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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Sami, Cephalonia, Ionian Islands

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tgtheradi...
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“One of the best apartments in Europe we've stayed in”
Reviewed 5 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We've travelled across Europe staying in both apartments and villas and this truly is one of the best and value for money apartments we've stayed in.
The agents Nick and Sarah were on hand to greet us and show us all we needed to know and had organised one of the best welcome packs we've ever come across - in fact enough coffee, tea and sugar for a week's stay plus a bottle of local wine and some of Sarah's home produced luscious marmalade made with Kefalonian oranges. Unbelievably, we were given a gift from the owners on our departure - a terracotta pair of Greek cherubs which we'll hang in our garden as a reminder of the our visit
This apartment is luxurious. It's situated on a private somewhat exclusive estate of other apartments up two flights of marble stairs which can be approached either from the seaward or roadside end through the estate walking on differing levels. A swimming pool centre of the estate is for use by residents and holidaymakers. Inside the apartment are all the mod cons including tv, huge fridge freezer, microwave, top of the range hob and oven and the best shower I've ever come across - able to wash anything off. The sink is purple glass - a real fashionable sight to behold. The bedroom has a double bed which I a 6ft 4in male fitted in with a few inches to spare and very comfortable. Fitted wardrobes for your clothes and a balcony to sit in off the bedroom overlooking the road. The living room was comfortable with an l shaped wall sofa which I take it can be used to sleep a third person. Off the living room is another balcony facing the sea with a barbecue, sun loungers, table and chairs. The place is very well decorated. You can walk from the apartment along the sea front into Sami which is a wonderful location stopping off at the Same Beach Hotel to look at their Captain Corelli's Mandolin film location album. The other way is the lake where Pan is reputed to have played his pipes, and further along is the fishing village of Agio Efimia. A car is needed to explore the rest of the island. There was air conditioning but we didn't require it in May. Each of the windows has electric shutters and grilled panels to stop the mozzies. I give this apartment the full ten and would not hesitate to return

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Liked best: everything as Michael Buble sang
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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MCG66
Arbroath, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“The real Greece”
Reviewed 31 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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This apartment is actually in the village of karavomylos just outside Sami. It's a residential, working village. The complex is very quiet, we virtually had the place to ourselves. The apartment is very well resourced with a hob, oven, microwave, fridge freezer etc which made cooking in very convenient. It is a very comfortable holiday apartment.The owners and managers were extremely helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay. If you like to see the real side of Greece then this may be for you. If you are looking for nightlife and entertainment then this would be the wrong choice. It truly made for a very relaxing holiday.

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Liked best: The kitchen facilities
Liked least: The biting insects!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Denis G
Bath
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“Perfect”
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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I came with a girlfriend. Left with a fiance! It was a perfect week that we shall treasure forever. Nick and Sarah arranged for me to propose on Mellisani Lake and guess what... She said yes! They were the most gracious hosts. Very helpful and informative. The apartment has everything you could wish for. Perfect apartment, perfect holiday. Just like the other review, it felt like a perfect honeymoon too! Tips: the restaurant named The Local in Agia Effimia and Zepbath fish restaurant in Karavamylos (i.e. in the area itself). Remember to order the local Retsina (lovely tasting white wine)...

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Liked best: The food and wine on arrival. The balcony
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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21 Sep 2013
We were so pleased to hear that you got engaged whilst on holiday here! It was a pleasure for us to help arrange the proposal...how romantic, congratulations and good luck for your future together.
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BLP1976
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“A quiet, relaxing, romantic get away - perfect for our honeymoon.”
Reviewed 4 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

The property managers, Nick and Sarah, offered us a warm and friendly welcome, meeting the taxi as soon as we arrived in Karivomilos. They are a lovely, easy-going, English couple, who have a wealth of local knowledge and guidance, and are readily available, but totally unintrusive. A tasty little hamper, including fresh juice, local bread and home-made jam awaited us, so we could settle in without rushing to find the nearest shop - along with a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate our honeymoon. A great start.

The pictures look lovely, but they do not not do the Lida property or the location justice. It is simply beautiful. We spent a wonderful weeks honeymoon here, enjoying the stunning scenery and amazing food. We enjoyed a beer/meal on the balcony each day and spent as much time there as on the beach, we loved it so much. The couple of local restaurants in Karavomylos are excellent and slightly further away in Sami, an enjoyable 20 minute walk along the beach, where the choice and quality offer more than enough for most tastes. There was lots to discover on a moped/quad bike, rented from RoadRunners in Agia Efimia. Horse riding in the mountains through the Bavarian Stables was a treat in the early morning sun too. A ferry trip to the island of Ithaka was a relaxing day out, with more great food, and swimming in the warm turquoise sea.

We highly recommend a holiday in The Lida Beach House, Kefalonia.

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Liked best: The sea view from the balcony.
Liked least: I simply can not think of anything I didn't like.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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PavelKiro...
Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Еverything was perfect!”
Reviewed 3 August 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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This is the best equipped holiday home we ever stayed in. The apartment is beautiful and have everything we needed. More over, the interior and the atmosphere created are very special and we relaxed every moment of our holiday. The pool is a good size for swimming and was constantly clean.
Lida apartment`s in Karavomilos, near to Sami, from where all parts of the island are easily accessible. We've had a nice day in Fiscardo, and often we were at the Mirtos beach. Local tavernas are excellent.
Nick and Sarah were fantastic. They even provided an welcome pack for when we got there, milk, eggs, bread, butter, homemade sweet, wine and cookies!
Еverything was perfect!
We hope to return again soon.

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Liked best: Еverything!!!
Liked least: Nothing, everything was OK!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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