Villa Mimi

When you hear that a British Naval officer was posted to Greece during the Second World War and fell in love with a celebrated Athenian ballet dancer, it sounds like the opening to a movie. Yet it was the beginning of a romance with such heart that you can feel it woven into the very fabric of their sons’ two villas – built on Meganissi to honour their Greek heritage.

Michael and John Shepherd were raised in England but spent blissful family holidays in Greece with their mother’s family and grew up fluent in the language and well-versed in its rich cultures and traditions. Named after their mother and grandmother respectively, Villas Mimi and Xeni represent a poignant and beautiful tribute to their treasured childhood memories.

With mesmerising views across the Ionian to the unspoilt islands of Kalamos and Kastos, suspended in the infinite blue of sea and sky, the villas offer a sense of peace and harmony matched only by the natural serenity of their exquisite island home.

Villa Mimi belongs to Michael, an international hotelier with an illustrious five-star career, whose impeccable eye for detail is evident throughout this truly exceptional villa. His daughter, a renowned interior designer, has combined classic contemporary décor, sumptuous fabrics and charming traditional touches to create a wonderfully elegant home, with relaxed living and effortless entertaining in mind. From the hand-crafted kitchen to the sophisticated bedroom suites with their bespoke wardrobes and deliciously stylish bathrooms, the finest natural materials have been used throughout to create a haven of quiet sophistication and unashamed luxury.

Outside on the terrace, the infinity pool appears to melt into the dazzling blue yonder and an expansive pergola, comfortably furnished and with its own well-equipped summer kitchen, ensures outdoor living is a joy both day and night. The landscaped gardens are an oasis of fragrant Mediterranean planting offering a choice of seating areas to lie back and drink in the heavenly views, with not another house between you and the boundless sea beyond. And when you hear the Ionian calling, there are steps down to a stone terrace, shared only with Villa Xeni, ideal for dolphin spotting.

Though only a 10-minute drive from the charming harbour in Vathy, with its pretty shops and waterside tavernas, Villa Mimi is a magical and secluded island paradise, born out of a legacy of wartime love and romance. Created with flair and imagination, it inspires the same passion in its guests as it does in its owners – this is an unimaginably beautiful setting for a very special villa.

Good to know…

Villa Mimi, closest to the sea, and Villa Xeni are a comfortable distance apart and the enjoyment of this spectacular location is not compromised by their proximity to one another. They are designed to be booked separately, however, larger groups may wish to consider both villas for a sophisticated island gathering.


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Villa Mimi

  • Fully booked for 2021 - please contact us for Advance Registrations for 2022 


  • 4-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-8)

Ground floor

  • Living/dining area with wood-burner, TV (English-speaking channels) with DVD player, leads to pool terrace
  • Fully fitted open-plan kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, wine cooler, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Twin bedroom (90cm beds) with en-suite shower room, leads to patio
  • Twin bedroom (80cm beds, can be converted into a double on request) with en-suite shower room, leads to terrace
  • Utility room with washing machine

First floor

  • Master suite (180cm bed) accessed by own staircase, en-suite shower room, dressing room, sitting room, wood burner, leads to two separate private balconies
  • Guest suite (180cm bed) accessed from living room staircase, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and bath, dressing room, leads to two separate private balconies


  • Complimentary WiFi (accessible from ground floor and terrace)
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryers
  • Simpson Travel pool towels 
  • Outside dining area and summer kitchen with gas hob and dishwasher
  • Barbecue
  • Outside shower
  • Poolroom with WC
  • Private heated swimming pool 4m x 11m (depth 1m – 1.80m)
  • Parking area for two cars 
  • Security deposit (£1,500) required 3 weeks prior to departure


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails. We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes, due to factors beyond our control, reliability can be affected.


  • Preveza airport to Perigiali jetty by taxi or minibus 45min
  • Transfers from Perigiali jetty (no café or WC)
  • Perigiali jetty to Meganissi by sea taxi 30min


  • Limonari beach 5min drive
  • Katomeri (tavvernas, supermarkets) 25min walk or 5min drive
  • Vathy 45min walk or 10min drive
  • Nidri on Lefkada 40min boat trip from Spilia or Vathy
From prices are per person sharing for 1 week
Including accommodation,  flights (inc. 1 hold bag per person), transfers or car hire unless otherwise stated, Welcome pack (if self-catering), Pre-departure & overseas concierge services. 
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All prices and details are subject to change and availability, please check at the time of booking. Full ATOL protection.  Terms and conditions apply. Prices are for guidance.

Holiday Name : Villa Mimi 
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