Stunning hotel in mountain location. Perfect for unwinding and relaxing. Hotel owners and staff are extremely pleasant and welcoming, it's just like staying with family. They will give you every assistance needed and are extremely knowledgeable about the island, helping you plan any days out you might like to do. I would recommend prearranging Stelios from the hotel to collect you from the airport as it can be difficult to find. He is then happy to organise a hire car for you which again is recommended to get out to villages, restaurants and beaches. There is a lovely taverna very close but does involve an uphill walk so take appropriate shoes.
We had a very enjoyable stay in a quiet village, <1,000 very friendly inhabitants, a 20km drive to closest city and beaches and close to historical/archaeological sites and tavernas serving traditional food. Eating out locally is reasonably priced. A car is a must for touring the island and a good, detailed, road map. Our sat nav identified some highly suspect tracks as minor roads.
The house, Sophia, is compact. Ideal for 2 people with all the basics for a short stay. Downstairs; a long narrow toilet & shower room with basin, a kitchen/diner inc fridge/freezer and a lounge. No washing machine for longer stay. Upstairs; a king bedroom and a terrace. Items for breakfast can be bought daily from the local shop and the baker bakes daily both 2-min walk away. You take your rubbish from the house to the local waste collection point on the outskirts of the village.
Some adverts we've seen since our return state all houses' beds have memory foam mattresses, The Sophia does not. The bed was very hard. I slept on the mattress from the sofa bed on top of the bed mattress. On arrival we were dissuaded from having breakfast, being told we could buy the same ingredients from the same shop for less.
This stay was booked for us and we were expecting self-catering. We did not expect memory foam mattresses, in-room breakfasts, on-site restaurants or spa treatments. Some may read the adverts, expect more and be disappointed. It isn't part of a complex. Amenities are available close by.
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