Views, quiet - no air con + really only sleeps 5
Here is air of slow-paced life, a sense of getting off the world and an air of tranquillity. This is old, rural Crete and none the worse for that. Kounali is a wonderful Cretan village and has a brilliant taverna which serves marvellous stifado.
To get to the house, you need to be an adept driver to manage first gear on the mountain roads – particularly from Milatos to Kounali. That’s fine with practice, but the (very) narrow track to the house from the village is something else again - and we first encountered that by night – and is absolutely not for the faint-hearted. In daylight the experience is different because you can see how little room you actually have to get even a modest sized hire car through the half-mile of track. And, once at the house, there is no turning point, so each day one must practice a perspiration-filled nine-point turn that would impress any driving instructor.
The house itself is substantial, private and secluded with terrific mountain views, but the owners claim to sleep 7 rather than the 5 it really does sleep - and then only if 4 of the 5 are couples. Here’s why. There is a twin ‘bedroom’ next to the pool-room the latter of which houses, naturally enough, all the paraphernalia to do with the pool. The ‘bedroom’ is cellar-like and smells of chlorine. There is no window and so to sleep here you’d need to leave the door open and that leads to other problems like visits from mosquitoes and scrawny cats. There is no way you’d put anyone, least of all children, in this room - and adults only at a pinch.
All the people we know who’ve visited Crete have stayed in properties where, at the very least, the bedrooms have air conditioning. That is not the case here. There are fans that need to be on full blast at night and even then they need to be three inches from your face to do any good. But these fans can only turn hot air, so a decent night’s sleep is limited.
Our overall view? The owners’ management company ‘forgot’ to get the promised the pre-ordered basic provisions, so there was nothing when we arrived – late, hot, hungry and thirsty. The swimming pool was refreshing although the house notes are confusing over its upkeep. The house itself is in a magnificent position.The mosquitoes are a real bother and the track leading to the house would test Hamilton and Button. Air conditioning is simply a must in the bedrooms at least.
There may or may not be a TV/DVD even though the house notes say that there is.
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am sorry there was an issue with your pre ordered provisions. We selected our Management company based on their reliability and professionalism, their services are available to our guests 24/7 and if you had called them regarding this over sight they would have been able to rectify it immediately.
We have chosen not to have air conditioning in our house as there is normally a gentle breeze and with the window open this is sufficient. We think this is preferential to having to close ourselves in with air conditioning.
I aplogise for the confusing housenotes and we will address this immediately. The pool requires no maintenance from our guests as we have a pool man that visits regularly. We did not have a TV/DVD however as this was critical for your holiday we arranged as quickly as we could to have one put in place for you.
I appreciate your comments with regards to the pool house, it is spacious and has a high ceiling together with an en suite, there are 2 single beds in there and although there is no window the door has glass panes providing lots of natural light. As it is separate from the main house we would definately not recommend it for children
There is a large area in front the house where cars can be turned. We have had 2 cars parked there and can usually manage a 2 or 3 point turn
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