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Spectacular Panoramic Views of the Mediterranean!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Breathtaking Sea Views From Traditional Cretan 2 Bedroom Villa

Amazing views! Spectacular blue and white island house with 2 bedroom 2 bathroom villa on the edge of a quiet traditional Cretan village...

The views from the house are magnificent from any one of the three different patios, offering sunshine or shade and breathtaking views of both the Mediterranean Sea and distant high (and for a large part of the year snow covered) mountains in the western horizon.

ZorbaZen House can host up to as many as 6 people and offer unique privacy at the same time thanks to house’s unique layout over 130 square meters.

Originally built in the 1870, it has been recently restored with great care. The result: The preservation of heritage and charm, making this house a true Cretan gem.

Imagine yourself lounging on one of the house’s three patios, sipping a glass of local wine and witnessing a breathtaking sunset! All of our patios welcome relaxation looking out over the meadows and the Libyan Sea. Zorba Zen House is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life, a slow place to renew your energy, relax and re-nourish, all while offering the perfect base for beach life, hiking and adventurous expeditions along the wild and unexploited Cretan south coast.

The house lies on the edge of the traditional village of Kerames, population 150. The village has remained practically unchanged for decades. A large part of its residents are elderly, still washing their clothes by hand, walking slowly, picking and growing their own food and enjoying their own wine & raki (Greek grappa).

An authentic Cretan experience that seems to be so rare these days…Most of the narrow winding streets are inaccessible by car.
 There is a silence, relaxation and authenticity in this little village – it is a place you can simply be and enjoy, without effort. You can play relax at the beach, go swimming, kayaking or hiking in the mountains, pick wild greens, savour fruits right off the tree or just lounge around with a book and a glass of local wine or wild mountain tea on one of the 3 patios/terraces.

That is what we mean by Zorba Zen – the intense enjoyment of life that is a Cretan trait hand in hand with the meditative stillness of just being. Come and experience for yourself the simultaneous vivacity and tranquillity that made us fall in love with this special part of the world.

Both bedrooms have their own distinct character and have been tastefully and carefully decorated.


In the house you will find:

Fully equipped kitchen

Mountain spring water from the tap-no plastic bottles needed!

Stove with one electric stove plate and oven and three gas burners

Coffee machine for filter coffee

Press coffee ”machine” (Bodum)


Quality pots and pans, pasta strainer, knives etc (we love cooking)

Large fridge/freezer

Bed linens and towels for each guest (no beach towels, bring your own)

Open fire place (great in the off season, winter months)

Washing machine


DVD player

WC with shower upstairs

WC/Bathroom with bathtub/shower downstairs

AC available upon request

Free WiFi

More Details

Jivan Dios
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Swedish, Greek, Danish, Norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Jivan Dios

We are couple living in Stockholm, Sweden and Kerames, Crete. Alf is Swedish and Jivan is Greek-Canadian.

We are both psychotherapists who love nature, connecting with people and delicious, healthy food.

We fell in love with the village of Kerames, how it has maintained its sweet authenticity. It is a slow place where people still wash their clothes by hand and drop off vegetables from their gardens at their neighbours' doorsteps.

Kerames is a place we come to to swim, relax on the patios and enjoy great Cretan cuisine from any one of the 4 restaurants in the village.

Jivan Dios purchased this villa in 2013

Why Jivan Dios chose Kerames

The views are the most beautiful we have ever seen and the traditional house built in 1870 has a wonderful charm we truly enjoy. And we simply adore the local fresh food, local wine and lovely traditional feeling to Kerames Village.

What makes this villa unique

In a small village, but because the house is located at the edge of it, we see only the sea, mountains and olive trees! Secluded beaches and hikes are only 2.5 km away...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Kerames in Lampi

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Zen Master - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Romantic Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Private External Bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming


3.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

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Spectacular Panoramic Views of the Mediterranean!
average rating of 3.3333333 based on 3 reviews


  • 1 of 5

The views are really stunning. However, the property is overpriced given poor quality of accommodation. After the arrival we learned from other tourists in Kerames that much better, beautiful accommodation, in the same village cost half of money we paid for Zorba Zen House. The house is old and unfortunately very poorly maintained. The beautiful plants shown in pictures are dying and everything seems to fall apart. In addition, we were charged extra for all electricity we used during our stay, although the owner mentioned that we will be charged extra only for air conditioning. We paid cash to a guy who collected the keys at the end of our stay. Is it legal? No invoice, no anything. In addition, I believe, we were charged more for kwh than most of Greeks pay. The Homeaway should really revisit showing this property on their website.

I will love to visit Kerames and south of Crete again but I am sure that ZorbaZen House will not be our choice.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Maciej, We are so sorry you feel disappointed with our home. Out of many reviews on a number of websites, this is the first one that is negative. We wish you could have let us know about your concerns. You said nothing during your entire stay. What you did was leave our home in very bad condition with a broken shower curtain and broken lamp which you said nothing about. Yes, you can find cheaper in the village but not for a 2 bedroom house with those views and 100 square meters of patio space including a high roof-top patio. The extra charge was for the AC which is clearly explained on our listing in this website. I advise you to next time take the care to read through a listing before writing an unfair review of our home.
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Haus mit Charakter und fantastischem Blick

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus, ein renovierter Altbau, bietet viel Platz und allein schon wegen der drei Terrassen viele Möglichkeiten, sich an unterschiedlichsten Stellen aufzuhalten.

Da wir Ende September bis Anfang Oktober zu Gast waren lud das gemütliche Wohnzimmer ebenfalls an kühler werdenden Abenden zum Verweilen ein.

Die Küche ist groß genug und (abgesehen von einer Spülmaschine, die es nicht gibt) gut und mit allerlei Nützlichen vollständig ausgestattet, um auch mal größere Menüs/Gänge zuzubereiten.

Das absolute Highlight aber ist schlichtweg der fantastische Blick zur Küste herunter von der oberen Dachterrasse. Abgesehen von zwei Regentagen haben wir jeden Morgen dort Oben lange gefrühstückt und das Panorama genossen.

Abends bei einem Glas Wein die Sonne untergehen gesehen und das warme Licht, welches die Landschaft eintauchen lässt in eine ganz eigene bezaubernde Stimmung. Das Haus befindet sich am unteren Dorfrand, der Blick ist frei und unverbaut. Es ist ruhig, abgesehen von dem Wind, der durchaus mal kräftiger sein kann und – typisch für solche Dörfer, bellt hier und da ein Hund.

Anzumerken zu dem Haus sei noch, dass nicht nur die Küche sondern auch sonst die Ausstattung gut und umfassend ist. (Waschmaschine, WLAN, eine weiche, eine harte Matratze, …)

Es ist kein zusammenhängendes Haus. Durch das Hauptgebäude zur Innenterasse, von dort zum Bad oder die Treppe (auch noch außen) hoch zur Dachterrasse, von dort zu den Schlafzimmern und dem zweiten Bad. Es ist eben kein Neubau, genau das macht es aber sehr interessant.

Umwerfend ist der Sternenhimmel bei Nacht, welcher sich auf der Dachterrasse bestaunen lässt.

Zur Umgebung sei folgendes gesagt: Die drei Strände, welche man von den Terrassen sieht, sind mit die besten in der weiteren Umgebung. Mit dem Auto sind sie in 10-15 Minuten zu erreichen. Das Dorf Kerames hat noch etwas natürliches Authentisches.

Die Frage, ob jetzt das Haus „Zorba Zen“ das Richtige ist und ob man zufrieden oder eben nicht zufrieden ist, wird sicherlich von der Erwartung und der persönlichen Einstellung abhängig sein. Extra zu bezahlen hatten wir nichts, da wir keine Klimaanlage brauchten. Der Ansprechpartner vor Ort war sehr nett und hilfsbereit.

Danke schön, Zorba Zen, wir hatten schöne und erholsame Tage.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr. Ruediger and his friends were lovely guests and offered great respect to the house. The communication was excellent, were very friendly and left the house clean and in good condition. Welcome back, Ruediger! :)
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Wunderbare Lage mit drei tollen Terrassen.ursprüngliche Umgebung mit herrlichen Stränden.

  • 4 of 5

Sehr privat wirkendes Haus, sehr schöne Bepflanzung.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Kerames Platia
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Kerames Platia
Nearest Beach
2.5 Kilometres
Agia Fotia
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Kerames, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £61.59
Refundable Damage Deposit £87.98

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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