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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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735sophie...
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful week at villa gonia ”
Reviewed May 27, 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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Our family of 5 spent a wonderful week at this delightful rural villa in Gonia. The contemporary modern design with its clean edged lines and attention to detail is a perfect place to enjoy the Cretan sunshine. The house both inside and on the terraces (of which there are many!) was a joy.

The location on the edge of the village is surrounded on three sides by the olive groves and scrubby pasture lands frequented often by local sheep herded by the Shepard.

Mariana and her family were wonderful hosts and her taverna a few meters down the road serves some of the greatest authentic Greek cuisine we tasted all week.

Would we like to stay here again?... Definitely- 5 stars!!

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Management Response
28 May 2016
Dear Marc and your family thank you so much also. You are a great family. I wish you to have the opportunity to spend your vacation all together always. I am waiting for you again.
Friendly,
Marianna
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Jan W
Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic villa - very nice and quite”
Reviewed May 22, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We had a wonderful time at this villa. Everything was perfect. The house is of very high quality and has everything you need. The location is in a very quite and small town - perfect when you relax but also not too far from nice restaurants, taverns, etc. in the area. You have a very nice view from the roof terrace of the surrounding area. I can only recommend this villa to everyone who wants to have a fantastic time with family or friends on Crete.

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Management Response
23 May 2016
Thank you very much all of you.
I hope to meeting you soon.
Friendly,
Marianna-Nikos -Petros-Maria
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Simon G
Strathtay, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Faultless - An Excellent Villa”
Reviewed October 21, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

A fabulous villa in a great location! The villa which is cleaned to the highest standard possible both inside and out is situated on the outskirts of the village of Gonia which is approx 15 minutes south of Rethymnon. Our children loved the pool and the adults enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the location. Rethymnon has a great atmosphere in the evening and has everything you need from great restaurants, small boutique shops, souvenir shops and shops selling local produce. On the outskirts there are two Lidl supermarkets plus there are 3-4 smaller supermarkets on the road from Rethymnon to Gonia. The beaches are within easy reach and we would recommend the one just east of Georgioupoli which was clean, quiet and easy to park and gain access. If you want to travel a bit further, Water City waterpark and Cretaquarium which are east of Heraklion are approx 1 and half hours away. It takes approximately 2hrs to get to Gorytn and the same time for Frangokastello. The villa itself is equipped to a very high standard with everything working and nothing amiss. We could find no faults and would rate this villa as one of the best we have stayed in. The owners Marianna and Nikos were the perfect hosts making sure we were okay and always at the end the phone if required. There were occasions when the dogs barked or the cockerel crowed but you are situated in rural Crete and these things are expected. We would have no hesitation returning to this villa and would highly recommend this property for anyone wanting to stay in the Rethymnon area. A car is essential.

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Liked best: Cleanliness and helpfulness of the owners
Travelling group: Extended Family
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HighMaint...
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice villa, however....”
Reviewed September 14, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Although the villa had many good points, as per previous reviews, there were a number of negatives which need highlighting. We were a group of four adults (me, my husband and my husband’s daughter and her husband), and before hiring the villa I emailed Marianna to enquire whether there were two double beds, as this was an important requirement for us. She assured me that the twin beds could be converted to proper double beds and wouldn’t be a problem. Just before our holiday I emailed her again to remind her that we required two double beds. I also asked for a fan in the bedrooms due to the lack of AC and hot weather. She also assured me that she would be at the villa to meet us and asked what time we expected to arrive. I estimated it would be around 3pm, and we actually arrived at 3.10pm. Upon arrival there was nobody at the villa. We buzzed the intercom a number of times and shouted over the wall but the place was deserted. I then tried phoning Marianna from my mobile 3 or 4 times, but there was no answer. This was obviously not the best start to the holiday, as it was 38 degrees outside and we’d had a long drive from Heraklion in a car with broken AC. We decided to try and locate her tavern in the village (luckily I’d heard about this on tripadvisor reviews), which we eventually did. Fortunately, she was there and seemed surprise to see us, saying she’d been waiting for my phone call (even though she never told me I had to phone her). I pointed out I’d called a few times with no answer, and her reply was, “Ok, I’ll be there in a few minutes.” No apology or anything. She arrived at the villa to show us around; everything downstairs all looked clean and in order. However, when we got to the bedrooms we discovered..... ONLY ONE DOUBLE BED. I reminded her that we needed two double beds, her response to which was to just push two of the single beds together??! I asked if she could at least put a double sheet on the beds to try and disguise the crack somewhat. She seemed quite put out by this, but agreed to do it. I also reminded her that we asked for fans in the bedroom, she said she only had one fan and would bring it later. This was quite a concern, as the bedrooms were like saunas due to the heat-wave Crete was experiencing, but there wasn’t much we could do about it because it was a Sunday and the shops were closed. Suffice to say; none of us got hardly any sleep that night as the rooms were unbearably hot (even with a fan), and because we had to have to windows open there was the constant noise of dogs barking and cockerels crowing all night – it was a fairly miserable start to our holiday. We had also planned on doing a lot of cooking on the BBQ whilst there, but we discovered the villa didn’t even have a BBQ?! So, the following day was spent driving around trying to find somewhere to buy a fan and a BBQ, at our own expense (hopefully future guests will benefit from these items).
The main lesson I learned from our trip was that I will NEVER stay somewhere that doesn’t have air-conditioning during the summer months ever again. It is untrue that the villa is designed in a way to negate the need for AC – none of us slept well for the duration of our holiday, as the bedrooms were like saunas, despite keeping the shutters closed all day as instructed by Marianna. It’s a good job there was a swimming pool at the villa, as it was the only possible way to cool down, and it’s where we spent most of our time.

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Liked best: Swimming pool
Liked least: NO Air conditioning!!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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1flower1
Stuttgart, Germany
1 review
“We will come again as soon as possible - it was a wonderful holiday”
Reviewed July 23, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We stayed in the Villa for two weeks with our four children. The Villa is very beautiful and everything inside and outside is very tasteful. The photos tell the truth. Everything is new and beautiful and the pool is fantastic. By car you can drive to the beaches on the north and on the south coast easily. Rethymnon is very close, too. In Gonia there is a very small supermarket where you can buy the necessary things. The highlights of our vacation were our visits in the tavern from the owners, Maria and Nico. The tavern is in Gonia about 150 metres away from the Villa. Maria and Nico are sooooo friendly and hospitable and the food is sooooo good. First we wanted to cook for ourselves in the great kitchen of the villa but then we tried the tavern and could not resist to eat there anymore... Our whole Family wants to come back as soon as possible.

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Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Carla W
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Perfect villa, holiday and hosts!”
Reviewed May 28, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We stayed at Villa Gonia for 10 days this May and we had the most wonderful holiday. The villa was stunning and much bigger than the photos suggest. The décor throughout is immaculate and remained that way due to the cleaning service every 3 days.

We were welcomed by Marianna at the villa and she had left us some bits and pieces in the fridge which was so kind! Especially as the shop less than 2 mins walk away has all the basics and fresh fruit and veg. The bigger supermarkets were 5 mins drive away and there was a lovely deli and patisserie in Agripopoulis too (2 villages down).

We ate at Marianna and Nikos' tavern on the first night and Nikos' 'Mama' had made a Mousakka - the best we've ever eaten and accompanied by the mixture of starters and the house wine (made locally by Marianna and Nikos) the meal was perfect and such good value. We ate there 4 times during our stay as the stumble back to the villa was so convenient but also because the food was excellent and it was lovely to see and chat with Marianna, Nikos and their children!

We would recommend hiring a car and we went into Rethymno most days for a wander, spot of shopping or dinner - we went to 1600 or Raki Ba Raki which was a recommendation from Marianna and it was brilliant. Avli opposite is also a brilliant restaurant but a little more upmarket.

The villa itself had everything we could ask for - dishwasher, washing machine, a Nespresso machine, a DVD player, all manner of cooking equipment in the kitchen but it was also the little touches like having washing up liquid, coffee, olive oil, salt and pepper and all the basics in the cupboards when we arrived. It made such a difference. The beds, bedding and towels were all really good quality and comfortable and the villa is in a great location and very private.

Overall a perfect holiday - 10/10 and we have already booked to come back next year!

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Your age range 25-34
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annie563
LYTHAM
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“Fantastic villa & hosts”
Reviewed May 24, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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We were met on arrival at the villa Gonia by our host Marianna who gave us a tour of the villa & explained how everything worked. The villa is set in a small village & is truly superb, spotless & has everything you need plus the coco-mat beds are so comfortable & to die for.
Marianne & Nikos make sure everything is ok for you with the villa cleaned & bed linen & towels changed every 3 days . They are on hand to help if you need anything plus give advice on where to visit.
The village is well placed to visit many parts of the island by car or bus Chania & Knossus are 1 hr away, Rethymnon 10-15 minutes & the south within easy reach .

A definite must is a visit to Marianna & Nikos taverna around the corner . The food is superb traditional Cretan food with a very warm welcome from Marianna & family .

We loved our stay very much in these wonderful surroundings, beautiful villa & fantastic hosts. Thank you so much Marianna & Nikos for making us so welcome.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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