A self catering summer rental with lovely views, large terraces and garden.
Lindsay & Madeleine Russell
About Lindsay & Madeleine Russell
We are Lindsay and Madeleine Russell. We live in London in the UK and have been married since 1979. We own a security company installing burglar alarms and CCTV. Our hobbies are golf (Lindsay) and horse riding (Madeleine). We enjoy eating out and long lunches!
Lindsay & Madeleine Russell purchased this House in 2007
Why Lindsay & Madeleine Russell chose Georgioupoli
We had our honeymoon in Crete in 1979 and really loved the island. When we were looking to buy a holiday home, this was one of the first places we looked at and were just fortunate to find this place being marketed whilst we were on holiday and bought it off plans. The area is really lovely with the White Mountains inland and the sea just a few minutes away. It is peaceful, with no high rise buildings and the locals are really welcoming. The property is within esay reach of both Rethymnon and Chania with all the history that is associated with both places. As well as the local tavernas, there are some really lovely, higher end, restuarants that have opened up over the years and the area really does offer something to everyone
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 4
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
A wonderful stay in Crete!!
We had the most wonderful time at Villa Equus. My husband, 14-month old son and I spent a week there and it was absolutely perfect for us. Quiet and calm, even with other people staying in some of the other villas it still seemed like we had the place to ourselves half the time. The pool right outside was great, the little garden was excellent for playing around in and the close walk to a wonderful sandy beach was also fantastic.
The area where the villa is situated is excellent. So close to Georgioupolis where there are lots of amenities, including groceries stores and bakeries that we frequented often for food to BBQ at the villa and for some delicious sweet treats. We loved the restaurants there too, especially Valentino’s where we ate twice - the food was excellent and the service was top notch, they were very sweet to our son and catered to everything. Highly recommended!
We did a short trip to Rethymno also which was only 20 mins drive away and very worth a visit, lovely cobbled streets in the old town, lots of wonderful restaurants and a very charming Venetian harbour. Very nice for an afternoon or evening out. It was also great to be so close to Kournas Lake - what a beautiful spot!! I’m sure many people go to Crete and never hear of this hidden gem. We rented a paddle boat and spent some time on the lake, it was stunningly beautiful and you can see turtles and fish, it’s lots of fun for children. Definitely a highlight!
All in all this villa has everything - clean, spacious and with a garden, pool and BBQ, and very well situated in a great area that is both quiet and great for exploring. We hope to be back!!
So glad that you had a lovely holiday and thank you for your review. We agree totally about Lake Kournas. It is really beautiful and so peaceful as there are no powered craft allowed on the lake. We would look forward to having you back.
Lindsay and Madeleine
Lovely villa and pool in a great location for a fun but relaxing holiday
We stayed in the villa with our 5 and (nearly) 7 year old daughters in the middle of June and had an amazing holiday! The villa was everything we had hoped for and we were lucky enough to have the pool to ourselves all week as the other villas weren’t occupied. The outside area is lovely and private and the pool is a great size. We could touch the bottom in every part of it and the kids shallow bit on one side was perfect for our girls to be able to play in when they weren’t swimming with us in the big part. We enjoyed using the BBQ and sitting out for meals. The villa itself was well equipped and the air con in the rooms was lovely as it was very hot while we were there. The views of the mountains from the poolside and the front of the villa were breathtaking - they almost don’t look real!
We ate out in Georgioupoli (which was about a 5 minute drive) there are lots of lovely restaurants to choose from here, we’d highly recommend Vasilikos, Mythos and Efthimis (excellent pizza in a wood fired pizza oven.) We also visited Rethymno (about 25 minute drive). The old town was lovely to wander around - we loved the narrow streets and all the little shops.
We drove to Episkopi beach a couple of times (about 10 minutes away) which was a gorgeous sandy beach with 3 restaurants, all of which have swings, slides and little ride-on vehicles for the kids to play with. Our favourite was Chrysos Asterias (the middle one). They were very welcoming here and the kids loved playing whilst we finished our drinks and sat enjoying the views of the sea.
One final thing to mention was Kournas Lake - wow! We would come back just to go here, it was absolutely stunning! The lake was crystal clear. We hired a pedalo for an hour for 12 euros. We swam in the lake and let the fish nibble at our feet (much better than paying to put them in a tank!) we were told there were turtles too but unfortunately didn’t manage to see any - a good reason to go back I think!
All in all, we absolutely loved staying here and would highly recommend it for a relaxing but fun holiday. The villa is in a great location - there is so much to do, we barely scratched the surface and will definitely be back one day!
Thank you for your lovely comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday at our house. We agree with you regarding the restaurants you mention and also Chrysos Asterias taverna. Andreas and his family are extremely welcoming. We hope you are able to come back to Crete and stay with us again, in the near future
A really nice small villa in a quiet location. It has very good facilities, clean and well maintained. Well placed for local sightseeing and visiting the nearby beaches, or enjoying the sun in the garden or around the pool.
Would recommend for couples or friends wanting to explore Western Crete.
This was a second visit to this area but the first time we have stayed in this Villa, we would recommend it to anyone that likes to get away from the husstle and bustle, the villa is well equipped and geared for outdoor eating with a lovely webber barbecue. The rooms are spacious and the balcony upstairs is super and we enjoyed having a late night drink and watching the sunset. The pool is a very good size and you can always have the use of the other pools which are all highly maintained.
A washing machine would have been ideal and some outdoor plastic plates for the kids would have been good in case of any accidents. The owner was very good with his communication and got back to us straight away. We also ate at Valentinos restaurant which was always busy and great food and service.
K Hackett Eastbourne
We have looked at the possibility of installing a washing machine, but the location of it would be a problem. The only real place would be in the kitchen/living area, and we don't feel that this would be quite right. There is a very friendly and accommodating laundry in Georgopoulis who offer a very quick and efficient service at a very reasonabl price.
The idea of plastic plates for use outside is a very good idea and we will be equipping the villa with these for the coming season.
Villa Equus - Highly recommended
We stayed in Villa Equus for a week in August this year. Everything about the property was as expected. It was clean, well maintained and although we didn't need to use it help was at hand for any problems that may has arisen. The kitchen was adequately stocked for home cooking which was a dream on the webber bbq. The outdoor furniture was very comfortable, especially on the upstairs terrace where is was so easy to go and get a nice 40 winks!
What stands this villa out from the rest i think is the lovely garden. Not only is it very pleasant to look at, it provides privacy. Having said that whilst we were there only one of the 5 other properties in this block was occupied so it wasn't an issue anyway. The pool is fantastic and maintained to an exceptionally high standard. I couldn't get my kids out of it and such a bonus that you can sit in the garden or on the patio and be able to see what they're up to. The upstairs bedroom provided fantastic sunset views over the mountains every day - a very important factor for my husband who loves to have a view wherever we go.
The local area provides many opportunities for eating, shopping, sightseeing, etc and the local beach which stretches for miles and miles is brilliant. I can't imagine this beach every feeling crowded and parking is very easy. One of the beachside taverna's (which is recommended in the property information file) caters well for children in that it has a grassed play area with a trampoline, a mini swimming pool, swings etc which are all free of charge.
Local Kournas lake is well worth a visit as is Kournas village, especially the ceramics shop for your souvenirs and eating at the roadside Kali Kardia Taverna. I had the best meal of my holiday here and having the smoked pork as recommended in the Lonely Planet book didn't dissapoint! I would also recommend visits to Chania, Rethymnon and the local village of Argroupoli (upper and lower villages) with it's freshwater springs. Our other favourite place to eat was Valentino's in Georgioupolis. They were always busy, great food every time and they catered well for children.
I would consider having a car essential for a stay at Villa Equus.
The only way this property could have been better in my opinion is if it had a washing machine. Having said that though the other benefits outway this and when i stay again (and i will!) and will use the launderette in Georgioupolis.
This was my first visit to Crete and i loved it!
Villa Equus is situated in a lovely quiet area just 3 minutes from the beach. The White Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop and just 4kms away is Lake Kournas.The area is non-commercial and ideal for a relaxed romantic holiday. The beautiful fishing village of Georgopoulis is just 4km away where you can find numerous tavernas, bars and shops. This has a bustling atmosphere at night. On the beach are many tavernas and beach bars, serving a variety of food from simple (but lovely) local cuisine to meals that will appeal to everyone. Nearby is the Venetian town of Rethymnon with its ancient fortress. The old part of Rethymnon is simply beautiful, with its lovely harbour and market type atmosphere. In the summer, concerts, ballet, theatrical performances and traditional song and dance are performed at the Venetian fortress. Good shopping is also available. In Chania province, there is the stunning Samaria Gorge with its wonderful views and walks.