About Braunis Horio

Situated on a stunning headland overlooking the crystal waters of the Ionian Sea, Braunis Horio has unarguably the best location in the sleepy fishing village of Assos, and possibly the entire island, with amazing views out to the sea in one direction and over the picturesque harbour in the other.

Staying at Braunis Horio you feel sublimely perched above the rest of the world – overlooking Assos where it is as if time has stood still. Yet you are within easy striking distance of Fiscardo and the dramatic bay at Myrtos, the star of many iconic photoshoots and one of the finest beaches in the whole of Greece, with the rest of Cephalonia’s wonderful island charms accessible further afield.

  • Braunis Horio consists of thirteen individual seafront villas created on the undulating hillside by the wonderful Kokolis family, who while born and bred in Assos, have travelled extensively collecting inspiration along the way. There is a heady mix of one, two and three bedrooms, each with a private swimming pool and stunning seascapes. The villas tick all the boxes for many different guests – couples, families or friends travelling together –with plenty of space and some variant of the magnificent views across the bay.  

    A natural private staircase descends from the villas down to the seafront where there is a wonderful diving platform in the rocks, perfect for enjoying the azure sea water.  With the naked eye you can spot local marine life including dolphins, which often actually come into the harbour, and monk seals in season. 

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    Braunis Horio is a five-minute downhill stroll to Assos harbour, with its smattering of waterside tavernas, cafés and pebble beaches – sit here and enjoy a glass of St Gerasimos wine (the local Robola wine) overlooking the sea. The houses that line the sleepy square behind the harbour are shaded by majestic plane trees.  Explore the narrow alleys which weave their way around the rustic homes, complete with cascading bougainvillea. 

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    The stylish villas are tastefully furnished throughout with whitewashed walls and shades of Mediterranean colours: tones of blue are set against a neutral palette.  Each villa has two large terraces overlooking the sea, the perfect place to enjoy romantic dinners by candlelight under a blanket of stars.  They are all individually furnished to a high standard with objets d’art, rattan furniture, day beds, huge bell jars, feature lighting, paved terraces and stone walls.  There is air-conditioning and huge terraces with ample seating for dining or relaxing around the swimming pool.  The villas have fully fitted contemporary kitchens, TV and DVD player. 

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    Assos is well located to explore the island by day - assuming you can drag yourself away from the village’s hypnotic and sleepy charms. The more active may be inclined to hike the old Venetian footpath running along the rugged coastline of the peninsula – climb up to the top of the castle and you’ll be rewarded with more incredible views.  The stunning remains of the spectacular Venetian fortress - one of the two that can be found on the island – loom down imposingly over the harbour.

    A vehicle is included with each villa, ensuring that you get the opportunity to get out and about to explore Cephalonia’s most famous beach of Myrtos, which is just a 15-minute drive away. Or head north to the relative sophistication of the harbour at Fiscardo 25 minutes away and a world apart in terms of atmosphere.

Braunis Horio – the perfect Greek island retreat in the picture-postcard village of Assos.