Very,very special place for holidays!
(review copied from tripadvisor)
"I've stayed in thousands of places in more than 100 countries around the world but Villa Dimitra is unique -- for its charm, and the exceptional warmth and extraordinarily generosity of its hosts. I've truly never stayed anywhere like it, and plan to return often.
The house is an old family home in the medieval village of Amnatos, owned by Vangelis and Joanna and their sons. Amnatos is small -- a cluster of stone houses with walled stepped gardens on a sharp rise, like an Italian hill town -- with one basic shop and one rather fantastic taverna whose dining room, brilliantly, is the street. Villa Dimitra is on the southern edge of Amnatos, up a tiny, steep lane next to the church, with a clear view of the mountains and, from its upper terrace, the sea.
Vangelis, Joanna and Petros were on hand to greet us with a glass of raki when we arrived (more than two hours late). They'd also bought a giant supper for us from the taverna. Once they showed us around, it was clear that they'd stocked the two fridges and food cupboards and wine rack with enough food and drink (including homemade raki, jam, wine, and some very fine parmesan-like cheese and so on) to keep us going for days. Then Vangelis told us we should help ourselves to the tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, grapes, chillis and herbs growing in the garden. (We did -- that didn't stop Vangelis occasionally turning up and picking some more for us, or dropping off a tray of Joanna's stuffed and baked peppers and courgettes flowers; or a box of Rethymnon honey cakes; or, when we left, Vangelis giving us a set of 10 prints of 17th century paintings and draftsmen drawings of the town and Joanna adding another box of wicked chocolates. Like I say, their generosity was quite stunning.)
Inside, the house is stuffed with a collection of very personal and rather precious antiques and family memorabilia which give a real sense of being part of the community. That's an impression only confirmed when you step outside the door and take a walk around Amnatos, which turns out to one of those places that most of us have only experienced in novels, where everyone knows everyone's name, everyone is a friend and, when you are in the company of any of the owners, you will find it impossible to pay for anything at all, even a dinner at taverna.
Very, very special indeed, and a week in Crete that none of us will ever forget."
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