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Villa Evanthia,a Place To Be!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa Evanthia,a Place To Be!

Villa Evanthia is a newly built - 2013 - villa with private pool run by the Paraschakis family and it has so many things to offer.The villa is situated in a landscape of unique beauty with nice views,in a peaceful area and just a two minute walk from the village of Melidoni.

A great place for you,the distinguished traveller,who is seeking for a 'home' away from home!Away from the hustle of the touristic areas but perfectly situated to reach Crete's different and beautiful beaches,villages and sights.

When you walk in the garden gate you have a beautiful garden with grass and colourful flowers on your right and on your left you have a 40m2 swimming pool surrounded by sun beds for your relaxation.Looking further into the garden you will also see a barbecue area and a wood burning oven,ideal for lamb and potatoes.There is also private parking and table tennis for extra fun!

On the ground floor there is a fully equipped kitchen,a living room with a fireplace,a bedroom with two single beds,a bathroom and a small storage.The ground floor and the outdoor space(pool area,barbecue area and parking)have access for disabled guests.

On the first floor there is a bedroom with one double bed and a balcony.The second bedroom has three single beds and a balcony.And the third bedroom has a double bed,ensuite bathroom and a balcony.There is also a third bathroom on the first floor.

Villa Evanthia sleeps from five to ten people.We hope that the visitors at Villa Evanthia not only feel comfortable but they feel at home!

More Details

Property Manager
Joanna Kyrmizakis Paraschakis
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

About Joanna Kyrmizakis Paraschakis

I am Joanna,the owner of Villa Evanthia and I have lived in Melidoni for the last twenty-five years.I was born and raised in the United States,we are actually a cocktail family.My father was from Melidoni and my mother is from Massachusettes.In 1990 we moved back to my father's roots.In 1998 I met my husband Manolis and started working with him at The Paraschakis family olive oil factory.In 2004 we decided to open our doors to the public and since then we have many visitors every summer to see the three different generations of olive oil production.In the year 2013 we built villa Evanthia and we really want to make all our guests not only feel comfortable but to feel at home!

Joanna Kyrmizakis Paraschakis purchased this villa in 2013

Why Joanna Kyrmizakis Paraschakis chose Melidoni

The land that Villa Evanthia is built on belonged to my husband's grandmother and her name was Evanthia,so I thought that it was a great idea to name the villa after her.

What makes this villa unique

I love Villa Evanthia because there is so much space in all the bedrooms and there are alot of windows,so you always have the light from the warm Cretan sun in the house.The kitchen is a great place to prepare a meal for the family,also very spacious.The atmosphere is very down to Earth,when you walk in the front door you feel at home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Melidoni in Kouloukonas

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , The third bathroom also has access for disabled guests.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Ensuite bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • All the bedrooms at Villa Evanthia are very spacious and have their own closets.Villa Evanthia also provides linen,bath towels and pool towels for all guests.You can enjoy the great view of the mountain of Psiloritis from the bedroom balconies.There is air-conditioning in every bedroom and fly screens on all windows and balcony doors.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • 2 bicycles
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Villa Evanthia has alot to offer, a great house with everything that you could possibly need or want, with a beautiful pool and spectacular view.The owner of Villa Evanthia,Joanna,is on call 24/7 for anything that the guests may need,she is also a native speaker of the English language.It is a sure thing that the guests that stay at Villa Evanthia will definitly have a great and very relaxed holiday!!


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Villa Evanthia,a Place To Be!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Perfect villa and fantastic host

  • 5 of 5

Villa Evanthia is superb and the location is also perfect, particularly if you want to be a little bit of the beaten track but within easy reach of beaches etc. The local village also offers a nice flavour of Cretan life. I can safely say it was the best villa rental we have ever had. As for Joanna, you couldn’t find a better host and her casserole and cakes are divine. A great two weeks from our perspective.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael and his family stayed in Villa Evanthia for two weeks in September. They were great guests,they took super care of the villa and we had great communication from the first second!! It would be my pleasure to have Michael and his family stay in Villa Evanthia anytime in the future!!
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Fantastic Villa in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Villa surpassed our expectations and looks even better than in the photos. Cleanliness and facilities excellent. Joanna was a fantastic host who did far more to welcome us than we'd ever expect from a host. Hot food on arrival, cakes, fruit, eggs and more over the course of our stay. She really knows the area and was great help in planning our stay both before our arrival and during our stay. Lots to do in the area but would say a car definitely helped us visit all the ones we wanted to see. Would not hesitate to recommending if this looks like the place for you.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela and her family spent their summer holiday at Villa Evanthia. They were wonderful guests , they took great care of the villa and we had good communication! It would be my pleasure to have Angela and her family stay at Villa Evanthia any time in the future!
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A beautiful & fully equipped villa in the heart of Melidoni Village

  • 5 of 5

Villa Evanthia is absolutely fabulous and we would definitely recommend it with 5 stars. Our party of 4 adults and 3 children have just returned from a fantastic 2 week stay and can honestly say we loved every minute of our holiday. Joanna is the perfect host – so welcoming, helpful, friendly and generous with her time, advice, local knowledge and delicious home made Greek treats. I knew she was lovely from the moment she emailed me with directions to the villa and prompt answers to all my questions.

Villa Evanthia is absolutely spotless with air conditioning in all rooms, a safe in every bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen including a toaster, coffee machine, juicer, mini food processor & spices etc, bath & pool towels are provided, cleaning service included, washing machine with detergent, an incredible outdoor BBQ with charcoal provided. The garden area is also beautiful and very private. Joanna has thought of everything you would need for a stress-free holiday.

Joanna also gave us some excellent advice about local attractions. We visited Rethymno (local market on Thursday) and were given tips for the best parking spots. We also visited the picturesque village of Magarites where local potters sell their exquisite handmade pottery – lunch at Mantalos Taverna which was another amazing recommendation by Joanna. The nearest beaches are in Bali (10-15 minutes drive). Bali has 4 beaches next to each other and they all have different vibes. Yet again, Joanna gave us tips on which were the best beaches, when to go and places to eat.

We went to Panorama Restaurant at the port of Bali (third beach along) where they have Greek music and dancing on Monday and Friday evenings (another one of Joanna’s recommendations). Booking a table is essential as it gets very busy (Joanna gladly did this for us) and this was definitely the best meal we had in Crete. The views of the beach and port are also truly stunning from this restaurant - would highly recommend.

Lastly, a visit to The Paraschakis Family Olive Oil Factory is also a must. This is Joanna’s family run business and we were given a fantastic and knowledgeable tour of how olive oil was produced from days of old to modern practices. At the end of the tour we were given bread to dip into their delicious olive oil, with fruit and a shot of Greek Raki too. It’s a popular tour and we were genuinely fascinated to learn how every part of the olive tree is used (leaves, olive stones, wood) with zero waste.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wendy and her family spent their summer holiday in Villa Evanthia and I must say they were great guests! They took super care of the villa and the garden. We had very good communication from the first e-mail. It would be my pleasure to have Wendy and her family stay again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

Firstly I can not tell you how wonderful the Villa Evanthia host Joanna is! She made sure that we had all the information we needed even down to preparing a meal on our first night so we didn't have to worry! Can't tell you how brilliant she was. The property is treated like her home which means you have everything you need to enjoy your time here. I don't think I've stayed in a better equipped place to be quite honest! All the rooms are a great size, lots of storage to put your stuff away and excellent air-conditioning. The property was spotless and cleaned half way through the week. Bath and pool towels made available. The house is located next to a small local village - if you want a sense of what it is really like to live in Crete then look no further! The sunsets over the hills were magic and the peace and quite perfect for enjoying just hanging out and being in the pool even into the evenings just a joy. Haven't slept so well in ages. And the little corner shop selling everything including mini divine ice-creams means you wish for nothing. Everyone was welcoming and warm down to the owner of the small petrol station who kept stopping us to give us sweets and ice-creams on route. Bali beaches are a short drive away and you have a choice of 4 - Joanna recommended 2 & 4 which were great. Beach 2 has a fab bouncie water float thing that kept the kids busy and exhausted all day and the burger at the beach bar on the right is recommended by my husband. With beach 4 the last one having a wonderful beach restaurant and lots of places to swim to. Don't bother buying an umbrella - just rent a beach chair and one for a few euros and spend the time soaking up the sun and relaxing. We went into Panormos for dinner - our favourite was Taverna O Makns - which I hope I'm spelling correctly. It's the last one down the side street. Fab food - you go into the kitchen and have a look rather than pick from a menu. As to things to do - we loved Rethimno - lovely old town to walk around. Knossos is of course a must - but I would seriously recommend a guided tour to bring it to life - it is amazing but you don't fully appreciate it until someone tells you what you are looking at. The caves near the house as well as Joanna's family olive oil business are also two must do's if you stay. I can't recommend this place enough if you want to come, relax, enjoy and feel part of the real crete. We would go back in a second. Thank you Joanna!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Toni, Hello from sunny Crete!! I hope that you guys are fine! I am very satisfied that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Evanthia , it is really a well equipped house and in a great location as you mentioned in your review! I am also happy that your kids enjoyed the surrounding beaches and you had the chance to enjoy the peaceful evenings around the pool at the villa. There is nothing better than combining your kids entertainment and you getting some peace and quiet!!! I enjoyed meeting you guys and having you as my guests in Villa Evanthia and it would be my pleasure to have you stay again in the future!! All the best, Joanna
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A perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 3 children) visited Villa Evanthia in summer 2017 for 2 weeks.

The outstanding care by the owner Joanna is by no means comparable. On arrival (on a Sunday) she warmly welcomed us and had the fridge filled and a great casserole prepared. So a warm welcome we have never experienced anywhere else. In the next few days, she was always very concerned about our well-being. A broken sun screen was repaired the following day and during her visit she brought times biscuits times cake with. When our son injured so much, so we had to go to a hospital in the inner city of Rethymno (about 1h away), she drove us there, translated and accompanied us caringly. This is not a matter of course, and showed what kind of hearty person Joanna is. The house is to say that everything is available, which makes the holiday heart beat faster. A very clean and well maintained house with nice outside and large pool with sunbeds and umbrellas, barbecue, table tennis etc. Interior spacious rooms with air conditioning and a nice large kitchen which is fully equipped. Once a week the room and pool were thoroughly cleaned and the towels exchanged.

We can recommend a vacation in the Villa Evanthia unreservedly.

Many thanks Joanna for the great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Manfred and family, I am very happy that you enjoyed your two week holiday at Villa Evanthia. I take much pleasure in making all my guests feel welcome and happy with their choice to stay at Villa Evanthia. As you know , I also have children and I know how difficult it can be to travel with them to a foreign country and that is why I am on call 24/7 for all of my guests! Thank you so much for taking great care of the house and the garden. You guys were really great guests! It would be my pleasure to have you stay in Villa Evanthia in the future. All the best, Joanna
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En tous points conforme à l'annonce. Parfait

  • 5 of 5

Un accueil et une attention permanente hors du commun.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gerard, Good evening from beautiful Crete! I hope this mail finds you and your family well. I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Evanthia. I also enjoyed having you and your family as my guests! It would be my pleasure to have you stay at Villa Evanthia again in the future! All the best, Joanna
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
The Herakleion airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
The port of Herakleion
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
The National Road
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
The square of the village Melidoni
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Bali beach
Car: necessary

Villa Evanthia is situated in a great place! You have the opportunity to enjoy the quite garden,pool and barbeque area of the villa but you are also a five minute walk from the square of the village of Melidoni.There are two markets in the village where you can find just about anything,including fresh bread.In the summer the square is full of life with people sitting at the local tavern and small coffee shops.The Cave of Melidoni,which played a significant role during the revolution against the Turks in 1821is a great place to visit.In the cave there are beautiful stalictites and stalicmites.The cave is only a two kilometer walk or drive from the villa.

The Paraschakis family olive oil factory and Villa Evanthia are owned by the same family.The olive oil factory is open from 9:00 to18:00 everyday and guests have the opportunity to see three generations of olive oil production free of charge.You can also visit us at www.paraschakis.gr

Perama,a small town, four kilometers from Melidoni you will find two banks,both with ATM service and a health center where there is a doctor on call 24/7.

The beach of Bali is a ten minute drive at eight kilometers,there are three beaches ,all clean and suitable for children.The two first beaches have sand and the third beach has small pebbles.You can also enjoy all kinds of water sports.

Melidoni and Villa Evanthia are in the middle of Crete,so that gives the visitor the chance to enjoy both the refreshing sea and the beautiful mountains of the island!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Melidoni, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April - May
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
July - August
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Villa Evanthia is approved by the Greek Tourism Organisation with number MHTE104.1K91.00302.5301.The nearest beach is Bali at a distance of 8 km,the beaches of Bali are also suitable for children and have many activities (water sports).The nearest travel link is the airport of Herakleio at 57 km.Villa Evanthia is family friendly and the owner,Joanna,is a native speaker of the English language.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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