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Beautifully restored character house with private pool! 5 Km from a sandy beach!

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

About the property

Unique spaces, BBQ facilities, wi-fi, close to a traditional taverna & shops!

We welcome you to Crete and the picturesque village of Mesi, built on a lovely position, on a small hill of 300 meters above sea level! Dotira Guesthouse, is a two-storey stone mansion of the 18th century, which has a surface area of 166 square meters and the surrounding plot one of 350 square meters.

Thanks to the recent careful restoration the house adheres to the traditional architecture and offers our visitors the experience of a special sojourn. Natural materials, such as wood, stone, were used, respecting the house’s history and its traditional elements were preserved and highlighted: the bathroom, the fire place and the water trough at the terrace.


Outside Area

Externally, the villa is built in a classic, yet modern way, where stone and rustic feeling prevail! At the outside area there is an inner courtyard, with a lovely siting area and a traditional wood oven, making it ideal for al fresco dining! Also, there is an amazing garden with local herbs and flowers, right next to the wonderful 20 m2 and 1,40 m deep private pool, where our guests can relax, enjoy the fresh country air of Mesi and the soothing environment of the house! The court yard and pool terrace create a rustic, romantic atmosphere, where you will love spending your morning and evenings!

Ground Floor

The yard offers access to the former stable of the house, which has been converted to an attic, featuring a working area, with a desk and an extra double bed on a special construction, on the upper level. This room provides total privacy and internet access, if you need to work on something!

Entering the property you will see the spacious living room with a great open fireplace, a rustically decorated, fully equipped kitchen, with a dining area, perfect for indoor dining with your family or friends and one bathroom.

First Floor

Beautiful wooden stairs lead the guests to the upper floor, where guests can find three lovely bedrooms (two double and one twin) and a WC. Balconies from the first floor enjoy a stunning view of the whole area, olive groves and an open view on the Cretan Sea!

Supplementary alternative activities – agritourism

Stone is a source of energy and helps getting close to nature and the earth! Dotira Guesthouse gives you the chance to choose from a plethora of alternative activities, individually or in a group, which offer bodily and spiritual wellbeing and therapy, such as walking, herb picking, soap making, hiking and visiting archaeological sites, monasteries and local monuments, both in Mesi and the nearby villages.

Also, during your stay you may have the opportunity to participate in the cultivation and care of our garden, harvest its fruits and enjoy its products!

Property Notes:

- Welcome basket included, courtesy of the owner. Dotira house offers the rich goods of the Cretan land, to all guests. The house is stocked with cretan rusks, home made jams, goat’s milk, cheese, fresh eggs and fruit from Mesi trees, herbal teas (sage, thyme, marjoram, rock roses) and many more… The choice is yours! Furthermore, at the day of your arrival we will welcome you with a lovely, Cretan meal, including traditional recipes with organic products locally produced, bread baked in the wood oven and raki, the famous local drink! In case of late arrivals, the welcome dinner will be held at another day during your stay!

- Housekeeping, towels and linen changes twice a week.

- Sun beds and umbrellas available. Pool towels provided.

- Baby cot and high chair available if needed.

- Air-conditioning in all bedrooms and living room area is included.

- Complimentary free Wi-Fi coverage is available throughout the house.

- All in-house electronics are available, including a washing machine, dishwasher, TV with satellite reception, CD and DVD players, large fridge with freezer, electric kitchen, kettle, toaster, espresso coffee machine, iron and iron board.

- Pool and garden maintenance twice a week. The pool operates from April to October.

- 24h/7days ThinkVilla concierge service included.

EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1041K91003052301.

More Details

Property Manager
Valia Kokkinou
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Valia Kokkinou

My name is Valia Kokkinou and Ι am a property manager, graduate of Glion Hotel Management School. I feel very fortunate to have joined some of the worlds most luxurious hospitality brands, such as, Leading Hotels of the World and after many years of studies and traveling around the world, to returned to my birthplace, Rethymno city,Greece.

I have recently created a brand new company, Think Villa, based in the wonderful town of Rethymno, whose main concept focuses on an authentic form of tourism. Here, me and my colleagues offer a hearty welcoming to all those who wish to escape the city life and give a chance to live locally. We are always at your disposal, in order to provide personalised and professional services to all our guests!

The combination of our passion for our work, our devotion, our wish and will to offer you a great holiday experience and our local expertise background, guarantee that your trip will be as dreamed and planned, leaving you with nothing but memorable moments and pleasant feelings!

At your arrival day, it is always the owners of the property of your choice, that will welcome and greet you, but I will also be available for communication, any questions that may occur and anything else you may need!

Your hosts and me personally, will take care of all the details of your holiday, responsible for your day to day needs, seven days a week – making recommendations and reservations, organising anything you may require and always be at the end of the line, in case of any problems.

Prior to your arrival, I will get in touch with you to make sure that your hosts will be waiting for you in the property and welcome you to your holiday home or even arrange a meeting point for them to pick you up, if needed! We will also arrange any other details, from special dietary requirements to particular requests!

Don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information or if there is anything else you may want to ask!

Welcome to Crete!

Why Valia Kokkinou chose Rethymnon area

Dotira House owns a great position at the picturesque village of Mesi, 13 km from the lively city of Rethymno and just 6 km away from a sandy beach.At Mesi village a traditional taverna can be found, as well as two traditional coffee places.

What makes this villa unique

Dotira guesthouse is a wonderful, nature feeling, stone built villa, in a small traditional village of Crete! Amazing place for peace and relaxation! Private pool on the guesthouse's garden, where our guests can relax, enjoy the fresh country air and the soothing environment!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Beautifully restored character house with private pool! 5 Km from a sandy beach!
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Gast in der Villa Dotira

  • 5 of 5

Durch den Aufenthalt in der Villa Dotira haben wir unseren Sommer um zwei Wochen verlängern dürfen. Das Haus bot für uns sechs Personen ausreichend Platz. Es war sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet, mit vielen Nischen als Rückzugsmöglichkeiten. Besonders der Innenhof mit dem Steinbackofen und dem Pool hinter dem Haus rundeten unseren guten Eindruck ab. Im Haus war alles vorhanden was wir benötigten. Unsere beiden Vermieter Maria und Nikos kümmerten sich liebevoll um das Haus und die Außenanlagen. Auch für unser leibliches Wohl war bestens gesorgt. Zum Beispiel bei unserem Eintreffen, der Willkommenssnack und natürlich das lecker zubereitete Essen aus dem Steinbackofen waren unvergessliche Erlebnisse. Dies hat dazu beigetragen, dass wir uns wie in einer Großfamilie fühlten. Der Tipp, die ortsansässige Taverne zu besuchen war goldrichtig. Man konnte dort gemütlich sitzen, das Essen war preiswert und schmeckte sehr gut. Ein Auto sollte unbedingt zur Verfügung stehen. Damit ist man flexibel und kann zahlreiche Tagesausflüge zu interessanten und wunderschönen Orten unternehmen. Insgesamt war unser Urlaub auf Kreta unvergesslich schön, gerne werden wir wieder kommen. Herzlichen Dank an Maria und Nikos für ihre wunderbare Gastfreundschaft.

Silvie, Barbara und Harald aus Norddeutschland

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Harald, thank you so much for taking the time to write such great things about our Villa and services here at Dotira. It was our pleasure having you as guests and we are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and had a comfortable stay with us! We hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete!
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Unbeatable Holiday Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had two really fantastic weeks in Villa Dotira. The house is absolutely wonderful. Excellently appointed, sophisticated, charming and practical. Lots of great places to sit and relax. Super swimming pool, ancient courtyard and balcony with a view towards the sea.

The owners Maria and Nicos were incredibly helpful and kind - nothing was too much trouble!

Produce from their farm and a fantastic traditional meal cooked in the house's wood burning oven.

Two months at Dotria would not be long enough!!

Excellent Taverna 2 mins walk away too.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great things about our Villa and services! It was our pleasure having you as guests! We are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and had a comfortable stay with us and we hope to welcome you again!
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A fantastic stay at Villa Dotira

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this rustic yet impeccable renovated villa. The house is spacious with a number of beautifully designed relaxing areas. The villa is fully equipped with standard equal to permanent residential requirements. The surroundings are beautifully located among the olive fields in a charming village which has its own Taverna just a few minutes walk away. The owner provided excellent service at our stay and was always available for us. I can highly recommend villa Dotira for anyone who is looking for a relaxing and unique stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jenny, thank you so much for taking the time to write such great things about our Villa and service here at Dotira! It was our pleasure having you as guests! We are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and had a comfortable stay with us. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete!
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Maison de rêve dans un cadre fantastique!

  • 5 of 5

L'endroit est juste sublime! Idéal pour se reposer et à quelques kilomètres de l'animation de Rethymnon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dominique, thank you for your kind review and we hope to welcome you again on your next trip to Crete!
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Traumhafter Aufenthalt in typisch kretischem Haus

  • 5 of 5

Unser Aufentahlt in diesem Ferienhaus war von Anfang an wunderschön und entspannend. Das Haus ist noch schöner als auf den Fotos und sehr detailgetreu und liebevoll eingerichtet, es hat uns an nichts gefehlt. Wir wurden bei unserer Ankunft von der Hausbesitzerin herzlichst und mit großer Gastfreundschaft empfangen. Bei einem kleinen Gläschen Raki mit selbstgemachter griechischer Bruschetta haben wir alle wichtigen Informationen und Inseltips bekommen. Das Haus, der Pool und die Umgebung sind wunderschön in einem kleinen typisch griechischen Dorf unweit von Rethymno gelegen, somit kann man sehr gut zu Inselausflügen starten, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und ein Restaurant sind unweit entfernt.

Wir kommen bestimmt sehr gerne wieder und können dieses Fereinhaus absolut weiterempfehlen.

Wir waren in den vergangenen Jahren in einigen Ferienhäusern , aber dieses hier ist einmalig.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joanna, thank you so much for you fantastic review and for giving us a perfect rating! We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to host you again in our Villa! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Charming house

  • 5 of 5

We spent two great weeks in Dotira pleasant villa , located in a quiet village, near a tavern that we recommend.

Maria and Nikos are very welcoming , friendly, helpful and very professional.

House very well equipped and nicely decorated.

On arrival a Cretan meal waiting for us and a traditional meal cooked over a wood fire in the patio of the villa, was prepared us mid-week by Nikos and Maria .

We recommend this villa for your next holiday

Thanks again to Maria and Nikos

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Yveline, thank you for giving us a perfect rating and we hope to welcome you again!
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Heraklion International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Pigianos Kampos
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Rethymno Port
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
EO Rethymnou/Herakliou/Chaniwn
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Pigianos Kampos
Car: necessary

Mesi, a small traditional village of the 16th century, just 12 Kms away from the city of Rethymno. Built on a lovely position, on a small hill of 300 meters above sea level, with an open view on the Cretan Sea. Mesi is populated by just 50 inhabitants but has two traditional coffee places and a tavern in the village square. It preserves its traditional character and offers hospitality, a peaceful holiday and also the challenge to explore the beautiful landscape of the Arcadi region as the perfect point of departure.

Arcadi extends from the northern cost to the foothills of Psiloritis Mountain. It comprises of highland and mainly lowland areas. The latter are dominated by the greatest olive orchards of the Mediterranean area. Arcadi offers many choices for exploration. The natural beauty – including the Arcadi Canyon- and the traditional villages are complemented by ancient settlements, byzantine churches and museums, which manifest a rich cultural and historical heritage. The broader area of Rethymno prefecture is a perfect destination all year round: it boasts of beautiful beaches, important archaeological sites, a moderate climate and the famous Cretan hospitality.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mesi, Rethymnon area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
1 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Quoted prices include all taxes and services, housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, A/C and welcome offer. There are no hidden costs. Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mesi in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 166 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , First floor
  • After a day spent exploring streets and squares, have a convenient and comfortable bathroom all to yourself is a necessity and a pleasure to be reckoned with!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , First floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , First floor, the single beds can form a king size bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , First floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Attic
  • All bedrooms are air conditioned and the mattresses are very comfortable! Guests can enjoy a good night's sleep, thanks to the peace and quiet of the village!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Additional Services Upon Request, at extra charge: Massage, Personal trainer, Spa treatments, Yoga private lessons, House pre-stock, Chef, Regional Breakfast, Boat Trips, Car rental, Babysitting, Airport transfer, Tour guide, Activities and excursions, Additional cleaning and linen changes, Personal Laundry service, Traditional cooked food delivery, Personal driver, Doctor on Call, Security, Delivery of Personal Shopping, Organising and planning a special event (wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.) and anything else that you might think!

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