This lovely Greek villa is a great choice for either families or friends traveling together-- all bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms! This Crete villa for rent is also great for anyone who likes spending time out-of-doors-- the gardens are simply beautiful, including a large lawn, covered dining, and a swimming pool. Though private, this Crete holiday villa is also situated in the local village, which means convenience for you and freedom for older children to roam.
(2,200 m2) This villa, listed with the archeological society of Crete, is surrounded by a wall that provides privacy and charm to the garden. Inside the wall, the garden has a... large lawn, a covered outdoor dining table (seating eight), and a gorgeous 50 m2 private swimming pool (0.8-1.7m deep). The pool also has a 12m2 children's section (0.6m deep). On the grounds there are many trees, and guests are invited to collect the organic fruits and vegetables free of charge. The view from the gardens is of the surrounding mountains. Parking is available for three cars.
Ground Floor: About thirty meters from the parking area, the entrance of this villa opens into a spacious, fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, microwave, and electric cook-top. From the kitchen, a door leads into the sitting area, where there is nice furniture and a fireplace beneath an arch. Here there is also a guest WC (sink and toilet). There is one bedroom on this floor, with two 110 cm single beds and a view of the garden. This room has an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower with handheld attachment.
First Floor: From the kitchen, a wooden staircase leads upstairs, where a corridor connects three bedrooms. The first bedroom has a 170 cm queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and Jacuzzi tub. The second bedroom has a 170 cm queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. The third bedroom has two 110 cm single beds and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
Annex: Between the parking area and the main villa is a small annex. It consists of a bedroom with two 110 cm single beds and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower with handheld attachment. Next to this room there is also a utility room with a washing machine.
Available Amenities: Private swimming pool, air conditioning (in all bedrooms), satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, safety box, telephone (incoming calls only), washing machine, dishwasher, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, microwave, electric cook-top, parking.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Extra maid service: 70 Euros/session
* Central heating: According to use
Nearby Attractions: Melidoni (mini-market, bakery, taverna), Melidoni Cave, Perama (tavernas, markets, banks, shops), Bali, Margarita, Panormo, Rethymnon (ferries, Venetian Fortezza, beach, tavernas, cafes, restaurants, Folk Art Museum).
Please Note: The annex does not communicate internally with the main villa.
Left on 10/31/2008 for a stay in October 2008 | Margaret
The Villa and grounds were lovely and the owners provided fruit, breads and juice for the morning after our late evening arrival. Very thoughtful and generous!
The grounds were lovely. We especially enjoyed the outdoor dining space and the pool. The Villa itself, inside and out, was very comfortable overall.
The electrical appliances the coffee maker, the dishwasher, the clothes washer took a very long time to run through. We also had some flickering lights in the bathrooms and one light out - not a result of a dead bulb, but more likely a problematic electrical connection in one of the bathrooms. Because of the "in-village" location of the property, we did deal with vehicles, people and domestic animal noises in the early morning that generally prevented "sleeping in"
The Village was very traditional and we seemed like a curiosity to most of the residents. We found most of the people in the Village reserved but pleasant. We loved visiting the Melidoni Caves and exploring the surrounding area. Crete is quite spectacular!
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Barbara
We loved the villa and especially the proximity to the quaint little town of Melidoni. There was a truckers' strike that lasted most of the week we were on Crete resulting in a shortage of gasoline, so it was great to be right on the edge of town vs. in an isolated area. The villa was so wonderful that we did not mind hanging out there more than expected. We were extremely grateful to the owners who brought gasoline for us during the week (the Cretans seemed able to obtain small quantities of gas from "secret sources" not available to us tourists). Overall, it was a lovely, relaxing experience except for the neighbor's dog who howled for a couple of hours each night.
We spent a lot of time outside especially in the mornings and it was a great treat to enjoy fresh squeezed orange juice from the bountiful trees on the property while we lounged around the lovely pool. We also loved the outdoor dining area and barbecue where we grilled pork chops, chicken and fish. The scent of jasmine in the evenings was heavenly. We could not have picked a greater time to visit since the pomegranate trees were lushly in bloom and the countryside was gorgeous.
We were under the impression that there was Internet availability at the villa. As it turned out, the father of one of our group died the day before we arrived and it became critical to communicate back home. My friends wound up traveling all the way to Rethymno to use an Internet cafe to change flights, cancel hotels, and talk with relatives back in the states since we were not always able to use our cell phone. It would also have helped to have a working phone for incoming calls at least. We also thought that was included in the villa description.
We really felt like we were part of the local scene when we visited the taverna in the town square and got to know some of the residents including an American who married a Cretan and has lived in Melidoni for many years. As a result of meeting them in the square, we really felt like we got to know more about the people and culture. We were invited into people's homes, toured the olive oil factory and were served many glasses of ouzo which none of us developed much of a taste for in the week we were there. The surrounding countryside was ruggedly beautiful and the view from our pool was breathtaking.
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