|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Traditional cosy-style villa newly built (June 2011) this Villa has been created as “home away from home”. Villa Kivotos is just 7 km from the Venetian town of Rethymnon, therefore providing the perfect blend of country and city. 120 sqm allows for villa Kivotos to be well laid out offering kitchen/dinner open plan lounge with balcony doors five feet long and with a romantic veranda overlooking the Aegean Sea, three double bedrooms and two bathrooms.
An air of tranquillity has been created by the use of natural materials in the building and decoration of this villa. The swimming pool and flower garden are set in an unspoilt natural environment providing a setting of complete relaxation. Kivotos Villa is unique in that it offers a fully alarmed swimming pool to ensure the safety of our younger guests. Also in the hope that your holiday is completely relaxing, a babysitting can be arranged and with the owners living nearby, your holiday is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Changeover day can be flexible. The Villa will be available on the day of arrival from 3pm.
We would be grateful if the villa is vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure. Should there be no following booking a later time can be arranged.
Bedrooms: Master bedroom is situated on the ground floor with a double bed. Another double bedroom is situated in the same floor with two single beds.
In the mezzanine floor is situated a suite with 2 double bed- the 2nd is a sofa bed. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning with no extra cost.
Bathrooms: On the ground floor is one bathroom with a luxury shower,wash basin & toilet fully equipped for the disabled.
The second bathroom is also equipped with a Jacuzzi .
Kitchen: Modern wooden kitchen fully equipped offering ,cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster and a dinning table with four chairs and stools.
Living Room : The living room with his balcony door of five feet long is the”must “ of this villa . It is also equipped with air conditioning, a flat screen satellite TV, DVD player & Hi Fi .
Cleaning /towels/linen/maid service :
Villa Kivotos provides all linen and towels, even for the pool. The property is cleaned once per week (for a stay of one week and twice per week for a stay of two weeks and more) with a complete change of linen and towels. Additional cleaning and change of linen can be arranged at an extra cost.
Notes on accommodation
At no extra cost the villa comes with full air-conditioning and Wi-Fi connection and all baby equipment (2 cot, 2 high chair ) hopefully providing the most comfortable & enjoyable holiday in an unforgettable environment. Also a complementary basket will be waiting for you upon arrival.
Amenities/ Facilities provided
Hob, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, iron/ironing board, satellite TV, TV, internet access, air conditioning –heating, ,cot, high chair, barbecue, private pool.
In the garden of Kivotos Villa we cultivate vegetables with organic methods. Guests can pick up tomatoes, cucumber, aubergines, pepers and aromatic herbes etc for cooking
Villa Kivotos is designed and equipped also for the disabled and handicapped.
Two bedrooms are in the ground floor, all the doors are opening to an extend of one meter, one bathroom is fully equipped for the disable & access ramps are used in the garden and to the pool to ensure the safety of our guests.
Within the pool area is a barbecue and sun loungers. Pool towels are provide. The swimming pool 8m x 4m is private to the residence of Villa Kivotos and is cleaned daily. No diving is permitted. The garden is home to some traditional plants to the Mediterranean and parking is provided in the private and secured area of the Villa.
My name is Eva and I leave with my family near the villa.
We love animals and named the villa 'Kivotos' (that means ark !)
I have study French literature, took also a diploma in Hotel management and worked many years in the promotion of the Cretan tourism. I am working now in an organic farm near the villa and my husband is responsible for the maintenance of a A' class Hotel of the area.
Eva Maravelaki purchased this villa in 2010
We were looking for the write spot for more than 3 years.
We loved it immediately. The place combines everything.
Peaceful with fantastic views, just 5 minute drive from the beach
and near a village where you can found everything.
(3 supermarket, pharmacy ,doctor, baker, many restaurants etc)
We choose to build in this hill because of the fantastic views and the micro-clima of the area .
The clima there isn't as humid as in other places of the island and also its not very hot as it is up to a hill and even in August you are lucky to have most of the time a 'tiny' breeze. In fact the architect design the villa keeping all this in mind ...If you open the windows from the north and south part of the house you have a natural air condition ! We also build this house using natural materials of the area- wood and tiles for the roof & stone and wood for the floor- providing a more natural insulation.
I stayed with a friend at Villa Kivotos for a week in October. We had a perfect time and would have liked to have stayed longer but unfortunately we were a late booking and the villa was already booked by other lucky people.
The villa is situated in the hills above Rethymnon and has great views from all levels. The villa itself is modern, spotlessly clean and had every amenity we could have wished for. We didn't cook while we were there but could have if we'd wanted to as it was fully equipped with everything needed. We loved the sliding doors which opened up the villa to the patio outside. I also liked the screens which meant we weren't bothered by flies, mosquitoes etc, although there probably weren't many around by then. It is also very suitable for people with mobility issues as the bathroom is equipped with rails and a walk in shower. Outside, there is a ramp down to the pool area so it's not necessary to use the steps.
So that's the villa...but what really made our stay perfect was the kindness and helpfulness of Eva and her husband. From our arrival, when Eva met us after 10.30pm at the bottom of the hill so that we could follow her to the villa, they couldn't have been more helpful. The following morning there was a problem with our rental car and Eva's husband spoke to the rental company to give them directions so that they could bring a replacement, and then also went to meet them to guide them to the villa. When we managed to get a parking ticket, he also offered to take our payment to the local post office. And one evening we thought we'd locked ourselves out (but hadn't!) and had to call Eva out. The villa is lovely, but they are what makes it really special.
We have just spent two fabulous weeks at the Kivotos Villa. Located up in the hills above Rethymno, it is a great base to explore all the main sights in the Central region. You need a car and we hired a VW Polo which was absolutely perfect for the journeys that we made, particularly some of the narrow alleys in the villages. We visited beaches on the north and south coast, the main historical sights and spent time in Chania and Rethymno. We ate out most days and every meal we had was delicious.
The villa itself is modern, well kitted out with everything you need and generously stocked with all the basics when you first arrive. It is cleaned twice a week, highly secure and air conditioned. Rethymno is only 15 mins drive and there is a local supermarket just 5 mins down the road. The views from the terrace over look the beach on one side and the mountains on the other. So we had beautiful sun rises over the mountains and sunsets over the ocean. Just breathtaking.
We have two kids aged 11 and 9 and there wasn't a day that they weren't in the pool. It was very much their highlight! A great base for families or couples travelling together.
We have stayed in villa's in France over the years and this was by the far the best. Highly recommended!
It was very enjoyable and we loved the swimming pool! We also loved that there were loads of toys for us to play with including my new favourite toy, flippers.
Eva was very friendly and gave us lots of brilliant recommendations for dinner and places to go. We think the villa was beautiful, inside and out, and we would love to go back there again.
From Emily and Sophie 8 years old
We enjoyed our stay in Crete. When we arrived late in the evening Eva met us at a hotel near her home. The fridge had groceries for our breakfast the next day and a bottle of wine. The next day Eva showed us around Rethymno day how to get around and the best restaurant to eat in the area. The Villa was beautiful scenic and had everything we needed. I would highly recommend staying here.
A whole house with a big terrace and a refreshing pool was there only for us. All the rooms air conditioned, the housekeeping lady came twice a week. We enjoyed the magnificient view on the Mediterrainean, the spicy air and Eva's unintrusive hospitality. Upon arrival the fridge was filled with milk, salami, cheese, eggs and jam, there was coffee, bread and olive oil as well.
Eventual feline visits stopped, as the contact offer wasn't taken.
A car is absolutely necessary, the access road is winding but even - and the location is worth it.
For the arrival we were escorted from the main road to the house.
Our best vacation in years.
We've stayed in many villas and holiday apartments and Eva's hospitality was, by far, the best we've had .We just came back last week With 4 of our kids . We were given fresh vegetables from her garden, Eva's home made olive oil, oregano, and more! minute drive from the villa,. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for Eva; a very pleasant, generous person to say the least!
As for the villa, it was very clean and comfortable (cleaner came in twice a week) and the air conditioning throughout was a very welcome relief in 35 degree weather. The best features were the pool, . We enjoyed beautiful views of the sunset, sea and mountains until later in the evening. Definitely the best view we've had. Fantastic!
There is plenty on offer within 5 min drive of the villa:the first day Eva showed us the area .
kivotos villa is excellent place to stay. Thank you, Eva!!
The nearest beach is at the village of Platanes
(1,5km from the Villa)
The village of Maroulas near by (1,5 klm from the villa) is an historic site with Venetian towers and stone houses of this periode. In the village of Platanes (1,5 km from the villa) you will find a butcher, several restaurants-taverns, 3 super markets, a bakery and a pharmacy.
Rethymno area is characterised by a variety contrasts. Flourishing valleys succeed harsh, mountainous areas, and imposing, rocky shores follow endless sandy beaches. Each area has its own, distinct kind of beauty
Highlights of the area are :The historic monastery of Arkadi, Maroulas, Eleftherna ,Knossos, Phaestos and Gortyna archaeological-sites, the Kourtalioti gorges,Plakias, the Triopetra and Agios Pavlos beach in the south coast. Tavernas, cafes and small shops are at nearby villages while the inhabitants are courteous and hospitable. Various religious festivals are celebrated in the villages, along with traditional fiestas and cultural events in the town of Rethymnon from May till the end of September.
Rethymno is Crete ‘s third largest town, conveniently placed in the middle of the north coast between Heraklion and Chania, making it ideal base to explore the island, just a forty minute drive to the south coast.
A day trip to Rethymnon-town is a “must” as you will have the opportunity to visit the sixteenth century Venetian Fortezza, the old Venetian-harbour as well admire the Turkish and Venetian buldings of the old town . If you’re interested in the history of the island you may also want to step into the Historical and Folk Art Museum for a taste of traditional Cretan-ceramics, textiles, artifacts, jewelry, and clothing from across the centuries.
For more informations check our travel guide :www.rethymnon.gr
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rentals prices include air-condition,Wi-Fi,cleaning services, change of bed linen & bathroom towels. A 50% deposit will be required at the time of booking being confirmed, the remainder will be required at your arrival. Payments can be made by bank transfer or PayPal in Euros .
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.