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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,

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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

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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
June 29, 2017

Peak season savings on villas with private pools…

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, has announced peak season savings at selected properties in a choice of locations including Crete, Kefalonia and Mallorca.

For couples, Amfitriti is a one-bedroom stone-built villa in Livadia, a peaceful and unspoilt corner area of south west Crete.  The property, which enjoys dramatic sea views from its terrace, is a romantic bolt hole for two and in its gardens there is a private swimming pool and a sun terrace.    Just a three-minute walk away is a small taverna, serving delicious home-cooked meals which can be eaten ‘in situ’ or delivered to the door.  Seven nights from 25 July now cost £1370, saving £444.

For families, or groups of friends, who like to holiday together – but require an element of privacy and independence – Villas Meltemi and Levanta on Kefalonia tick all the boxes. These identical stone-built properties, with commanding views over the entrance to Fiscardo harbour, sit side-by-side on their own terrace, with a shared private pool situated between them. Each sleeps four in two en suite bedrooms and all principal rooms have glass doors onto the rear terrace with its breathtaking views.  A week from 23 July is now priced at £2000 (for a party of eight), a reduction of £898.

Or in Mallorca, Villa Elena is a superb property near the walled old town of Alcudia and within walking distance of a couple of restaurants, a marina and two lovely beaches.  This spacious villa – both elegant and contemporary – sleeps eight in four bedrooms (three en suite) and is set in large gardens with a private fenced swimming pool, an outside shower, sun and rooftop terraces, a shaded seating area and table tennis.  Within the villa there is also a gym with an x-trainer and static bicycle.  A seven-night holiday from 29 July costs £4175, saving £1017.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,


For further information please contact Stephen Ellison on 01954 261431. Release issued by Beacon PR 01572 748800




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