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Gentilini Retreat
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

Searching for rest and quietness on a beautifull estate? Gentilini Retreat is the place to be. You share the 20 hectares with thousands of crickets and 5 other couples at most. We had a nice, large room with a private terrace. We enjoyed breakfast under the olive trees in the sizzling heath, took a swim in het large (and very clean!) pool and explored idyllic beaches nearby. A car is a must. This estate is especially suitable for adults. You can explore the island from this point. Are you planning to stay longer than a week, consider the option to book a hotel at the northern part of the island. After Gentillini, we stayed a week in Assos (Aparthotel Roi, also nice). A perfect combination! The southern and northern part of the island are quite different in atmosphere and tourist acivity. Both nice and beautiful beaches are always nearby.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Ewald-Corona
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

Secret Cephalonia jewel.

It will be very difficult to not enthuse loudly about this location but I will hold in check my urge to do so. Well, at least for the purposes of putting down some ‘pertinent’ information.

You want somewhere with that unmistakable air of secluded and private? A place with an atmosphere of it being your own, well this has to be it.

From the moment you turn off the main road and roll down the single track chalk road, through the high hedges and then pass through the gateway pillars, with there two open green arched gates and into the Olive grove, it is almost a Narnia wardrobe moment.

Follow the chalk track and it will take you around to an open gravelled parking area, where your host (Eleni aka ‘Helen’, her preferred moniker of choice, Cosmetatos) will meet, greet and introduce you to the Gentilini Retreat and, for starters, what you will soon become familiar with as the ‘breakfast area.’ This location itself should further clue you in to what the place is all about. A vine clad terrace with Wisteria, surrounded by a combination of fruit trees, flowers and shrubs that overlook the Olive grove valley of this small estate.

You will have already gathered from the web sites (www.gentiliniretreat.gr/ or www.oneira.co.uk ) that this is not really a place for children, well at least any below an age that can get themselves about independently and/or ‘appreciate’ the whole ambience (yes I actually mean that!) of this place.

This is a secluded, very individual, Greek style B&B – apologies for how harshly that may read but Helen makes it clear, from the outset, that there are no facilities to cater for yourself BUT as each room has its own fridge, which you can fill should you so wish and you will each have a more than ample welcome basket when you arrive, it is more a place for the simple approach to life (a ten minute drive up to the St Georges castle will give you superb ad hoc meals and drinks plus an unrivalled view over the valley, day or night)

Also, as there are no media systems on the Estate, TV, radio, IT, whatever, the more information and entertainment dependant persons may feel a bit isolated but with the advent of the MP3, IPOD and other such devices, plus ear leads and suitable chargers, even they can ‘survive.’

In fact all the rooms are well facilitated, en suite shower and bits, sufficient storage space, fridge, super efficient air con’, water from Helens own well and perfectly drinkable. There are loos that accommodate all of the associated bodily functions detritus i.e. they take the paper as well! Sun terrace sun beds, linen changed every other day and from the world of the six foot plus, beds of a reasonable size for once, whoopee!

Once in residence your options are fluid. Stay in and the seclusion is only enhanced by a rambling estate, bathed in a combination of scents from the many trees and herbs that grow in and around that you can either wander through to your hearts content, plus a well hidden pool to cool off in, or rest in or about the rooms whose overall ambience should enable you to finish that Opera, Book, resignation letter, City design, plan of world domination, whatever. You could even arrange a tour, via Helen, of the families Winery. Did it and it was excellent. Small, family run and the wine is excellent.

If this seclusion is not your ideal holiday pursuit then the physical location of the Gentilini Retreat, set as it is near mid lower third of the Island, will allow for you to access wherever without too much trauma. Yes, obviously, transport is a must and the roads have, despite the European Communities financial input to improve the Island s infrastructure and the ongoing work form the 1953 earthquake (sorry, personal joke, and one you will – hopefully –get, as it is used everywhere as a ‘justification’ for unfinished works. Now let me think, 1953 to 2008 that would be 55 years? Even the stroppiest English tradesman could ‘come in on time’ on a rebuild in less than five decades? ) still require things to be improved but we found it pretty OK when discovering Cephalonia.

Despite the fact that it was August when we were in residence, yes it was hot and yet still peaceful (white lie of sorts here, the Cicadas and Crickets have a daily shouting/rubbing competition that can be, at times, almost mind blowing!) by day and night. Nights were (for once!) a normal velvety, bejewelled and inky black sensation to sit on your own balcony, glass of whatever in hand and simply let wash over you.

All in all my/our ramble could go on and on. Did I mention ‘Sammy the scrounger’, Helens adopted punk pooch, who will greet all with a confused mix of barks and uncontrollable tail wagging and is the perfect companion for day and night time? She may have the ulterior driving motive of food (darling she just adores French toast, Mayonnaise, Salami and Olives with a chaser of creamy wafer biscuits! Hey, it’s food!) But even she seems the prefect partner to what is, for us, an idyllic location. We will go back.

Suggest if you are looking for something like this; go now before Helen tires of all us cultural escapees cluttering the place up!

3  Thank cotswoldcow
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Reviewed October 11, 2012
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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