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Villa Helidona Heraklion Episkopi - Peaceful location with pool

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Episkopi - Stone built villa with pool.

Stone built villa with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with suberb views.

A right location makes the difference when you rent a vacation villa. Just 20 minutes from Iraklio airport, tucked away on the hillsides of the northern coast of Crete, you will find the village Episkopi. Come step into another world and discover Crete the way it was - the way it is meant to be. In Episkopi people with great warmth and generosity will welcome you to Crete. This is just the right place to spend a wonderful and relaxing vacation. Tourism has hardly touched the village and “filoxenia” (Greek for hospitality) is simply the motto of Episkopi. A tradition deeply rooted in the Cretan way of life. So being a guest here will show you first hand what Cretan hospitality really means.

Away from crowded tourist centers and not far from the village square is your special hideaway. Villa Helidona is a beautifully renovated 19th century traditional Cretan stone house with a large private pool and garden. Let the atmosphere enchant you. Antique furniture, Cretan traditional furniture, original artwork and hand-woven carpets create a unique environment. This stunning and spacious home provides all the comfort you need for a great vacation.

Large private pool 13x 6 m - the pool area offers complete privacy for sunbathing and swimming. Garden with fruit trees and vegetable garden (all organic) you can help yourself to any ripe fruits or vegetables.

Be it quality time spent with your family or friends... lasting memories are made here. Isn't it time you treat yourself to a great vacation? Villa Helidona is your peaceful and relaxing vacation retreat.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Mr Dimitris Roumeliotakis
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016


based on 22 holidaymaker reviews

Villa Helidona Heraklion Episkopi - Peaceful location with pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Amazingly spacious, private and tranquil villa, huge pool and wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend Villa Helidona, it's a beautifully restored old stone house, every room is large and airy, and furnished to create a wonderfully welcoming home from home. The villa is spotlessly clean, with everything you could need to relax and enjoy your stay. Dimitris, your host, is very kind and welcoming, he has provided lots of information in the villa, and will answer any questions you may have during your stay. All the basics are provided in your welcome basket and the local restaurant can deliver your first night's meal of traditional food.

A perfect start to the day is a relaxing breakfast under the shade of the lime tree in the old stone courtyard, then through to the sunny pool for a swim. In the evening you can enjoy watching the swallows dipping in the pool.

The villa is on the edge of the village, so perfectly private and peaceful, but the village shops, a couple of restaurants and bars are just a few steps away. Everyone in Episkopi was very friendly and helpful.

The villa is in a great location to explore Crete, but a car is essential to see the sights - if you do use the bus, timetables show you the start of the journey only, not the times for your stop!

Villa Helidona is an amazing place and it was a total pleasure to stay there, we can't recommend it highly enough! Book now, you'll love it.

A huge thank you to Dimitris!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review and the kind words written. I'am glad that you enjoyed your stay in Villa Helidona and you had a good time in village Episkopi as well. It was a big pleasure to meet and accommodate you, and I will be more than happy to see you again in the near future. Wishing you all the best. Regards, Dimitris
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Lovely peaceful villa, in great location

  • 5 of 5

The property is very spacious with great facilities including a beautiful pool. There is a very peaceful courtyard at the front where we took breakfast and a great terrace at the back with plenty of tables & chairs and a super sized pool. The interior is beautifully decorated.

The villa is situated in a small village but has all the basic facilities you need and within very easy walking distance. The people are lovely and friendly and really helpful. There is a bakery which sells delicious cappuccinos and ice-cream.

The owner, Dimitris, is extremely nice and helpful and provided great hospitality on our first evening there.

The villa is also close to some amazing sites (Knossos), very easy for Heraklion and close to a great winery (Boutari).

I would very much recommend the villa to other travellers - we had a great stay and the Greek people are charming, polite and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique villa, great pool, enjoy the real Crete

  • 5 of 5

Villa Helidona is ideal if you are looking for any of the following. First for visiting Crete’s historical sites - such as Knossos or the Heraklion archaeological museum. Second for experiencing life in a real Cretan village – we never saw another tourist in our ten days in Episkopi. Third if you like to swim – the villa pool is very large, clean and private.

The villa itself is unique, full of antique furniture and spotlessly clean. The kitchen is small but fully equipped and all other rooms are spacious. After lazing by the pool in the sun, the kitchen courtyard is a great place to cool down and enjoy a coffee. The nearest beach, 15 minutes due north, is a long narrow stretch of good sand with one or two tavernas ( and a view of flights landing at Heraklion). Episkopi has village shops for anything you are likely to need.

Dimitris is the perfect host. He welcomed us to the villa, showed how everything worked and gave tips on the area. He was then available by phone for any questions.

Three notes that may be important for some people. To reach the third bedroom, or go from there to the bathroom, you need to go through the courtyard – though it is completely private. If you have children who can’t swim you will need to be careful – the pool does not have a shallow area. A car is recommended, but you may need to park a small distance from the villa as the village streets are quite narrow.

A great villa and pool to enjoy, and to see the real and historical Crete.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for reviewing my property. I am glad you've had a good time in Villa Helidona. I hope to see you again! Kind regards, Dimitris Roumeliotakis
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, perfect host, lovely cretan village. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Daisy, I hope you are all fine and you are enjoying your time in Greece Thank you for your review on my property. Many regards and kisses to your daughter Best Dimitris
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Open the green gate& you're in a world of your own

  • 5 of 5

Villa helidona is situated near an old church in the middle of the village Episkopi a quiet and authentic place. The villa is a world inside a world. From the moment you enter there is absolute privacy and you feel at home. You can stay for days without feeling the need to go out, there are many "corners" in the house to sit and relax in them so you can move around different areas during the day. There is a beautiful front court yard facing the kitchen and a huge back yard with a wonderful huge swimming pool, with view to the mountains.

The house itself is beautifully arranged with antique furniture and special art works. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need. The house was clean organized and very well maintained. The owner was more than helpful for every request or question we had.

The village itself is small and populated with very nice and friendly people. It is quiet yet you can find there everything you need from supermarket to pharmacy to tavern.

It's a very special and unique house, yet also very comfortable, a chance to get a taste of the true and authentic "village life" in Greece and of course the swimming pool which was unforgettable.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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"We chose Villa Helidona ...

  • 5 of 5

"We chose Villa Helidona because of its location in the Cretan hills (about 20 minutes south of the Heraklion airport and free of tourist distractions) and its Cretan-style construction and intriguing furnishings. We found even more good things about it after we arrived: an immaculate and well-supplied house, a friendly, helpful host, a relaxing patio/pool area with wonderful views of the countryside, and a large garden area with

various good things like olive, fig, citrus, and apricot trees, one heavily laden with the sweet peach-like fruit. One of us even made preserves from the huge supply of them. Yum! Our week-long vacation on Crete was made very special by our stay at the beautiful Villa Helidona. We recommend it with enthusiasm!!"

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Heraklion International Airport.
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Heraklion port.
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Hersonissos golf.
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Walking distance,Traditional Restaurant!!!!!!
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Amnissos sandy beach.
Car: recommended

From Iraklio airport:

You exit the airport following sign to new national road (highway) to Agios Nikolaos. Once on the new national road you take the next exit

'Old road Kateros' You exit driving down a hill at the bottom you turn left and drive under bridge (the new national road is above) at the next intersection you turn left. On your left side the next street with signs leading to new national road (Iraklio/Agios Nikolaos) you turn left again. You drive under a bridge again (above you new national road) and turn right and follow sign to Episkopi. All along this road you follow the sign for Episkopi. Once in the village after passing the village square about 60m to your right is a corner shop. Here you turn right. After about 20m there is a small square with the church Agia Paraskevi. The villa entrance a green gate is right next to this church. Total time from Heraklion airport to villa is 20 minutes.

The location of the villa is ideal to explore the island. We offer the following additional services to our clients:

Greek cooking lessons, guided nature tours, shiatsu massage, ayurveda massage and yoga lessons. Additional costs are involved please inquire for details.

I am looking forward to meeting, welcome, and accommodate you in my property.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Episkopi, Heraklion

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
October 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
April-May 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
July-August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Downpayment / Deposit requested. Key pick up with owner. Discount depending on length of stay. Rate depending on the number of persons.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Episkopi in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • village
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Swimming Pool Shower - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Elevated room with 2 single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Let the atmosphere enchant you. Swim in your very own large private pool. Indulge into the privacy of the home and the pool area. Relax rest and heal during your stay at this truly peaceful holiday home. All the comfort you need you will find right here in this beautiful and spacious luxury villa in Crete. Spend quality time with your family or friends... and share precious memories with your loved ones. Isn't it time you take your well-deserved easygoing holiday in a wonderful luxury villa in Crete.. Villa Helidona is just the right place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday retreat. The villa has been featured in the Travel Section of the following newspapers: Daily Telegraph 2001 - The Times 2001 - Daily Express 2005, 2007 - Sunday Express 2007

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