Villa in Gouves, Heraklion, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Oasis Villa in Crete, Great for Diving, Golf, Fishing and Snorkelling
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The villa is wonderful, exactly as described. It had everything we needed plus a few extras. We loved sitting by the pool enjoying the peace and quiet disturbed only by the local cockeral! Spectacular views across the village and toward the sea from the balconies.
The villa may benefit from air conditioning in the summer months but not needed during our stay in October.
Our only disappointment was, as we were visiting late in the season, that the old part of Gouves was "closed for the winter"; all but one of the local restaurants having shut down so we never got to see the often referred to Spyros. We did however find a plethora of other eating options in Kato Gouves, particularly Atlantis restaurant which was our favourite.
Lisa provided all the information we needed and was very supportive during our stay.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
The property was very good.
The only problem we had with the property was that the pool was to deep which was a shame because we were unable to use it also don't feel it would be safe for young children. Gouves its self was very disappointing lots of derelict buildings and not a very good selection of restaurants thank goodness for Spiros in Gouves village lovely people and delicious meals.
Thank you so much for your review. However I feel I can’t agree with you about the pool being too deep. I have two daughters myself a 5 year old and a nine year old who both happily swim in the pool, the nine year old without armbands. My children have use the pool since they were one year old. Many people have rented the villa and no one has ever mentioned the pool being too deep.
Lovely, spacious and secluded
I stayed in Lisa's villa with three other girlfriends for 5 days and it was absolutely perfect. The villa was a great size for four people and we loved that it was set back, giving us a bit of privacy. I would say a hire car is probably necessary, as most things a a bit of a drive away (there is a lovely taverna nearby which is walking distance).
This is a great place for anyone looking for a chilled week away with a pool - amazing value for money too. We'll definitely be back!
Great location and privacy guaranteed
We had a fabulous week staying at the villa. Pictures do not do it justice. From the master upstairs terrace you have village, mountain and sea views. What more can you ask for! The villa is well equiped and if there was anything else l would suggest it would be some smaller Pyrex or similar oven dishes as the oven trays and saucepans were huge! The local taverna is 5 minutes walk and Spyros is so helpful and welcoming. Food is good and plentiful. We had a car which we think is essential as we like to get out and about sightseeing. Located approximately 20 minutes drive from the airport means transfers are quick. The beach is 10 mins away and there are plenty of shops and bars for an evening out.
Relaxing, peaceful vacation in great surroundings
Directions from the owner were exact and we found the villa after a short journey from the airport. The villa is in a very private location (exception sheep!) with beautiful views as mentioned in the property description.
Villa and surrounding outside areas were clean and well maintained. Plenty of bedding, towels etc. No air conditioning at this villa but we found indoors to be incredibly cool - the mosquito screens on the door worked really at night allowing in a cool breeze without any bites! Bedrooms were large and beds comfortable.
Most of our time was spent outside around the pool. Sunbeds were good, under cover table and chairs were welcome to escape the midday heat and BBQ worked well.
Short work up a very steep hill to the local village with several tavernas - all very charming with good food. A small shop with great local produce is worth a visit - very accomodating owner. A 20 minute walk the other way takes you to Valentinas (also very welcoming) and the main taxi rank. If you can face crossing the main road it is only a further 15/20 minute walk to the sea front with numerous tavernas. Explore the back streets - much better offering than the sea front!
Lisa (owner) was very informative with regards to both the villa and the surrounding area. I feel she is now a friend! Please ask Lisa for any information that you feel is missing - she's more than happy to help.
Yes we recommend this property. Yes we will be returning!
The villa is exactly as described. In a lovely quiet and private position and close enough to village for a short walk to the taverna in the evening.There are plenty of walks round about but when we were there it was usually too hot to walk much so just went out exploring a few evenings when it began to cool down (but not much). The pool was a great help in keeping cool also watching swallows drinking every day. Lisa was great when I asked questions or phoned. Nothing too much trouble.
Thanks Lisa for a lovely holiday
Special interest holidays:
Near old village of Pano Gouves. 15 minutes by car from Heraklion Airport. 5 minutes by car to Crete Aquarium. 10 minutes by car to Hersonissos. 10 minutes by car to Water city, water park. 10 minutes by car to Hersonissos Golf course. 10 minutes by car to Arion riding stables. 15 minutes to Knossos, archaeological site. 15 minutes to Ferry port where you can get ferry to Santorini. 1 1/2 hours to Lake Kournas. 2 1/2 hours to Chania.
Nearest Beach: Gouves 5 Km
Nearest Airport: Heraklion 20 Km
Beach only five minute drive. PGA standard Golf course ten minute drive at Hersonissis. Horse riding centre & Crete Aquarium only five minute drive. Easy location for archaeological sites and tourism spots.
Local village is only five minute WALK with several taverns, crepes and an ice cream bar, supermarket, bakery, hairdressers and a lovely church. There is also a playground area for children with slides, swings etc
Near old village of Pano Gouves. 10 minutes by car from Heraklion Airport. 5 minutes by car to Crete Aquarium. 10 minutes by car to Hersonissos. 10 minutes by car to Water city, water park. 10 minutes by car to Hersonissos Golf course. 10 minutes by car to Arion riding stables. 15 minutes to Knossos, archaeological site. 15 minutes to Ferry port where you can get ferry to Santorini. 1 1/2 hours to Lake Kournas. 2 1/2 hours to Chania.