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“Excellent well-equipped villa with lots of charm”
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The pool, the garden, the house
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17 reviews
The pool, the garden, the house
The groundfloor sitting-room, the dinnining area , the open-plan kitchen
The double-bed bedroom of the groundfloor with the en-suite bathroom/WC
The en-suite bathroom/WC to the previous bedroom
The second groundfloor bedroom
Another bathromm/WC of the ground floor
The veranda of the upper level; the view is majestic!
From the veranda you enter an independent bedroom with an en-suite bathroom/WC
The bathroom attached to the independet bedroom of the upper level
The veranda with the view again
The spacious main room of the upper level and the mazannine
The sitting under the attic;a wonderful view;the two sofas can accomodate two persons for sleeping
The two beds on the mezannine can be brought together
The bathroom/WC accessible from the main room of the upper level
The sitting corner of the upper level main room and the entrance to kitchen and bathroom/WC
The pool
The inner courtyard, the stairway to the upper level and the veranda
The inner courtyard
It's getting dark...beautiful!
Our village,  Gonia; the Skalidis house at the heyday
The main square , the church, the coffee-shop in the  shade of the huge tree
The old town of Rethymno, 9 km from our village. A public bus runs appr. every hour
An ottoman mosque on the venezian fortress of Rethymnon
The Preveli palm-beach, 28 km
Aghios Pavlos beach 30 km
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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LidgateSt...
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Excellent well-equipped villa with lots of charm”
Reviewed 30 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We had a really lovely time at the villa. It is spacious, well-equipped and full of character. We had lots of fun in the pool, which is set in a beautiful garden, shaded by orange and pomegranate trees. The villa overlooks the village and the surrounding countryside, and is just a few minutes walk from the village square.
Konstantinos and Fotini were attentive hosts who welcomed us with some much-needed food, wine and raki on our arrival and cooked a delicious Cretan meal for us during our stay. They also gave us plenty of useful advice on places to visit.
Gonia is a pretty village with a friendly bar on the square, where we spent several evenings drinking the local wine. The food at the village Taverna was excellent, and there was also a pretty well-stocked shop in walking distance of the villa. There is also a fantastic butchers and bakers within a five minute drive, as well as several supermarkets within a 10 minute drive. Rethynmon was easy to get to, and the main town beach was really good, but the best beach was about 20 minutes the other way down the coast (Lappei beach). This beach had miles of sand, a fantastic bar/restaurant and great swimming conditions for the kids. Getting to the beaches on the other side of the island took about 45 minutes, and was worth it just for the drive which takes you through the most beautiful countryside.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Klaus V
Witten, Germany
1 review
“wonderful days in autumn”
Reviewed 18 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

After last year we spent again wonderful days in Gonia. The accommodation was very comfortable and cozy, the hosts as always very warmly. A right place for those who are looking for real cretan life. If you want good tipps for excursions ask Mr Skaldis. He is professionell Tour guide and knows the wonderful island very well. We felt very comfortable and at home again and wie plan to travel next year to Gonia.

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Your age range 50-64
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Vicky S
Woodford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just Beautiful...”
Reviewed 1 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

I can honestly say that I did not want to leave - I had a tear in my eye as Konstantinos and his wife Fotini waved us off. We had an amazing 12 days in this villa - two families - 4 adults and youngsters ranging from 18 to 11.
We were greeted (at close to midnight) on our arrival by our hosts who were thoughtful enough to provide us with a very much appreciated light meal (and local wine). The villa suited us perfectly, it has been beautifully modernised whilst retaining a lot of character. The pool and gardens are immaculately kept by our hosts and are lit up at night with gourds decorated with coloured glass - just magical!
There is a gas barbeque in the courtyard and a larger coal barbeque in the garden area - the kitchen is also well stocked with plenty of crockery.
Our hosts were often on hand to answer any questions or give advice about local beaches and culture and also provided us with tomatoes and cucumbers from their garden which were perfect in a Greek salad.
There is a local café (good Greek coffee) and taverna within walking distance and a village shop which was able to provide most things to get you through (and also supplied bread better than most of the local bakers!)
I cannot recommend this villa and it's hosts highly enough.

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Liked best: The house, the location & tranquility
Liked least: That our holiday was not longer!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

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Liked best: The combination of a lovely villa in a rural location - the real Crete.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Jakub K
Darłowo
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5 reviews
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“Beatifull villa”
Reviewed 7 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Wonderful villa. Very friendly and helpfull hosts. He gave us many ideas what
to see. Beatiful surroundings. Recommendable.

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Liked best: Pool and view.
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Your age range 35-49
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TonyMannT...
2 reviews
“Ideal holiday villa for a family”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The property has absolutely everything we needed as an extended family of 8 staying on Crete. All modern conveniences and yet the historical character of the building shows through and makes for a much more interesting visit. The pool area is surrounded by citrus trees bringing welcome shade. The village of Gonia is rural and quiet, just how we hoped it would be. It has a well stocked village shop and an excellent taverna, both within easy walking distance of the house. We enjoyed excellent beaches nearby on both the north and south coasts.

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Klaus V
1 review
“a real place to relax”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

The apartment is placed only 6 kilometers from the beach in the North, in a small village named Gonia. You can enjoy real greek life. The next bigger town Rethymnon, it
is about 8 kilometers away with a pretty old area. The apartment is renovated in greek style, beautiful and very comfortable. We felt very relaxed and enjoyed the view from the terrace over the beautiful landscape. Our host family was very open minded and gave us many tipps for our excursions. It is a very good place, where you can come to rest and forgot your daily routine.

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