I have booked many holiday houses in the past and have had access to a nice house and perhaps a welcome pack, but little more than that. The Villa Elli was different. The house is owned by Mrs Stella and her family live in the house next door. We were welcomed on arrival and had a beautiful vegetarian (our preference) meal made for us in the middle of the week that lasted us for three evening meals. We arrived late at night and were able to request that some food was left in the kitchen for us to eat at breakfast the next day. The family were discrete but were there if we needed anything. The other unique thing about this holiday was the support provided by etouri. The company provided information in the run up to the holiday about family-friendly activities that I specified we would be interested in. They were in contact during the holiday and booked a boat trip to Preveli for us and also arranged access to fantastic beach club.
The holiday provided accommodation in a traditional Cretan home with the support of a welcoming family and the knowledge and efficiency of etouri which made the whole experience very easy.
I travelled with my husband, three children (9, 7 and 2) and my mother. The villa had lots of toys and inflatables for the pool to keep everyone entertained. The kitchen was well appointed with plenty of utensils. The bathroom didn’t have an easy to access shower which was a bit of a challenge for my mum (who has had double knee replacement) but otherwise the villa was fantastic and I highly recommend it.
We spent two weeks at Villa Elli and recommend it highly. Elli herself lives next door and brought us over several dishes from her garden that we're all excellent! The villa itself is beautiful, with a well-maintained garden & pool, just outside of Prines, a lovely small village with several nice tavernas and a well stocked corner shop (Prines is about 10 mins walk). The rental company, Etouri, were very helpful throughout and booked us all of our cabs, restaurants + booked us a babysitter (who was also lovely) at good value so we could go out and enjoy Rethynmon.
Helpful tips for future visitors: There are a lot of mosquitoes in the evenings, bring some spray! There are lots of toys on site for young children, make sure you eat at Giannikos Taverna - it's excellent!
This is a lovely old house just outside the village of Prines. Its most striking feature is the wealth of plants and flowers around the house and pool. Inside it is spacious and cool with air conditioning in every room. The villa is extremely well equipped with everything you could need for a great holiday. Elli lives discreetly next door and is generous with produce from her garden. A warm welcome is guaranteed. A first class service is provided by Kostas and his etouri colleagues.
Near Rethimno that is a beautifull city is Pirines village that is full of properties for rent. Villa Elli si a small traditional old house with a magnificient garden and very nice owners. Pretty close to main amnities like backery, supermarket and 2 nice tavernas in the village!
We enjoy our stay here.
Thank you, Carmen
Just what we wanted, a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a traditional village without being too far from the town. Lovely villa surrounded by a beautiful garden on the outskirts of the village with beautiful views of the sea and mountains.. We had some beautiful evening walks around the area. Lovely swimming pool and seating area we spent lots of evenings with Elli and her lovely family.
Excellent holiday accommodation, very well presented, spacious, clean, airy and light.
Well kitted out kitchen.
Met with a welcome cake, eggs and home made jam.
At our visit there was no air con, so night time a little uncomfortable.
The gardens where very pretty, ideal place with both sunshine and shade.
The pool was an asset to the property excellent place to cool down and unwind.
The owners lives discreetly next door and even cooked us two meals from products grown in her own garden. Excellent touch on leaving we were given rolls and presents, we were really touched by that.
We will be returning to this villa as soon as we can