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Palazzo Di Acqua -a Venetian Palace on the water-

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 2 bathroom villa with 360o panoramic view to sea/mountains

Travel back in time of knights and pirates in a tower full of Venetian elegance!

A Venetian palace on the water, which was renovated driven to preservation of its glory. The position of the tower had a strategic importance, dominates the area, an observatory of pirates.So during the Venetian rule (1211-1669) in Crete, the tower was used by the Venetian governor for manor controlling and collection of taxes.

The view of the tower extends from Rethymno until Akrotiri Chania. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique sunset from the roof of the tower!!

Each bedroom is in different level. Our best bedroom is a unique arched room in the old venetian cellar.All of the rooms are furnised in a classic style, which blends to the architecture of the building.

In first floor where the stone steps are leading, there is a large rectangular hall (Portego) with wooden floor that was used for Venetian soldier's feeding. The hall is illuminated by six windows renaissance configuration. Back to this space, they were arranged rooms and at the rooftop the governor's office.

On the foundations of the building's vaulted cistern (botzale) for the collection of rainwater and protection from potential poisoning of enemies.

All of the rooms are furnished in a classic style, which blends to the architecture of the building. The roof and the floor are made of wood, while the view from the large windows is breathtaking to the city of Rethymno and the sea.

In the rooms there are large wooden carved wardrobes, beside tables and office furniture of wood and Greek marble.

Our best room is an arch room in the ground floor were the Venetians used to keep oil and wine. One of the few arched bedrooms in Greece.

. On the ground floor there is a luxurious bathroom with wood, Greek marble and bronze details. Wc is in the same style with shower.

In the basement there is a full equipment kitchen, while the whole villa is decorated with luxury furniture in old style!

Feel the luxury in a outside spa (private 5 seater jacuzzi)!

A perfect romantic vacation rental enjoy it!

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Lina Angeli
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, German, Greek
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
2 June, 2017

About Lina Angeli

My family and I live in Rethymno city. I am mineral resources engineer from the technical university of Crete.

Lina Angeli purchased this villa in 1999

Why Lina Angeli chose Rethymnon area

My family bought this house cause we were attracted by the history and the architecture of the building. The tower was build 500 years ago with strong fortress architecture. We were impressed by all the architecture spots of the building. The big arch bedroom, the tree trunk ceiling, the huge windows and we tried to keep the same style decoration. Instead of air-conditions -because we didn't want to destroy the architecture- we use the water of the cistern in fan coils. The water from the cistern is in 6 meters depth with the same temperature during the winter and the summer. With this simple and ecological idea we are cooling the house during the summer. Also, we have central heating during the winter.

What makes this villa unique

With your enter in the house you will feel like traveling back in time. I love the amazing view from the terrace, which offers star gazzing in the night. We have a telescope for that!! Round the tower you will find the arch entrance of the small castle of the village, which our property used to be an observatory of pirates. Atsipopoulo is a historical small village with venetian and Arabian architecture influence.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I stayed at Palazzo d'Acqua with my husband and our two sons (ages 5 and 2) and my two brothers. The house is located in the centre of Atsipopoulo, a short 15 minute drive from the centre of Rethymno. It was very clean, well equiped as far as the kitchen goes, the rooms are very spacious. We loved the terrace - great for star-gazing at night.

The owners were very helpful and friendly, were waiting for us when we arrived and gave useful suggestions for restaurants etc in the area.

The two flights of stairs were a bit of a concern given that we have young children, so families with young children should be prepared to supervise the children carefully - but we didn't find that to be a problem at all. Also, I would advise people to park at the nearby square and move their stuff rather than trying to park outside the property, as the road outside it is very very narrow and just fit our rental car - backing out of it was a bit of a problem.

Overall, we had a great stay at Palazzo d'Acqua and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
66.5 Kilometres
Chania International Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Ferry to Santorini
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
mini golf court
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
Highway Chania-Heraklio
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Traditional restaurant
Nearest Ski
3 Kilometres
Water ski
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Atsipopoulo is located 3 km from the city of Rethymno and 1,5 km from the sea. With easy access from the harbours and airports of Chania and Heraklio it gives you a quiet environment and a taste of an authentic traditional village.

It is a heroic small village. The designation certifies the Byzantine and Venetian origin . The first samples existence of this village starts the Minoan period. Residents were engaged with oil, wine and pottery from antiquity.

The old mansions of Atsipopoulo were built the one next to another, leaving between them long and narrow picturesque streets, sometimes passing through small medieval arcades and arches. In each house the visitor will admire the venetian art, the eastern luxury and the cretan line. writen by D.Aetoudakis.


In the village of Atsipopoulo are restaurants, cafe,pharmacies hairdresser and 3 mini market.

The bus station is in about 100 meters from the house (basic route Rethymnon-Metoxia-Rethymno, with several routes both weekdays and weekends)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Atsipopoulo in Nikiforos Fokas

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Water View
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • luxurious bathroom with wood, Greek marble and bronze details.The bathroom on the first floor is in the same style with shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Room Corona - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Room Porfira - 2 Single Bed
    Tholos - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • In the rooms there are large wooden carved wardrobes, beside tables and office furniture of wood and Greek marble. The mattresses and the pillows are extremely comfortable to ensure maximum relaxation.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Palazzo Di Acqua -a Venetian Palace on the water-
average rating of 4.8 based on 6 reviews

It`s the most wonderful house, I`ve ever rested!!

  • 5 of 5

Actually, I do not know how to express all my feelings of the villa. We (I and my family) fell in love with the house, just we saw it. We do loved everything there! I won`t be telling how the property was cleaned, comfortable (I found even a needle and thread, everything was at hand) and well-maintained, how the owner was diplomatic, patient (if something was happened, we called Lina and she helped us at any time of the day or night, it`s the truth) and communicative. It goes without saying!

For a long time (almost 5 months) we were looking for a villa on the island, we were doing it carefully, as we wanted to spend our the most wonderful day - our weddind day there. And... one day we DID it!!! We found the villa! I have never seen before this a wonderful view from the terrace, I have never lived before in a house, where everything is thought-out in detail (we thought we were in a real castle, even our wedding photographer was impressed the villa).

Due to the villa we managed to feel atmosphere of Greece! We lived near the local people and could heard their voice every day, we could see their lifestyle and found out their local traditions. We could experience it thanks to the villa (it has even a special smell, which still in my and my relatives hearts).

At the first time we were worried, that we wouldn`t find a place to park our car, but Lina (a wonderful person) made us easy on that point, actually there is a (free) parking where could leave our car and reach the villa for 3 minutes. It was extremely comfortably!!!! There are lots of cafes and in the evening we could see local people were sitting there and talking about something on their language and we joined to them! It was unforgetable!!!! At that time we felt, that we are Cretans!!!!

Would I recommend the villa to my friends or relatives? The answer is OF COURSE! And I would join to them!

On behalf of my relatives I want to thank Lina and her family for everything she has done for us! I believe, that next time, when we will go to Crete, we will have done everything, that we didn`t do this one in the villa ;) Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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An amazing villa in a quaint and quiet village

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful villa in a quiet little village, close to all big-time activity. The pictures are accurate and show how beautiful this house is. It is large and ample for 2-3 couples. We were a party of 3 and sometimes got lost in all of the amazing spaces. Everything is provided that can be thought of. There is no skrimping. The owners are attentive and responsive. We had a water problem one day and the owner was there within 30 minutes to find a fix. As well as exploring the house, explore the little village too. A great bakery, a good restaurant close by and very helpful shop keepers. We have no complaints about the accommodations or location. We were even guided from the airport by the rental car agent, to a rendezvous site with the homeowner. We got in around 9PM and would never have found the house on our own. But not to worry. All was arranged and we arrived to the villa with no problems.

Try it - you'll like it!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Palazzo Di Acqua....A Canadian Perspective

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at Palazzo Di Acqua. The location was good and in a safe area. The owners were available to assist if required but really we didn't need them as the unit was well equipped. They did take the time to check in with us to see if we needed anything and they were most helpful in the booking process to answer any questions that you may have. There was obviously a lot of attention to detail in the re-finishing of this unit and the quality of the work was excellent. There are two kitchens, one on the lower floor and another on the main floor. We enjoyed all the different levels of the unit and the roof top patio was awesome. The 500 year history of the building is impressive and it was nice to be a part of this. We enjoyed the people around the complex and there are groceries and drinks within easy walking distance of the building.

We also enjoyed Rethymno which is a 5-10 minute drive below this unit and we spent several afternoons at the local beach. We also found Rethymno to be a good central location to travel to the many various locations around Crete. You will need a car... their car rental recommendation was good. You will do some driving on this island if you are into seeing things. It's a beautiful island and worth taking the time to explore. We often felt like the air was so clear it was like being in High Definition. There are some stairs in this unit so be prepared for this, the only constructive comments I would make is that we were not used to the lack of shower curtains, though it was a good exercise for us to conserve water. Also we were not used to a cool hot tub but I gather that is the norm in Greece as electricity is expensive. We found the elaborate TV and sound system a bit complicated to operate so we didn't really use it but it was nice to play cards, talk and just enjoy each others company. Crete is a beautiful island, the people are friendly, the food is good and the wine is excellent. I would have no hesitation recommending this location or it's owners....Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Matt, Thank you for choosing us for your vacation. We truly appreciate your honest feedback that will make us provide better service to our customers. We really liked that you enjoyed our tower!, and we are truly thankful for that. For the hot tub we have given instructions (and we personally show) on how to increase to your desired temperature and the same for the home cinema. We really care if everything is fine thats why we provide a home phone where you can call us for free, and we would be happy to cover ever need. On our phone contact during your stay you havent mention that, and we are really sorry. About the shower it was a useful comment and we will have from now on cabin glass. We are looking forward to see you again!! Have a nice summer! y.s if ellinikos kafes (greek coffe) is finished we can send more packages!!
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Unique Accomodation, spectacular view

  • 5 of 5

We (couple) stayed in Palazzo di acqua for 9 days in the end of october, and we really loved this place. The house is very special - the owners renovated the old building with lots of love. The wooden windows, doors, floors and furniture made it a comfortable home to us. It was as beautiful as the pictures in the internet promised.

The owners provided us with all information we needed, the house was very clean, the kitchen was well equipped, and we enjoyed the jacuzzie.

The most amazing thing of this Tower is definitely the spectacular and incredible view from the terrasse on the roof.

We would recommend this Palazzo to everyone who wants to live in an ancient and very special holiday home in a small village with only few tourists which is the perfect starting point to individually explore the North of Crete.

In only 5 minutes drive you can reach the centre of Rethymnon, within an hours drive you can visit Chania, Knossos, Arkadi Monastery, Heraklion and other interesting places.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Claudia and Tomas, Thank you for choosing us for your holiday!! We are really grateful that you enjoyed your stay in our tower and we are looking forward to see you again!
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amazing time!!!

  • 5 of 5

I came with my family in Crete and stayed in Palazzo di Aqua in october 2013. The house was perfect and the view from the terasse amazing!! my sister and i loved the jacuzzi and my parents enjoyed almost every night a glass of wine in the terasse overlooking the town. The owners were very helpful and friendly and covered our every need.

the little town of Atsipopoulo was very colorful and had everything (supermaker, places to eat and sit for coffee).

But we loved most of all was the house itself, the history that was behind it , and the amazing furniture the owners bought from all over the world.

And of course the old armour-man named "Mitsos" was the highlight of the house.

I highly recommend you to stay in this hotel...it is totally worth it!!!

thank you so much!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Venia, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Homeaway.com. We truly appreciate your feedback regarding your stay with us at Palazzo Di Acqua in October 2013.We're glad that you enjoyed your holiday and will look forward to seeing you again!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Atsipopoulo, Crete

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
mid season
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

The prices refer to 7 persons,for 4 or less contact the owner for discount. Late bookings 20% discount
Each booking guarantees exlcusive use of whole property
If the guest has paid the full balance, they will receive:
a 50% refund of the total cost if they cancel at least eight weeks before the start of the holiday; or
a 25% refund of the total cost if they cancel up to four weeks before the start

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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