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This villa is a big house with enough space for four adults and four kids, in our case. On the groundfloor are two bedrooms with double bed and one bathroom, used by us four adults. Furthermore the ground floor hosts a large living and dining area and an open kitchen. The four kids lived inside the attic, where three beds and a portable bed were available, as well as a separate bathroom and some space to play. There is another bedroom and bathroom in the basement, which we did not really use. Everything was clean and well appointed.
Outside is a large terrace, which nearly spans around the whole house, so you have a chance to always find a shady place. In the morning there is shadow on the largest part of the terrace, where a large table is available for breakfast. The house is surrounded by a garden, which we did not really use because of the hot sun. In front of the house is enough space to park two or more cars.
Dionysis, the owner of the house, is very friendly and helpful. He tries to help immediately in case of any question you have and can give recommendations about good beaches, restaurants, car rentals and maybe everything else. Quite often he comes to the property in order to check if everything is okay.
The house is situated in the south of the island, fortunately not too close to the touristic centers like Laganas. There are nice beaches in the south, where you have the chance to see turtles in the water. The beaches are not in walking distance, so a car is recommended. By car, it is less than 5 minutes to Kalamaki beach and about 5 minutes to the supermarkets. Driving to the most northern point of the island takes about one hour. (You should visit Potamitis Brothers there for great boat trips)
As everybody can see on the map, the house is very close to the airport. In the main season, from around 6 am to 10 pm, planes are starting and landing several times per hour. You get quite used to it, but for example sleeping with open windows is not possible. Luckily all rooms have air condition or ceiling fans.
Overall, five stars for a big house with a friendly owner on a nice island, but one star less for the airport.
My family and I have travelled the whole world and have never been met with such great hospitality and such a great accommodation. Janis greeted us at the airport and drove our family to the house where he had stocked us with some gluten free snacks for my celiac children.
The property is incredible, clean and well taken care of. A maid comes by every day to tidy up, and the hosts live just behind the yard and are easy to get a hold of if need be. There were originally 9 of us and they accommodated us with an extra bed in the hallway.
We were only a 10 minute walk to Laganas beach, but we recommend driving around the island to find some nicer beaches. Janis was very helpful in recommending beaches to see.
On top of all of this, when one member of our party broke his arm, Janis came with us to the doctors to translate for us. Him and his wife Nana made great company on some evenings by the pool, and even brought us some gifts of food and wine.
Would definitely recommend this place!