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Rural, stone, 3 bedroom villa with private pool.


Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

Exterior view from patio-pool.

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Villa Sofia is a 3 bedroom, recently renovated stone villa with a private pool, patio, veranda and adobe oven. Situated in the village of Prines, a traditional village near the city of Rethymno, the villa was built at the end of the 18th Century and was restored carefully in order to include many of the original features as well as modern aesthetic and appliances. The villa can accommodate six people very comfortably. (When 7-10 people are accommodated, 2 sofa beds are available.)

Spatial Layout

The main entrance of the Villa faces north. Upon entering the house one views an open area consisting of a living-room, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is separated by a tall, stone arc. On this ground floor there is also a large bedroom with storage space and a full bath. The rear portion of the ground floor leads to a courtyard which contains a swimming pool, a sitting, relaxation & sunbathing area, an adobe oven and a barbecue space.

An office area is located at the mid-floor level.

A winding wooden staircase leads to the second floor where there are two bedrooms a full toilet/bath and a large veranda space. The master bedroom is features a Queen sized double bed and plenty of storage space. The second bedroom contains a sofa bed that can sleep 2 and a small staircase which leads to a cleverly constructed and situated bedroom attic space which contains a double bed. Finally, there is a large veranda space overlooking the village of Prines, the mountains, the oak forest and beautiful sunsets in the evening.

The property comes with free wi-fi, linen and towel change every 5 days, fully equipped kitchen with all basic cooking essentials and plenty of available parking spaces in the surrounding area.

Natural air conditioning is provided by the stone structure and the careful spatial planning, as cool air is channeled through the property to keep inhabitants cool, even during the hottest months of the summer.

Optional extras:

Cooking service and sail boat trips available at reasonable price (please contact us for further details)

Size Sleeps up to 10, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Episkopi Beach 5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania Airport 50 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Boat available
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Crete region

Villa Sofia is situated in the village of Prines, a traditional village near the city of Rethymno. Prines is a village full of old-rustic houses and villas that date back hundreds of years.

The center of the city of Rethymno is a 15 minute car drive away

The region of Rethymno as a whole is rich with history. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbor and narrow streets. The city's Venetian-era citadel, the Fortezza, is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete. Lots of other monuments are worth seeing in the area as well.

A 10 minute car drive separates Villa Sofia from the Closest Beach. Crete's beaches are famous worldwide.

Other famous and worthwhile attractions that are close by are: The Samaria gorge, the Preveli monastery, Plakias, the city of Chania, the ancient ruins of Knossos and many more.


In the middle of a cluster of rustic, traditional structures, close to small shops and a lot of nature, Villa Sofia will situate you in a true Cretan village setting.

Located in the village of Prines, Villa Sofia is situated almost at the center of the island, making most sites the island has to offer easy to access.

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Review 1-5 of 5

31 Jul 2013


"Absolute Pleasure!!!"

Village of Prines,{pronounced Priness),was a great base to explore both hinterland and beaches.Villa Sofia was magnificent and our host Manolis Del was extremely helpful,always available by phone but … More

24 Jun 2013


"Perfect Home Base for our Family Vacation"

We loved staying at Villa Sofia in Prines! We were a group of 5 adults and had plenty of space to spread out when wanting some private time, while enjoying the open plan of the main floor for meals an… More

6 Aug 2012



We had stayed at this wonderfull place a group of friends, the house is situated in a traditional village of Crete, near Rethymo wich is one of the most beautifull places in Crete island, is a perfect… More

22 Feb 2012


"Serene Retreat in a Great Location"

We spent about a week in the house, and we had a marvelous time. The house is spacious, well furnished and well laid out, with beautiful light all day and abundant peace and quiet. I especially enjoye… More

21 Feb 2012


"Villa in Crete"

We stayed at the house in early September. I was thrilled when I opened the door and saw the large modern, clean and open ground level. The house is beautifully restored with a clean modern kitchen, a… More

Review 1-5 of 5

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