I have just returned from Kefalonia, where I stayed at the Villa Mare for 2 weeks. Lourdas is very nice and quiet but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are prepared to hire a car or bike or walk up steep hills. The Villa Mare is in a good location a few minutes stroll from a well stocked shop, the beach and a few tavernas. It was clean and the facilities in the rooms were quite good but take a travel kettle! For anyone who is concerned about earlier comments about cats, I hardly saw any cats at all and none came into my room even though we kept the balcony doors open most of the day. You can also lock the shutters but leave the glass doors open to let air in overnight, so no cats could come in at night.