Lysander Estate

Kefalonia, Greece

Part of theSimpson Exclusive collection

The most luxurious of our villas include a dedicated pre-departure booking service to arrange all the indulgent essentials before you travel, from private chefs to spa treatments – and while you’re away, your personal Concierge will be on hand to add the finishing touches.
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  • Exceptional historical house
  • Beautiful spacious gardens
  • Wonderfully private
  • Private chef included

The measure of a truly relaxing holiday is its effortless ability to transport you from the mundane to the magical – and this historic estate, surrounded by landscaped gardens and less than a five-minute drive from the beach, does just that, with abundant elegance. However, what makes this such an exceptional villa is the friendly, unobtrusive, excellent service that comes with it, making your experience more like that of a hotel holiday, but with the guests you’ve chosen to be with.

The heritage of this property, owned by Ambassador Lysander Migliaressis-Phocas and his wife Lila, is undeniable. It’s a showcase of period furniture and collectors’ items with a restored 18th-century threshing circle and olive mill nearby. However, soft pastels keep the interiors light, whilst outside swallows swoop over the swimming pool and the attractive stone terrace, enticing those for drinks long into starlit evenings, making this an ideal haven to unwind and truly relax.

There’s a daily maid service to keep the space spotless and Yolanda, the chef and housekeeper, who creates the real magic behind a stay here. She’s an exceptional cook and two meals a day are included in your stay: breakfast and one main meal, up to four of which can be dinners – and there’s a menu to choose from. She’ll set the table and lay a spread of traditional dishes made with fresh local ingredients as well as a few of your own home favourites, catering for children and adults with equal amounts of care and attention. She’ll also prepare picnics and shop on your behalf, which you can pay for locally.

With four bedrooms – two doubles and two twins, which can be turned into doubles – Lysander Estate is ideal for two families or a group of couples holidaying together. The island capital, Argostoli, is about 15 minutes away by road, with a big open-air market, and for meals out, there’s a choice of upmarket restaurants and simply family-run tavernas nearby, including one on Trapezaki beach, a five-minute drive from the Estate. At their best in the morning, the pale sands and shallow waters are perfect for children. Further south, you’ll find unspoilt Lithero beach with its crystal clear waters, about 2.5km away. It’s never crowded and there’s another taverna nearby, which serves excellent seafood.



  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-8)
  • Lysander Estate can also be rented 6 May – 17 June and 9 September – 21 October without the services of a cook – please call to check price and confirm availability

Ground floor

  • Large sitting/dining room with TV (local channels); leads to terrace
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Double bedroom with Satellite TV (some UK channels)
  • Twin bedroom (beds can be configured into a double if required) 2 bathrooms

First floor

  • Double bedroom with Satellite TV (some UK channels)
  • Twin bedroom (beds can be configured into a double if required)
  • Bathroom


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout
  • ADSL Internet
  • DVD and CD players
  • Sound system
  • iPod docking station
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safe
  • Shaded outdoor seating and dining area
  • Swimming pool 13m x 5m (depth 1.2m – 1.6m), Roman steps
  • Helipad
  • Deposit of 30% of the total package price is required to book this holiday


  • Full concierge service
  • Full time maid service 10am – 1pm (additional afternoon maid service in July and August)
  • Personal laundry/ironing included
  • In-house chef/cook included (cost of ingredients payable locally)
  • Breakfast and one 3-course meal each day (maximum 4 dinners/week, cost of ingredients payable locally)
  • Shopping service available in advance and during stay (cost of provisions payable locally)


  • All properties with internet 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.


  • Trapezaki beach and taverna 7min walk
  • Bakery (Vlahata) 20min walk or 4min drive
  • Lithero beach 7min drive
  • Lourdas beach 10min drive
  • Koroni beach and bar 10min drive
  • Pessada beach 15min drive
  • Argostoli 15min drive
  • Airport 20min 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:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group B, Hyundai i10 or similar*
  • 4-5 guests – Group D, Hyundai i30 or similar*
  • 6 guests – 2 Group B, Hyundai i10 or similar*
  • 7 guests – 1 Group B, Hyundai i10 or similar* and 1 Group D, Hyundai i30 or similar*
  • 8 guests – 2 Group D, Hyundai i30 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*

Group D – Hyundai i30 or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

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, 1.3 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group E1 – Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar, 1.3 litre engine, 2 large and 1 medium suitcase*

Group F – Minibus Fiat Doblo 7 seater, 1.4 litre engine, no suitcases with full occupancy*

Group J – Automatic Hyundai Accent or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

* 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

All the superlatives in these reviews praising Yolanda and Effie’s care for their guests are justly deserved. We have been so well looked after that we have all relaxed and enjoyed ourselves enormously.Yolanda’s cooking is as good as it sounds! It’s difficult to pick favourites but anything Greek is a must as is the fish. All puddings are wonderful but the best are the semifreddo and the orange cake – a marvel! Kefalonia is beautiful. Our highlights have been the fabulous drive to Fiskardo which is a lovely village and the Acropolis of Sami. The views from this deserted and ancient town are something to behold! But the icing on our cake has been the trip with Costas and his wife on ‘My Yacht’. Sailing and swimming our way around Kefalonia and Ithaca has been truly stunning – not to be missed.
Louise, Andrew, Josh and Sam – June 2018

A beautiful historic villa of which Lysander is justifiably proud. The gardens, seating areas, pool and views were as good as we have had in any villa, and our favourite beach on the island was Trapezaki just five minutes away! The ambience of the property, with its peaceful setting has allowed us to spend the week in total relaxation. However there were two people that took this holiday to a whole new level for us – Yolanda and Effie – what a fantastic combination! Having never experienced a catered villa before we were a little unsure of what to expect, but after a week with Yolanda and Effie our realisation of what a real holiday can be like was an enlightenment. The cooking was amazing, highlights being the lobster and shrimp linguine, stifado, chocolate mousse, banana flambe and the delicious lunchtime salads. It was so good not to have to go shopping, no washing up, no tidying wet towels, etc. As a mum I felt truly spoilt. We had some tasty meals at restaurants and tavernas, but nothing could quite match up to Yolanda's cooking which was outstanding! Our favourite nights were nights at the villa with Yolanda's freshly prepared delicacies! All in all a fabulous week and lovely family time together! Thank you to Lysander, Yolanda and Effie!
The Hall Family – September 2017

Thank you for a marvellous stay. Beautiful villa and we were so well looked after with all Yolanda's delicious cooking!
The Lent Family – September 2017

Many thanks for the wonderful week we have spent here at this beautiful villa exploring the many delights from our boat trip. Fabulous hosts, great food and amazing waters to swim in. But the real highlight has been the way Yolanda has looked after us with her super tasty meals and every meal has been better than the last! A big thank you to Effie for also looking after us so well it was more like a 5-star hotel and we shall definitely be back!
Leanne, Paul, Monique, Ryan, Ella & James – September 2017

The most wonderful place to celebrate my birthday with family and friends without a shadow of a doubt. The most comfortable villa we have stayed in worldwide.
Myra and Tim – September 2016

From the hubbub of London to the delights of the Filadexia – 10 wonderful summer days spent here. As everyone has written, the food served here is without a doubt the highlight of the stay. Yolanda is flexible, charming, and understands a child's appetite as well as some hungry adults. Thank you too to Lysander for all his helpful advice and charts. Without a doubt, we have been amazed! Thank you from us all – we have had a wonderfully relaxing holiday!
Alistair, Kate, Alexa, Beanie and Thomas – August 2016


What a special place! Yes, it is an amazing location, but what really makes this place are the people, especially Yolanda and her amazing cooking! Coming off season is something I would recommenced to others. Whilst you take a bit of a gamble on the weather, the emptiness of the beaches is a bonus. We visited Myrtos beach twice whilst staying here and were virtually the only souls on it. Wonderful and a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of London town. We also loved Ammes – very pretty! The only real issue we had was packing to go home. The kids absolutely loved Yolanda and Effie, as well as their time here. A huge thanks to you all!
Tony, Rav, Spike and Ide – July 2016

A lovely and very well kept villa, thanks for letting us stay. We have our suspicions that the cook and housekeeper have secretly been recruited from Hogwarts, with Yolanda cooking magical dishes and Effie miraculously cleaning up after us wherever we go. We did go further afield to explore this beautiful island but our favourite beach is the closest at Trapezaki!
Mr Tyford – July 2016 

We've had a lovely week here at the villa. it's a truly beautiful spot and was perfect for our requirements. The garden is lovely and our 18-month-old enjoyed helping water all the plants very much. We've had a relaxing holiday, which is exactly what we were after. Yolanda was an amazing chef and she looked after us very well indeed! Lysander was the impeccable host and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the mill. All in all we've had a fantastic time here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends for the future. Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable.
Mrs Beaumont – June 2016

We were recommended to come to this villa and the superlatives didn't match up to the reality. The villa is idyllic. Effie keeps it spotless and Yolanda is a real asset. Her culinary skills are superb and they both looked after us royally. Lysander gave us some great recommendations and we can wholeheartedly recommend Horatio's Vineyard, catching the ferry to Lixari. We have had a holiday of a lifetime in this luxurious villa. Many thanks!
Roger, Margaret, Colin, June, Helen and Stephen – June 2016

We have had a super time at this villa. Many thanks to Lysander for conceiving this excellent villa and its lovely gardens and for all the good advice on places to visit and explore. Yolanda and Effie have taken wonderful care of us, the food has been excellent introducing us to some delicious local dishes as well as treating us to our family favourites. The housekeeping has been impeccable, friendly and unobtrusive. We have had a truly enjoyable and relaxing fortnight and we are charmed by Kefalonia. Many thanks!
Mrs Downs – June 2016

This is our second holiday here and it was as good as, if not better than the last time! Yolanda has looked after us exceptionally well and we love her food and having her around – she is a real asset to the Migliaressis Estate but I would love her to come back to the UK with us! Once again, we had some very good recommendations from Lysander for things to see around this beautiful island as well as the best places to eat. We look forward to returning!
Sue, Martin and Patrick – May 2016

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Densely forested hills dotted with traditional hamlets and a coastline of small, quiet coves combine to make Kefalonia an unspoilt Greek holiday delight. Its northeastern tip shelters an easily overlooked gem in Fiskardo, whose 18th-century houses stand proud with their flower-festooned balconies and carved doors. South Kefalonia tells a different story, quieter and more traditional, with tranquil villages and beautiful beaches, as well as Skala and Argostoli with its harbour bars and restaurants.

To complete the picture of your luxury holiday in Kefalonia, explore our handpicked villas, boutique Simpson Hotels and apartments to help you make the most of this magical island.

Read more on our Kefalonia region page

Every Simpson Exclusive Villa includes our complimentary Concierge Service, designed to make your holiday experience as relaxing and seamless as possible.

Before you leave the UK, our dedicated Pre-departure Team will help you plan the details of your holiday, from the logistics of your journey to your own personal requirements. Drawing on our experience and extensive local knowledge, we are able to accommodate any feasible request.

As a minimum, we can arrange:

  • UK airport hotels and parking
  • UK airport lounge access
  • Private chef service
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Celebrations and anniversaries
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • In-villa massage and beauty treatments
  • Boat hire and excursions
  • Private jets

Once you arrive at your villa, our local Concierge will be available throughout your holiday for any further advice or assistance.

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