We spent our holidays (2 weeks) on the wonderful island of Crete. We appreciated the familiy house with four bedrooms, well equiped and the hospitality of the landlady. We lived there with two families and we had everything we needed.
The location is located directly in the village of Levkogia, a close walk from the beach. As we were there twice we could definitely recommend the house.
Let me start by saying that I would much rather be writing a 5 star review of this villa, just like the prior reviewers who motivated us to rent the villa for 10 days. Alas, in good conscience, I cannot.
The villa is quaint in a rustic sort of way (although overrun by ants, even if you are careful about putting the food away) and it lies in the town of Lefkogeia at the end of a rambling alley full of one and two story homes, some of which are in a state of disrepair or have been half-finished and abandoned. The town of Lefkogeia itself is convenient, albeit unremarkable with the exception of the excellent Taverna Stelios, where we dined almost every night. The nearby beaches are quite nice and characterized by small to medium sized coves with some great areas for snorkeling, swimming and relaxed sunbathing.
Our group was large and included many young children and while we did our best to keep the place neat, there were times when LEGO parts, books and clothes were strewn all over the floor. Since we are the sort of people who keep our own homes clean and organized, we made it a point to tidy everything up at the end of every day. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication, we did not realize that the proprietress, Betty, was coming by to clean the villa on a Sunday and we were caught unprepared — we had left in a hurry to visit a monastery and then the fortress at Rethymno, so the place was in a state of disarray and we intended to put our things away upon our return later that afternoon (it was, after all supposed to be a vacation!). That evening, without so much as a phone call or message via WhatsApp (we were using it to communicate with Betty), we received the following email from the booking agency, etouri:
“Ms. Betty is terribly upset by the way she found the villa today. She has been renting her villa to clients for the past ten years and she told me she has never seen the villa in such a state. The floors were full of things thrown all over the place; toys, boardgames, clothes, undergarments, to name a few. There was so much stuff everywhere she couldn’t even clean properly.
She feels you are not regardful of her villa and has asked me to inform you to please pick up after yourself, and if she finds the villa on the 1st of Aug. (next cleaning) in the state in was in today she will ask you to leave. At that point we will refund you your money for the last days.”
Notwithstanding her 1/2 apology a week later, Betty’s eviction notice and persistent needling and strange behavior unsettled all of us, kids included, and injected unnecessary stress into our vacation. I’ve travelled the world with my family and rented homes dozens of times in dozens of countries without incident. My rating as a guest on Airbnb is excellent and I make it a point to be a considerate tourist. I only wish that the villa and its management had lived up to prior reviews.
For these reasons, Villa Pente Anemoi, Betty and etouri travel earned one star from all of us.
We were a family of 6 with 4 kids between 4 to 15 years old. We had a fantastic stay in this incredibly beautiful house with a pretty patio that was perfect for our smaller kids to play in and for having dinner. Everything is meticulously clean and decorated with love. Betty and Elias are the best hosts ever: full of humor, generous and helpful. And so are the people of the village...we got immediate help from neighbors when our car battery died and other neighbors brought bread over. Our kids loved to visit the animals on Betty's and Elias' farm around feeding time. The little hidden beaches are gems and can be discovered by climbing or by swimming over from other beaches! If you are looking for a big resort with all inclusive animation, you are not in the right spot, if you want to enjoy Crete and its people, bath in the stunningly clear sea, relax on clean beaches and eat fresh fish, this is the place to be!
I booked the villa 5 anemoi for a family holiday.( My dad, mum, brother, sister in law, boyfriend, me and my little nephew). We stayed at the villa for 11 days....and all I can say is that everything was so perfect. It could not have been better. Betty an Hlias (the owners) did really everything for making it the best holiday we ever had. We wanted to have a real authentic cretan holiday and not a touristic one.....and we get what we wanted.
The Villa is in a little but very beautiful village called Lefkogeia. You live just inbetween other cretan citizens, there is a small supermarket in the center, a few Tavernas so you get the real greek style.
Also the beaches are not far away and if you want to see a little bit more its also not far to Plakias where you get everything you like.
But we spend the most time at the Beaches and in the beautiful House. The house is an old cretan stone house which betty and hlias renovated at it's best i can say. It's a good mix of traditional and modern and we felt really comfortable there. Everything was so clean and Betty was coming around each day for asking if everything was ok. It felt like home for us and Hlias and Betty became friends with us (they are so nice). Especially the farm of betty and Hlias was such an adventure for my little nephew. For me you couldn't get a better place for spending your holidays. I will surely go back to this Place!!!! I Love Greece, I love Crete and I really fell in love with Lefkogeia and the Villa pente anemoi with their owners Betty and Hlias.
Thanks for making it a perfekt holiday!!!!
Verena Mack (Germany)
And not to forget, also thanks for Kostas and Sophia for organising everything and answering all questions we had. You're great!!!!!
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We spent two weeks (3 adults and 3children) in this house. It is clean, comfortable and well-equipped. It is located in the small village of Lefkogia which has the advantage of being few touristic and having simple and cheap but good restaurants in the village center (a few minutes walk from the house)..
Several beaches are accessible by car from the house. The nearest beaches are family beaches, not crowded and very beautiful', with few buildings.
In general the landscapes around the area are great.
The owners Betty and Elias are very friendly and helpful. They welcomed us in their farm located in the nearby. The visit of this farm with all these animals in the cretian mountains was a great moment for the adults but even more for the kids.