Private and secluded
This is a quiet, charming villa in a cluster of three, set in secluded farmland. The properties are sufficiently set apart so there is complete privacy on most of the property. Car absolutely needed as nearest village and contact of any sort is 5 mins away. Good little supermarket and most types of provisions in the village. Nearest large town Rethymno a further 10 minutes. Set up in the hills the views are wonderful in all directions. The pool is small but that seems to be the norm in Crete. Crete was quite breezy when we were there, apparently this is not unusual, and the villa is no exception as it sits up on the hill, but unless you are really bothered by this, it is not generally an issue, and it can drop to nothing just as easily. Generally it was stiller in the evenings.
The house itself has a traditional feel, quite plain but sympathetically decorated/ furnished, and perfectly comfortable as a holiday home. Definitely nothing tacky or jarring about it. 2 bathrooms, three bedrooms. The upstairs bedroom terrace is a nice touch, and as it is one of the few decent wi-fi spots (very patchy downstairs), a good place to catch up on the emails late afternoon/early evening with a gin and tonic or glass of wine and some nibbles!
No fancy extras but everything you need is here for a very relaxing stay. The maid came twice in our 8 days, and did a passable job at cleaning, changing sheets (once), etc. The pool terrace is nice and the barbecue was well used almost every evening that we were not out. Sofia and the family are gracious hosts and make themselves scarce but are always on hand if you need anything. They live in the village. At one point a local homemade supper dish (made by the mother) arrived which we baked and it was really delicious - very kind of them.
We were intending to use the house more as a base, preferring to find some secluded beaches, but in the end it was so peaceful, we spent a lot more time (with time standing very still) at the villa with nothing but the sounds of birds and bees and the gentle tinkling of goat bells in the distance, perfect for reading, sun bathing, little dips in the pool, idle chatter and total relaxation. The outdoor table tennis table was a nice touch for silly fun, except that I got beaten by my girlfriend, which I blamed on the second gin.
The beauty of this place is that if you want action, noise, excitement, it is only 15 mins away. This is a complete bolthole of quiet - so you can have it both ways!
Helpful votes: 4/7
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