We have been looked after for every aspect of the stay by Ioannis family.
We rent a car for all 6 of us and it performs perfectly.
Wonderful beaches are reachable by car, we spent every day in a different beach all over our 15 days of stay.
When we were back in the evening we felt as at our home by the beginning: we got always meals sitting in the cottage's garden in front of an amazing mountain landscape, hearing real Greek village sounds as background.
Every device in the house is the last model, very modern and well performing. Wi-Fi connection is perfect. Mum of Ioannis and his brother is the stone of the family, she guarantee a perfect cleaning standard, we loved her meals prepared with Greek recipe.
We enjoyed thoroughly these 2 weeks bringing home a fruitful sense of peace.
Thanks all of you.
The welcome and attention was fantastic with guidance from the airport to the arrival to meet the family . A wonderfully spacious house in a traditional village. The week was wonderful with the swimming pool in a delightful well kept garden. Thank you for your great generosity and gifts.
We have just arrived home after a week at Yiannis Cottage. This villa is absolute perfection in a rural location away from the hustle and bustle of the regular tourist areas it is so perfectly tucked away you would be forgiven for missing it. The rooms are large and inviting, the beds are comfortable, it really is a home from home. Yiannis Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with all the latest mod cons. There is even a storage room which had box after box of good quality toys for the children to play with. My husband and I were there with 2 very young children (2 and 1) and nothing was too much hassle. Sifis arranged a car hire for the week and collected us from the airport, on arrival at the villa we met Sifis mother who had provided us with an evening meal, freshly baked cake and enough food in the fridge to see us through our first day. We had a midweek visit to clean the villa and the pool and maintain the garden where we received another delicious home cooked meal. Towards the end of the week, a drop in with a farewell gift. All in all we had a wonderful week, Sifis, Yiannis and family were extremely welcoming and helpful, catering to our every need. The villa is exactly as you see it in the pictures, immaculately kept and it really is the little details that make it exceptional value for money. A car is a must for this villa but there are lots of tourist attractions within a 30 minute drive. Highly recommend the venetian harbour. I wouldn't hesitate to (and already have) recommended Yiannis Cottage to friends and family.
What an amazing holiday we had. The cottage is more like a villa and had everything we needed and more. The photos do not do it justice and is even more beautiful than expected. Its located in a lovely little rural village surrounded by olive and orange trees. From the moment we arrived we felt totally at home and the children were swimming in the pool within minutes. It was a wonderful bonus to have some local delicacies waiting for us to eat after a long flight. Our hosts were amazing and went over and above what was expected.
The location of the cottage is great and not far from the nearest little beach in Kalives, though we did venture further afield to even more beautiful beaches. The local taverner in the village does wonderful local food and the little corner shop supplied all the basic essential. We had a superb holiday and cannot wait to return
The house was everything that we wanted and could have fitted in three young children rather than the one older child that I had. The owners gave us traditional Greek food on our arrival which was great after a long plane journey and again after cleaning the house during the middle of our stay. Very friendly family who met us at the airport which was also good as we had a late flight and it was dark and raining. Thankfully after that evening the weather turned to summer sunshine for the rest of our stay. We even used the pool although it was a bit cold in early April but with the lovely countryside immediately outside the front door with views and walks into the lefka ori mountain range behind there was plenty to do. All in all we had a great time here and I would be glad to return here if in Crete again.
Our last night at Iaonnis Cottage after 2 wonderful weeks and we are very sad to be leaving. The house surpassed all our expectations - and they were already high from the pictures on the website!
From the moment we were met at the airport by Sifis we knew we were in good hands. On arrival at the house we met his Mother, given a tour and delicious slow roasted chicken and potatoes for our lunch! WOW! And Raki. And cake. That's quite a welcome.
First impressions? Lovely. Isolated, surrounded by nature and little else. The views on 3 sides from the upstairs double bedroom are to die for: especially across to Paidochori and the picture-perfect church nestled in the hillside.
The house is very well furnished. Comfortable beds, crisp clean linens and luxurious towels. Kitchen is very well equipped too, with a great hob and oven, coffee maker and a huge fridge-freezer - far more than you get in most places.
Screens on all doors and windows keep the bugs on the outside where they belong and allow you to sleep comfortably at night...with just the occasional hooting of an owl, chirruping cricket or clanking of a goat's bell to soothe you to sleep. Nonetheless, bring insect repellent plug ins and deet - this is the countryside.
The pool is actually bigger than the pictures suggest: more than the 'plunge pool' we've had in many places before. It was invaluable on the hotter days (of which there were many!).
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Our last night at Iaonnis Cottage after two wonderful weeks ans we are very sad to be going home.
From the moment we were met at the airport by Sifis, we knew we were in good hands. On arrival at the house we were met by his Mother and shown around - and given delicious slow roasted chicken and potatoes for our lunch. WHAT A WELCOME!
We are travelling and renting houses for more that 15 years and we can say for 100% it is the best choice we have ever made !!! Everything is as described , the hosts are fantastic and all the time you can count on their help & suggestions & whatever you want to try they can arrange it for you...ohh and great local foods they offer really can't be described !!! Our kids just loved the place from the first minute and they enjoyed that green gardern and the pool with the secure door. The house has anything a family could ask for and the quility of everything really surprises you. Clean, Traditional Cretan sense, safe, exceptional services !
We certainly explored many places of the island, west side mostly, and it was like a dream. Thank you Yiannis & Sifis Families !
Anyone should live that Experience ...
Helen N H.