A self catering summer rental with lovely views, large terraces and garden.
Mr Lindsay Russell
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Lovely villa and pool in a great location for a fun but relaxing holiday
We stayed in the villa with our 5 and (nearly) 7 year old daughters in the middle of June and had an amazing holiday! The villa was everything we had hoped for and we were lucky enough to have the pool to ourselves all week as the other villas weren’t occupied. The outside area is lovely and private and the pool is a great size. We could touch the bottom in every part of it and the kids shallow bit on one side was perfect for our girls to be able to play in when they weren’t swimming with us in the big part. We enjoyed using the BBQ and sitting out for meals. The villa itself was well equipped and the air con in the rooms was lovely as it was very hot while we were there. The views of the mountains from the poolside and the front of the villa were breathtaking - they almost don’t look real!
We ate out in Georgioupoli (which was about a 5 minute drive) there are lots of lovely restaurants to choose from here, we’d highly recommend Vasilikos, Mythos and Efthimis (excellent pizza in a wood fired pizza oven.) We also visited Rethymno (about 25 minute drive). The old town was lovely to wander around - we loved the narrow streets and all the little shops.
We drove to Episkopi beach a couple of times (about 10 minutes away) which was a gorgeous sandy beach with 3 restaurants, all of which have swings, slides and little ride-on vehicles for the kids to play with. Our favourite was Chrysos Asterias (the middle one). They were very welcoming here and the kids loved playing whilst we finished our drinks and sat enjoying the views of the sea.
One final thing to mention was Kournas Lake - wow! We would come back just to go here, it was absolutely stunning! The lake was crystal clear. We hired a pedalo for an hour for 12 euros. We swam in the lake and let the fish nibble at our feet (much better than paying to put them in a tank!) we were told there were turtles too but unfortunately didn’t manage to see any - a good reason to go back I think!
All in all, we absolutely loved staying here and would highly recommend it for a relaxing but fun holiday. The villa is in a great location - there is so much to do, we barely scratched the surface and will definitely be back one day!
Thank you for your lovely comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday at our house. We agree with you regarding the restaurants you mention and also Chrysos Asterias taverna. Andreas and his family are extremely welcoming. We hope you are able to come back to Crete and stay with us again, in the near future
A really nice small villa in a quiet location. It has very good facilities, clean and well maintained. Well placed for local sightseeing and visiting the nearby beaches, or enjoying the sun in the garden or around the pool.
Would recommend for couples or friends wanting to explore Western Crete.
This was a second visit to this area but the first time we have stayed in this Villa, we would recommend it to anyone that likes to get away from the husstle and bustle, the villa is well equipped and geared for outdoor eating with a lovely webber barbecue. The rooms are spacious and the balcony upstairs is super and we enjoyed having a late night drink and watching the sunset. The pool is a very good size and you can always have the use of the other pools which are all highly maintained.
A washing machine would have been ideal and some outdoor plastic plates for the kids would have been good in case of any accidents. The owner was very good with his communication and got back to us straight away. We also ate at Valentinos restaurant which was always busy and great food and service.
K Hackett Eastbourne
We have looked at the possibility of installing a washing machine, but the location of it would be a problem. The only real place would be in the kitchen/living area, and we don't feel that this would be quite right. There is a very friendly and accommodating laundry in Georgopoulis who offer a very quick and efficient service at a very reasonabl price.
The idea of plastic plates for use outside is a very good idea and we will be equipping the villa with these for the coming season.
Villa Equus - Highly recommended
We stayed in Villa Equus for a week in August this year. Everything about the property was as expected. It was clean, well maintained and although we didn't need to use it help was at hand for any problems that may has arisen. The kitchen was adequately stocked for home cooking which was a dream on the webber bbq. The outdoor furniture was very comfortable, especially on the upstairs terrace where is was so easy to go and get a nice 40 winks!
What stands this villa out from the rest i think is the lovely garden. Not only is it very pleasant to look at, it provides privacy. Having said that whilst we were there only one of the 5 other properties in this block was occupied so it wasn't an issue anyway. The pool is fantastic and maintained to an exceptionally high standard. I couldn't get my kids out of it and such a bonus that you can sit in the garden or on the patio and be able to see what they're up to. The upstairs bedroom provided fantastic sunset views over the mountains every day - a very important factor for my husband who loves to have a view wherever we go.
The local area provides many opportunities for eating, shopping, sightseeing, etc and the local beach which stretches for miles and miles is brilliant. I can't imagine this beach every feeling crowded and parking is very easy. One of the beachside taverna's (which is recommended in the property information file) caters well for children in that it has a grassed play area with a trampoline, a mini swimming pool, swings etc which are all free of charge.
Local Kournas lake is well worth a visit as is Kournas village, especially the ceramics shop for your souvenirs and eating at the roadside Kali Kardia Taverna. I had the best meal of my holiday here and having the smoked pork as recommended in the Lonely Planet book didn't dissapoint! I would also recommend visits to Chania, Rethymnon and the local village of Argroupoli (upper and lower villages) with it's freshwater springs. Our other favourite place to eat was Valentino's in Georgioupolis. They were always busy, great food every time and they catered well for children.
I would consider having a car essential for a stay at Villa Equus.
The only way this property could have been better in my opinion is if it had a washing machine. Having said that though the other benefits outway this and when i stay again (and i will!) and will use the launderette in Georgioupolis.
This was my first visit to Crete and i loved it!
Location superbe. très propre te très bien située. Il manque une machine à laver le linge. C'est le seul point négatif.
Thank you for your review and for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday at Villa Equus. We understand your comment about the washing machine, it is just finding a nice place to put it in the house. There is a laundry service in Georgopouli, that can provide a good service wash.
In dem Ferienhaus haben wir (2 Erwachsene, 2 Kinder) einen sehr schönen Urlaub verbracht. Das Haus ist sehr gut ausgestattet. Die Terrasse im Erdgeschoss, sowie die Dachterrasse im Obergeschoss sind überdacht und somit auch an heißen Tagen sehr gut nutzbar. Genügend Liegen sind vorhanden.
Weiterhin gibt es im Garten einen Rasen mit einen Weber-Grill welchen wir öfters genutzt haben.
Das Haus teilt sich einen Pool mit 5 weiteren Häusern. Den Pool konnten wir in unserem Reisezeitraum alleine nutzen.
Wir hatten einen Mietwagen, so dass wir in wenigen Minuten am Strand und im Dorf (ca. 2,5 km) waren. Es ist auch möglich zu Fuß zum Strand (Gyrogiali Beach) zu gelangen, ca. 10-15 Min. Fußweg. Der wunderschöne Strand (Gyrogiali Beach) ist zwischen Georgioupolis und Kavros. Dort gibt es eine wunderbare Taverne mit sehr netten Besitzern und gutem Essen. Es sind zu jeder Tageszeit ausreichend kostenfreie Liegen und Sonnenschirme vorhanden.
Im Dorf Kavros gibt es 2 gut bestückte Supermärkte.
Da die Ferienanlage direkt zwischen Chania und Rethymnon liegt, kann man schöne Ausflüge unternehmen.
Wir haben bereits wieder für das nächste Jahr gebucht.
Thank you so much for your comments. I'm glad you had a lovely time in Crete and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
Villa Equus is situated in a lovely quiet area just 3 minutes from the beach. The White Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop and just 4kms away is Lake Kournas.The area is non-commercial and ideal for a relaxed romantic holiday. The beautiful fishing village of Georgopoulis is just 4km away where you can find numerous tavernas, bars and shops. This has a bustling atmosphere at night. On the beach are many tavernas and beach bars, serving a variety of food from simple (but lovely) local cuisine to meals that will appeal to everyone. Nearby is the Venetian town of Rethymnon with its ancient fortress. The old part of Rethymnon is simply beautiful, with its lovely harbour and market type atmosphere. In the summer, concerts, ballet, theatrical performances and traditional song and dance are performed at the Venetian fortress. Good shopping is also available. In Chania province, there is the stunning Samaria Gorge with its wonderful views and walks.