George Molfetas Museum Hotel is one of those truly special places to stay in Greece. Tucked away in a small village in the hills of Kefalonia, it is a charming 19th century family house. It is one of the few historical buildings on the island that withstood the earthquake of 1953. Lovingly restored by Katerina Dima, it is now an adorable little hotel, and a bit of a museum too. Both the living/dining room and the bedrooms are filled with antique furniture, old books, photographs, cameras, hats and all sorts of paraphernalia left to Katerina by well-travelled members of her late husband’s family. The five bedrooms have heaps of character and a romantic, homely feel (and modern bathrooms). You will find a CD player with a collection of CDs in your room, and books to read as well, though if you want light summer reading, better bring your own. The bedrooms open on to a flower-filled courtyard, where Katerina and her daughter serve a delicious breakfast and candle-lit dinners. Let Katerina tell you about her great-uncle George Molfetas (she named the hotel after him) and other family members. She is the kindest host you can imagine.
I was totally under the spell of the charm of this little hotel, the mellow atmosphere and the kind and engaging hosts. This is a very special place for your holidays in Greece!
If you like clutter-free modern rooms, this is not the place for you. My mattress was a bit too hard for my taste, but I slept well anyway.
1 room with two single beds
1 room for up to 3 persons (one small double bed and one single bed)
Prices for two persons from 85 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please contact Katerina.
En-suite bathroom (shower or bath)
Sitting/dining room with a fireplace
Books and CDs
There’s breakfast and dinner. Katerina cooks, and Barry serves.
You can have breakfast any time you want, and you are in for a treat. Katerina doesn’t prepare the same every day; she likes to play. I had a plate with fresh fruit, yoghurt, homemade bread and jams, and ginger pancakes. Fantastic!
At night, you don’t get the usual Greek fare, but more creative Mediterranean dishes with a twist or two. Katerina uses local and mainly organic ingredients in her cooking and the recipes are her own. I had trouble choosing from the rather varied menu and asked her to surprise me. I can’t recall exactly what ended up on my table, but I do remember it was way too much and very delicious!
Because of the style of her little hotel Katerina prefers to welcome children only if they are at least twelve years old. There is one room with twin beds, and there also is a triple room with a double and a single bed in separate spaces. Except in the high season, you can also come with a baby, and a cot/crib is available.
Kefalonia is a fun island for holidays with teenagers. They will enjoy the beautiful beaches, and there are plenty of options for sports and entertainment (scuba diving, boat excursions, horseback riding, sea kayaking and more).
Kefalonia gets its share of tourism, but George Molfetas Museum Hotel lies well off the beaten tourist track. The hotel is in a small village in the hills, a few kilometres from the sea, and less than 15 minutes by car from Argostoli, the island’s capital.
The island of Kefalonia can be reached by plane (there are daily flights from Athens and during the summer there are international charter flights as well) and by ferry (connections from Patras – about 4.5 hours – and other Ionian islands). If you don’t come with your own car, I suggest you rent one on the island.
The village of Faraklata is 2 km off the road between Argostoli and Sami. If you come from the port of Sami, take a sharp right as you pass the village of Razata. After 2 km you reach Faraklata. As you pass through the village (in the direction of Dilinata), you will see a church on your right. The hotel is in the first street to the right after the church. It is best to park in the main street.FIND IT ON THE MAP