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A modern, well appointed villa with private infinity pool in a stunning setting overlooking the Aegean Sea and Cretan mountains. A short drive from the charming town of Agios Nikolaos. Click here for practical information about the villa and its surrounding area including shops, restaurants and sightseeing tips.
Spring 2024: Even higher ratings with a hugely satisfying 9.4 from Booking.com. Our young olive tree is thriving in the Cretan sun. Plus fine art, more glowing reviews and a destructive sparrow.
Yessss!!! Thanks in large part to Kym, our tirelessly efficient Welsh house manager who says she has a "fetish for cleanliness" and takes pride and pleasure in making sure our guests can enjoy their stay in Villa Poppy to the full, we have just been awarded 9.4 by Booking.com. 9.4! The official term for that is "Superb" and we are absolutely delighted at this accolade.. We are getting repeat bookings -- another good sign -- and will strive as ever to hit 10 in 2024.
One of our guests presented us with this wonderful gift in 2023 -- an exquisite watercolour of the facade of Villa Poppy with our olive tree. We have had it framed and it now occupies pride of place in the villa, right by the door in the living room. The view from the terrace would inspire any artist but for Poppy to receive such attention is particularly gratifying. We treasure this artwork. iThank you very much indeed!
And here is the scene that inspired the artist. Kostas, our handsome young olive tree, is coming along well and even produced a crop -- almost enough for a snack to accompany one bottle of Mythos. We plan to plant more trees but will not be getting into the oil business just yet.
Glowing reviews have been rolling in. A common theme is praise for Kym and her team who keep everything spotless and working. But the view helps, of course. And the pool. And the terrace and comfortable rooms. And the proximity to some of the best beaches in Crete and the charming town of Agios Nikolaos, and the wild, romantic mountains and hilltop villages patrolled by cats.
Greek Easter culminates on Sunday May 5 this year and it's spectacular. Agios Nikolaos, just a 10 minute drive from Poppy along the scenic coast road, celebrates the country's most important religious holiday with a procession and the burning of a dummy representing Judas who is placed on a raft and set ablaze on the lake of Agios Nikolaos., accompanied by a firework display.
Unfortunately, these solar-powered fairy lights around our terrace pergola have been sabotaged by a sparrow who has pecked through the cable again so we are replacing them with more robust lights of the type that you can see along the railing in the background on the left. Admittedly, this development may not qualify as breaking news, especially not in these turbulent times. But it underlines our commitment to providing atmospheric lighting on those balmy Cretan summer nights.
Our Current Favourite Restaurants/Bars in Agios
There are obviously loads more and there may well be far better ones, but we like these and keep going back to them (click on the names to take you to TripAdvisor reviews including location):
To Potiraki Greek cuisine on the central square
Ofou to Lo Greek cuisine by the water
La Strada Greek and Italian with terrace above lake
Roza Greek cuisine, side street off main square
Cafe du Lac bar in the Hotel du Lac fun bar, good music, with view of the lake
Alexandros roof cocktail bar Great music, great cocktails, great staff, great fun
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