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Client Reviews for Carob Tree Cottage


Your representative, John Eley, was extremely helpful. His wife Sarah too was very kind. They really made us feel welcome and at home.

We have come to rely on Vintage Travel for our holidays as we know we are assured an excellent standard of accommodation and service. We are very grateful for that.

Carob Tree cottage has been a really relaxing and attractive base for our first visit to Crete. We really appreciate the care John and Sarah have put into it's restoration and the attention and taste with which they've furnished and equipped it - particularly on the morning we were confined to the cottage by torrential rain! We're not great beach people but have enjoyed our trips into the mountains and discovering the amazing heritage of ancient churches. Don't be misled by the simplicity of their exteriors, they disguise remarkable and well preserved fresco paintings which we rarely see in the UK. The botanical gardens in the nearby hills make an enjoyable and informative excursion for those with an interest in plants and their environment. FInally, thanks to (hosts) John and Sarah for being so generous and helpful.

Thank you very much for a wonderful week. This is our first time to Crete and being able to tap into John's extensive knowledge was a huge bonus! Carob Tree cottage is a lovely property - well thought through and comfortable. I particularly favoured the outdoor shower - what luxury! Our little boy also enjoyed playing with a selection of toys he found upstairs. We found the Cretans to be polite and friendly, the island is so welcoming for children. We were very spoilt when John brought fresh bread up to the house on a few mornings. What a lovely holiday!

We had an absolutely fabulous week - couldn't have asked for anything better. Looking forward to our next holiday at the cottage.

Thank you for a thoroughly relaxing week at Carob Tree Cottage. The cottage and Crete itself are stunning. We made full use of our hire car to carry out some of John's recommendations - our son will remember swimming with the turtles at Lake Kournas for some time to come! Snorkelling in crystal clear water at the beach at Poralia was fabulous, too. The mountains are a must - stunning. John and Sarah - we can't thank you enough for everything. Sarah's welcome hamper was perfect. Thank you both for a fabulous holiday - we can't recommend this place highly enough.

In particular, we would like to thank John Eley, our representative, for his dedication way beyond the call of duty. He called us the day before our departure from the UK to let us know that he would be waiting for us at the airport. Our flight was delayed by over 2 hours- but John was waiting for us at almost midnight (with a smile on his face and three bottles of cold water!). He had called our car hire company to arrange a late collection and then let us follow him to the cottage. At the villa, we found the welcome pack, but also a pie for us to eat- again, way more than what we expected. During the visit from John the next day, he found out what sort of things we like to do, and set his recommendations accordingly. He is an absolute credit to your company, unintrusive and discreet, yet available at any time should anything have gone wrong. Our next holiday rep has a lot to live up to as John has set the bar so high! Thank you, Vintage Travel, for a fabulous week at Carob Tree Cottage, Crete.

If pretty and off the beaten track are what you seek, look no further - you have found it! Few words can describe this place - outstanding, idyllic, beautiful (even the constant chirping of the cicadas adds something). John & Sarah, thanks for the help, advice and directions - wonderful hosts. We have made a promise to return, a promise we intend to keep. A week is not long enough here, there is so much more to see. Overall an outstanding holiday.

We were looking for an idyllic, small villa, with a pool and located far from the "Madding Crowd". It had to have bucolic charm, but within striking distance of shops and tavernas with Cretan character. We found all this as Carob Tree Cottage, with the added bonus of conscientious and knowledgeable owners. So thank you John and Sarah for a memorable holiday - I'm sure we'll be back.

We so enjoyed our stay in Crete and your pretty cottage was absolutely perfect - just being able to see the stars at night and listen to the bird song in the morning lifted our spirits! Many thanks John and Sarah for all your help and good advice.

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