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39 reviews
Welcome to Villa Octavius
Your first view of  Villa Octavius
Easy walk in pool
View from the air
Large Kitchen
Octagonal Lounge
Dinning Room
Super King Blue Room
Red Room
White Room
Dancing camels bedroom (twin)
Master bathroom
Hammock Tower
Main shaded terrace
Warm evenings
Shaded patio and Hammock Tower
Fire Table lounge under the stars
Ideal place to unwind
Enjoy the sea view from the Fire table lounge
View from the Red Bedroom Balcony
Super yachts in the bay! You have the best view
Enjoy Star filled nights from the Hot Tub
The pool eye
Cozy Jacuzzi seating area
Villa Octavius the ........Hilltop Retreat
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Nidri, Lefkada, Ionian Islands

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Siggi T
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
1 review
“Space & cosiness - a true villa jewel in the Ionian island”
Reviewed 11 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We returned yesterday from a week-long stay at Villa Octavius with family, group of six, aged 9 to 65 and all truly enjoyed this wonderful place
Think beautiful unique architecture of the house of the owner's design with large rooms to be together or take time to relax on your own or smaller groups, huge private terrace with picture postcard views, lovely furniture and decorations such as candles flowers, murals,not too little and not too much all in wonderful taste, often with a reference to the island, like lace-elements in the curtains of one of the bedrooms, very comfy beds, all spotlessly clean. Kitchen very well equipped, newish branded (Bosch, Whirlpool) appliances, all working, peppermill, key spices in pristine conditions provided English instructions for the appliances available where needed, high quality pans, knives etc; the gardens are outstanding, look like Chelsea flower show, you can find driftwood sculptures within beds of an abundance of colourful annuals, alyssium, zinnia, tropaeolum without a single weed and lovingly planted pots and amphores for decorations. The pool was still a bit cold at that time of year but we enjoyed the Jacuzzi hot tub everyday, which has an extra shower, bathroom close by in a lower part of the garden with striking mountain views. We've been renting upmarket villas for the past 5 years on Greek islands and this was the first where we did not experience a single powercut, loss of water supply and a sanitary system that the owner told us could cope with disposing of your loo paper as at home rather than in a separate bucket. Technical systems, like wifi and internet access, TV and the Sonos music system worked smoothly and was a delight to use, the children (9,11) loved the hammock tower in particular (note that this property would be a challenge for toddlers or rather for the ones looking after them because of balconies and marble staircases). The owners/hosts Steve and Monica who live the lower part of the building are very unobtrusive but always accessible when needed, like other reviewers we tremendously enjoyed a day out with Steve on a boat, learning about octopus (Steve caught a baby octopus for us to be released back into the sea and showed us a pair of cuttlefish in the wild) he brought us to a cave to swim with bats and snorkel in smurfblue waters and a lovely lunch at George's and Lydia's taverna on Meganissi island - not to be missed by anyone staying at Villa Octavius, you will feel very safe and entertained very well by Steve; Monica has a true eye for beauty and arranging everything in and around the house and garden so it feels elegant and cosy and you will take ideas home. Perfect for special family celebrations in particular

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Liked best: Enjoing the sun setting on the lovely terrace
Liked least: steep drive up to the property from Nidri
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jacquie C
Panama City, Panama
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4 reviews
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“It's a Shangri-La of Beauty, Love and Comfort that rises up as you drive towards it through a small road”
Reviewed 9 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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Villa Octavius is located in a perfect place. You have mountain, sea… everything right there.
Every corner of the villa is filled with so much attention and detail. You will be impressed every moment.
The beautiful views it offers of Scorpio Island, Nidri and the surroundings is just breathtaking.

We just had our wedding at the villa and it was PERFECT! We were able to have a Greek traditional wedding with live music and fantastic catering. Steve went the extra mile to make sure this day was unforgettable :)

Steve and Monica were extremely attentive to our needs and were wonderful hosts.

If you want to breakout of the traditional sightseeing routine, try any of Steve's trips such as octopus wrestling, boat trips, night in the stars, etc. It will be a unique experience.

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Liked best: The friendship and human kindness we received from Steve. It truly made the difference.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Carriad7
London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Holiday!”
Reviewed 19 May 2013 for a stay in October 2012

Villa Octavius is an amazing place to stay! All the reviews are so right. Every detail in the villa is well thought thru. Thanks to Steve our holiday was customised to our needs. He organised great boat trip for us and gave us a huge history & biology lessons. Lefkada is a beautiful island and October was a perfect month to go as it was very quiet and the weather was just so ideal for us (25-30 degrees). You must go and see the church on the top of the mountain! The views are stunning and the feeling of stillness and silence is fabulous. Car rental is recommended as the island is worth exploring. We stayed for a one week and had a very good rest.

We would love to be back!!! However for the same value you can have a Carribean holiday for a week too, therefore it will take some time before we go back there. We definitely highly recommend the place, you will not be disappointed and you will have a magical time. Thank you Steve!

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Liked best: Hammock Tower and the view from the villa.
Liked least: Cats around begging for food.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Cowbridge
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Stylish Gem with stunning views over islands and sea”
Reviewed 11 February 2013 for a stay in October 2012
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I stumbled upon Villa Octavius by accident with no intent or direction re my destination. It was simply the Villa itself that caught my eye. Soon the enchanting music and beautiful pictures on Villa O's website began to hypnotise and I became a little spellbound. I was looking for a REAL Villa. A Villa with real furniture where I could stretch out in comfort, both inside out. I wanted quality, style and comfort. It certainly looked stylish with unusual detailing but 'paper is patience', a saying translated from Afrikaans.....often things look good but in reality are disappointing. This was a special treat and therefore had to be good, it had to come up to expectations! Villa O is indeed a very special place with an owner who puts his heart and soul into tending it and advising his guests (I also did not fancy the idea of the owner living on site - but it all worked out for the best). I would not hestitate to return to Villa O. It somewhow feels like home. It is extremely clean and well looked after. The welcome pack is over and above what one might normally expect. The takeway restaurants deliver quickly and deliver quality at excellent prices. The fixtures and fittings are quality. The views are as described. There is a sense of calm about the sea and it appears as if a quiet lake. The island itself is manageable and easy to get around. We wanted quiet and a cooler temperature so went in October 2012. We could walk to the main town in about ten mins but a car is a must for exploring the island. For those seeking excitement at the height of the season - there is a huge selection of restaurants. For us it was exactly the out-of-season experience we were searching for - peace and quiet. Steve offers a boat-trip for the day where he plays tour guide. It a must! Do not go to Villa O without taking Steve's day trip around the islands. He is knowledgeable and has years of experience of the island, and many other skills and interests. He puts a lot of effort into making sure Villa O has a lot of added extras both within the Villa (Sonos music system), and outside the villa with the snorkelling, astronomy, etc. The kitchen is a delight. Everything you see on the website is the reality of the experience. The fire-pit! There are candles everywhere for your use. There is a beautifully unusual table on the veranda. It is a special place. I chose this holiday purely based on the Villa and what I thought it could offer. I was not concerned about where it was in the World. It did not disappoint. It stands regal and has commanding views. It is truly a gem amongst Villas and I would not hestiate to return. It already feels like home, somehow and I am loathe to write this review - I am not sure I want my little piece of Heaven discovered by anyone else. My husband and I stayed at Villa O with my brother and sister-in-law and we are all in total agreement re our wonderful experience and might even return this year or at least very soon. Villa O has been built and styled with a lot of thought and love.

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Liked best: The setting on top of hilltop with 360 degree views, peace, and not wanting to go out.
Liked least: Lefkada airport is small, and needs attention to update it and the staff needs to be friendlier
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Dream villa in a unique location and hosts with flair and attention to detail.”
Reviewed 28 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

I composed a review praising this holiday , then I checked what previous customers had said only to find that Steve Byfield had already said virtually everything I intended to say : see his review. It is no coincidence that two totally unrelated groups have had such a delightful experience. The Villa has been designed and built from the bare rock up with love and constant attention to detail this continues particularly with the addition of plants and carefully chosen decorations in the grounds.
The other unique strength is local knowledge,where to go, where to eat ,where to buy the best ingredients; in our case that the local taverna was arranging an extra music night with two of the most talented musicians ever.Great food ,great music and a dancing demonstration and lessons from our host made a most memorable evening.
The bottom line is we have booked for next year !

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Liked best: The hosts had anticipated our needs ,they were there when needed invisible when not.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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