3 bedroom villa with pool and great view to the sea.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 5
Enhanced cleaning practices
Cleaned with disinfectant
Minimum two-day vacancy between guests’ stays
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Rest and Relaxation in georgous Crete
Tasteful and traditional renovation of a single storey family owned out building. Spacious inside and outside, everything you could need was provided and more. Private setting.
The most thoughtful hosts you could ever hope for!
Zacharias and his family greeted us warmly with wine from their family's vineyard, Raki, fruit, bread, homemade jam from Zarcharias' mother (and many other treats) and even more timely, a hot lunch after our long trip. From the moment we arrived, we felt like long lost family. They manage to strike a perfect balance between attentive care and allowing your family to have whatever personal space you may need. The house was cozy, comfortable and well appointed. The location was perfect (in Rethymno prefecture) for many wonderful day trips. By all accounts, a perfect home away from home. Upon our departure, more thoughtful gifts were showered upon us. We cannot wait to return and hope all is well for Zacharias, his brother, mother and father......Efharisto!
We arrived very late to the property but Zacharias was there waiting to welcome us. We were also very surprised to find a selection of goodies. Very generous. The villa has everything you need. The beach towels were a great thing to not have to bring. The villa was very clean and decorated in a traditional way. The patio area outside was perfect for sitting in the morning for breakfast and the evening. The position of the villa is very central we were able to get to the other side of the island and found triopetra which was our favourite beach. This place is ideal if you want to do some exploring but also want to get away from the main tourist areas. Thank you for making our holiday so memorable. Best wishes
A delightful small villa set in a lovely location
This villa is part of a small cluster of other holiday villas (about 20 or so) all different but set in a community in the foothills of Psiloritis just outside the delightful village of Skouloufia. Zacharias the owner / host was welcoming and hospitable providing groceries on arrival and pies cooked by his mother during the stay. He was extremely approachable and helpful. The villa was clean and spacious with every facility. Pool area nice and private with a lovely garden and terrace smelling pungently of bourganvillea and jasmine. Pool a little cold but refreshing! Excellent value and perfect for us as two adults. It would easily accommodate two couples but the perfect mix would probably be a small family. Splendid views of coastline. The only real downsides? The need for a car, so if you don't like driving be prepared to self cater. If you are not unhappy to drive, there are beautiful country roads leading up to the hillside villages and Arcadia monastery and Rethymon and Panorama (both delightful) in easy reach. The wifi signal is weak, probably sharing bandwidth in the community so make sure your mobile data package is good.The owners have built a more modern and larger house immediately in front which was unoccupied at the time, save for one night when a noisy family were using it (friends of the owner?) and kids splahsing about in the pool. So if you like perfect solitude this could be an issue. However generally a very quiet area. It would work well for two families renting both villas and it would be worth raising this with Zacharias at the time of the initial enquiry. He was a brilliant at responding to all enquiries and his mum's feta and spinach pies were the best we tasted on the island! We hope to return as we loved Villa Gaia.
A beautifully renovated stone farm building with great views over the countryside to the sea.
The hosts are very organised and welcoming, providing a fridge ful of goodies on arrival. The instructions to find the villa are accurate although not all road signs are easy to spot. I would suggest finding it in google maps before you leave.
The house is renovated to a high standard and has everything you will need making the place a real home from home. The walls are really thick so it stays cool throughout the day and the aircon throughout is suitably sized to have it like a fridge if desired. The garden and pool area are very private and not overlooked with a front garden and veranda area planted with mature flowering plants.
Although skoulafia is a really quite village with few amenities it is only a 5 min drive to stavromenos where there are supermarkets, tavernas even a traditional flourist The promenade and beaches of rethymon are about another 10 mins. This area has a huge selection of dining and shopping opportunities to rival any tourist area. We didn't stay out too late as we have kids, but it looked like it would be a lively place until the early hours.
Overall an excellent Chose for a family holiday in Crete.
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.
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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.