We've just returned from a fabulous two-week stay at the lovely Rithymna Mansion and it was every bit as lovely as the photos suggest. The villa is very spacious and cool with lots of extra touches that make it a little more special than many other villas. For example, if you like to read, you will love the huge range of books (in English) that adorn the shelves, there's even a study! Every room has a view and access to a balcony or veranda. The villa occupies a prime position between two sets of mountains with the sea to the front of the property. Both sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from the many vantage points outside. As others have already commented on, Maria is a marvel. She keeps the villa pristine without ever being intrusive. We have enjoyed many villa holidays over the years but this is definitely the cleanest and most well serviced - thank you again Maria! The pool is beautiful and very large, big enough to properly swim in. It easily accommodated the eight adults and one infant who made up our party and of course you can enjoy the view while you swim. Prines is a tiny village and only a short walk from the villa. We enjoyed many tasty meals and great hospitality at Veranta which serves traditional Cretan food and wine. It's always nice to meet the owner of a villa and we've met some lovely ones in the past but Giorgos is in a league of his own. We arrived very late to the property (after a trip to A & E and a delayed flight) but Giorgos was there to greet us with a smile and a delicious hot meal which was unbelievably welcome and unexpected! The fridge was stacked with an abundance of wonderful fresh fruit that we enjoyed for at least a week. We required assistance during our trip (unconnected to the villa) and Giorgos went above and beyond what would usually be expected, giving us his time without question. We will never be able to thank him enough. We don't give out 5-star reviews easily and so you can be sure that this villa deserves every single one. Just turn up and relax!
Fabulous villa with breathtaking views, in walking distance of several bars and restaurants in a pretty traditional village.
The villa itself is spotlessly clean and well equipped - you could not want for anything including a welcome pack to die for !
We booked to visit again before we even left the country - highly recommended.
We stayed in the Rithymna Mansion villa for twelwe days as a family of 4 persons (3 adults and a 7-year-old child). The whole stay at this wonderful place was absolutely perfect, one hardly does not know where to begin in describing it.
When we arrived in the evening with our rental car in Prines and couldn’t find straightaway the villa, we only had to make one phone call to Giorgos and he was immediately there to show us the right way. He also showed us around the whole villa and we were fascinated from the beginning on. The whole villa and also the pool area and the broad location around the house is not only very, very beautiful but also very clean and well-groomed. Giorgos had also bought us a lot of food and drinks that was already in the refrigerator when we arrived. So we already had the most important groceries we needed for the next day and also a lot more.
In the first two days we were kind of overwhelmed from the beauty and the magnitude of the house, the pool and the whole property. But only after a few days we really felt at home at this place. It is just so easy to feel at home there because everything is perfect and there is nothing that one would miss, the whole house is perfectly equipped. This is also due to Maria, who comes there every day and keeps everything around and in the house very well in touch, and you barely see her. We really liked her so much, she is a very nice person. There is also Vangelis who cleans the pool all three days early in the morning. He is also a very nice guy.
To the middle of Prines, it is only a short walk and besides that it is a wonderful village with very friendly people who live there, you find there everything you need. There are three nice tavernas and a little supermarket. And to the next beach it is a 15-minutes ride per car, where you have then a huge choice of beautiful beach sections to go at.
What is also interesting to mention is, that we felt very, very safe in this house and in the village the whole time. There is really nothing to worry about, I think it is one of the safest places in the world. This is also because Giorgos would be available for you at every time, if you have any questions or problems. It was also so nice to have dinner with him the last evening and to get know him better. He is such an awesome and gentle person.
We had the best vacation that we could ever imagine and we already booked for next year to come again, because we never want to go anywhere else.
We are already looking forward to that.
With best regards from Dagmar, Barbara, Laura and Johanna
We booked this villa for 2 weeks as a family of 4 adults and 2 children. From the minute we arrived we were just blown away. The owner Giorgos met us at the villa to give us a grand tour. The villa is simply stunning and has everything you could possibly need plus more. the villa is so spacious it took is a few days to stop getting lost and the outside pool area is simply stunning with a pool fit for a small hotel! We noticed that the villa did not have a safe and Giorgos went out that day and bought one installed it the very next day, how's that for service! Maria, the housekeeper came most days (5out of 7) and kept everything spotless without ever getting in our way, in fact most of the time we hardly knew she was around. The fridge upon arrival was filled to the brim with beer, wine, soft drinks and the most delicious fruits, in fact it took us nearly 2 weeks to eat all of the fruit. A big bonus of this villa for us was that all cleaning products are provided for you (not that we needed to clean as Maria kept it spotless) but little things like washing powder and dish cloths were all available. My mum also broke her arm in the trip and Giorgos was so helpful in getting us to the hospital and speaking to the hospital staff via the phone, he even sent his mum to the hospital to ensure we were ok, a very thoughtful touch. We enjoyed a couple of lovely evening meals out with Giorgos and it is clear he only wants his clients to have the most amazing stay and talks passionatly about making his villa the best in the area. We loved it so much we have already booked to go back next year and can't wait.
We spent a wonderful Easter holiday here. Giorgos is a really friendly and unasuming host. He kindly bought us dinner because we had such a late flight arrival. The house is a home with a great back story. It is spotlessly clean and exceptionally well appointed. The pool is really that big! The whoel place sits inside a fruit and olive grove where we picked grapefruit, oranges and lemons every day.