We selected this villa last minute and from the moment of our first enquiry until we left, Lilias and her team couldn't have been more helpful.
The views are spectacular and the villa itself was very comfortable for the four of us. The kitchen is well supplied and there's lots of shade for staying cool and out of the July sun (if that's what you like).
A car is essential as even though close to beach and village as the crow flies, the hills are very steep and it's a mile to drive to the beach and about five minutes to the village. Also, if you're hiring a car, make sure you're allowed to go "off road" as the last bit of approach to the villa is a rough track.
We stayed at Villa Samphire for a week in June and really enjoyed our stay. The views towards Corfu are stunning, and it was nice just to sit and watch the boats sailing in and out of Lefkada, or the Swallows diving down into the pool. The villa itself was one of the best we have stayed at in Greece, and the welcome pack provided was much appreciated. We spent most of our time either at the pool, or exploring some of the beautiful beaches down the west coast.
A car is really essential, since the villa is some distance from the nearest village. There are several nice tavernas in Agios Nikitas, which is about a 15 minute drive, but our favourite was Seven Islands restaurant in Ligia on the east coast.
All in all we couldn't fault the property, but would have preferred if there had been the opportunity to pay by credit card when booking. It worried me to have to transfer money to a greek bank account, but in the event there was no problem.
I would thoroughly recommend Villa Samphire to anyone wanting to "get away from it all" for a week or two to a beautiful peaceful place.
A Truly relaxing stay. Everything you needed was supplied and an exceptional Welcome Pack provided. Good position for Lefkas town and many other Bays and Tavernas Hopefully will return again Best Regards Mary & Ivan.
From the minute we arrived, very very early on Sunday the house was ready for our 3 week stay (thank you Lilias)! It is a wonderful place for a family to get away and spend some quality time together. It is completed secluded and peaceful, yet only a few minutes from the fun Lefkada Town with lots of shopping & eating. From this location we were able to see lots of Greece (Delphi, Olympia, Meteora) in a day and come back to a wonderful evening of swimming in the pool. All the beaches were wonderful to visit, but our favorite was the one closest to the house which you could walk to (but it is really steep).
Lilias the property manager, really helped with our whole trip and is a wonderful source of information. She answered all my questions about the house and our reservation very promptly.
We hope to return very very soon!
My girlfriend and I spent a 2.5 week holiday in Samphire and had a fantastic time. The villa consists of two "wings" consisting of the two bed rooms, one of which has a double bed, the other has twin beds. In the middle is the spacious living room with a simple, but well equipped kitchen at the back of the villa.
From the terrace you have a beautiful view of the Ionian sea and part of the city of Lefkada. The terrace is sunny all day, only at the very end of the day the trees around the house create shadows, during our 2.5 week stay this was usually around 18:00. This means that we didn't see the sun set in the sea, but only a short drive (5-10 min) from the villa there is a secluded beach that Lilias showed us. This beach is oriented to the west, which means you can see beautiful sunsets.
The property was kept very clean, much better than we've experienced in apartments and hotels in Greece. The terrace stays cool, even though temperatures rose to 35°C during our stay. The pool offers some welcome refreshment during the hottest hours as well as the outside shower. It has pool wide stairs on one side and gradually deepens to 1.7m depth. During the day there is plenty of room to sit either in the sun or in the shade of one of the parasols.
If it cools down during the night the television and DVD-set offer some entertainment, though the number of interesting tv-stations is rather limited. There is an internet connection available, but it is wired and didn't work during our stay. Lilias kindly provided us with a mobile internet connection with a USB stick.
There is much entertainment outside too once it gets dark. Many good tavernas in the neighbourhood, offering a variety of fish and meat. We especially enjoyed our visits to Seven Islands in Lygia, owned by a Dutch/Greek couple who are extremely friendly (oh, and the food was great too!). Dining directly next to the water, great! And when you get home you should definitely take the big telescope outside to watch the evening sky. Because the villa is situate quite remotely, there is little light polution and you get a good view of the stars and milky way.
The only downside we could think of is that the mattresses on the beds are very firm. We didn't sleep well on them, but that is just personal preference I guess. Nevertheless we would definitely recommend this villa to whoever wants a peaceful and relaxing holiday with maximum privacy (unoverlooked terrace and pool) and stunning views!
What a fantastic place! Beautiful views and fabulous sunsets. The villa had everything we needed and more. The pool was great for the children as it has steps down. We wanted a peaceful and relaxing holiday and that's exactly what we got and Lilias was so friendly and helpful. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. There is also a wonderful fish restaurant in the village!
5% Early Booking until 25/02/2016
5% Family Booking for bookings in High & Peak Season
10% on 3 week bookings
Maximum discount 15%
Generous Food Welcome Hamper included in the price. Hamper includes fresh fruit, salad items and dips, milk, soft drinks, wine, beer, fresh bread, crisps or biscuits, water.