It's hard to know where to start with this stunning villa. Not only is the building in a fantastic location, it's absolutely gorgeous and the owners Elena and Nikos are kind, welcoming and very helpful.
We have just returned from a two week holiday at the villa, and we can honestly say it was the most beautiful accommodation we have ever stayed in - and we've been lucky enough to stay in some really lovely places. The villa itself is perfect for all types of families and groups. We visited with teenagers, who equally loved the villa. There's plenty of room to kick back and relax, and the speedy wifi was appreciated by Chay (17) and Daniella (19)!
As for my partner and I, the villa was ideal. We had everything we needed to keep everyone entertained, from the fab BBQ to the squeaky clean pool and more. The villa is lovingly restored and boasts stunning original features and exposed stone, it's also beautifully furnished, decorated and absolutely spotless!
As for our hosts, Elena and Nikos - the hospitality they showed really took us by surprise. They couldn't do enough for us; dropping in homemade treats such as cheese pies and honey (made from their own goats milk), fresh eggs from their chickens, and cinnamon cookies, made my Elena, not to mention their own olive oil, wine and raki. They also treat us to a meal at a local tavern on our arrival - making us feel very welcome and arming us with some insider tips on the best places to visit.
The location of the villa itself is well placed for exploring both the North and South of the stunning island of Crete. We would highly recommend hiring a car, so you can explore the island as much as possible (and there's plenty of parking space, with a very secure electronic gate system - despite the area being very safe). We explored a good chunk of the Island and thoroughly enjoyed Elfonisi (great for families with small kids), Balos (Chay and Daniella loved) and a raft of other stunning beaches around the island.
The villa is also just a five minute drive from Rethymnon, so eating out isn't a problem - and for those that enjoy a drink, taxi's are available to and from the town. In addition to this there are two good taverns in Prines village itself and a couple more in the villages adjacent (only a two minute drive away). The food is gorgeous and a snitch, in the villages we found we were paying on average around 50euros for a three course meal for four. In the city, it's about three times the price, and the quality isn't as good.
We would highly recommend this villa, and hope that we are lucky enough to return one day too. A huge thank you to Elena and Nikos once again. A holiday to remember!
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this is by far the most beautiful rental property we have ever had. This beautifully renovated traditional house is both confortable and very well located, 15 minutes away by car from the old port/center of rethymno, 45 minutes away from the amazing southern beaches of preveli or shinaria (the closest beach to the house is like 10-15 minutes away), and 1 hour 15 from the airport. every detail in the house was perfect and the hosts are amazing!!! definetly recommend staying here and looking forward to coming back! ps. our cat was welcome to come and she had a blast too!!!
Superb hosts, amazing location.
Very nice village - off the beaten track, about 5km from the coastline.
No noisy tourists at all