Modern & private 2 floor villa
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About Pelagia Piperaki
I live in Athens, Greece, with my family which consists of 5 members. My parents, two younger sisters and myself. I have studied economics at the Economic University of Athens and have just fulfilled my postgraduate studies on Translation. I work at the Hellenic American Union, a non-profit educational and cultural center, at the Center for Applied Linguistics and Language Studies. Actually, we really love the place of Kournas village, since my parents lived their younger years there. We used to spend our holidays in Crete, having the most unforgettable moments. The place is of great importance to all of us.
Pelagia Piperaki purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Pelagia Piperaki chose Apokoronos
We really love the place of Kournas village since it combines all the beauties of nature with exquisite mountain and sea views, adding to the tranquility and peace of the location. It offers a variety of facilities, sandy beaches, tavernas with traditional cretan food. The beneficial position of the place, as it is situated in the middle of the island, just 35 minutes from the town of Chania, 20 minutes from Rethymnon and about 1 hour from Heraklion, enables the visitors to arrange a variety of excursions ranging from Chania to Heraklion. The villas have been built in 2009 and are situated outside the centre of the village, offering the most precious relaxing moments of your life. The decoration of the villas reflects our own tastes and desires. Hope to meet your expectations too.
What makes this Villa unique
The properties are benefited from the combination of the beauties of nature, offering exquisite mountain and sea views and the unique natural lake among Mediterranean islands "Kournas lake" which preserves the village's intact natural environment. Location that meets the expectations of keeping a harmonious intention for the holidays, escaping from the hectic city lifestyle.Lovely excursions may be organized offering a variety of sea and mountain adventures due to the combination of "Kournas Lake", its sandy beaches and the splendid White Mountains, ideal for the most arduous treks. Amphitheatrically positioned on the foot of the White Mountains, the new built Stella & Markos Villas constitute a challenging resort for summer and winter escapes, exploring the touch of wild nature.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Like a place on paradise
We (2 parents and 2 children 6 + 8 years old) stayed on these villas from 01.07.19 - 15.07.19. On arrival Ms. Chara gived us an very friendly welcome. She was like an hidden angel all the time, every time reachable for our questions and all further conversation for nice locations and island itself. We thank her for everything. On arrival the refrigerator was filled with all necessary for the first breakfest, that was very welcome. The villas are much comfortable, all necessary is available and nothing is missing. The view from all balcony is like shown here and in reality much more astoinshing. We eaten all the time outside and enjoyed it also by sitting every evening on balcony with view to the bay and the mountains. The satalite television was adjusted to german television and so also our children was happy. We use often the pool, he was also very clean and comfortable. The garden from villa Markos is a dream with the palms and the sound of the cicades. On one morning a bird family nested in the tree in front of side balcony, so the children was total interested and oberserved the dove family. The location itself is very calm and perfect for recreation after eventful trip on this wounderful island. We can recommend villa Stella and Markos without restrictions. The contact to the owner was very uncomplicated and comfortable. So as summarize: We thanks so much Ms. Piperaki and Ms. Chara for this wounderful vacation on this lovely place. On the end of the vacation the villa was like a second home for us and the feeling was all the time, like a Millionaire on time. Without question, if we come back to Crete we try to rent one of these villas once more.
Great stay, perfect location
We had the best stay here. The kitchen is huge and the apartment has enough room for everyone. Very relaxing and the pool and view cannot be beat. Close enough to beach, short drive to Rehythmo. Very close to the lake and Georgiopolous and Peristeras beaches. Drive up the hillside to Kournas village and shop for pottery.
Dear Jacquelyn Jones,
Thank you so much for your kind comments and review. Your comments help us to improve our services and facilities.
We would be pleased to welcome you again in the future.
Pelagia, Stella & Markos
the best of all
thanks a lot stella, pelagia and markos
Dear Tobias Zoebl,
Thank you a lot for your kind comments and review. We make any possible effort to provide you with best service and give you the opportunity to enjoy your holidays you spent to our villas in Kournas village.
We would be pleased to welcome you again in the future.
Pelagia, Stella & Markos
The villas are beautiful, clean and have everything. The views are spectacular.
Such a wonderful holiday again. We never go back to a property twice but thought this was worth a revisit. You definitely need a car as it is hilly and not much within walking distance in the summer heat. However it is central to some beautiful beaches and places of interest. The owners and the locals are very friendly and helpful and very family orientated. Lots of tavernas to choose from too. Excellent holiday July/August 2017
Dear Sarah, We truly appreciate your review and your kind comments.It is our pleasure to welcome guests like you and your family.Thanks for choosing to spend your holidays to our villas for second time.Best regards to all of you.Pelagia &Stella
Twin Crete villas suitable for 2 families + cars
We stayed in Villa Stella and our friends rented the villa next door, Villa Markos.Wonderful location & layout,we each had hire car from the airport.We went to Chania,Rethymnon,Hora Sfakia,Loutro, Aptera,Argyripoli,Lappa,waterpark @ Limnopoulis.Chartered a boat in Chania & were able 2 swim/snorkel round Chania Bay(loved the Messerschmidt wreckage of German plane shot down in 1941).Went wine tasting @ Doukatis Winery.Nice beach about 10 mins down the main road towards Rethymnon with lots of activities 4youngsters,free beach loungers/parasol when drinks purchased.Kournas village is walkable.Best taverna is overlooking Kournas Lake (not the Ambrosia one,the other one has great service &great prices & local traditional cuisine).Lovely sunsets over mountains,great views fromvilla.Prompt emails from owner, no probs paying by bank transfer
Downsides-The kitchen was bit grubby,tablecloths put away folded in drawers with food stuck on them,crumbs in cutlery drawer, dirty washing up cloth, no tin opener,only 1 wine glass (although we had some delivered by local agent Chiara when we complained),no oven dishes.We were lucky as we had one sharp knife,our neighbours didn't & had 2buy one.
We knew we had to bring pool/beach towels but for 5 people it almost took up a whole case so it would have been nice not to carry these &cheaper to buy towels there.
The villas are not walkable in the Summer heat from anywhere that teenagers want to go,they need to have lifts everywhere.We knew we had internet access provided,what we didn't know was that it ran out after a week and we were told 2 go out and buy more.It should have been made clear that it was limited access.All 5 people used it for emails/online tickets/events/local knowledge etc
Also, there was nowhere we could eat outside together,the 10 of us. So we moved the tables into the courtyard between the villas 2 enjoy a leisurely meal all together with our friends,this is where the bbq is.We were told after that not 2 move the tables outside & a replacement table with plastic chairs was delivered.However,this cd not accommodate 10 people.There are also 2 very barky 24/7 chained dogs nearby that literally bark all day as they are so bored & miserable.
Lastly, we specifically asked if the studio flats on the ground floors were to be occupied.Told it was the owners so they cd look after the villas.However,a family of 4 moved into 1flat for 6 days.Altho they didn't use pool/garden,the adults were smokers & the smoke drifted.
Dear guests,thank you for your review. Nevertheles, it seems that you missed to report some incidents in your review so allow me to refer them in this response. Concerining the kitchen equipment, we were always glad to offer you any extra kitchen utensil or equipment needed upon request - no complaints made by our Manager who was very helpful and willing to provide you with assistance throughout your stay. Regarding internet, we provide guests with wi-fi internet.However, internet usage is limited to checking emails, browsing on the internet, facebook etc. as there is a limited amount of 20GB offered to each group,thus, watching movies online, downloading videos or related content usually consume the maximun amount of GB in the very first days. This notification was made twice to your family members by the manager when we noticed that 20G offered had been consumed within 3 days upon arrival of your son.This is also when we received notifications from the vendor for videocalls placed. However, we tried to draw your attention to this issue and we offered another 2GB for free providing that you would be rather careful with the internet usage. Your husband and son were informed about that and gave their consent to buy themselves in case they needed more.It seems that you were not informed about it. Another issue showing you were rather indiferent, occured when you moved kitchen tables and chairs, designed for internal use, from the first floor of each villa to the ground floor outside, without asking for our permission and not caring for the damage caused as the kitcen equipment had been left exposed outside to the high sunlight. When we noticed that, we immediately replaced it with table & chairs suitable for external use and allthough you had been advised not to move the tables and chairs from the kitchen again,it seems that you neglected our advice. No respect at all.Since we were always there to assist you, you could have asked for further assistance, and it would be our pleasure to help you. Regarding the dogs living in the nearby villa, it seems that you might have spent most of your holidays anticipating to hear them bark.Countryside is full of sheeps, chickens, goats e.t.c.Noting that no complaints for the noise have been made before by any other guests.Regarding smoking, our properties may welcome also smokers too.Last but not of least importance, you missed to report us in your emails that you would be 11 of you rather than 8!
wonderful stay, stunning villa and view
No other place to in Crete, Stella, Markos and Stella were very careful and helpful. The villa is well equiped with all you need to spend a wonderful time moreover if you go in family with children, safe place with garden, flowers and stunning view to the sea. Small village along te sea with very good and affordable restaurant 10 min from there... I warmly recomend.
Only 5-8 minutes drive from the villas,the sandy beaches of Georgioupolis and Kavros,offer relaxation and tranquility. Only 2 min.drive the only natural lake among Mediterranean islands “Kournas lake” preserves the village’s intact natural environment, adding to the ecological value of the picturesque village. West Crete provides a variety of the most delightful beaches including Kolympari, Kalamaki, Acrotiri, Elafonisi, Falasarna, Palaiochora, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Sfakia and Fragkokastelo.
Chania Airport is 40 Kilometres.
Heraklion Airport is approximately 65 kilometres.
Car hire is recommended but not essential.
Local train to the lake and the surrounding area.
Taxis are also available.
The beneficial geographical position of “Kournas village” allows visitors to easily access the most delightful sandy beaches and sites of Crete, as it is approximately 60kilometres from Heraklion 40kilometres from Chania, 20kilometres from Rethymnon on the National road of Chania-Rethymon, 3 km from “Georgioupolis beach” and only 2 km from “Kavros beach”.
We may arrange to provide you with necessary supplies such as fresh bread and fresh fruit and vegetables, upon request, while there is also the opportunity of delivering traditional Cretan food from Kournas village tavernas. The nearest super market is only 2kilometres away and Georgioupoli approximately 3-5 kilometres, where you may have access to tavernas, cafes, shops, super markets, pharmacy and everything you need.
West Crete provides a wide range of areas with the most delightful and splendid beaches including Kolympari, Kalamaki, Acrotiri, Elafonisi, Falasarna, Palaiochora, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Sfakia, Fragkokastelo that are really worthy of visiting and the Samaria Gorge which is ideal for the most arduous treks.