Villa in the south part of Crete!
Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
A memorable villa vacation…
This villa is ideal for those wanting a villa vacation immersed in the Cretan countryside but easily accessible to Rethymno (30 min.) and all the famous south beach locations. Surrounded by vineyards, groves, fruit orchard. Delightful view especially from pool. Very appealing size and layout, with all the right touches for a graceful, nourishing holiday with family and friends. Ideal for four to five couples or adults with children. Lovely local cook from owner' s regional tavern who speaks English and is very helpful!
The house itself is elegantly well appointed, beautifully maintained and of an appealing size and layout that works well for many different group configurations. The owner speaks English, is very welcome and happy to prepare true Cretan home cooking using recipes passed down from generation to generation. Villa really offers you a complete villa vacation experience.
The hillside setting of Villa has been developed sensitively to create gracious outdoor living and today the property offers an exceptionally lovely garden and pool area. A large shady pergola in the garden, with a fully equiped BBQ, plus the newly added furnishings at the pool give you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Villa is graced with new bathrooms and large airy rooms with both window screens and air conditioning. The living room is a fabulous and unique feature of the house, with both a lovely seating area and a gracious dining area in a room ringed in windows for exceptional light and views in all seasons. Villa is as good a choice for off-season as in, given the size, comfort and position of the property.
Regarding location, you want to have the right services and amenities close at hand for the experience you are envisioning. In this, Villa is well suited to those who want to combine easy touring options with a relaxed, tranquil countryside setting; a highly desirable but not easily achievable combination. The location of Villa offers an opportunity to get to know small surrounding villages with no more than a scenic 10 minute drive. Spili (500 meters from the villa) is among the best known of villages near to Rethymno, and is well prepared for tourism. There are several good restaurants, a charming square with the 25 fountains, water mills, patisseries and various concerts and cultural activities to enjoy in the summer time. Given the importance of its location, almost all basic services can be found in Spili, such as banks, post office, telecommunications, health center, police station and even the Cathedral Conference Center.
The palm beach of Preveli is located there, and so are the villages of Plakias, Rodakino and Frangokastello and between them several other beaches of different types. For the duration of your holidays, a rental car hired at the airport e.g. from Eurocars will provide you with the mobility that is essential to visit all these places.
This is your everyday village, and gives you a chance to live locally.
The building is divided into two homes, renting as one!
Home I 100m2
Ground Floor: Living room, open plan fully equiped kitchen with dining room, one full bathroom. Upper floor 2 spacious bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two singles, one bathroom (bath/jacuzzi,wc).
Home II 200m2
Ground floor: Living room, fully equiped kitchen, dining room, one double bedroom and a bathroom
(bath/shower/wc), Upper floor: Three bedrooms, two eith double bed and one with two singles and two bathrooms (bath/shower/wc)
Washing machine, dishwasher, bed linen/bathroom towels included (weekly change included), cot (linen supplied), high chair, free WiFi, plasma TV, DVD, CD, barbecue, open fire, outside furniture, private pool, air conditioning
Bed linen, bathroom towels, and pool towels are provided. There is a weekly linen change, as well as a weekly thorough cleaning of the house, garden, and pool area; fresh flowers are also provided. On arrival guests receive a welcome hamper with basic provisions. The garden and grounds are maintained by the owner. Guests are greet & meet by the owner of the house. A local contact for assistance, information, and emergencies is provided, and there is a comprehensive information pack on the house and local area. Chef/cooking services and babysitting can be arranged, payable locally.
The property enjoys a superb location with wonderful views of the countryside. There are 700sqm of grounds. There are three terraces, a covered one off the living area with views of the pool area, ideal for outdoor meals, a second off the kitchen overlooking the orchards and a third on the other side of the kitchen in a garden shaded by trees. Within one hectare of land, the property has a spacious well-established garden with lawns and planted with olive trees. There is a beautiful, large, private pool (9*6 meters-1.70 depth) and a shallow one for children. There is a shower by the pool. There are numerous seating areas and covered terraces and beautiful views across the countryside.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Preveli Palm Beach, Plakias 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania or Heranklion Airport 80 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 3 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Crete region
This villa situated in Spili, one of the most famous towns in Rethymno.Inside the town they have everything which makes a genuine Cretan small town complete: Shops, supermarkets, post and bank offices, grammar school and high school, churches, hairdresser, pharmacy, a Medical Center and even an episcopal palace. During the summer half-year, the suburban bus from Rethymnon to Aghia Galini (24 kms) touches Spili 5 times per day, and during the winter half-year 4 times. In the town center, lifestyle is expressively relaxed. A Venetian style fountain with 25 water-spitting lionheads is the town's landmark, and there are even some old houses which originally remain from the Venetian era.As a basis for more extended excursions, Spili suits perfectly as well. In eastward direction via Gerakari, one can enter the Amari Valley with it's uncomparable landscape between the foothills of the Ida mountains, with the Antonios cave near Patsos, and with Minoan excavation sites at Thronos and Apodoulou.
Northwards, the town of Rethymnon offers vibrant tourism and a 17 kms long beach where all kinds of watersports are on offer. Westwards via Frati, one can pass the Kourtaliotiko Gorge towards the south coast. Do not miss to visit the small port village of Hora Sfakion, and the abandoned village of Aradena above. The palm beach of Preveli is located there, and so are the villages of Plakias, Rodakino and Frangokastello and between them several other beaches of different types. In southward direction there are the beaches of Kerames and Akoumia which have very fine sand but still not too many visitors, and the small town of Agia Galini with it's picturesque fishing-port. The excavation sites of Festos (Phaistos) and Gortys are not far away, and the caves by the beach of Matala are worth a side-trip as well.
Spili is located about 30km south of Rethymno, at an altitude of 430m, at the foot of Mount Vorizis, an offshoot of Psiloritis Mt. Its population is 800 inhabitants, but this number increases during the summer months. The villagers are mainly farmers, ranchers and merchants, but in recent years most young people deal with tourism.
The village is a node for the south coasts and this makes its position particularly advantageous. Given the importance of its location, almost all basic services can be found in Spili, such as banks, post office, telecommunications, health center, police station and even the Cathedral Conference Center. Therefore, Spili is an ideal destination for foreigners and for Greeks, where they can combine their holiday without missing anything.
One of the main attractions of the village are the numerous traditional water mills still surviving near the river. In particular one of them is still in operation, while the beautiful scenery is completed by the European path E4-route 20 "Spili - Gerakari" which runs next to the church the Holy Spirit and through the olive groves north of the village. Lastly, next to the village, starts the most beautiful canyon of Rethymnon, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, exiting at the famous palm grove of Preveli
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