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7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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HMB362
Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic, child friendly holiday in a beautiful villa”
Reviewed July 13, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We stayed at the Knossos estate in June as a group of three families with young children. The villa is fantastically maintained and Maria and Manos couldn't have been more helpful. The children (3-6years) loved the gardens, the small playground (very handily situated so that parents can watch from the terrace) and the pools - both the large pool and the smaller toddler pool which allowed them to play more independently. The weather was fantastic and we made full use of the barbecue and various outdoor seating options for dinner. One evening Maria arranged for a catered meal for us for a birthday celebration - the food was amazing and the cake was delicious!!! Rethymnon was a great resort - plenty of shop and restaurant options and we all loved the frozen yoghurt bar. We took a ride on the pirate boat (take your swimsuits as you can swim from the boat) and enjoyed looking round the fort. A truly fantastic holiday, and we didn't want to come home!!

Traveling group: Young Children
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MrGgggg
Dover, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Such an amazing villa and an amazing place With the service to match”
Reviewed June 1, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
3
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From the moment of booking, the team were excellent. Answering all the queries quickly. They also recommended car hire firms.

The car hire was the best service that everyone in our group has ever received. We were met at the arrivals and within a few minutes we were in our cars and driving away. The car hire guy, John even escorted us all the way to our villa which was above and beyond the call of duty.

Once at the villa, we were greeted by Maria and manos for a brief introduction and tour of the villa. Such a friendly and professional greeting.

Before we arrived the team very kindly to get a few essentials in the house (food) in case our flight was delayed and we paid for the food on arrival.

The villa itself, was everything you would expect of a luxury. The villa was beautiful inside with everything you would need. Towels (beach and bath) were all included.

The pool was beautiful and even the children pool was used so much each day.

The views from the villa on the side of the gorge overlooking the beautiful town of rethymno was spectacular. The town of rethymno was such a great place to head to as there is so much to see and do. We would have the morning in the villa and the afternoon by the beach. The water at both was very warm and comfortable. The facilities by the beach was great. We would highly recommend the jet ski and the banana boat as well as the pirate ship.

The villa was just amazing, the location incredible and the people just about the friendliest you could hope to meet.

The owner of the villa has been so successful in developing the complete package.

We could not recommend this villa and location enough. Treat yourself to some luxury, you won't regret it.

Traveling group: Friends
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Oily rag
Winchester, England
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“5 star Villa, Service and Location with Plenty of Space and great views”
Reviewed May 12, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
4
people found this review helpful

WOW! I can't stress enough how much we all enjoyed our time at this villa; my only regret is we didn't book it for two weeks.
We arrived after a delayed flight at nearly midnight and were greeted by Maria & Manos the managers of the two adjacent Estate houses, and they stayed to give us run through of the facilities. The first impression was of the huge swimming pool and grounds all lit up and looking very chic. The other noticeable feature was the view from the grounds of the twinkling lights of Rethymno and the harbour below.
You enter the ground floor into a very large reception room and kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with all the required facilities (except a Teapot) including an electric filtered water cooler and heater. There is a large extendible glass dinning table in front of the double patio doors. The sitting area easily accommodates all the guests on the three settees etc. around the satellite TV.
There are four bedrooms on the ground floor and two bathrooms. Go up the stairs and the whole arrangement of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and lounge is replicated, and has a lovely balcony overlooking the whole area with superb views.
Everything is of a very good standard and nothing is too much trouble for Maria or Manos. Every 2 days the cleaning lady appears and changes all the towels and sheets. Every Day Manos cleans and tidies the grounds, pool and the BBQ.
Maria offers to cook for you in the evening if you so wish. We didn't use her services as we had other arrangements planned, but she did arrange to get our first shopping ready and waiting for our arrival.
Maria & Manos- You are stars, Thank You!

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Liked best: Peace & Quiet together with plenty of space
Liked least: Slightly too far to walk to Rethymno and back, but the taxis were cheap
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Lars L
Lund, Sweden
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“Spacious villa and fine service”
Reviewed April 25, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We were 13 people going to Crete to celebrate a birthday, and this villa definitely fulfilled all our needs. Seven bedrooms, two fully equipped kitchens, professional and caring staff (thanks to Maria and Manos), large pool. The owner was also very helpful when it cam to recommending restaurants and other tips. You do need cars or use taxis though; quite a long walking distance to town. We would really like to recommend Villa Knossos for a holiday on Crete. And the price was low (at least in April): 1 500 Euros for 13 people is quite a bargain.

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Traveling group: Large Group/Tour
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LizJou
Cape Town, South Africa
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77 reviews
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“Book it now - do not think twice!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We are a group of about 14 friends that try to go away on holiday every 2 years. Pevious destinations include other Greek Islands, South of England and Sardinia.

Knossos Estates is by far the best equipped holiday accommodation we have come across.

Everything was perfect and the owners really put a lot of thought into small details that makes a big difference.

There are so many amazing things about this house, but here are a few that made a big difference to our holiday and or blew us away:

- The house was amazing, with wonderful views of the ocean.
- Very clean on arrival and cleaners came in 3 times during the week to clean and was always very helpful even though there was a bit of a language barrier.
- The pool is very big, clean with plenty of umbrella's and loungers.
- Great for kids with a play area, toys, cots, baby chairs
- Table tennis
- Wonderful BBQ area with unlimted wood and charcoal
- The care taker, Manos was available around the clock. He made sure that we had every thing we needed and was very helpful. You could see he takes great pride in the property.
- There were local wine, olive oil, cereal, sugar, coffee on our arrival.
- Dish washer!
- Aircon!
- Very spacious rooms
- Somehow the house is great and sound does not really travel. We could easily continue to chat and have a good time on the veranda while others were sleeping in the house without noise being a problem.
- Plenty of parking
- Bath and pool towels were provided.
- Enough cutlery, glass ware for a big group.
- TV, CD player
- Washing machine

The house was not really walking distance from Rethymno and the beach, but this did not really bother us at all. We either spent time next to the pool or drove down to the town.

Overall this was an amazing experience and I cannot recommend it enough. Looking at the pictures were thought it could not really be that good. But it was better!

10 out of 5 stars!

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Management Response
Oct 15, 2013
Hello Ivan,
I would like to thank you for choosing our villa for your holidays as well as for your great review!
I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed so much your holiday in our villa and I am really satisfied to know that the resort, the facilities and its personnel lived up to your expectations, because we try hard to offer our guests an enjoyable stay in the villa!
I will send your greetings to Manos!!
We would be very glad to welcome you again in our sunny island in the future!!
Best regards,
Dr Nikolaos Sertedakis
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pauline m
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“brilliant time had by all”
Reviewed September 27, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

we stayed at knossos villa 13th to 20th sept 2013 on arrival we was in awe it is a beautiful villa we were greeted by helen the manager who proceded to tell us aboat the villas facilities which was very informantive we was introduced to manos the villas caretaker and was told anything we needed manos was there 24 - 7 there was 11 of us and 1 baby there was plenty of space and we never felt cramped the garden and pool area was lovely also bbq and childrens play area manos could not be more helpful and his wife maria one night cooked us all a meal at very reasonable price we all had a fantastic time and would love to return one day

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Liked best: cleanliness
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Sep 28, 2013
Hello Alan,
I would like to thank you for booking and staying in Knossos Estate, as well as for your favorable review.
I am really very happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your holiday in our villa. It gives me great safisfaction to know that not only the facilities but also the personnel of the villa lived up to your expectations.
I will send your greetings to Helen, Manos and Maria.
Of course I would be very happy to welcome you again in our villa.
Best regards,
the owner
Dr Nikolaos Sertedakis
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ashley_en...
Chester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wow”
Reviewed September 11, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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What an amazing holiday. I travelled with 15 others to Knossos Estate for our friends wedding down in the Old Port of Rethmynom.
On arrival at the villa we were greeted by Helena the owner who gave us a brief but insightful welcome to the villa and provide some information into the area. We were also introduced to Manos the villa caretaker.
The villa is stunning, the website doesn't do it justice. The pool and the surrounding area was perfect for sunbathing, relaxing and having fun with it getting sun all day. The town and beaches were only a 5 min taxi ride away (7/8euro between 4 of us) and a small cafe/shop was only a 5 min walk away ideal for the basics during the day. I was cheaper to eat out in the local town then cook for ourselves.
We were spoilt by Manos. Whenever we required supplies (soft drinks, beer etc) we were able to ask him and he delivered 30 minutes later. For lunch the villa had details of a local takeaway that was reasonably priced and delivered for free. One evening Manos and his wife cooked us an amazing BBQ with a selection of meats and greek dishes.

As I mentioned before the website doesn't do the villa justice. With only a short ride to town, the local shop and also what is offered via Manos this really does add to the experience of staying at Knossos Estate.

A most for any large groups of friends looking for a chilled out holiday with the option of some lively nights down in the town.

Never going to forget my week here, thanks.

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Liked best: The pool area and service provided by the caretaker
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 14, 2013
Hello Ashley

I am really happy to hear that you and your guests had a lovely stay in our villa,our greetings to everyone and we really hope to see you and your guests again in the near future.
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