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The Old Olive Mill

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

Secret Garden

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 3km

Restored Venetian Olive Mill within the Heritage village of Maroulas. 1000ft above sea level and only 3km to the beach and night-life. Kostas owns the Cafe Neo opposite entrance and a further 3 tavernas within village. 10 mins walk down the hill to "open all hours" store and Manolis will bring you back in his pick up.

Experience the traditional Greek lifestyle and enjoy the unique hospitality of this historic village.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Platinas 3 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Heraklion or Chania 75 km, Nearest railway: N/A
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, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Restored Venetian Mill dating back over 400 years, Exposed stone walls and archways and 20ft high timber ceilings.

Timber Mezzanine level double bedroom with Queensize bed and roof window to stargaze all night !!

Ground floor day bed and two double bedrooms en-suite all with comfort cooling and heating.

All en-suites have WC, washbasin and walk in shower with adjustable head.

Fully equipped kitchen / Dining area including table, 8 chairs, dishwasher, fridge freezer, cooker, hob, Microwave, Toaster, coffee machine, sandwich maker etc etc.Open plan lounge, two three seater settees, armchair, coffee table, desk, day-bed, TV, DVD and surround sound music.

Further details outdoors

Relax in this sheltered secret garden, the former Orange Grove has been carefully landscaped to provide decked Barbecue / dining area, sun drenched swimming pool, secluded hot tub and outdoor shower with ample shaded relaxation areas under the 8 retained Orange trees. "Free Oranges Oct - Feb"

Roof top sun terrace to catch that refreshing mountain breeze with refreshing outdoor shower.

Further details

Crete's third largest town, the beautiful harbour of Rethymnon, is a Greek treat and a half. You only need to take a stroll around its intricate maze of streets, laced with white-washed cottages, past fine buildings and churches and you'll experience the real Crete. It seems little has changed for decades here. The open air markets are as lively as ever, and the shops, the tavernas and al fresco restaurants fizz with activity. And wherever you wander, you'll notice the influence of previous visitors. The Venetians held Rethymnon in high regard and their architecture can be seen in quiet courtyards and elaborate fountains, as well as the huge fortress which stands above the harbour, presenting a stern face northwards across the Sea of Crete. Yet for all its authentic charm, everything you could need here is to hand and there's a great range of accommodation to suit every style and budget. Plus of course, there's that all-important beach. A palm-fringed promenade backs a beautiful beach of pale sand and shingle which stretches for several kilometres. And if you want to let your adventurous side shine, you can surf the waves on a jet ski, feel the wind rushing through your hair from the back of a speed boat or learn to windsurf. After dark, start your night in one of the bars or tavernas - many of which have entertainment - before heading to a disco. The key to keeping up with the Cretans is to start late - most don't even think about eating their evening meal until around nine, and bars stay open until the very early hours. So what are you waiting for?

The Crete region

Crete is an island with an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, which afford a multitude of soft, sandy beaches along the beautifully blue Mediterranean Sea. After all, it's among the finest in the world and has established Crete as one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. And, of course, the island's historic importance in today's world as the home of the Minoan civilization with important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, is evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to these sites each year.

However, Crete is the largest island in Greece - the fifth largest in the Mediterranean - and, within its diverse area of more than 8,000 square kilometers, there are many other jewels just waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous explorers of holiday treasures.

If you haven’t visited Crete yet, this summer may be the time to come and discover this fascinating Greek island. If it captures your heart, don’t worry. Come back next year and Crete will welcome you once more with its smiling Cretan sun, the sounds of the Cretan lyre, the scents of orange blossom and jasmine, a slice of cool red watermelon and a glass of iced raki.

Rethymno

The beautiful harbour of Rethymnon, is a Greek treat and a half. You only need to take a stroll around its intricate maze of streets, laced with white-washed cottages, past fine buildings and churches and you'll experience the real Crete. It seems little has changed for decades here. The open air markets are as lively as ever, and the shops, the tavernas and al fresco restaurants fizz with activity. And wherever you wander, you'll notice the influence of previous visitors. The Venetians held Rethymnon in high regard and their architecture can be seen in quiet courtyards and elaborate fountains, as well as the huge fortress which stands above the harbour, presenting a stern face northwards across the Sea of Crete. Yet for all its authentic charm, everything you could need here is to hand and there's a great range of accommodation to suit every style and budget. Plus of course, there's that all-important beach. A palm-fringed promenade backs a beautiful beach of pale sand and shingle which stretches for several kilometres. And if you want to let your adventurous side shine, you can surf the waves on a jet ski, feel the wind rushing through your hair from the back of a speed boat or learn to windsurf. After dark, start your night in one of the bars or tavernas - many of which have entertainment - before heading to a disco. The key to keeping up with the Cretans is to start late - most don't even think about eating their evening meal until around nine, and bars stay open until the very early hours. So what are you waiting for?

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Review 1-5 of 5

19 Jan 2014

5/5

"A wonderful retreat"

Three friends and I stayed here for a week in September and had the most fantastic time. The villa is absolutely beautifully restored inside and out - spacious, comfortable and well-equipped with a go… More

31 Dec 2013

5/5

"This was our idea of the perfect holiday in every way."

My daughter and I rented The Olive Mill for a week in September and it was absolutely perfect for us. The village was gorgeous, very quiet, but with a taverna and several lovely restaurants within very easy reach. The house itself was very well equipped, with everything we needed there. The garden is a real haven and we spent hours just relaxing around the pool. Sitting out there until at night uninterrupted by noise from anywhere. Accommodation was ideal for us and it has the feel of a real home. I would certainly recommend the village and house to anyone who is looking for a holiday slightly away from the tourist strips - although these are within easy reach too.

20 May 2013

5/5

"Lovely old characterful property, beautifully renovated"

The property is a beautifully restored old stone building in an interesting small village 10 minutes drive inland from the outskirts of Rethymnon. There are several small tavernas within walking distance where drinks and basic, tasty Greek food is available. The property itself is comfortable and has the necessary conveniences plus a decent sized pool and hot tub in a private garden. A car is a must for access to tourist resorts, supermarkets and other places to visit. Best point for me was that the house is away from the tourist resorts so really peaceful. It could be improved by somewhat brighter lighting in the lounge area, but this is only an issue if you are stuck indoors in inclement weather or cold evenings. Internet access was a slightly sporadic, but I think this was probably not within the control of the owner.

We were especially lucky that Mark himself was seeing friends off at the airport as we arrived, so we were able to follow him to the property and did not need directions.

7 May 2013

5/5

"Fantastic what an oasis"

It's our first visit to Crete. From stepping off the plane we were met with a warm welcome and happy smiling faces.
The drive from the airport is picturesque and plenty of secret coves to explore for our week ahead.
The Old Olive Mill is in the heart of the village and on opening the door you have a sense of hundreds of years of history. The house has been restored with careful love and care to the years of history the walls hold.



A fantastic location in the heart Of the village.

22 Jan 2013

4/5

"We stayed for a year and loved it!"

The Old Olive Mill is a unique house situated in a traditional Greek village. There are good tavernas, particularly the Fantastico on the hill behind the house..... Great food and views. The house is handy for walking to the beach but a taxi would be needed back. If you want to get out and about rent a car. Our children stayed for the summer and the pool was a great attraction.

If you are looking for a holiday where you want to experience the real Greece, this is the place for you!

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