“My home away from home in Athens” Found this lovely and brand newly renovated flat for my 6 day stay while in Athens for business. Much better than a hotel stay as the room and space was gorgeous, quiet, private and lovingly hosted by the owners of th
“Exceptional Location, Friendly Hosts, Great Facilities”
Reviewed 26 Apr 2016
I would totally recommend this apartment if you want to make the best out of your stay in Athens. The location is perfect - within walking distance from all the major Athens sights and in a lively are… More
Thank you so much for your kind words Ms Koleva. It was a pleasure to have you stay. Hope to see you again in Future. Best regards Martin & Anna
We're going to go against the trend here based on previous reviews. I'm not sure how we can be so different in our ratings as I don't think we have particularly high standards. We booked a holiday for… More
Dear Mrs. Braughton,
I am very sorry to read that you did not have a good time in our house, which saddens me.
However we are private owners, proud of our house and area, aiming at offering the best possible accommodation and service to our guests and I do take offense, as to your remark that the house was not clean. All floor in the villa were 100% clean, including the fridges and also fully prepared, although there was a one hour delay in finishing preparing the first floor, for which I apologize.
As you state yourself, during your stay we were experiencing exceptionally strong winds in our area and as a result, when opening a door or window, some dust or small leaves from the garden and the surrounding area would blow into the house; It is however another thing entirely, to state that the house was dirty.
I don't want to be offensive, but you seemed to have an obsession with cleanliness, be it your remark about the rubbish not being picked up; I assume you mean that the waste containers along the main road by the evening get filled up with plastic waste bags. Sorry about that, but the municipal garbage truck collects the rubbish every night, not every hour of the day, or your remark about the towels not being folded up, or the scrub land scattered with litter area (this is an area where residents leave rubbish from their garden, basically branches, leaves in bags and occasionally some old furniture, which - again - is collected by a special tractor and truck three times a week). The subway is sprayed with some graffiti, so what ? Your remark about the final walk onto the sand over rubbish and faeces, also is completely out of proportion.
I also remember well your first remark, when I came by the house the next morning to give you a little drive of the area, show you some landmarks and drive you to the supermarket. Instead of “Good Morning”, or at least “Hello”, your first remark was: “the pool is dirty”. Of course it wasn’t; but with the strong winds blowing, small leaves from the trees surrounding the garden do blow into the pool, that is why we have a pole with a net, to “fish” them out as I demonstrated to you. I also explained to you that covering the children in a thick layer of sun cream and then having them use the pool, creates an oily “cream filter” on the surface of the water, which eventually sticks to the pool tiles, which you then have to remove with kitchen paper, instead of just rubbing it back into the water with a sponge. As to the filters, they operate automatically and switch on every two hours for half an hour, keeping the pool clean, as long as you collect the leaves sucked into the baskets in the skimmers and every two days renew the pool chloride tablets in the skimmer baskets, I supplied your group with. I do apologize for the sealed and non used condom in the sofa bed. This bed is mainly used as a couch and on occasions is opened and used as a bed. The package must have slipped in the lining of the sofa, when previous guests closed it. From now on I will thoroughly check every inch of the lining of the sofa bed.
Our main street is at exactly 1.5 km from the house, which for an average person is about a 10 to 15 minute walk.
You also kept complaining about the heat during your stay , which I believe is the underlying reason for all your complaints. If one comes to Greece in August, it is going to be hot. If one has a problem with temperatures in the mid thirties celsius, it is advisable not to come on holiday in Greece in July or August.
Our ground floor apartment is sheltered from the sun and generally cool, as long as you keep the windows a bit open to maintain air flow in the place; which of course with the hard winds, does blows some dust in as well; so better keep them closed ? The bedrooms most exposed to the sun on the first and second floor have air condition, all other rooms in the house have fans.
Finally I take strong offense to your remarks about our area, comparing it with Kuwait not long after the Iraq invasion. This is total rubbish ! For anyone interested in our area, please look up Lagonisi in wikipedia, or its description on the many internet sites covering the area, such as Athenian-Riviera.com. Just one remark: the hotel with the fourth most expensive room in the world (45.000 euro per night), the Grand Resort, is in our village !
Lagonisi is a nice secure village on the beautiful Athenian Riviera, just south of Athens, very well suited for tourists, but not touristic in the sense that there are signs in English everywhere, pointing out where the beach, the bakery, or the bus stop, is; neither will you find a fish and chips shop here, or hordes of foreign tourists. Our beaches are beautiful, sandy, shallow and clean, again just look them up on the internet for an objective presentation.
Having had the misfortune of hosting guests like yourselves, made us realize how lucky we have been over the years always welcoming nice and friendly guests, many of whom came back and/or became our friends and with whom we have kept contact on Facebook.