pool, two bedrooms with 3 private batherooms
Gian Piero Donin
- english, french, portuguese, italian
About Gian Piero Donin
I'm Gianpiero Donin, landscape architect.full professor of landscape architecture at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria.
Gian Piero Donin purchased this Villa in 2000
Why Gian Piero Donin chose Erisos
I hang out the island of Kefalonia For many years , Fiskardo particularly. I arrived almost 35 years ago when the houses were still all white and free camping still permitted. Slowly I watched tourism and facilities to accommodate grow. There where many buldings partially destroyed in the past by an earthquake and one by one they has been renovated . So was Villakalimera that appeared to me immediately beautiful: surrounded by a forest of cypress and so close to the amazing beach of Foki. The house has been declared 'traditional home' by the greek government and therefore protected in its forms and details.
What makes this Villa unique
The finishing and details are left as much as possible related to its past: the ancient cistern, the entrance to the lane facing to the village track, the small blue windows. The interiors are simple and there are mixed objects collected by the owner over many trips in Africa. The renovation of the house, built in 2006, has endowed it with important works in order to make anti-seismic reinforcement structures. The respect of the traditional forms of rural house did not prevent, however, to provide it with every modern comfort.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Home from home
We had a lovely week, despite the weather. Everything was thought of even a radiator! Great hosts, friendly and very helpful, a pretty house and a lovely little village.
A lovely relaxing break
We really enjoyed our time at Villa Kalimera - Piero and Marzia have designed a beautiful outside garden and seating areas around the small pool where everyone can find a place to relax and read and enjoy the day. There was always a lovely spot for sun or shade or both with plenty of outside eating spaces for all our meals. We were a family of four and we all had space. The kitchen had all we needed and Piero and Marzia were great hosts. We were surprised by all the small wild kittens in the area but after a few days got used to them in and out of the house and enjoyed watching them lounge in the sun. It was a great break and a beautifully and authentic stylish home. We know Piero is hoping to install air conditioning and with that he would have 5 stars from us.
Gorgeous villa, perfect family holiday.
Thank you so much Marzia and Piero. We all loved staying in your beautiful villa and really didn't want to leave. Its a perfect mix of traditional and modern, clean, light and had everything we needed. Short drive to Foki beach and fab restaurant (don't walk with young kids in summer) I preferred Emplisi beach. Fiskardo is stunning. The girls were ecstatic when the kittens appeared with their mum and as you know spent hours playing with them all. We will always remember your kind hospitality and Villakalimera and hope to return one day. Hodgson family (Thank you for the lovely beach bag) x
A lovely villa in a tranquil location whilst remaining within walking distance of Foki beach and Fis
A traditional stone built property set amongst other similar dwellings. Furnished with care throughout the accommodation feels like a home from home. Outside there are plenty of shady spots beneath the apricot trees. A refreshing dip in the pool can be followed by an outside shower. Many personal items of furnishing can be found inside which makes your stay feel as if you are a guest in someone home. The owners are readily on hand if you need them but remain discreet so as to enhance your stay. Home made apricot marmalade was provided together with some practical assistance following a spectacular storm. Well located being a 15 minute drive to Alaties beach with Foki and Fiscardo being reachable by foot. With the coast road now open Assos can be reached in 20 minutes with Myrtos Bay 5 minutes further on. This is our sixth visit to the island and this villa remains our favourite with plans to return..
Thank you for your kind words. We also enjoyed the stay of you and your beautifully family. We are glad that you appreciated our house atmosphere and our beautifully island. We look forward to have you again next year. Gianpiero and Marzia
Lovely property, lovely hosts
We had a wonderful stay at Piero and Marzia's property. The cottage is beautifully and tastefully decorated, with a lovely terrace and sweet little pool which our kids (5 and 3) loved splashing in. The kitchen is small but has everything you need to cook. We were there in late May and the pool was comfortable to swim in. Marzia and Piero live in another wing of the house; they are available but keep a discreet distance except to water the garden, etc. They were very friendly and helpful.
You're only a five minute drive from Fiskardo and a good little supermarket there, as well as all the lovely restaurants, etc. Foki beach, just a short walk from the property (although with two small children, we drove!) is absolutely brilliant, with lovely walks and fantastic snorkelling, as well as plenty of shade in the olive grove next to the beach. There's also a brilliant, traditional family taverna just up from the beach there.
There are loads of things to do nearby, from spending time in Fiskardo to wonderful beaches (we especially liked Jerusalem beach with its fabulous taverna, and Dafnoudi beach). Ionian Discoveries have an unmissable day's boat trip which is a must-do. The taverna in Magganos, just a kilometre or two away, will do any of their food as takeways which was great for a family with small children. A hire car is an essential if you're staying at this property.
The only downsides we found to this property were the lack of air conditioning in the bedrooms, which were rather warm even with shutters kept closed all day, and there is no sea view from the terrace. But we warmly recommend as a wonderful place to stay.
Beautiful home and garden!
We had a wonderful week at Villakalimera, the house and garden are so beautiful, lovely shady areas, flowers and the pool was perfect to cool down in; kids enjoyed endless hours playing around in the pool, and being right next to the house we could easily keep and eye on them. The house was beautifully decorated inside too with the blue and white theme, lovely outlook and really nice and close to Foki beach.
We loved Foki beach, great snorkelling and lots of shady places to chill out in the heat of the day, easy to find your own spot along the rocks too. We loved other beaches too, Kimilia and Emblisi;
We had a great day out with Ionian Discoveries on their day trip where they take your to various beaches for snorkelling and show you the sea life, delicious lunch and highly recommended! We ate very well along the seafront in Fiskardo and beach restaurants, our favourite being the one at Jerusalem Beach, Odysseas Taverna, fantastic authentic Greek food!
Piero and Marzia were really lovely hosts, so friendly and helpful, thank you both for providing such a fabulous place for us to stay for the week, we loved Kefalonia and hope to return one day soon!
Dear Sula, for us has been a real pleasure have you and you lovely family. Perfect guest. Full of joy and enthusiastic. We wont forget you. Marzia and Piero