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  • Reviews

“The house is located just outside of Pines, with only a direct neighbor it is very quiet and secluded. The pool and garden area is spacious and well maintained. The House is built in a country typical construction and has a very spacious floor plan. In the bedrooms there is air conditioning. The decor is in country style. Especially nice is the bedroom in the upper floor of this one comes to a large roof terrace from which one has a magnificent view of the mountains and the sea.”
Andreas J. – August 2019
Renter
“This house is absolutely great in any way: cozy, super clean, great quiet environment but with 3 great restaurants on walking distance. Managed by the fabulous Miss Penny (now Mrs. Jorun) who will help you with everything you need. 15 minutes by bus to Rethymnon. We would love to keep this place a secret, but on second thought, because everyone to enjoy.”
Jeanine – September 2018
Renter
“The house is situated in a quiet area. Very nice are the many animals, such as chickens, sheep, goats, geese and turkeys, which are kept on the surrounding land. Just as impressive is the beautiful landscape, which is suitable for walks, almost like in the Alps. The house itself has been newly built from beautiful sandstones, in the old style. The architecture is simple but solid. The bedroom on the first floor shows the roof construction inside. Everything is very clean (2 times a week the pool is cleaned and changed once a week bedding and towels, or the floors washed up). Once we had a problem with the outflow, immediate and professional remedy was provided - a big plus for the house care. The housekeeping was extremely friendly and everything was very, very family. Here, too, one has been able to experience Greek hospitality. The pool was always very clean, of course wonderfully warm and big enough to float. The air conditioning worked well, so you in the house really felt very comfortable.”
Philip T. - October 2018
Renter
“Lovely villa in a town just a short drive from Rethymnon. Great hosts, very accommodating. Nearby tavernas have absolutely amazing Cretan food.”
Brian M. – April 2017
Renter
“We spent a week at Villa Despina. It was our first visit to Crete. We were greeted by Penny (now Mrs. Jorun), the nice and professional residence manager. She welcomed us with a smile and top tips on beaches and restaurants which we duly followed much to our satisfaction. The house was beautifully located on the hills around Rethymno and perfectly equipped. The one thing which wasn't there (a hair dryer ), the amazing Penny provided immediately. Our hosts were also extremely generous ( thank you for the dinner you offered us at the " Olive tree " taverna - we enjoyed it ). Likewise the lady who came to change the linen and brought fresh figs and a delicious homemade honey cake. Our only regret is that we did not use the pool enough. Next time, as we hope to return. In the meantime, we will certainly recommend Villa Despina to anyone who wants to discover Crete from a comfortable house in lovely surroundings. Arrivederci e grazie.”
Gerardo K. – August 2017
Renter
“Perfect villa with everything you might need. the location is very remote so you will need car at all times. i wished for a heated pool sometimes, but know this is not common in Greece :)”
Jenny H. – September 2018
Renter
“A really beautiful and quiet place. perfect for a family with everything available as soon as you arrive. Penny (now Mrs. Jorun) and the family are very welcoming and helpful. We highly recommend this Villa and Prines in general and hope to be back soon.”
Olivier G. – November 2018
Renter
“A wonderful villa for a family reunion. Peaceful location and great BBQ and pool area and within easy access of 3 good restaurants in the village. Jorun who managed our visit was extremely helpful and responded very quickly to queries. Overall a great place to stay and we would highly recommend Villa Despina.”
Helen S – August 2019
Renter
“The location of the villa is excellent: On the outskirts of the village nice and quiet, yet only a few minutes walk to the 3 taverns, small shop, pharmacy, bus stop and only a few kilometers to Rethymnon and to a great long beach (free sunbeds / umbrellas, if you eat something at the beach bars). Wonderful sea view. Lots of space, very good equipment. Only the lighting in the kitchen can be improved. Excellent local support by Jorun, who also speaks very good German. She even arranged a dentist for us on Saturday afternoon. Even the cleaning lady is very nice and provided us with homemade food.”
Reisenmous June 2019
Renter
“A lovely villa, so well furnished with great outside area and pool. A tranquil place with lovely views. A short walk to the village with choice of three tavernas, all very welcoming. The villa manager greeted us with a hospitality pack, instructions regarding the villa and answered all our queries. Thoroughly recommend!”
Andrea N. October 2018
Renter