This villa is in an absolutely beautiful setting: the sun terrace overlooks Gavalochori, with the sea in the distance. Inside, the villa is immaculate and comfortable.
Outside, the pool is well-maintained, private and very peaceful. Not only that, but there's a fantastic barbecue for you to use as well close by.
The villa is within driving distance to Almyrida and Kalyves, which is handy for beach visits and a trip to the supermarket.
Carl is a wonderful host, who couldn't have been more helpful if he tried. He was around for a chat/helping hand if necessary, but other than that, we barely noticed the fact that the apartment is on top of his.
When we go back, I will certainly be booking the villa!
Location was really nice with a lovely terrace to enjoy a glass of wine. Do rent a small four wheel drive hire car as the unmade road leading to apartment is very rough. You will need to be extremely agile to get down to the pool as the 'rustic steps' leading to it are rather treacherous. Be aware that there is no sink, so any washing up must be done in the shower room basin and unfortunately the utility room down by the barbecue, which contains a sink unit was not in a condition for washing up anything and again you will need to get down the steps. Having said that, after the initial shock, it was a very peaceful holiday. The restaurants in the village are all very good.
We loved our time at the Studio and Carl was a great Host. Carl was helpful and informative before our arrival and ensured we had detailed durations to find the villa when we arrived in Crete. To get to the villa from the village, is a narrow road, the final bit is off road but we did not have any problems. On arrival, Carl gave us a warm welcome and we were blown away by the views. The studio was great for what we needed and the terrace was very private with the most beautiful views of the mountains and sea. The pool was lovely and we enjoyed being able to use the BBQ area. Carl gave us lots of welcomed advice and tips for the local area and was kind and generous to us throughout our stay. We highly recommend booking the studio if you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful place to stay in a rural location with easy access to the beaches by car. We hope to be able to return and big thank you Carl.
The apartment at a Villa Sonia is self contained and has its own access. It was completely perfect for our holiday. A small sitting room, with TV/DVD and stereo system (if you needed them), and a good sized bedroom with plenty of storage/wardrobe space. Nice bathroom with shower, and solar heated water. The outside boasts a large terrace/balcony to the rear with stunning views west to the White Mountains, and east to Souda Bay. There is a small terrace at the front as well, where we regularly had breakfast and coffee as it is more sheltered. The small village is directly below the villa, a few hundred yards down the hill. Gavalochori is a delightful little village with a surprising number of very friendly tavernas. We were made welcome everywhere we went, and even joined the locals when they met up for their mid-morning coffee break. Our host, Carl could not do enough for us. He sent us very comprehensive directions from the airport, with photos of landmarks, which can be printed off, and which were invaluable to us to find the villa on the day of arrival. Not a problem though, with the excellent directions provided. Carl also made himself available to point us in the direction of local sights worth visiting, and we would never have found them without his help. As a base the apartment could not be better placed. Although a GPS/Sat Nav is essential, in my view, getting about the Island on the narrow country roads is quite straightforward, and generally traffic is very light everywhere. We were able to visit many of the tourist attractions across the whole of the north of the island without any trouble at all, including the ancient Palace remains at Knossos, the Venetian Harbours at both Chania and Rethymno, and the lovely inland villages, like Georgiopolou, which are so beautiful. If/when we return to Crete we will have no hesitation in looking to return to this apartment. We loved it.