Villa Artemis was just what we were looking for.
Away from the busy coastal resorts, spacious, surrounded by countryside and has the biggest pool we've ever had in a private villa.
The villa was big, clean, well equipped and our only minor grumble was with it just having one shower room for the four of us.
A car is a must as its a 20 minute drive to the nearest resort - Panormo - which is well worth several visits for the fantastic food in the restaurants overlooking the harbour.
A 45 minute drive to Rethmyno has everything you could want or need.
Be careful of using Satellite Navigation as on our first drive to Heraklion it took us over the mountain passes which was 'exciting' - we stuck to the coast roads after that.