After reading negative press about the owner George before we went, we were wary but decided that we would give it a go. So here is how we found the experience.......
First the nice stuff:
The apartments are clean and quite spacious and all have a good sized balcony or terrace. The location is quiet and has lovely inland views. It has a small pool and a bar with a dining area that is covered with clear plastic drapes.
Now the not so nice:
The apartments are situated 1 kilometre from bus stop 16, along a narrow road (this was measured by odometre in a friends hire car). As you turn from the road, the apartments are reached by a steep path which has lights either side but because George does not turn them on at night, you will need a torch for safety as there are steep drops at each side of the path and it gets very dark at night
Because of the quite remote location, it is easy to become "a captive audience" and George seizes on this and as a result his prices are high. He charges 2.50 for a small beer and 3.50 for a large beer. This was more expensive than anywhere else we went to on the island. He also charges 8 Euro's for a short but does not tell you this until it's time to pay the bill. Our friends had two main courses that came to about 20 Euro's and they also had four gin and tonics which raised the total bill to 56 Euro's.
Also George has a barbecue on a Sunday evening for which he charges 18 Euro's per person just for the food. You can see that if you have a few drinks as well, you can easily be paying 50 - 60 Euro's per couple for a barbecue meal, seated inside what is in effect a plastic tent. In comparison, we went to a lovely nearby restaurant with great views and had two starters, two mixed grills, wine, two desserts and coffee with excellent service for a total of 28 Euro's.
Now the down right awful:
Our female friend in the apartment below was taking a shower when she turned and looked towards the small bathroom window, to see George staring at her.
On another occasion, I was standing in the bathroom after showering and was still naked. I turned around to see George standing in a position where he could see directly through the apartment right the way into the bathroom.
One morning, my wife left the apartment and was immediately confronted by George who started shouting at her because the outside light had been left on all night. I feel that he was venting his spleen because we had not attended his barbecue on the previous evening.
In summary the apartments are very nice but are spoiled by greedy George and his seedy antics. He can turn on the charm as we saw when he was showing a lady around the site but if you are not spending your time and money there, he can be very brusque and rude. The other guests realised this and as a result there was nothing happening in the evenings there at all. In fact people weren't even bothering to have a drink there in the evening before leaving to dine elsewhere.
Georges wife speaks no English so even ordering a Greek salad from her on the first day was problematic.
So there is an honest account for you - if you do go, spend lots of money with George and keep your windows shut! Good luck!!
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