vathy is a perfect location to relax and unwind. Sitting on the terrace by the lovely pool you can enjoy the views over to Lefkada and the mainland or over the beautiful bay of Vathy as the yachts sail in and out through the day. For sailboat fans there really is no better place to be able to watch 40 to 50 boats a day come and go from the holiday flotillas to the 40m+ private luxury yachts. The villa (possibly the cleanest we have ever had the pleasure to stay in) has everything you need including fantastic hosts who are attentive and helpful but only when you need. A short 15-minute walk away is the small town of Vathy itself where you have many many choices of restaurant all of which serve lovely simple and local food. Then on the way home you can stop in one of the bars on the villa side of the bay to recharge for the final leg home. Yes, it is hilly but that's what the Greek islands are known for and the walk helps to walk off the extra wine or ice cream and you always have the pool to cool off when you get home.
Mr Brewer – July 2015

The concept of Simpson Travel is simple and accurate. For a holiday with a difference and quality you cannot rival this company.
Mrs Hill – September 2014

A great unspoiled location with amazing views and lovely local people. The food when eating out is good value. In all a great place to chill out.
Mrs Hill – September 2013

We absolutely adore the style of holiday that Simpson Travel offers. Any communication either before departure, during the holiday or on our return is dealt with in the most efficient and caring manner. Simpson Travel ticks all of our boxes and we know from speaking to other travellers when on the island their boxes are ticked as well.
Mr Howton – June 2013

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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