2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully air conditioned, furnished for your comfort.
About Peter Jones
I am a retired teacher who actually misses the classroom and the busy life in a large Secondary school. Daisy has given my wife and I a wonderful opportunity to become part of Cretan village life and to communicate with a wide mix of guests, most of whom we never actually meet but seem to know so well.
Peter Jones purchased this House in 2005
Why Peter Jones chose Achlada
It is in the centre of northern Crete, in an unspoilt village 3km from the sea. It is surrounded by trees, the village stream and the village church. The locals are proper ‘Cretans' and there is a unique atmosphere without cash machines or English newspapers. Fodele is open throughout the year. Daisy has been furnished as a home for you to share and enjoy. Our total aim has been to make you comfortable. The beds are king size and the mattresses are of good quality. The door and patios have nets so there is a welcome breeze without the company of our flying friends. The kitchen is fully equipped with its own seating area. The lounge has settees for your comfort and contains both a small library and a television/DVD for your enjoyment. Internet is available. There is a roof terrace and balconies so that you can appreciate the views and the sky at night. Fodele is 3km from the main highway in Crete and so has easy access to most area of the island. Daisy has been awarded a Certificate of excellence for 2017, so you can be assured that we will try our best to make your holiday as memorable as possible.
What makes this House unique
The village is very special in Crete, not least because it is the birthplace of El Greco, the famous painter .It is a favourite village for many of the Crete people, particularly on Sundays. The village stream is fed by the mountains and it flows throughout the year. It is also home to a unique fauna and flora. It is a society more reminiscent of the 1950's and the area feels very safe. Our house is separated by 2 bridges and 100 metres from any form of motorised transport. The builders found it very difficult ! You can see many reviews on our own website at to see how our guests have enjoyed their holiday. The guest book in Daisy has reviews spanning over 10 years. They are a testimony to the appeal of Daisy, Mandarin Grove, the village of Fodele and the island of Crete. Many of our guests are repeat customers who have fallen in love with the Cretan life in the village. Some try all the Tavernas, others stay in Domenicos where they are regaled with stories and made a fuss of by Smoothy George. It has such a central position, 2 miles from the main highway in Crete that you can visit so many places of interest. The historical sites of Knossus and Spinalonga are well documented and the beautiful coastline and mountain splendour is close at hand. You will not be short of advice from the local community.
Young children should be accompanied on the stairs
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
No outsiders must be invited to enter Mandarin Grove
Please look after Daisy as your own house
Please can you take your rubbish bags and leave them by the telegraph pole opposite El Greco restaurant. Thank you so much.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A beautiful place to stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this apartment situated in the beautiful village of Fodele. Our apartment was a very comfy home from home experience and provided everything that you could need. The Village has half a dozen Taverna's which offer amazing home cooked traditional food, the Locals are friendly, helpful and extremely accommodating to holiday makers . We would like to return to Crete one day and will recommend our experience to family and friends.
Most relaxing holiday ever
Fodele is probably the most relaxing holiday destination We have ever visited. This really is a gem of a place, just touristy enough to have good restaurants and bars but not over commercialised or noisy. Everything is within a lovely 2-5minute stroll of Mandarin Grove (if you can tear yourself away from the poolside which is set amongst the most beautiful scenery). Paul and Angie really look after everything and ensure you have no worries during your stay. We stayed in Daisy, a lovely, clean, well appointed cottage, which has wifi, to video, and all modern kitchen appliances. Some nights we cooked fresh local produce (got to try the cheese and the lamb) but most of the time was spent being entertained by Smoothie George..the guy really knows how to make people feel welcome, and his wife Eva whose cooking is just fantastic. We are a family of 3 with a 12 year old daughter and there was just enough to keep everyone entertained for a fortnight. Plenty to do and see nearby...lovely beach at Fodele Beach with tavernas who let you while away the hours on their sun loungers in exchange for buying refreshments from them (at ridiculously affordable prices). But don't just take my word for it...book it and see for yourself.
A place to recharge our 'batteries.'
A week of bliss, wonderful haven hidden away from the hustle and bustle of life. A chance to recharge the batteries. Apartment was beautifully furnished and maintained. Couldn't fault any of the restaurants, all were so friendly, as was the local people.
A piece of heaven, away from it all.
As always, a wonderful stay. Fodele is the place to be if you want a calm, peaceful holiday, but with adequate tavernas, a nearby beach and a pool at the apartments. The Manager & his wife, Angie always make you welcome and are always on hand. The apartment has been recently refurbished to a high standard and we were so impressed at our last visit, that we have booked three weeks for 2015. Always a home from home.
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always delighted when you stay in Daisy
Peter and Ann
Holiday without the tourists
This villa and the surrounding pool is maintained to a very high standard - the couple who manage the property are on hand to answer questions and ensure everything is working. The thing that is so lovely is that it is only 100 metres from tavernas - but hidden behind trees and enclosed. I liked never having to feel I had to get my " towel on a sunbed"...always plenty - and being able to wander back to the villa without having to pack everything up. The local tavernas are econimocal to eat out at all the time and staff (smoothy George) are welcoming. The local bakery is really close too and worth a walk every morning for fresh bread. Hire a car and just go to explore!
thank you so much for your kind words
Peter and Ann
Modern house in quaint village
Daisy is a lovely compact house with plenty of terraces and balconies to sit in either the sun or shade dependant on your preference ours was to sit on the bedroom balcony at night and watch the night sky as we discussed the days events while sharing a night cap and listening to the sounds of the local animals. Or you may choose to lounge by the pool which sits near the entrance of this secluded and secure group of 4 houses and 4 flats
The property is well maintained and kept spotlessly clean by the friendly management team of Paul and Angie who will take great delight in looking after you throughout your stay with useful tips and information.
It’s a pleasant short stroll across the river into the centre of the idyllic village with it’s many Tavernas and friendly locals who will all welcome and greet you with open arms. All serve good simple dishes or if you give them prior notice most will provide a more extravagant dish - try Domenico [Smoothie George] , Father and Son or El Greco’s.
If you are lucky your stay may coincide with a local wedding which if you can last the pace will provide an entertaining evening long into the wee small hours. While there we celebrated our grand daughters birthday with a party at Smoothie’s who provided a sumptuous birthday cake and refreshments for our new found friends as we danced and partied into the early hours.
From Fodele a short drive will take you to the many other beautiful locations - try Malia beach, before the teenagers wake up, Balli [Mpali] with its different beaches, or Georgioupoli and it’s scenic mountain lakeside. If you are there with kids you should take a day pass out at the local water park which is part of Fodele Beach Hotel. A nominal charge of 80 euros, which covers the cost of all drinks snacks and ice creams throughout the day for 2 adults and 2 kids will provide an enjoyable day out.
We look forward to returning one day soon.
.Daisy has an elevated position close to the heart of the village, so you can enjoy great mountain views from the balcony and roof terrace.
The village itself is a working village and there is a bustle of activity as the locals go about their daily lives. They enjoy showing you the wide range of their local produce including vegetables, fruit, raki, lamb and home made tapestries.
The local walks can include the village or you can quickly reach the mountains to go further afield. The village is very proud of their association with El Greco and the birth place of El Greco.
The vegetation and bird life is enormously diversified and very different from other Mediterranean islands. Many of our guests find that they rarely venture out of the village because it provides such an excellent focus for them. This is helped by the fact that there are 10 tavernas in the village each offering their own tempting culinary delicacies.
Crete is the most southerly point in Europe and it has a wonderfully warm climate. Moreover Fodele lies in the centre of the north coast and only 3km from the main east-west highway.This means that you can easily reach most of Crete.. The island is steeped in history and you can visit famous archaeological sites at places like Knossus and Plaistos. It has a mountainous interior that provides lovely views and many opportunities to put on those walking shoes. There is also the island of Spinalonga ; the Samaria Gorge as well as the nearby Fodele Beach and larger resorts like Agia Pelagia.