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2-bedroom house in mountain village overlooking coastal resort of Makrigialos

Bedrooms 2
Space 387 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A small but comfortable, well-equipped village property with stunning views.

This is an ideal property for single person seeking retreat to write or study, or a couple with one or two children. Truly traditional Greek cottage, modified to be simple but comfortable, on the edge of a lively, friendly village, with stunning views and lovely walks.12 minute car-journey to coast and beaches. The house comprises a small kitchen, living-room, bathroom and comfortable beds in two small bedrooms. A large roof space, with easy access and pergola for shade, offers another living-space, suitable for relaxing and dining. Car parking is extremely easy winter and summer. Access to the bustling town of Makrigialos and its plentiful facilities and beaches is via the mountain road from the village, a 12 minute car-ride.

Richard Joyce
Member since: 2015
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
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

About Richard Joyce

Caryl and I bought this cottage spontaneously in 2007 after hiking up to Agios Stefanos from the sea and falling in love with the authenticity of the place, and the amazing views. We are both teachers, me a retired one. We spend some time at Easter there and longer in the summer. Over four years we have done up simply and comfortably the interior of this typical Greek house and added a lovely roof space with a pergola for shade, and we eat most evenings there, enjoying the quiet, the views and the stars! We have looked for a long time for somewhere where we can get away from it all, read, write, take photos, walk, swim and not watch tele. This is it.

Richard Joyce purchased this house in 2007

Why Richard Joyce chose Lasithi

We have both had an on-going love affair with the Greek islands for years. We wanted somewhere with easy proximity to the sea but remote enough to be peaceful as well as being authentic. We found it in Agios Stefanos and the location of the property, at the edge of the village, gives us privacy when we do not feel like socialising. However the village is very social; there are four cafes dotted around it, lovely local people, as well as quite an international feel to the place. The walks from the village are plentiful and various. It did not take us long to decide on this place.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the privacy, the friendliness, the views, the simplicity.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We just wanted to let you know what a lovely, relaxing and inspirational time we have had at Agios Stephanos. The scenery, people, beaches, tavernas, food, warmth, the pace of life.....we soaked it up like sponges and came back truly revived.

Thank you for sharing your cottage with us."
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on Lasithi on Crete

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 387 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Solar panels provide hot water
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , small with hanging linen cupboards
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Bigger than usual single bed. Could sleep 2 small children.
  • A sofa-bed in the living room could sleep two more, if necessary.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Terrace ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
A fan is available when the weather is especially hot.


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(5 traveller reviews)

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2-bedroom house in mountain village overlooking coastal resort of Makrigialos
average rating of 4.4 based on 8 reviews

Peaceful setting, traditional Greek house in a small village in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay, small place but very comfortable. So quiet and relaxing with friendly locals nearby. A good contrast to the main town situated at the bottom of the hills on the seafront where there were many Tavernas with reasonably priced good meals and of course beautiful clear warm waters for swimming. Perfect combo!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much, Sarah, for the nice review. We're very pleased you had a good time at Agios Stefanos (and the surrounds), and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the village (as well as the friendly bustle of Makrigialos). We do hope to welcome you again soon at 295. Richard & Caryl
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Very Greek. And homely.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely quiet place and very friendly people. Definitely would go back.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Eleana. We're very glad you enjoyed the place. We do hope you'll pay another visit in the future. Wishing you a good remainder of summer,. Richard/Caryl
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A fantastic stay - thank you!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time staying in this delightful cottage!

The village of Agios Stefanos is extremely charming, nestled into the mountainside overlooking the rugged south coast. We found the local Greeks and Europeans to be very helpful and friendly, offering useful local knowledge and making us feel very welcome indeed. The cottage itself is on the edge of this old village, offering privacy and accessibility. It is extremely well equipped and comfortable. The Mosquito Blinds ensure the inside remains free of bugs, although there are very few mosquitoes around anyway, so we could enjoy evenings on the roof looking at the stars and stunning surroundings.

There is also plenty to do and see in the area - Vraiko Cave outside Pefki village offers an impressive and extensive stalagtite/mite series of interlocking chambers. We felt like explores discovering this gem for the first time, as there is no lighting/walk-ways etc (or entry charge). The folk museum, mountaintop church and Gorge Walk around Pefki are also great activities to do when you're not exploring the various sandy or rocky beaches. These are quite different from each other - some good for snorkelling (dragon's cave near Kalo Nero) and others better for younger children, such as the main beach at Makrigialos Beach, which is sandy with shallow calm water close to parking and the town facilities.

We also enjoyed some days simply relaxing at the cottage and reading some of the interesting books from the cottage 'mini library'. We were particularly grateful for the wealth of information contained in the Visitor Book at the cottage, packed with helpful tips from a wide range of appreciative visitors.

We very much hope to come here again!

Francis and Avril

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Francis and Avril, thank you so much for your nice review. We're very pleased you seem to have enjoyed the accessibility and unique location of 295 as much as we do, and that you had such a good vacation. We'd of course always be pleased to welcome you back in forthcoming years. All best, Richard & Caryl
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jolie petite maison dans un village typique de montagne .

  • 3 of 5

Agréable maison au confort simple.

Les habitants du village sont très accueillant .

L accès au village en voiture par la route de Pefki est plus simple. (Surtout le soir)

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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romantisches kleines Cottage für alle, die Ruhe und Einfachheit lieben

  • 4 of 5

Einfach eingerichtetes sauberes Häuschen mit Dachterasse am Rande eines Bergdorfes. Wunderbarer Panoramablick über Berge und Meer. Sehr ruhige Lage. Anfahrt über eine ausgebaute Serpentinenstraße ca. 15 min von der Küste entfernt. Ein wunderbarer Ort zu entspannen.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very friendly and communicative guest. Although we didn't meet Henry and his partner, we believe they seemed the ideal people for our property and hope they might like to enjoy another visit someday.
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
120 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

A 12 minute drive will bring you to the main beach in Markrigialos. Makrigialos beach is shallow and specially suitable for young children. Two adjacent beaches have deeper (blue flag) water and are less crowded. All beaches have good tavernas. There are numerous other beautiful and more secluded beaches worth exploring. 2 kilometers away is the adjacent village of Pefki, including an excellent taverna and Pefki gorge. Makrigialos, the main coastal town, is 6 km away and has every modern facility: banks, estate agents, supermarkets, hotels etc. More or less every facility you may need can be found at Makrigialos. The two large nearby cities of Ierapetra and Sitia are each a 40 minute drive away, and have lively markets on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Agios Nikolaos - restaurants, coastline, history - is approx one hour. Special beach of Xerocambos is a one hour drive, as is Dead Mans gorge at Kato Zakros.

There are numerous gorges to walk in the area. The resort of Mirtos is worth a visit. For those interested in astronomy, Agios Stefanos itself has a professional astronomer who offers star-gazing evenings on request. There are also art courses available from the same place in the village.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on Lasithi, Greece

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning/laundry £50

A one-off £50 charge , to cover cleaning of the cottage and washing of sheets / towels, is payable (included in booking fee).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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