Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Completed just this year, the villa is a 75 sq. m. tile-roofed bungalow built to a very high standard. It is furnished in contemporary Mediterranean style and fully equipped for holiday visitors. All rooms have beautiful high ceilings in natural wood. They all open onto patio areas and flower beds, with a mature olive tree standing proud on the south side. The whole plot is surrounded by a superb hand-crafted stone wall topped with wrought iron railings to a safe height.
The villa has two generously sized double bedrooms and a fifth bed or cot can be provided on request. The bathroom has a bath/shower and toilet, and also a washing machine. The kitchen has a full size stove with oven and four electric heating plates. There is a microwave and fridge/freezer. There is a hairdryer. Bed linen and towels are provided and changed weekly for guests who stay longer.
In the living area there is a three piece suite and a TV, DVD player and CD player/radio. The dining area will seat six people comfortably.
All rooms are air-conditioned.
There is a 7m (23') x 3.5m (11') x 1.2m (4') swimming pool, which is maintained weekly and automatically filtered twice daily. Sunbeds and a sunshade are provided as well as a patio table and chairs for barbecues and al fresco dining.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bali and Panormo beach 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Herakleon Airport or Chania airport 50 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Crete region
Welcome to Rethymno, Crete! The beautiful city of Rethymno is standing on the site where ancient Rithymna used to be, as archaeological excavations of the late Neolithic period (3500- 2800 BC) proved. It is the gate way between Chania and Heraklion. Full of rich history, ancient sites, magnificent sandy beaches, Byzantine churches, lovely villages & lively resorts.
Rethymno combines an old- time aristocratic appearance with a modern aspect, a blend which is creating a unique atmosphere.
Various elements are participating to the charm of this attractive town such as the many arched doorways and stone staircases, 16th century buildings, Byzantine, Hellenic and Roman remains, narrow stone-paved streets, the small Venetian harbour and the superb huge municipal gardens, ideal for peacefulness and tranquility.
FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS IN RETHYMNON:The Renaissance Festival is the culmination of the city's cultural festivals. The festival plays host during its three weeks to a variety of theatrical, musical and cinematic events as well as dance and multi-media spectacles. The Cretan wine festival Already over 35 years old, this celebration in the public park lasts three weeks in the heart of summer and attracts thousands of visitors. The Rethymnon Carnival held at the start of Lent every year, has been revived in recent years and it can be regarded one of the best and biggest in Greece. The feast of Klidonas, a historic celebration every June which maintains an interesting custom of burning the flower wreaths which were made on first of May. The fishermen's festival Celebratory festival in the Venetian Harbour, with free fish and wine on offer. Rich FLORA AND FAUNA as the climate and geomorphy of Rethymnon, and Crete generally, allow the existence of a large number of species, many of which are endemic to the island. As a result, the visitor may find natural treasures that have existed on the island for centuries and were depicted in Minoan frescoes such as the sea lily, sea turtles "caretta caretta" which lay their eggs on the beaches and may even see the Eleanora's falcon which migrates from Africa in the summer months. In the valleys, the visitor will come across, beautiful Fauna and Flora unique to Crete,dozens of varieties of wild flowers. The quick-eyed visitor may also spot hares, skunks, martens, hedgehogs, bats and many types of birds. In the semi-mountainous areas many birds of prey soar the blue skies. In the mountains amongst other varieties are the Cretan maple (acer sempervirens), the Cretan tulip (tulipa cretica), the yellow violet (erysimum raulini) etc. This is also the most important habitat for birds of prey as well as the Cretan wild goat and the thorn mouse (Amocos minus). In the wetlands of Geropotamos and Preveli, the visitor will encounter interesting fauna and flora, especially the latter, which includes the Cretan Palm tree (phoenix theophrastii). Lastly, in the gorges visitors can come across the famous Cretan dittany and other fragrant plants of Crete. Rethymno is a haven for walks, cyclists or just site seeing!!!
The town offers all the touristy facilities needed as well as lively bars and clubs and various restaurants and excellent taverns.
Rethymno has regular bus services to the main towns and villages of the entire prefecture.
The nearby village of Melidoni has two well-stocked mini-markets. There are supermarkets, a bakery and a pharmacy, as well as art and craft and tourist shops in both Panormo and Bali. A wider range of non-tourist shops is available in the small market town of Perama, a 15 minute drive away. Fresh vegetables can be purchased at the greenhouses on the outskirts of Exantis.
Things to see and do
Melidoni is renowned for its well, but more importantly for its fabulous cave, which is also infamous as the site of a massacre by the Turks in the 19th century. In Melidoni you will also find an olive oil factory whose American-Greek owner, Joanna, will be happy to show you round. Just outside Melidoni on the road to Agia you will see traditional charcoal burners in the fields.
Bali has five lovely, gently sloping sandy beaches in sheltered bays. Two have Blue Flag status. There are also nice beaches at Panormo.
Take a short drive to the village of Margarites which is packed with pottery shops. In some you can watch the potter at work.
In the taverna in Exantis itself there is some beautiful glassware for sale by a local artist.
The local countryside is full of wildlife. Goats roam the olive groves and you may see an occasional hare. Swifts swoop down to the swimming pool and buzzards and various birds of prey soar over the valley. You will probably spot gekkos - medium sized green ones and small yellow/orange ones.
As well as the two pharmacies mentioned above, Bali has a multi-lingual doctor on 24-hour call. If you are unfortunate enough to have a more significant medical problem, there is a good health centre in Perama or hospital in Heraklion.