Cardinal House

Zakynthos, 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.
Simpson Exclusive

  • 14
  • 7
  • 7
  • Private 5-acre estate
  • Stunning sea views
  • Sought-after NE Zakynthos location
  • Tasteful and original
  • Ideal for groups and celebrations

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Nestled into a private estate filled with cypresses, olive and citrus trees, Cardinal House sits in a sublime position just above the sparkling sapphire waters of Kapari Bay in north east Zakynthos. A glorious tapestry of colours and textures both inside and out, the villa has all the warmth and charm of a private family home, and would make a spectacular base for any group gathering or special occasion.

The hub of the main house is the large, open plan living/dining space, filled with a tactile mix of rich fabrics, antique furniture and conversation-starter curios collected by the well-travelled English owner over many years of cookery writing and impressive property makeovers. Design inspiration comes from the land and the sea, with a palette of beachy colours, weathered driftwood adorning the bedrooms and a pool shower ingeniously concealed in an ancient olive tree. First renovated in 2004, Cardinal House is truly a grand design, with a stunning wraparound sun terrace running the length of the living room, and five en suite bedrooms overlooking the swimming pool and the sea. Bedroom number six sits under the eaves, a gorgeously romantic suite with its own private roof terrace. And should any of your party need further privacy, there’s a perfect solution in the form of Sea Folly, an independent suite set just behind the main villa, with its own secluded sun deck.

No matter which room you end up in, there are sweeping 180° panoramas across the endless blue of the Ionian Sea, encompassing tiny Kapari (meaning caper, a key ingredient in Zakynthos cuisine) Island and all the way to Kefalonia and the Peloponnese on a clear day. The distinctive volcanic coastline is ruggedly beautiful, indented here and there with pristine swimming coves and ideal for exploring by boat. You can access the sea via a path that meanders down through the terraced grounds, or simply savour the views from the comfort and privacy of the villa’s own elliptical pool. For sandy beaches, it’s a 10-minute drive to Makris Gialos to the south.

As this villa lends itself particularly well to large groups, we’ve made life a little easier for everyone by including daily breakfast and a welcome dinner on your arrival day. Owner Emma is a long-term Zakynthos resident and outstanding host, and she’ll also be on hand to help arrange extras such as boat hire, baby sitting or even a massage in the specially-built cabin in the grounds. However you like to spend your time on holiday, there can be few more wonderful places to enjoy all the discreet delights of north east Zakynthos than this one.



  • 7 bedroom villa (sleeps 14)

Ground floor

  • Open plan kitchen/living/dining area; doors to terrace with large dining table and sea view
  • Semi-professional, country-style kitchen includes full cooker, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher; pantry

First floor

  • Double bedroom with en suite shower room/WC, large roof terrace with sea view. Access via external staircase.

Lower ground floor

  • 3 x double bedrooms with open plan en suite shower room/WC (no dividing wall), doors to shared terrace and steps to swimming pool
  • 2 x twin or double bedrooms with open plan en suite shower room/WC (no dividing wall), doors to shared terrace and steps to swimming pool

Sea Folly Studio (ground floor, separate building)

  • Double bedroom with his and hers en suite shower rooms/WC; private sun deck with sea view




  • Breakfast included
  • Welcome dinner included (excludes drinks)
  • Complimentary wifi (main reception room only)
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Daily maid service
  • Twice-weekly linen change
  • Chef service on request
  • Washing machine
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • TV with local channels
  • Dining terrace with shaded area
  • Barbecue and pizza oven
  • Ellipse-shaped swimming pool, maximum depth 2m
  • Outdoor space is not ideally suited to people with walking difficulties due to steps and uneven pathways
  • Young children should be supervised at all times as there are a number of low walls and drops at Cardinal House and the pathway leading to the pool is not gated

  • Deposit of 35% of the total package price is required to book this holiday
  • Our Covid-19 pledge means your holiday is fully protected. However, there may be special conditions surrounding flexible booking at this property. For further details, please visit: /covid-pledge-flexible-booking


  • 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): 


  • Agios Nikolaos (mini-market, tavernas, boat trips) 6min drive
  • Kremidi Beach 5min walk
  • Makris Gialos beach 10min drive
  • Blue Caves 15min drive
  • Shipwreck beach viewpoint 30min drive
  • Zakynthos Town 50min drive
  • Zakynthos airport 55min drive






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Edgar Allen Poe described Zakynthos as 'the flower of the Levante' and today, nearly 200 years later, this multi-faceted destination remains among the least developed of the larger Greek islands. The north in particular retains a timeless feel, thanks in part to its more rugged landscape that makes travel a little slower but infinitely more rewarding. There’s beauty and drama in towering cliffs and forest-clad mountains, but also hours of family fun on golden sandy beaches. From sleepy Agios Nikolaos in the north to the vibrant capital Zakynthos Town, you’ll find luxury villas and romantic honeymoon suites in some of the island’s most idyllic locations.

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