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Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, italian

Impressive sea view estate property & pool above sandy beach, select staff, cook

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Vlachata holiday chateau / country house

Elegant Estate villa above Trapezaki beach, Wizard Chef-cook, 3 Min. Drive to Beach, amazing Sea-Mountain views, EOT license, Wedding Destination!

This enchanting, very private, not overlooked, Guest villa & large pool, adjacent to an ancestral Grand island Estate belonging to the same owners, is an irresistible combination of nature, history & style. Recently created in the manner of an elegant manor house with loving attention to detail, sleeps up to 6-8 (including kids/toddlers). CONDE NAST having singled it for its refinement & the 'haute cuisine' of the legendary cook Yolanda, this villa will totally charm discerning travellers. Stunning panoramic views over undulating olive groves, vines & the blue Ionian Sea (beach 1,5 km away) are available from the spacious terrace which offers sun & shade. A Tuscan style pool set below into a lawn & a lush mature garden has Roman steps. Beautifully furnished with refined fittings, the villa is a hot property and an ideal place for visitors seeking bespoke service, un-spoilt natural surroundings as well as elegant & relaxed accommodation. It is also the absolute destination for gatherings in the summer of families, couples, groups of friends, romantic encounters, nature lovers, sun seekers and in particular of those longing the originality & essence of Greek island life in privacy and style away from the masses.


More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lysander (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, italian

About Lysander

My family, one of the most prominent of Cephalonia and with a nobility title since 1604, owned for 400 years an important Estate of 3000 olive trees near St. George Castle. It was in 2004, while serving as Ambassador in Vienna, that together with my wife, ex co-owner of a renown interior design firm, we undertook the Estate's restoration & its unique 18th c., stone built, olive mill. Our vision was to turn it into an exclusive eco retreat, a showcase of life at the Estate through the centuries. The project was completed in 2008/09, with the creation also of an adjacent luxury Guest villa for discerning travellers.

Guests adore the Estate Guest villa and are most amazed with its outstanding chef-cook Yolanda, who produces culinary delights based on fresh local produce. Quite a few have become repeaters.

With the knowledge acquired, adding the many years as a diplomat, it incited me to also direct our boutique company, FILALEXIA S.A., towards offering consulting on a few, select, hand-picked villas on different Greek islands thus arranging the matchmaking.

These few properties (as well as some yachts) are undoubtedly a cut above the usual holiday houses. They all reflect the passion of owners to make their guests feel and enjoy the fullness of Greek island life in a bare foot chic atmosphere and photogenic countryside.

Lysander Migliaressis


Why Lysander chose Kefallonia (Cephalonia)

This very private and not overlooked Guest villa & pool, forming part of a Greek island Estate eco retreat above Trapezaki beach, was built in 2008/09 on land inherited from the owners' ancestors. At the same time the rest of the Estate & its architecturally listed 18th c. buildings were meticulously restored. The villa will thrill the most discerning clientele for its enduring appeal. Its spacious terrace & pergola, offering captivating sunset views, are also ideal for dining under the stars. We love the place because it is linked to our family since the 17th c. and has a stunning old olive mill which exudes grandeur, but also for its beauty, tranquility, immaculate landscaped gardens, un -spoilt countryside and wonderful secluded beaches (Trapezaki, etc.).

What makes this chateau / country house unique

What makes this villa stand out is the fact that it is not the usual mass-produce holiday house, but a sophisticated eco retreat created with attention to detail, surrounded by an 18th c. olive mill and an extensive (8 acres), beautifully landscaped, historic estate (at the edge of a village) with breathtaking views over olive groves and the sea.The villa, with interiors that have a fresh look, an elevated large terrace overlooking lush Mediterranean gardens, a Tuscan pool and with more personal service than is usual, is undoubtedly a tonic of a place with the feel of a boutique hotel and for this reason very much the ideal setting to de-stress, relax and enjoy its serene, barefoot chic. Guests also value the wide range of activities proposed to them, details of which we email.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Well done Conde Nast Traveller for featuring this magnificent property as one of '25 of the best villas in Europe'! C. Reinhard, Geneva/Tallin/N.York, Sep. 2013

"This place is the romantic dream of an extravagant Greek aristocrat with infinite taste, lots of flair & a collector's acumen". N.York/Madrid Gallerist Paolo Sotomayor (June 2012).

"We have been very happy to stay in this lovely villa. We have enjoyed the luxury, but more so the very simple places you have the good taste to recommend". Famous British singer Helen Sade (stayed at the villa 5/7 - 17/5/2010).

"This estate with its beautiful guest villa is the essence of Cephalonia. We have learnt so much about the island's history, culture and olives! SKY TV news reader Mr. Murnaghan (family stayed from 13/7 to 20/7/2009).

'This is the ultimate five star villa & an experience to savour. We had a terrific 2 week holiday'. French VIP Vincent Labrune, President of Olympic de Marseille (stayed at the villa Jul. 2009).
Jun 2009
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based on 15 traveller reviews

Impressive sea view estate property & pool above sandy beach, select staff, cook
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The villa was wonderful. We were pampered and spoilt by the chef and the maid. Luxury villa, amazing food and service. Yolanda is a gem. Thought the villa was pricey at first but it was worth every penny. Good value for the 5* experience. Better than a luxury hotel as private. A truly wonderful, relaxing experience. 9 days was not enough. Would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a most positive review. This coming from well traveled and knowledgeable people from London has certainly an added value. Delighted also to read that you found this villa ' better than a luxury hotel as private'. We have passed your superlative comments to our top notch staff team, especially to the chef-cook, Yolanda.
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Villa Filalexia, Kefalonia is exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

This is the most idyllic place to stay. The villa is beautifully designed and decorated and the garden is lovely. The staff, Yolanda and Effie, make sure that everyone is well looked after and the meals prepared by Yolanda were utterly delicious. What a treat to have such a skilled cook in the villa; it made it the most relaxing holiday ever. Well done Lysander for creating such a haven.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yet one more guest, who after having spent 2 weeks at the property, says that this place 'made it the most relaxing holiday ever ' and about the in house chef 'what a treat to have such a skilled cook in the villa'. Indeed, our main goal has always been to give our guests the possibility to feel and enjoy the fullness of Greek island life, in an absolutely photogenic countryside, but also with a top notch staff - quite rare and not at all evident - who knows how to pamper them & provide absolutely care free holidays.
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Wonderful Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a truly amazing time at this impeccably maintained Villa. Lysander and his staff are attentive to your every need and request and was there for our family throughout our stay at the Villa to book any reservation we requested. Yolanda is a true professional and amazing chef which makes the time at the Villa all the more special. This was the perfect holiday for our family to spend quality time together. This Villa gave us the perfect setting to achieve that.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are particularly glad that yet one more party of guests - this time from N.Y. (US) - enjoyed the, as they note, ' impeccably maintained Villa'. We now hope their exceptional review will incite more travelers from the far away US to come to us. One clarification though: Lysander, the manager of the wider ancestral estate adjacent to the villa and CEO of the FILALEXIA S.A. company, was indeed then in Cephalonia, but the whatever reservations or bookings to which the guest refers were undertaken by Yolanda the housekeeper & chef-cook.
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Wonderful week in a wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful villa in a stunning location and we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay here. The villa was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need - a true home from home. The staff were wonderful and chef Yolanda prepared some of the best Greek food we have ever tasted. Her puddings and fresh Lobster especially were delicious. The location is ideal for accessing the lovely, unspoilt Trapezaki beach which is particularly good for young children. And the views from the villa and the sunsets were amazing. Would definitely recommend highly to anyone looking to visit the island.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are particularly glad that yet another Guest of ours this season (Mr. T. O.) praises lavishly our villa 0.D. 8046411. It is indeed amazing to see how positive and satisfied appear in their comments all our Guests from Owners Direct / Home Away, not only about the villa and its superb staff, but also that they highly appreciate the refined Mediterranean cuisine prepared by the in-house chef Yolanda. Well done our Guests !
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Holiday of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

The holiday came with a recommendation from Mrs Sue Thomas and she has rated this Villa most highly. We were very much looking forward to going, but all of her plaudits couldn't do it justice. The villa is very well appointed and Lysander is supported by two marvellous people, Effie and Yolanda. Effie kept the place spic and span and Yolanda is an outstanding chef (top restaurant quality meals all using locally sourced, top quality ingredients). They both looked after us royally and I'm afraid have spoiled us for any other holiday we will go on in the future. This offering goes beyond being a normal villa holiday and is more akin to staying in your own private hotel with staff dedicated to ensuring you have the best holiday experience. Nothing is too much trouble for the team and they will book reservations, taxis, advice on trips and provide laundry and shopping services; all done with a smile.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We highly appreciate yet another praising review regarding villa 8046411 from particularly well traveled and knowledgeable UK Guests, who stayed 2 weeks on the recommendation of friends, and were able to fully enjoy the stunning exponent of the indoor outdoor lifestyle, the services of the in-villa staff, but most of all the culinary flashes of the legendary, virtuoso, lady chef -cook Yolanda, known for her dazzling creativity and the freshness of the produce used. We thank for your stay with us and hope to see you or friends of yours soon.
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Our second visit and as good if not better!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this beautiful villa. We enjoyed our holiday here so much last year that we immediately booked again for our early summer holiday this year. It completely met all our expectations again and even more! This time, there were just 3 of us and although the villa is spacious, it also felt intimate enough for a small party of people. Yolanda's cooking is superb and she is a delight to be around. As usual, Lysander met us enthusiastically with new ideas of what to see and do on this lovely island - beaches, restaurants, boat trips and vineyards. We are already looking at our calendar for next year to stay there for a third time!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are particularly happy to receive such a praising review for our villa & staff from high heeled British Guests, who also appreciated the Mediterranean cuisine of our legendary lady chef-cook Yolanda. We hope the very positive comments of the present and past Guests, which indicate that the property is ideally suitable for families, groups of friends (young & old), people wishing to celebrate an anniversary, or a wedding or for those just looking for a quiet, authentic & sophisticated place, will now be incited even more to stay at this amazing villa.
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Kefalonia airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Lourdas beach
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Mousata village
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Trapezaki beach
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

This is a place for gastro-visitors who are looking for delicious, lovingly prepared, Michelin-caliber food with Greek island soul. Not once did our Guests have a mediocre meal!

Cooking courses are also offered on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine under the Estate's experienced chef-cook, Yolanda, who has a reputation for dazzling culinary creativity and is preparing an anthology of flavors with a twist. No wonder therefore, that the Migliaressis Estate is an absolute star of Mediterranean / Greek cooking, as indicated also in the various reviews received from Guests, attached here, as well as articles published eg in Country Life, Conde Nast, Good Housekeeping, etc.


4 lovely and extended blue flag sandy beaches (two of them, Lithero and Kanali, are secluded) in the vicinity at walking distance or 5 to 10 minutes drive from the villa.


Direct flights are available to Kefalonia from May to November from various European cities. Car with A/C (which can be provided by the property at an extra low cost) is indispensable. The Guest villa is 15-20 minutes drive from the airport which is 12 kms away and 20 minutes from the nearest ferry port. ALL GUESTS are required to have an all risks (including the cost of the booking, personal injury/death at the villa due to an accident), comprehensive TRAVEL INSURANCE when staying at the villa.


Argostoli, the main town, is 15 minutes drive. The nearest of the 4 blue flag sandy beaches is less than 5 minutes drive or 20-25 minutes walking. Nearest bakery, restaurant-taverna and mini-market all at walking distance. Nearest supermarket 10 minutes drive. The airport is 15-20 minutes drive.

Further Details:

The magnificent historic Estate with its adjacent Guest manor of character in a location that has cachet (Conde Nast Traveler featured it as one of '25 of the best villas in Europe'!) and the beautifully restored 18th century Olive Mill are also a unique venue for a refined wedding and a honeymoon hideaway. The whole wider property, lavishly restored and rehabilitated, can be taken over for a wedding party and other celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries), while extra accommodation can be provided in the vicinity for up to 50 -60 guests. The Estate owner and property manager can also arrange for the guests staying at the Guest villa to engage in activities such as bird shooting at a nearby game farm, hiking, bicycling, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, to rent a small motor boat or a big one (up to 8 persons) or go around sailing, fishing and snorkeling. Upon confirmation of the booking, the guests will receive by e-mail detailed information and prices for the above and reservations, if necessary (eg for the motor or sailing boat), will be made through the manager. Also available, at an additional fee, is a highly recommended in house masseuse. Pre-travel requests and tailored preparation of the guest villa are all taken care off ahead of the holiday. Upon their arrival, guests will receive a folder with suggestions and tips on excursions, nice secluded beaches, places of interest, restaurants, clubs etc. Our local concierge service is on hand to offer advice, provide knowledge and make arrangements.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Vlachata, Greece

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
low period
18 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
low period
14 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
7 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
high period
28 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
shoulder high
18 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
shoulder high
25 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
shoulder high
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
high period
17 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$1,433

WE AREN'T PUBLISHING in O.D. JULY- AUGUST (Peak) RATES, because we then mainly operate - whenever property is rented - through high end villa Agents.Therefore if peak season rate is quoted, IT CAN'T BE CORRECT, but we certainly very much welcome O.D. Guests then.
Please contact manager for peak season & prior to booking.

For booking to be confirmed a deposit of 40% of total rent needs to be paid, preferably by bank transfer to our company's, FILALEXIA S.A., account after phone contact between Guest & manager. Balance is kindly requested 56 days prior arrival. A fully refundable deposit covering eventual damages is paid with the balance or by cheque. This is returned if no damage /loss.

Changeover Day:is SUNDAY. Please inquire if you plan otherwise.
Check out 10:00 am check in after 15:00 pm, unless otherwise agreed. Will do everything we can to accommodate you!

Notes on prices:
a) PEAK season rates (July/August) ONLY ON REQUEST & NOT ADVERTISED in O.D. are for up to 8 persons (toddlers as well) and include: full time chambermaid, plus our professional Greek cook providing refined cuisine (food ingredients & drinks paid extra), Guests' laundry 2X week, all taxes, etc. Please visit also our website indicated in O.D.

b) HIGH SEASON (June plus 2-3 first weeks of SEP.) as above.

c) LOW & some HIGH season rates (2,450 to 3,500 Eu.), normally for up to 6 persons (toddlers as well) and include just maid X6+breakfast service & all taxes. The services of our cook is extra and to be agreed. Food ingredients paid by the Guests.

Small parties' discount+any day arrival on certain LOW SEASON weeks.
The villa is furthermore open during the Autumn & Spring period. Rates on REQUEST.
E-mail us to find out what's going on and inquire on eventual reductions on specific periods. You'll be rewarded.

The property enjoys a Greek Tourism Orginisation license no 0830K100589401, has its own website indicated in Owners Direct & consequently is rented out LEGALLY.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Vlachata, Greece

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 195 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The essence of island living in elegant,spacious & airy interiors Bedroom 1 double, King size bed Bedroom 2 double, Queen size be Bedroom 3 twin beds Bedroom 4 twin beds Flat Plasma TV in each of the two main bedrooms Fine quality sheets, towels & duvet.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: This spacious, bespoke, manor villa ( with views all the way to the sea, enjoying a Greek Tourism Organization license for renting out (no 08.30.K.10.05894.0.1), providing total privacy & seclusion within its walled outdoor area and destined for discerning customers looking for comfort, style and an aesthetic stimulation, has for living 2 floors which can be used by the same party as 2 self contained apartments with 2 double/twin bedrooms on each floor. Extended lounging and dining areas with 3 balcony doors acting as a huge picture window pouring in light, lead to a beautiful, spacious, bougainvillea fringed, terrace, the large crystalline pool and the impeccable, mature, garden. Fully air-conditioned at no extra cost. Free ADSL internet connection, 3 plasma TVs, Sound deck Ipod MP3. Staff quarters in the basement with a separate, totally independent, entrance, a laundry room a large storing area , the boiler room, etc. Helicopter landing possible on the Estate. Outside: The private pool, designed to blend with the surrounding landscape and mature gardens of the Estate, is 12 x 5,5 meters and has loungers around. A large elevated terrace overlooks the Tuscan style pool with panoramic sunset views over olive groves, flower beds and the blue Ionian sea. Where this property scores most highly is the access to astounding landscapes. Adjacent to the terrace is a beautiful pergola for alfresco dining and entertaining under the stars. A vineyard, a fruit orchard (in season, fresh fruits and vegetables may be available) and a vast olive grove form part of the ancestral Estate, neighbouring the villa property, with a magnificent, unique for its size, 17th c threshing floor and an old Olive Mill, offering grandeur and indulgence. In the evenings the staff lights candle lamps evoking an atmosphere of nostalgia & romance. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board in the laundry room at the basement of the villa. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Full time maid & breakfast service 6X a week. Also available excellent, family friendly, in house lady chef-cook. Change of linen 2X a week. Laundry 2X a week free of charge from Jul.07-Sep.2. Pool towels provided. In house Masseuse at extra fee. Other: Fully A.C, free high speed internet, 3 Flat Plasma satellite TVs. In the basement of the villa (area strictly for the resident staff ) is also a bedroom for guest's staff (nanny).