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feedback from The Gecko's guestbook

I could keep adding the latest lovely updates comments from more recent seasons, but I think you'll get the idea! I promise that feedback continues to be 100% positive from happy guests, many of whom come back for another visit.

all these comments are unsolicited feedback left by guests.

2017 Season
"Wow! What can we say? Nothing prepared us for just how spectacular The Gecko is. It's such a beautiful, relaxing place - the perfect place to spend our honeymoon. Most importantly of all, a big shout out to Simon and Marianne, who were on hand at all times to offer great help and advice and make this such a smooth and relaxing week. We loved every minute of our time here and are so sad to be leaving ... but we'll be back!" Jon and Steph, UK

"We didn't think you could improve on perfection - but you've done just that, with a few subtle tweaks here and there. It was so lovely to come back here after a hectic time at home before we left. We have had total rest and relaxation." Fiona and John, UK

"I'm not sure if becoming a creature of habit is a sagn of ageing, but I've read through back through the guest book and realised that this is our fifth visit! It's a sign of how perfect and relaxing we think this place is - two perfect weeks of sunshine and relaxation." Justine and John, UK

"This wonderful place is becoming an annual retreat for us, and as usual we shall be returning to the UK refreshed. Thanks for another wonderful break away from it all." Debbie and Rob, UK

"We have fallen in love with The Gecko. Everything has been perfect. One week hasn't been enough, so we will be back as soon as we can". Sophie and Anthony, Dubai

"We have very much "in"-joyed staying at The Gecko. My family and I wish we could have stayed longer but unfortunately we have to work / go back to school. We all highly recommend staying here :-) We loved it!!" Audrey (age 10), UK

"Well, all the superlatives have been said! The very best bit? Having time to really enjoy the company of old friends". Ian and Andree, UK

"One week at The Gecko went all too quickly. The Gecko really needs to be visited to be believed! You've put so much into this place - thank you for the oportunity to experience it". Trevor and Jenny, UK

"Back for the fourth time and surely won't be the last. We have had a wonderful, relaxing week". Sue, Kevin, Becky and Daisy, UK

"Beautiful home, in a beautiful spot, on a beautiful island. Thank you so much for hosting us - a long way to come from Australia, but entirely worth the trip." Allen and Jenn, Cherry Anne and Paul, Australia / UK

2016 Season

"Our third time at The Gecko! We loved swimming at Agios Nikitas with the swallows swooping and skimming the sea all around us. And of course being able to swim in the wonderful pool at The Gecko every day. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place" Sue and David, Wiltshire, UK

"Another retreat to The Gecko for us - our fourth visit, and there's no doubt we'll be back again next year. It's so peaceful and at this time of year the whole island is quiet, lush and green - beautiful flowers everywhere. Thank you Simon as always, and also the the brilliant Marianne - so helpful and friendly". Justine & Jon, London, UK

"It really is a special place to stay. We have enjoyed our honeymoon immensely - lying by the pool, barbecues, and the sunsets over the terrace". Emma & Ally, London, UK

"Third visit and - unsurprisingly - just as relaxing and refreshing as the previous two. We are still in awe of the unspoiled views and natural beauty - it is impossible to tire of this panorama". Debbie & Lorraine, Berkshire, UK

"There's nowhere quite like this for relaxation and recharging the batteries. Thank you for another perfect week". Sue, Kevin & Becky, Sheffield, UK

"We've never been back to the same place again for a holiday within the same year before - it must be good here. The Gecko is peaceful and lovely as always and swimming in the pool has been the best ever" Sue and David, Wiltshire, UK

"Our third stay at The Gecko and we're sure it won't be the last - and we tend not to go to the same place more than once. It seems the place has such a wonderful feel about it, we can't resist ..." Debbie & Rob, Yorkshire, UK

"We have enjoyed recharging our batteries in the sanctuary of The Gecko, as always taking in the serenity of the magnificent views over the Ionian Sea, the birdsong and wonderful aroma of honeysuckle and rosemary. Once again Simon, 10/10 - we will return as long as you are happy to have us". David & Lorraine, Berkshire, UK

"A lovely week has flown by so quickly at the gorgeous Gecko - thank you". Anne & Wendy, Kent / London, UK

Previous Seasons
"From the moment we arrived to the perfect welcome of complimentary local food and wine we knew we made a great choice. The Gecko and in particular the owner Simon's service is magnificent! The attention to detail is impressive and all the comforts (and more) are provided to ensure you will make many memories for life. It is hard to beat the setting and the stunning views of The Gecko so you will be forgiven for simply 'staying in'. As this was our honeymoon we had high expectations...and these were definitely exceeded. We will certainly be back before too long! Many thanks to Simon and i-escape". David and Bev, Shropshire

"Well, we have stayed in some very beautiful places over the years, but The Gecko is in a class of its own! Thank you for having that wonderful combination of impeccably good taste and generosity of spirit – we have loved being here". Sue and David, Wiltshire

"If I was to describe my dream holiday destination, I’d just direct them to The Gecko! We’ve enjoyed a week here that has been pure perfection. We’re so sad to leave that we’re already planning a return visit. The Gecko is fantastic, combining five star accommodation with every practical need well thought out and catered for. We’ve whiled away many hours reading by the pool and pottering around the gardens. The view down the valley to the sea is beautiful as the light changes. We love cooking so have made the most of the excellent kitchen and barbecue, helped by great local produce, Marianne’s fantastic olive oil, and the abundance of herbs in the garden. I’m going to miss this!" Justine and Jon, London

"The Gecko is beautiful – absolutely perfect for relaxing after a hectic wedding. I think this is the first time we haven’t had to look at a clock for years – pure bliss! Thank you for making everything so easy for us". Darren and Denise, Bedford

"Our second visit to The Gecko – a very simple decision to return, following a wonderfully relaxing visit the first time. Everything was as perfect as we remembered – we could not wish for anything more. We’ve been rather magnetised to The Gecko and apart for trips for provisions and dinner we’ve made the most of this marvellous villa and magnificent views. Thanks for creating such a wonderful and relaxing space". David and Lorraine, Berkshire

"Thanks for another lovely week’s holiday in a very beautiful place – well worth the weeks of anticipation, and once again, we were not disappointed". Wendy & Anne, London

"Very sad to say goodbye to The Gecko after a glorious fortnight. Thank you for making our stay a truly memorable, relaxing experience, and for letting us stay in this amazing location and stunning villa. We have loved every minute! David, Lisa, Archie and Monty, Cambridgeshire

"The Gecko – beautiful by day, and spectacular by night – one of the best places to see the Milky Way. You must encourage other star watchers to come here! This has been such a perfect place, and we will recommend to our friends". Ann and Patrick, London

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our first ever two weeks in Lefkada, and that is due in no small part to The Gecko – its wonderful feel and great surroundings. It was such a pleasure to be here". Rita and Martin, London

"How quickly a year has passed, and here we are again relaxing at the beautiful Gecko after a week sailing around the Ionian. Everything perfect – even more so with the new barbecue and beautiful cushioned pergola area". Sue, Kevin, Becky, Charles and Nicky, Sheffield

"What a fabulous holiday. We have had a truly memorable time and cannot recommend The Gecko strongly enough as a base to explore this fascinating island, and as a place to be immediately at home - albeit with a somewhat more luxurious feel". Marc and Sue - Tunbridge Wells

"The Gecko has truly given us exactly what we needed. The pool offered a lovely spot to cool off from the scorching sun, with an exquisite view to the sea. I don't relish the thought of returning to British weather after this!". The Smiths - Boxted

"I needed somewhere calm, tranquil, welcoming, with all the luxuries that modern life can afford us, and The Gecko has all of that! Granted I did not see the island (next year, I promise!), but I did so enjoy just being and doing nothing here at The Gecko. I shall be back next year - thank you Simon!". Bella, Bedfordshire

"An absolutely perfect place to spend my birthday. I shall miss waking up to that glorious view every morning and watching the shooting stars before bedtime. The house is so beautiful and we felt relaxed and at home straight away". Sue Kevin and Becky, Sheffield

"What a wonderful week! Precious, uninterrupted time with friends old and new, exploring this lovely, laid back island. This break was just what we needed, and you made us so welcome in your very special home, and gave us great memories to warm our hearts when we return to a chilly English Spring". Sarah & Dave - Cotswolds

"Lefkada has looked wonderful with all the wild flowers ... Porto Katsiki beach was stunning ... at The Gecko we've enjoyed relaxing by the pool and watching the swallows take turns dipping into the water. Thanks for a great holiday" Victoria and Al, London

"Beautiful!!" Rosemary and Andrew - Sheffield

"We have enjoyed the most wonderful, relaxing honeymoon at The Gecko - better than we ever imagined. Absolute Heaven!" Holly and Stephan - Edinburgh

"Our last evening at The Gecko's wonderful five star plus accommodation - a fantastic holiday!" Bev and Laurence - London

"A great week away for just the two of us ... we spent quite a bit of time in and around the gorgeous villa. We lazed, read, BBQ'd, played Scrabble and cards, and just chilled!" Oriana and Peter - Gerrards Cross

"The Gecko was even lovelier than we remembered it!" Wendy and Anne - London / Blarney

"Utterly, utterly, magnificent! I'm a bit ashamed that we didn't see much outside The Gecko - the rest of the island can wait until next time ... and a next time there surely will be. About to leave, and missing the place already!" Matt and Kirsty - London

"Having arrived with good intentions of exploring the island of Lefkada, we have found it almost impossible to tear ourselves away from your idyllic villa! Blissful days were spent around the infinity pool, enjoying spectacular views with a background of well-chosen music. We will certainly recommend The Gecko to friends and return again soon" David and Lorraine - Berkshire

"THANK YOU for an amazing holiday, We had a wonderful time!" Eleni and Dionysios - Athens

"It was all absolutely amazing. Can't thank Simon enough for providing such an amazing villa. We loved it! Wonderful villa in a fabulous setting on an enchanting island, surrounded by the brilliant Ionian sea - what's not to love?! The villa itself couldn't be more perfect if it tried, the ultimate in peaceful getaways. It seems that everything has been thought of and more. Can't wait to come back " Melissa, Anne and Matthew - London

"A marvellous week of relaxation, home cooking and some lovely taverna meals. We echo all the positive comments in the guestbook about the location and villa." James, Georgina and Lorna - Guildford

"Had been looking forward to coming for months, and weren't disappointed - it's beautiful here, and so peaceful. Didn't do much exploring - the lure of the pool, sun lounger and a good book. Really beautiful villa in gorgeous, peaceful setting, we could hardly tear ourselves away from the infinity pool.." Jackie and Chris - Hampton Court

"A stunning week enjoying the fruits of the island and your gorgeous villa - thank you!" Melissa and Charlie Marshall, W11

"The villa is beautiful, so well thought out, every possible want taken care of. We feel very lucky to have enjoyed The Gecko for the last seven days." Helen and David Jones, N1

"What a wonderful place! We have thoroughly enjoyed our honeymoon here at The Gecko ... We have loved it so much that we have only ventured out once in the whole week! Thank you for sharing your house with us - we will remember it forever!" Edward and Olivia Parkinson, London

"Another magical week at The Gecko ... we will leave with more wonderful memories of beautiful sunsets and lovely Lefkada - but not at all ready to return to London yet..."John Gilbert and Eliza Gaon, London

"A big thank you to the island, its people, the sun, the inspiring views, and of course a villa that has felt welcoming and very restful. Thank you for providing such a thoughtful, warm space" Susan Hayes and Paul McDermot, Bromley

"Great walks around here ... the wild flowers have been a revelation, and the peace and quiet has suited us admirably. At the Gecko everything has been thought of" Lorian and John Coutts, Chichester

"Had a fantastic week doing very little - a perfect place to relax. The views across the pool are amazing ... thoroughly recommend sailing with Anneke and Eddy ... all in all a fabulous week" Richard and Sara Callard, London

"We arrived at the Gecko after a fabulous four days in Athens ... the villa had everything we could have wished for, with lots of home comforts - fresh OJ every morning is always a nice start to the day ... we will miss our lazy days lounging by the pool watching the sunset." Adam and Claire Brownhill, Oxford

"Gecko is perfect! We've had a wonderful time here. The view is perfect, calming and we never tired of it from sunrise to sunset. Wonderful weather ... the pool the perfect place to cool. So much thought to detail and fresh supplies to welcome us. Great little places to eat ... had lovely day on Misty Too sailing around the islands." Christine and Stuart, Richmond

"We've had a fantastic week doing very little. The villa is beautiful and we've spent many a happy hour lazing by the pool ... Lefkada town definitely warrants some exploring and was lots of fun on Saturday night. Looking forward to returning to your beautiful place." Rachael, Phil, Matthew and Janice, London

"With no doubt this has been the most perfect week in so many ways, exactly what we wished for and so, so much more. You have created an incredible home, truly inspiring. The stunning setting, the garden, architecture, fantastic collection of books, brilliant selection of music ... the list goes on and on. This has been the most memorable week - the perfect start to our married life together." Lucy and Eazy Bailey, London W10

"We have had a fantastic week; we have loved Lefkada and the Gecko. More accurately, I should probably just say the Gecko, because we've not gone far - we've just loved spending time here at the house." John and Eliza Gaon, London

"What a wonderful home you have here! We're almost ashamed to say we've seen very little of the island - it was impossible to leave the pad! Batteries are fully recharged ... we hope everyone else enjoys the beautiful views and stunning house as much as we have." Kris & Angela, Birmingham

"What a shame we have to leave today - we've had a marvellously happy week in your gorgeous villa, and haven't felt the need to venture far ... Porto Katsiki beach lovely ... you've created a very special home." Sue & Gavin Marriott , Hampshire

"Lovely to be here again - third time and counting ... " Will & Sally Marriott , Hampshire

"A stunning villa in a beautiful setting! The perfect way to start our married life together! :-) :-) Thank you" Bec and Swanny, Dymock, Gloucestershire

"Thank you for everything - a very relaxing week - you have thought of every little detail (... love the lavender soap!)" Merrion Leggott, Margaret Charles, Lucy Chatto, London & Gloucestershire

"Great 40th wedding anniversary present, compliments of our daughter. Met on the boat to Mykonos in 1965, returned to Greece for our honeymoon two years later ... over the moon to be back - it's been really perfect. Our first visit to Lefkada ... I certainly hope it won't be the last." Cecile & Simon Newman, Strasbourg

"... sitting poolside with a melon and yoghurt breakfast on the final morning, I find absolutely no desire to return to Britain - this place is gorgeous" Kate White & Philp Jarvis, London N1

"We had such a loverly honeymoon - the house is just beautiful and it is so quiet and relaxed here. Thanks for everything - I know we'd love to come back soon." Jackie and Jorg, Darlington

"We've had a wonderful week in your stunning villa - very simple and chic... such fun and a very lovely island. Thank you so much." Charles & Rosie Bartholomew, Devizes

"We hope that whoever is coming here after us enjoys themselves as much as we have. Truly, an oasis amid all the chaos of the world ... be well and be happy." Richard & Kristy, London

"... you definitely have climbed into our respective heads and designed the house of our dreams. Fabulous design, layout, location, not to mention library of books and CDs. The weather has been great, averaging 26 degrees [in the first week of October] ... thank you for making our precious seven days of rest so delightful." Kate & Natalie, Weybridge, Surrey

"Lefkada island is exquisite - we spent many idle hours on various beaches ... a glorious day on the Ionian and much cat feeding at Sapfo ... Many thanks for making our stay in your beautiful house so enjoyable. With much appreciation ..." Johanna and Matthew Campbell, Paris

"We thought that we had died and gone to heaven ... We have had a truly wonderful time in your beautiful house while enjoying our first visit to Lefkada ... Thank you for making everything here at The Gecko so easy and comfortable. A la prochaine..." Charles and Frances Griffiths, Winchester

"We had a truly wonderful week, which allowed us to recoup lost energies and catch up with each other" Paul and Yvonne Newton, St. Peter Port

"It is long ago that we had the time and place to unwind as much as we did in your house. Thank you. It is a truly heavenly place exactly tailored to our needs, a great hideaway. We will not forget these two weeks on Lefkada!" Charlie and Maren, Saas Fee, Switzerland

"It's been a superb week spent in the most delightful house on a lovely island, with very friendly people ... I'm sure we will come back one day to The Gecko!" Yolande and Arend, Holland

"We are really pleased to be back at The Gecko. Another wonderful holiday. It is so peaceful here, no phone, TV or newspapers - bliss! And it's a real pleasure to be in such a beautifully designed and maintained house and garden" Alastair and Olivia Thomson, London

"I wish we could stay longer. We have had a truly wonderful time and the perfect end to our stay in Greece. Your house is in a lovely location and very peaceful ... I do hope we will be back here again" Guests from London

"Unbroken peace, the cool of the pool, the serenity of the view and the slow pace have all helped the chill-out a busy couple need every now and then" Susan and Keith Purcell, W. Yorkshire

"We loved the fab house and all of the design features and furnishings. The views are great from the poolside and provided a wonderful setting for our two BBQ's ... we have had a wonderful holiday and return to the UK relaxed and very happy" Lynn, Paul, Fleur and Andrew, London

"Fabulous relaxing week" Rich, Jo, Rebecca and Richard, London/Oxford

"We've had a truly wonderful stay on the beautiful island of Lefkada. The Gecko is the most fantastic place to stay ... absolute bliss!" The Bennetts, Cleveland

"We've had a wonderful time here - just wish we could have stayed longer! ... enjoy the beauty and simplicity of Gecko life - we have loved it!!" Janice and David Milsom, Bucks

"To arrive here on the first day of our honeymoon was complete bliss! We had a great week and can't wait to return for our second week next Sunday!" Will and Sally Marriott, London

"We were in desperate need of peace and solitude ... The Gecko met our needs perfectly. We can feel the love that has gone into every detail ... we look forward to return next year" Carole and Roger Price, London

"Our second week here has proved that the first wasn't a dream ..." Will and Sally Marriott, London

"The Gecko was everything we thought it could be and more. The attention to detail was unbelievable. We are seasoned travellers and we could not find fault. The surroundings were tranquil and stunning at the same time ... thanks again for sharing your wonderful home" Margaret, Martin, Claire and Mark Soars, Manchester

"Beautiful villa, beautiful garden, beautiful views. Our first visit to the island, and we couldn't have chosen better, you have created a little bit of heaven". Carole and Ed Watson, Durham

"Thank you - our stay was wonderful. The Gecko is perfect - don't change anything - a real lift for the soul" Julie Wright & Nigel Hartley, York

"We needed a restful, peaceful holiday, and we certainly found that here at The Gecko. The house is so beautifully designed, and we admire it all ... I've never been in such a lovely chlorine-free pool - I've swum more in a fortnight than I have for years" A & O Thomson, W8

"This was our first Greek experience, and one which we will always remember. The house is a little paradise, with everything one could possibly want, wonderful setting, extreme comfort, and all needs catered for. The pool was a magnificent++... We enjoyed the lovely sunsets and the well-established garden" Wendy, Anne & Geraldine, London

"You can count on the most ecstatic fan mail when it comes to this house. We were absolutely stunned by the house in every way and as the week progressed we marvelled more and more at every detail and all the beautiful experiences it offers" Ian and Lisa Henderson, Stafford

"The villa is beautiful and well equipped, the view over the olives and cypress to the Ionian sea is magnificent" The Lovetts, London

"We've had a great honeymoon and hope everyone else enjoys The Gecko as much as we have" Andy & Kimberley White, Chiswick

"The kitchen is fabulously equipped, and the house stylish and peaceful... it's a good place to look at stars..." Katie, Harriet, Kate & Katie, London