Manolis was a fantastic host! He arranged for our pickup at the airport, greeted us upon arrival and provided recommendations for day trips and restaurants (Peskesi in Heraklion was excellent). The apartment, located near a large supermarket, came with everything you will need including a full kitchenette (tea kettle, toaster, etc.) and washer. It was very clean with comfortable beds. Manolis also left us a fruit bowl with some amazing local oranges and a bottle of local wine. The building is well maintained with a beautiful garden and lovely terrace for dining or lounging in the sun. We used the bus to go in to Heraklion - the bus stop is conveniently located just across the road, and a trip to the city cots less than 2 Euros. The city was beautiful and everyone we met was kind and welcoming.
Thank you for everything Manolis.