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Olive Grove Villa a beautiful retreat on a hill overlooking acres of olive trees

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

The perfect location to explore the Crete with the family in total privacy

Olive Grove Villa is set in a beautiful, peaceful location on a promontory overlooking the tiny, traditional village of Exantis, near Bali. It has breathtaking views of the valley below and mountains beyond, including Psiloritis and, on a clear day, the White Mountains.

Despite its quiet, secluded position, the villa is just three minutes away from Crete’s main highway giving easy access to all parts of the island. The beach resorts of Panormo and Bali are both only about 5 kilometres away.

Exantis is only 50 minutes drive from Heraklion airport and under 30 minutes from Rethymno. Chania airport is approximately 90 minutes away.

Olive Grove Villa

The villa is a 75 sq. m. tile-roofed bungalow built to a very high standard. It is furnished in contemporary Mediterranean style and fully equipped for holiday visitors. All rooms have beautiful high ceilings in natural wood. They all open onto patio areas and flower beds, with a mature olive tree standing proud on the south side. The whole plot is surrounded by a superb hand-crafted stone wall topped with wrought iron railings to a safe height.

The villa has two generously sized double bedrooms and a fifth bed or cot can be provided on request. The bathroom has a bath/shower and toilet, and also a washing machine. The kitchen has a full size stove with oven and four electric heating plates. There is a microwave and fridge/freezer. There is a hairdryer. Bed linen and towels are provided and changed weekly for guests who stay longer.

In the living area there is a three piece suite and a TV, DVD player and CD player/radio. The dining area will seat six people comfortably.

All rooms are air-conditioned.

Swimming Pool

There is a 7m (23’) x 3.5m (11’) x 1.2m (4’) swimming pool, which is maintained weekly and automatically filtered twice daily. Sunbeds and a sunshade are provided as well as a patio table and chairs for barbecues and al fresco dining.

Car hire

The villa is reached down a small country road that winds through the olive groves. Car hire is therefore essential. The nearest petrol station is in Melidoni. Relatively cheap petrol can be purchased in Perama.


The nearby village of Melidoni has two well-stocked mini-markets. There are supermarkets, a bakery and a pharmacy, as well as art and craft and tourist shops in both Panormo and Bali. A wider range of non-tourist shops is available in the small market town of Perama, a 15 minute drive away. Fresh vegetables can be purchased at the greenhouses on the outskirts of Exantis.

Things to see and do:

Melidoni is renowned for its well, but more importantly for its fabulous cave, which is also infamous as the site of a massacre by the Turks in the 19th century. In Melidoni you will also find an olive oil factory whose American-Greek owner, Joanna, will be happy to show you round. Just outside Melidoni on the road to Agia you will see traditional charcoal burners in the fields.

Bali has five lovely, gently sloping sandy beaches in sheltered bays. Two have Blue Flag status. There are also nice beaches at Panormo.

Take a short drive to the village of Margarites which is packed with pottery shops. In some you can watch the potter at work.

In the taverna in Exantis itself there is some beautiful glassware for sale by a local artist.

The local countryside is full of wildlife. Goats roam the olive groves and you may see an occasional hare. Swifts swoop down to the swimming pool and buzzards and various birds of prey soar over the valley. You will probably spot gekkos - medium sized green ones and small yellow/orange ones.

Health services

As well as the two pharmacies mentioned above, Bali has a multi-lingual doctor on 24-hour call. If you are unfortunate enough to have a more significant medical problem, there is a good health centre in Perama or hospital in Heraklion.


Olive Grove Villa is a perfect place for a quiet, relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. It will comfortably accommodate two couples or a family of five and is equipped with all you need for an enjoyable stay.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, Greek, afrikaans
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

Why Diogenis chose Mylopotamos

Its private and gives one access to explore the island as we located in the centre of the island

What makes this villa unique

Private with modern finishes and set in the countryside with a private pool and stunning views


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Mylopotamos around the Rethymno

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Olive Grove Villa a beautiful retreat on a hill overlooking acres of olive trees
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Fantastic villa, friendly hosts

  • 5 of 5

Very private villa with amazing views across the village and towards the mountains. Well maintained. It is down a quiet 0.5km track and just a short drive from beaches and restaurants. The hosts were friendly but not intrusive. Thoroughly recommend if you are looking for a relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Edinburgh UK

Lovely secluded villa, beautiful views, good pool. Hosts very helpful. Only thing missing was Wi-Fi.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for rest and recuperation. Lots to see and do in Crete. Good food in tavernas with free WiFi. Friendly locals.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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séjour au calme sur une île superbe

  • 5 of 5

J'aurais aimé mettre 4,5 car il y a quelques points négatifs:

- il est annoncé un lave vaisselle, il n'y en a pas.

- pour le wifi, il faut acheter une carte vodafone sinon on n'y a pas accès

- on entend un peu la grand route

- le chemin d'accès est assez difficile(chemin de terre)

Mais il y a beaucoup de points très positifs:

Des propriétaires qui ont toujours envie de faire plaisir: on a pu changer nos dates et occuper du vendredi au vendredi. On a pu quitter la villa à 18H. Les propriétaires répondent à nos questions et essaient que tout se passe bien ( indication sur les magasins, les restos, les excursions...).

Nous étions là 3 semaines, et chaque semaine la villa est nettoyée, les draps et les serviettes changées.

La piscine est nettoyée 2X par semaine. Il y a des transats et des serviettes à disposition. Celui qui s'en occupe est très agréable et prêt à aider.

La villa est au calme dans les oliviers. La terrasse est agréable et protégée du soleil.

La climatisation est appréciable et permet des nuits reposantes.

Grâce à la grand route, il est possible de se rendre dans différents endroits rapidement et de faire de nombreuses visites. Il y a de belles plages pas loin. A Bali et à Panormo, il y a de bons restaurants pas chers.

La Crête est très jolies avec une grande variété de paysages et des gens très sympathiques.

Nous avons passé un super séjour et nous recommandons cette location.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Herakleon Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
29 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Exantis Taverna
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Panormo Beach
Car: necessary

Great base to explore the island from the villa


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  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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