Wonderful home base
My husband and I found the house to be spacious and very clean. The kitchen was well equipped. Beautiful view of the mountains, and you can see the sea from the upper balcony. I loved sitting on the front porch in the mornings with my coffee, listening to the distant roosters, birds, geese, etc. as the sun came up. It's very quiet here, but it's only about 15 minutes from the bustling town of Rethymno.
Do use the detailed directions they provide to find the house--it's off the beaten track. The road directly to the house is very narrow and the turn is tight, but no problem for a small car if you're careful. If you navigate using Google Maps, know that Google prefers the spelling "Chamalevri" for the village, rather than "Hamalevri" which you will see elsewhere. I wouldn't recommend staying here without a car.
Rob and Wendy were friendly and helpful hosts. There was a small food starter pack provided for us, which was a real plus. We were unable to get the jacuzzi to heat up. I'm sure Rob and Wendy would have been able to sort it out, but we decided just not to use it. We found the beds to be a little to firm for our comfort, and when I let Malcolm know, he said he would be getting memory foam mattress toppers, so you can sleep in comfort.
We had to pay for electricity, but it only came to £4 for the week for the two of us. The price for the villa was an amazing value. Traveling in the off season has its perks. November in Crete was wonderful. The temperature was perfect, around 23° during the day, not too hot, not at all cold. Mostly blue skies and the odd thunderstorm, a day of on-and-off rain. Very few tourists are around--you practically have the island to yourself. A few attractions and tourist-oriented shops and restaurants are closed, but there are definitely enough to keep you busy and your souvenir shopping bag full. Many shops and petrol stations are now open on Sundays.
There is a box in the house full of suggestions of places to go and things to do that people have contributed to, which we found useful.
Book this villa with confidence!
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