We had a great stay. Lovely location and very helpful and friendly hosts. Eight days was not long enough. The weather was just right not too hot. We hope to be back.
Stella and family were so welcoming and generous. We ate the best moussaka on our first evening and enjoyed the produce they provided. The villa was perfectly private and surrounded by olive trees. The pool, cleaned every day by brother George, was such a joy for the children and adults alike. The various spaces in the villa provided what we needed as a group with three children and three adults. The villa was clean and well equipt for cooking. The family also cleaned the villa midweeek - changing towels and making it spotless again. The local tavernas were fantastic as was the entire island. We loved having a BBQ at the villa and chilling out there and also having a few days out exploring places near and far. Crete is a fantastic and stunning island. Stella's family villa was a perfect base. We all agreed that it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays. Thank you also to Stella and her family for helping us sort out a bag which we accidentally left at the villa on our last day. We were so grateful for your help. We would definitely recommend and hope to come back in the future.
Many thanks xx
Sam, Natasha, Veronica, Mia, Araba and Kweku
This was no ordinary villa holiday.
If you are looking for a superb setting, luxury, well equipped accommodation, a generous sized pool in well kept gardens with the village of Prines and its tavernas and shop close at hand - then this is the place for you.
We stayed here for three weeks in June 2017 and can fully endorse all the positive reviews from previous guests.
If I was only speaking of the villa it would get full marks but what makes it a very, very special place is the hospitality of the owners - the Sofoulakis family.
From the family picking us up from the village square (when we arrived early), to the fond goodbyes and gifts when we left, we were overwhelmed by their kindness and thoughtfulness.
On arrival we were given food freshly cooked by Roula (mum) and there were other provisions in the fridge and Raki on the table for us.
During our stay there were other gifts of home cooked food, cakes, ice creams and sweets. We even picked strawberries for breakfast every day from the garden.
Nothing was too much trouble as when we had a couple of minor problems they were sorted out by Dimitris (dad) and George (son) straight away.
If you only visit one taverna in the village go to Giannikos - for an evening of great local food, served up by the wonderfully warm and entertaining Yiannis.
Although you can walk to the village a car is necessary to take full advantage of the surrounding region and its many and varied attractions.
This was a holiday that we will never forget and will cherish the memory of a wonderful Cretan family.
Thank you Stella.
Villa Artemis is beautifully situated on a hill just outside Prines, which is close to Rethymno. From the villa you have a great view. First on the garden and the pool and then on the green surroundings to the sea and to the mountaintops. You hear the birds and the sheep. The villa is great; very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The owners, the Sofoulaki family, are a very warm, generous and friendly family. They make you feel at home from the very first moment. We had a great week in Crete with great weather (not to hot, but a nice temperature). We can recommend visiting Preveli Beach in the South. We took the boat from Plakias. The downside of taking the boat is waiting for it to return to Plakias. Also the Mili Gorge and Lake Kournas are worth a visit. We liked visiting the old town of Rethymo. We strongly preferred this over the part at the Venetian harbour, which is more commercial. We had a great dinner in the taverna Giannikos in Prines. The kids loved the pool (although it was still a little bit cold for the pool at this of year) and the gym underneath the villa. We want to thank Stella, Rula, Dimitris, George and Mary for their care.
We have just come back from 3 weeks at the villa and as its our 4 th holiday there we now feel like it's home from home. The facilities are first class, the views are spectacular and the location is a perfect fit for those in the family who want space,peace and quiet, and those who enjoy the restaurants and nightlife in nearby Rethymnon.
However the real difference in booking this villa from many others we have been to is the detail and care the owners and their whole family put into making you feel welcome and that you have everything you could need. On our last holiday they even invited us to a wedding - a real Mama Mia moment !
A really wonderful place to stay!
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