Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Despite the traditional appearance, the Myrrini II is a modern villa, owned by a local family.
Surrounded by a paved terrace, there are steps up to the swimming pool via the rear of the villa, which overlooks the villa and the countryside, there is a shallow children's section also. Inside are the kitchen and an airy open-plan living area with stone walls, a beamed ceiling and doors opening onto an enclosed, furnished patio facing the swimming pool. Two attractive twin bedrooms share a bathroom and have doors opening onto the patio across the surrounding countryside to the sea. The double bedroom has its own en suite shower room.
· Open-plan living area with lounge/diner & TV
· Kitchen with dishwasher
· Washing machine
· Two twins & one double bedroom
· One bathroom & one shower room
· Swimming pool with children's section (0.6m)
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1)|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
Villa Myrrini II enjoys a pleasant location onto the outskirts of Asteri. The village itself is home to little more than a coffee and pastry shop, but there's a varied selection of shops and tavernas within a couple of kilometres and it's the same distance to the nearest beach.
The Crete region
Its 600,000 inhabitants are concentrated primarily in the urban areas, with more than one third residing in one of the three main towns of Chania, Rethymno, Heraklio, and Aghios Nikolaos, respective capitals of the four administrative regions of Chanion, Rethymnou, Herakliou, and Lassithiou.
Cretan history spans well into the Neolithic era, some 6,000 years ago. The island has seen a series of peoples and civilizations reaching their peak and then collapsing only to be succeeded by the next one in row in their strife to hold on to the prized land. The richness of the soil and the strategic position amongst three continents seemed to have lured ambitious invaders from West and East. Thus, the Minoans and Mycenaeans of the pre-classical period were succeeded by the Athenians, then Alexandrians and soon the Romans. Before long, Byzantium took over and desperately resisted the Arab attacks, until it succumbed to the Venetian Crusaders, who in turn had to fight the Arabs and then the Turks, who eventually gained overall control in 1669. The island remained under Ottoman rule until 1913, when it finally rejoined the rest of Greece. This turbulent history and constant melting pot of cultures and civilisations competing for Crete, has left innumerable traces in the culture and landscape of the island, but has most of all, forged a distinctly independent Cretan identity which survives to this day, and proudly precedes the Cretans' Greek origin.
The island's geography couldn't be simple either! The terrain is amazingly varied, which, though a surprise to those used to the Cycladic islands or the Ionian islands to the west, is a natural consequence of the size and position of the island. Where else in Greece can you see mountain ranges towering well over 2,450 metres, snow-capped in winter and carpeted in local flora in spring and early summer. Mountain plateaus cover the rest of the island, apart from when they are slashed by spectacular gorges, or gently peter out in the low plains reaching the sea. The beaches range from your archetypal sandy paradise, to idyllic little bays and rocky coves with family friendly rock pools, or picturesque fishing harbours with mirror-sharp clean waters and pebbles underfoot.
It is the diversity and size of the island that make the impulsive wish to return a natural reaction of the first time visitor, and, as the well seasoned visitor will tell you, make car rental and even boat hire (or boat trips for the non-mariners) a very reasonable means to make the most of your holiday.
There are two sides to Rethymno offering two styles of visit: the endless big beach hotel strip that stretches from the east end of Rethymno, lapping up the coastal "villages" of Perivolia, Platanias, Adelianos Kambos, Pigianos Kambos, Sfakaki, Stavromenos and Skaleta - and - the Rethymno that allows you the character of the old town with its mix of architecture and history, cultural influences and styles ranging from Venetian to Ottoman empire. We present the second and more romantic choice - leaving the all-inclusive beach and booze tours to others.
Before leaving the beach, we should mention that there are other visitors - the turtles. Turtles are regular visitors along the beaches of Rethymno and return between June and August to lay their eggs each year.
The Venetian harbour...?Rethymno’s harbour area is a fine place for a coffee at one of the cafes and perhaps you will chance to eat there, just for the atmosphere. Look out from the harbour edge at the state of the buildings and seeing the abuse of this historic area you may be disappointed - perhaps you should suggest a renovation or two! But not to worry, there is much else to see and enjoy, no shortage of other places of great character to stroll, stop in cafes, eat and generally enjoy the enormous amount Rethymno offers you.??The Fortress dominates the city and makes Rethymno very photogenic, its pedestrian streets below, strewn with charming old buildings. Venetian influences abound and the minarets and domed mosques remind of the Turkish influence long gone.?Numerous shops for souvenirs (with many local products now available), trendy fashion or imaginative jewellery...the old and the modern combine to make a colourful and buzzing town.??Venturing outside the town, some days you will visit dramatic gorges, monasteries, time-trodden villages with ancient churches, the south coast Libyan sea, spectacular mountains of Psiloritis and the Lefka Ori (White Mountains).
Rethymno provides you with an advantageous pivotal point on the island, allowing you to range across the centre of Crete and have enough to discover for weeks!
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6 Nov 2012
"A local experience close to tourist areas"
The property wasn't as easy to find (especially in the dark) as I might have hoped. Luckily the owner must have recognised a car looking lost and stopped us to tell us that we had actually arrived and to just drive up a long driveway. From here on things got much better. People were really helpful and friendly. Other positives include the fact that the rooms were a good size, it was clean and well laid out. Being the end of the season, the pool was cool, but certainly useable and the kids din't mind at all. The tiny village that the villa is in is not touristy and has alovely feel to it. We ate at the taverna down the raod on a couple of nights which was nice. It is close enough to the supermarkets and beach to not spend too long in a care and we also enjoyed exploring some sights further afield such as Knossis and Rethymnon. On the downside, leaving a few supplies would go a long way to creating a welcome impression - a few dishwasher tablets until you get get to a supermarket or at least some dishwashing liquid. It felt like the place had been cleaned out and there were no supplies left from previous users. Other than that, the items in the kitchen were a bit limited - two knifes in total capable of cutting things, no peeler, no working bottle opener etc) However, these were very minor issues that will probably be addressed before the next season begins and certainly did not significantly detract from our hoilday.
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