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Villa Arethousa

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Villa / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10

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Villa / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

This house invites you to enjoy its elegance and nobility and to share with it the gifts of the beautiful garden and the sense of the tranquility. On leaving the house, you will feel emotionally and mentally richer. Arethousa proves that a house is not only a place to live in, but can also change your senses and make your spirit gentle and sweet. It is one of the noble houses of Melidoni, a village rich in architecture and history. It is construction to be preserved, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture, and was restored in the 2005 under its supervision. It was the owner’s Christina Hatzidakis’, birthplace, built 200 years ago and its decoration bears her sensitivity and taste. It is a house that gives you a feeling of love.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bali 6 km
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Heraklion 50 km, Nearest railway: Perama 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (6), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking
Further details indoors

Villa Arethousa is a lovely stone detached villa placed in a splendid garden with a lot of flowers and trees and a swimming pool that promises to you unique moments of joy and relaxation.

The 150 sq.m interior courtyard, with its jasmine and basil, is ideal for those in search of peacefulness and relaxation. The house has two entrances. One of them overlooks ‘Boulous Pigadi’ a quiet neighbourhood of the village, while the other one opens onto the garden and has a view of surrounding nature and the spectacular mountains.

The main building covers a total of 230 sq.m and the surrounding area is 2000 sq.m.

The warm rooms of wood and stone and the fireplace give you a sense of the warmth and the fragrance of the people who once lived in it. In the ground floor you will find a fully equipped kitchen(dishwasher,microwave oven, coffee machine, toaster, electric kettle, etc.) with a large wooden dining table.

There are 4 bedrooms inside the building, one in the ground floor and three in the first floor,where leads you an impressive wooden scale,all including en suite bathrooms, while in one of them there is also jacuzzi.

A fifth bedroom, with its en-suite bathroom, can be found in the independent building of the garden. 10 persons can be accommodated in this villa.

The interior is beautifully decorated( with two large sofas int the living room, a lot of tables and pictures of the ancient owners of the house etc.) and perfectly equipped (there is a washing machine, air condition, central heating, satellite TV, CD player).

Further details outdoors

A lovely stone path surrounded by a lot of beautiful flowers and trees leads to the swimming pool area and to the independent bedroom.

There is a 50 sq.m. adult swimming pool and a 12sq.m. chrildrens' swimming pool which can also function as a hydro massage, providing you with serenity.

In the garden, while walking to the path you will find also, a kiosk where you can have your breakfast or your evening coffee. In the garden there is a BBQ area, a lot of organic grown vegetables and many corners to relax.

There is also a big parking area.

The Rethymnon Prefecture region

By far the largest of the Greek Islands. Crete is the most southerly Greek Isle and as a sun, sea and sand destination it is hard to beat, with fine beautiful sandy beaches scattered throughout the island. If its history you like, then Crete is full of world class archeological sites. Don't miss an excursion to the Samaria Gorge with its fantastic scenery.


This resort is dominated by its venetian fortress and sleepy fishing harbour. An endless stretch of sand and shingle beach, great shopping and numerous restaurants, bars and tavernas.

Agios Nikolaos

Was once built by the Venetians around an allegedly bottomless lake, it is now a cosmopolitan town with a small pebble beach. The resort has developed into one of Crete's most popular destinations. Most of the activity is focussed around the harbour where tourists and locals alike enjoy the atmosphere.


The resort of Elounda with its back drop of mountains is situated around its small harbour with an array of good fish restaurants, shops and a man made beach.


This resort, 6 miles west of Chania, has developed over the years into quite a lively resort. It boasts a good choice of shops, cafes and trendy bars and good quality restaurants. The beach is also lovely here with a good choice of watersports on offer.


This resort has lovely bays which surround the fabulous mountain scenery. Good choice of Restaurants, few cafes to sit and watch the world go by. A small selection of shops, supermarkets and souvenir shops.

Some of the smaller and more traditional resorts are also well worth a visit -

Margarita - Beautiful inland town, famous for its pottery.

Spili - Just a really nice traditional village.

Panormos - This cute, traditional village with its small harbour is well worth a visit.

Falasana - Has a stunning beach.

Elafonisos - This beautiful pink sandy beach is a really popular scenic spot.

Things To Do

18 Hole Golf Course

Mini Golf

Go Karting - Platanias

Waterparks in various parks of Crete

Watersports - Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paragliding

Daily Boat Trips to the small Islands i.e Santorini

Daily Flights to the small islands close by i.e Mykonis, Santorini

Horse Riding

Boat trip from Elounda to Spinalonga

Internet cafe at Elounda

Useful information:

Greece is 2 hours ahead of GMT. The clocks advance one hour for summertime starting the last Sunday in March and ending the last Sunday in October.


There are some interesting excursions you can go in Kastri, Melidoni and the outskirts. The distances and routes are shown on the map. We suggest some of these:

* Melidodi Cave, a historical and geophysical site

* Panormo. A cosmopolitan seaside village with neoclassical buildings and the air of nobility.

* Bali. A picturesque fishing village built by the sea.

* Moni Attalis in Bali. St John’s monastery with splendid view and architecture.

* Margarites. A beautiful village, famous for its ceramics.

* Ancient Eleftherna. One of the most important local archeological sites, still under excavation, with important findings. Ancient graves, mosaic floors, underground cisterns and other treasures have been found.

* Sfedoni Cave, in Zoniana. A beautiful, well preserved cave.

* Anogia. One of the most beautiful and important mountain villages, with tradition in weaving, healthy Cretan products and … fresh air.

* Nida. It is situated above Anogia. You can see the cave in which Zeus was born, according to Greek mythology.

* Moni Arkadiou. A historic monastery.

* Moni Vossakou. (monastery)

* Rethymno

You can also attend many cultural events and evenings of traditional Cretan music.

For those who enjoy mountain hiking and trekking, the area is ideal. There is a wide range of valleys, springs and Orthodox chapels to discover. The Hatzidakis family will be delighted to help you at any of your questions!

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31 Jul 2013


"Even better than we have imagined !"

An amazing Villa in a picture-like authentic village - for a reasonable price !Don't bring anything with you- this guy equipped the place with ANYTHING you can think of :-)Thank you Antonis for y… More

14 Jan 2013



We loved staying at this fabulous villa in Melidoni. The house was beautiful and had everything we could have wanted. My only complaint about the house was that the windows weren't covered with mosquito nets and so the kids got very badly bitten - however this wouldn't put me off returning again.

The stunning garden was stocked with aubergines, courgettes, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, lemons (there was also a pomegranate tree which sadly wasn't ripe) which we were able to pick and cook with - the kids loved this. The pool was stunning and the kids pool also had the bonus of doubling up as a jacuzzi.

Antonis was fantastic, helping us to sort out the mess of our luggage not showing up on arrival. Nothing was too much trouble. He was a perfect mix of being there if you needed him - but not around too much.

We really had the most amazing holiday, and hope to return one day soon.

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      • 8 Years listed

      75% Response rate

      Calendar last updated:18 May 2015

      Based in Greece

      Languages spoken
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      +30 69725 05755

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