Testimonials

Since the villa has been built, we have recieved some fantastic reviews and feedback from guests providing us an opportunity to maintain the highest level of quality and improve on areas to continue to give you the best we can offer. Below is a selection of the testimonials.


September 2017

Two wonderful weeks, beautiful villa and gardens. Hope to be back soon.


September 2017

We seem to have struck gold with the weather this past fortnight and the amazing peace at this lovely villa. We really couldn't have asked for more. We've enjoyed the beautiful view and garden immensely. Dragged ourselves away twice to Chania and Georgioupolis - both good and well worth visiting. All in all a brilliant holiday, thank you.


August 2017

Sadly, despite previous comments the crocodile is not himself. He is half deflated and several minutes of 'mouth to valve' rescusitation failed to rouse him! Otherwise the villa was in tip-top shape and living up to our expectations completely. We have had a splendid week of 'not doing very much'. The tavernas in Gavalochori are all great; live music on Thursday particularly good. Thank you and we hope to return one day.


August 2017

Yes, yes, yes to all the previous wonderful comments about the villa. We loved it. The villa garden scenery beautiful. Thank you for the lovely ice cream cake. Almond biscuits from Almyrida bakery to be recommended as is Arismari taverna food and coffee stories in Gavalochori. The crocodile is well and lives to see another day in Crete. We hope to get to see it all again. Thank you to Debbie and Martin for help on buses. Stelios came and lovingly viewed his garden!


August 2017

A stunning villa! We have absolutely loved our time here. Such a treat waking up to the view from our balcony. Have really enjoyed exploring the local beaches and sampling the local seafood. Boys have loved the pool - especially the crocodile! Thank you so much, we'd love to come back


July 2017

Had a lovely time at Villa Kournedes - fantastic villa and the weather was beautiful! Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday - thank you!


July 2017

We've had a wonderful 2 week holiday. The villa is gorgeous, stunning location, we loved the pool. Very well equipped kitchen. The garden is lovely - brilliant all round.


June 2017

This is our 2nd time on Crete and the location of Villa Kournedes is fantastic. We loved the private setting and the beautiful garden. We particularly loved the views from the top terrace which was a great place for yoga practice. We went to Costa's in Xirosterni which was a good walk with lovely local food. The stars on the walk home were incredible. Great facilities at the villa and the herb garden was fab! Thank you.


June 2017

We were delighted with the villa, loved the location and layout and had a fantastic holiday. The area is really great and was easy to find and the weather was perfect. The complimentary welcome pack was a lovely touch and appreciated, as we didn't get there until about 1am and hadn't stopped for tea! We will certainly want to stay again.


May 2017

We've had the most wonderful week in this stunning place. The villa is beautiful and everything we hoped for and more. The weather has been very kind to us - we've had unbroken sunshine for a week. So many lovely places to visit - we'd thoroughly recommend a trip to Ombrigialos for snorkelling and Lake Kournas for swimming and pedalo-ing. Had 2 lovely meals at Monica's which we recommend highly. We will most definitely return ASAP. Thanks so much!


October 2016

I had been intending to write to you after returning from a fortnight in Crete to say how much my friends and I enjoyed our stay at the Villa Kournedes. In all my years of travelling to Crete this was undoubtedly the most beautifully kept and welcoming of properties, a tribute to your good taste and the hard work of Debbie and Martin. We were delighted with the magnificent location, the landscaped gardens, the high quality of the furnishings, the immaculate cleanliness and the generous provision of kitchen items. I will certainly book with Crete Escapes again next October.


October 2016

Set between the mountains and the sea, surrounded by fragrant trees and shrubs, the villa is paradise. A thousand thanks to the owners for having provided such a beautifully appointed and furnished house with its lovingly tended plants, spacious communal areas, and of course, the excellent pool. As mountaineers we wake up before sunrise every day to watch the Lefka Ori catch the first rays. The god willing we shall return. Heartfelt thanks to Debbie and Martin for keeping the villa immaculately clean.


September 2016

Villa Kournedes is one of the most comfortable and well equipped villas we have stayed in over 20 years of coming to Greece. On top of that ir's situation is second to none. Its seclusion appealed and yet it is within 10 to 15 mins drive of anywhere local you want to go to. It's always nice having a sea view to be had at all levels expanding as one ventures upwards. Walking too we've done to keep the waistline in trim - even to Almirida, Gavalochori, Xirosterni and then back


September 2016

This is our second visit and the villa is just as peaceful as we remembered. Many delicious BBQ's have been eaten. The garden really is lovely and has been improved a lot since 2014. Debbie and Martin have looked after us well. We hope to return sometime to visit 'Cedric' the (inflatable) crocodile who has been left to sun himself by the pool!


August 2016

10 out of 10 for Villa Kournedes. Thank you to the owner, Mike, and the property managers, Debbie and Martin. As a family we usually stay at hotels, however, this villa has converted us, we will definitely return. Wonderful week here such a well equipped villa for the 6 of us. Thank you very much for the welcome pack, very helpful for our first few nights.


August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the secluded position and peace and quiet that Villa Kournedes provided, a real 'get away'. Spent most of our time lazing by the pool and eating at Lagos in Almyrida. We didn't use the 1st floor veranda due to the lack of table and chairs but the roof terrace was a brilliant spot to star gaze. Our family voted 8 out of 10!


August 2016

What a lovely place! We've had a fantastic time - hardly left the poolside! What a wonderful, relaxing holiday - everybody happy - including 2 teenage boys.


August 2016

Stayed at Villa Kournedes for 7 nights August 2016. Only issue was having to leave!! Lovely clean villa with a good size pool. Complete privacy and fabulous views. We all felt so comfortable from the first night we stayed. Welcome pack was greatly appreciated as we arrived at night. After weeks of trying to find a villa that is not overlooked but close enough to shops, restaurants and beach we found the perfect villa for us. Also have always had to clean around a bit before I settle but Villa kournedes was very clean when we visited. Cannot come up with any negatives. Thank you Crete Escapes and Debbie and Martin.


July 2016

We have had a really wonderful week. The villa is spectacular, peaceful, secluded, fantastic views, everything that we could have asked for. We have had some lovely relaxing days by the pool and trips to Knossos, Kaina and the Samaria Gorge. The garden here is delightful and we made good use of the herbs, particularly the lemon sage in a prawn risotto - sublime.


July 2016

We had a lovely week at this very comfortable villa. First few days peace and quiet on our own then joined by our 3 'children' who used the excuse to get together - a rarity these days. Thoroughly enjoyed the views, the pool and the weather. In all do not want to go home!


June 2016

We've had another lovely week here. The first three days were very windy (although hot) and we really appreciated the door stops that have been fitted. The internet and TV upgrade are also welcome.


June 2016

A really wonderful villa and stay here in Crete. The peace and quiet of this location is wonderful as are the outstanding views. Our 5 and 6 year olds played very happily around the pool and are sad to be leaving. We'd definitely stay here again. Thanks to the owners and the property managers, Debbie & Martin, for a lovely stay.


May 2016

We had a great week at the villa and don't want to leave. The weather was fantastic and we had a lot of fun. The garden is looking amazing and I look forward to coming back one day. Bye for now Crete.


September 2015

We had a lovely time at Villa Kournedes, great location, a well equipped villa and the best pool we have ever had in a private villa rental. I would like to thank you for all your help; you were always supportive and helpful when we needed you and when we go back to Crete we will certainly book with you again


September 2015

We had a lovely week's holiday in this beautifully maintained and well equipped villa. Thank you to the property managers. Villa Kournedes is private but close enough to good restaurants and an easy drive to Chania which we all enjoyed. The views are sensational and the garden setting a bonus. Gavalochori is delightful. The little museum costs 2 eur and is very interesting. A must though is morning coffee and/or a beer at Arosmari. The charming waitress also makes some of the jewellery in the shop. We would certainly return to this part of Crete - it's gorgeous. PS - the rope door stops worked well - we didn't get locked out once!



September 2015

We loved the peaceful setting of this house with its magnificent views of mountains, sea and hill. Also the poolside views and the pretty planting. All a delight for the senses. The house was comfortable and so well equipped and it was a pleasure to stay. Our thanks to Debbie and Martin who keep the pool and house spotless and running smoothly. All in all thanks for a restful break


August 2015

Beautiful villa and very well equipped. We've had a relaxing time. We liked the beach at the far end of Kalives, near the GK hotel/apartments; a nice place for a drink on the beach. We went to Chania which was very busy but the old town is well worth a visit and isn't as busy as the harbour area. All the tavernas we tried were good and great value for money. All in all, a great holiday


July 2015

Fantastic villa with beautiful views, peace and quiet and all mod cons. Debbie & Martin (property managers) were very helpful. The local area is full of things to do and the weather has been superb! Thanks for a great holiday and we hope to be back soon


July 2015

An amazing villa, beautiful, quiet location and wonderful views. All very clean and well equipped. Lots to do locally and the tavernas kept us well fed! Only one issue is that the villa is advertised with bigger than usual wifi but this ran out after a week which with 2 teenagers was an issue especially when our usage was pretty low and we have never had an issue in other locations. The owner did top it up for us but this ran out quickly too and we feel it's a bit misleading to advertise the villa as such. However, overall it has been a great holiday, a wonderful place to stay


Owners Response - wifi has been an issue due to multiple devices trying to connect - sometimes as many as 10 per group. We're looking at a new system to provide unlimited bandwidth (currently it's 5GB per week). In the meantime we're honouring the spirit of free wifi providing usage is reasonable. Greek infrastrusture doesn't provide the speed or bandwidth we enjoy in the UK, especially out of a village.

July 2015

We had a fantastic time and the villa was brilliant. Thanks for all your help and you’ve never have known that they were going through a financial crisis in Greece while we were there!


June 2015

Beautiful villa - we really enjoyed our stay. Turtle lake was lovely - highly recommended. Elia restaurant by the bay was our favourite place to eat and we also loved Captain Jack's. Debbie and Martin (property managers) have been fantastic and always on hand to help. Overall a fantastic place to stay with perfect views. Feedback for the owners - a few more basics could be provided


Owner's response - please check the drawers in the bathrooms and under the kitchen sink for spares. If there are any issues please contact the property managers who will do what they can to help you.

August 2013

Fantastic location. Far enough away for seclusion, near enough for amenities. Good local tavernas and cafes catering for all members of the family. Fully equipped villa, fully rested and fully satisfied. Would recommend 100% to friends and family for a great holiday. Invaluable information books for reference and opinions of places of interest. A must is Chania and bustling harbour, wife and kids enjoyed the shopping too!


July 2013

One of our best holidays! There can’t be another villa that is so private, so quiet, with such fantastic views and superbly equipped for a family of six (three teenage sons and a 6yr old son!) - we had a great time. None of us wanted to go home - thanks to Crete Escapes for good recommendation, friendly service on site and the owners for lending us their house. There are many local sites and things to see several recommendations for local restaurants have been left in the comments book. ps. 6yr old son - " I REALLY LIKED THE BEDS AND THE SWIMMING POOL :-)


July 2013

Brilliant 10 days, beautiful villa, gardens views. Pool is just the best facility, Roof Terrace lovely - more tables and chairs up there would be great! We all had a very relaxing time, well away from the pressures of work etc! And we will always remember watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon 2013 - we picked up the final on Abu-Dhabi TV with Arabic commentary - all truly memorable!!


July 2013

Wonderful week- 5 Star villa, everything works, beds are the best in Greece. Garden magnificent and will only get better. Great excitement chasing after the outside furniture in high winds. All the restaurants/ tavernas round about particularly good. Tried to keep away from the Raki and failed!


July 2013

What a fabulous place. We were delighted with the villa and felt we had one of the best situations in the whole area. We had a great time - thank you.


August 2012

Villa Kournedes provided us with the most comfortable and enjoyable stay whilst holidaying in Crete. It met all our needs and even when we had a minor set back with the loss of electricity one evening it was efficiently dealt with. The pool is wonderful and always clean!


August 2012

Fabulous Holiday, great food, great villa. Plenty of local places recommended including tavernas in Gavalohori, Kournas Lake and Chania.


July 2012

Another wonderful stay here - we love this place, it's one of our all time favourites. We will be back. Many thanks.


July 2012

A lovely villa in a beautiful location. We have had a peaceful and relaxing week. Recommend the local taverana in the square in Gavalohori and the Pear Tree shop in Almerida for fresh fruit and veg which is really worth a visit. A wonderful holiday - thank you!


September 2011

We had a very relaxing 2 weeks at this beautiful villa. We especially loved the pool as the sun was on it until the early evening. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could need and we also enjoyed the excellent local restaurants.


August 2011

A greatly enjoyable 2 week holiday. We are all very relaxed and chilled out after an incredibly peaceful and enjoyable holiday. The villa exceeded our expectations and was well equipped. The views are outstanding and the local area perfect for young families. We would not hesitate in recommending this villa to anyone.


August 2011

Wonderful week - weather, villa, surroundings - all so totally relaxing.


July 2011

Really had a super holiday - thanks for letting us use your beautiful villa.


July 2011

We returned again for the 3rd time! The weather has been stunning. We've spent more time in the villa on this trip. It continues to be a comfortable and clean base for a relaxing holiday.


May 2011

We had a wonderful wonderful time in Crete. The weather was a bit grey for the first three days but we managed to do all the sightseeing then…and absolutely adored Chania. Then the weather improved and we sat by the pool and gaze at the views which were simply out of this world. The villa itself was lovely (in our top 5) with definitely the best ever view…had everything we needed. We fully intend to return. So thank you so much for all your help in arranging our holiday and I will be in touch (probably after the 2012 Games) to arrange our next trip.


July 2010

Fantastic villa in perfect location. Enjoyed some lovely meals especially long lazy lunches in Plaka and evening meals in Vamos. We'll be back.


October 2010

Heavenly spot - thank you for letting us stay with you. Full on holiday. Best of all was the Samaria Gorge - 18 kms downhill (you need good hiking shoes and strong legs!)


October 2010

Beautiful villa, peace and quiet - just what we required.


September 2010

Fantastic - thank you so much. Everything was great and sunny for the whole stay. Villa was really well set up for the family and the setting was amazing. Recommend Aereki restaurant in Almerida and INKA (Kalyves) for shopping plus Pear Tree as above. See you again soon.


August 2010

The best villa we have ever stayed in! Excellent standard and really well equipped. Good standard of cleaning, gardening and maintenance etc. Almyrida has almost everything you need - Pear Tree shop is excellent for fresh stuff. Dimitris is a lovely restaurant with friendly staff. Had a much needed relaxing break - thank you.


August 2010

Fantastic villa and location, so quiet - all you can hear are the cicadas and after they go to sleep - absolutely nothing. Wonderful views, lovely pool, comfy beds.... Don't want to leave! Would recommend Dreams boat trip with Giorgos in Almerida. Thank you we had a lovely week.


July 2010

We had a lovely week, very relaxing. The views from the villa are fantastic, the pool is great and we loved the quiet atmosphere. It is one of the best equipped villas we have stayed in. It was perfect


July 2010

Fantastic villa in perfect location. Enjoyed some lovely meals especially long lazy lunches in Plaka and evening meals in Vamos. We'll be back.


June 2010

Superb villa - plenty of space for 3 couples - The men enjoyed building the barbeque whilst the ladies wanted to take the kitchen home with them. Giant Jenga - 45 rows!


June 2010

Lovely villa in a superb location for us. Wonderful peace and quiet - just what we needed. We were sad to go- will return in the future - Many thanks


2009

Beautiful villa, peace and quiet - just what we required


2009

Just a quick message on our return from Villa Kournedes. We had a superb time in a wonderful villa. It was everything we wanted, remote location yet within walking distance of tavernas, wonderful views, nice eating area with excellent patios and pool. All in all we couldn't have chosen a better villa for our needs



2009

Superb villa, pool and gardens in an excellent location. We enjoyed every minute


2009

A very enjoyable week, lovely villa in gorgeous surroundings. A great place to get away from it all with all the comforts of home. Amazing weather and glorious position!


2009

Perfect villa in a fantastic location! Wonderful week of glorious sunshine, BBQ's, lazing by the pool and record breaking Giant Jenga


2009

A lovely villa in a fantastic spot - very private and well equipped. Loved the BBQ and the herbs growing near to it. We've had a great week. Very sad to leave


2009

We had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. The villa was simply beautiful. The views were amazing from all the balconies and verandas and completely private. We have already told our friends and family about it!


2008

Hi – just got back from Crete and a stay at Villa Kournedes. We loved the villa which is really well equipped and in a beautiful setting. We would certainly recommend it to family and friends


2008

We enjoyed our stay Villa Kournedes very much. We thought the villa was very well fitted out with high quality construction and furnishings. The views were excellent of the coast and mountains, and there were so many places to enjoy them from - balconies, roof terrace, etc. A very nice touch was the white robes in every bedroom/bathroom. The welcome pack was just that. The loungers and tables and chairs on the terraces were high quality and it was good to have two tables outside to choose from. Overall it was a very impressive villa.