The Beach Villas, The Shore House Greece, Crete

Thanks to strict planning regulations, it is not usually possible to build villas directly on the beach in Crete. However, the land on which these magnificent villas stand was gifted to a group of Cretan civilians in recognition of their efforts during WWII. With this land came building rights by the seashore, and the opportunity to create possibly the best placed properties on the island.

The Beach Villas are situated directly on Rapaniana Beach, just a short drive from Kolymbari, a small authentic fishing village with fish restaurants and the fortified monastery of Panagia Odigitria. The villas themselves have a faintly fortified air, a monumental grandeur which echoes the rugged surrounding scenery. Set in a cluster of four, we have selected the front two houses for Simpson Travel guests, giving uninterrupted sea views and, of course, direct access to the sweep of sand and shingle beach.

The Shore House has an exceptional outside area with a rectangular swimming pool and spacious terraces with elegant sunbeds. Interiors are stylish and practical, with the thoughtful addition of a spacious playroom where little ones can escape to in the heat of the day. There is a summer kitchen and barbecue for alfresco dining and for relaxation all day and into the warm, starry nights there are funky beachside stone sofas taking full advantage of the spectacular location.

The Beach Villas are entirely independent of one another, but close enough to make them an ideal choice for two families holidaying together.

Fifteen minutes away is the town of Kissamos, from where you can take a boat trip to the incredible Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon. Whilst less than half an hour away is the famous Falassarna Beach, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and renowned for its variety of flora and fauna.

 

Accommodation:
  • 3 bedrooms (2-6 guests)
Ground floor:  
  • Open-plan living/kitchen/dining room with Satellite TV/DVD (English speaking news channel); leads to pool terrace
  • Kitchen area includes hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
First floor:
  • Master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom; private balcony with sea views
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom; private balcony
Lower ground floor:
  • Twin bedroom with raised platform bed and sofa bed
  • Bathroom
  • Washing machine
General:
  • Safe
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Air-conditioned (except lower ground bedroom)
  • Outside beach shower
  • Beachside pergola seating area
  • Summer kitchen
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 10.5m x 3.5m (depth 1.0m – 1.5m)
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
Location:
  • Tavernas/supermarkets (Kolymbari)  5min drive
  • Chania 30min drive
  • Chania airport 50min drive
  • We love the villa, lovely swimming pool and stunning views! It is a beautiful place and we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you to Eleni for being an amazing host and bringing us delicious daily treats! Overall, we loved our holiday here. The villa is spacious and clean, the pool was amazing to swim in on a hot day. Mrs Palmer - August 2016
  • What an amazing place!!! We absolutely loved the house, which had everything we could have imagined. The location and the magnificent view of the water was such a magnificent highlight. We are all so grateful for the wonderful hospitality of our hosts Eleni & George who did everything imaginable to make us feel very welcome. The daily treats and surprises were just amazing and very unexpected - Eleni you are an amazing cook and a great hostess. Thanks to Phil from Simpson Travel for giving us such wonderful suggestions for bars, restaurants and tavernas. We went to Palio Arhontiko twice - fabulous food!! Strata in Chania was fantastic - big servings!! The fish restaurant at the little marina at Kissamos was fantastic. Finally Anemomylos Windmill is very unassuming but a real find!! We had a fantastic holiday and we will definitely be back!! Mr Wood - August 2016
  • Another amazing holiday! We have now come back to the Shore House for three years and it really is a true sanctuary. Eleni & George are simply amazing hosts and it almost feels like they are now family. The villa is just perfect and always immaculate, as is the pool and surrounding area. We have been so well looked after it makes it feel even worse leaving! We truly love it here - it is a piece of heaven on earth! Phil, as always, has been great and is always more than happy to help with any questions or requests and has great recommendations on everything depending on what sort of holiday you are looking for. Phil - you are a star! Thank you so much from us all! Mrs Gibbins - July 2016
  • As soon as we turned left off the coast road and came down the hill and spotted the four beautiful villas up against the coast we knew that we'd picked a brilliant place for our holiday, and when we were shown round by George we realised how truly lovely the Shore House is. It is truly a luxury villa, spotlessly clean and beautifully positioned. The villa was too lovely for us to want to leave it very often but we have ventured out to many local tavernas, the highlights being Palio Arhontiko and Argentina (try the fish soup, it’s amazing). Phil has been a fabulous Rep, full of great recommendations for places to go. Eleni & George are fabulous hosts who make you feel very welcome without intruding. Eleni's homemade treats were a lovely bonus in the mornings, thank you! Mrs Mawdsley - May 2016
  • An excellent holiday from start to finish, service, location and delivery. Mr Wadd - May 2016
  • We have had the most wonderful stay at the Shore House. Perfect setting, perfect villa & a perfect host, George. The daily treats of home grown & homemade produce were truly amazing. After good advice from Phil we visited the: Deliana Gorge - A beautiful walk highlighted by the amazing sight of the Griffon Vultures. The Gorge Taverna is a MUST! Mrs Barnes - May 2016
  • Our experience of using Simpson Travel was excellent. From the initial booking to the holiday itself we felt thoroughly looked after. The standard of service from the representative was very high, the villa was superb, it even exceeded our expectations and we are quite picky! Mrs Wilson - September 2015
  • From A-Z the service provided by Simpson Travel, before and during our holiday was of a very high standard. The on line brochure, administration and documents were easy to navigate and the quality of accommodation superb. Will certainly recommend them. Mr Webb - July 2015
  • We've had a fantastic stay here at the Shore House. The location cannot be beaten and it's been fabulous waking up to the sunshine and sound of the waves. Eleni & George have been wonderful hosts - friendly & very helpful. Eleni's hospitality has been exceptional, every day new home-made treats delivered with a smile and a chat. We've loved our time here at the villa & particularly enjoyed the pool & using the BBQ. Phil has been a first class rep - always on hand to help & full of wonderful suggestions. We will definitely return to Crete & the Shore House as we've had such a fabulous holiday. Mr Cook - May 2015
  • Here we are again having had a great holiday at the Shore House in May 2014. The house has not changed & the standard of cleanliness is superb. Huge credit to the cleaners. The hospitality shown to us from Eleni & George was the same high standard. Eleni is truly an exceptional lady. We spent a lot of time around the pool, eating out most evenings. Phil our Simpson's rep again provided an excellent service with his detailed local knowledge. Another truly memorable holiday. Mr Wadd - May 2015
  • Absolutely wonderful holiday, it really did live up to our expectations. We thought the whole procedure was extremely professional. - October 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay in this lovely house by the sea. It is perfect for a family and all details have been thought through. The taverna,Rocks on the Waves, in Ravdoucha is delicious and the little beach next to it is a small paradise. Eleni is a wonderful host taking care of her guests very thoughtfully. We would love to come back. - September 2014
  • Amazing stay at the Shore House. Eleni is lovely and brings over tasty treats! Two generations have had a fantastic holiday, the two weeks have flown by. - September 2014
  • A totally amazing holiday. Eleni and George are truly fantastic and we felt like part of their extended family. The villa was amazing and views quite awesome. Waking up every morning to the sound of the sea was wonderful. Gibbins Family - July 2014
  • A glorious two weeks staying in the Shore House. We visited Roman and Minoan sites, learnt about the production of olive oil and local wine, played in the surf on the beaches, ate exceedingly well at local restaurants and even saw turtles . All incredible and varied experiences only surpassed by returning 'home' to this very special villa and the exceptional kindness and hospitality shown to us by Eleni and George. Webber Family - July 2014
  • The Shore House was a wonderful base for our family for two weeks. It's a fabulous house which is both comfortable, spacious and carefully thought out. We loved the views, the pool and the gentle lapping of the sea which kept a natural rhythm to our time there. Weeden Family - July 2014
  • The Shore House was a wonderful base for our family. It's a fabulous house which is comfortable, spacious and well thought out. We loved the views, the pool and the gentle lapping of the sea. - July 2014
  • Staying at the Shore House has been the second week of our honeymoon and what an amazing place to spend a week. We feel utterly blessed. We could not fault the villa, it's an amazingly comfortable place to make a home from home. Barnes - June 2014
  • We have had such a lovely week at this beautiful villa; waking up to the view every morning is pure bliss!The villa is very well equipped and the daily treats from Eleni are such a welcoming and personal touch.Thank you Eleni for looking after us so well! Hines Family - May 2014
  • We have had a fantastic holiday at Shore House. The Villa is excellent and it is difficult to find superlatives to describe the friendliness and hospitality of Eleni. Truly the best villa holiday we have had. Thank you to everyone who made it so. Wadd - May 2014
  • VERY RELAXING HOLIDAY - JUST WHAT WE NEEDED. Mrs Edwards - August 2013
  No of people 4 April 11 April 18 April 25 April
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,026pp SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 821pp SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 723pp SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 679pp SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 645pp SOLD
  No of people 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 30 May
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,324pp 2,117pp 1,586pp 2,764pp 1,997pp 3,078pp
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,019pp 1,548pp 1,194pp 1,979pp 1,477pp 2,197pp
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 872pp 1,274pp 1,003pp 1,597pp 1,221pp 1,767pp
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 798pp 1,137pp 903pp 1,396pp 1,082pp 1,537pp
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 744pp 1,037pp 831pp 1,253pp 985pp 1,374pp
  No of people 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 June
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 1,927pp 3,053pp 1,972pp 3,102pp 1,984pp 3,123pp 1,996pp SOLD
3 1,421pp 2,172pp 1,452pp 2,205pp 1,459pp 2,218pp 1,468pp SOLD
4 1,174pp 1,742pp 1,196pp 1,766pp 1,202pp 1,778pp 1,209pp SOLD
5 1,039pp 1,512pp 1,057pp 1,532pp 1,062pp 1,542pp 1,069pp SOLD
6 945pp 1,349pp 960pp 1,366pp 964pp 1,373pp 968pp SOLD
  No of people 4 July 11 July 18 July 25 July
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,849pp 4,870pp 2,931pp 4,947pp
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,036pp 3,383pp 2,099pp 3,443pp
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,636pp 2,654pp 1,690pp 2,705pp
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,412pp 2,247pp 1,460pp 2,293pp
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,253pp 1,957pp 1,297pp 2,000pp
  No of people 1 August 8 August 15 August 22 August 29 August
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 2,931pp 4,947pp 2,931pp 4,947pp 2,931pp SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,032pp SOLD
3 2,099pp 3,443pp 2,099pp 3,443pp 2,099pp SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,492pp SOLD
4 1,690pp 2,705pp 1,690pp 2,705pp 1,690pp SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,228pp SOLD
5 1,460pp 2,293pp 1,460pp 2,293pp 1,460pp SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,086pp SOLD
6 1,297pp 2,000pp 1,297pp 2,000pp 1,297pp SOLD SOLD SOLD 981pp SOLD
  No of people 5 September 12 September 19 September 26 September
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD 1,862pp 2,858pp 1,806pp 2,376pp 1,295pp 1,720pp
3 SOLD SOLD 1,378pp 2,042pp 1,340pp 1,720pp 1,000pp 1,284pp
4 SOLD SOLD 1,143pp 1,648pp 1,115pp 1,407pp 859pp 1,079pp
5 SOLD SOLD 1,018pp 1,442pp 995pp 1,249pp 791pp 987pp
6 SOLD SOLD 924pp 1,287pp 906pp 1,126pp 735pp 907pp
  No of people 3 October 10 October 17 October 24 October
The Beach Villas, The Shore House 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 1,114pp 1,563pp 1,103pp 1,510pp 1,048pp 1,466pp 1,048pp SOLD
3 879pp 1,179pp 872pp 1,143pp 835pp 1,114pp 835pp SOLD
4 767pp 997pp 762pp 970pp 734pp 948pp 734pp SOLD
5 714pp 916pp 710pp 895pp 688pp 877pp 688pp SOLD
6 674pp 853pp 670pp 835pp 652pp 820pp 652pp SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Property EOT Licence: 1042K91002966501

If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:

For those flying into Chania Airport:

2-3 guests 1 Group C
4 guests 1 Group D
5 guests 1 Group E
6 guests 2 Group C
7 guests 1 Group C and 1 Group D
8 guests 2 Group D

For those flying into Heraklion Airport:

2-3 guests 1 Group C
4-5 guests 1 Group D
6 guests 2 Group C
7 guests 1 Group C and 1 Group D
8 guests 2 Group D

 

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES

  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are per person
  • Accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice (including breakfast where stated if you are staying in a hotel)
  • Return economy flights from the UK to your destination (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
  • Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges
  • An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
  • The assistance of our local representative overseas
  • Simpson information book in your accommodation

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay
  • Visas
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Twin-centre holidays: a £15-100 per person administration fee is applicable which will include all middle transfers

YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
Full protection is guaranteed when you book a package with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL Licence 5858) and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Membership W5698).

ACCOMMODATION ONLY
For most of our self-catering accommodation we are able to offer accommodation only prices (excluding flights, car hire and transfers). Restrictions may apply at certain times of the year.

CHILD CONCESSIONS
Children aged 2-11 years are eligible for concessions of between 5%-25% of the holiday price. This is offered at most of our self-catering properties depending on departure dates. High season dates are excluded. Two full paying adults must be travelling in order for child discounts to apply. For further information please call our sales consultants.

INFANTS
There is a charge of £75 per infant (under 2 years) on all our holidays. Travel cots and highchairs are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties, however, some hotels may charge for these items and we will advise you of any extra costs at the time of booking. Many hotels offer reduced rates for children if they share the same room as their parents.

PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.

PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of £225 per person is required unless you are booking accommodation only in which case 30% of the total holiday cost is required. However, if we need to buy in flight seats especially for your booking, we will ask you to pay a higher deposit to include the cost of the flights. This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) Multi-centre holidays incur a £15-100 per person administration fee.

Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure provided you have paid in full, completed and submitted Advanced Passenger Information and car hire details (if applicable). Please note if you are travelling with Ryan Air you will only be able to download your boarding passes approximately 7 days before departure due to the airline's check-in requirements. Should you prefer to receive your documents by post, please ask us at the time of booking.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to Greece. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Our prices are based on our lowest contracted fare. Occasionally it may be necessary to purchase flights outside of our normal allocation and in these circumstances we may need to charge an additional supplement to reflect the extra costs incurred. This will also be the case if we are booking flights from regional airports or on flights where we do not have a seat allocation. If a supplement applies, this will be advised to you at the time of booking.

Gatwick-Zakynthos (EasyJet – Flight number EZY 8745/5)
Depart 0840 Arrive 1410
Depart 1450 Arrive 1625
Snacks can be purchased on board
Gatwick North Terminal
 
Heathrow-Corfu (British Airways Flight number BA9126/7C) 
Depart 0715 Arrive 1230
Depart 1320 Arrive 1435
British Airways offer a buy on board service
Heathrow Terminal 5
 
Gatwick-Chania, Crete (Easyjet Flight number EZY 8781/2) 
Depart 0800 Arrive 1355
Depart 1440 Arrive 1635
Snacks can be purchased on board
Gatwick North Terminal
 
Gatwick-Kefalonia (Air Germania Flight number ST2722/3)
Depart 0925 Arrive 1440
Depart 1525 Arrive 1700
Hot meal and soft drink provided on board
Gatwick South Terminal
 
Heathrow-Preveza (British Airways Flight number BA9130/1)
Depart 0940 Arrive 1515
Depart 1625 Arrive 1755
British Airways offer a buy on board service
Heathrow Terminal 5
 
Gatwick-Skiathos for Skopelos (Air Germania Flight number ST2610/1) 
Depart 0535 Arrive 1135
Depart 1325 Arrive 1520
Hot meal and soft drink provided on board  
Gatwick South Terminal

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
If you are flying on our British Airways charter service from London to Corfu you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person up to 23kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted up to 10kg (maximum dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm).

Infants are permitted a 10kg checked bag allowance plus a fully collapsible pushchair, a car seat and one piece of hand luggage for items required in the flight (subject to security restrictions).
 
Any excess baggage will be charged at the airport. As this is a BA charter service, BA miles cannot be accrued or earned on this flight, nor can BA Executive Club members access the airport lounge.
 
If you are flying with Easyjet you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person (excluding infants) up to 20kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted measuring a maximum 56 x 45 x 25cm (including wheels, pockets and handles) which you must be able to place and retrieve safely in the overhead lockers without assistance.
 
If you are flying with any other airline, please check the airline’s website for details.
 
It is common for airlines to change their restrictions on luggage weight and the number of items so, before travelling, we recommend you check the airline’s website for the latest information.

IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS
British Airways offer an in-flight snack on our service from London to Corfu. Special meal requests may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking. Easyjet offers a pay on board snack service.

GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.

PREGNANCY
You will usually need a certificate of fitness to fly if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. Most airlines will not allow you to fly if you are more than 32 weeks pregnant. Please refer to the airline’s website for details of their policy.

API (ADVANCE PASSENGER INFORMATION)
Most countries require that the airline take additional information from each passenger such as full name, date and place of birth, passport number, country of issue and expiry date. You will need to provide this information at the time of booking or, at the very latest, prior to release of your travel documents. You are able to complete the details online via Manage My Booking or call a member of our Pre-Departure team.

NAME CHANGES
The name shown on the itinerary must exactly match the name of the passenger travelling as it appears in his/her passport (first full name and surname). If not, you may be refused boarding. Once your flights have been booked, it is not usually possible to make name changes without incurring substantial charges. If there are any errors on your invoice or itinerary, please inform us immediately.

FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.

FLIGHT DELAYS
In the event of a flight delay, whenever possible we will ensure that the airline/operator communicates the reasons for and extent of any delay and implements appropriate standards of welfare provision. EU carriers should also comply with EU Regulation 261/2004 in the event of delays, cancellations or denied boarding and guidance is provided on the CAA’s website www.caa.co.uk

CAR HIRE INFORMATION
Most of our holidays include an air-conditioned hire car, to be collected from and returned to the airport (or port where applicable). The category of car included in the basic holiday price will vary according to the number of people in your party. We do not consider infants as part of the total party size. The cars we have included offer comfortable seating for the size of party travelling, however, we do ask you to take into account the size of the boot space for your luggage if any infants are in your party, and the number of child and baby seats required. You may wish to upgrade your car to give you extra comfort and space. Availability and supplements for upgrading will be advised at the time of booking. For transporting extra luggage it is also possible to pre-book a taxi at additional cost.

The types of cars listed are only examples of car models in each category. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific make or model.  All cars in Greece are 5 door.

Crete Car Makes and Models
Group B: Hyundai Atos or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Fiat Punto/Citroen C3 or similar –  a/c 5 seats
Group D: Hyundai Accent/Nissan Almeraor or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group F2: Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar –  a/c 5 seats – on request
Group G1: Minibus Fiat Doblo or similar –  a/c 6 seats – on request
Group G2: Minibus Fiat Scudo or similar –  a/c 9 seats – on request
Group H: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group I: Cabrio Peugeot 206/Citroen C3 or similar –  5 seats – on request
Group G: Fiat 500/Citroen C1 1.2L or similar – a/c 4 seats – on request

Corfu Car Makes and Models
Group B: Hyundai I10 1.1L or similar –  a/c 4 seats
Group C: Ford Fiesta 1.2L or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Hyundai Accent 1.4L or similar –  a/c 5 seats
Group E1: Citroen C3 1.4L or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group E2: Hyundai Matrix 1.6L or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group F2: Minibus Fiat Scudo or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Group L: Ford Focus 1.6L or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group G: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top 1.4L or similar – 4 seats – on request

Paxos Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat New Panda/ Fiat Punto 1.2L–1.3L or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Grande Punto/ Chevrolet 1.3L–1.4L or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group F: Dacia Duster 4x4 Hard Top 1.6L or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group G: Cabrio Fiat 500/Citroen C1 1.2L or similar – a/c 4 seats – on request
Group I: Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.8L or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group J: Car a/c 5 1.2L–1.3L or similar – 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group K: Fiat Doblo 1.4L or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request

Sivota and Epiros Coast (Simpson Secret) Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat Panda/Fiat Punto or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats

Kefalonia Car Makes and Models
Group A: Daihatsu Cuore or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group B: Hyundai I 10 or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Fiat Grande Punto or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Hyundai I 30 or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group E: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group E1: Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group F: Minibus Fiat Doblo or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group J: Car a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request

Ithaca Car Makes and Models
Group A: Fiat Panda or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group B: Hyundai I 20/Opel Corsa or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group C: Fiat Grande Punto/Seat Cordoba or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group E: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group E1: Daihatsu Couare or similar – a/c 7 seats – automatic – on request

Zakynthos Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat Panda or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Opel Corsa or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Ford Focus/Opel Astra or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group K: Toyota Prius or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group H: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group W: Minibus or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request

Skopelos Car Makes and Models
Group B: Hyundai Atos or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Renault Clio/Citroen C3 or similar – a/c 4/5 seats
Group D: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group G: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group E: Suzuki Jimny Soft Top or similar – 4 seats – on request
Group F: Fiat Scudo or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request

Lefkada Car Makes and Models
Group B1: Fiat Punto or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group C: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D: Seat Cordoba or similar – a/c 5 seats – on request
Group F: Hyundai Accent or similar – a/c 5 seats – automatic – on request
Group M: VW Caddy or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request
Group M1: VW Transporter or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request

Meganissi Car Makes and Models
Group B: Fiat Punto or similar – a/c 4 seats
Group D: Opel Astra or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group E: Suzuki Jimny 4x4 or similar – 4 seats – on request

INCLUDED IN YOUR CAR HIRE

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Local taxes and compulsory insurance
  • Two main drivers. Please note that there is a minimum age for drivers (minimum ages vary from 21 to 25 and can be advised at the time of booking) although there is no maximum age limit. Drivers must hold a British/EU Driver’s Licence or International Driver’s Licence, held for at least 2 years. You will not be able to hire a car without your original, valid Driver’s Licence which you must carry at all times when you are driving. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence.

CAR INSURANCE
Please note that in most cases you will need to pay an ‘excess’ in the event of theft or damage to your hire car, regardless of blame. As amounts and conditions vary throughout Greece, please ensure you ask for full details at collection, before you sign your car hire contract. The excess charge ranges from €300 to €1,000 dependent on your destination. Where an ‘excess’ applies, it may be possible to purchase extra insurance locally, which reduces or cancels the ‘excess.’

The insurance with or without the excess will not cover:

  • Tyres, including puncture repairs
  • Loss of or damage to car keys (and costs incurred due to this, for example towing and replacement keys, etc.)
  • Windscreen, wing mirrors or undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
  • Interior of car is also not covered in Corfu and Paxos
  • Personal Accident Insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
  • Any damage, loss, accident, theft, attempted theft, etc. caused by your own negligence, for example, driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel, unlocked doors, apparent personal effects, etc.

CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. No money will be taken if you return the undamaged car at the correct time with the correct amount of fuel and not requiring cleaning.

CHILD SEATS
Child and baby seats (forward facing seats only are available) can be provided if booked at least 2 weeks prior to your departure and are charged at £2 per day. Please remember to specify the age of the child. Local car hire and Simpson Travel staff are not authorised to install the child seats and as style and installation may differ to those in the UK, you may prefer to bring your own child seat for your own peace of mind.

TRANSFER INFORMATION
Please refer to the information at the top of the page for details of the transfers included in the cost of your holiday. Taxis are licensed and insured to carry up to 4 passengers. Therefore, if there are 4 passengers and an infant then 2 taxis are needed and we will provide you with a separate quotation. If you are travelling with young children or babies, child seats are not provided for any vehicles used for transfers. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that you bring your own although there is no guarantee that local taxi companies will allow the use of child seats. Please note that the transfer times included in our accommodation details are approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.

Although we pre-arrange and book your ferry crossings in advance, poor weather or ferry cancellations may disrupt the schedules. In most cases, when you arrive at the port you will have to wait a certain amount of time for your onward boat transfer. If your flight experiences delays and you miss your pre-booked boat transfer, we will then book you onto the next available boat. If you miss the last ferry due to a flight delay or cancellation due to poor weather, it may be necessary for you to overnight at the port and then take the ferry the following morning.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 

Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.

Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.

Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.

Beach/pool towels
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and Simpson Hotels, and these are normally laundered weekly.  

Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. Double beds usually measure 140cm x 190cm and single beds 80/90cm x 190cm. If you are booking a hotel room, please let us know your room preference (double or twin). Although we will make every effort to convey your request to the hotel, we cannot guarantee your preference will be available.

Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your villa, apartment or hotel after 4pm and you must vacate it on the day of departure by 10am and 9:30am in western Crete.

Cleaning
Self-catering accommodation is cleaned a minimum of twice a week (including arrival day) and some accommodation may be cleaned more often. Cleaning usually consists of a sweep, mop, bathroom and kitchen tidy up.  (N.B. Simpson Secret, Anti Paxos is cleaned once a week on changeover day.)  

Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.

Half-board
Hotel bookings with half-board include dinner, which is usually a fixed menu with or without a choice of dishes. In some hotels, you may take your half-board meal at lunchtime.

Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with your local representative.

In some properties a baby monitor has been provided and to the best of our knowledge it is operating correctly but it is vital that you check regularly that the device is operating to your satisfaction. We strongly advise against relying on the baby monitor in case of malfunction. Simpson Travel cannot be held liable for any malfunction of the baby monitor and the use of the device is entirely at your own risk.

Internet access and connection
If a property offers wifi or internet access, the type of connection may vary. Additionally, the signal could be intermittent at times and may not be available in all areas of the property. There may be a charge for internet use in some properties.

Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided and usually laundered twice weekly. For your convenience some of our properties have a washing machine.

Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.

Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.

Plumbing
Throughout Greece, especially in the older houses, the plumbing system is not designed to have items flushed down the lavatory. Where necessary, bins are provided in all bathrooms.

Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.

Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.

Security and cleaning deposits
For self-catering properties, we require you to lodge a security deposit against any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts, which you may have incurred during your stay and/or due to your negligence. This should be provided by credit or debit card at the time of booking by providing authorisation for us to deduct (within 14 days of your return home) any advised charges from your card. Most of our properties are the owners’ personal homes and repairs, replacements and extra cleaning can be very expensive, so we do ask you to take care in order to avoid incurring extra costs.

Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. In Paxos most pools are filled using ‘sweet water’, which is generally a mix of well water (with some salt content) and fresh water. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.

Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Very few pools have covers, fencing or life rings, so children must be supervised at all times. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that children are supervised and that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge.

Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.

Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items and local produce. This usually includes the following complimentary items: coffee, tea bags, milk, bottled water, fruit juice, bread, butter/margarine, crisps, white wine, local beers, tonic, pasta, pasta sauce, yoghurt, honey, regional biscuits, washing powder, washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing-up sponge, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, mixed herbs and toilet paper. 

Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themelves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide.

We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities

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