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Testimonials

Testimonials

Here are just a few of the comments we have received from our guest over the years:

We have just returned from two  weeks of bliss in Kefalonia and whilst we were accommodated elsewhere  (Eleni was fully booked!) we enjoyed the full range of Kostas first-class  hospitality, cuisine and sense of humour. Every one of his guests had  the same opinion and many non-residents made use of his catering facilities.  Together with his wife, Alex, and staff member, Teresa they provided us  with our best ever holiday experience, NOTHING was too much trouble and  his understanding of the British sense of humour all contributed to this.  The island itself was beautiful, peaceful and more lush than we anticipated,  the weather was a little variable, but temperature reached 37 degrees  - not bad for September. Make sure you book a rental car as the terrain  is quite hilly, and there's plenty to see and explore around the island.  We'll be back!! Best Wishes Kostas

Having first holidayed in Kefalonia two years ago, we decided to return  to the Eleni Studios with 50 guests to get married. Kostas and Alex were  as ever fantastic hosts and helped us make all the arrangements for our  wedding. We block booked all of Eleni (apologies to any of you out there  that are regulars during the week we booked) and were all able to enjoy  a fun but relaxing week away. We have both struggled to find words to  express just how perfect it was and we will have truly magical memories  of our wedding day and the week spent with friends and family. The local  officials were all very helpful and with Kostas' help the ceremony went  off without any hitches. We got married in the town hall at Keramies and  then ferried our guests by coach into Argostoli for photographs at the  port before returning to Eleni for a truly magnificent feast prepared  by Kostas, Alex and gang. We then danced and partied into the night having  hired a sound system from some helpful chaps in Argostoli. For any of  you who happened to be staying in Lourdas on 1st September, we apologise  for the noise but can assure you that fun was had by all Thanks again  to Kostas and Alex and all who helped make our week so special. We can  thoroughly recommend Kostas as a wedding planner (he was superb) and Kefalonia  as the perfect destination for such occasions.

We have just come back from staying at the Eleni Studios, on our first  visit to Kefalonia. I must say that Alex and Kostas are the perfect hosts,  they do everything to ensure that you have a nice holiday with them, we  was staying at the Eleni Two Studios which is about five minutes walk  from the bar and pool area. We ate Kostas' delicious food nearly every  night for two weeks, he must be one of the best chefs on the island. Thanks  for a wonderful holiday and hope to be back next year.

This was our first visit to Kefalonia, and we was overwhelmed by the hospitality  of Kostas and Alex, we stayed at the Eleni Three apartments, which was  only about five minutes walk to the pool and bar area. Kostas made us  some great food, we ate there most nights, as we found his food a lot  better than most of the nearby restaurants. We would not hesitate to go  back again, we met some great people and seen some wonderful sights, thanks  again to Kostas and Alex.

This was our fourth visit to the Eleni since last June - we absolutely  love the place and it was very sad to leave last Sunday. We actually got  married in Argostoli on 10th August and Kostas and Alex joined our celebrations,  along with Tony (best man) and Carole (chief bridesmaid). It was the best  day of our lives and to have these people with us on the day was the icing  on the cake. Kostas made us an excellent two-course meal which was mouth  watering. We were not stressed at all and two hours after the wedding  we were back at the pool. I would like to say a big `Thank you' to Carole,  Tony, Kostas and Alex for a wonderful day. See you in October Kostas and  Alex.

Just had another great holiday at the Eleni Studios. Kostas and Alex are  fantastic hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. Their staff  are also the best, extremely helpful and friendly. Ray and Ann (our friends)  had their wedding while at the Eleni and everybody made it a very special  day for them. Kostas has a wicked sense of humour and his barbecue and  quiz nights are not to be missed. He is also an excellent chef. All apartments  have fantastic views of the mountains and the sea.

Had a fantastic holiday at the Eleni. It was our fifth visit to the island  so we were quite prepared for the steep climbs. Kostas and Alex are superb  hosts (nothing was too much trouble). As a rule we like to try as many  local restaurants as possible, but the food prepared by Kostas was just  so good we tended to 'eat in' at the Eleni bar and then wander down the  the bars in the village. A two-course meal was approximately £6.50  and during our two week stay there was never a repetition of menu. Starters  included sea bass, smoked salmon, meatballs and moussaka and main meals  such as traditional stews, steak, chicken, etc. and oh those desserts were  to die for! Kostas was so accommodating and could basically rustle up  anything requested. And the finishing touch to our holiday. We arrived  back in the UK to receive an e-mail from Kostas and Alex wishing us a safe  return. Suffice to say, we will definitely be going back in the very near future.

Just got back from two wonderful weeks at the Eleni. The studios were  spotlessly clean and very spacious for two people. The pool/bar was great  for a drink and you could get snacks anytime of the day. Kostas and Alex  were wonderful hosts and Kostas is a wonderful chef. We sampled other  restaurants, but we thought that Kostas' cooking was the best. Made some  great friends in that fortnight and no doubt we will be going back to  the Eleni sometime in the future. Thanks Kostas and Alex for a great holiday.

Just back from Eleni Apartments, I can agree with everything that has  been said previously on this list. Eleni is beautifully situated with  lovely views of the sea and olive groves in front - like staying at a  nature reserve with the noises of cats, donkeys, goats, birds and the  many types of very noisy insects ! The apartments are extremely clean,  large and bright. They were cleaned on a regular basis and new bed linen  and towels changed often. The swimming pool was very clean, with plenty  of sun beds around it. The outside bar was a lovely place to meet other  guests, serving breakfast,snacks and drinks through the day. With a special  meal each evening. Kostas and Alex are wonderful hosts, very friendly  and helpful. As has been said before don't miss the BBQ and Quiz night.  We'll definitely be going back.

My husband and myself stayed at the Eleni last June, we had a wonderful  time, everybody is very welcoming and friendly.The view is fantastic,  Kostas is a terrific cook, the BBQ is something else! It is wonderful  fun and again fantastic food. We enjoyed it all so much we are going again  this year(we have always gone somewhere different each year.)

Just booked our holidays at Eleni studios for second time. We already  dream the lovely beach of Lourdas and our cold drinks in the bar. Wish  a nice winter in all our friends in Lourdas. See you soon.

Last July we stayed at the Summer Dreams apartments and spent most of  the holiday in Eleni Studios bar, restaurant and pool area. This has been  one the best holidays we have ever had in our lives the relaxed atmosphere  kindness of Alex and Kostas coupled with the fine food and fun has been  a holiday to always remember. In the words of Arnie - we will be back!!!  this coming year.

Our two week holiday in Kefalonia ended in the first week of September  2003. We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing break - Eleni Studios was the  perfect location for adults and children. The studio swimming pool was  excellent for us and our four year old daughter. We hired a car to explore  the beautiful island. Kostas and Alex made us feel very comfortable and  catered for our family needs. The barbecue and quiz nights were great  fun and Kostas' jokes were all Greek to us!!! (ha ha British humour)The  sea bass was divine. Thank you for a wonderful holiday Kostas.

Many thanks to Kostas and Alex for a fantastic holiday. It was our second  time at the complex (Room 10 - what a view!) the place gets better every  time, pity the bank is still as steep, how about an escalator for next  year! If you ever visit try Kostas bbq & quiz, with the help of Kostas  mam Eleni and not forgetting Alex who all give a night you will never  forget. Well done!!

Have just returned from two very relaxing weeks at Eleni - just the tonic.  Studios are spotless (although three adults would be a little cramped)  and the view from the balcony over the olive groves across to Zante is  stunning. But whatever you do see the island. Jaw-droppingly spectacular,  very underdeveloped and the locals very friendly.

Wow what a wonderful week, thank you Alex and Kostas for making our holiday  so fantastic you are perfect hosts - your hospitality is second to none.  And as for the food this is lovely - one of the best places to eat in  Lourdas. We strongly recommend these apartments, nothing is to much trouble  for these guys, although we need to warn people of the mountain, it is  extremely steep, and well done to those people who managed the walk back  up from the beach. The BBQ & quiz night is as everyone else has said  a great evening. Thank you again to you both

We had a wonderful time at the Eleni everybody is friendly and helpful,  Kostas is a wonderful cook and the BBQ night is great fun. The apartments  are lovely and clean. Lourdas beach is a bit of a walk and the area itself  is not very good for walking if you have walking difficulties, but you  can hire a car easily and driving around the island is good. Then in the  evening it is wonderful to sit by the pool at the Eleni and enjoy a good  meal. We are going back next year and have booked already!

We have just returned from our third visit to Eleni Studios, Lourdas.  Kostas and Alex continue to be perfect hosts, fulfilling all our requests.  Nothing is too much trouble. The studios, as usual, were immaculate and  maintained so throughout our stay. Kostas food is second to none, and  if we didn't fancy what was on the menu he endeavoured to provide what  we requested. The barbecue night goes from strength to strength, improving  from year to year. The quiz, isn't hard, but good fun and even if you  don't know the answers it's a light hearted way to learn something about  Kefalonia and it's history. Even if you aren't staying at Eleni, it's  well worth the climb up the hill to sample the first class food and hospitality  provided at the pool-side bar (which is transformed by night into a friendly,  cosy bistro type eatery) at a cost which competes extremely well with  all the other tavernas (sun beds are free). We have made sure we can enjoy  a guaranteed relaxing return visit to Eleni next year. We made our booking  two days after our return. We have travelled widely throughout Greece and  her islands, but have now found our own Utopia in Kostas, his Eleni Studios  and in the dramatic and beautiful surroundings of Kefalonia. We are sure  that should you choose to visit here you would agree wholeheartedly with  us and also, as we have, gain genuine friends in Kostas, Alex and their  family.

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Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and boasts the largest mountain  range in the 'Eptanissa' or Seven Islands. The island is the sixth largest  in Greece covering some 737 square kilometres and has a coastline of 254  kilometres. Kefalonia has a typically Mediterranean climate - the winters  are mild with frosts rarely occurring and temperatures, usually remaining  above 5°C. By contrast, summers are dry and hot with negligible rainfall  in July/August. The air temperature at this time of year is often greater  than 30°C and in open areas the ground temperature can be very much  higher. The island is famous for it's strange geographical phenomena,  for being voted as tenth in a world scenic beauty league and more recently  as the island setting of Louis de Bernieres novel (and the subsequent  movie) "Captain Corelli's Mandolin".



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Kefalonia has its own airport, near to the island's capital, Argostoli,  and direct flights are available from many European countries (as well  as a daily flight from Athens). It's sister island of Ithaca is easily  reached by a short ferry crossing and ferries operate from a number of  ports (Argostoli, Lixouri, Poros, Skala, Aghia Efimia, Pessada and Fiskardo)  connecting Kefalonia to other nearby islands and to mainland Greece.

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Lourdas is a small village on the shoulder of Mount Aenos just off the  coast road that heads South from Argostoli (the capital) to Skala. A small  side road takes you into the heart of the village and down hill to the  beach. The village has a number of tavernas, bars and mini-markets as well as  a few car hire outlets - pretty much all you require for your holiday  can be obtained within a short walk.

Buses - there is a regular (inexpensive) bus service to/from Argostoli and Skala.

Taxis - there are plenty of taxis available  and they are reasonably priced.

Bicycles - can be hired locally allowing the  more energetic to explore the countryside.

Cars, Mopeds, and Motorcycles - all are available from local outlets, and are highly recommended must for getting out and about and exploring the island.

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