Our stay here was the highlight of 6 weeks in Europe. These beautifully restored cottages, set in a wonderfully landscaped environment provided comfort, privacy and an excellent base from which to explore this part of Crete. Lots of walking opportunities (nearby gorges), swimming (nearby beaches and beautiful pool and surrounds at White River Cottages) and eating local food (many restaurants). The area is not upmarket resorts, more rustic, which appealed to us. Helen and Sue were wonderful hosts, can’t recommend this place highly enough.
Embedded in the hillside reminescent of ancient dwellings the well furnished cottages offer seaview, large pool and quiet. Small private verandas. The cottages are accessed on a trail just west of the river bridge, which skirts the rover bed. The white river is mostly dried out but in 2018 hevy rains contributed to inundations downstream and a white riverindeed. Up the mountainside is the steep but fantastic gorge trail to Pefki, not to be missed Walking shoes and intact knees are essential.
We enjoyed six nights here in a very comfortable and spacious house, no 6 , with good views down to the sea. The whole property, including the grounds, is immaculately kept and the house was really well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The pool is excellent with some shaded areas. The nearby resort was quiet during our visit, which we liked. We particularly enjoyed visiting Green Beach, a short drive away, where we rented beds and enjoyed lunches in the Diaskari Taverna. The beach there is sandy and unspoilt, but beach shoes are recommended when you enter the sea. Helen and Sue were so helpful when we booked and continued to be so during our stay. Thank you!
I had been wanting a holiday at White River Cottages since seeing stumbling over it in a newspaper review (Telegraph I think). It’s as beautiful as you would hope and our accommodation was very comfortable (brilliant beds), outside space was a little tight for a family of 4. We had some amazing adventures in the gorges And on the beaches around, a car is a must, and found some wonderful places to eat. However for a reason that I cannot quite put my finger on, White River Cottages lacked some soul which left me a little disappointed.
I had read reviews of White River Cottages and decided it sounded perfect for a special birthday trip. We were not disappointed. The cottages themselves are lovely with perfect attention to detail, and the whole surroundings are beautiful. You never feel that you’re staying in a complex as it is so well thought out, you rarely see neighbours. The pool area is great and wonderfully tranquil, never crowded. On top of all this is the wonderful personal service provided by Helen and Sue (not forgetting Maria!) who went above and beyond to help my husband arrange a wonderful birthday surprise for me. Helen showed such genuineness in helping out and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely return, and more than once!