4 bedroom villa suitable for 7-10 persons in Kato Valsamonero
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About Elisavet Kallitsounaki
My name is Elisavet Kallitsounaki. I have graduated from the University of Piraeus and I am a professional Accountant. I am running my own accounting office in Rethymno, Crete. I am a mother of two young ladies, Kiki and Eva, and I am married to Mathios.
Why Elisavet Kallitsounaki chose Rethimno
Villa Balsam is a luxury house built in a peaceful area. The biggest advantage of my villa is the fact that, even if it is built in the wonderful Cretan countryside, it is close to everything a guest may need. In our village,you can take part in goat milking,mountain hiking,cooking together local food and pies and try our fresh farm eggs.The closest beach is only 4km away in Gerani beach, while the town of Rethymno is 14km away.
What makes this Villa unique
Calmness, Privacy, Luxury, Countryside, Close-to-everything location.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 10
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
What a wonderful villa and great holiday we had, this was our first time to Crete and we all enjoyed it immensely. We flew into Heraklion airport, hired a car and drove to the villa, a word of advice please follow the owners directions to the villa. I thought I knew better and used google maps and unfortunately for us it took us twice as long as it should have to reach the villa.
Once we finally arrived the owner was there to greet us and show us around, the driveway to the villa is quite steep and there was absolutely no way our small under powered hire car was getting up the drive so we ended parking outside the villa which was no problem.
The location is rural and remote with fantastic views of the mountains from the seating area outside. Rethymnon is about 35 minutes away by car but the bus service is regular as clockwork and we used it to travel into Rethymno several times
Photos on the website do not convey the size of the villa it’s much larger than you think, the seating area outside was perfect for enjoying breakfast and whiling away several hours in the evening. Wi-Fi is great we were even able to match our local football games on the iPad in the seating arear outside.
The pool area was great, plenty of sun shades and loungers, however I would say that the pool depth took us by surprise as it doesn’t slope it is the same depth all the way round. One or two of our party were on the slightly shorter side so did struggle not being able to touch the floor but other than that it excellent and most importantly cool.
During our stay we found our neighbours kept chickens which also meant they had a cockerel, we fondly named him “Frank” he certainly gave us our early morning wake-up call!
We spent several days of the holiday on the beach in Episkopi, we can highly recommend it, plenty of space, taverna’s on the beach and free sunbeds!
Can highly recommend the local restaurants we tried several but the outstanding restaurant I would say is called Tavern Androulidakis in Gonia, fantastic food, very friendly hosts the only downside is we found this restaurant on our last night!
The Stone Family
Our second stay at Villa Balsam and even better. Great location near the city and perfect hosts.
Great location, everything within the villa you would expect and a breathe taking view.
Lovely remote villa in Crete hillsides with amazing views
We have just returned from a half term break with friends at Villa Balsam. The villa was lovely and very well equipped for our needs (4 adults + 4 children). The pool and ground were well kept and the views across the valley idyllic.
Elizavet and her family were amazing hosts and very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. We would have no hesitations in recommending this villa for a family or group get away.
A beautful holiday in Crete - summer 2018
A beautiful villa! From the start, the booking was easy and the owner’s family were very responsive and accommodating to all our enquiries right up to our day of departure. Despite being a late flight we were welcomed with a smile not forgetting their gorgeous homemade cheese pies and local greens’ pies all washed down with the family’s own raki! The villa’s own olive oil is also very tasty and a delight. Look out for the fresh bread man and his van at 10:20 you’ll hear him pipping.
The owners were very helpful during our stay but not intrusive and made sure we had an enjoyable stay. We were an extended family of eight and the villa easily accommodated all of us without being in each other’s laps. There were three children in our party and the villa was perfect for their enjoyment (and ours) from the clean swimming pool, swings, basketball net and the wifi connected PC. There are even two bicycles, which we used to ride into the local villages albeit in the relative cool of the morning and evening.
The location is beautiful with fantastic views of Crete’s mountains and interior. The rural location is very relaxing and peaceful but Rethymnon is only about 25 minutes away by car and there’s even a daily bus service! The beach is a similar distance away. The local village is a typical relaxing Cretan agricultural village, we enjoyed walks to and through the village and were invited for drinks in the local café by very generous and welcoming local residents.
To summarise we had a beautiful holiday, the villa was perfect for our every need and the owners made sure we enjoyed our stay and had a truly wonderful time, which we did! We thank them for letting us enjoy and stay in their villa and also for all their hospitality from the olive oil to the lovely gifts at the end of our stay, we hope to see you again soon – the Lewis’, August 2018.
Dear Lewis Family,
Thank you for taking your time for such great review!We are glad to hear you enjoyed your holidays to our villa.We really appreciate your kind words and hope to accommodate you and your lovely family in the near future.Have a nice Winter!Take care!
beautiful villa with a great host
The place was beautiful, very large (we were two families with three very young kids), with a great swimming pool and bbq area as well as a great patio. It is just outside the little village of Kato Valsamonero, so in a very quiet location with a stunning view. It also remained very cool in the evenings and there was a constant breeze, so we did not need to use air conditioning at night. Eva and her family made us feel very welcome, responding to all of our requests and making us feel very welcome, including being at the villa to meet us at 2.30am! Would highly recommend.
Thank your for your especially kind words about your recent stay in our villa. It was a great pleasure having you with us on your holidays. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holidays in our villa.Thank you for your high recommendation and we hope to accommodate you soon again.
Villa Balsam Family
Gorgeous villa, well equipped and fantastic hosts!
Villa Balsam is a fabulous place, in a lovely location with amazing views. We had an extended family group and it was just ideal. The villa is fitted out to a very high standard and Evangelia was brilliant. We had a great night at a local festival with traditional food, music and dancing (invited by our hosts!) and spent many fun evenings in Rethymno. We did plenty of exploring too, a car is essential, but also enjoyed cooking at the villa, the BBQ was well used and we also used the Pizza oven!! Overall it was brilliant.
Thank you for your preference and for your review!
We love to have guests like you ❤️
Hope to accommodate you in the future!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Villa Balsam is built 200m away from the entrance of Kato Valsamonero village. The area is full of olive groves, vineyards, gardens, and flowers of the Cretan countryside. Also, within walking distance, there are natural water springs and an Orthodox church built during the 14th century. Visitors of all age can enjoy the nature by walking and following the hiking paths.
In addition, the beach of Gerani is only 4 km away, and the town of Rethymno is 14km way. The location is ideal for persons and families that are looking for a peaceful, close to everything, place.