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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Chania, Magnesia Region, Thessaly

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chris F
Dusseldorf, Germany
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Real Cretan hospitality and a fabulous private villa.”
Reviewed 30 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We have just enjoyed a fabulous 2 week family holiday staying at Verekinthos Villas, we hired the whole place for ourselves (myself, my wife, a 4 yr old and a 3 month old) and we had a very memorable stay and would definitely return. I should start by saying that we booked because of the excellent trip advisor reviews and I can definitely say that the Villa does not disappoint at all. The positive reviews and the photos shown here mirror our own experiences completely.

This place has bags of authenticity and character and you will never get tired of what you see around you, whether it is the mountain views, the beautiful stone house lit up of an evening or the stars and moon rising over the clear sky at night. The pool was incredibly inviting and we spent many blissful hours there relaxing and playing with the kids.

We really wanted some quiet, quality family time, unwinding by the pool and firing up the BBQ in the evening. For this type of holiday Verekinthos was a perfect choice. The way the villa is split into two separate apartments and the size of it, actually makes it an ideal place for two small families holidaying together, or perhaps a bigger family with teenagers staying in the other apartment.

Nikos is a very warm, friendly and helpful host who knows how to deliver the perfect blend of generous hospitality and good advice, whilst also ensuring that we had all the privacy and space that we were hoping for. We couldn’t have asked for a better host, including his lovely wife and kids, whom we were delighted to spend an occasional fun evening with. I must also thank Nikos’ mother who prepared some delightful home cooked meals including traditional gemista and dolmades, an organic rooster casserole pot fresh from the farm, beautiful moist orange cake, sweet wine and more, just waiting for us in the kitchen when we came home from a day out. Nikos’ passion for the land, his produce, the local family history and the care he has put into restoring the house make you feel really special to be a guest and the experience was incredibly real and inclusive.

What makes this place special is the feeling of experiencing Crete and the people of Crete in an authentic way, away from all the hustle and bustle of the big tourist resorts. Not only do you get the tranquility of the mountain region but we also started to appreciate the smells and tastes through simple pleasures like mealtimes made up of basic, yet delicious local ingredients. We regularly made salads using just one or two of the the fruits and vegetables from Nikos’ garden perhaps with a little feta cheese, his self produced olive oil or basil from the garden. The climate seems to deliver fruit with flavour that puts the supermarkets back home to shame! In fact, fruit such as figs, which are largely ignored back home, had a rich caramel sweetness and were becoming a fine daily staple treat for us during our stay. We also enjoyed sweet organic tomatoes, peppers and chilli’s, naturally green lemons, olive oil and more, which were discreetly left at the front door as a pleasant surprise.

The location does require a car and a journey into the town involves a 15-20 min slow and careful drive to two supermarket options (one well stocked Lidl with plenty of fresh meat veg and dairy, which all the locals seemed to love and a more upmarket supermarket with familiar brands and a decent butchers counter opposite, which was a little more pricey but very good products and usually empty). A journey into the old town and the ‘city’ beaches will take half an hour but once there, there are no issues with parking and there is lots to see and do. We had a nice day combining lunch in the old town harbour and a short hop to Chrissi Akti public beach, which has good facilities (showers, a small bar/restaurant, beach shop etc), perfect golden sand and warm clear shallow sea and we were able to park the car for free, a few yards from our loungers.

We also liked the villa for its proximity to Crete’s most famous beaches and we managed various day trips by car including Falassarna and Elafonissi beaches, which were both well worth the effort of the 45 min and 1.5 hour drive respectively. We could have gone to Balos beach in 50 mins but it wasn’t right for us with a newborn baby, as it is only accessible by boat. There are countless other beaches you could access from the Villa within a much shorter drive.

Being in the mountain area does mean a bit of forward planning regarding food and drink but the villa has a fridge freezer in each apartment so you can stock up for a few days at a time. What you get in return for that effort is a truly private and peaceful location with stunning views. After one or two attempts, I actually really enjoyed the drive along the winding roads, which included spectacular mountain views over the whole of Chania, picturesque olive groves, deep valleys and plenty of goats! There are also a couple of basic convenience store options within a km or two of the Villa, where you can grab basic fruit and vegetables, beer, wine, coffee, ice creams etc. Once there, you may get kidnapped into a Raki session with the locals but that’s all part of the fun! There is also a little cafe within 5 mins walking distance of the villa run by the girls who clean the villa, They are ever so sweet and can knock up a simple coffee, eggs, cereal or toast at their coffee shop/convenience store for next to nothing. If you want to eat out at a proper restaurant, this would also require a drive into town but Nikos recommended a great taverna higher in the mountains in the next village which offered authentic locally sourced Cretan home cooked food and an incredible mountain view, this was only 5-10 mins drive away. We had a meal with a good selection of appetisers, lamb, chicken and pasta main courses, some beers, complimentary deserts and a little bottle of Raki and it came in under 40 Euros! Note: this is home style cooking without frills, extremely generous portions, locally sourced ingredients and dishes with real flavour. The wonderful lady owner even insisted on pushing our crying son around in the pram so that we could relax and enjoy our food! Needless to say we tipped well!

Nikos and his team do a great job of maintaining the property during our stay with regular and well executed cleaning inside and outside, fresh sheets and towels, pool cleaning and more being carried out at convenient times. The fridge was even stocked with breakfast essentials etc on arrival. The Wifi quality was extremely important to us for business reasons and, lets face it, we were in the mountains of Crete, but it was good enough for us to stay connected with our business, surf and make calls etc. We had wifi signal poolside, which allowed us to stream music and You Tube most of the time. There was also 4G in most areas of the villa.

We stayed for two weeks in the first half of September 17 and the weather was a cloudless 30+ degrees every day bar one. You can’t argue with that!

Thanks for a great stay Nikos and we wish you all the success that you deserve in the future and we hope to return again!

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Melissa C
Austin, Texas
1 review
“Beautiful Villa - Amazing Hospitality”
Reviewed 13 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

My family (husband and 2 teenage kids) and I stayed in this beautiful villa in late June/early July 2017. We fell in love with the beautiful photos we saw online. Honestly, the place was 10x more lovely than what you see in the photos. The beauty of the home and the gorgeous views of surrounding mountains, combined with the owner "Nikos" hospitality, really created one of the best vacations my family has ever had. Nikos brought us home cooked meals, made by his mother, several times during our 2 week stay and he advised us on places to visit and even gave us personal contact numbers of people to call when making reservations like jet skiing. The villa is located on a hill so you should be ready to drive some winding roads up and down when going back-and-forth to the beaches and old town Chania. But the 15 minute drive up and down is worth it and the views are absolutely stunning. I highly recommend this villa. My family and I will certainly be back!

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Robertcan...
Oakham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous holiday gorgeous views, beautiful villa and true hospitality”
Reviewed 8 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Verekinthos villa is a great holiday base, whether you want a truly relaxing, peaceful escape or some where to explore Crete from. The villa is a great size we were 3 couples one with 2 young children and we had plenty of space. The pool is not huge, but it is a great size for dips as you laze by the pool. Nikos the owner is great he'll leave you to it, but if you need help with anything he is just a phonecall away. He gave us great recommendations of beaches to visit, boat trips and cretan restaurants. We would definitely recommend friends and family. We would really recommend the restaurants in the villages close by really authentic and extremely well priced. Overall a fantastic holiday made all the better by staying at Verekinthos.

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Liked best: The overall layout of the villa, views and pool.
Liked least: wifi was a bit intermittent but not a deal breaker
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VFM2014
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful setting, lovely people, very good value”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

This villa has been beautifully restored and is a perfect distance from Chania so that it is accessible but also far enough from the crowds. Drive up the winding Oleander lined road from Chania, through a cut in the mountaintop and there is a hidden valley brimming with vines, olive groves, and vegetables surrounding the small villages. Beyond are the dramatic White Mountains. From the villa you can do so many things, but above all it is a peaceful place to live life at a slow pace and sample the delights of the local produce in mountain village tavernas. The owner, Nikos, is knowledgeable, passionate about the country and hospitality, and very helpful.

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margdurls
Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent accommodation with stunning views”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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Our host Nikos was truly wonderful, so helpful, friendly, hospitable, generous and gave us an insight into cretan culture. The villa itself is a marvellous restoration of his grandfathers farmhouse and obviously a lot of love has gone into its decor and furnishing. The sparkling pool is well maintained and a delight to come home to at the end of a busy day sightseeing. We also experienced Nikos's mum's cooking which was really superb. There are so many areas where you can sit and relax depending on the time of day. The view is magnificent looking out onto the mountain. Chania is only a 20 minute drive away and gets better with each visit. The Venetian harbour and the little alley ways nearby are delightful and you can eat well even in the tourist restaurants because the ingredients everywhere are so fresh.
I will add that the villa is extremely private and a get away from it all experience. We hope to return in the future.

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Богдан К
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Secluded, authentic villa with stunning views of the mountains, where really want to stay longer...”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Despite the fact that the weather in the beginning of May was not much pleased we loved our holiday, because of the place where we lived.

Villa actually looks much better \ prettier than you can see in the pictures. Has all the amenities. The kitchen is equipped with everything necessary and even more.

Very comfortable rooms are separate from each other - this allows you to have a private space. In this case the territory there are several places where you can rest with a beautiful view of the mountains, there are a lot of flowers.

Secluded villa , we enjoyed the singing of birds , passing cars on the road rare, so nothing can stop you from relaxing with family or friends.
Special thanks to the owner of the villa, Nikos, for the warm hospitality.

There is really no negative reviews.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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LondonUK4
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Superb villa... relax in luxury in the Cretan mountains”
Reviewed 25 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Having read the other reviews and visited the owners website - we had high expectations of this villa - we were not disappointed... our expectations were exceeded in every respect.

The villa buildings themselves are beautifully presented and suited our group perfectly, offering just the right amount of opportunities for independent and 'communal' living. Other reviewers have given very comprehensive and accurate descriptions of the building / room layout and the grounds, patio, pool areas provided more than enough room to wander around and seek out shade to snooze on hot afternoons. You have a choice of 'al fresco' dining areas too - including a BBQ area!

The interiors are finished to a very high standard and are meticulously maintained / regularly cleaned, such that it is a pleasure to live there for the duration of your holiday.

Much has been said about the hospitality and welcome offered by the host and owner Nikos and his family - and none of these comments are exaggerated. From the very beginning, we found Nikos to be a genuinely warm and welcoming man, keen to share his experiences and love of the countryside with his guests - his Mum also is a great cook! The hospitality is warm, but not overbearing and always conscious of his guests' needs, Nikos will offer as little or as much advice and information as you want.

Would definitely recommend.

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