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“Wonderful Oasis”
Review of Villa Helidona

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Villa Helidona
Reviewed 28 July 2014

A week at Helidona was not enough. A beautiful place to stay in a proper Cretan village largely away from the tourist bustle, but close enough to visit any. The village is wonderfully friendly with enough in the way of shops, bars and small restaurants within walking distance to meet most peoples everyday need. Only 25 minutes’ drive from a beach or Heraklion. Demitris the owner is a delightful host and cannot do enough to be helpful and ensure your stay is perfect. A wonderful house with a fabulous pool and lots of delightful personalised fixtures and fittings, you just know you are staying in a home and not just a holiday villa. The driving in the narrow lanes in the village can be amusing, but we managed in a minibus, so don't let that put you off. A wonderful place to stay and highly recommended. We would love to stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Villa helidona is situated near an old church in the middle of the village Episkopi a quiet and authentic place. The villa is a world inside a world. From the moment you enter there is absolute privacy and you feel at home. You can stay for days without feeling the need to go out, there are many "corners" in the house to sit and relax in them so you can move around different areas during the day. There is a beautiful front court yard facing the kitchen and a huge back yard with a wonderful huge swimming pool, with view to the mountains.
The house itself is beautifully arranged with antique furniture and special art works. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need. The house was clean organized and very well maintained. The owner was more than helpful for every request or question we had.
The village itself is small and populated with very nice and friendly people. It is quiet yet you can find there everything you need from supermarket to pharmacy to tavern.
It's a very special and unique house, yet also very comfortable, a chance to get a taste of the true and authentic "village life" in Greece and of course the swimming pool which was unforgettable. a very good value for money.
We enjoyed it a lot !

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

This villa offers some of the most beautiful architecture, antiques and experiences. The building itself is a real Greek (I should say Cretan) structure. Nothing faux about it. The old stone work, the wooden beams and tile floors combine to make the home an authentic work of art. Living about this structure, your senses are excited by the rare antiques that the owner willingly shares with you,

The village is part of the experience, filled with generous, friendly people who will often take time to sit and share a shot (or bottle) of Raki..Eggs by the dozen were given to us, along with many kind words and gestures. Living here you are not just one of a mass of tourists, but greeted as an individual who is worth getting to know.

The host, Dimitris, was most generous and did everything to make our stay a treasured memory.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

The villa is delightful and Demitris is a great host . The village isn't the prettiest in Greece but the friendliness and generosity of the locals more than made up for this, harking back to a byegone era.
The village has 15 churches ( we found 11) which were very pretty and definately worth exploring
The house is very comfortable and has interesting furniture and a good kitchen; there is a beautiful courtyard and the pool is large. We ate Persimmon and pomegranates from the Orchard. It was hard to drag ourselves away . Although we were in a village, there are great views across the hills and it is lovely walking country
The viillage is about 20 mins from the airport and well positioned to explore other parts of Crete
A lovely place and a great week
The Ware family

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We just came back from 2 fantastic weeks at villa helidona in Episkopi.
The house is very typical stuck in the small village : you really experience Cretian life.
The house is very clean, convenient and we were spoiled by the landlord during our entire stay.
The children enjoyed the pool (ans so do we as it was very hot).
We highly recommend to stay at villa Episkopi

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Valerie C
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Additional Information about Villa Helidona

Address: Episkopi, Crete 700 08, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Episkopi
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Episkopi
Price Range: ₹ 5,057 - ₹ 10,114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Right Location for your Holiday Villa in Crete. Just 20 minutes from Heraklion airport, tucked away on the hillsides of the northern coast of Crete, you will find your beautiful holiday home in Episkopi. Come step into another world and discover Crete the way it was - the way it's meant to be. In Episkopi people with warmth and kindness will welcome you to Crete. Your secret holiday retreat is just minutes from the village square. Hidden behind a wall you will find your luxury holiday villa in Crete. Open the gate and live your holiday in a beautifully restored and furnished 19th century traditional Cretan stone house. Secluded Villa Let the atmosphere enchant you. Swim in your very own large private pool. Indulge into the privacy of the home and the pool area. Relax rest and heal during your stay at this truly peaceful holiday home. All the comfort you need you will find right here in this beautiful and spacious luxury villa in Crete. Spend quality time with your family or friends... and share precious memories with your loved ones. Isn't it time you take your well-deserved easygoing holiday in a wonderful luxury villa in Crete?... Villa Helidona is just the right place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday retreat. ... more   less 

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