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Description of Villa Askyfou
Description of the interior
The arch is the main element of the common area, where you can find a satellite TV, a HiFi and stone-built sofas.
There is a fireplace in the middle of the room and a dining table next to it. The room is connected with the kitchen, which is fully equipped with all appliances and has got a stone-built oven as well.
All bedrooms are equipped with renovated metal beds.
On the second floor you can find another living room with two wooden sofa beds from which you can enjoy an astonishing view through the large window.
On the third floor there is a big suite with separate entrance. The suite includes a dining room, a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, a TV, WC and a large vintage bathtub.
The interior wooden staircase leads to a living room with glass partition that offers a panoramic view. At the top end of the staircase, in the attic, there is an old loom, which is adjusted as a double bed.
The house features six bedrooms, four WCs, fireplace, central heating, Jacuzzi, barbecue, satellite TV, HiFi, washing machine, dishwasher and two fully equipped kitchens.
Description of the exterior
The stone-built barbecue is situated in a separate area next to the swimming pool and is ideal for pleasant meetings with your friends.
In the summertime you can also enjoy the swimming pool, which offers a unique view to the plateau.
RESPECT TO THE SITE TO OBJECTS IN AN AREA WHERE THE STORY MEETS LUXURY.GREAT ATTENTION TO POOL (DEPTH TWO MEASURES) NOT TOUCH THE OLD OBJECTS HANKING .. BECAUSE IT IS VERRY OLD AND THINKS ARE VERY INPORTANT ....THANK YOU.
From the beginning the contact with Ioannis was very good: his response was quick en very friendly. He met us in the village close by and was very helpul. In the middle of the week he came by to check if everything was allright, he cleaned up and changed the towels. It was all very thoughtfull. He also provided us with tips what to do for getaways. Definitely a host and a house to come back to.
Restaurer une vieille maison traditionnelle dans les montagnes de Crète est un sacré défi. Parce que la vie des habitants de la belle île grecque était loin de ressembler à celle qu'on mène aujourd'hui dans les villes modernes d'Europe.
Ioannis est pourtant parvenu à apporter à cette ancienne maison familiale tout le confort qu'on attend aujourd'hui d'un logement de vacances, tout en conservant son atmosphère d'époque, son caractère rural et la dimension historique poignante du site (la plaine d'Askyfou a toujours abrité de farouches partisans crétois, opposés aux envahisseurs de l'île).
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié les volumes intérieurs de la villa et ses meubles anciens (de style fin 19e - début 20e siècle ou typiques des villages crétois). La famille de Ioannis pressait son huile d'olive, produisait son propre vin et sans doute à l'époque son yogourt au lait de brebis et son miel.
Très peu d'hébergements des environs offrent à la fois cinq grandes chambres de caractère, une piscine (avec une vue imprenable sur la plaine entourée de sommets), un jacuzzi, deux feux ouverts, un barbecue géant et deux grandes terrasses.
L'accueil de Ioannis nous a beaucoup touché, avec son beau plateau de spécialités du village et les mille soins accordés aux détails.
Une seule recommandation aux amateurs de séjours "à l'ancienne" : les conditions de vie en montagne sont plus rudes durant les mois d'hiver et au début du printemps. La Villa Askyfou s'apprécie d'autant mieux sous le soleil !
We had a really great stay at the villa, giving us a true "cretian" experience. The old relics; design and antiques further added character and the location of being high up in the mountains meant we were away from the tourist/commercial feel which we'd wanted to avoid- but may have been a bit too isolated with young kids due to the long drives to get anywhere as a result.
Ioannis was so helpful in terms of providing information etc prior to our stay; meeting us in town to direct us to the villa and then a thorough orientation around the villa and local surroundings. He was v honest re suitability of the dates of our booking and tried to dissuade us knowing it would be chilly and out of season. Really appreciated his honesty. Exquisite views and feeling of tranquility.
We have only positive things to say re Ioannis and the experience however wouldn't necessarily recommend this style villa to families with v young children. There are many steep and cambered stairs which give character to the villa but aren't suitable to young children. We also missed having some form of comfortable seating in the living room to just relax at night, but eventually made friends with the concrete block used to sit on. It reminded us that this is what ppl of previous years would've used so we just enjoyed being taken back in a tine capsule to the days when sofas were unheard of.
We went Nov and altho Ioannis warned us of cooler temps, as villa is stone and it's high in the mountains, it got v chilly at night as there was no oil for central heating. Also disappointed we didn't get to use the beautiful pool, but that was our own fault for choosing Nov. Everything is at least a 30+min drive along steep and winding roads - but again this does make it v attractive if you're looking to really get away from it all.
Overall would definitely recommend to adult friends or families with children over 10 yrs old minimum.
We where informationed good by Ionnis before a trip. We got advice's how to get there and call him before arriving. It was easy. In villa everything was like it should be and we where satisfied the house. Jannis was great and hellpfull person. He hosted us very good. We have nothing to complain. I recommed this to families with childrend who want to see local villages without tourism and loudly neigbours. There was peacfull and quiet neibourhood. With car location is fine.
ioannis ist ein sehr guter gastgeber,immer ereichbar. das haus ist in einem sehr gepflegten zustand und aussergewöhnlich. die beschreibung im internet entspricht 100% der realität,das preis-leistungsverhältnis ist unschlagbar. nochmals herzlichen dank an ioannis .
We had a wonderful memorable experience at the villa. Ioannis our host provided us with an environment to relax and rest in with the feeling of going back in time. The villa is beautiful and the views seen are breath taking. Thank you for a great holiday Ioannis from all of us.
About the Host, Ioannis
IAM IOANNIS .,FORTYFIVE YEARS OLD AND POLICEMAN TWENTYFIVE YEARS.I WAS FIFTEEN YEARS PROFESIONAL FOOTBALL (website hidden) LIVE RETHYMNO.ΜΥ HOUSE IS VERY OLD OF MY GRANDFATHER. THINKS HAVE A GREAT STORY AND HARMONY WITH LUXURY.I LIKE TO TRAVEL AND I AM GLAD TO SHARE THE EXPERIENCE WITH OTHER MEMBERSHIP OF THE CLUB