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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

If you visit Heraklion, Crete, and you should, you must stay at Vergis Epavlis. Away from the busy City atmosphere, this piece of heaven is set in the gorgeous village of Agios Myronas. Mr Stelious and his wonderful wife Stella own and operate this boutique gem. Nothing is too much trouble, they anticipate and exceed all levels of generosity, hospitality and kindness. You are treated like family and brought into their beautiful world. Stella cooks new dishes each day for her guests, showcasing the best of local, organic, DELICIOUS Cretan dishes. Its utterly divine. No effort is too great for them. Recommendations on what to see or do, or not are made freely as well as history lessons of this beautiful island and country. Restaurant reservations are made for you and they drove us to and from said Tavernas. Incredible. We stayed in the Rafkos, Presidential room. Wonderful. All the amenities you would need and more. 2 bedroom, lounge, kitchen, 2 bathroom. Mr Stelios connected the TV to additional channels to ensure we could watch the World Cup live. Very appreciated. A welcome bottle of wine on arrival, daily edible treats, stunning pool that overlooks an incredible vista. The staff were so lovely and professional. Vergis Epavlis cannot be spoken of highly enough. Stunning in everyway. Stelios, Stella are to be congratulated for what they have created and maintained. A place you will never forget and revisit often. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank 277cholys
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

We are just finishing a 9 day visit to Vergis Epavlis "the Vergis Mansion" here in Agios Mironas, central Crete. The 4 suited boutique hotel just South of Heraklion is a wonderful experience of Cretan hospitality due to Stella and Stellios Vergis who own and manage this jewel with a huge sense of graciousness and generosity. We were lucky to land in the Rafkos Balcony Suite which meant that our teenage son had his own space on a pull out sofa - we had ample additional space. The pristine pool- large enough for lengths overlooking the olive grove laden valley with vistas all the way to Heraklion was most inviting. Breakfast from the breakfast room offers wonderful views even before the day starts. This venue affords opportunity to explore Crete from all sides of the compass in easy day trips. We have had a wonderful time. Had we stayed longer Stella would have made sure we left quite a few kilograms heavier! nothing was too much trouble- and we can highly recommend her Moussaka!

Room tip: all the suites are unique and wonderful.
Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Linda-gail B
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

If I could give this beautiful, family-run hotel a 10-star rating I would! My family and I were warmly and enthusiastically welcomed by our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Vergis, even though we arrived quite late into the evening. We were treated like family throughout our stay, beginning with a delicious, home-cooked breakfast the following morning. After breakfast, Mrs. Vergis gathered us around and gave us an overview of the island, along with her personal recommendations on what to see and where to dine. We took a short drive to the lively town of Knossos and visited the Minoan ruins. Our perfect day ended with a perfect meal at our local village’s taverna. Our spacious room was immaculate, modern and very well appointed, with many extras like thick bath towels, robes, and a large jacuzzi tub. We enjoyed the privacy of our beautiful patio as well as the stunning surrounding gardens and large, well-maintained pool. We felt safe at all times and were very well cared for by our hosts. Needless to say, we can’t wait to return to this “slice of heaven!” Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Vergis for a most memorable and heartwarming stay.

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Cathy P
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

This place is amazing! Stella and Stelios are what you might call the perfect hosts. If you read all of the other reviews you will find that these people only want you to enjoy your time with them. The knowledge they have about the island, the places to visit etc is shared with their obvious passion for helping you enjoy what the Island has to offer, Stella generally takes time on your first morning to explain what the Island has to offer, her knowledge is second to none and she makes her suggestions based on what you want from your holiday. The hotel suites are very comfortable and have all you need to feel at home. The village is remote and a short drive from Heraklion but it is in the perfect position for exploring what this lovely Island has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy the remoteness of the Hotel or to use it as a base for daily jaunts to the various resorts we guarantee you will have a great time.
Many people assume that the Island is blighted with unwanted refugees on their way to mainland Europe, this is not the case, having visited a variety of resorts We can tell you we did not see one sign of any 'crisis'. The villagers in Agios Myronas were very friendly and took the time to speak and make us feel part of their village. The village has a small selection of shops including a couple of small supermarkets, a bakers , a couple of Tavernas and bars. The village is very quiet and the scenery from anywhere within is spectacular. Take some time to have a good walk around the area, it is safe, scenic and has a great climate.
Stelios helped us numerous occasions and for that we truly thank him, his generosity knows no bounds and he went above and beyond his role to make sure we had everything we wanted. If we ever visit the Island again we will be sure to stop here.

Date of stay: September 2017
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We stayed here just for one night last year and wanted to come back and stay again, so we did! This year we stayed four nights in September so that we could visit some of the sites that we missed out on last time we visited. Stelios and Stella treat you like family and Stella's home cooked breakfasts are delicious and cooked with care and love. The Greek Yoghurt is sensational but the cooked surprises that she makes each day are wonderful too. The gleaming pool is a welcome relief to return home to after a hot day out. The pool is a bit cool to get into but once you're in it's great.

The location is excellent - it is only 25 minutes from Heraklion by car and an easy drive should you wish to visit. If you do want to visit Heraklion to see what is offers, parking is cheap and very easy at the Port in Heraklion (and only a 5 minute walk from the main action). Heraklion is not a pretty city but it does have some nice restaurants (try Peskesi), cafes (Phyllosophies on Lion's Square for Bougatsa) and the Archeological Museum is world class if you are interested in the history of Greece. If you are not interested in history or going to the city, there are plenty of little villages or day trips to beaches that you can do from the property. We are Greek history enthusiasts so we did day trips to Gortyn, Knossos and Phaistos, which were all easy day trips. We also went to Ayios Nicolas for a day. It is very easy to see lots of things from the location. It is also very tranquil to return to the gorgeous view and peacefulness at the end of the day.

We were very saddened to hear that bookings for Greece are down because people outside of Europe are afraid of the refugee crisis. People, you will not see any impact on this on your travels. We have travelled to five Greek Islands over the last two years and have seen no impact of the situation at all. If we would have seen it, we would have expected to see it in Samos which is considerably closer to Turkey (which we visited this year). There is no evidence of any issue. Please do not let this stop you visiting Greece. I feel much safer in Greece than I do in Paris or London.

Thank you Stelios and Stella for a great stay again - and thanks Stella for our sandwiches that you sent us off with when we left.

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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