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We had a great time at Villa Elias which was ideal for two families with children. The house is recently built to a very high standard with traditional materials, solid wood doors, shutters and charming and practical features. It is very well equipped and comfortable and our children loved the pool, even though it was a bit cold at the start of April! George and his family were lovely, he couldn't have done more to help offering assistance with taxis or care hire. They made us feel really welcome, and we were touched when he brought traditional food to share celebrating Easter with his family. George was immediately on hand if we needed anything.
The village of Atsipopoulo is small and out of season only one of the tavernas was open, but with superb local food. There are many cafes and the bakery next door and supermarket 100 yards away met all our needs. It is very small but extremely picturesque and we enjoyed walking through the narrow lanes until you reach olive groves and farmland. There is a regular bus to Rethymno from outside the villa and the timetable was helpfully provided, it's a very short bus ride to Rethymno.
This was our first time in Crete and we would definitely come again, thank you George and family for hosting us!
This is a great villa, set well back from the road through the village so completely quiet and secluded. The villa is as nice inside as it looks on the website and everything is very clean. The private pool was (just about) warm enough to swim in, even in mid April. We ordered dinner from George’s mum for a couple of evenings and it was excellent. George contacted us a few days before we arrived to tell us it would be a public holiday when we arrived and offered to get some shopping in for us, which was very helpful. All in all, thoroughly recommended.