FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO VALUE AN INDEPENDENT HOLIDAY IN A CARED FOR HOME
Daisy is in an authentic rural location, close to the sea. It is a two double bedroom property in a small, gated community of eight privately owned homes known as Mandarin Grove. It is in the heart of Fodele, an unspoilt village much treasured by the Cretan people for its rural location ; the wonderful Tavernas and as the birthplace of El Greco. It is just 3km from the beautiful Fodele Beach so you can alternate between village and sea, giving you very different environments and an even wider choice of tavernas.
Fodele Beach is 2 miles from Fodele village
Its elevated position gives our guests glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The photo below shows the view from the master bedroom balcony and the roof terrace. The sun roof is also a lovely place to chill out in complete privacy.
a small section of the view from the balcony and roof terrace
Mandarin Grove is set in private, peaceful, traffic free grounds. It is surrounded by the Byzantine village church ; orange groves and the village park. Beyond, lie the beautiful mountains of Crete.
views of the surrounding area taken from Mandarin Grove
The roomy pool area provides:
privacy for guests in a secluded setting ;
space to eat the local produce at your own table;
the use a communal barbecue (to be arranged with the site managers).
Being a gated area, without traffic, the pool is safer for young children.
secluded pool area is not overlooked due to its raised position
DAISY ~ MANDARIN GROVE.
DAISY is a 3 storey house containing:
bathroom + toilet;
courtyard garden with table and 4 chairs;
front patio seating area;
- spiral staircase to
- front bedroom (king size bed); *
- back bedroom (king size bed); *
- shower room + toilet;
- spiral staircase to
- roof terrace.
* PLEASE NOTE:
Daisy is limited to 4 guests + a baby in a cot (a travel cot is available IF requested at the time of booking).
We have endeavoured to make Daisy a pleasing, comfortable environment.
a 32" TV/DVD combo (lounge);
satellite TV but NOT Sky;
- TV/DVD combo (front bedroom) for DVDS only;
wi-fi (passwords available from the service manager, Paul, upon request);
washing machine (outside);
pan trivets, glass surface protectors and chopping board to protect the new kitchen surfaces; *
- throws for the settee and chair; *
- air conditioning (lounge & 2 bedrooms);
- ceiling fans (2 bedrooms);
- mosquito nets (lounge patio doors, kitchen window, bedroom doors);
- small selection of tea, coffee, sugar & milk on arrival;
- large bottle of water on arrival;
- 2 towels per person;
- bed linen for all beds;
- 2 toilet rolls;
* We request your diligence in using these items to protect our recent purchases. Thank you.
NB: Daisy is strictly a non-smoking property.
You can make your payments with PayPal, cheque, or Bank Transfer. Just let us know which method you prefer. Your payments are always confirmed by email.
The Byzantine Church next door. It is still the centre of village life
The village has:
2 small supermarkets;
- multiple tavernas;
- a Doctor;
- a Pharmacy;
- gift/craft shops.
THE SERVICE MANAGERS:
Paul and Angie, live in the village and provide:
a meet and greet service for all the guests (even if delayed). See page 4 for their contact and other details and TAKE THESE WITH YOU when you travel to Crete;
- assistance with Daisy and Mandarin Grove;
- directions to other villages;
- medical help etc.
They are kind, helpful people who are happy to be of assistance.
Daisy is approx. 100 metres from the centre of the village, making the shops and 10 tavernas close at hand. It is 60 metres from the village square where you can safely park your car.
short walk to the centre along side the village stream
Should you wish to visit the picturesque Fodele beach shown below, it is less than 3km. away, along a pleasant country lane. If you buy a drink at the Taverna, the deckchairs are free for as long as you wish. There is a Water Sports Centre at the Fodele Beach Hotel and some of our guests buy a Day Pass which entitles them to use the Water Sports Centre and the eating faciliities.
Fodele Beach again in case you missed it at the top of the page !
An important consideration is that your pound will go further in the village. The prices in the local tavernas are considerably lower than what you find in the resorts. Please remember that there are NO CASH MACHINES in the immediate area so you need to take Euros in CASH with you. (There are cash machines in Agia Pelagia, Carrefour and Heraklion.)
We consider that a hire car is not essential if you are seeking a peaceful, inexpensive, chillout holiday. Mandarin Grove and the village will provide the right environment for you .
Low cost airport taxi transfers. We have negotiated a special taxi fare of 67 Euros return and your taxi can be pre-booked online.Your name will be displayed as you exit the airport and our experience with the taxis has been positive. We have waived our commission to ensure that you get the lowest fare. The link is at the bottom of the menu, under the heading of "TAXI TRANSFERS"
Public Bus Service. There is a good hourly public bus service to Heraklion. It is a pleasant two mile walk down the valley to the main highway or alternatively you can drive down and park your car adjoining the main road. Our friend Angie walks downhill along the country lane to catch the bus and times her return from Heraklion so that she can take the school bus all the way to the village..........cunning eh!
Organised excursions. Our Service Managers can make arrangements for guests to take excursions to the main points of interest in Crete. They would need some advance warning so that they can contact the agent in the next village.
views on the route to Heraklion/airport
You can have all your meals courtesy of the nearby bakery and the Tavernas. You can even arrange a "Takeaway" from one of the Tavernas if you have very young children and need to stay on site in the evening. (we have a cot , shared between 4 owners, available too) Sometimes guests choose to stay on site and use the communal barbeque. They enjoy visiting the shops for ingredients for their daily feast. There is a slow cooker in the kitchen.
Big George's Taverna showing his barbecue front left
Daisy has private seated areas on the front patio ; the rear garden ; the balconies and the roof terrace.
Fodele is a working village, NOT a resort. It is therefore open throughout the year unlike the resorts that close down at the end of October and do not open again until the beginning of May. Daisy is closed for refurbishment from December until the end of February.
Most of the main Tourist Operators do not start until May and so April is a particularly quiet month with its own special appeal. The flights can be much cheaper and it is a pleasant month for those of you who prefer to avoid the summer heat.
Finally, Daisy is fully insured with Intasure, the leading overseas property insurance provider. Wherever you choose to holiday, you should always check that the property is properly insured.
The Easter procession on Good Friday
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