Villa Arbutus...

...what previous guests have thought about their holidays

A truly wonderful retreat... We found peace and tranquility at this wonderful house on the Lipsopergos Peninsula. Very secluded and private which was just what we wanted.

The house nestles in ancient olive groves and has a timeless quality, perfect for relaxing the mind and attuning oneself to the elements! Sylvie, the owner, provided all the information needed and was very helpful and straight forward.

The house is very well maintained, well designed and has a nautical feel to it. From the pool there are great views across the bay, where one can watch boats sailing by.

There are some lovely small beaches close by and a great taverna at Amoussa with very friendly waiters, which serves fresh fish and traditional food. The chilled Vertzamo wine is great with a sea bream!

Thanks again Sylvie and Bob.

Review 1 of 17.

Stayed for one week end of August. Sylvie was very helpful in planning our trip from initial booking to hints re flights.

Definitely need a 4x4 jeep - Chris at Alex Rent-a-Car met us at airport with a Suzuki Jimny - bags will fit in if you only have 2! Track to villa took 30 mins 1st drive up - by end of week only took 10 mins and kids loved the off road experience - standing up holding on - like riding a bucking broncho !

Villa simple in decor and very clean - stunning views , lovely pool area - all equipment we needed on hand. Local caretaker contacts also very helpful when we needed them. Loads of beaches - from secluded to busy - very, very clean, too many great places to eat to mention, boat trips to islands, or chilling by the pool.

Wonderful relaxing week but with enough excitement to keep the kids happy too - thank you very much!

Review 2 of 17.

Me and my boyfriend stayed in Villa Arbutus for one week and our experience was great from start to finish. Sylvie is incredibly friendly and helpful. Not only did she provide us with excellent beach and restaurant recommendations - Rachi is one of the most special places we have ever eaten, you are literally dining above the clouds - but she helped arrange our rental car plus grocery delivery.

Since the place is so far removed from everything you will need a car if you are going to stay here. I would recommend a jeep or 4WD due to the condition of the road; it can get pretty bumpy at times. There are a couple of small beaches about 15 minutes by foot from the villa, and there is also a taverna, but the whole island is beautiful and definitely worth exploring.

The villa itself is clean, comfortable and has all the amenities you would expect. There are plenty of places to relax, and the view is simply stunning. Overall, the property is more spacious than the pictures make it out to be. If you are looking for an affordable holiday rental with complete privacy, this is the place for you.

Review 3 of 17.

The villa was just fantastic(although unpretentious) and by far the best place we've stayed in 3 or 4 similar hols in Greece/ Spain in recent years. We loved the location (although the bumpy track is probably not for everyone but in a jeep fine), the privacy and solitude.

The setting is stunning, looking out over the small infinity pool across the bay with amazing sunsets. Most days we went out for a drive or to a beach - Egremi was stunning, or into the mountains for a great drive one day, and dinner out or BBQs for a couple of nights.

Review 4 of 17.

We returned to Arbutus last October for a second autumnal visit. We were delighted that the villa was as stunning, calm and peaceful as we had remembered. We knew immediately it was definitely right to return!

What a wonderful holiday it was - savouring the gloriously sunny warmth, enjoying picnics and swimming in the perfect turquoise sea at the Baby Beach. It felt so relaxing, so precious in October...

This villa is a blissful and very special place. We had a fabulous holiday and strongly recommend it, we would return any time.

Review 5 of 17.

Villa arbutus is a complete gem and just perfect in everyway for a loving couple or family. We are a family of five and fit beautifully into the house which really was perfect. The view from the master bedroom literally bought tears to my eyes every morning .. and it was this view that you enjoyed from the dining terrace, the sitting room, the pool are and just about everywhere really...

The house was kitted out beautifully and incredibly well thought out .. whenever I thought I wonder if they have that, there it was in exactly the place I would have put it .. the kitchen perfectly equipped, the shower a joy with a hot power shower, and there was something very comforting about Villa arbutus .. it really is a sanctuary.

The design of the house is modern and spacious but with all the cosiness of a home, without the clutter... the outdoor space is so well thought out with lots of nice sitting areas to enjoy ... and we really did move around to use them all at different times of day. The journey there is quite an experience up the crazy bad driveway but that just adds to the experience and excitement and remoteness of Villa Arbutus.From the moment we booked their home, Sylvie and Robert were so friendly and welcoming...a huge thankyou from all the Walshes.

Review 6 of 17.

We loved arbutus and Lefkas!

The service we received from Sylvie was excellent re booking and local advice re what to do,car rental etc.The pre arrival shop provided and twice weekly change of linen was appreciated.Theres a laundry service provided which we used once however there is also a good launderette in Vassilki just behind the dock.

We arrived in darkness, it was really v special - the solar lights in the trees and the stars overhead.The children jumped straight in the pool ! Awoke the next morning and felt like we had arrived in paradise as I gazed across the bay from my bed.This house really is in a stunning location - we couldn't stop staring at the views.We loved its remoteness - the fact that the last few km access to the house is through olive groves on a real track covered in boulders and dust only added to the magic of the place. We hired our car from andys cars in Vassiliki - a rather battered old thing but it did the job - they even came out to the house to fix our flat battery.

The local taverna on amoussa bay is excellent and the beach bar next door has wifi for those needing their fix. We would walk down in the early evening for a swim followed by a meal, then walk home stopping for a swim in baby beach on the way back.

Review 7 of 17.

We stayed with our family of 5 for 3 weeks in the eco house arbutus.

For sure we recommend everyone to book this place if you are looking for total privacy and quietness.

At the same time there are many nice places to visit like Syvota for excellent fresh fish, Vasiliki for strolling along the waterfront and nice taverna's and last but not least amousa Bay which is near by the house.

Friendly people everywhere on the island.

We enjoyed day and night at the house. We miss the staring to the star sky at night. So bright and special for city people like ourselves. The dirt road to the house is a challenge every time entering or leaving the place.

Review 8 of 17.

Peaceful hideout with a superb view on sea

We truly enjoyed the stay in the beautiful house arbutus. Beforehand, we hoped that it would be nice (but knowing that websites can picture a different story, we weren't sure). In this case, with this villa ´┐Żnd the place where it is set, reality proved to be just as great as we hoped - and in some respects even better.

The setting is far away from 'people' or shops. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and the superb views on the sea. One evening, near the house, we saw a fox. At night we heard owls and bats.Everything in the house worked just fine. In our experience, the house was inside a bit more spacious than is visible on the pictures we saw.

We enjoyed nice weather and we have swum almost every day in the pool (if you are actually in the water, you can still see the sea and the bay). We especially liked the many places on the terras/garden where is possible to sit on the various moments of the day (morninglight, eveningsun etc). We liked the 'lights' in the tree (which are loaded with sunlight during the day) that suddenly go on after dusk.

Review 9 of 17.

If you're looking for somewhere a little special, this is probably it. The villa itself is in a great location and you have complete privacy while you laze by the infinity pool. There are no other villas in sight, just the olive grove and then the sea. The drive to the property is slightly tricky as the road is unsealed but nothing that an ordinary small car can't handle. If you want to hire a car, just ask the owner and she'll put in touch with a great company with great prices.

If you want to stay put then you have everything you need as the owner will arrange for a food shop to be delivered before your arrival! You can walk to two very pretty and quiet beaches and also a very nice local taverna. We did manage without a car on our first stay here back in 2011, we walked everywhere and got some excellent buses further afield but I would only recommend this if you really don't mind a challenge. Hiring a car means you can pop over to Vassiliki for dinner and tour some of the more remote sights, so probably well worth it.

In short this place is blissful, we liked it so much we returned this year (2012) and expect to do so again.

Review 10 of 17.

This is where we want to grow old! In the beginning of June, my wife and I visited Arbutus again, already feeling at home. It didn't disappoint this time either (see our review on Flipkey last year), in fact our love for the peninsula deepened, and in September we bought a plot nearby (

Hopefully a house of our own will be ready at the end of next year...

Isn't that one of the best reviews one could write?

Review 11 of 17.

"A perfect place for relaxation in splendid isolation.

After regular visits to Greek islands since the end of the seventies, we had our first stay on Lefkas this year. And what a stay! It was a fantastic and wonderful week, to which this lovely house contributed significantly. We enjoyed the seclusion among the olive trees, the pool and the view of the sea. And the fact that nothing else besides the sound of waves and cikadas could be heard was as bliss.

It's hard to express something negative about Arbutus, but the last km of the road gave us some anguish the first times we used it. But the advantage with this was that there were hardly any traffic passing the house during the whole week. A week next year is already booked!

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Review 12 of 17.

"My family and I very much enjoyed our two weeks in Arbutus house. It is a secluded location yet very close to several beaches, shops, local bakery and tavernas.The Villa is comfortable and has everything you need. The views are fantastic. Mandy and Geoff were very helpful and the owner, Sylvie was happy to assist us with the car rental and answer any questions we might have.

It was just the holiday we all needed. In the middle of the olive groves, we enjoyed the sound of the cicadas in the daytime and the crickets at night. We were there in august and did not suffer at all from the heat.
The villa has been designed to collect the cool sea breeze. We would go back anytime and are very happy to recommend this villa. Just one suggestion: if you hire a car, make sure it is a jeep or equivalent since the track up to the house can be rough for a low car.

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Review 13 of 17.

"We are a family of three living in Australia, and we had visited the island before. The online arrangements with the owner were very well handled and had a nice personal touch. The villa itself is indeed a 'home away from home' and there are a number of nice touches (well stocked bookshelf,perfectly sized barbeque,clear instructions and advice on local eateries and attractions)

The property is very well maintained and the pool area is great. Everything works well and we found no fiddly irritations with things like plumbing and so forth.
The only challenge for us was the road to the villa. We had a small Suzuki 4X4 but even with that we thought twice about trips to the beach and restaurants in the evening.

On the whole a great holiday and the seclusion and peace is wonderful.

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Review 14 of 17.

"We had a fantastic holiday. The setting is fabulous. Total privacy and isolation among olive trees above a beautiful bay yet a lovely little beach within walking distance. The villa itself was excellent with a huge sitting room and lovely main bedroom that opened out over the terrace. Fabulous views from the bed. The second bedroom was a little small but there was extra sleeping accommodation in the sitting room.

The local taverna was excellent and we enjoyed romantic midnight swims on the way home. We also appreciated the low impact solar powered set-up. Very beautiful pool overlooking the hillside and out to sea. Our two grown up sons joined us and we had BBQ fish suppers on the terrace under solar powered lamplight.

A hire car was essential for getting to and from the shops and stocking up with supplies. Overall, one of our best villa holidays.

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Review 15 of 17.

"Our trip to Arbutus was a last minute idea, we had hoped for a miracle cure for two very tired, very jaded individuals.The very first thing I remember on arrival was standing in the moonlight on the terrace looking over the bay...The views are stunning and the calm and quiet (and the absolute privacy) was so much more than we had hoped for.

The weather, too, was much warmer than we felt we had the right to expect in October. We had many stunning walks, we admired the flora and fungi along with the views. We bathed in the sea - which was warm and wonderful. We bathed in the beautiful pool which was less warm but still wonderful. We ate all our meals outside on one or other of the terraces...One night we ate our supper whilst watching the most incredible storm over the other side of the Bay - a real light show... We are hoping to visit again very soon.

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Review 16 of 17.

"This was a perfect holiday away from it all - so peaceful and with everything we needed right there. We enjoyed doing nothing but swimming and relaxing on the beautiful baby beach, taking walks around the peninsula, eating wonderful food in the shade of the olive groves, and sitting out playing cards under the stars.

It really is a magical place.

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Review 17 of 17.