Villa in Bang Kao, south Koh Samui, set in tropical gardens, 12m private pool and just 5 mins walk to deserted beach
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About Edward Norton
We, the owners, are Edward & Paphawadi Norton - a retired Englishman and his thai wife. This property was designed and built by us as our family home and we lived here since it was completed in 2005 until 2015. We began offering it for rentals in 2015 It is special place, with a calming & relaxing feeling that our friends, family and visitors all comment on when staying with us. You will surely feel it too, and maybe even be able to take some of it away with you. Stay long enough to wind down to a slower speed of living!
Edward Norton purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Edward Norton chose Laem Sor Beach
We have lived in this area of Samui since 2002 when we bought land here. The south coast remains largely unspoilt compared to the east and north coasts which are more heavily developed - Lamai, Chaweng, Bophut, Maenam. Here the Thai village way of life goes on much as as it has always done, and the Thai families are welcoming to visitors. Stop and try to communicate - its fun and rewarding! Drop in to the Buddhist temple & monastery at Laem Sor - you will be welcomed there too. And that will be an experience to remember. If sometimes you feel the need for some more energetic night-life, then Lamai Beach is only 7 km away. So truly the best of all worlds is close at hand.
What makes this Villa unique
Traditional style home, but with all mod cons. Extensive use of tropical woods in construction and furnishing - especially teak. Wide covered verandahs to stay cool. Beautiful swimming pool right beside the house, 5 mins walk to deserted beach. Peaceful and secluded for relaxation. Full services offered (see below). Just kick back and relax! SERVICES WE OFFER A comprehensive range of services are offered to guests, and included in the standard or peak season rental rates, unless otherwise noted. Services included in special low season or other discounted rates may differ. Please check with us. -Airport/Ferry port pick-up and drop-off. Minibus, up to 8 adults. Included for stays of 14 nights or more. Price is B 1000 from airport, B 800 from ferry ports ( each way) for stays of less than 14 nights -Basic food/drinks/toiletries items on arrival -House keeping. Clean, tidy, towel changes, every 6/7 days. Bedding change every 6/7 days for stays longer than 12 nights. Laundry costs included. -Extra housekeeping and maid services available on request for small cash charges, please ask for details. -Satellite TV from TrueVisions. -Unlimited broadband internet access with WiFi (50Mbps) -Pool cleaning & maintenance as needed -Garden maintenance as needed -Reasonable & normal electricity & gas consumption (excessive charges may be billed at owners discretion) -Unlimited use of our clothes laundry equipment, or use outside service for B 50 / kilo (see below) -Contact with villa owner/manager by tel daily 7am-7pm and 24X7 for emergencies. Other extra services with separate cash charges: -Car/scooter rentals arranged. Delivered and collected at house. -Private taxi service arranged -In home catering by a Thai chef. Breakfast and/or lunch and/or dinner as planned or on 24 hr notice. Ask for details and pricing. -Clothes laundry full outside service, collected & delivered (B50 / kg) -We can organise anything for you that is available on Samui !!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
What a great stay!!!!
Inspired by the description and the photos here at Home Away we have selected this property because it is a bit off the beaten path on Koh Samui. It’s very close to the beach (5min walk though a very safe neighborhood, even at night), too.
The description is absolute accurate! The property is the by far best equipped place we have ever been to! And most importantly, it was outstandingly clean! Edward, the owner, is very helpful, looks after the pool frequently, and did everything he could to make our stay become even better (e.g. by giving great tips of where to go for lunch or dinner, as whe had chosen not to cook and the beach restaurants ar nearby, very delicious and more than affordable)! We had very nice talks with Edward, and can’t wait coming back to the Island!
We had a car to getting around and saw so many things, especially in the interior of the island (waterfall 1, secret buddah garden, chilling hill bar, just to name a few).
The wifi wokred very well, the washing mashine, the TV, coffee maker ... everything was as advertised!
Our communication with Edward by sms/whatsapp was very good, and he always replied to our many questions in no time.
Oh, how much we miss this house and the Island, where we not only found a tranquil place to relax, but many new friends too!
We can highly recommend Edwards property for a small family and a bigger group alike! Go, and enjoy!
We will definitely come back, soon!!!
Thanks for everything, Edward!!
Thank you for such a great review - we are always happy to know that our home and the neighbourhood is really appreciated by our guests. It is a special place and you discovered that. It was a pleasure to host you for your stay - you were perfect guests, respectful of the property and you left it in such clean and tidy condition. Coffee the dog was looking for you for some days after you left, and was obviously missing you too!
We look forward to welcoming you again - please come soon.
Our best regards to you both from Samui
Edward & Sao
Exceptional vacation with family on Koh Samui
Wonderful spacious house with many lovely details. Great pool. My family (4 adults and 4 children) spent a wonderful week. House has all amenities one needs. Nice and quiet.
The landlord was very caring and helped us organize rental cars and bikes which gave us the ability to explore the beatiful island. We even had a chef cook come in and prepare us a wonderful dinner. The stay was worth every penny we spent.
Thomas - many thanks for your kind review! We are very pleased that you all enjoyed your stay. That is what we aim to provide our guests. Do come again but next time stay a bit longer!
Ed was a great host and the house was as described. We had a great time.
We felt relaxed and happy at the end of our stay.
Thanks Michael. Pleasure to have you and your family as guests. Sorry about the monsoons early on but happy the weather improved for you later! Edward
We have been going to Koh Samui for many years and just love it there. However, for the first time we really did find our home away from home!. Edward was as kind and generous as others have already explained, but he is a really honest and helpful guy who's sole aim is to make your stay at his villa as pleasant and as enjoyable as he can. He 'cares' that you have a great time and that makes a big difference.
The house itself was as seen in the pictures, which was a pleasant surprise, having stayed in many places they always look far better on the web than in real life!
Nearby are a few bars and a very nice restaurant - you do need transport in my view but this is neither expensive nor stressful - nearby shops are just a few minutes on wheels and about 15mins on foot.
Pro's - Too many to list really, gorgeous and spacious villa, great pool with a really nice bar area in the garden to chill out and play some pool. A few very nice beach bars/restaurants close by and certainly walkable from the house.
Cons; Very hard to put something here, if I was being critical I'd say that the house is a little bit out of the way and requiring transport moped/car to get around - but this is only really a negative if you want to be staying in the heart of a bustling town with lots of noise and action - for us staying out of town and going in was better than being based there.
We will most definitely return, and will hopefully stay for longer next time!
Thank you for such a great review Jeremy! We are happy that we were able to provide you and your family a good holiday experience, and we in turn appreciated your respect for our home and the neighbourhood.
Now that you know the house and the local area, next time will be even more fun for you all. Come again soon!
Edward & Sao
Stunning Traditional Villa
We arrived on the beautiful Koh Samui 36hrs late at 9pm due to flight problems. We were picked up promptly by a driver organised by Edward. Arrived in the dark and 'crotchety' that changed when we saw the villa, grounds all illuminated - Stunning.
Edward was there to show us around and even take us to the local shop to purchase some much needed beer.
He had provided a good welcome pack with Milk, Tea, Bread etc. he explained the workings of the Villa and offered to return the next day to provide more info on the local amenities which we accepted. He was great to talk to, full of information and a true gent.
As can be seen in the pictures the Villa is lovely, great living areas, both inside and out, and great pool and the addition of an outside Sala with Pool table, bar, etc. Edwards explained this used to be a restaurant he ran with his wife until recently. It is equipped with its own fridge, music system etc. and we spent many hours late in the evening playing pool with the children.
We have three teenage children 15,15 and 16 and they thoroughly enjoyed the time spent here as there was plenty to keep them occupied as well as the obligatory Wi-Fi which was of good quality. TV if you wish had loads of channels. The Villa was spotlessly clean and equipped/maintained.
The location as described it is a short walk to the beach at Bank Kao where there is one bar/restaurant. This time of year it is not suitable for swimming but is still nice to sit with a snack/drink.
I would recommend hiring a car to really enjoy the area. Edward arranged for one to be delivered it was very reasonable cost, a good size that comfortable sat 5 six foot people.
With a car there are plenty of nearby places to eat (within 10mins). One place with a choice of eateries is Thong Krut. again this time of year the beach was no good for swimming but eating, watching the world go by with small boats going in and out was lovely.
If you require a full on activities beach then Lamai (about 20mins) is perfect. It has beachside restaurants that provide beds and towels, the food was not much more expensive and was great we spent a number of days there before escaping to the Villa and pool for the evening.
A great Villa fully recommended especially for a large family. The only slight drawback is some building work ongoing next door but it is not bad, they finish by 4pm - did not effect us at all.
Have never been to Koh Samui before don't normally return to places but will this time.
Thanks so much to you and the family for your detailed review - your points are all accurate and fair. Delighted that you have given us top marks! It was my pleasure to be of assistance - especially when I knew you had had such a problematic trip out. I hope your stay here helped you all to relax and enjoy what we and Samui have to offer!
We do hope you will come and stay again - longer next time though!
Thanks again and my best to you all
Très bon séjour en famille dans cette spacieuse villa.
Edward est de très bon conseil et très serviable.
Nous recommandons cette adresse!
Thank you for the kind review! We try to offer a more authentic Thai experience with our traditional style home and also the local neighbourhood, so we are happy that you and your family enjoyed it! It was our pleasure to host you and we hope you will be able to return soon. Edward & Sao.
5 mins walk (250m) to deserted white sand beach on Bang Kao bay. Shallow water inside reef, great for small children. Nearest beach with full deep water (not suitable small children) 6-8km at Lamai Beach. All beaches are open to public - no private beaches by law!
Samui airport is 25km distance with direct flights to/from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur. Guest pick-up/drop-off service provided.
Car/passenger ferries to/from mainland every hour from Nathon & Lipa Noi. Numerous ferries to neighbouring islands.
Local moped/jeep/car rental available and can be arranged for our guests. Recommended for island exploring, shopping, dining trips.
Everything on Samui is within 25 km drive! Locally there are many restaurants, small shops, fresh markets within a few km drive from the property. The closest are easy walking distance.
We will advise guests on places of interest to suit their needs, and assist in making any reservations required. These might include - boat trips to outlying islands with snorkelling, waterfalls, elephant treks, Buddhist temple visits, restaurant dinner trips and more.
Smaller local shops, restaurants and markets do not take credit cards - a reasonable amount of cash should be on hand. There are many ATM's and exchange offices of Thai banks and most of these will give cash on overseas Debit or Credit cards.