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Traditional Villa with Superb Garden and Total Quietness 4km away from the beach

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom villa near Rethymno city and the beach!

Villa Elli is approved by Greek Tourism Organization with license number: 1041K91002924801.

Nestling on a quiet lane in the village of Prines, Villa Elli is a superb rural hideaway, timber-built in traditional style. Set in an area of magnificent natural beauty, surrounded by gardens of pretty flower shrubs and fruit trees. It is more than a country cottage only minutes from the beach...

Villa Elli is ideal as a peaceful hideaway and combined with a car a perfect start point for any of your Cretan adventures. Prines village is at the center of Crete making it easy to visit the whole island. It also has easy access to all necessary points of interest like market, banks, hospital etc.

Villa Elli consists of a ground and upper ground floors along with a first floor in a form of an attic or loft. It can accommodate 6 people in beds.

- Interior Layout -

On the ground floor there is an open plan area with the living room, the dinning area and a fully equipped kitchen. The living room has a piano area and the fireplace. There is also an entertainment set with a flat screen satellite TV and a game console. The ground floor also has a WC with laundry facilities. From the living room and the dining area there is access to the veranda and the pool-garden area.

On the upper ground floor there are two double bedrooms both with a double bed, the main bathroom. Both rooms have their own veranda with sitting arrangement.

The loft is a third bedroom with two single beds, closet and a private balcony. A small area but with a unique romantic decoration and cosy arrangement.

- Outdoor areas -

The villa is completely fenced and the large trees, surround's it create a complete private space for all guests. There is a private parking area (not roof covered) that could accommodate up to two cars and is controlled by a garage door.

The outdoors contain the 25 square meters swimming pool, the park with dining facilities, the barbecue area, one veranda with a seating area and many flower gardens!

More Details

Property Manager
Kostas Vasilakis
Member since: 2010
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:
14 September, 2018

About Kostas Vasilakis

My name is Kostas Vasilakis and I have studied marketing and business management. Already being an owner of two successful villas and co-owner of, a well known web development company in Greece, I started to manage other villas in 2012.

I have the full management of all the villas that I represent, knowing everything about them and the areas in which they are located.

My aim is to help the homeowners to manage their vacation properties to their full advantage and guests to relax and have the finest holiday experience with 24/7 service providing advice and information for all their concerns throughout their stay.

Let me be your personal advisor for your holidays and let’s start organising your trip in Crete together!

My company which called “etouri” is located in 271 Arkadiou Str. Rethymno, Crete and is approved by the Greek Tourist Organisation with license number: 1041E60610185001

Kostas Vasilakis purchased this villa in 2015


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Rethimno around the Nikiforos Fokas

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , On the ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , On the ground floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , On the attic
  • Baby cot is also available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our services include: Welcome Basket - Cleaning every 3 days - Linen and towel change every 3 days - Pool towels provided - Gardener twice a week - Cleaning and pool maintenance 2 or 3 times a week (depends on the weather). Services upon request (extra charge): Doctor on call - Massage - Daily cleaning - Baby sitting - Daily excursions - Bicycle rent - Photographer - Delivery of traditional Cretan food to your place - Airport transfer - Cook (Chef) in your villa. Please tell us your wish and we will try to make it reality!


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Traditional Villa with Superb Garden and Total Quietness 4km away from the beach
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Beautiful Villa Elli

  • 4 of 5

We arrived at beautiful Villa Elli to a nice welcome by Ms Elli

The Villa was well equipped with kitchen utensils etc.. and nicely furnished. Travelling with 4 children never easy but we were glad there was something for all of them, great pool, Xbox , toys for my 3 year old which she loved!

Ms Elli cooked us a lovely vegeatable dish grown from her garden which was so kind of her.

We enjoyed sitting by the pool and at sunset enjoying a bbq.

We also had a beautiful beach 10 minutes away to watch amazing sunsets! And visited a fabulous taverna near by which was recommended by Etouri

My family loved their stay here, one thing I would recommend is a shower curtain! Especially when children are staying but I do miss sitting in the beautiful garden ! I would recommend !

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characterful villa on a beautiful island

  • 5 of 5

I have booked many holiday houses in the past and have had access to a nice house and perhaps a welcome pack, but little more than that. The Villa Elli was different. The house is owned by Mrs Stella and her family who live in the house next door. We were welcomed on arrival and had a beautiful vegetarian (our preference) meal made for us in the middle of the week that lasted us for three evening meals! We arrived late at night and were able to request that some food was left in the kitchen for us to eat at breakfast the next day. The family were discrete but were there if we needed anything. The other unique thing about this holiday was the the support provided by etouri. The company provided information in the run up to the holiday about family-friendly activities that I specified we would be interested in. They were in contact during the holiday and booked a boat trip to Preveli for us and also arranged access to the fantastic Baja beach club.

The holiday provided accommodation in a traditional Cretan home with the support of a welcoming family and the knowledge and efficiency of etouri which made the whole experience very easy.

I travelled with my husband, three children (9, 7 and 2) and my mother. The villa had lots of toys and inflatables for the pool to keep everyone entertained. The kitchen was well appointed with plenty of utensils. The bathroom didn’t have an easy to access shower which was a bit of a challenge for my mum (who has had a double knee replacement) but otherwise the villa was fantastic and I highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful villa. Great location to explore Crete, or stay put & enjoy the pool and amazing garden. House is very comfortable and well-equipped. Outdoor veranda is lovely spot for meals & reading. Owner is so kind & generous - brought over the most amazing food for us. I will dream of those zucchini fritters for the rest of my life. Booking & check in were so easy. Really appreciated the attention & help in booking outings. Cannot recommend this property enough.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent 12 day stay at Villa Elli

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 5 (including a 2 and a half year old) and we had a great time at the villa. As advertised it is a traditional villa with lots of character and superb gardens that the two year old loved investigating and going on a 'bear hunt'. We arrived to a welcome pack of food and drink and were made to feel welcome our whole stay by Elli who even cooked us a superb lunch of traditional Cretan stuffed vegetables which was the best meal we had throughout the holiday. We were able to eat out on the terrace every lunchtime and evening we were at the villa and loved BBQ-ing and preparing food. The pool was a great success with lots of learning to swim for the young one and splashing for the grown ups. The only difficulty we had was arranging the shower head from the mixer taps to not soak the bathroom so perhaps a longer hose and fixing to one of the walls will resolve that. Other than that minor inconvenience we loved the whole holiday and our trips into Rethymnon and along the coast to the superb beaches and the drive into the mountains. We would heartily recommend staying at Villa Elli for a quiet and peaceful Cretan holiday

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb Villa, Location and Service

  • 5 of 5

The Villa was every bit as good as described and better. Kostas and his team were extremely helpful with Google Map directions to the Villa and also to recommended places and the owners were amazing and kind. They were on hand when we arrived, even though we got a fantastic welcome pack with basic provision and local wine and snacks, to make sure we had everything we needed but left us to ourselves but were on hand if required. The owners cooked us a lovely local home cooked meal and left it for us twice during our 2 week stay, together with fresh fruit and veg from their garden - they could not have been better. The gardens are just as lovely as in the pictures and the pool is actually much better than described. The village is less than a 5 minute stroll from Prines village centre which is lovely and has 3 fantastic local Tavernas all serving great local home cooked food as well as a fantastic well stocked local store. We spend many days around the pool at the Villa and in the village and were only a few minutes drive of some of the islands best beaches, many of them quiet even though it was peak season. Cannot speak highly enough of the owners and Kostas and his team who were always on hand if needed but you wouldn't know they were there if you didn't need them - there notes and recommendations before we arrived were so good that we did not need them when there. We had a fantastic time and would recommend this Villa to anyone who wants to experience the real Crete and relax, yet be close to some fantastic beaches and culture. Superb and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Skønt hus i landlige omgivelser

  • 4 of 5

Det er et dejligt hus med fin plads til 5 personer. Skøn have og den sødeste vært. Vi fik endda serveret en god middag af havens grøntsager, som hun tilberedte på bedste vis til os. Lidt slidt hus - men rent og pænt. Tavernaen i Prines var bestemt også flere besøg værd.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
Chania international Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
48 Kilometres
Souda (Chania) port
Nearest Restaurant
900 Metres
Traditional Tavern in Prines
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Petres beach
Car: recommended

Villa Elli is situated outside the beautiful city of Rethymno, on the traditional village of Prines. where you can find some excellent taverns and a mini market!

Prines is 8 km away from Rethymno centre, only 4 km away from the sea and 2 km away from the village Atsipopoulo, a well known village which has grown up fast in last 10 years and now is actually a small town and a suburb of Rethymno town.

There is nothing that you cannot find in Atsipopoulo nowadays, as it has all kinds of shops, supermarkets, bakeries, many restaurants and services.

Staying in Prines village you have the advantage of staying in the country side and be only a few minutes away from big markets, shops and the beach!

The village itself is beautiful with many vegetations and olive tree forests. It is ideal for those who love nature, peace and quiet it can offer.

Finally the location is giving you the possibility to visit many sightseeing and beaches in the North or South Crete!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Rethimno,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
mediuma season 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2019
1 Jan 2019 - 31 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Medium Season 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season 2019
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Medium Season 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season 2019
1 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Everything is included in the price! There are no additional charges in the price!

Payment Schedule
The deposit needed in order to secure the booking, is the 25% of the total cost of the reservation.
The remaining balance is due to be paid 20 days prior to the guest’s arrival.

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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