What a beautiful villa in the most relaxing area of Crete ! Not just a place to stay but a real home, provided with al the luxury you could wish for in a holiday home .. and even more ! New towels and bed linnen during your stay as a real surplus. Georgios is a great host, helping you with all your questions and requests. Really nice places in the surroundings to visit and a lot of nice restaurants. Villa Ermis is a little pearl in the quiet village of Kastellos.
We booked George's Villa early (luckily) to make sure our 4 kids (9, 10, 11, 1 year) would have everything they liked within reach (private pool and garden). Everything was superb. George greeted us very warmly. showed us around the house, and during our entire stay was very helpful and hospitable. Outstanding indeed!
A little bit about the house and its environs: The villa is reached by driving into Kastellos (about 10-15 minutes from Rethymno), and then a little bit uphill through a narrow gravel road (dont need 4x4 though) - few houses there, so dont expect traffic. Turn left at the church, and after a while youll reach another "crossroads" of sorts - turn right uphill a little bit, and after a turn you will reach Villa Ermis.
It is indeed secluded, there are practically no neighbours close - the surrounding plot are either not inhabited or public (but hard to reach - a small chapel on a hill).
The Villa, built from stone, has a large living room with kitchen (open plan), easily seats 8 people at the dining table, and there are 3 more to relax, too. The living room has a small terrace, too - overlooking the pool and main garden.
From a connected anteroom you can get to a small bathroom (small shower there with toilet, sink, and washing machine) - careful, it is underneath the staircase so the ceiling is lower there, whereas the ceilings (wooden) in the entire house are very high. All floors on the ground floor are tiled; on the first floor, you will find some of them wooden. There are also three bedrooms (2 rooms with double bed, one room with 2 single beds), two of which have access to a small balcony (again overlooking the garden and pool). There is another bathroom with a big tub and a spa system, plus sink and toilet of course. Leading further up is a small roof terrace - you get some sea view from there, along with a nice view over the plot (garden, pool), and landscape (hills mostly).
The garden is well planned with some paths around, a patch of lawn (sturdy grass) to play soccer or some other ball games, a pergola kind of construction under which you can play ping pong, and of course the pool area. There are ample deckchairs and similar, and the pool (about 6.5x3) is big enough to enjoy, too. George will also make sure that kids have enough toys available. The flora of the garden is beautiful as well - plants, trees, bushes, fruit trees.
In a nutshell, this place is a small paradise, and we had a wonderful experience here on Crete at Villa Ermis - thank you.
We knew we were in for a great holiday when we drove through the electric gates and saw the extent of Villa Ermis and its grounds. The pictures don't really demonstrate either the scale of it or how much thought, design and craftsmanship has gone into this amazing holiday home. The downstairs open plan living area with home cinema is airy, cool and family friendly as well as being very beautiful. The kitchen has just about every gadget you could think up. The bedrooms are large and airy and the bathrooms lovely.
The outside kitchen, pool area and garden are all brilliantly thought out. There's even a Greek chapel within the grounds.
The location is ideal as a central point for visiting just about anywhere on the island and we enjoyed being able to come back to total peace and quiet.
The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. We couldn't have asked for any more from a holiday let and certainly intend to go back again next year (and the year after that, and the year after that....).
We stayed at the villa with our kids. The surroundings and the villa itself is amazing. We really enjoyed the cretan views and the sense of living in the heart of the cretan countryside, although everything you need is really close. George's hospitality was just impeccable!! He welcomed us and gave us information although we arrived quite late in the evening. We definitely recommend this place and we have already booked it to come back in the summer. Many thanks to George!!!
Villa Ermis is the best place to spend your holiday: peaceful, relaxing and in the middle of Cretan countryside. At the same time, is also close to Retymno and to many beautiful beaches. The house is modern and comfortable, and the pool and the garden are perfect to relax. George is a great and caring host, who gave us precious suggestions about the island and made us discover beautiful corners of this land. We couldn't recommend more this location!