Our traditional village houses are lovingly restored and fully equipped for your holidays in West Crete
Hi there! We are Jo and Alan Boyd – the very proud owners of two lovely village houses in Gavalohori, Crete for your Holidays in West Crete. We fell in love with them, the minute we saw them. Having finally realized our dream of a place in the sun we are determined to ensure our guests really enjoy their stay, relax and recover from day to day stresses life has thrown at them!
We look forward to welcoming new guests and of course our returnees who now seem like friends. So they too can experience the peace and tranquillity of the accommodation and all this beautiful area of Crete has to offer.
Watch the video and explore the local area as well as the cottages inside and out:
You can also now book a wonderful massage with our professional therapist who offers treatments tailored to your individual needs in the comfort of your own cottage (subject to booking). You can also now arrange for a private transfer from the airport and hire of a driver for a half day or more, please contact us for details to make your holidays in west Crete even more relaxing and care-free.
Guests’ feedback is actively encouraged to ensure that precious holiday time is as good as it can be and that people will want to return. Indeed we hope that some of the helpful comments we have had our returnees will see we have put in place so many thanks to them.
Experience the traditional Crete
in one of our quirky but comfortable fully equipped renovated cottages
They have everything you need from air con to wireless broadband. We even supply beach towels to save space in your suitcase for the things that really matter. So say goodbye to the package holiday and experience the freedom of the independent traveller. Both of our houses are secluded within stone walls & courtyards, each having private parking and entrance gates. Courtyards with fruit trees, terracotta pots with flowers, and bougainvillaeas provide shade and colour.
What others say:
Please take a moment to read a few of our guests’ testimonials
We are very proud and delighed with our guest feedback. Some of these are quite extensive and will give you a good idea of what to expect when you book your holiday with us.
We visited in September in 2018 with friends and occupied both cottages. This was a superb holiday destination offering everything required for a modern life in traditional cottages. The Cottages are set in a rural Cretan village with plenty of nice local restaurants offering great food choices within a few minutes’ walk. Local sandy beaches… read more
Via recommendations, we opted to stay at the Wine Press for our first holiday in Crete. The premises have been sensitively restored to reflect the village atmosphere of Gavalohori yet feature the facilities expected of a 21 st Century home; there’s even an alfresco shower! We plan to return soon. read more
Rating: Excellent. 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… read more
Rating: Excellent. 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…. read more
Rating: Excellent. The Olive Picker’s House. What a gem! Set on the outskirts of the quaint village of Gavalohori, the Olive pickers is a unique Cretan house reached through a tranquil courtyard ablaze with flowering Bougainvillea and Jasmine, also the orange, lemon/lime and fig trees… read more
Rating: Excellent. 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. read more
Rating: Excellent. 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… read more
Rating: Excellent. Island in the Sun. We arrived on a night flight from the 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… read more
Rating: Excellent. 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… read more
Rating: Excellent. The Wine Press is a delightful house on the outskirts of Gavalohori. 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… read more
Rating: Excellent. 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 equipped with everything we needed, it was very private with our own courtyard and large veranda…. read more
Rating: Excellent. We stayed in the Wine Press House, Gavalohori in June 2013, where we had the most fantastic time! 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…. read more
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. read more