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“Luxurious stay in Crete's quiet countryide”
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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Chrille D
Berlin, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Luxurious stay in Crete's quiet countryide”
Reviewed January 6, 2015 for a stay in October 2014

I rented the villa for me and my family (5 people) for a one week holiday stay in Crete. The villa is located in the quiet village of Gonia which is in the hilly area south of Rethymno, about a 15 minute drive away from Rehymno with its fortress, pretty streets and harbours. Gonia itself is small, very green with trees and bushes, has two restaurants and a small shop. The location is in Crete's narrowest part, which means that it's easy and quick to reach the Southcoast even though the North coast is close. The villa is spacious, very clean and very well equipped including the kitchen. We particularly liked the interior clear design and the beautiful pool. Maria and her husband are very warm welcoming hosts, communication via email or phone were prompt and efficient and very friendly. They invited us for dinner in their restaurant on the first night, the food is excellent. We used the villa as base for day tours around the island, slept in long in the mornings and used the kitchen extensively for cooking in the long evenings. We enjoyed our stay a lot and felt very much relaxed after this holiday. We can recommend the villa.

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Liked best: Quietness, modern and new house with good equipment
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Aabenhus
Helsinge, Denmark
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28 reviews
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“So perfect, that you don't really want to tell anyone about it!”
Reviewed August 21, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The house and the surroundings are beautiful and the perfect center of a true Cretan Holiday. So good in fact, that you really want to keep it to your self and not tell too many about it :-)
The villa is placed between olive threes with perfect view to the surrounding Mountains and in the wonderful and calm small village "Gonia" with minimarket, traditional coffee house and of cause for the evenings Marianna's tavern with traditional Cretan food. If you want to shop more you'll find plenty of supermarkets on a 5-10 minutes drive and in 15-20 minutes you can be in Rethimnon where you will find the more tourist based but huge shopping and restaurant area near the harbor and beach.
The Villa it self is in very modern and high quality, perfectly kept and with everything you need. Even though we were there in the middle of summer the lack of air-conditioning were not an issues as the architecture and functionality of the house keeps the rooms chilled and comfortable all day long.
The service is fantastic - Marianna makes sure everything suits into your plans and cleaning is done without any inconvenience (every 3-4 days) and includes maintenance of outside area and change of towels and bedspreads/sheets.
In conclusion there is really nothing complain about so please go somewhere else so that we can keep it to our selves :-)

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Liked best: The pool, the view, the house - EVERYTHING!
Liked least: to leave it all again?!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Hans K
Uppsala, Sweden
1 review
“Perfect for a family vacation with teenagers”
Reviewed July 30, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Our family of five stayed in Gonia for two wonderful weeks. The house is really very nice and feels brand new. Everything works well and is nicely kept. The beds are great (something we valued a lot). Lot's of space to dine outside as well as inside.

Marianna and Nikos are extremely nice and helpful and provided excellent service during our stay (plus some memorable dinners at their taverna just around the corner from the house).

We also found the location of the house very good, since you can reach all parts of the island on a day-trip by car. Less than one hour drive from Chania airport. During our stay we visited beaches and other places in the far western, far eastern, southern and northern parts of the island. Other days we just stayed home and enjoyed our own private pool.

Rethymnon is very close, just 10-15 minutes by car, and is a very nice town to just stroll around in. There are also some really good seafood restaurants there if you want to vary the menu.

Hans Kjellberg,
Sweden

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Sophie B
New York City, New York
1 review
“PERFECT HOLIDAYS... IN A PERFECT HOUSE!”
Reviewed October 20, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Very beautiful house, very clean, very quiet! A real paradise.....
Marianna, Nikos and the family were an additional sunshine during our holidays!
Thank you again for your kindness, sense of humor and hospitality!
We really hope to see you again.
Friendly,
Sophie and Laetitia (Belgium)

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Liked best: The luxury of the house and the kindness of the owners
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Familieva...
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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“Excellent!”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We loved our stay at Villa Gonia. During our visit in this not only beautiful but fully equipped house we found the ultimate holiday feeling. An extra plus is the great hospitality of Nicos and Marianna. Both people know what ingredients you need for a super stay. We could even order food from there restaurant and it was served to the villa. We enjoyed a honest meal of great quality on our own terrace! Also the cleaning was above expectations every detail was in place. Handy is also the little supermarket within a 2 minute walk from the villa. I could tell more but it is better to make a booking :-)

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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J P
Oakham, United Kingdom
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“Perfect pool and house for young children”
Reviewed August 20, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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We chose the house because we wanted to have the pool close to the rest of the house. The children could jump in and out all day with us being able to be close enough to supervise, and also able to sit in or out of the sun, in or out of the house. We have rented many houses and this one was by far the best for this. There were several eating places we could choose based on where the sun was, and they were also near the pool. The house is lovely, beautiful to look at and beautiful inside. The decor is tasteful and we liked its simplicity.
Marianna and Nikos were very welcoming and helpful, and we had some lovely meals at the taverna. Having this and a small supermarket within easy walking distance made early mornings and evenings very relaxing. For a proper grocers you need to go down to the big crossroad at Atsipopoulos where there is a Lidl, with an excellent fruit and veg shop next door.
The only downside was the noise of dogs barking all night. The bedrooms are quite cool enough if the windows are kept open (the insect nets work very well), but this means that the noise is inescapable.

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Noise
Travelling group: Young Children
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Vellmar, Hessen, Germany
Reviewed December 25, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: The hospitality of owner family
Liked least: missing air condition :-( but it was ok
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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