Since the villa has been built, we have received 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 2022

Amazing villa and views. The pool very clean. Lovely location

July 2022

We had a brilliant time at Villa Kournedes. Thank you for the tips and suggestions. See you again

We have had a wonderful time staying at this beautiful villa. The gardens, pool, roof terrace and wonderful views have been fantastic and we have had such a relaxing time

Loved this villa, very well set up, beautiful pool area and views. Nearby towns, villages and beaches are lovely too

We had a wonderful stay - what a view from the pool! Beautiful beaches around, especially Octopus Bay and Koutalas. Beautiful gardens at the villa too. Loved staying here, thank you

June 2022

We had a wonderful stay - what a view from the pool! Beautiful beaches around, especially Octopus Bay and Koutalas. Beautiful gardens at the villa too. Loved staying here, thank you

We have just returned from one of the best holidays we have ever had at the Villa Kournedes. Such a beautiful and peaceful villa with a fab pool, superb gardens and only 10 minutes drive from the local sand beach. Perfectly situated for some super sightseeing- unspoilt Cretan villages, winery, olive oil mills and deliciously authentic Greek food at the local kafenions. We can't wait to return

Another fabulous stay in the villa. The scenery is breathtaking, we adore the mountain and sea views. The gardens are stunning and love the hunt for the herbs. We had several BBQ's - recommend the butchers in Armeni and the bakery in Gavalochori for pastries/bread. We look forward to returning to this slice of heaven soon

September 2021

Well its time to go home unfortunately. We have had a brilliant time, the villa and surroundings absolutely perfect. Many thanks for all your assistance with the holiday, we will be back again


Had a lovely 2 weeks here despite covid-19. Villa is very well equipped and the pool was excellent. We enjoyed beaches at Almyrida and Kalives. Chania should be visited and well worth a visit to Rethymnon and the Venetian fort We are sorry but due to the Covid-19 crisis there were no further reviews for the 2020 season.

August 2019

Thank you for sharing your fantastic villa with us. It is really well set up and we enjoyed the pool every day. We found previous guests advice really useful

Fantastic time in a wonderful villa. Chania and Frangekasello beautiful. Children enjoyed themselves enormously. Housekeeping team were great

July 2019

We've had a a wonderful week - a mix of excursions or just relaxing by the pool. The villa and garden are perfect - thank you! Loved having the herbs to use from the garden. Bakeries in the village and Almyrida are very good. Lake Kournas worth a visit. Botanical Gardens worth the drive. Day trip to south coast fab! (Hora Sfakion and Loutro). Perfect place to stay, thank you

What a great villa! We had a relaxing and peaceful week in this lovely villa. Perfect weather with a cooling breeze. We enjoyed an afternoon at Lake Kournas and a good meal at Psaros restaurant in Almyrida. Thanks so much for a great holiday.

We have had a wonderful week here. Best day trips were Chania and Lake Kournas. Best meal was Mythos in Georgioupolis. Villa was everything we could wish for, thank you

June 2019

We have just spent 12 days in your beautiful villa. We could not have wished for a more perfect place to stay - we will be back

May 2019

A very nice villa and a lovely break. Very interesting area, nice restaurants and friendly people. Recommend Piperakis Bakery - excellent pastries. I'm sure we'll be back.

September 2018

Just to let you know that we have now left the villa. We had a great time here and I will be recommending it to my friends

We have all absolutely loved staying here for the last week, it was a very calming refuge after the testing Cretan roads. Highlights include the view of the sunrise/sunset and mountains, the very well equipped kitchen and pool

We had a great holiday thanks. A wonderful villa and we would love to return one day

August 2018

We had a wonderful week in this beautiful villa. The weather was perfect, not too hot due to the lovely breeze. It is a lovely villa in a lovely ocation and we'd happily return again

We had an amazing time, thank you. The villa was fantastic, so peaceful but near enough to get to the tavernas for dinner. We spent a lot of time lazing round the pool and dipping in and out of the water to cool down. All in all a perfect holiday that we all enjoyed. Thank you for your organisation, all went very smoothly and please pass on my thanks to the owners for the loan of their fantastic villa. I wish we could have stayed longer

July 2018

A wonderful week in an extremely comfortable villa with all mod cons. The garden is beautiful despite a week of constant high temperatures

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Villa Kournedes. The villa was gorgeous with everything we could ever have thought we needed. The kids adored the pool, which was spotless, and I couldn’t get enough of those views. Please pass our compliments on to the owner, and our thanks to Nikki from the management team for all her help. We wouldn’t hesitate to return, or to recommend, both the villa and Crete Escapes

June 2018

Villa is stunning and the garden is looking on point - the gardener has done a sterling job. Had a lazy few days enjoying all the villa has to offer. Cedric offered a warm welcome to us in the pool. Made good use of the excellent BBQ and many chess and scrabble tournaments took place. Dont want to leave will be back soon

An absolute delight. We will really miss the villa, pool and views. Was really difficult to drag ourselves out but enjoyed the area when we did - Almyrida, Kalives, Chania, Georgioupolis, Vrysses and Litsarda

May 2018

Beautiful villa and very well equipped. Standards much higher than when we were last in Crete 15 years ago! View is great from the elevated position which also gives a nice breeze. Lasies in our party all impressed with the garden. An excellent pool and the outside lighting is particularly good. What a wonderful week we have had

We had a lovely 10 days staying in this well equipped villa. We had great fun with Cedric in the pool. Very impressed with all the facilities, it was a 'home from home'. Thankyou, highly recommended

September 2017

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

May 2015

A beautiful villa which is so well appointed, we will definitely come again. The garden is gorgeous and the two views of mountain and sea are perfect

April 2015

A lovely comfortable villa and we had a real rest which is what we wanted. The only problem we had was getting shut out of the villa on our first evening as the door nearest the pool closed leaving our door key, car keys and mobile phone inside which caused a bit of a panic! Owner's response - after several years of looking for a practical solution to this problem we've now fitted door stops to prevent this from happening in future. It's a rustic design by an English rope maker - the rope falls into the door when it's open and stays in place until you either push the door or move the rope out of the way.

August 2014

Gorgeous villa - last minute holiday and couldn't have been more perfect. Views from every side of the villa are stunning. Pool is fantastic and we swam every day. Here for a week and packed in loads - particular highlights are Chania, gorgeous and worth a visit. Lake Kournas - stunning and you can hire a pedalo and swim in the lake. Lunch in Plaka, lovely meal at Kalives and lots of restaurants with great breakfasts at Café Framboise in Almyrida. Finally must have dinner in Gavalachori, Nicos Bar and Grill in beautiful courtyard setting - loved it!

June 2014

One of the best located villas we have stayed in - so peaceful with just the 'tonk tonk' of the sheep bells and chirping of crickets and cicadas. Local amenities and attractions only a few minutes drive in any direction. We have done both the Samaria and Imbros Gorges - both are do-able without training for them provided you have stout footwear. We felt the Imbros Gorge has the edge - it can be walked in 2 1/2 hours, is just as spectacular but without the hoards and without 2 days recovery. If there are early risers in the group - croissants fresh out of the oven in Almyrida at 7.30m - delicious!

May 2014

Lovely holiday, villa is fantastic, very clean and well equipped

September 2013

A superb two weeks, this holiday is the most relaxing time we have spent on Crete. The facilities have exceeded my expectations with the kitchen and dining areas. We hope to return next year for the same peaceful and lovely retreat

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 :-)

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!!

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

June 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!

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

July 2012

We've had a fantastic holiday in this superb villa. We all loved the location - so quiet, with wonderful views of the mountains and the sea

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

June 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

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

July 2011

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

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

Just a short email to let you know that 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

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!)

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

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 Almyrida. 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

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!

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

October 2009

Beautiful villa, peace and quiet - just what we required

September 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

August 2009

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

June 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 - July 2009Perfect villa in a fantastic location! Wonderful week of glorious sunshine, BBQ's, lazing by the pool and record breaking Giant Jenga

May 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

April 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!

October 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

September 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