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Beautifully restored character, 5Km from a sandy beach, close to shops & taverna

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,786 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique spaces, BBQ facilities, free wi-fi, picturesque village!

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 more…depending on the season! Furthermore, for stays longer than 7 days a lovely, Cretan dinner, including traditional recipes with organic products locally produced, bread baked in the wood oven and raki, the famous local drink, will be provided during your stay!

- Quality towels, bed linen, covers and blankets provided.

- 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 cleaning 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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Greek
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

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 Mesi

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mesi in Rethymno

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1786 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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: Babysitting, Private Chef, Massage, Delivery of Personal Shopping, Regional Breakfast, Boat Trips, Car rental, Airport transfer, Yoga private lessons, Personal trainer, Spa treatments, Pastry Cook, Tour guide, Activities and excursions, Additional cleaning and linen changes, Personal Laundry service, Traditional cooked food delivery, Personal driver, Doctor on Call, Security, Organising and planning a special event (wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.) and anything else that you might think!


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Beautifully restored character, 5Km from a sandy beach, close to shops & taverna
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

The Burgess Hoilday

  • 4 of 5

Loverly Villa and grate place to relax. Not much in the village but there is a fantastic and friendly taverna. If you like rustic villages try Pigi (5 mins in car or 25 min walk). Vilia and her family were great hoasts and we would go there again - our bar b q in the courtyard was fun.

Vicky, Graham and Family

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Graham & family, we really appreciate your great review and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Beautifully restored property

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a weeks stay here. It was lovely and accomodated our party of 6 perfectly. Lovely views to the sea in a small little village and the villa was gorgeous.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Trent, thank you for giving us a perfect rating and we hope to welcome you again in our Villa! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Wonderful stay at this exceptional house

  • 5 of 5

This property is a tradition farmhouse in a small village that has been sympathetically restored and beautifully fitted out in a shabby chic style. It has all amenities, including a lovely pool. It provides ample opportunity for a myriad of different uses (with three bedrooms in the main property and another in an adjoining building - previously a stable - and three different areas for dining).

We had an enjoyable and memorable stay here with our adult teens. The owner of the house was lovely. She met us there and later in the week cooked us a wonderful meal.

The property is situated close to beaches and other sites of interest.

If you want a more authentic experience of a Crecian holiday, of something you will not find by staying in a new build property in a resort, I cannot recommend Dotira highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gail, thank you so much for your lovely comments and for recommending our villa to other travellers! We hope to have you back soon! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Wonderful Villa!

  • 5 of 5

We (6 adults and two young children) just returned from a fantastic stay at Villa Dotira. We were greeted by the friendly owners, Maria and Nikos, who also prepared a very delicious traditional welcome dinner of rabbit with onions, stuffed vegetables, salad and freshly baked bread in the wood oven.

The villa itself is renovated to a very high standard while still keeping it's charm. It was very well equipped with everything we needed - plenty of towels, toiletries, kitchen equipment and great air conditioning (as we were there during a heat wave!). There are three bedrooms in the main house and an extra loft type bedroom just through the private courtyard. We were also provided with a high chair and travel cot, which was very convenient. The villa was also cleaned with fresh sheets and towels mid-way through our week stay, which was nice as well. Niko also cleaned the pool and surrounding area every couple of days.

Location wise, it's situated in a quiet little village with just a church and taverna (which we highly recommend visiting one evening - it's just a couple minutes walk from the villa with a great atmosphere and very reasonably priced delicious food). It's not too far from various beaches - Episkopi was one of our favorites.

Valia, our host from ThinkVilla was also excellent at communication throughout the entire process - always very quick to reply and friendly. She helped us with booking a rental car and also gave us great recommendations of places to visit.

Overall, the villa made our holiday absolutely wonderful and relaxing, We would love to return to it in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrea, thank you so much for taking the time to write such an amazing review about our Villa! It was our pleasure having you as guests! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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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: 02-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 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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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Heraklion International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
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Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Rethymno Port
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
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Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
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4 Kilometres
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Car: necessary

Mesi, a small traditional village of the 16th century built on a lovely position, on a small hill of 300 meters above sea level, with an open view on the Cretan Sea. Mesi has two traditional coffee places and a tavern in the village square, just 100 meters from the villa. 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.

Shopping facilities for everyday's necessities can be found at the neighbouring village of Pigi within a distance of 8 minutes by car, providing tavernas and cafes, a mini market, bakery, a grocery shop, two butcher’s, a hairdressers as well as a pharmacy. A gas station can be found in the nearby village of Adele which is also 9 minutes away by car.

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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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.