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Name:Valerie Robertson-Young


I went on holiday with our friends from Guernsey and found the accommodation to

include everything we needed - even a corkscrew - The village shops

provided all our daily requirements and the four tavernas in the

village gave us excellent meals and evening entertainment.

Also the house wines were very drinkable and they all seemed to use

the same wines which made it very easy. For me it was the winemakers

Boutar that made the best white wine. After a couple of days we were

recognised and made welcome by everyone.  The coast was very close and

there is even a bus that stops in the village and transports you

there. I think it also goes to Chania. The old town there was a real

experience. Taxis are easy to get if needed and for the nervous

traveler a taxi can be waiting at the Airport to transport you to the

accommodation and back.  Lovely holiday - even came back with half the

money we took out with us.  We found an english butcher in a village

close by, All the supermarket supplied everything we needed without

any effort at all.The accommodation we stayed in(the Olive pickers)

was first class and there was plenty of room to sit alone and read or

be friendly and join in.  Our barbecues were excellent and we all

enjoyed a very pleasant time in a very nice village.  Definitely going

again next year.





Name:Leisa Tyler

Title:The slow life


My parents and husband and I stayed in the Olive Pickers

for ten days, where each day we indulged in extended breakfasts in our

private courtyard, took daily drives to the nearby beach, the villages

clinging to the southern coast of Crete or ancient ruins peppering the

surrounding hills, then feasted on local delicacies and plonk at one

of the village tavernas each evening. The three stone cottages have

been wonderfully restored with idyllic Greek colours, good bathrooms,

comfy beds and delightful gardens of bright pink bougainvillea.

Admittedly, Jo and Alan's own cottage is the most beguiling, if you

can nab it, with its roof top terraces and sunken sunflower yellow

lounge. But all the cottages are perfectly set up to deliver a plush

bout of the slow life, Crete style, splendidly, indulgently and

leisurely. Just don't miss the local olives- to be eaten by the

handful, grilled octopus by the beach, refills of the cheap but rather

cheerful local white wine from the village grocer or Monica's fetta







Name:Anthony Scott


Island in the Sun


Village Crete Review

We arrived on a night flight from an autumnal UK for our first visit

to Crete. Awaking to glorious sunshine and the Cretan heat flooding

into the rooms of the ‘Wine Press’ – our home for the week. The

‘Wine Press’ is one of three tastefully restored houses, each set

in their own courtyards with their blue and cream colouring perfectly

reflecting the sun and sky as we sat on one of the two verandas

enjoying our first morning. 

The courtyards allow for both private and shared areas and are filled

with a cocktail of colour from an array of plants – notably the

Bougainvillea along with lemon, lime and orange trees. The collection

of houses provided a superb setting for relaxing as they nestled into

the hillside on the edge of an ‘authentically’ Cretan village

supplying a backdrop of sights, sounds and aroma of rural life.

The ‘Wine Press’ provided a perfect peaceful and relaxing

environment from which to begin our exploration of this western region

of Crete. We began by taking the short pleasant walk to the village of

Gavalohori, with the road winding alongside olive groves, traditional

houses with a backdrop of surrounding hills. The village opened up to

a collection of local shops, including supermarket and bakery along

with at least two Taverna’s – one of which served an amazing

Moussaka as a signature dish -  ordering and booking essential, as it

was popular with both locals and visitors throughout the day and


During our week we visited several local beaches and walked back from

the beach at Almyrida - a gentle uphill walk taking around forty

minutes. We also walked the Imbros Gorge, with its spectacular scenery

and arid landscape, baked dry by the summer heat. The trip ended with

a thrilling return taxi ride back up the twisting mountain road giving

 panoramic views of the south coast of Crete and two more small

islands, set in the Libyan sea and onwards to the North African


We spent our last two days in Chania the main town of the region

staying overnight to enjoy the flavour of the ancient and historic

port with its many narrow lanes leading up from the harbour, providing

photo opportunities galore as the atmosphere and mood changes from the

heat and bustle of the daytime to the glistening lights reflecting off

the water at night. Crete and Chania certainly have the promise of yet

more – we will be back!! 

Thank you Alan and Jo for your ‘Place in the Sun’

Anthony and Sue

October 2014



Name: Viviene Gordon-Turner
The Wine Press : fabulous cottage in Crete
I have long wanted to re-visit Crete, having spent a
weekend on the island twenty years ago. This time I would be there
solo - for 5 days of self-indulgent relaxation. I envisaged sunshine,
lazy lunches, long walks and beautiful viatas - against a backdrop of
a quaint and comfortable cottage with just enough home comforts not to
feel too isolated. The Wine Press, a tastefully restored cottage in
the working village of Gavalohri - offered everything I imagined it
would - and more. Washed in cream and sky blue, the cottage is
welcoming and far more than just comfortable. I felt "at home" very
quickly, and was neither scared nor lonely on my own - there is a
great assortment of reading (I read 3 books in 4 days) as well as a
clatter of DVDs which I did not get around to watching.
The setting is fabulous. The village blissfully un-touristy, with
ready access to the more commercialised beaches for those who want
A car is vital - there is a plethora of gorges, beaches.
archaeological interests in close proximity. Highlights for me
included a swim at Scorpion Bay - a very private, natural pebble beach
with crystal - clear waters nestled between limestone cliffs, and the
constant view of the beautiful White Mountains.
I'll definitely be back - and The Wine Press / Olive Pickers House are
without doubt my first choice in cottage accommodation.
Many thanks to Alan and Jo for thinking of absolutely everything and
for making my Cretan Odyssey so memorable!

Name: Marion & Tim Kett
Title: The Wine Press
The Wine Press is a delightful house on the outskirts of Gavalochori. 
Beautifully presented and providing a real home from home feel about
it.  The verandah was a haven for our breakfast each day and that
glass of wine or 2 each night.  A short walk to the little village
shops where you can purchase almost everything you will need and 2
fabulous Tavernas to eat in and enjoy the local hospitality.  This was
our 2nd time in the village and I suspect it will not be our last. We
would recommend The Wine Press without reservation - our only
problem is we do not want to share it!!!  It's bliss and Alan & Jo
certainly make sure that you have all the local gen to enjoy it to the
utmost. Thank you so much - you sent us home ready to face the real
world again!!  Marion & Tim Kett
Rating: Excellent

Name: Jenny&Mick Nottingham 

Review: We stayed

in the Wine Press House 14-28th June 2013 and had the most fantastic

time. This was our third visit to Crete but first non package. The

house was equiped with everything we needed, it was very private with

our own courtyard and large veranda. A short stroll to the village

bakery for our morning bread or in the evenings to the local bar in

the square then on to a restaurant, either in Vamos, Kalives, Almerida

or Monicas in the village. After a day exploring the mountains, Chania

and surrounding areas returning to the house felt like we were

arriving home. It has completely spoilt us and we would not hesitate

in recommending The Wine Press House to anyone. It was a stress free,

relaxing holiday in a beautiful house and in a lovely part of Crete,

Thank you Alan and Jo, we shall be returning.

 Rating: Excellent


Michael and Jennifer Winwood from Nottingham

 We stayed in the Wine Press House, Gavalochori in June 2013, where we had the most fantastic time, this was our third holiday in Crete but first non package.  We followed the directions that were sent to us and arrived at the house without a hitch. What can I say, there was everything we needed and more.

On our first morning we were greeted by the sounds of goat bells tinkling in the distance, sheep baaing nearby, cocks crowing and the odd bark from a dog. A slow walk down to the village to buy fresh bread etc from the bakery, then breakfast on the balcony.

Almerida beach and tavernas are a five minute drive away, we used the beach at Kalives, five more minutes further on,  where there were always plenty of sun-loungers by a beach bar, sandy beach and local people, (no tourists).  Tavernas where we had lunch with varied menus, good prices and lovely food.

We had a car for the two weeks and explored most days, there are so many places to visit and amazing mountain drives.

The taverna in the village, Monicas was very good, we would have a couple of beers at the bar in the square first, where the old guys were  friendly, one elderly man who was a reguler there, lived next door to the wine press house and we gave him a lift to Almerida on several occasions.

Sitting in the very private courtyard was heaven, listening to the secardas and drinking local wine in the evenings.  We went to Vamos to eat a few times where the Taverna had fantastic food and entertainment, wednesdays and saturdays.

After a long, hot day touring, returning to the house felt like we were arriving home. We would not hesitate to recommend a holiday here, we are planning on returning if not this year then next.  Only one complaint, staying here has totaly spoilt the idea of going on a package trip again, there was no sitting on suitcases having been turfed out of the apartment at mid day, no transfers, stopping off at umpteen other places en route, no unsociable music or other noise coming from nearby apartments. Just a stress free, relaxing holiday in a beautiful houseand in a lovely part of Crete.  Thankyou Alan and Jo.

P.S. We took some of your lemons, ones on the ground, to put in our pimms.


Name:Dave Prevel

We spent a week at The Wine Press and can`t enthuse about

it enough. Perfect in every way! Our only complaint was that we

couldn`t stay there longer...but we will be back.

Many thanks to Jo and Alan for thinking of everything.


Name:Helen and Nicki Terriss



The olive Pickers


What a gem !. Set on the outskirts of the

quaint village of Gavalohori, the Olive pickers is a unique cretian

house reached through a tranquil courtyard ablaze with flowering

Bougainvillea and Jasmine, also the orange, lemon/lime and fig

tree`s which were there for us to pick. The house is quaint, bright

and tastefully furnished, with everything we needed for a fortnight's

stay, it was immaculate. A few minutes walk is the village which has a

number of excellent tavernas, a very good bakery and two small grocery

shops. It also boasts a very small but interesting museum. Gavalohori

is a wonderful place for walking, cycling or just enjoying nature.

A 5 minute drive is Almyrida with many excellent Tavernas that line

the beach. whether you want a quiet meal or something livelier you are

spoilt for choice. 

The local people people  where very friendly, helpful and generous

with the invitations to village parties.

Some of our most memorable evenings where spent under the stars in the

quiet and privacy of the courtyard with just the distant sound of

sheep bells whilst we enjoyed  a cretian meal and a glass of

wine-Priceless !  

For those wanting to de stress and recharge their batteries this is

the place.

By the way the pictures do not do it justice.


A big thank you to Alan and Jo for allowing us to have a very

memorable and enjoyable  experience we will be back





Name:Lois Baldwin


Traditional with modern amenities


We loved our stay at the Wine Press. The

decor is simple and lovely. I loved how all the traditional features

had been lovingly restored. The kitchen is well equipped and the

clothes washer was much appreciated.  Sleeping is peaceful, you hear

only the wind. Awoke each morning to perfect weather and goat bells!

Gavalahori is a great hillside village  with 2 wonderful restaurants,

a mini market (try the local red in the Samaria water bottle) and a

bakery.. Loved our stay. Will return again and






Name:Mick and jenny Winwood




Once again

we visited the Wine Press House (we stayed two weeks last year)and we

found it just the same, thank goodness, lovely holiday again. This

time we dined in the taverna Arismari, in the village, just turn left

before the main square, you come to a tiny square with seating,

outside lights etc. the food was excellent, the hosts fantastic, and

the setting perfect, we don't understand why Monica's, further round

in the village, is so popular compared to this place.

All in all  we had a fantastic time.