Review Submitted: 25 April 2013
Date of Stay: April 2013
My husband and I went to Santorini for a week in April 2013 and after searching on the internet, came across this beautiful villa in Exo Gonia, perfect for us because I did not want to stay in a tourist area. Exo Gonia is very close to everything, in fact nothing is far to get to in Santorini. We got up early 3 mornings to see the sunrise, it was spectacular and worth getting up at 6 for! Three minutes walk from the villa is a fabulous restaurant called Metaximus, definitely worth a visit or two , lovely food and great atmosphere. Santorini is quiet in April as they get ready for the tourist season but it was a photographer's dream for me as there were hardly any people around. We hired a car and went just about everywhere and saw just about everything there was to see.
Jon, the owner of the villa, is a wonderful host and collected us from the airport, he had also already arranged a hire car for us from the airport so we followed him back to the house. There was a lovely welcome package of bread,cheese, fruit, water and a bottle of wine waiting for us, compliments of Jon! The internet was fantastic, great speed, good TV channels, plenty of bedding/linens/towels etc. Jon knew it was my birthday and when we went to Metaximus he had pre-ordered a lovely birthday cake with sparklers for me, a lovely personal touch, thank you Jon. The next day Jon took us for a local mini sightseeing tour so we could get our bearings and he was very knowledgeable as to where we should go during our stay. The villa itself is deceptively big, good closet space and great sized bathrooms, the bed was very comfortable and thankfully there were plenty of blankets as it is pretty cold at night in Santorini in April. Jon also took us to his other villa which is quite extraordinary, it's an old winery that he has made into a lovely holiday rental house, great for larger groups, and we met his lovely cat Mini :) Thank you Jon for your extensive hospitality, take care of yourself and keep in touch!
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