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Traditional House With Pool And Great View!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Hot Tub


About the property

3 bedroom villa with pool and great view to the sea.

Villa Gaia is a traditional stone built house, recently renovated (2008), located in a quiet area in the village Skouloufia, 18km away from Rethymno. The villa is built in one floor layout. On the exterior of the house, there is a big yard with a 25sqm swimming pool with sunchairs and umbrellas around it , a stone made barbecue and a garden. There is also a large veranda with a dining table covered by a pergola. The house has a spectacular view to the sea and the surrounding area, which the visitor can enjoy from the yard.

Ideally suitable for 5 people, there are three bedrooms in the Villa, all with view to the sea – one with double bed and terrace, one with semi-double bed and terrace and one with twin beds. A baby cot is also provided to the guests.

The house has a spacious dining and living room, traditionally decorated, with a fireplace and a smart satellite TV with a Blueray player and an open plan fully equipped kitchen. There is also one bathroom with W/C, and hydro massage bath.

All of the rooms are fully air conditioned. The combination of the air conditioning, the fireplace and the sun heating makes the house suitable for all the seasons of the year.

There are many villages with tavernas, mini markets and pharmacies nearby, as well as many historical sightseeing like the Arkadi monastery (8kms away) and the ancient Eleytherna (7kms away). The nearest beach is only 6 km away from the villa, in the village Stavromenos.

The villa's licence number from the Hellenic Tourist Organization is


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Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2017

What makes this villa unique

The villa is built at the edge of a traditional village surrounded by olives, oaks and Cretan herbs.On the exterior of the villa there is a beautiful garden where is also the swimming pool which has a size of 25 sq m, with sun chairs and umbrellas around. Also a stone made barbecue and a nice veranda covered with a wooden pergola with beautiful views to the countryside The house is located in a very quiet place, which is still near the beach and the city of Rethymno, but also close to important sight seeings like the Arcadi Monastery and the ancient city of Eleytherna, and the museum of Ancient Eleytherna. Villa Gaia is ideal for families, couples and individuals who would like to feel the independence and the real Cretan village life.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Rethymno on Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
  • There is a bathroom/wc with jacuzzi in the house, which also includes a laundry machine. Towels, soap and laundry powder are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • In the house, there are 3 bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with 2 single beds and one with 1 single bed. There is an optional baby cot, which is placed in the bedroom eith the double bed.All of the rooms are air-conditioned, with a separate device for each room.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house has a spacious dining and living room, traditionally decorated with a fireplace and Smart-TV with Blu ray/ DVD player and an open plan fully equipped kitchen. There is also one bathroom with W/C, and hydro massage bath. The villa boasts spectacular sea views and is fully air conditioned. There are three bedrooms, one with two single beds, one with a double bed and one with a single bed , all air-conditioned , each leading to a nice veranda and all sharing a spacious bath/wc with jacuzzi. A children bed is offered on request. On the exterior of the villa, there is a beautiful garden and the swimming pool which has a size of 25 sq m, with sun chairs and umbrellas around. There is also a stone made barbecue and a nice veranda covered with a wooden pergola with beautiful views to the countryside.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Traditional House With Pool And Great View!
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful Villa in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Myself and two friends have just returned from a wonderful week staying at Villa Gaia. From our arrival we were made so very welcome by Zacharias and his brother John and through the week we got to know their mother Helen. They are a really lovely family and made our stay so very special. The Villa is wonderfully situated in the mountains, with stunning views, but only 10 minutes from the main coastal road. The Villa is beautifully and very tastefully decorated and well equipped for everything you need for your stay. A very generous basket of supplies, including wine, was on the kitchen table on our arrival which was very kind and thoughtful.

We loved the outside seating areas and had all our meals outside on the balcony although it was only early May. We also enjoyed being able to cool off in the pool!

We all felt that this was one of our best holidays ever – the area is very quiet and peaceful and the views are stunning. Each day we had a short drive to many of the wonderful archaeological sites in the area and some of the smaller towns both on the coast and in the mountains. But we loved returning to the Villa each afternoon to relax and enjoy the peace and solitude.

We would all certainly recommend this Villa to anyone looking for a wonderful place to stay, away from the crowds, but within easy reach of a number of main towns and sites of interest. We do not normally do “repeat” holidays but we all hope that we will be back at Villa Gaia very soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing oasis away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 11 nights from sep 12th 2015. We have 2 small children under 4, so we needed somewhere that we could relax and enjoy once the kids were tucked up in bed, and also somewhere they could enjoy during the day.

We were delighted with the villa!

From our arrival, which was late on Saturday night, we were greeted by Ellena and her husband, who are really lovely people. They had provided us with groceries, some local wine and Raki, and a hot meal with a lovely salad and more, cakes, Biscuits but most importantly, a lovely warm welcome.

The villa is exactly as it is in the pictures so if you like the pictures you wont be disappointed.

On entering you have a spacious living room and dining area to your right with a fully equiped kitchen area on the left. through an arch to the hallway gives access to 3 good sized bedrooms, 1 bedroom with 2 singles and patio doors, 1 bedroom with a mummy and child sized bed with patio doors and 1 bedroom good sized double. The bathroom is next to the bedrooms and has a bath with a shower unit that has good power in it.

The outside seated area is where we spent every night and most mealtimes and is a great little area to sit and relax and take in the fact that your on holiday at last!

The pool area was a lovely space too, but we probably underused it due to the demands of our little ones, the water was a bit cold for them, so we mostly had to find other ways to entertain them, but I had a few lovely soaks in the pool - great on a hot sunny day!

The villa is located about 5 to 10 mins off the main Rethymnon - Heraklion route, and about 15 mins from Rethymnon the nearest eating and shops are based in Stavromenos which is just as you come off the main road. As the villa is located up on the hillside, you can easily view the sea from the villa.

Our own favourite places to go in the area were Bali and Panormos about 15 mins East along the coast, but there are lots lovely places in the area and its great to explore.

The hosts, Zacharias, Ellena and im embarassed to say ive forgotten her husbands name! Were so friendly and generous, as well as the welcoming pack of food and drink they also left us other lovely food and treats.

And i must say a very special thank you for the magnificent birthday cake you got for us, that was very thoughtful generous!

We are not generally people who go to the same place twice, but if we were ever back in Crete it would be very hard for us to stay anywhere else.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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We will definitely return!

  • 5 of 5

Hospitable hosts! Cosy villa! In life, everything is the same as on a photo. Close to shops and restaurants. Next to Rethymnon. Close to interesting sights! Us all really enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house with warm welcome

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of 4 and we really did enjoyed our stay in this very well equiped house. Zacharias and his family took care about us. We felt like at home. They have prepared very nice surprises. Nice location in a quiet place, 20 minutes to Rethimnon. We recommand it to you!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Fantastisches Ferienhaus

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben 2 wundervolle Wochen in der Villa Gaia verbracht. Das Haus ist geräumig, sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet, anstandslos sauber und bietet 5 Personen bequem Platz. Die Anlage drum herum ist ebenso in sehr gepflegtem Zustand, der Pool bietet die Gelegenheit zum Abkühlen (das Wasser ist sehr frisch!), der Steingrill im Garten lädt zum Grillen ein.

Auf der Terasse sitzt man zu allen Tageszeiten sehr schön und man genießt den Blick auf das kretische Meer.

Einkaufsmöglichkeiten gibt es im 12 Autominuten entfernten Stavromenos, Rethymno ist 30 Minuten entfernt. An die Südküste sind es 60-90 Minuten.

Die Küche bietet praktisch alles nötige und ist sehr gut ausgestattet.

2x/Woche wird das Haus gereinigt.

Der Kontakt zum Vermieter und seiner Familie war sehr herzlich. Zacharias war sehr aufmerksam und fragte mehrfach nach, ob alles in Ordnung sei. Am Ankunftstag hatte seine Mutter für uns Souvlaki mit Kartoffeln und Salat gemacht und es gab darüber hinaus noch ein Willkommenspaket mit Raki, Olivenöl, Brot und Keksen. Während des Aufenthalts haben wir von der Familie Kuchen und Teigtaschen bekommen.

Insgesamt waren es für uns traumhafte 2 Wochen auf einer (ganz nebenbei) landschaftlich und kulturell sagenhaft schönen Insel. Das Haus ist hervorragend und ließ bei uns keine Wünsche offen. Wir würden die Villa Gaia vorbehaltlos empfehlen und jederzeit wieder buchen.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Wunderschönes Haus in ruhiger Lage

  • 5 of 5

Wir (2 Erwachsene, 2 Kinder) waren für 10 Tage in der Villa Gaia. Das Haus ist ein Traum, es ist alles vorhanden, was man braucht (mehr als ausreichend Geschirr, Schüsseln, Kaffeemaschine, Wasserkocher, Decken, Kerzen etc.). Als wir ankamen erwartete uns ein kleines Willkommenspaket (Obst, Wein, Raki, Kekse, Kaffee) und Zacharias, der Vermieter, empfing uns persönlich.

Der Pool ist ca 25qm groß, der Garten lädt zum Sonnen und Grillen ein und auf der Terrasse kann man stundenlang entspannen.

Der Kontakt mit Zacharias im Vorfeld (Bezahlung) und auch vor Ort war super, bei Fragen war er jederzeit erreichbar. Ab und zu brachte er leckeren Kuchen oder selbstgebackene Teigtäschchen vorbei.

Die Lage des Hauses ist für Ruhesuchende perfekt, aber auch um den mittleren Teil der Insel kennenzulernen. Das Haus liegt ca. 6 Kilometer vom Strand entfernt, der nächste Supermarkt ist in Stavromenos, ca 5 Autominuten weg. Rethymon ist in knapp 20 Minuten erreichbar, Chania und Heraklion in einer Stunde. Alle drei Städte sind absolut sehenswert. Ebenso ist man in einer Stunde an der Südküste (z.B. am Plakias-Strand oder am wunderbaren Preveli-Strand).

Die Villa Gaia können wir definitiv weiterempfehlen. Wir haben uns super wohl gefühlt.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Heraklion airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Villa Gaia is located just outside of the village Skouloufia, 6km away from the seaside village Stavromenos and 18km away from the city of Rethymno. It is located in a beautiful and quiet location, full of olive trees and oaks, with spectacular view to the sea and the city of Rethymno, but also to the mountain Psiloritis. The region offers the relaxation of the coutryside, but it is also very close to the facilities of larger villages and the city.

The nearest beach is in Stavromenos which is 6km away, where you will find tavernas, supermarkets, pharmacies, a gas station and generally all kinds of shops. However, the village of Skouloufia is only 1 km away. It is a beautiful old traditional village with many Byzantine churches. There you will find a local traditional taverna and a traditional café.

For a larger variety of shops and activities, the city of Rethymno is approximately 20 minutes away by car. There, you can enjoy a walk through the old town, where you will admire the old Venetian architecture of the buildings and other monuments, but also the Venetian fortress. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants in the city, which is famous for it's nightlife. In Rethymno, you will also find a 7kms long beach.

It is very important to note how close is the villa to two of the most important historical sightseeings of Crete, the Arkadi monastery and the museum and archaeological site of the Ancient Eleftherna, one of the most famous ancient cities of Crete. Futhermore, the cave of Melidoni, another significant historical sighseeing of the region is near the villa (23kms)

The traditional village Margarites, which is famous for it's pottery is 20 minutes away by car. Another nearby place worth visiting is Panormo, a seaside village with beautiful beach and many restaurants and cafes.

The location of the villa has the advantage of being in the center of the island, near the main road from Chania to Heraklion and in the middle of the distance between the two cities, so nearly all of the sightseeings of Crete are accessible.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Rethymno, Greece

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Low season
1 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Mid season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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High season
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
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High season
8 Jul 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
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High season
20 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
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High season
26 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
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Mid season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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Low season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
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