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“Rejuvenating beauty”

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Villa Salamandra
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7 reviews
Villa Salamandra
Welcome to Salamandra
Outdoor living
The stone hideaway
A hot day in the sun!
Escape from the sun in a comfortable shaded sitting area
Entrance to Salamandra
A view from the veranda
Waiting for the sunset
An evening at Salamandra
Watermelon time!
Time for a swim
A view from the stone hideaway
The stone hideaway
Salamandra from the side entrance
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Fiscardo, Cephalonia, Ionian Islands

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iAJ_11
Abancay, Peru
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Rejuvenating beauty”
Reviewed June 10, 2015 for a stay in August 2013

Almost, two years after our wonderful stay in Salamandra Villa, I finally got a chance to sit down and to write few words about our experience regarding this lovely place. I remember that Shari (the owner) was very responsive and helpful with suggestions and with various other practical information even before we got there. Getting to the house from the island’s major road was a bit of a ride and winding, but this is what Kefalonia is about. It’s about exploring summer landscape and escape, tucked away from the mainstream tourist areas, charming, personal, not imposing and yet sophisticated (Fiskardo, a popular hub is about 20min drive). The nearest small beach is not within walking distance from the villa (5min by the car), but it’s easy to park the car right next to the beach in a peaceful surrounding where the sun shines and reflects off the clear sea water. But more often we would stay at the Salamandra since the swimming pool was big enough for 4 adults + 1 child to freely play and to cool down. Romantic lights around the pool and patio were also adding to our relaxing times in the evenings. Shari would buy and bring to us some fresh local fish and we would eat dinner right there at home without missing anything else from the outside world. Also, Shari was friendly enough to bring us some fruit and her own homemade orange filo pie (still remembering that yummy taste). At the same time, she and her husband were sensible enough to recognize our need for privacy as well, so the agreement was endorsed that they would come to us as we needed them. The property was not too isolated nor on top of the others, but just right feel that we are not completely alone or forgotten. This one level house has two wings (so that our two families can have some moments alone on each side of the house) which were connected and unified by it’s large kitchen and living room area in the middle of the house. A/C was efficient throughout the whole house and it was included in the price. The view from the villa’s inner courtyard was rejuvenating. Every day I could breath in the beauty of the past and future of the world and my life as well just by gazing into the distance. The atmospheric tonalities changed during the day which changed the dept of field, colours, sharpening and blurring the rocky hills of the island and the Ionian sea. That vision was part of the environmental exhibition together with Shari’s husband’s planted art sculptures. This was not only his expression of connection to the land and creative expression, but their friendly offer to share their home with well-meaning guests.
Greece is our favourite land and after we explore it some more we will be back to Salamandra again.

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Liked best: Modern house renovation with a traditional feel, size of the swimming pool, friendly owners...
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Heather K
Chorley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Heavenly escapism with a picture postcard view”
Reviewed July 1, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Away from it all, yet only a few minutes drive from the beach (with a fabulous taverna), restaurants and amenities of the nearby villages and only 10mins drive from Fiscardo.
The villa itself is a very comfortable home from home, inside its very well equipped, spacious and furnished to a high standard with a great wifi connection. The outdoor space is perfect for sunworshippers dawn till dusk, a good sized pool for cooling off and really useful canopies for dining in the shade as well as the lovely gazebo area. It suits couples or families or a group of friends.
It was nice to meet the owners Tassos and Shari on arrival for their inside local knowledge on the area, they showed us their two neighboring properties Zouzouni & Trizoni each a work of art. A larger group/family could rent all three properties, each villa is also very private and not overlooked.
This part of Kefalonia is a real hidden gem, almost untouched by tourism, the silence was interrupted occasionally by the charming 'chink' of the sheep bells in the hills. When we could tear ourselves away from the villa our favorite pastime was hiring a motorboat from Fiscardo harbor to go over to Ithaka for lunch then find our own private beach/cove for swimming.
Can't wait to return to this very special part of Kefalonia and Greece.

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Liked best: Views and peaceful location
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 11, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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Liked best: The outside space and location
Liked least: Mosquitoes
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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hampshire uk
Reviewed July 10, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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Liked best: The outside area
Liked least: The mattress protector wouldn't stay in place!!
Travelling group: Young Children
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 15, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Showers/Bath
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 14, 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Your age range 35-49
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