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Recent Reviews

Secluded villa with superb mountain views

5 of 5
Situated on a south facing hillside above the village, in a rural area surrounded by beautiful countryside. The villa is not overlooked and has private sunbathing areas either by the pool or on the terraces above. There is also wifi and an undercover barbecue area. If your idea of a holiday is to lie on a beach all day and walk into town, you should look elsewhere, because you need a car to do anything. It took us about 1 hour to reach either the north or south coasts, exploring, and it is about 25 minutes to Spili which is a town of any size. There is a good taverna in Meronas village about 10 minutes away. The distances are not great but the roads are mountainous. We normally go cheap and cheerful with a hire car on holiday and were quite lucky to be given by chance an automatic. A bigger engine or diesel would also be beneficial as nothing will prepare you for the steepness of the drive from village to villa. Initially it is daunting, especially fully laden with suitcases and shopping, but subsequent ascents were easier and we no longer felt the need to burst into spontaneous applause on reaching the top. Just keep the car moving in a low gear. The villa is well built and well equipped, and stayed cool in the hot weather, we did not need the air conditioning. There are insect screens over some windows and doors, but no mosquito nets over beds so take a plug in repellent. We stayed the first night in Heraklion (lato boutique hotel, harbour view and handy restaurant) so that we could explore the town and visit Knossos, thereby avoiding a 2 hour drive back once at the villa. We also picked up a big supermarket shop (Lydl) on the way, the nearest being in an urban area one junction east of Rethimno. It is then easy to continue to Rethimno and take the main road to Spili and then over the mountain. Sat navs will offer other routes but they are very twisty, and do not be tempted to leave the tarmac, there is always a proper road. The locals drive 4x4 utes/pickup trucks and you can see why. This is very much a get away from it all location, and whilst remote, you are not alone, as the family who look after the villa are in the village and just a text message away. For us the main attractions were the privacy and mountain scenery, and the villa ticked all our boxes.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

Fantastic home, with mountain and sea views

5 of 5
The location is amazing, with views of the mountains and the sea, and great sunsets at night. We had such a relaxing time and loved southern Crete. The home is done to a very high standard, unlike some rental homes that are kitted out minimally, with no personal effects and using cheap items, this is the opposite. Everything from the sun loungers and sofas to the dining table, dishwasher and washing machine were great quality products and the beds were really comfortable. It felt very homely and included nice little extras such as bathrobes, soap, shower gel, dishwasher tablets and washing machine liquid which many rentals do not provide. The kitchen had everything that you would need - all the usual items and also a coffee machine, a juicer to make fresh OJ, teapot, lots of different types of glasses for any kind of drinks, and there is a gas BBQ outside. It also had air conditioning and good wifi. As it is in such a peaceful location, the nearest shop is 20 minutes drive so you need to make sure you get all the food items you need, to save too many trips in the car. Or take advantage of the shopping service so that its all waiting for you when you arrive. The nearest beach is just a 10 minute drive which has sunloungers and umbrellas and a few beach cafes. Rethymno is under an hours drive and was a lovely city to explore. The owner greeted us on arrival and the customer service was great. The etouri team who manage the property contacted us to see if there was anything they could help us with and were extremely friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend staying here.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 07, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017