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Paul Timmermans

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English, German, Spanish, Dutch

Luxury villa, large private pool, airco, very private, close to sandy beaches

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Rethymnon area - Villa Fortetsa

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6, air-conditioning

Villa Fortetsa offers you a romantic stay in a classic stone-built house with your own private pool and garden. Villa Fortetsa is situated on a hillside with fantastic views over the surrounding olive trees, the nearby typical Cretan village of Erfi and the sea. The location on Crete is very central, so you will be able to visit all major points of interest on Crete from your villa in 1-day excursions.

And when you don't feel like travelling around, simply enjoy the peaceful neighbourhood of Villa Fortetsa, in your luxurious pool and private garden. Or visit the local village and enjoy the typical Cretan hospitality in the local bar and restaurant.

Villa Fortetsa has 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 bath, 1 shower), a fully equipped modern kitchen with ceramic cooker, dishwasher and refrigerator, living room with satellite TV, 2 terraces, a nice tiled swimming pool and 500 m2 cultivated garden on 4800 m2 own land.

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paul Timmermans (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks English, German, Spanish, Dutch


based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury villa, large private pool, airco, very private, close to sandy beaches
average rating of 4.5 based on 14 reviews
la garenne colombes near paris

simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

we have enormously appreciate our stay in crete and more exactly in the villa fortetsa.

the things which are the most seduced us and that we shall retain by top everything, it is the fantastic view of this magnificent nature.

this area of olive trees, this incredible sunset on the sea, a delight for eyes, without forgetting the goats which go down the mountain.

the house is perfect, and the simply brilliant swimming pool.

it is ideal for the rest and to admire the nature.

many thanks for all and special thanks to georgious and claudia, they are very kind.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful villa, pool area,setting-services poor

  • 3 of 5

This is a really beautiful villa, both attractive from the outside and pleasant decor, furnishings etc inside. The pool area is stunning and there are fab views. It could be so good but sadly the services let it down and did spoil our stay.

It is 3 bedroom with air-con in the bedrooms only and on arrival the air-con in one (the upstairs and hottest) bedroom did not work. This made this room unusable so effectively it was 2 bedroom. Fortunately our group size had dropped from 5 adults (at booking) to 4 so it was possible, but still inconvenient,

The water supply to the house was very poor-water would run for a few minutes from one tap and then literally stop to the whole house for an hour. It was impossible for more than one person to shower within an hour or to flush the toilet more than once in an hour.

We arrived on Wednesday and after a lot of effort trying to contact the house manager and owner it was fixed on Saturday (so 3 days of a 7 day holiday with just 2 bedrooms and minimal water)

Once the water and air con were fixed , within 24 hours it became clear that the pool pump was now not working properly -it wasn't coming on and the pool gradually became cloudy and then green! It was usable until the Monday, but after that it appeared very dirty and we decided it would be unsafe to swim, so the last 2 days we didn't have a pool. Again we did try to contact the house manager to report it but had no reply (although they did admit that they were aware of the issue when they came up on check-out day). I suspect that they had to disable the pool pump to get enough power for the air-con or possibly to get the water to the house working??

There was no wifi- it was advertised when I booked but no wifi exists. When we asked about wifi at check in the house manager said 'oh yes-the wifi doesn't work-sorry-the owner is aware' There was no solution to this during our stay although they tried to offer us a dongle to use with a laptop which wouldn't work. Wifi is very important to us and I would not have booked a villa without this service. I note that the villa no longer mentions wifi in the details but if you put wifi into your search criteria it is a villa that is offered.

Lastly the house manager was unhelpful-we were told we could arrive after 5pm but when our hire car broke down and I told her we would be a bit later than our hoped for 5.30 she said she had to go to work so we would have to wait now until after 8.30 (arriving in the dark).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best privat pool ever....

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed in this house for a week. It is a nice and quiet place and the pool was simply just perfert (perfect temperature, size and no clorine). Our kids loved it. The local caretaker was very helpful and there was no problem in getting to and from the airport (We have rented a car through a travel Agency, which the owner knew and they were very helpful). The house is situated very private but with the most beautiful wiev over the landscape and sea.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brussels, Belgium

Fantastic location and views

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay of 14 days with two persons. The villa is situated in a beautiful olive garden and has really fantastic views over sea and mountains. The pool is excellent and quite large. You need a car, but you are very quickly at the beach, the city of Rethimnon, but also a lot of interesting places in the mountains behind. Housekeeper Susi lives in the small village nearby and attends kindly to all your needs. We can recommend without any doubt.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastische plek om tot rust te komen.

  • 4 of 5

Wij verbleven hier met z'n vieren een weekje eind april 2013. Wat een geweldige ligging! Uurtje rijden vanaf Heraklion. Je moet wel even een hobbelig landweggetje door maar dan ben je ook op je landgoed, volledig privé, zonder buren, met een fantastisch uitzicht over zee met schitterende ondergaande zon. Huis voldeed prima aan onze verwachtingen ( keukentje is niet te groot, kleine ijskast, maar voor ons voldoende). Alles was keurig schoon. En gezellige ontvangst door de beheerster Susi (spreekt Duits, Engels en Grieks) met drankje en kaasje. Wat een heerlijke plek om tot rust te komen. Heerlijk huis, prima bedden, fijn overdekt terras waar je heerlijk kunt zitten eten, met buiten barbecue; ruim grondgebied om het huis heen en een zalig groot zwembad (12 mtr; niet verwarmd, maar dat is niet nodig). Met de auto in 10 min naar dorp Stravomenos waat 2 (kleinere) supermarkten zijn, waar je alles kunt krijgen. Een grote Lidl iets verder (20 min rijden). Ook in 10 minuten naar de kustweg vanwaar je diverse standjes kunt vinden. Zeer leuk is het plaatsje Bali: strand aan baai met vele terrassen (half uurtje rijden); en drie kwartie rijden naar Rethymno: gezellige oude stad. Wij waren er in het voorjaar, aslles nog rustig aan de kust; maar ook al zou het daar druk zijn, je komt steeds terug op je geweldige landgoed: een oase van rust. Een adres om te onthouden! Voor rustliefhebbers!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hamburg, Germany

Villa Fortetsa in August 2010

  • 5 of 5

We've spent two weeks in August 2010 at this fabulous location.

This house is a marvellous place in a remote area with fantastic sea views, a nice garden and a big pool surrounded by olive trees and grazing gouts. The villa provids all facilities one needs to spend relaxing days on the island.

Although remote it is centrally located for most of the main attractions of the island.

The housekeeper Jorgos is doing a very good job and keeps himself in the background. However in case of a need he is there. Jorgos has an excellent knowledge about the island.

To hire a car we recommend Manolis from Prentakis Tour. He is a great guy especially since he provided a car with a full tank in those days when there was a shortage of fuel!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jorgos will stay available in the near future to advise guest on where to eat, where to go, using his inside knowledge of Crete.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Heraklion airport
Nearest Barpub
900 Metres
Nearest Ferry
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
900 Metres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Visit Knossos, Samaria Gorge, Rethymno, Chania, Heraklion and many monasteries


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Erfi, Rethymnon area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low season
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

End Cleaning £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £125

The price includes towels twice a week, cleaning every week and electricity.
End Cleaning: € 60
Air conditioning is available at an additional charge of € 5 per day.
The pool is operational from May 1st through October 31st.

Owner'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 Rethymnon area in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Second - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Both bathrooms are fitted with nice, handmade tiles, to match with the natural stone walls.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 2 Large Double Bed
    Poolview - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Poolview children - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms have spacious wardrobes and breath the atmosphere of the natural stone walls. From both poolview bedrooms you can actually dive into the pool.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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