Sally Gilbert arrived 23/06/2007
Thank you for your kind e-mail. We had a wonderful holiday in Platanos. It was such a lovely village and the locals were very friendly and welcoming. We ate in all the tavernas in the upper village. The lady at the cafe on the square prepared us a mixture of Greek home-cooked dishes one night and this was delicious.
One evening, we went to the meat taverna in the mountains by the petrol station and watched the sun set. We were the only people there and it felt like they had just invited us into their home and cooked us a meal. They didnít seem prepared for us on arrival but the food they cooked-up was delicious. We also went to Longos beach a couple of times ñ this was our favourite beach. The water was so still and blue. There were lots of nice places to eat, too.
We went to Daphneís bar a lot too she was very welcoming and the bar was beautiful. They boys loved the canoes and Dad loved the beer.
James and I had a drive up into the mountains one afternoon (after Benís suggestion) and the scenery was breathtaking. We found Ancient Aigeria on route and this was very special.
Anyway, thought I would just drop you a line to say thank you for a lovely holiday. The owners have truly created a Greek Oasis at Jacaranda House.
Ali Ham arrived 04/07/2009
We had a great holiday and loved the villa. The kids were more than happy playing in the pool and would have stayed there all day if they'd had their way!
Simon Garrett arrived 01/08/2009
Thank you for your message. We did have a good holiday; Platanos was delightful and real and we particularly enjoyed the smallest bar/taverna. The people were extremely pleasant and friendly and we really appreciated the lack of tourists around us.
Dinoís was a bonus too. Platanos was well placed for us to explore the area which was very beautiful and dramatic. The garden at Jacaranda was a treat with lovely flowers and scents.
Please pass on our thanks to Ben and Marie Louise for their help with things like printing boarding passes, making telephone calls and such like! Ben telephoned the Avis hire car people about our missing bag. Would you be kind enough to email back to me a confirmation that we reported our bag missing as soon as we could, and that Ben reported it on our behalf as our agent.
Thank you very much.
With best wishes,
Brian and Babs Ward arrived 12/06/2010
Just a note to let you know how much we all enjoyed our holiday, I am now
busy back at work. Once again thank you, everything went really well, apart
from a flat tyre but thankfully that happened outside the Veranda Taverna
but they came quite quickly and we were able to get up to Cave Lake,
although we were thankful it did not happen on the mountain road. You can
assure any guests there is absolutely no problem in Athens we had a nice day
there and a good flight home. Do you have any villas in the south, we
thought we might give that a whirl next year. I am sorry we did not see you
to say cheerio. Speak to you soon.
Ricardo Gonzalez arrived 12/07/2011
I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to say good-bye to you and Ben before we
left. I just wanted to thank you both for all of your assistance prior to
and during our vacation in Greece. And many thanks to Kelly for here helpful
advice and assistance. We really loved the house, it was everything we
expected. The girls loved the pool and we loved the charm. As I mentioned, I
would have been content to sit on the porch with a book or some music and a
beer the entire time. I hope Ben did not think it rude of us to not take him
up on the very generous offer to show us the mountain villages, I would have
enjoyed this very much, but Alexandra and the girls were a little worn out
from day trips in Switzerland and our very hot trip to Mycenea, and they
preferred to stay close to the pool and beach. Also, thanks to Ben for the
jar of honey, we were planning to take it home and so we hadn't opened it,
but during Alexandria's research prior to packing, she was convinced that we
were not permitted to bring it. We didn't open it until the day we left, it
was delicious! We could have been enjoying it the entire stay. We hope that
we will return to Greece in the future and will definitely look you up (as
well as recommend you to any of our friends who may be looking to vacation
in Greece in the future).
Best of luck and thanks again for everything.
Ricardo, Alexandra, Julia, and Zoe
Mark and Sarah Taylor arrived 31/07/2011
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Jacaranda and have loved the house, the village and all the surrounding areas ñ with thanks for your very informative, and now well thumbed guide. I think we very quickly took for granted the things that made it perfect for us ñ the almost deserted beaches, the crystalline waters, the friendliness of everyone we came across. Our high point was the afternoon and evening spent at Lake Tsivoli, it was just so beautiful.
Many many thanks, we look forward to consulting you again for future holidays, kind regards
Wendy Simpson arrived 23/06/2012
May we take this opportunity to thank you for a very nice and relaxing time at your house. It's exactly what we needed. Our daughter left for university last year and just spending time with her has been amazing.
If you ever want to come to England we have a narrow boat We could swap a week !
Thanks again. Wens x
Emma Smith arrived 04/09/2012
I just wanted to write and say thank you - we had a wonderful time at Jacaranda House and were very sorry to leave last Thursday. The house was absolutely perfect for our needs and the situation just wonderful.
We particularly loved not meeting another Brit for the duration of our stay, even though we were out and about a lot.
Thanks to your recommendations we had some great meals, although we were turfed out of the Veranda by a rather rude waiter (the son, I think!). We tried to go to Mourayo in Aiyera but found it closed, but did enjoy the pizza place in Akrata very much. However, our favourite place was Trifona in the village - we were made to feel so welcome and I think this was the highlight of our stay. Our daughter was kept well entertained by the very friendly staff and locals while we enjoyed the views and food. We also had really lovely days out at Trapeza on the beach and Kalavryta where we went on the train. And absolutely loved the baker and greengrocer in Akrata - both run by the friendliest of people.
Thanks again for all your help in making a very memorable holiday.
Susan Liberman arrived 22/09/2012
Dear Vickie and all the staff at Pretty Greek Villas,
Our stay at Jacaranda House was delightful. The accommodations were lovely, the setting could not be more beautiful - even the weather was perfect! It was a wonderful stay, certainly enhanced by the experience we had at the villa.
Thank you for providing such comfortable and attractive quarters,
Naomi Whitaker arrived 31/07/2012
Feed back about our 11 day holiday to Jacaranda House.
A wonderful, hidden away gem with great facilities. We thought it was surprisingly spacious! The pool was fantastic. The pool and outside balcony (with the day bed) being the most used areas of our stay.
Aristos and Maria were brilliant and they both did a great job; the villa, gardens and pool were spotless.
Even though we didn't speak any Greek (other than hello and thank you) we got by and when we found we were struggling to be understood, we used apps on our phones to translate or find pictures to assist when ordering in tavernas/restaurants. It really was an authentic Greek holiday.
A great place to rest and relax, all tavernas in the village were within walking distance and were wonderfully welcoming - with lovely food. Only the old lady in the opposite villa was interesting, as she clearly was struggling for money. We only saw one english person for our entire 11 day trip! So we felt as though we had truly visited somewhere different.
The directions were very good, including the ones to the doctors which we had to use. Mountains, caves, snorkelling at Rams Head/Planantos and ruins at Ancient Olympia were all stunning.
All queries and contact from Marie-Louise and Ben were prompt, efficient, answered fully. Pretty Greek Villas were very good with communication. I was nervous about booking without the company being registered with ATOL or ABTA or using paypal however, I need not have been.
All in all a wonderfully relaxing and impressive place to stay - authentic luxury Greek holiday in the heart of a village away from all the normal British tourist areas. I would highly recommend Pretty Greek Villas.
Daniel Green arrived 11/08/2012
Vickie - Thanks for your email We had a great week thank you - it's a brilliant service you offer and
you'll be first on our list if we go abroad again next year.
The villa was so well kitted out and Aristos really helpful - we made a good team on the BBQ...
Ben - the kids are fully recovered - thanks for pointing us in the
I see you're based in Ferndown in the UK? We were in the New Forest
last week. Apart from the rain, the food, the beaches and the tent it was just like being back at Jacaranda.
Have a successful year and maybe we'll 'meet' again
Regards to all
Danny & Cathy
Karen Mullis arrived 18/08/2012
First of all I must apologise for not getting back to you sooner with
a note of appreciation for the wonderful week we spent at Jacaranda
House nearly 6 weeks ago now! We had a fantastic time in your villa,
and we would definitely hope to return. We enjoyed the area immensely, and we
especially appreciated the thoughtful and detailed information about restaurants,
bars and sightseeing that you provided. We followed your suggestions
closely, and on the odd occasion we didn't, we wished we had! It really did
feel as if we had "inside information" about the best places to go, so thank
you for the time and effort you put into compiling the information, it
made our holiday so much easier and more enjoyable. We also loved the house
itself,and enjoyed Maria's wonderful pastitsio, which was delicious! Our
daughter burst into tears when we had to depart, as she did not want to go. I
know how she felt!
Many thanks, and thank you again for a great holiday.
Sarah Weir arrived 29/09/2012
Many thanks. We had a really lovely time at Jacaranda and particularly enjoyed the general style and feel of the place, the privacy (although this may be less so in the summer with neighbours around) and the really high quality of the reading materials in the house which was an absolute joy. If we had realised the owners were such an erudite couple we would have come without any books at all as we wanted to read pretty much everything they had.
The service from Pretty Greek Villas was very good with full, detailed descriptions of all properties and efficient answering of all emails as well as good directions. The people who looked after the property were all very charming and friendly and we really enjoyed the area and the village.
Many thanks. Sarah
Adria Stevens arrived 20/07/2013
Thank you for your email.
As we wrote to Ben in our short note, we had a lovely time in Platanos.
The house was well equipped although we couldnt get the TV to work but for us, that was no loss.
Otherwise we had a wonderful time in what is a comfortable house.
Thanks to Ben for the warm welcome - the few things left for us were most appreciated.
We will certainly include Pretty Greek Villas in our plans again next time we travel to Greece.
Many thanks again,
Adria & Jeremy
Hannah Warmanen arrived 18/08/2013
We are just settling back into our normal schedules in Chicago this week, the jet lag is almost gone, but our fun memories of a truly special holiday are still with us! Thanks for all your help in making sure mums birthday trip was one to cherish and remember. We loved villa jacaranda and all the authentic Greek experiences we had during our time there! It was everything we had hoped for, and allowed us to spend quality time as a family which is so relatively rare these days because of our geography!
We hope you are both well, and especially thank you for helping us on the night we had drinks and dinner at the bottom of the hill. So much fun, such a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to future trips to Greece Im sure!
Tim and Hannah -- also, Cheryl, Ritchi, Ally and Dom x x x
Ps see a couple of our holiday pics attached :)
Sara Barnes arrived 13/06/2014
We had a wonderful stay at Jacaranda House and I have already given Ben feedback which he has responded to.
As I said to Ben the service we received from all the staff at Pretty Greek Villas was excellent and we shall definitely be using you again in the future.
Yes it was good to meet you too! We have had an absolutely lovely stay and are both very chilled! House is lovely and perfect for what we wanted. Never did manage to find Coral though! Had some very nice food along the front in Akrata and went back a couple of times. Having lunch there today before the drive back to the airport! Really wish we were staying longer and will certainly be using Pretty Greek Villas in the future. Your service has been excellent and everyone we have spoken to has been very friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Been good to know there is someone on hand anytime. However we managed well enough and have had a really good holiday.
Many thanks to you and your staff at Pretty Greek Villas!!
Hope to speak again sometime!!
Richard Beddington arrived 05/06/2014
Thank you so much for getting in touch. We had the most wonderful time in Jacaranda House. It couldnt have been more perfect and everyone was so kind. We would also like to thank you all for the delicious cake that was awaiting us on our arrival.
We would like to leave a good review so where is the best place to do so? On the website?
Barry Pestell arrived 11/06/2016
Thanks for your message. Yes, we had a wonderful two weeks at Jacaranda House. Everything was great and we really appreciated the generous Welcome Pack.
Thanks and best wishes,
Sarah Hill arrived 09/07/2016
We had an absolutely fabulous time! Ben was a super host and we did a lot of things that we might not have done without his assistance. Also thank you for your Greek translations while we were out riding.....
The house is lovely without being too personal and we had everything we needed.
It was all over too quickly.
Many thanks for all
Andrei Gemeneanu arrived 27/06/2016
thank you so much, we loved it. We shall be back!