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Welcome to an old traditional Cretan village 3km from the sea

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully air conditioned, furnished for your comfort.

Daisy is in a small development of 8 properties, located close to the heart of a Cretan village, where the local people have made a decision for the village to retain its original character. There are no cash machines or English newspapers. The tavernas do not take Travellers cheques and few tourists stay in the village.

Moreover Daisy has a lovely location in 'Orange valley' and it enjoys unspoilt mountain views. They can be seen both from the bedroom balconies and the roof terrace. Some of our guests like to visit the local resorts like Fodele Beach and Agia Pelagia, before returning to the village for the evening meal.

The village itself has a special character. Very little has changed over many decades. The locals are proud of their association with El Greco and the fact that the village can sustain itself through the local crafts, farming, farm produce and the visitors who come to see this special village. The Churches in the village are beautiful and they remain the focus of village life. Christenings and weddings are attended by the whole village. You can witness the feast in the village square accompanied by the local music and traditional dances.

Daisy has 2 double bedrooms and 2 shower rooms, one with a bath.. The kitchen is fully equipped and you can choose to eat here or take advantage of the local bakery or the 9 tavernas in the village.They even do takeaways., It is furnished to a high standard to give it a Cretan feel with a touch of John Lewis.

The property enjoys full remote control air conditioning. There are fly screens throughout so you can leave windows and patio doors open. The rear courtyard and balconies are private with a table and chairs.

It is a gated development, separated by the river from direct traffic access, so your children can enjoy themselves in safe surroundings.

we wish to have guests who will treasure our property as we do, and to treat it as they would do their own. We appreciate that accidents can occur but we do not want the type of damage that is caused by children who are out of control or by adults who have little respect for a holiday property.

If this note of caution is acceptable to you, there is no doubt that you will have a special holiday and may even want to return !

We are so grateful to our guests in 2017 as they have helped us to achieve a Certificate of Excellence. It was a team effort and a reflection of the mutual trust between the guests and the management team. Thank you

DAISY is situated at the heart of a uniquely authentic village. It is totally unspoilt, without cash machines or English newspapers. It has one main street where their traditional crafts are practised, including tapestries; jewellry and of course Cretan cuisine !

You will find much to occupy you in the village. There are 7 tavernas within 300 metres, each with their own specialities. You can take gentle exercise on the various nature trails. The local churches are beautiful and are well worth a visit. You may even go to the museum that commemorates El Greco and his birthplace in Fodele. Unlike the resorts, it stays open throughout the year. For many visitors, it is a reminder of the 1950's


It will appeal to those who wish to be close to sea but would prefer to stay in a proper Cretan village. Fodele Beach is only 2 miles away and it is lovely bay with a sandy beach.. Buy a drink at the taverna and your deck chair is provided free.


Direct flights to Crete are available from April to October. You can choose from a large number of airlines including EasyJet and JET2. There are also comparison websites such travel supermarket, zugu, skyscanner, cheap flights etc., to book flights online.

You may wish to pre-book your airport taxi at a fixed price,. The facility is on our own website.

Fodele village is approximately 30km from Heraklion airport. The car hire depot is simply across the road from the airport building, and we will give you detailed instructions for your 25 minute journey. The roads are good with only right turns.


Fodele is an authentic working village, with a unique history and old world charm

It is cheaper than the holiday resorts.

The tavernas are abundant, reasonable and on the doorstep. The home made dishes are wonderful.

Eat by village stream and feed the swans.

It is a safe environment for children.

A lovely beach is under 5 minutes drive away.

Should you hire a car you will find Crete to be a magical island.

Daisy is a proper home and not a characterless tourist property

TV/DVD combo, satellite (not Sky).

The views from the balcony and roof terrace are beautiful.

The surroundings are orange groves and a wooded park.

The visitors' comments are all positive.

If all this fails to impress you, the local Raki is 5 Euros for a large bottle.

Thank you for visiting our website. Peter and Ann

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Jones
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Peter Jones

I am a retired teacher who actually misses the classroom and the busy life in a large Secondary school. Daisy has given my wife and I a wonderful opportunity to become part of Cretan village life and to communicate with a wide mix of guests, most of whom I never actually meet but seem to know so well.

Peter Jones purchased this house in 2005

Why Peter Jones chose Heraklion

It is in the centre of northern Crete, in an unspoilt village 3km from the sea. It is surrounded by trees ; the village stream ; the village church. The locals are proper

'Cretans' and there is a unique atmosphere without cash machines or English newspapers .It is open throughout the year. Daisy has been furnished as a home for you to share and enjoy.

Our total aim has been to make you comfortable. The beds are king size and the mattresses are of good quality. The door and patios have nets so there is a welcome breeze without the company of our flying friends. The kitchen is fully equipped with its own seating area. The lounge has settees for your comfort and contains both a small library and a television/DVD for your enjoyment. Internet is available. There is a roof terrace and balconies so that you can appreciate the views and the sky at night.

Fodele is 3km from the main highway in Crete and so has easy access to most area of the island.

Daisy has been awarded a Certificate of excellence for 2017, so you can be assured that we will try our best to make your holiday as memorable as possible.

What makes this house unique

The village is very special in Crete, not least because it is the birthplace of El Greco, the famous painter .It is a favourite village for many of the Crete people, particularly on Sundays.

The village stream is fed by the mountains and it flows throughout the year. It is also home to a unique fauna and flora. It is a society more reminiscent of the 1950's and the area feels very safe. Our house is separated by 2 bridges and 100 metres from any form of motorised transport. The builders found it very difficult !

You can see many reviews on our own website at to see how our guests have enjoyed their holiday. The guest book in Daisy has reviews spanning over 10 years. They are a testimony to the appeal of Daisy, Mandarin Grove, the village of Fodele and the island of Crete.

Many of our guests are repeat customers who have fallen in love with the Cretan life in the village. Some try all the Tavernas, others stay in Domenicos where they are regaled with stories and made a fuss of by Smoothy George.

It has such a central position, 2 miles from the main highway in Crete that you can visit so many places of interest. The historical sites of Knossus and Spinalonga are well documented and the beautiful coastline and mountain splendour is close at hand. You will not be short of advice from the local community.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Daisy is a lovely house ,views and location Mr and Mrs Higson

The accommodation was perfect,,very clean and all furnished to a high standard. Mrs Cooper

So good we came back for a second visit. Mr and Mrs Sheldrake

All was fine with our holiday thank you Mr and Mrs Afriat

After 4 weeks in Daisy, it is perfect for short or long holidays. It is right on the edge of a picture postcard village. Good food in the tavernas and very friendly people. Daisy has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. A holiday we will remember for a long time Alan and Di
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Heraklion in Malevizi

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The downstairs bathroom now has a bath with shower. The shower room upstairs has an enclosed cubicle.. They are both tiled and well equipped with toilet and wash basin..The shower is strong and there is plenty of hot water from the solar panels on the roof terrace, boosted by an immersion heater when it is necessary. The ground floor bath/shower room does provide independence for guests who may find stairs difficult.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , cot available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • THE TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS both have balconies each with patio doors The balcony in the master bedroom has a table and 2 chairs so you can enjoy beautiful mountain views. It also has a new king size double bed . The back bedroom has a smaller balcony and a king size double bed. . Both bedrooms have hot and cool air conditioning and fly screens on the patio doors. It means that you can sleep with the patio doors open or tilted. .The bedrooms both have hand made bedside cabinets and a large fitted wardrobe . They are tastefully furnished to make them homely and comfortable. A cot is available if required. There is a hair drier Please note that the 2 sofas in the lounge can also convert into beds, should guests require ground floor accommodation.
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The kitchen area includesfitted cupboards and worktops, hob with cooker hood, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine , dishwasher, kettle and toaster. There is also an iron and ironing board. It is a non-smoking house but smokers will find the patio , courtyard and even the roof terrace very pleasant venues The seating area around the pool also includes sun beds, umbrellas and tables for your convenience The area is not crowded so you can retain your privacy. Many guests visit the local bakery each day and enjoy. lunch by the pool in a rural environment.


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Most relaxing holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

Fodele is probably the most relaxing holiday destination We have ever visited. This really is a gem of a place, just touristy enough to have good restaurants and bars but not over commercialised or noisy. Everything is within a lovely 2-5minute stroll of Mandarin Grove (if you can tear yourself away from the poolside which is set amongst the most beautiful scenery). Paul and Angie really look after everything and ensure you have no worries during your stay. We stayed in Daisy, a lovely, clean, well appointed cottage, which has wifi, to video, and all modern kitchen appliances. Some nights we cooked fresh local produce (got to try the cheese and the lamb) but most of the time was spent being entertained by Smoothie George..the guy really knows how to make people feel welcome, and his wife Eva whose cooking is just fantastic. We are a family of 3 with a 12 year old daughter and there was just enough to keep everyone entertained for a fortnight. Plenty to do and see nearby...lovely beach at Fodele Beach with tavernas who let you while away the hours on their sun loungers in exchange for buying refreshments from them (at ridiculously affordable prices). But don't just take my word for it and see for yourself.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A place to recharge our 'batteries.'

  • 5 of 5

A week of bliss, wonderful haven hidden away from the hustle and bustle of life. A chance to recharge the batteries. Apartment was beautifully furnished and maintained. Couldn't fault any of the restaurants, all were so friendly, as was the local people.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Holiday without the tourists

  • 5 of 5

This villa and the surrounding pool is maintained to a very high standard - the couple who manage the property are on hand to answer questions and ensure everything is working. The thing that is so lovely is that it is only 100 metres from tavernas - but hidden behind trees and enclosed. I liked never having to feel I had to get my " towel on a sunbed"...always plenty - and being able to wander back to the villa without having to pack everything up. The local tavernas are econimocal to eat out at all the time and staff (smoothy George) are welcoming. The local bakery is really close too and worth a walk every morning for fresh bread. Hire a car and just go to explore!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for your kind words Peter and Ann
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A piece of heaven, away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

As always, a wonderful stay. Fodele is the place to be if you want a calm, peaceful holiday, but with adequate tavernas, a nearby beach and a pool at the apartments. The Manager & his wife, Angie always make you welcome and are always on hand. The apartment has been recently refurbished to a high standard and we were so impressed at our last visit, that we have booked three weeks for 2015. Always a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always delighted when you stay in Daisy Peter and Ann
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Modern house in quaint village

  • 5 of 5

Daisy is a lovely compact house with plenty of terraces and balconies to sit in either the sun or shade dependant on your preference ours was to sit on the bedroom balcony at night and watch the night sky as we discussed the days events while sharing a night cap and listening to the sounds of the local animals. Or you may choose to lounge by the pool which sits near the entrance of this secluded and secure group of 4 houses and 4 flats

The property is well maintained and kept spotlessly clean by the friendly management team of Paul and Angie who will take great delight in looking after you throughout your stay with useful tips and information.

It’s a pleasant short stroll across the river into the centre of the idyllic village with it’s many Tavernas and friendly locals who will all welcome and greet you with open arms. All serve good simple dishes or if you give them prior notice most will provide a more extravagant dish - try Domenico [Smoothie George] , Father and Son or El Greco’s.

If you are lucky your stay may coincide with a local wedding which if you can last the pace will provide an entertaining evening long into the wee small hours. While there we celebrated our grand daughters birthday with a party at Smoothie’s who provided a sumptuous birthday cake and refreshments for our new found friends as we danced and partied into the early hours.

From Fodele a short drive will take you to the many other beautiful locations - try Malia beach, before the teenagers wake up, Balli [Mpali] with its different beaches, or Georgioupoli and it’s scenic mountain lakeside. If you are there with kids you should take a day pass out at the local water park which is part of Fodele Beach Hotel. A nominal charge of 80 euros, which covers the cost of all drinks snacks and ice creams throughout the day for 2 adults and 2 kids will provide an enjoyable day out.

We look forward to returning one day soon.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2011
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our holiday in Daisy

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely lovely time in Daisy. This is the first holiday where I didn't cook one meal as the Tavernas were so good especially Domenicis..........George's ice cream is the best in the world, even better than Italian.

Your house is lovely and the village was everything that we were hoping for. The Cretan people are so friendly and welcoming.

We enjoyed it so much that we are going back in October. Thank you so much for letting us use Daisy. You are so lucky to be part of such a lovely community

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2008
  • Date of Stay: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2.7 Kilometres
Fodele Beach
Car: not necessary

.Daisy has an elevated position close to the heart of the village, so you can enjoy great mountain views from the balcony and roof terrace.

The village itself is a working village and there is a bustle of activity as the locals go about their daily lives. They enjoy showing you the wide range of their local produce including vegetables, fruit, raki, lamb and home made tapestries.

The local walks can include the village or you can quickly reach the mountains to go further afield. The village is very proud of their association with El Greco and the birth place of El Greco.

The vegetation and bird life is enormously diversified and very different from other Mediterranean islands. Many of our guests find that they rarely venture out of the village because it provides such an excellent focus for them. This is helped by the fact that there are 10 tavernas in the village each offering their own tempting culinary delicacies.

Crete is the most southerly point in Europe and it has a wonderfully warm climate. Moreover Fodele lies in the centre of the north coast and only 3km from the main east-west highway.This means that you can easily reach most of Crete.. The island is steeped in history and you can visit famous archaeological sites at places like Knossus and Plaistos. It has a mountainous interior that provides lovely views and many opportunities to put on those walking shoes. There is also the island of Spinalonga ; the Samaria Gorge as well as the nearby Fodele Beach and larger resorts like Agia Pelagia.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Heraklion, Crete

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
July to August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 2 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May to June 2019
1 May 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July to August 2019
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

DEPOSIT : a deposit of 20% is required when the booking is confirmed.

BALANCE Please pay the balance at least 6 weeks before your holiday.

TARIFF . The tariff includes the cost of air conditioning in every room, electricity, cleaning and laundry, the use of all our facilities and the welcome pack. Additionally extra items can be ordered if you have a late flight and the local shops are close

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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