We spent a wonderful week in May in Archon Villa. This is really a fantastic house in a fantastic location. The house is just outside a very small village, Prodromi (with 7 inhabitants of which we have seen maybe 3). It is located on a hilltop overlooking a wild and green valley. You are surrounded by olive groves, nature, lots of sheep. In the night it very quiet and you hear only some owls down in the valley.
We loved the quietness and spent a lot of time on the large terrace, and in the garden behind the house, enjoying the view and solitude. We stayed on the top floor of the house, which has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. If you are with a larger - or more than one - family there is also an extra appartement downstairs, connected with stairs inside the house.
The house itself is magnificent. Very comfortable, luxurious, clean. Everything you could possible need is there. Good beds, bathrooms, washing machine, tv, satellite internet, great kitchen, airco, etc. The outside areas are great too, a large terrace on the front, and a garden with seating in the shade on the back. The garden has lots of flowers and is well tended, really nice. There is a small jacuzzi in the front garden, great for cooling off when it is warm (the water is not heated, so it was a bit cold in May).
As the house is built by and also used by Manya's own family, it feels like a real 'house', with character and real comfort, not just a holiday rental.
We felt priviliged to stay here, and after an afternoon in busy and touristic Paleochora, we were looking forward for the comfort and solitude of our 'secret hideawy' in the mountains, seen from far below or above when you arrive.
The area is great, you can do fantastic walks in the hills directly behind the house, even walk down all the way to the coast (only for experienced hikers). Paleochora is 20 min. by car on a swinding road down to the coast. On the other side of the mountain the house is on, you can drive down to Sougia, another great and peaceful place by the sea, with a good beach. We spent time on the great beaches on both sides of Paleochora and drove to Elafonisi one day. There is one taverna nearby in Anidri and lots of great places to eat in Paleochora.
Last but not least: the owner, Manya is really nice, caring and welcoming, and genuinly concerned for the wellbeing of her guests. She brought us fresh fruit from her garden, baked us some pies, and had filled the refrigerator so we had something to eat on arrival.
Be sure to ask for the olive oil coming from her own olive trees. We bought 3 liters to take home and it is delicious.
We really recommend this house, and have warm memories. Hopefully we will return another time!