I found this place in a trip advisor search based on location and ease of public transport and couldn't be happier with it.
The villa is spacious, accommodated 8 adults very easily with plenty of room for all of us to have our own space.
Each bedroom was lovely with its own balcony, each with comfy beds and plenty of storage space.
The villa itself had good facilities, the kitchen was well stocked and the owners provided some basic food stuffs for our arrival which we really appreciated as we arrived late evening.
The location is as advertised, 100 yards or so from the sea and a lovely but tiny little beach with a good location for swimming. There is a bigger stretch of good sandy beach about 20 minutes walk away. The sea front has a good variety of tavernas and the town and bus stop is only 10-15 minute walk up from the front. Lots more tavernas and shops, supermarkets and tourist shops.
Villa owners were happy to arrange taxis for transfers and car rental.
Very easy to get to Heraklion (20 minutes and another bus out to Knossos) and further east down the coast to Malia and beyond. The bus service does not run to schedule but is clean and comfortable when it does arrive. Easy to drive to Lesethi plateau, well recommended. There are tour operators in town with regular coach tours but driving gives more flexibility.
Two small warnings. Firstly like all Mediterranean houses the hot water is generated by the solar system. Lots of hot water in the afternoon. Not so much on a morning.
Also the plumbing is via septic tank. No paper goes in the toilet, it goes in the bin.
If either of these are deal breakers book a hotel.
There are lots of cats in the general area, most very friendly but easy to keep out of the house.
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