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Villa Samitos: elegance and tradition in undiscovered Crete – Home 193572 Villa

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 9 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Villa Samitos: elegance and tradition in undiscovered Crete – Home 193572

  • Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 9
  •  min stay varies

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Villa / 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 9

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Overlooking the terracotta rooftops of Amari Village and a valley of unspoiled natural beauty, Villa Samitos is an ideal base to explore the undiscovered Crete. It is a great spot for anyone who wishes to get away from the crowded touristic areas, yet being close enough to visit them. Carrying a family history of 150 years, the stone building has been fully restored offering peace, comfort and spectacular views.

Villa Samitos is part of a traditional, stone-built complex, being once the owner’s grandparents home. It started about 1.5 century ago, as a typical residence of Cretan farmers with just one room, storage and a small patio for a donkey and a few goats, but gradually expanded as the family was growing. It used to be the place where the owner spent every summer holiday of his childhood, with “papou” and “giagia” (grandpa and grandma). Today an engineer, he has restored the building for the sake of those sweet summers and transformed it into

Overlooking the terracotta rooftops of Amari Village and a valley of unspoiled natural beauty, Villa Samitos is an ideal base to explore the undiscovered Crete. It is a great spot for anyone who wishes to get away from the crowded touristic areas, yet being close enough to visit them. Carrying a family history of 150 years, the stone building has been fully restored offering peace, comfort and spectacular views.

Villa Samitos is part of a traditional, stone-built complex, being once the owner’s grandparents home. It started about 1.5 century ago, as a typical residence of Cretan farmers with just one room, storage and a small patio for a donkey and a few goats, but gradually expanded as the family was growing. It used to be the place where the owner spent every summer holiday of his childhood, with “papou” and “giagia” (grandpa and grandma). Today an engineer, he has restored the building for the sake of those sweet summers and transformed it into a holiday home.

Amari is a delightful, living, traditional village in the heart of Crete, enjoying a unique, direct environment of excellent climate. The property is set at the top of the village, with marvellous views across the rooftops and away across the valley to the mighty Mount Idi. The elegant traditional furnishing and the family’s handmade embroidery form a relaxing blend of calm and comfort. Staying here, one can feel the natural tranquillity as the scene is completed by the clear, transparent atmosphere and the sounds of nature.

The villa can accommodate 9 people in an area of 180sqm, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The capacity may be extended to 10 people, on request.

Free Wi-Fi and full air conditioning (in every room) is included. The house is very ample and has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and living room with fireplace. Flat screen TV with DVD/home cinema and CD player (iPod compatible) is provided.

Two terraces and one shaded veranda, all of them private, offer astonishing views of the village and the valley. On the main terrace, there is also a comfortable dining area. Watching the Mount Idi turning red during sunset and the moon rising over the valley is an unforgettable experience.

COOKING SERVICE of local cuisine is offered exclusively for our guests, on request. Mrs. Rumy, the housekeeper, will introduce you to a healthy and delicious Cretan diet, with recipes that are totally homemade, using olive oil and fresh, seasonal products only, from the village and the close area.

A WELCOME TREAT with local and home made goods and wine will be waiting for you, upon arrival.

Regular changing of linen/towels and all cleaning services are included.

FOR KIDS (…and adults), you’ll find toys, games, books, music and movies. For babies, we offer baby-cots and high-chairs, free of charge.

For your better INFORMATION, we will provide maps and book guides for the entire area and our personal recommendations about food, daily trips, events and places of interest.

PRIVATE PICNIC AREA: Located in the nearby fields, the family owned “aloni” (threshing yard) is one of the last remaining in the area. A few minutes walk away from the villas, it is waiting for you to have a picnic under the shade of a giant oak tree.

Location description from owner

The Rethymnon Prefecture region

ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT THE VILLAGE AND THE AREA

AMARI VILLAGE LIFE AND ATTRACTIONS

Amari village is located at the centre of Amari Valley. It remains untouched by massive tourism and it is one of the most picturesque in Crete, with interesting architecture and unsurpassed tranquillity.

The old bell tower is the symbol for visitors, offering spectacular views of the area (located just beside the villa).

There are 2 small museums, one with folklore items from the village houses and one with the representation of the old school classroom.

In the main square there is a kafeneion (coffee shop) beside the old school, under the shade of pine trees. You can feel the slow tempo of life, sitting together with the locals with a coffee or a raki.

You can also experience refreshing walks through the fields and rest under the shade of ancient olive and oak trees or discover the 7 byzantine churches, dating from the 13th century, which are hidden in the countryside.

If you like hiking, the path to the Samitos summit (altitude 1050m, 1.5 hour, easy) starts from the village. The mountain was once dedicated to the worship of Pan.

Moreover, you may participate in agricultural activities with the local people like milking sheep and goats, olive harvest, wine making and tsikoudia distilling.

Children will be happy to enjoy the old schoolyard, the open basket/volley ball court and the playground.

AMARI VILLAGE ANNUAL EVENTS

The Easter celebration remains the same for centuries. The local people follow a series of traditional rituals that will lead eventually to the impressive “Judas burning”, beside the Bell Tower.

The Amari Green Festival (last week of July) is organized by the Municipality and takes place in an area 2km from the village. The main events are the music concerts but there are also various workshops of local cooking, music, dance and pottery.

The Amari Village Festival, dedicated to the name day of Hagios (Saint) Titos, is organized by the local Cultural Club and usually lasts 4 days, from the 22nd till the 25th of August. It includes a race event around the area (for all ages), a bazaar of local products made by the women club, 1 or 2 concerts, theatre and the final event, on the 25th, which is the traditional celebration gathering on the square of the village, with music and dance all night long.

THE AMARI VALLEY

The scenic Amari valley, in the heart of Crete, lies between 2 mountains: Psiloritis (Idi) and Kedros, both belonging to the Natura 2000 protected areas. The landscape is exceptional, with high mountains, little rivers and green fields. The most common trees found are olives, oaks and cypresses and the whole scene is decorated in springtime with countless wild flowers. The clean environment and the healthy climate are ideal for relaxing, walking, climbing, cycling, or exploring by car. Numerous paths, starting from Amari and the nearby villages will guide you to magnificent natural sites (plateaus, caves, mountaintops, gorges, etc). Moreover, a tour by car to the 27 beautiful villages of the valley would be a worthwhile experience, as each one of them has its own charm.

NATURE HIGHLIGHTS IN THE VALLEY

Agios Antonios or Patsos Gorge starts beside the ruins of an ancient temple and crosses a forest with waterfalls, bird watching points and picnic facilities.

Potamoi Lake is a refuge and immigration station for birds, suitable for walking or cycling.

Platania Gorge follows an exciting track amongst the vultures’ nests offering spectacular views of the valley.

The mighty Psiloritis or Idi Mt. (2456m) with a history full of myths and legends dominates the area, being the highest point in Crete and crossed by the international E4 path. It is the home of the last surviving Gypaetus and Golden eagles. Not necessary for someone to go to the top; there are several lower hikes and interesting possibilities for exploring by car.

Kedros Mt. (1777m), also crossed by the E4, is wild and rocky near the top but, in its lower area, it is peaceful, forming little valleys with springs and fruit trees.

HISTORICAL SITES IN THE VALLEY AND AROUND

The area near Amari Village is rich in history, with several sites of the Minoan and the Byzantine era:

The Ancient town of Syvritos (meaning “sweet water”), near the village of Thronos (7km);

The Minoan palace, in the nearby village of Monastiraki (2km);

The abandoned “Veni” monastery (10km), located beside a unique plateau and featuring a temple in a cave with stalactites;

Some of the major archaeological sites of Crete are within 1 hour drive from Amari: Arkadi monastery (15min), Ancient Eleftherna (30min) excavation site with its brand new Museum, Festos Minoan Palace and the Roman capital of Gortys (60min), Preveli monasteries (55min), Rethymnon Venetian town (45min).

FOOD AND TAVERNS

The Amari area is famous for its local cuisine. Based on olive oil, wild herbs and locally produced ingredients, the recipes have been handed from one generation to another. In the surrounding area (2-10km from the villa) you can find a number of taverns with genuine local food. Also, in almost every village, there is a typical kafeneion serving coffee, refreshments, home made raki, wine and little local dishes.

BEACHES

The crowded north coast and the quiet South coast beaches are equally accessible by car, due to the location of the village, in the middle of the island. You can reach Rethymnon sandy beaches (25-45 min) or explore the magnificent southern coastline of Plakias, Preveli Palm Forest, Damnoni, Shinaria, Ligres, Triopetra and Matala (45-60 min).

RETHYMNON CITY

Rethymnon (pop. 30,000) is the most important city close to Amari Village (37km). It combines Cretan history with culture, Ottoman and Venetian past, beautiful sandy beaches and vivid life tempo. The heart of the city is beating in the old town, a living monument, where locals and tourists love to walk around and enjoy relaxation, food and drink. Being the best preserved Venetian town in Greece, it is secluded by the Fortezza castle and the fishing port with the lighthouse and features Renaissance and Ottoman architecture with cobbled, narrow streets, mosques, museums, piazzas and fountains.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Single Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Manolis P.

Tourist Licence
MHTE: 1041K91002894301

Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
26 Apr 2017
Years listed:
5
Based in:
Greece
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Spanish


This Villa has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 9. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 10 Jan 2012. Located in Rethymnon Prefecture, it has 10 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £742 to £979.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 26 Apr 2017.

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“Spacious”

Reviewed 8 Nov 2016

A very good place to stay in, in a nice area. Amari village is quiet and an evening on the balcony is magic. If you're lucky, Miss Rumi will also cook wonderfully for you, in her private restaurant.

“Excellent holidays in the very heart of Crete!”

Reviewed 15 Mar 2012

What we always desired was to have some peaceful time somewhere in Crete's inland, possibly in a distance from the most touristic areas. Villa Samitos in Amari fulfilled all our expectations about that. Arriving me and a friendly couple with our car in the port of Chania from Piraeus, we found easily the way to Amari, following the instructions of Manolis, the owner. The villa was in the edge of Amari, a picturesque village in the foothill of Idi mountain. We were immediately enchanted by the panoramic view terrace of the house, where we loved sitting and enjoying the refreshing herb-scented air. The villa was a stylishly restored, stone built village house with traditional, charming furniture, equipped with all modern devices, central heating system and air-conditioning. Everything inside was clean and comfortable, the service was excellent and Manolis gave all his heart to help us enjoy the place and the district environment. We had nice, long countryside walks around the village, where fields with olive trees gave place to green meadows, full of spicy herbs and wild flowers, indicating the early arrival of cretan springtime. We enjoyed our dining in some local taverns, providing home-made cuisine in very good prices. We also ejoyed car drives to some southern coast beaches (about one hour from our base) and the nearby lake, and we tried exploring a bit the great Idi mountain. Definitely a place to return and an experience we would like to repeat sometime in the future!

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