We stayed here for a fortnight in September 2014, travelling with Pure Crete. This is a very small house, really suitable only for two people, the windows of whose main bedroom fronts onto a lane which carries a surprising amount of traffic. The house is overlooked by a two-storey farmhouse whose owners have many callers who arrive, depart and park below the same windows, frequently in the small hours of the night. The 'sitting area' is a corridor between the kitchen, the bedroom and the bathroom, whose only natural light comes from a tiny window. The cooker in the kitchen is on a raised plinth set into the old hearth making even boiling a egg challenging. The mattress in the main bedroom turned out to be disgustingly stained when we stripped the bed on departure. There is a weekly cleaner but she is not provided with any bags for either domestic or toilet waste and so reuses the client's old shopping bags. The outdoor furniture consists of four plastic chairs, two of which were cracked, a table, and two very tired sun-loungers. Though most of the windows have anti-mosquito netting the house is almost impossible to cool down because of the noise of folk coming and going - and a request for a broken fan to be replaced was met with 'do you really need two fans?'. The lane to the village of Aptera is the usual Greek scene of building rubble, broken fences and unfinished/derelict houses. Definitely not unspoilt Crete!
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