Set in a village location with stunning views of the mountains and olive groves
Kathie and Chris
About Kathie and Chris
I am a 'retired' paediatric physiotherapist who worked for 30 years mainly with children with Cerebral Palsy, mostly in their own homes. Chris was a software developer then team manager for nearly 40 years We moved to Crete in October 2016 basically to escape the M6! Chris's commute from Walsall to Coventry was getting longer and longer and he'd had enough. After 30 years I was finding it harder and harder to crawl around the floor all day treating the kids! We now live here in Crete, enjoying the empty roads and the outdoor lifestyle in the sun. We spend our days marvelling at the views and bird watching from the balcony, walking in the surrounding areas, eating amazing food at the local taverna's, playing music, or for me, snorkelling in the clear blue waters whilst Chris either explores the coastline or sits and contemplates life!
Kathie and Chris purchased this Apartment in 2016
Why Kathie and Chris chose Apokoronos
Chris and I have travelled throughout the Greek islands on 2 week holidays for the last 20 years but really fell in love with the Apokoronas area of Crete. The surrounding countryside is lush and green, rather than brown and barren like other parts of the island. It is also close to our favourite city, Chania with its picturesque Venetian harbour and narrow cobbled streets. We bought this particular property in Paidohori for several reasons. We wanted to be in the heart of a Greek community away from the main tourist areas but within 15 minutes of the golden sandy beaches and friendly resorts of Kalyves and Almyrida. We fell in love with the view of the mountains and olive groves which change as the light changes during the day. We are aware that holiday time is precious and really want you to make the most of your time here and have a fabulous holiday so we also liked the idea that our rental customers could be completely private if they wanted to be. However, we would be available for support and advice if required or to sort out any problems you may have, instantly.
What makes this Apartment unique
The house is built from stone in the traditional Greek style, with the archway through to the bedroom area, but it has all the modern features of air conditioning (payable extra locally) and mosquito screens for the summer and double glazed windows and central heating for the winter! The views are spectacular from the large terrace where you can sunbathe or sit under the shaded pergola and sip local wines.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
The apartment was exactly as shown in the photographs which is not always the case! It was extremely clean and was well equipped. The situation was idyllic, surrounded by olive, lemon and orange trees and provided the perfect chance for rest but within easy reach of Chania, beaches and good food. The owners, who live on the upper floor of the house, were very welcoming and it was fun to meet and get to know them. They were never intrusive though.
This was our first visit to Crete and I hope it won’t be our last.
Visit in May 2019
We were very impressed with the cleanliness, facilities, location and helpfulness of owners Chris & Kathie in making our first visit to Crete a memorable one.
Fabulous views and comfortable stay
We stayed here for five days and the view was always compelling; wild flowers, snow covered mountains. The apartment was spotlessly clean and well appointed. The log burner was great with the cooler evenings. Kathie and Chris were knowledgeable and helpful. The apartment is well situated for visiting other places such as Chania which we loved.
Thank you so much, we are really glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you both back in the future. Thank you so much Dave for educating me about some of the amazing birds you saw from the patio! I’d seen some of them but didn’t know what they were called. Whenever I see the beautiful Sardinian Warbler and Arctic swifts I will think of you xxx
Beautiful views, hospitable hosts, comfortable and well equipped accommodation
We had a wonderful week staying in the House in the Sun. Kathy and Chris made us feel at home the moment we arrived. The flat is well equipped and really well planned. There were many thoughtful additions such as the welcome basket and beach towels.
We really didn't want for anything.
We were woken by the tinkling bells around the necks of the next door sheep and a wonderful sunrise every day. The view across the valley is full of all that Crete has in abundance, olives, figs, walnuts and showed us the path to walk to the next village where we came across a newly painted church to St Anthony.
The local taverna is well worth a visit. The owners are helpful and the food is honest and very local. Vryses, the nearest town, is a very traditional town which has several small supermarkets and tavernas.
Every day we did a trip in our hired car. We visited Chania and Rethymno, two towns with Venetian harbours, which are really attractive. The harbour in Chania was home to a very large turtle, which obliged us by doing a 'belly roll' and waving his flippers. We also visited Hora Sfakion, which involved a breathtaking drive over the mountains. We saw Griffon Vultures circling overhead and mountain goats perched on tiny ledges along the way. The harbour is where you can take a boat along the coast to secluded beaches - we chose lunch overlooking the sea and enjoyed every mouthful.
We would recommend the accommodation and location without hesitation. Joan and Julian
Thank you Joan and Julian for your lovely review. It was great to have guests again after being closed for nearly a year for building works! The swimming pool will be fabulous next season. We look forward to welcoming you to The House in the Sun anytime in the future.
Kathie and Chris
A real find!
A beautiful and thoughtfully equipped apartment in a fabulous location with stunning views over the countryside. Kathie & Chris are excellent hosts who’ve spared no detail in providing every essential, and more, for the visitors to their holiday retreat.
We came to Crete for a relax and collapse from our busy lives and found the perfect haven - we really loved it.
We shall certainly return and whole heartedly recommend The House in the Sun to anyone looking for an escape from the crowds and hurly burly of the resort areas.
Thank you Jane and Steve, I'm really glad you enjoyed staying with us and you found it a lovely place to relax. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future
The House in the Sun - a real gem
The House in the Sun is a truly lovely place to stay....a real gem. The apartment is beautifully spacious and has been generously furnished and equipped to a very high standard, we wanted for nothing.We enjoyed the peace and quiet and the big views which subtly changed with the weather. Chris and Kathie are the perfect hosts - thoughtful and kind, nothing was too much trouble.
We would not hesitate in recommending this property ...it is just lovely.
Thank you Elaine and Andrew for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We agree the views are fabulous, in fact they are one of the reasons we bought the house. The way they change with the light throughout the year is magical. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Kathie and Chris