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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
"Amari Villas" are luxurious, traditional style villas, located in Amari village, built and furnished to a very high standard. Completed in September 2011, they are registered with an official licence (EOT).
The restoration and renovation of our grandparents' house, created 2 separate properties ; "Villa Idi" lies to the north, while "Villa Samitos" lies to the south (beside Samitos Mt). Both feature breathtaking views of Psiloritis Mt. (Idi), overlooking the village and the surrounding countryside.
“Villa Idi” is spacious enough (130sqm), offering kitchen, open dining/lounge area with fireplace, 3 double bedrooms (1 of them with a wooden attic), 2 bathrooms and storage room. The house takes advantage of the perfect climate, allowing daylight and fresh air to enter through the large windows.
The building retains a lot of old elements which were carefully preserved during renovation and were combined with natural materials (stone, wood) creating a traditional yet contemporary style. The decoration includes many genuine pieces of handicraft and embroidery taken from our family tradition, resulting in a totally relaxing atmosphere of peace and comfort.
Outside there is a garden and a private swimming pool (7,5m X 3m) along with barbeque facilities. The pool area features excellent views of Psiloritis Mt. and the Amari valley and is ideal for enjoying the sun or dining outdoors.
The villa comes, at no extra cost, with air-conditioning, wi-fi and almost everything you will need for unforgettable holidays, plus a welcome basket with complementary supplies upon arrival.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Skaleta 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania or Heraklion 100 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 11, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
• Baby equipment can be provided, upon request, at no extra cost.
• Full airconditioning, solar water heater, wi-fi, at no extra cost.
• Wood supplies for the fireplace and the barbeque, at no extra cost.
• HotBird Satellite offering plenty of european TV and Radio channels.
• Terrestrial TV.
• DVD - CD player along with stereo system. We can provide (for free) movies and music from our collection.
• Inside the villa you will find maps, books and information about the area and the Crete island.
|Further details outdoors|
• Swimming pool 7,5m x 3m (without heating).The pool is cleaned regularly, depending on the weather conditions (at least twice a week).
• Outdoors shower.
• Beach towels provided.
• Sun loungers are available in addition to outdoors furniture (tables, chairs, etc.).
• Barbecue area is equipped with all necessities and there is a storage room nearby with free charcoal supplies.
• Open air dining.
• Free private parking place, just beside the garden entrance.
• Upon arrival you will find as a welcoming present some initial supplies in a basket and in the fridge, in order to make your first days easier. Also, you will find our own olive oil, local wine and "raki", even Cretan mountain infusions.
• The housekeeper lives nearby, so if you need anything you can just ask for it.
About this location
The Rethymnon Prefecture region
Lying between the Aegean and Libyan Sea, Crete is the largest island in Greece and the 5th in the Mediterranean. Famous for its bright sun, clear blue seas, healthy diet and Minoan civilization sites it has been very popular among tourists for decades.
But the real jewel lies inland. Away from the main tourist track, little villages hidden amidst beautiful valleys or perched on the mountainous landscape, enjoy an ideal climate and preserve the authentic Cretan lifestyle.
High mountains, like Idi and the Lefka Ori, have created valleys, green plateaus, impressive gorges and unique coastlines.
• Amari Valley (see description of Amari, below).
• Samaria Gorge, a World Biosphere Reserve, is 16km long (5-6hr average walking), extending from Omalos Plateau to the Libyan sea.
• Lasithi Plateau, on Dikti Mt, overlooks Eastern Crete.
• Vai is the largest Palm Forest in Europe, lying beside a golden beach at the far eastern point of the island.
• The magnificent Southern Coastline is a major attraction where the mountains descend steeply into the transparent waters.
The Minoans graced Europe with its first civilization, 4000 years ago.
• Knossos and Faistos Palaces are the main sites of the Minoan Era.
• The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion houses most of the finds, including the Knossos Frescoes and the Faistos Disc.
The Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman periods left also significant monuments and hundreds of churches and monasteries.
• Rethymnon and Chania Venetian Towns and Fortresses.
• Heraklion Venetian Port and Walls.
• Rethymnon’s 4 mosques.
• The Loggia and St. Titus in Heraklion
• Arkadi, Toplou and Agia Triada Monasteries.
• Feel the up tempo rhythm of Heraklion, a non-stop melting-pot of old and modern styles.
• Experience an evening wander through the old town of Rethymnon's narrow streets, with its countless bars and taverns.
• Join the throngs of evening strollers in Chania’s Venetian port.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
• Cretaquarium is a modern facility preserving all kinds of Mediterranean Sea life.
• The Observatory of the University of Crete, on Skinakas summit (1750m, on Idi mountain), opens to the public 5 Sundays each summer, giving the opportunity to get a glimpse of space, through the large telescope.
The island is divided into two climatic zones, the Mediterranean and the North African. It is considered one of the healthiest climates in Europe, with temperatures around the high 20s (deg. Celsius) in spring and autumn and, sometimes, up to the high 30s (deg. Celsius) in the summer. Rain (and rarely snow) falls mostly during winter months, while in the summer, usually, there is no rain at all.
Rethymnon (city population 30.000) is located in the centre of Crete, offering easy access to the whole island. It combines endless sandy beaches and crystal clear waters along with amazing landscapes in the mountains.
Among a wide range of historical monuments, the most renowned is Rethymnon’s Old town. Being the best preserved Venetian town in Greece, it is a charming blend of Renaissance and Ottoman architecture with narrow streets, mosques, piazzas and fountains.
The scenic Amari valley, in the heart of Crete, lies between 2 mountains: Psiloritis (Idi) and Kedros, both belonging to the Natura 2000 protected areas. The clean environment and the healthy climate are ideal for relaxing, walking, climbing, cycling, or exploring by car. Numerous paths, starting from Amari and the nearby villages will guide you to magnificent natural sites (plateaus, caves, mountaintops, gorges, etc).
The coast is also accessible, due to the location of the village, in the middle of the island.
Amari village itself (altitude 450m) is one of the most picturesque and unspoiled in Crete, with interesting architecture and unsurpassed tranquillity. In the main square there is a “kafeneion” (coffee shop) beside the old school and the giant pine trees.
AMARI VILLAGE’S HIGHLIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
• Experience refreshing walks through the fields and rest under the shade of ancient olive and oak trees.
• Climb to the Samitos summit (1050m, 1.5 hour easy walking). Find the cave “Bana”, once dedicated to the worship of Pan, the ancient God of nature. On the summit plateau there is a parachuting gliding platform.
• Discover all 7 byzantine churches, hidden in the countryside, dating from the 13th century.
• The old bell tower is the symbol for visitors, offering spectacular views of the area (located just beside the villas).
• Experience the slow tempo of life, sitting in the “kafeneion”, with a coffee or a “raki”, among the locals busy with their everyday talking.
• Children will be happy to use the schoolyard and the playground.
The area is rich in history, with several sites of the Minoan and Byzantine era.
• The Minoan town of Syvritos (meaning “sweet water”) near the village of Thronos (7km).
• The Minoan palace, discovered in the nearby village of Monastiraki (2km).
• The “Veni” monastery (10km) is located beside a unique plateau, featuring a temple in a cave with stalactites.
• Some of the major archaeological sites of Crete are within an hour's drive from Amari: Arkadi monastery (20min), Festos Minoan Palace and Agia Triada Royal Villa (55min), the Roman capital of Gortys (50min), Eleftherna’s Minoan city of the dead (30min), Preveli monastery (55min), Rethymnon's old Venetian town, fortress and Paleontological museum (45min).
The layout of Amari lanscape is exceptional. It is a charming mixture of high mountains, hillsides, small rivers and green fields. The most common trees found are olives, oaks and cypresses and the whole scene is decorated in springtime with countless wild flowers.
Among the points of interest are:
• “Agios Antonios” ravine (20min drive) which begins beside an ancient temple’s ruins and crosses a dense forest, featuring waterfalls, bird watching points and pic-nic facilities.
• “Potamoi” lake (20min drive) is a refuge and immigration station for birds, suitable for walking or cycling.
• “Psiloritis” Mt. dominates the area, being the highest point in Crete and crossed by the international E4 path. Deeply immersed in myths and legends, it is the home of the last surviving bearded vultures and golden eagles. The “Timios Stavros” summit (2456m) is a challenge (3-5hr ascending), but you will need a special local guide for that. On a clear day, the view is unlimited, extending all over Crete to the Aegean and Libyan Sea.
• “Kedros” Mt. (1777m), also crossed by the E4, is wild and rocky near the top, traced by canyons and is a nest for falcons and eagles. But in its lower area it is peaceful, forming little valleys with springs and fruit trees.
• “Kourtaliotiko gorge” (30min drive) takes its name from “kourtala” a hand clap sound created by the wind passing through numerous caves. Go deep down (500 steps) to find the 5 sources of the river and the waterfall.
• You can reach Rethymnon's sandy beaches in 25-45 min or
• Explore the magnificent southern coastline (Plakias, Preveli Palm Forest, Triopetra, Ligres, Damnoni) in 60 min.
• In the surrounding area (2-5km) you can find a number of small tavernas with genuine Cretan food.
• In almost every village there is a typical "kafeneion" serving coffee, refreshments, home made "raki", wine and little local dishes.
• In Amari village’s square (50m), there is a "kafeneion" and a new little tavern is expected to be in operation next year.
• The Agios (Saint) Titos celebration on 25th of August, features an open air traditional music and dance gathering, held in the main square with lots of food and wine. Similar feasts take place in all nearby villages during the summer.
• During the Easter period, a series of traditional events leads eventually to the impressive “Judas burning”.
• The Renaissance festival, held in Rethymnon’s old town (July-September) offers a lot of music and theatre performances.
• The village is considered quite safe for kids due to its limited traffic. There is a playground and a basic basketball court.
• Also, the schoolyard is available for playing (and visible from the villas).
NEAREST LOCAL SERVICES
• In Agia Fotini village, 4km drive (town hall, medical service, pharmacy, gas station, 2 super markets, butcher's, local products).
• Police station in Amari village.
SUPPLIES – LOCAL PRODUCTS
• Fresh bread is delivered every day to the “kafeneion” and merchants with groceries, fruits and fresh fish pass through the village square several times a week.
• With the help of the housekeeper, you can buy directly from local farmers dairy products, eggs, herbs, nuts, wine, etc.
• Amari has an unexplored character and we will be happy to provide information to make your stay more exciting. Ask us about car hire and destinations, sights and nature, activities and events, taverns and products, local guides, etc.
• If you are planning to rent a car (which is recommended) it would be an asset to choose a 4x4 vehicle, in order to explore the roads less travelled in the mountains.
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22 Sep 2014
"Perfect Vacation at Villa Idi in Amari"
We just returned from a perfect week at Villa Idi in Amari, which we booked based on the extraordinary reviews we read here. Manolis, the villa's owner renovated his grandparent's home into … More
14 Aug 2014
"Very nice and comfortable house for an enjoyable stay"
The house is an old, typical and very well restored Cretan property : It is very comfortable and clean. The swimming pool in the house is big enough and very clean.The house is situated in a nice typi… More
4 Aug 2014
Nous avons passé un séjour de rêve à la villa Idi. La vue depuis la terrasse est magnifique, sur la vallée d'amari et sur les montagnes. Etant en altitude, les soirées sont douces et on ne … More
26 Jul 2014
"Wonderful villa in beautiful Cretan village setting"
Villa Idi was the perfect location for our vacation on Crete. The home is well kept, well equipped, very clean, and comfortable (it does look better in person than in the pictures).The location couldn… More
6 Nov 2013
"Staying here was like finding hidden treasure"
Amari and the Amari Valley are stunning and the most beautiful part of Crete we have seen so far - unspoilt and off the beaten track. A fantastic surprise. Villa Idi is gorgeous - a lovely balance o… More
7 Sep 2013
"Beautiful Cretan Hideaway"
We have recently returned from an amazing two week holiday at Villa Idi. The Villa itself has been beautifully restored and has every comfort including a magnificent terrace with a pool that has outst… More
20 Aug 2013
"Better than the pictures on the website"
We booked Villa Idi via a website for our group, 4 adults and 4 children (9 to 16 years).We were welcomed by the owner of the villa and the housekeeper, and we were nicely surprised by the house, the … More
22 Jul 2013
"Wonderful house in a beautiful setting"
We loved our time at Villa Idi. The house is large, well furnished, and spotlessly clean. We are a family of five, but the place sleeps eight comfortably, so that each of our kids had their own bedro… More
19 Jul 2013
"Lovely villa, quiet location"
The villa was everything we were looking for: spacious, clean and beautiful. The pool is not huge, but big enough to spend a whole day in it; the children loved it! The house is very well equipped and… More
13 Oct 2012
"The expirience of purity, authenticity, friendliness during ower stay in Villa Idi"
Beautiful cosy comfortable home with breathtaking views from the terraces at the highest mountains of Crete. The superb service from Roumy the “housekeeper” who cooks upon request and spoils yo… More
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