In the old local dialect of Lefkada, pavezzo means shelter, or safe haven. And that is exactly what Pavezzo Country Retreat is: a gorgeous little hideaway, a perfect place to escape to during your holidays. The hotel is in Katouna, a tiny village that lies hidden in a sea of greenery in the hills of Lefkada. It was largely abandoned when in the late 1980s photographer Maria Matsa bought and restored a ramshackle 19th century cottage. More cottages followed and this is how Maria created her country retreat. Preserving whatever she could, she gave each cottage a character of its own, so that with bare stone walls and dark wood beamed ceilings, some of them have the look of a traditional farmhouse, while others, with white washed walls, and pale wood floors and beams, have a more contemporary country feel. But all are beautiful and stylish in their own way. They open onto charming terraces, and some have their own plunge pool. Have breakfast on the main terrace by the pool, go for walks in the hills and swims in the sea, and come back to laze in the shade, to get a spa treatment (try the chocolate therapy!) and to have dinner in the elegant “NoveCento” restaurant.
I fell in love with the Pavezzo Country Retreat just by seeing the pictures, and when I got there it turned out to be even better than I expected. The combination of quiet, charm, tradition, style, originality and friendly service is superb.
You don't actually get a sea-view, but the views over the green hills are pretty amazing! More importantly, the cottages are all different in terms of size, style and even comfort. So make sure, when you book, that you explain what is important to you so the accommodation with live up to your expectations. Finally, appreciated by some, but not by me: the beds in most of the cottages have rather hard mattresses.
3 cottages for 2 persons
2 cottages for up to 3 persons
3 cottages for up to 4 persons
1 house for up to 6 persons with two bedrooms
Cottages for 2 persons:
Ligaria: open plan, no kitchen
Avra: one bedroom and a living room
Agrabeli: one bedroom, living room and a plunge pool
Cottages for up to 3 persons:
Chloe and Kochili: one bedroom and a living room
Agioklima: two bedrooms, a living room and an indoor plunge pool
Cottages for up to 4 persons:
Daphne: one bedroom and a living room
Myrtia: two bedrooms, a living room, small swimming pool
Levanta: two bedrooms and a living room
House for up to 6 persons:
Villa Honeymoon: two bedrooms, a living room, a swimming pool
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Television with DVD player
Equipped kitchenette or kitchen (except Ligaria Cottage)
Outdoor swimming pool
WiFi (in the public areas only)
Spa centre with Jacuzzi and hammam
DVD collection and library
You will be treated to an excellent breakfast (including hearty pies, croissants, homemade biscuits and cake, and fresh orange juice). It is served between 9 and 11 am on the terrace or in the sitting room. During the high season, evening meals are served in the stylish “NoveCento” restaurant. It is a set menu, and you have to reserve in advance. You also have your kitchenette to prepare a meal or two, and you can walk over to the cute village taverna for some honest, traditional food.
Children are welcome (and cots/cribs are available), but you should keep in mind that the hotel is a retreat, and that you should respect the peace and quiet of your fellow guests. It is probably not such a good idea to show up in the Pavezzo Country Retreat with kids in the “run around and make noise” age group. Some of the larger cottages do have extra beds for children, but the best choice for families is “Villa Honeymoon”, which has total privacy (as well as a pool and two bedrooms).
Lefkada is a beautiful destination for family holidays. It has several absolutely stunning beaches, though you should keep in mind that these are on the other side of the island. Very doable if you make it a day’s excursion, but they too far to go to for a quick afternoon swim with the children. Much closer to Katouna you will find plenty of smaller beaches and protected little coves, so that quick swim in the sea is still an option. Lefkada is also a great holiday destination if your kids enjoy walking, and can find plenty of ‘action’ on the island (both in terms of water sports as well as entertainment) your kids will appreciate.
The Pavezzo Country Retreat is in of Katouna, a small and charming village up in the hills, just a few kilometres from the coast and not very far from the capital of Lefkada. The nearest beach is at 3 km, but for the most beautiful beaches the island is famous for, you have to drive further.
Lefkada is an island you can drive to – it is connected to the mainland by a long and narrow causeway and a floating bridge. The drive from Athens takes about 4 to 5 hours. You can also fly to the nearby airport of Preveza: there are domestic flights from Athens several times a week and in the summer quite a few international charters fly directly to Preveza. After you cross to the island, you should follow signs for Nidri from the town of Lefkada. After about 5 km you take a right for Katouna (it is at 3 km from the coast). Once you arrive in the village, you will see a small sign for the Pavezzo Country Retreat.
Thank you for having a wonderful business and for finding all these lovely small Greek hotels (we looked over your book which was in the dining room). Myself and Lionel had a wonderful holiday at the Pavezzo retreat, it was a beautiful place and our house was amazing, we moved from Avra on the first day as it was too small and upgraded to Aknocula (I can’t spell it but it means vine flower) it was the new house just built with an amazing Jacuzzi/ pool with fibre optic lights. The staff were very helpful (especially Apostolos) and were lovely people. We have already thoroughly recommended the retreat to friends being a perfect getaway from it all holiday in beautiful surroundings. My only suggestion would be to have beauty treatments available at the spa, the only treatment available was a massage (which was lovely) but had there been other treatments (facials, pedicures, etc.) I would have certainly indulged.