If you are looking for a place to stay in an authentic Cretan village then look no further. Elevated up in the mountains sits this stunning property which is finished to a very high standard with views you can only dream of, looking across rolling mountain olive groves and to the sea. If you want to experience how the local people live with a few traditional tavernas and a small village shop ( all within a walk away) from the tourists then this is for you. Rethymno Marina and the beach are about a 30 minute drive away, a car is a must for getting around and if you want to look around the island. George the owner makes you feel very welcome with gifts of home produced honey and olive oil. Nothing is too much trouble. We will be recommending the villa to other people as you cannot fault the property in the location if you are looking for this type of holiday.
Villa Eleftherna is really a wonderful place to stay, with a nice urban surrounding and with a huge garden (the Pizza oven works very well!) including a great swimmingpool. The owners are very friendly and helpful at any time. We had very relaxing holidays at this beautiful place and can recommend it to everybody.
We had a fantastic time at Villa Eleftherna. The vila itself is beautiful, fantastically equipped and spotlessly clean. The surrounding gardens are a delight and wonderfully maintained. The pool a sparkling blue oasis on a sunny day. We were blown away by welcome gifts of home-made olive oil, wine, honey and the most amazing fruit basket I've ever seen! The village is a pleasant 3 minute stroll away with easy access to the most welcoming tavernas and importantly - ice-cream!
We spent a couple of days in Rethymno (approx 25 minutes away), enjoying the old town, a fantastic frozen yoghurt shop (Yaourtaki) and jumping over ways in the sea. We visited Arkadi monastery (just down the road and very interesting); Limnopoulis water park (clean, fun and relaxing); Bali beach, and courtesy of the owners, Baja Beach Club which was delightful.
There are a number of attractive villas in the area, but surely what sets Villa Eleftherna apart is the care taken of you by George (the owner) and his family and team. Never intrusive, but totally approachable, generous, hospitable to an amazing degree, and totally taking care in ensuring that visitors to Villa Eleftherna have an amazing holiday. Highly recommended!
The villa is exactly as advertised, though the pictures don't do the place justice - it's even more gorgeous in person. Family friendly in all the right ways (we have two young kids, this was hugely helpful to our stay to have, for example, gates around the pool, etc). But the absolute best part was the customer service. Kostas and his entire family were so wonderful, they truly made us feel so welcome. High, high recommend for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing place to unwind. We'll be back for sure.
This was our third vacation in this Villa.
We still love the Villa, the village and the Vasilakis family.
Their kindness and helpfulness is still much more then
expected, and the quality of the Villa is superb.
We recommend it to everyone!
One thing is for sure, we'll be back