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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Cephalonia, Ionian Islands

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jenster21...
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Basic apartment with great view, some issues”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed here for the first week of our 2 week holiday in the beautiful Kefalonia. The apartment has amazing views and is quite large with an upstairs and downstairs. We encountered two problems during our stay, the first was a broken toilet seat in the en-suite bathroom. I sat on the seat and it cracked and broke and fell into the toilet. This grazed the top of my leg and when I told the owner she said she was aware of the crack on the seat and was waiting for a replacement. In my opinion, this was not good enough as I could have had a nasty injury from the sharp edges that were left. We should have been told not to use the toilet upon arrival. Although this was promised to be fixed the next day, it was never fixed throughout the whole week. This meant we had to keep going upstairs to use the toilet.

The second issue was a broken shower. The upstairs shower, which was far better than the downstairs one, was broken upon arrival. Again the owner knew of this and said it would be fixed tomorrow. We had to wait 4 days into the week for it to be fixed. Lastly, the beds are very hard and uncomfortable, so much so, that I found it difficult to sleep on some nights.

One thing that lets the apartment down considerably are the bathroom facilities. Neither shower is attached or has a facility to attach it to the wall. You therefore have to stand and hold the shower head in order to shower properly and wash your hair. This became very annoying and showers often took 20-25 minutes just to get washed properly.

Within walking distance are 5/6 tavernas that all have good food and are relatively cheap. The beach however, is around 1.5miles away and on a very steep hill. We walked it one day and found it nearly impossible in the heat. (we are very fit 30 somethings!) For this reason we hired a scooter from the local hire company, which was great.

Overall, if you don't mind basic facilities and have a car, then the apartments are ok and a good location for exploring the island. I would rate them at a maximum of 3 star and as we are used to travelling at 4/5* hotels, they were a bit basic for us.

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annabella...
Leicester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Perfect base, perfect host”
Reviewed 21 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Nostimon Emar is quite simply, fabulous.
Terri, the owner could not do enough to ensure that we had everything we needed.
On our first morning, she explained a brief history of the island and recommended places to go, all over a home cooked fresh Greek breakfast! Yum!
The apartment itself was way more than we expected. A beautiful bedroom downstairs with en suite, with patio doors and your very own private garden.
Upstairs, a spacious living area/kitchen with another bathroom and a balcony on each side. Great views of the ocean!
The pool was never busy, maybe a couple people around, we only used it a couple of times as we were off it exploring most days, but when we did use it, it was clean and a great temperature for cooling off!
One big plus for us is that Terri, is kind and helpful, but never in your face. I have stayed in places where the owner is always hovering. She gives the perfect balance, there with help and advice whenever you need her, but so much space we were able to relax 100%
Almost forgot!! ...... For 20 euros, Terri will cook you a traditional Greek dinner for two with wine. We decided to stay in one night, it was delivered to the door and was truly amazing, so tasty,
We will be coming back here, for years to come I am sure, thanks Terri!
The village this place is situated in is perfect to explore the island, also with ample restaurants, and shops, but still remains to be a quaint Greek village.

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Liked best: The relaxed atmosphere of Nostimon emar
Liked least: I didn't not like anything.
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mgtravel2...
London, United Kingdom
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“Wow! What a find.”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We almost don't want to write this review and keep this special place to ourselves. Terry is a fantastic host and goes over and above to make sure you have a really great stay. Amazing views from the balcony of your maisonette and your own garden. Really peaceful setting and what better way to finish the day to have dinner served on your own balcony watching the sun go down. We got engaged whilst stay here and Terry made the evening extra special covering the pool in rose petals, candles all around, even a cake baked with will you marry me on it! Don't think there are many places where you get such special service. We will definitely be back.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing but having to go home
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Alexa W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic welcome,lovely place!”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 for a stay in September 2013
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We had the most amazing time with Teri and her Family.The apartment was clean and spacious.The views were incredible and we sat on the balcony every day and we were so glad we had chosen to stay there!It was great to have so much space and a bathroom each.
The walk to the beach is a little challenging but good exercise!We went to both Lourdas beach(great restaurants) and Trapezaki .
The local restaurants and shops were a few minutes walk away and the people of Vlahata were so kind and welcoming.We ate out every night,there are so many good places to eat.
Just to mention some of the places we ate like The Olive Lounge,Captains Zorba's ,Aphrodites,.All were great food and great service.
Maria's Supermarket was just around the corner and was open all day till midnight.Great if you have forgotten anything or needed a Mythos!
The next time we go we will have breakfast from Teri,lots of good homemade cooking.Teri will cook you a fabulous meal and serve it on your balcony.We could have not made a better choice with both Location and Apartment.We have already booked for 2014 and we can't wait to get there....

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Liked best: ALL of it!
Liked least: There wasn't anything we did not like!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Gazzagaze...
Stroud
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Looked After!”
Reviewed 3 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We arrived and Terri the owner met us and showed us our lovely apartment!, we thought we were getting as all hotel room! Great facilities with lovely kitchen and bathrooms. Breakfast was a great time to learn about locality and best beaches. Wonderful time and will return!!

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Liked best: Terri and lovely space
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173kim
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exceptional - The perfect holiday rental property”
Reviewed 20 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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The Nostimon Emar was the perfect place to stay. Terri the owner is an example to all property let owners. Her warmth, kindness and hospitality was second to none. The accommodation was faultless it had everything you could wish for and more. Spotlessly clean and the size of the accommodation was fantastic. The views from the balcony were spectacular. From the moment we arrived Terri was on hand to give advice and guidance no matter how busy she was. We spent 10 days of bliss at this wonderful accommodation.
The restaurants are within walking distance and I would personally recommend the Olive Lounge and La Mer - the food was excellent in both.
I would also recommend a hire car or a moped as the beaches are a distance downhill and the climb back up is not for the faint hearted.
If you are looking for a quiet, chilled out holiday in beautiful surroundings then look no further than Nostimon Emar in Kefalonia - you will not be disappointed. Looking forward to returning again next year and spending time with Terri and her lovely family. 10 out of 10.

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Liked best: The space, cleanliness and hospitatlty of Terri and her family
Liked least: The walk back from the beach but hiring a moped solved this issue
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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PatRaf58
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“I couldn't believe how lucky we were!”
Reviewed 26 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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I stayed here with my wife and teenage daughter for 2 weeks. With amazing views from the balcony these lovely villas were clean and spacious. Upstairs there is a full sized kitchen, sofa bed, shower room and balcony with views to Zante. The master bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor with patio and garden with access to the pool area. Most importantly the fantastic hospitality of Terri (the owner) who was always on hand with help and advice on where to eat and visit on this beautiful Island. Nothing was too much trouble and you could even enjoy a fabulous home cooked meal on your own patio! The nearest beach is a downhill 20 minute walk with clear sea and totally unspoilt. There are some very nice restaurants and several supermarkets within an easy 10 minute walk.

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Liked best: The hospitality and spectacular views
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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