Traditional Villa House Knossos Heraklion Pr. Pool
Traditional Villa House Knossos Heraklion Pr. Pool
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Are you familiar with terms like: ‘rare opportunity’ and ‘for the select few’? Not as a selling gimmick but more as a real chance to experience something positively different than most other travelers will. If you are familiar, then you should recognize one when you see it.
Have you ever stayed at a traditional Crete Villa house before? Not any of those properties for the tourist hordes, but a real 200-year old renovated villa house, made of stone and old wood - not bricks and cement. Normally you shouldn’t have. Crete people rarely open their country houses to others, they keep them to themselves and their loved ones; they have different properties that can be rented by travelers. But you may have visited such a house by accident, if any local person ever invited you to a meal or a wedding celebration.
Photos will only give you a small part of the whole experience in staying at this villa house, because most of the experience can’t be framed in a snapshot. How can any photo tell you that you will be staying at a village whose origin can be traced back 2,500 years? Or that it enjoys one of the finest climates on the island? Even give you a hint on how the air smells in the morning and early evening. Or pass you the feeling of peace and tranquility in a beautiful village surrounded by hills and olive groves? Or the smell of the house's interior?
And then it’s the ease of access to it that makes it a great candidate for accommodation. An ideal location for those wishing to explore the island because as we say: ‘it is close to everywhere’. But it is also a great spot to stay for those who come for Business.
Just 20 minutes from Heraklion Airport (don’t worry; you won’t hear any planes passing over your head!) the Port and the Center. But close to Rethymnon (60 min.), Chania (90 min.) and Sitia (90 min.); the palace of Knossos is just 7 miles and so is the closest beach. And just 20 minutes from the nearest 18-hole Golf Course.
The village of Archanes is beautifully organized with everything you may need for your stay; you will find banks, grocery stores, taverns and everything else at walking distance from your quiet neighborhood. The house is ideal for you whether you are a group of people, a large family or a smaller family, even a couple. And we arrange it to be an exact fit to your stay, no matter if this means extra “chez long” resting chairs around the pool, or a baby cot, or whatever is necessary.
What’s in the villa house? Three beautiful double bedrooms (one of them has a single bed too) two bathrooms (one with bath tub the other with a shower cabin) divided between the two floors of the house. Great furniture, a beautiful living room that connects to a smashing-looking, fully equipped and very functional kitchen and the veranda – deck with the private pool and the barbeque. There is TV in every room with satellite channels and Wireless Internet. Cleaning and linen change is taking place twice a week.
(But honestly now, ask yourself: you won’t be staying in, will you?)
Make the move. Go a bit different this time; take advantage of this rare opportunity and be one of the select few who will truly enjoy their stay in Crete, at our beautiful villa house during this 2016 season. We are open all year.
We look forward to show you in!
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Traditional Villa House Knossos Heraklion Pr. Pool Archanes, Crete, Greece
Additional Location Information
Arhanes is a picturesque rural town in the prefecture of Heraklion with a history of 5000 years, built in an overgrown area 16 km southeast of the city of Heraklion, on the foot ofmo untain Giouchtas. Time has not affected the traditional architecture of Arhanes;on the contrary, thanks to its exemplary reformation, the town received the European Award for Village Reformation.
The hospitable town of Arhanes awaits you to discover its unique cultural heritage, to marvel its beauty and, of course, to taste authentic Cretan flavours.
Your visit and your stay in this extraordinary place is going to become an unforgettable experience!
The town of Archanes has been built in the area of an important Minoan settlement.
Archaeological excavations that have been going on until this day prove that during the Minoan Times the town was a prosperous Minoan City and the center of many other cities of the area. It is worth mentioning that the part of the three-storey Palace complex of the 16th century B.C. revealed by the excavations in the town, is a token of magnificent construction skills, superior to the Palaces of Mallia, Festos and Zakros.
Other archaeological sights are the Cemetary in Fourni and the Mansion in Vathipetro. The Cemetary in Fourni, northwest of Archanes, is the biggest prehistoric cemetary in the Aegean Sea and having been used for over a thousand years (2400 B.C.- 1200 B.C.) it hosts a large number of buildings of all architectural types known, including five vaulted tombs.
The Mansion in Vathipetro is a Minoan Villa located in Piso Livadia, 4 km south of Archanes.
A winepress, an olive press, a pottery workshop and a ceramic furnace were found there during the excavations.
The important archaeological findings from the surrounding area of Archanes (Vathipetro,Fourni, Anemospilia), and the town itself, are now in the Archaeological Museum, a restored building in the traditional town of
in 1993 was an initiative of the archaeologists John and Efi Sakellarakis.
The role of Archanes during the recent history of the island of Crete was equally important.
The town of Archanes played a coordinative and organizational role, contributing decisively to the Cretan Revolts in 1866 and 1897, and faced the Turkish attacks bravely.
During World War II and, more specifically, during the period of the Battle of Crete, the Administration Center of the Greek Forces was settled in Archanes and, later on, during the German Occupation the first espionage echelon in Crete was organized in Archanes.
The town of Arhanes is located at the foot of Mountain Giouchtas that is considered to the most important mountain in the area, not only because of its location and its shape that looks like a human head, but also because of its archaeological and ecological value.
Giouchtas is 811m. high and according to mythology was the place where Zeus was burried.
Besides, the human shape of the mountain is related to Zeus, too.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
How to get there
Nearest airport: Heraklion International, 10 miles Nearest ferry port: Heraklion Port, 10 miles Car is essential
Left on 08/25/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | DeirdreReviewed Aug 25, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
The owners of this villa couldn't have been more helpful without being in any way intrusive. We did get caught out be a bank holiday and it would have been good if thay had told us about that but this is a small detail. The villa itself is lovely, well laid out and well equipped. The doors opening out onto the garden and the pool open the place up but would be a real problem with small children, a nightmare in fact. The villa is described as sleeping 7, which technically it does but it would not accomodate 7 in other ways. There are only 4 pool loungers, 4 chairs in the living area and 4 chairs at each of the tables, plus the upstairs bedroom is seperated from the living area by a glass wall and no curtain so no privacy. However,as we were a party of 4 none of this was a problem. In comparision with other villa rentals it is excellent value for money but you would be disappointed if you arrived in a party of 7. Archanes itself is a lovely village with everything you need and well worth a bit of a poke around. Wander off the beaten track a bit and it is beautiful. Car hire is necessary to get the most out of Crete. We went in august and it was very hot, I think it would be spectacular in Spring and much more pleasent to wander around
“The whole family enjoyed it - different from hotels.”
Left on 03/05/2011 for a stay in August 2010 | Finn SandersReviewed Mar 5, 2011Stayed Aug 2010
We came from Israel to Crete, continuing our holiday, having a horrible experiece with our hotel as we were left out due to a double booking; but they were kind enough to move us to Phaistos. Such a lovely scenery, nothing to do with hotels, a whole different experience. We had a full house on our own with everything, and it was more than what we expected. My family was very lucky with this and our vacation had a happy end.
We are back in athens now for Seminars at the University of athens, and we were invited to add our opinion for our stay; well, it was really nice, and we recommend it.
Left on 03/04/2011 for a stay in June 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 4, 2011Stayed Jun 2010
Well, yes! You Greek people have some unique houses and some unspoilt places. We had a week in Phaistos and stayed in Crete for a month on our Honeymoon. We had such a lovely time; we are the outdoor type and we didn't stay much at the house, but for the little we did it's thumbs up. Such a wild scenery! You could smell the sea salt from your room and the sunset was really nice. Thank you for everything.
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