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View to the Krousonas Mountains as can be seen from the upstairs bedroom veranda
Private road of the Christina Villas complex, leading to the village square.
Detail from the garden.
Pendamodi: a typical, unspoilt Cretan village near the city of Heraklion.
Kroussonas Mountains overlooking Pendamodi
Agias Eirinis' Chapel ,20 minutes walking in Nature from the villas.
Vineyards and Olivegroves, landscape of Malevizi area, where Pendamodi is.
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Pendamodi, Crete

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HotTubBoy
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Villa Christina III”
Reviewed 7 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Stored under Christina II, but we actually stayed at Christina III for just over two weeks - found at: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g189413-d3272134-Pendamodi_Villa_Christina_III_with_private_Pool-Crete.html - but unable to post review there.

Pros:
3 bed (1 double, 2 twin) villa with private pool.
2 bathrooms (1 with shower / bath and 1 with shower) + 1 separate toilet as well.
Shared balcony (between beds 1 & 2) with good views.
Very clean inside with regular maid service.
Excellent security with good doors and shutters.
Good free WiFi.
Get a free Greek meal thrown in, cooked by "Lee".
Good support provided by Adonis of Zakros Tours - including being met at airport and escorted to villa (if you take a hire car off them).
Air con in every bedroom plus lounge.
Decent dining table.
Lovely marble stairway.
Nice fireplace - not that we used it!
Good sunbeds.
Lovely selection of fauna in garden.
Good stereo.
Good outdoor lighting.
Fairly secluded garden, even though you are in a village location.
Good welcome pack of goodies provided.
Good guide in villa.
Shops within walking distance.
Excellent Taverna in village.

Cons:
We were initially disappointed upon arrival due to a number of maintenance issues - which gave the appearance of the villa not being rented for a while:
1) The kettle didn't work - was replaced with a new one within a few days.
2) Washing machine did not work - power button faulty - eventually fixed it ourselves.
3) After using it twice, noticed that the table top dishwasher was leaking all over. Maintenance guy eventually came on our penultimate day and could not fix it. So, had to spend the whole holiday washing up by hand - good job the MIL was here!
4) DVD Player remote was incompatible with player - had to resort to playing our DVDs through the PS2.
5) Pool had an ugly "tide mark" - looked like that had built up over a number of rentals. Finally convinced Giorgos to give it a good scrub to bring it upto an acceptable standard. Needs a good jetwash!
6) Outdoor seat was broken.

Electrical system kept "tripping out" as it is not correctly specified to cater for the load.
Beds were extremely creaky (or was it our load we were putting them under!).
Only a standard double in the main bedroom.
SAT TV was pretty useless for English channels (had the BBC World Service and precious little else) - other European languages weren't really well catered for either. Constantly scrabbling around to try and find channels showing the Olympics!
Horrible smell coming from the drains of the toilets / bathrooms.
Although a nice shape, the pool is small, cold (useful at midday - invigorating in the morning and at night!) and liable to lots of debris due to wind and surrounding trees / plants.
Smell and evidence of damp near front door and downstairs cupboard.
Old style small CRT TV with no SCART sharer (constantly having to change connectors).
No parking outside villa - have to use the communal parking up the road.
Bulbs blown in various outlets that had not been replaced.
BBQ provided, but it is a small basic model. Found it challenging to cook for 4 adults and a child on it!
Conservatory stuff furniture provided in lounge - bit uncomfortable.
Only a small bench outside - nothing really to sit out and dine with. We did request some cheap white patio furniture - but nothing was forthcoming.
Some of the electrical outlets are not securely located on the wall.
Not a remote control for all air con units.
Could do with a dustbin outside - or maybe that is not the Greek way - as the communal bins are a walk away - wouldn't want to be going there everythime you had a single bag!
Door bell does not work.
Garden sprinklers are a waste of time - due to their location and the wind, they end up coating the patio and loungers rather than the grass!
The dogs opposite are a pain in the backside - yapping most of the time. We bought a water gun to shoot them whenever we were entering or leaving the villa to shut them up!

All in all, a few maintenance issues to deal with, but as the villa is cheap anyway, it is good value for money.

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Liked best: Lolunging in the sun and the free WiFi
Liked least: The beds and the power frequently cutting out
Travelling group: Extended Family
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HaveChild...
Boston, Massachusetts
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“The Best Way to Experience Crete”
Reviewed 2 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We stayed for a week at Villa Christina II in the village of Pendamodi. Pendamodi is a small village a short drive away from Heraklion, and it was a wonderful base for exploring the island of Crete.

We always travel with our son, and we look to stay at places that are affordable, clean, include a kitchen, and room to relax and play. Villa Christina was a perfect fit for us! We also like to get off the well traveled tourist path so that our son can experience the culture of the places we visit, and the location of the Villa in the village of Pendamodi gave us this opportunity.

We were well taken care of by Adonis and Zakros Tours. You will need to rent a car, and they offer special rates to visitors who are staying at the Villa. We were met at the airport with our rental car and followed Adonis to the Villa. (He helped us to the port at the end of our stay as well.) Upon arrival at the villa, Adonis sat down with us to talk about what we wanted to do on Crete and gave excellent advice on where to go, how long it takes, and good places to eat. There is an informative guide to the area provided in the Villa as well. Most nights we took advantage of the wonderful hospitality of the local Taverna. The food was excellent, the atmosphere welcoming, and my son made fast friends with the owner. We also had the experience of a local Cretan chef cooking for us at the Villa. It was a delicious experience and highly recommended!

Do be advised that your GPS may lead you on interesting, but possibly unwanted, adventures around the island that include tiny roads that are not paved or well marked. We easily avoided traveling these roads by purchasing a map and familiarizing ourselves with the main roads.

We could not have been happier with our experience and highly recommend Villa Christina!

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unckyherb
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Excellent Secluded Retreat”
Reviewed 7 April 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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We stayed in Christina 3, one of the three villas in Pendamodi, offered by Zakros Tours. I can not say enough good things about the villa and the staff of Zakros Tours. The Villa is a very nice three bedroom free standing home. The main floor has a large kitchen eating area, fireplace, living room, a 3/4 bath, and a wash machine. Upstairs are three large bedrooms, a full bath, and a separate W/C. There is a very nice size pool in a private garden area. The village of Pendamodi is 20 minutes away from Heraklion, and you will need a car. We were there for seven days and used the villa as a base, traveling to different parts of the island each day, and returning each evening. The villa is clean, modern, looks brand new.

As good as the villa is, the extra special feature is the staff of Zakros Tours. It is a family owned and operated company that really cares about making your stay special. They go out of their way to meet your needs. Adonis Paspalakis, the son of the owner, was too good to be true. He offered to include a car as part of the package, at a very reasonable rate, and I was very glad he did. He picked us up at the airport, on the way to the villa, he took us to a supermarket so we could get some provisions, when we got to Pendamodi, he took us to his nephews Taverna (George's) for a welcome toast of Rakia ( a local beverage made from the pulp of the grape after the wine has been extracted, just a little stronger than gasoline) It was a fantastic glimpse into the real local life of Crete.

On night Adonis brought a chef to the villa and cooked us a traditional Greek meal, a wonderful salad, Dakos (twice baked bread similar to bruschetta topped with tomato and feta), a stew of lamb, vegetables, potatoes, in a very tasty lemon sauce, with toasted bread and Tzatziki sauce, for desert, a yogurt parfait. He prepared it from scratch in our kitchen while we talked about everything from marriage to politics. It was a fantastic meal, and a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange.

The villa is a wonderful place to stay, just be aware, it is a secluded retreat. Pendamodi is a sleepy little village with not much to offer in the way of entertainment or night life. You will need a car so you can experience the charms of the island, and then return to recharge at the villa.

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Liked best: The facilites were first rate. The owner/operaters were great! My new Greek friends.
Liked least: It is remote, which is part of its apeal, but you will have to drive everywhere.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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