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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: 2012
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
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Calendar last updated:
16 August, 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 World

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 around the World around the

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 ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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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(8 traveller reviews)

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2-bedroom house in mountain village overlooking coastal resort of Makrigialos
average rating of 4.625 based on 11 reviews

Absolutely fabulous!!

  • 5 of 5

The property is set on the edge of the village with commanding views of the mountains. There was nothing better than coming back from the beach and relaxing on the roof terrace - a real bonus!!

The cottage itself was a delight. There was everything there that we needed to make our stay a joy that it was. The locals were very friendly and we couldn’t fault the place if you want to get away for peace, quiet and relaxation.

We will return!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Amanda. We're so pleased you had a good stay at 295 and look forward to seeing you back again soon. You're of course always welcome. Richard & Caryl
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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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Authentisches, gemütliches und gepflegtes kleines Dorfhaus mit Bergblick oberhalb von Makrigialos

  • 5 of 5

Wir (Paar mit neunjährige Kind) haben die ersten zehn Tage unseres dreiwöchigen Aufenthaltes in A. Stefanos 295 sehr genossen. Alle Beschreibungen, inklusive Anfahrtsbeschreibung waren nachvollziehbar, verständlich und korrekt. Die Dachterrasse haben wir geliebt und an den weniger windigen Tagen morgens und abends den Blick schweifen lassen. Für uns war es die perfekte Unterkunft, weil wir lieber in einem Bergdorf oberhalb der Touristenströme wohnen und uns dann in den Trubel schmeißen, wenn uns danach ist. Dafür haben wir eine viertelstündige, kurvige Anfahrt gern in Kauf genommen. Von A. Stefanos aus haben wir diverse Ausflüge in Ostkreta unternommen.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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archaisches uriges Dorfhaus

  • 5 of 5

Den Weg zum Haus am westlichen Dorfrand hat uns der englische Wirt der Taverne im Dorfzentrum gezeigt. Nur noch ein Teil der Häuser ist bewohnt. Eine abenteuerliche schmale/steile Seitenstraße führt hoch bis direkt vor die Haustür, dort ist Platz für 4 PKW. Die ins Dorfinnere führenden Wege sind für PKW ungeeignet. Wir bekamen auch Kontakt zu einer sehr netten Nachbarin und zu einem älteren Dorfbewohner.

Von der Dachterrasse traumhafte Aussicht über den Friedhof hinweg zur Küste bis zum Lybischen Meer. Aussich aus dem Haus selbst etwas eingeschränkt (Fenster in Stehhöhe und mit Mückennetzen ausgestattet). Weil die Fenster waren alle zu waren als wir kamen, hatte ich die ersten 2-3 Tage einen schwachen Kellergeruch in meiner empfindlichen Nase.

Die winzigen 5 Räume sind sehr originell und recht gemütlich. Platz für 4 Personen (2 Schlafzimmer mit Doppelbetten, 4 Stühle am Tisch innen sowie 4 Gartenstühle + Tisch auf Dachterrasse). Wegen der beengten Verhältnisse sollten sich die 4 Personen aber recht gut kennen.

Das Haus ist sehr einfach gehalten und deshalb zu empfehlen für Leute, die auch Camping lieben. Dennoch war alles vorhanden, was man braucht und mehr. Dusche stets mit Warmwasser. Küche: 2-Platten-E-Herd zzgl. Mini-Platte (für griechischen Kaffee) und Backofen. Der Ofen war jedoch nicht gleichzeitig mit den Platten nutzbar. Kühlschrank mit Eisfach, Waschmaschine, Spüle mit Warmwasser und Abtropfe, Wasserkocher, E-Heizlüfter. Nicht gefallen haben mir Messer (dünne weiche Klingen mit Sägeschliff) und Bratpfannen (dünner Blechboden). Trotzdem haben wir immer sehr leckeres Essen gekocht (z. B. Lammkottelets oder gedünstetes Gemüse mit selbstgepflücktem Rosmarin, Oregano und Thymian). Auch gab es einen kleinen Grundstock an Lebenmitteln (Öl, Essig, Salz, Zucker, Raki, einige Gwürze).

Einen Versuch, den offenen Kamin in der Küche in Betrieb zu nehmen, mussten wir abbrechen weil der Schornstein nicht gut zog.

Das Haus ist sehr ruhig gelegen, praktisch gar kein Verkehrslärm, lediglich vereinzelt Fußgänger. Die Stellplätze vor dem Haus wurden nachts gar nicht und tags überwiegend von uns selbst frequentiert. Einmal kam ein Gemüsehändler mit einem Pickup herauf (Klingel) und versorgte uns mit Tomaten, Kartoffeln und Orangen.

Wir haben viele Wanderungen gemacht, u.a. Pefki-, Sarakina- und Perivolakia-Schlucht und Dasaki Farangi.

Wir waren Ostern 2018 dort. Das Haus hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Würden es wieder mieten. Vielen Dank Richard!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wir bedanken uns sehr fur den detaillierten Bericht von Luise uber ihre Erfahrungen in Agios Stefanos im Spaetapril 2018. Es war uns ein wenig schwierig mit Luise vor dem Besuch in personlicher Verbindung zu kommen, um zum Beispiel zu wissen ob sie alle notigen Informationen bekommen hatte usw, aber glucklicherweise ist nichts schlechtes passiert und wir freuen uns, dass sie zurecht mit 295 und die Umgebung bekommen hat, und, so es scheint, einen schoenen Urlaub verbracht hat. Naturlich heissen wir sie sehr willkommen bei einem anderen Besuch in der Gegend, und wunschen sie jetzt einen schonen Sommer und alles Gute im kommenden Jahr. Tschuss. Richard und Caryl (Hausbesitzer)
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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

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10 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay
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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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