Firstly, thanks to Carl for sending directions photos. They were exceptionally helpful especially once you reach the village as the narrow road leading to the villa would not be obvious. The village is small with a few tavernas , a bakery and a small supermarket to get your daily provisions and the people in the village were very friendly. The villa is 5 mins by car to/from village but a 15-20 minute walk up/down a steep hill (not for the faint hearted). The villa itself is well maintained with fantastic views from the sun terrace. The pool is a delight with sunbeds, parasol and other chairs to use and the covered area is great for a break from the sun and to have lunch. The barbecue is close to this area and a great way to spend the evening. Use of washing machine in basement was an unexpected bonus as we were able to come home with clean clothes. The apartment itself is small but adequate for the holiday. A note for those of you who wish to visit - there is only a microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle for your use alongside the barbecue to cook food. We didn't have a problem with this ourselves as we enjoyed barbecuing or eating out.
This property cannot truthfully be described as Luxury. The views are amazing from the spacious terrace and the pool was large enough for a decent swim. It is very difficult to access down two flights of steps from the studio flat. The second flight of 24 steps being rustic and uneven. Four of these steps have now recently been made smoother.
The accommodation is basic and the self catering facilities limited to a kettle, toaster and a microwave. The food preparation area is on top of the fridge and washing up has to be done in the ensuite sink or down the afore mentioned steps to the utility room at pool level. There is a barbeque next to the pool.
Bring soap and milk, as none supplied.
We didn't have a car so had to walk to the delightful and friendly village. Not a gentle stroll as the access road is not made up and extremely stoney in parts. A real challenge coming back uphill in the dark. There appears to be only space for two cars, the owners and the neighbours.
This villa is in an absolutely beautiful setting: the sun terrace overlooks Gavalochori, with the sea in the distance. Inside, the villa is immaculate and comfortable.
Outside, the pool is well-maintained, private and very peaceful. Not only that, but there's a fantastic barbecue for you to use as well close by.
The villa is within driving distance to Almyrida and Kalyves, which is handy for beach visits and a trip to the supermarket.
Carl is a wonderful host, who couldn't have been more helpful if he tried. He was around for a chat/helping hand if necessary, but other than that, we barely noticed the fact that the apartment is on top of his.
When we go back, I will certainly be booking the villa!
Location was really nice with a lovely terrace to enjoy a glass of wine. Do rent a small four wheel drive hire car as the unmade road leading to apartment is very rough. You will need to be extremely agile to get down to the pool as the 'rustic steps' leading to it are rather treacherous. Be aware that there is no sink, so any washing up must be done in the shower room basin and unfortunately the utility room down by the barbecue, which contains a sink unit was not in a condition for washing up anything and again you will need to get down the steps. Having said that, after the initial shock, it was a very peaceful holiday. The restaurants in the village are all very good.
We loved our time at the Studio and Carl was a great Host. Carl was helpful and informative before our arrival and ensured we had detailed durations to find the villa when we arrived in Crete. To get to the villa from the village, is a narrow road, the final bit is off road but we did not have any problems. On arrival, Carl gave us a warm welcome and we were blown away by the views. The studio was great for what we needed and the terrace was very private with the most beautiful views of the mountains and sea. The pool was lovely and we enjoyed being able to use the BBQ area. Carl gave us lots of welcomed advice and tips for the local area and was kind and generous to us throughout our stay. We highly recommend booking the studio if you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful place to stay in a rural location with easy access to the beaches by car. We hope to be able to return and big thank you Carl.