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July 16, 2018

New properties on Crete signed by Freelance Holidays

In what is proving to be a bumper year for Mediterranean island villas, two newly-built holiday homes on Crete’s unspoiled south coast have been signed by Freelance Holidays, offering both availability and great value for August and late summer holidays.

Vaso’s House is a spacious first-floor apartment a couple of minutes’ walk from the facilities of Kerames village. It offers two bedrooms to sleep four. There’s no pool, but the beach is just 4.5kms drive, and all rooms have access to the sea-facing balcony for wonderful views.

The traditional village square offers a taverna and café, and the maze of streets include a well-stocked minimarket. The apartment’s styling is modern rustic, and the owner, Vaso, has insisted on the same quality finish as her parents enjoy in their apartment below. Ready for guests from 1 August, when a week’s rental costs £1050, the apartment is available to rent on a per night basis from just £108 in September when a week is only £756.

A few miles along the coast, Alexandro’s House is a newly-renovated ‘cottage’ standing alone on the edge of Agia Paraskevi. Three new bedrooms (with two shower rooms) sleep up to six, and all guests are welcome to use the pools at the two village tavernas which are within three minutes’ walk. Sea views are a feature of this traditionally-built stone house with a modern interior.

Available now, the newly-renovated Alexandro’s House costs £1085 for a week in August, with nights in September £138, making a week at the end of the summer only £966 for six!

Both properties are around two hours’ drive from either Chania or Heraklion airport: car hire is essential but is not included in the price.

01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

 

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

June 28, 2018

From £999 for a family of six: Crete in August with Freelance Holidays

Freelance Holidays now features seven family-run apartment ‘complexes’ on Crete that deliver all the enjoyment of a villa holiday at half the price this summer, with a week in August starting at just £999 for a three-bedroom apartment sleeping six (excluding flights and car hire).

“Share the pool at one of our small and friendly apartments and the cost plummets,” says Freelance Holidays’ managing director Paul Fogg. “A three-bedroom villa with a private pool is typically twice the price.

“And apartments can deliver other benefits: children for yours to play with; often a location that’s closer to the sea, and nearer facilities such as tavernas and markets. You may also be able to get away without a car, which keeps costs down even more.”

For example the Rouladina Apartments in Stalos have been a Freelance Holidays exclusive for several years. They’re owned by Manolis and Dimitra, Greek-Canadians who built half a dozen apartments around a 10m x 5m pool set just 500 metres from the sandy beach. The couple live on site and manage the apartments with a combination of Canadian efficiency and Greek hospitality: guests are often welcomed with one of Dimitra’s traditional bakes.

A week in August in Apartment Four, one of the four three-bedroom apartments (there is also a two-bedroom and one-bedroom unit) costs from just £999. It sleeps six, with the option to add a seventh on the sofa-bed in the living area. Like all their apartments in this low-rise (two storey) there’s a sea view to the front, and sun-baked vineyards behind. The nearest taverna and tiny shop is 100m away, with a wider choice 500m along the coast road. The bus stop is nearby, and as Chania airport is only 27kms away, and the town itself within 10kms, car hire is not essential – another saving!

Freelance Holidays’ line-up of apartments on Crete include the seafront Pavlakis Beach apartments, also in Stalos, Iliopetra Studios in Douliana and Paleohora Harbour Apartments on the south-west coast.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

 

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

May 16, 2018

Kefalonia: save up to £350 on gorgeous villas in June

June on Kefalonia means sunny days up to 26 degrees*, un-crowded beaches and direct flights from eleven UK airports – and with Freelance Holidays policy of ‘any day arrival, any length of stay’ this is a great opportunity to mix and match cheap flights with flexible villa rental to create a bargain holiday!

 

For example, Villa Penelope on the Liakas peninsula is reduced from £349 per night to £299 per night, saving £50 per night or £350 on a seven-night hire from 14 June.

 

This villa sleeps six (three bedrooms, three shower rooms) and while the interior is as smart and modern as anyone could wish, it is the outdoor living space that packs the biggest punch: virtually 270-degree sea views, with a large private pool surrounded by a furnished sun terrace; a shady pergola on the edge of the bluff, a covered terrace with sofa set and swing seat; a BBQ dining terrace, and a rear balcony with cushioned seating offering a book-lover’s retreat from the sun.

 

The icing on the cake is a footpath from the villa down to a level rock platform beside the Ionian Sea, from which it’s possible to bathe; a more conventional sandy beach is no more than five minutes’ drive away.

 

An hour along the coast Villa Seagull also enjoys a sea-facing spot, and is reduced to £199 per night (for six people), saving £40 per night or £280 on any seven nights between 2 and 20 June. Its proximity to the laid-back family resort of Skala (just over a kilometre away) makes this the perfect villa for those who like to eat out as much as they may enjoy self-catering in the modern kitchen, or barbecuing on the dining terrace.

 

Other discounted villas include Poseidon (sleeping six) and Yianna (sleeping four), both with savings of £140 off seven nights’ rental throughout June.

 

This is a fantastic time to holiday on Kefalonia: fewer families mean more space on fabulous beaches like Myrtos, Skala and Xi. The sights are less busy too: visit Melissani Cave where the sun breaks through the roof to light up a turquoise lake, or watch loggerhead turtles gather around the fishing boats, looking for fishy scraps in Argostoli harbour.

 

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk
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*source: holiday-weather.com

 

Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

 

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca and Menorca.
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
March 28, 2018

Learn to Cook on Crete in your own Holiday Villa

Freelance Holidays loves everything about Crete, from its fabulous weather to its delicious and healthy food!  And this year, the villa rental company is teaming up with local foodie Jenny Skandalakis, who recently returned to her birthplace to set up Cretan Cooking Classes.

Freelance Holidays’ guests on Crete will be able to spend a morning or afternoon in the kitchen of their ‘own’ villa with Jenny or one of her chefs, learning to create authentic Cretan dishes through hands-on participation.

While Freelance Holidays kitchens are always well-equipped, the chef brings everything needed for the class from ingredients to gadgets, and at the end of four hours guests sit down to enjoy the results of their labours: a five course meal with a glass of local wine!

Jenny’s food philosophy is inspired by her grandmother’s cooking using traditional ingredients from the land, natural flavourings and olive oil: a healthy Mediterranean diet.

Typical dishes covered during the class include Cretan salad with mizythra cheese, Dakos (a barley based appetizer), Tsigariasto which is a meat dish cooked in wine, Cretan mushroom risotto with graviera cheese, and Kalitsounia – Crete’s famous cheese pastry sweetened with local honey!

The cost of the class depends on the number of people taking part, for example, €103 per person for six people occupying a three-bedroom villa such as newly-featured Villa Kamara in Atsipopoulo.

This beautiful three-bedroom villa has a brand new pool and fabulous sea views. The recent renovation contrasts exposed stone and traditional furnishings with a smart kitchen – perfect for that cookery class – and shower rooms. Villa Kamara sleeps six and with all the attractions of lively Rethymnon virtually on the doorstep, this is a great property for two or three couples holidaying together (there is parking for two hire cars), or for a family. Rental starts at £119 per night for the whole villa.

Freelance Holidays’ properties on Crete range from rustic-chic village houses to striking contemporary villas.  Virtually all are offered on an any-day-arrival and any-length-of-stay basis, with rental prices quoted per night.  This unusual flexibility allows guests to mix and match with the least-popular (therefore cheapest) no-frills and charter flights to create holidays ranging from five to 15+ nights. 

01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk


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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca and Menorca.
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
March 14, 2018

Crete Hots up in April, with Villa Deals to Match

With temperatures upwards of 20C, over a dozen low-cost flights to choose from every week, and Greek Easter to celebrate on 8 April, Crete promises sunny days and silly prices for April breaks!

Villa specialist Freelance Holidays has discounted rental at selected properties to as little as £79 per night for six people – saving £30 a night – that’s £210 on a week’s stay.

And with its any-day-arrival-any-length of stay approach Freelance Holidays is the perfect partner for booking stays as short as five nights (or as long as you like) to mix and match with travellers’ own flights for bargain April holidays.

For example, in Rethymnon, newly-featured Villa Kamara is reduced to £89 per night – saving £30 per night – throughout April for the whole property: a beautiful three-bedroom villa brand new pool and fabulous sea views. The recent renovation contrasts exposed stone and traditional furnishings with smart kitchen and shower rooms.

Villa Kamara sleeps six and with all the facilities – and traditional Easter celebrations – of Rethymnon on the doorstep, this is a great property for a family or two or three couples holidaying together (there is parking for two hire cars).

Other April discounts include Villa Olivia, a two-bedroom house sleeping four – with private pool – set in peaceful countryside outside the village of Vrisses and only 10 minutes’ drive from the beach at Georgoupolis. This fabulous property is set on one level and is perfect for a young family or two couples. All April rentals are now reduced to £79 per night for the whole property, saving £210 on a week’s stay.

And for couples, the small but perfectly-formed Maro’s Spitaki offers one double bedroom and – a rare thing in a couple’s property – a large private pool. No more than 15 minutes by car from the Venetian port at Chania, set among citrus groves, this idyllic retreat is £105 per night throughout April.

01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk


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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members

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