So why Crete, and why build?    Extracts from Village Link magazine article

….With several developers we looked at properties they have built and gradually moved more central until we ended up at Spili. Here we came across Nikos and his wife Hilary. We immediately felt at home as unlike the larger developers, there was something much more friendly about Nikos and Hilary and what they were offering.

.....We waited almost a year for the planning to be granted, but eventually in December 2007 building started.  The actual builder was a local Cretan from Spili and took great pride in the quality of his work.  We had a few communication issues, which were mainly as a result of our imagination being different from anything he had built previously.  Problems were exacerbated by being a thousand miles away (although we did regular inspection trips).  These were resolved by the management of Nikos and his daughter, Sandra, and the house was finished only one week or so later than promised…..

………Sitting on the balcony on the final evening of our inaugural trip to Villa Eleni, admiring the stunning views, we seriously contemplated missing the plane home!  Well done, and ‘thank you’ to Nikos, Sandra and Stefanos, for doing a great job!

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