Just like last year we stayed a week a Villa Iris with our family of four with kids aged 9 en 11. Large clean house in good condition. Fantastic view from the hill. The large garden around the house with multiple terraces, grass pitches and a pool is great cause there is always sun or shade somewhere and it allows everybody to do their favorite thing without bumping into each other. Wonderful reception by our host Dora. Nice quiet countryside atmosphere and only a couple minutes drive from good restaurants, shops and beach. What more can you wish for?
Really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful villa! Especially the space around the house. With the large garden and multiple terraces around the house there is always a place with sun/shade/breeze as you please.
We've just returned from a wonderful week in Villa Iris, and can honestly say that it is nicest of the many villas we have hired over many years and in many countries. It was spotless, spacious and thoughtfully equipped, with quiet and efficient aircon in all bedrooms and the large lounge. Outside there is a lovely pool, and a large built-in barbecue with stone table and benches under a shady cover. The view down to the sea is breathtaking. Dora, the owner, did her best to make our stay comfortable, and provided a few things for our first breakfast, as we arrived very late at night. We didn't visit as many places in Crete as we had planned, simply because it was so nice and relaxing at the villa. All in all a lovely place to stay!
There is a lot to love about this house, starting with the fact that it is decorated like a home and not a rental. That is because it had been a second home for this family until we arrived as their very first renters. There are a lot of personal decorative touches and a full library of books, mostly in Greek.
Every room has a window and balcony and its own AC unit. If you want to close the excellent and practically sound proof windows, each person can control their own environment. There were four of us and we liked the fact that the property has a lot of space for each person to find a quiet corner to read or just relax. My personal favorite, sitting on the front terrace and staring at the open expanse and into the sea. Unbeatable view.
The house is perched up on the side of a mountain and while you are driving there it seems that you are getting away from everything but once you step out on the front terrace and look at the view you realize how magical this location is. In fact, from the house to the coast it takes less than 10 minutes by car and in 15 you are in the town of Rethymno. So for us, this house gave us access to the main highway and seclusion at the same time.
The house has a shallow pool, great for children and to cool off on days away from the beach. There is also a beautiful garden and built-in BBQ grill. It is well equipped throughout, includes wifi and a washing machine. A dish washer would be a good addition some day, but for us it worked out regardless.
Finally, Dora was very helpful, ready to provide anything that was needed and supplied the house with the local specialties, olive oil and raki.
We had a fantastic time there and would easily return some day in the future.
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