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Lily's cottage, secluded, sea view villa with private pool and gardens.

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa close to Rethymnon. Sandy beach on walking distance

Lily’s cottage features two cozy double bedrooms with very comfortable bedding and fine quality linens. In between the bedrooms is a stylish bathroom with a shower cabin. A sliding door in the hallway separates the sleeping quarters from the living room and kitchen area to ensure quiet and privacy.

Mix and match furniture with ethnic tones and a modern fireplace give the spacious living room a homey feeling. The adjacent open plan kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances and cookware. This north side of the house also offers unobstructed sea views of the Cretan sea and the Platanias plain.

In the Southern part of the house, overlooking the olive grove, are the two bedrooms (one with a double bed and the other with an option of two singles or a double). Great consideration was given to the choise of mattresses and pillows, as we strongly believe that our primary service is to provide comfortable restful sleep. Between the two bedrooms is the bathroom that features a large shower and a washing machine.

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2016
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 an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2018

About The Owner

I was born and raised in Rethymno, a picturesque town on the north coast of Crete. At Athens University I studied ancient Greek philosophy, a fascinating subject, but which I never used in my professional life. I was employed by a leading Greek bank for twenty years, the last six as a branch manager.

I consider my involvement in tourism a challenge. I hope to promote the beauty of Crete and I will meet people from a variety of countries and cultures who I will do my utmost to offer all the information necessary to make their holiday here an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

I myself love travelling abroad. I have often been to many European cities. Travelling is enormously educational, as it gives you the opportunity to get to know the tradition and cuisines of different countries, as well as visiting important museums and art galleries.

I also enjoy cooking. I invariably use organic products when cooking for my family.

I am a great admirer of the Greek poet Cavafy, who lived in Alexandria. My favourite poems are The City and the First Step!

Animals are a great weakness of mine. I have a 4-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, called Romeo, because of whom I became a vegetarian.

I speak English very well.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2015

Why The Owner chose Rethimno

The great advantage of this amazing villa is really its external area. The 25m2 swimming pool invites the guests to relax on the sun beds and enjoy the warm Cretan sun while "resting" their gaze on the endless blue horizon. The large Mediterranean trees (olives, apricots, figs, pomegranates) offer generously their shade to the barbeque and the outdoor seating areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy your breakfast. The vegetable garden (“perivoli”) from where visitors can harvest their salad vegetables is an extra bonus!

What makes this villa unique

Built in the middle of the island, this stunning villa is the ideal place for guests wishing to travel a lot around the island. Located at the north side, about 6 km east of Rethymnon (the third largest city of the island with a population of 30.000 inhabitants), and about 80 km from the international airports of Chania to the west or Heraklion to the east. Rethymno is about 8 minutes drive, while Heraklion and Chania airports are about 1 hour drive.

The cottage is located in an olive grove in a region with the Turkish name Cesme. The position of the residence up on a hill provides unobstructed view to the Cretan Sea and the Plain of Platanias, an area with many high quality hotels, restaurants, bars, pop art shops etc.

The nearest sandy beach is only 1 km away.

The area is particularly suitable for guests interested in hiking. Just outside the property there is a path leading to “Maroulas”, a traditional village with Venetian color and about 5 km inland is the picturesque , green gorge of Mili with the abandoned village located by the torrent.

At a distance of about 16 km lies the historic Arkadi monastery a monument of self-sacrifice in 1866 during the fight for liberation from the ottoman occupancy.

Guestbook comments from the manager

There's a very good reason why Lily's Cottage has so many glowing five star reviews! It really is that good! The reviews don't lie! Lily's love of her house and her garden shine through in all the thoughtful and well considered details. Not so much holiday accommodation as a home from home. And Lily herself is a wonderful, friendly, helpful, and generous host. Crete - particularly western Crete - is a magical place and Lily's cottage is both a great base to explore it and a relaxin, private space to return to. This was our second stay at Lily's Cottage; I'm sure it won't be our last.
Apr 2018
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rethimno in Rethymno

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • west bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , bed's dimensions 1,50X2,00m
    east bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , option of one double bed (160 cm X 200 cm) or two single bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Lily's cottage, secluded, sea view villa with private pool and gardens.
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 37 reviews
5

Stunning cottage with perfect hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

Lily's Cottage is one of those rare gems... you get so much more than just a house, you get to stay in a beautiful home and experience wonderful Cretan hospitality courtesy of Lily. The cottage itself is stunning spotlessly clean, tastefully furnished and newly renovated. Lily has focused on the things that really matter, like high quality mattresses, comfortable furniture and a well-equipped kitchen. Whatever we needed it was there. Pictures don't do the location

justice: nestled in the hillside, the cottage is private with lush gardens and beautiful flowers. Perfect for relaxing poolside! It's also just a short walk or drive to the nearby shops and restaurants, and just minutes from the main highway with quick connections to Rethymno. What sets this property apart from others though is Lily's superb hospitality! We arrived to fresh home baking (with cakes and

pastries to last our entire stay) and extra home cooked food during the week. Also we were in touch with Lily by text daily to ask about

which beaches, sites and restaurants to visit. Her advice was fantastic and helped us to discover a different side of Crete. We were so grateful we asked Lily to join us out for dinner towards the end of our stay because she had been the perfect host. Private rentals can sometimes be a bit of a gamble but with Lily's Cottage it's a safe bet for a truly memorable experience.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Simon, first of all I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for this amazing review! You are really very talented in writing and of course a very polite person with a big smile on your face.. Two years ago, when I decided to renovate the country house of my family and turn it into vacation rental what I had in my mind was a cozy, very comfortable home, with all comforts someone need when on holidays which would give to its guests the feeling that they are in their own home!! I don’t know if I managed it but I did my best... BUT to my opinion, what is really important when you are on vacation is the feeling that you are safe , that no matters what it happens to you, you always have a person to make things easy for you, to be there when needed and of course to host you either giving you recommendations, a piece of advice or even a nice homemade mussaka or spinach pie... So from my side, I tried to combine all these things.. my guests will judge! My warmest regards to you and Kier. Hope to see you soon in London!
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Amazing place to enjoy a great vacation

  • 5 of 5

A little paradise near Rethymnon!

If you are looking for a charming place with all comfort in a calm environment close to the beach and city ... do not look any further because this is the place to be!

Lily's cottage is a fully renovated and decorated with great taste. It is located in an olive grove and surrounded by a green garden with shadowing trees and flowers. It has a beautiful swimming pool (privacy guaranteed) and the parking is easy in front of the house (private country road). From the terraces and garden you see the sea.

The cottage is ideally situated at 5 minutes by car (15 minutes walking) from restaurants, pizzeria, bakery, shops, supermarket, ATM, highway, etc.

The nearest beach is at 5 minutes by car and Rethymnon (which is a wonderful little city) is at 15 min. From the cottage you can reach Heraklion, Chania, the south coast's beaches and the white mountains in less than 1 hour.

On top of this you will not regret to meet Lily, the wonderful owner, and to enjoy her friendly services!

Spotless experience, we will return for sure!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic villa and host

  • 5 of 5

The first impression you get when arriving at Lily’s Cottage is from Lily herself. Being greeted with a warm welcome and broad smile instantly put us in a relaxed holiday mood. Lily met us at the supermarket in the town which is just a two minute drive away from the cottage but far enough to feel secluded and tucked away.

The photos on the website do not do justice to how beautiful and well loved this property is. As well as the great swimming pool, there are plenty of places to sit around in the garden and soak in the Cretan sun. Under olive trees, the parasol, the table on the terrace, the choices go on and on. The villa accommodation is great as well with full air conditioning which is much needed when the average day temperature is 30* plus!

We ventured out a few times into the town to eat and also to Rethymon for the day which is lovely also. However you can easily spend the day relaxing at the house with a good book and glass of wine.

Lily is the perfect host and left us fresh oranges, cherries, raki, wine, a big cake, pastries and a lovely cheese pie on arrival. She then followed this up with a delicious mousakka which she brought to us midway through the week when the linen was changed and house cleaned.

If we could give 100 stars we would and have no hesitation recommending Lily and Lily’s Cottage to others to enjoy also.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Simply perfect!

  • 5 of 5

In more than 40+ years of travel, I have rented almost 100 properties so I know excellence when I find it and I found it at Lilu’s Cottage. You could not find a more beautiful spot nor a more comfortable and immaculate home. The gardens, full of flowers and fruit orchards, are lush and lovingly tended by Lili and her son, George. The views are expansive and breathtaking. There is a short walk to a grocery, bakery, butcher and several little tavernas should you prefer to eat out although I often cooked in the well supplied kitchen. But I have saved the best for last and that is Lili, herself. She is the perfect host. She loves this place deeply and knows its glorious history and is full of great recommendations. You will have to meet her yourself and experience her warm hospitality, vivacious personality and generosity of spirit to see how it is that I came to love her so quickly. I have made a lifelong friend and can’t wait to return. You can rent Lili’s Cottage with complete confidence.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My dear Dianne!!! What an amazing feedback. Thank you very much for what you said about my cottage and me personally. I'm honoured to be your friend as you are a clever, well educated person, who deeply respects and appreciates the simple things in life such as the beautiful flowers, the tasty local wine, a nice walk in the field... It is the beginning of a lifelong friendship, as you said... Thank you
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Enjoyable stay at Lily‘s cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Lily‘s cottage. The house is furnished with personal touch and the garden is just lovely with lots of flower pots. Lily is taking care for her guests very well. We hope to come back and we recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My dear Regine thank you very much for your 5* review. It was my pleasure to meet you. Thank you for being so nice guests with respect to my villa. Hope to see you again in the future. After all Crete is a large island and you have so many more highlights to see.
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Seattle
5

A Great Get Away!!!

  • 5 of 5

Lily's cottage was just what we needed for a relaxing getaway week prior to a tour of the middle east. The cottage is lovingly appointed with art, furnishings, marble tile floors and area carpets. It's just off the beaten path so it's quiet at night but with water views and still close enough to easily get to Rhethymno for nice restaurants and shopping. Lily's welcome casserole in the oven and later in the week made us feel right at home. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David thank you so much for your nice words. My purpose is to make my guests feel like their home when they are away from their homes. So I always do my best for that. My warmest regards Lily
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Location

Nearest Airport
78 Kilometres
Heraklion, Chania
Nearest Ferry
78 Kilometres
Heraklion, Chania
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Highway Chania-Heraklion
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Platanias
Car: recommended

Built in the middle of the island, this stunning villa is the ideal place for guests wishing to travel a lot around the island. Located at the north side, about 6 km east of Rethymnon (the third largest city of the island with a population of 30.000 inhabitants), and about 78 km from the international airports of Chania to the west or Heraklion to the east. Rethymno is about 8 minutes drive, while Heraklion and Chania airports are about 1 hour drive.

The cottage is located in an olive grove in a region with the Turkish name Cesme. The position of the residence up on a hill provides unobstructed view to the Cretan Sea and the Plain of Platanias, an area with many high quality hotels, restaurants, bars, pop art shops etc.

The nearest sandy beach is only 1 km away.

The area is particularly suitable for guests interested in hiking. Just outside the property there is a path leading to “Maroulas”, a traditional village with Venetian color and about 5 km inland is the picturesque , green gorge of Mili with the abandoned village located by the torrent.

At a distance of about 16 km lies the historic Arkadi monastery a monument of self-sacrifice in 1866 during the fight for liberation from the ottoman occupancy.

In a distance of 800 meters from the property there is a bus station to Rethymno with 10 daily services. The nearest sandy beach is about 1 km from the property - about 15 minutes on foot down the hill.

It is recommended however to rent a car in order to visit Rethymno whenever you wish as well as many other sites of interest all over Crete .

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Rethimno, Crete

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Nightly Rate
13 Aug 2018 - 13 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£527
for 3 nights
From
£161
£857
£3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
HIGH SEASON 2018
14 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£446
for 3 nights
From
£134
£982
£3,616
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
25 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
£277
for 2 nights
From
£116
£857
£3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
26 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
£277
for 2 nights
From
£116
£857
£3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
28 Aug 2018 - 28 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
£277
for 2 nights
From
£116
£857
£3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
29 Aug 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
£277
for 2 nights
From
£116
£857
£3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
HIGH SEASON 2018
30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£446
for 3 nights
From
£134
£982
£3,616
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
SEPTEM 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£420
for 3 nights
From
£125
£920
£3,616
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
LOW 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£473
for 4 nights
From
£107
£795
£3,259
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
winter 2018-2019
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
£286
for 3 nights
From
£80
£536
£1,384
 
 
pre-Easter 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
£509
for 4 nights
From
£116
£848
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
easter 2019
16 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
£545
for 4 nights
From
£125
£920
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
spring
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
£580
for 4 nights
From
£134
 
 
Summer
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
£616
for 4 nights
From
£143
 
 
High season
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
4 night minimum stay
£687
for 4 nights
From
£161
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
fall
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
£616
for 4 nights
From
£143
 
 
october 2019
1 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
£509
for 4 nights
From
£116
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£509
for 4 nights
From
£116
£857
£3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

CLEANING £44.64
Pet Fee £4.46

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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