$109 / night
Total guests, Nights

Architectural 3 bedroom Villa with pool. Ideal location for exploring Crete! – Home 1353332 Villa

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 5 nights min stay

Architectural 3 bedroom Villa with pool. Ideal location for exploring Crete! – Home 1353332

  • Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Child Friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Villa Sofia is a 3 bedroom, recently renovated stone villa with a private pool, patio, veranda and adobe oven. Situated in the village of Prines, a traditional village near the city of Rethymno, the villa was built at the end of the 18th Century and was restored carefully in order to include many of the original features as well as modern aesthetic and appliances. The villa can accommodate up to 8 people.

Spatial Layout

The main entrance of the Villa faces north. Upon entering the house one views an open area consisting of a living-room, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is separated by a tall, stone arc. On this ground floor there is also a large bedroom with storage space and a full bath. The rear portion of the ground floor leads to a courtyard which contains a swimming pool, a sitting, relaxation & sunbathing area, an adobe oven and a barbecue space.

An office area is located at the mid-floor level.

A winding wooden staircase leads to the second floor where there are two bedrooms a full toilet/bath and a large veranda space. The master bedroom is features a Queen sized double bed and plenty of storage space. The second bedroom contains a sofa bed that can sleep 2 and a small staircase which leads to a cleverly constructed and situated bedroom attic space which contains a double bed. Finally, there is a large veranda space overlooking the village of Prines, the mountains, the oak forest and beautiful sunsets in the evening.

The property comes with free wi-fi, linen and towel change every 5 days, fully equipped kitchen with all basic cooking essentials and plenty of available parking spaces in the surrounding area.

Natural air conditioning is provided by the stone structure and the careful spatial planning, as cool air is channeled through the property to keep inhabitants cool, even during the hottest months of the summer.

Optional extras:

Cooking service and sail boat trips available at reasonable price (please contact us for further details)

Sailing trips around the Rethymno area with sailing boat and trained captain (available mostly during the summer and upon request)

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Crib
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: Full bed Sofa beds
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds
  • 2 Full baths


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Safe
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

Our hosting style really depends on our guests. Either myself (Manolis) or my father (Michalis) will always be available if guests need any type of help. We are happy to interact with you while making any type of reccomendation. We have both grown up in Crete and we try to be as knowledgeable as we can about the area. Please ask us anything that comes to mind! Of course we are aware that not all guests wish to be interactive with hosts. We value our guest's privacy and we respect guests who just want to be left alone.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Yes, smoking allowed


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Please contact us if you are thinking of bringing your pet with you. Pets are only considered on a case to case basis.

Please be respectful of the property.


About the owner

Manolis D.

Tourist License

Calendar last updated:
19 Jul 2021
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





19 reviews

Very Good

“Super-Unterkunft auf Kreta”

Reviewed 17 Mar 2019

Unser Aufenthalt in der Villa Sofia war einfach hervorragend. Neben dem wirklich komplett ausgestatteten Ferienhaus, in dem es einem absolut an nichts fehlt, trug vor allem der Vermieter Manolis zum g… More

Response from the owner Dear Michael, Thanks so much for your great review. I am really glad you enjoyed your stay! I wish you all the best and you are always welcome back to my house! All the best to you and your family, Manolis

“Cretan Inspiration”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2018

Manolis' villa is superb. A beautiful haven in a lovely village removed from the beaten track. The photos do not do the villa full justice. Beautifully rebuilt using traditional materials but ke… More

“perfect place to stay big and clean”

Reviewed 7 Jun 2018

we stayed here in may 2018 fantastic place big and clean very frendly area . its off the beaten track a bit but there are buses to rethymno and taxis most espensive we paid was 25 euros from there at … More

“True authentic greece at its best!”

Reviewed 2 Jun 2018

Set back from any busy commercialised area this gorgeous villa really lived up to the spec. Great for families, own pool and great bbq area. We invited family over and entertained. Local supermarket a… More

“Architects' delight”

Reviewed 25 Sep 2017

We had a fantastic 2 weeks at Villa Sofia, partly due to Wall to Wall sunshine and temperatures consistently around 30-35C, but mainly because of the great facilities at the villa and in Prines. The r… More

“Un vrai bijou dans un adorable village”

Reviewed 6 Sep 2017

Voilà une location d'exception ! Manolis nous a admirablement reçus et donné de bons conseils pour notre séjour. Contrairement à beaucoup de locations où… More

“Authentic Crete with amazing views, restaurants and more, on your doorstep.”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2017

f you are searching for authentic Crete, this Villa is perfect in every way. The location is just perfect - a little shop at the bottom of the drive, a great Taverna across the road and an award winni… More

“Mycket bra för 4 vuxna personer med skilda sov- och badrum.”

Reviewed 23 May 2017

Lugnt och trevligt läge. Vackert renoverat hus i gamla stan. Mycket välutrustat för självhushåll. Mindre än 5 minuter till fots till närmaste butik. Öppen alla… More

“Amazing gem! So pleased we found this”

Reviewed 10 Nov 2016

This wonderful property has everything you could want and a lovely small village with a couple of great eateries, we couldn't have wanted for more. thank you

“Acceuil innoubliable”

Reviewed 16 Sep 2016

Nous avons passé une semaine dans la villa Sofia et je pense que nous n'en aurons que d'excellant souvenirs. L'accueil et la serviabilité du propriétaire Manolis so… More

Review 1-10 of 19


How do I find more info about the property?

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Send Manolis (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Manolis the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Manolis (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Manolis (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Manolis (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

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How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Manolis (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Manolis (the owner) before booking?

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How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Manolis (the owner) a message.

If Manolis (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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