Did you know that the UK’s leading villa operator to Greece, Ionian Villas, has a huge choice of 270 properties across the eight Ionian islands? You will be pleased to know many are perfect for large families, or two or more families who wish to go on holiday together.

Ionian Villas have sent me their details and new for 2020, is the ‘Touch of Luxury Range’, featuring 25 of the best properties to be found across the islands.

Blue Shutters near Agios Nikolaos on Zakynthos, is a spacious, seven-bedroomed property which sleeps up to 14 people.  Set on a hillside terrace, it has views over the ocean and is surrounded by valleys of patchwork olive groves and wild myrtle. It has total privacy from the outside world, but is just a few minutes’ drive to beaches, shops and tavernas.  Seven individual cottages (once the homes of olive pickers ) are connected by a series of stone courtyards and terraces, to provide delightful spaces both for intimacy and for partying. With a large swimming pool and complimentary sailing dinghy, paddle boards and e-bikes, it is perfect for families. A week’s rental costs from £4250.

Villa Marianna  has a secluded hillside location in the small hamlet of Apergatika, close to Lakka, on Paxos.  Sleeping six in three bedrooms, the villa, built of stone, is above the beaches of Monodendri and Lakkos on Paxos’ east coast, halfway between Loggos and Lakka. The beaches are just a 10-minute walk away via an olive grove path. Marianna has stunning views over valleys of silver olive and dark green cypress trees, and across the sea to the mountains of the Greek mainland.  It also has a swimming pool.  Available throughout the school summer holidays, a week’s rental is £8500.

The Loutsa Retreat on Ithaca – which sleeps eight people in four bedrooms – is just a 10- minute walk from two waterside tavernas and a three-minute walk to Loutsa beach, yet is hidden from the outside world within beautiful private gardens and forested hillsides of olive and pine.  The pretty port of Vathy is a pleasant 20-minute coastal walk or a five-minute drive.  The Retreat has no immediate neighbours and it therefore has total privacy and tranquillity.  The villa also has a curving swimming pool that sweeps through a small olive grove, bordered by hedges of lavender – its shallow end resembles a beach.  A week’s rental costs from £3820.

Acacia on Kefalonia which sleeps 10 people in five bedrooms is a large property with private gardens and a swimming pool. It also has private steps to the sea and is within walking distance to a sandy beach, bars and tavernas. The pretty port of Vathy is a 20-minute coastal walk or a five-minute drive.  A week’s rental costs from £3820.

For more information or to book Ionian Villas tel; 01243 820 928 or visit ionian-villas.co.uk.