Vainas House Greece, Skopelos
Vainas is full of traditional charm with many of its original features intact, yet has been modernised to provide light and comfortable accommodation. Beautiful mature gardens with a tropical feel provide numerous shaded spots to escape the afternoon sun. Only a short drive from Skopelos Town, and from the fine Glysteri beach, there is something timeless about this fold of Skopelos countryside.
- 2 bedroom house (sleeps 2-4)
- Kitchen with hob, oven, fridge/ freezer
- Living room with Satellite TV (news channels only) and DVD player; access to outdoor dining terrace and barbecue area
- Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
- Twin bedroom with small en-suite shower room and balcony
- Air-conditioned bedrooms
- Washing machine
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
- Safety deposit box
- Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1m – 2.4m)
- Terraces and balconies have some exposed drops and may not be suitable for young children
- 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
- Beach (Stafilos) 20min drive
- Tavernas/supermarkets (Skopleos) 10min drive
- Skopelos Town 10min drive
- Transfer Skiathos airport to Skopelos port 2hrs
What we needed was total rest and relaxation and we most certainly found it at this quiet and wonderful spot in Skopelos. Our favourite restaurants were Olivo, Rodi and Mayzez. Thank you to Marcia and to Yanni for making us so welcome and being so helpful and knowledgeable.Mr Kuntze - September 2016
A too short week in the beautiful island of Skopelos. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The house is in a perfect location with plenty of spots to relax and catch the sun at all hours of the day. We tried the food in Anna's, Zoupa and Agnanti for dinner - all three are very good but our favourite is Zoupa. Marcia was extremely helpful with lots of local knowledge - thank you! We hired a boat and had a great day around the coves!Mrs Pointet - August 2016
We have been to a few Greek islands, however, Skopelos has been the best by far. The Vainas House has made sure that we had a lovely relaxing stay. The highlights of the holiday have been eating at Agnanti - a restaurant with amazing food and a wonderful view, but make sure you book early; spending afternoons swimming at the Three trees, Milia beach (our favourite); visiting various monasteries and of course the famous Mamma Mia Church. A few recommendations: Skopelos town has some great tavernas, shops and not forgetting a variety of delicious ice creams and milkshakes. We visited a lovely place for pre-dinner cocktails and drinks just above the Panagitsa church overlooking the sea. We recommend a boat hire for a day. We explored the hidden treasures of Skopelos including marine life, caves and more. If it is a cloudy day you should go and see the 'pirate tombs' up in Sedoukia which is a 10-minute walk to the tombs from the car park. Many thanks to Yuannis and his team. And thank you Marcia for all your help and the beautiful gifts!Mr Van Der Gaag - July 2016
We agree with all the previous tips about the great restaurants and beaches. But another top spot is Taverna Fotinis. It's five minutes up the road. Great views and a wonderful lady who sings for you! Also, the tavernas at Limnonari have live music on a Sunday evening - lovely way to finish a day at the beach there. Vainas House is so peaceful! The different terraces are fabulous. The top terrace is great for cocktails before going out. Marcia is a lovely, lovely woman, so friendly and great to chat to!Mrs Barry - July 2016
We have all had a wonderful week at Vainas House. What a beautiful island Skopelos is! Have greatly appreciated how thoughtfully considered the whole set up has been from te arrangements for the journey, every step of the way, to the Welcome pack awaiting for us at Vainas and to Marcia's suggestions over the week. We have loved the house with all its various seating areas, the air-conditioned bedrooms, the pool and the garden. Freshly picked plums with yogurt and honey were the perfect breakfast, eaten on the terrace looking out across the beautiful views. We have loved the beaches. Hovolo with its magnificent backdrop was a favourite. Swimming and snorkeling daily were a highlight as was the sunset kayak trip from Neo Klima/Elios. It was spectacular. We also loved the Greek food, particularly the Agnanti taverna in Glossa. The calamari with plum chutney were something else! So good we went back a second time. Was worth the journey! Another highlight was the evening walk to pirate graves at Sedoukia. Wonderful views in the evening light! With many thanks to Marcia and Yiannis! We have had a very special holiday and hope to be back one day!Mrs Hempstead - July 2016
We have had a wonderful week! Marcia's advice on beaches to visit and places to eat , and general information about the island was extremely helpful. We loved the house and its fantastic views, and the peace and quiet. Lovely pool, great comfort, amazing birdlife and viewing points. We shall miss Marcia and her lovely sense of humor and the bubbly personality - she made the holiday!Mr De Wolf - June 2016
Spent a happy week in Skopelos. Our slightly quirky Vainas villa became home 'up in the hills'. We enjoyed visiting most of the highlights that were recommended by Marcia. We really liked Milia and Kastani beaches and found the 'Mamma Mia' chapel setting quite spectacular, well worth the trip. The beautiful countryside sunshine, olive skins and tranquility - certainly hit the right place to recharge the batteries before returning home. Many thanks to Marcia and her friendly team!Mr Clarke - May 2016
Vainas House is a quirky and rustic property which all adds to its unique charm. The extensive grounds, spectacular view and complete privacy make it an ideal retreat. The island of Skopelos is a very beautiful island with a green lush landscape, which contrasts wonderfully with the deep blue and turquoise seas.Mr Hayes - September 2014
Our family loved Skopelos. Vainas House was the perfect villa with lots of shady areas to hide from the heat. Marcia's knowledge of the island is outstanding and her recommendations were always spot on. I wish we had booked for two weeks as it flew by and there were so many beaches left to be explored. We will be back.Mrs Everest - August 2014
One of the joys of Vaina's House is that it provides so many of the ingredients of a comfortable and relaxing holiday before you even step outside the gates and discover the many delights awaiting beyond!Owen Family - July 2014
Outstanding tranquil setting. Marcia our Simpson's rep were wonderful, so helpful but not intrusive. She guided us to all the best beaches and restaurants. The beaches were pristine and the sea out of this world.- July 2014
A beautiful island, easy to drive around if you take care. So many pretty bays and beaches. Skopelos town was fun for the "buzz" with good eateries. Marcia provided a wonderful source of information . We have never encountered such a conscientious and lovely representative for a travel company. Thank you Marcia! We were also very impressed with Simpson's handling of arrival logistics and our smooth transfer.Mr and Mrs Kelley - September 2013
The four of us had the most relaxing time in Skopelos. The island is truly beautiful and totally unspoilt. The villa was everything we wanted and we spent many hot days lounging round the pool. We really didn't want to go home - but have some wonderful memories to treasure forever.Philpott Family - August 2013
We had a beautiful and relaxing holiday in this magical place. The villa was perfect, with lots of little areas to escape to. The upper terrace has the most wonderful panoramic views, both during the day and for star gazing at night. The pool provided most welcome relief from the baking hot sun. We had 2 weeks of wall to wall sunshine, exploring a different beach each day. Thank you Marcia for all your warmth and friendliness.Mitchell Family - July 2013
Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday. The villa was PERFECT for us: it's simple and rustic charm. The pool, the BBQ, the views, fresh linen and towels twice weekly - what luxury! All we did for 2 weeks was lie in the sun, swim in the pool, eat fresh food, drink chilled wine, and sleep - lots! Our only regret was that we only booked for 2 weeks!Mr Cook - July 2013
A villa in an orchard - splendid! We had a lovely 2 weeks - just a shame we couldn't stay longer. The views were fantastic, especially in the evening at sunset when Alonissos glows pink. Skopelos town is very pleasant - lots of bars and restaurants. Have a great holiday - we did.Mr and Mrs James - June 2013
What an amazing, unusual place. Complete privacy, comfort everywhere, even got used to going outside to bed upstairs! Great welcome from the owners, and brilliant welcome pack - great when tired and no need to go out first evening. Thank you all for a brilliant holiday, we want to go again.Mr and Mrs Randall - June 2013
Beautiful house and Island. We had a lovely relaxing holiday.Mr Aubin - May 2013
Fabulous villa – shame about the weather! Writing this as we may have to leave one day ahead of planned, due to gale force winds anticipated. Had one week of glorious sun, bbqs and lazy days by the pool – then, 4 days of non stop rain and tropical thunderstorms! Thought we were in Africa vs. Greece. Have loved Kastani & Limnonari Beach. Finally Yannis (owner) and Marcia were fab. Marcia is lovely, can’t sing her praises highly enough. Yannis keeps the villa beautifully clean, we felt lucky to be here! Overall, even though the weather was not as we hoped, can’t fault the villa, island and stunning scenery. Thank you P.S. Plums were lovely.Mr Mills - September 2012
Wonderful location, so peaceful – weather perfect, a warm breeze at times, perfect blue sky and sunshine. Skopelos is a lovely island with stunning scenery and beaches. The sunsets and sunrises are magnificent. The islanders are so friendly and happy. Have tried many restaurants, all of them good food and drink at fabulous prices. Goodbye to Marcia – a lovely lovely person. XxMrs Youssefi - August 2012
Fantastic week here, weather superb, views amazing and pool on top has been a godsend. Marcia was spot on in her review of places to see/go to. Best Beach – By the Mamma Mia Church is a little beach down a track by the drinks hut – small but great. Wish we had booked for 2 weeks. Look forward to our next trip.Mrs Stentiford - August 2012
We stayed on this truly beautiful island for only 1 week and our only regret is that we didn't book to stay longer. We have had the most relaxing break staying at Vainas House and exploring the island. Most definitely make the time to visit the Ag. Ioannis Chapel, and walk all 200 steps to the top, breathtaking views! Also the drive along the coastal road to Glossa has the most amazing scenery. This is definitely the most beautiful Greek island we have visited so far. We'll definitely be back!!Ms Holloway - June 2012
After a secluded 3 week stay at Vainas House, we loved it so much we decided to stay an extra week. HEAVEN! We’ve had the most perfect holiday. From the upper terrace – star gazing to eating under the shaded terrace – we have loved barbequing and generally lazing around, in and out of the pool. Nude swimming and barbequing is a must at this tranquil location, although we gave both Jani & Marcia a fright! Thanks Marcia & Jani for being such lovely lovely people and always willing to help with anything and everything.Ms Archer - May 2012
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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
- 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart 0840 Arrive 1410
Depart 1450 Arrive 1625
Snacks can be purchased on board
Gatwick North Terminal
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and Simpson Hotels, and these are normally laundered weekly.
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.
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.
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.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.