Vasilis and Marili
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About Vasilis and Marili
Quiet days of relaxation in a place that is characterized as '''Paradise'' Love travelling, eating good food among good friends, playing quitar, hiking and admiring the nature.
Vasilis and Marili purchased this Cottage in 1900
Why Vasilis and Marili chose Kastelli
Because it is a high quality property, extremely clean, and it located close to world known beaches of Crete as Falasarna, Elafonisi and Balos Lagoon. What else?
What makes this Cottage unique
Under the lisense of the Hellenic Tourism Organisation MHTE Nr 1042K111K2705101
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The ideal self-catering base
Lovely atmosphere, and pretty well everything worked -- not something you always expect in Crete! We found the Cottage ideal as a base both for hanging out and exploring Western Crete. Bakery and general store just a short walk away. The hosts were both welcoming and very generous with the garden produce. Where else does it rain walnuts?
Great location out of the city
We loved our stay at this modernized old home. Exactly as described in a country setting with garden and fresh produce. Quaint little village within a few meters and even walked to the beach without much effort.
Very clean with all of the amenities we would expect. Vasilis was there to meet us when we arrived and explained all of the details of the house and surrounding areas, including the history of his family that originally occupied the home.
We stayed for four nights using the the cottage as our home base for day trips to Elafonissi beach (amazing), Somaria Gorge (long), and Falassarna beach near Kissamos (windy). Vasilis was helpful with tips about local restaurants, what beaches to visit and how to get to the gorge! Could not have asked for more.
We highly recommend and would stay there again next time we are in Crete.
A truly outstanding experience
Horizonte cottage is more or less in the centre of the village of Drapanias, a few seconds' walk from a small mini-market, several tavernas and two bakeries. The property itself has been immaculate restored to a very high standard, whilst retaining its character as a stone-built, Cretan house. Everything has been well thought through, and the standard of furnishing, equipment and decoration is excellent. During our two-week stay, the property was cleaned at least three times, and new bedding and towels provided on each occasion.
The cottage is set in the most beautiful garden, with olive trees, a walnut tree, pomegranates and oranges. There is a vegetable patch, and a flock of hens in a large enclosure. There is a hammock, table and chairs, and a swing seat in a tree.
The customer service provided by the owners and their family is quite simply astonishingly good. Not only are they lovely, lovely people they are also extremely generous. So many evenings we would come back after a day of exploring and there would be fruit, or vegetables, pastries or eggs waiting for us and we were very warmly encouraged to help ourselves to the produce in the garden and to collect eggs from the friendly hens. The owners take genuine delight in caring for their customers and it is a privilege to spend time with them.
Drapanias is very well situated to explore the west of Crete. The KTEL bus to Chania stops in the village, again, a few seconds' walk from the cottage; there is parking next to the cottage and easy access both to the mountain roads and to the national road which runs from Kissamos/Kastelli eastwards to Iraklion. Kissamos/Kastelli is a most interesting small town, with many ancient sites.
The beach at Drapanias is about 10-15 minutes' walk from the cottage. It is quiet, and a mixture of shingle and sand. There is a nice taverna/bar which looks after sunbeds and shades on the beach which are free, though it seemed courteous to buy a drink in the taverna.
All in all, this is an excellent, beautiful property in a most interesting area, made outstanding by the generosity and friendliness of the owners. We are already booking our return trip. We genuinely could not recommend it highly enough.
The house is cozy, tastefully decorated and has everything you need. The garden is lovely. We stayed at the house in April and had fresh oranges from the garden every day. The location is perfect for visiting several beautiful sites. The owners made us feel very welcome and gave us helpful information. Would definitely stay here again.
Die Gastgeber sind wirklich sehr nett, zuvorkommend und hilfsbereit. Der Garten ist wunderschön und es gab wirklich jeden Tag ein Ei, natürlich auch Tomaten und vieles mehr! Das Haus ist sehr gepflegt! Der Aufenthalt war sehr schön! Liebe Grüße aus Wien!
Havre de Paix, villa charmante renovee avec respect de la nature
Nous avons adore cet endroit et la famille proprietaire est extremement attentif et fait tout pour que votre sejour en Crete soit fantastique, selon vos envies