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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Breathless view at the Libyan Sea and Plakias Bay !

Our villa is located in the village of Selia Rethymno.Sellia is a traditional and picturesque village located in the south of the Rethymno region of Crete. In this magical place, a point amphitheater overlooking the Libyan Sea, which is breathtaking is located our Villa Ariadni. Ideal for families and for those who love to be in a quiet and relaxing place with endless sea views.

Perfect for families and those looking for a secluded location, our intention for the villa is to offer an alternative to the usual hotel complex. You will stay in a traditional house in an historical village, introducing the real flavor of Crete, while still providing the comforts of home.

Overlooking the Libyan Sea and Plakias Bay, Villa Ariadni in Sellia Village features a private swimming pool. This amphitheatrically built in 3 levels property offers a garden with BBQ facilities.

Free WiFi is available throughout. 3 levels with 2 independent appartments can be rent either separate or both ( whole villa ).

Opening to a furnished terrace, Villa Ariadni is decorated with traditional artefacts, and includes at first floor a fully equipped kitchen with cooking facilities and a dining table. The living room has a flat screenTV and a DVD player. One bedroom with 1 doublebed and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

At second floor there is a fully equipped kitchen with cooking facilities and a dining table too,a living room with a flat screen TV and a DVD player,2 bedrooms (1 with 1 doublebed and 1 with 2 single beds) and 1 private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

The villa’s garden includes a seating area and a barbeque. An airport shuttle is available free of charge. Private parking is offered on site.

A restaurant and a café can be found within a short walking distance, while a supermarket is 30 m away. Plakias Bay is at a distance of 3 km and Heraklion International Airport is 100 km from the property.

Sellia village gets its name because it is situated on the edges of the Kotsifou gorge. Kotsifou gorge itself takes its name from the “kotsifia” birds which make their nests on the rocks in the area. Sellia is a historical village with 15 Byzantium churches and the remarkable archaeological site at Foinikia-Souda-Voukelari.

Plakias to the south is framed by the mountain and the Libyan sea. From here you can travel easily to Rethymno (35 klm), Herakleion (110 klm) or Chania (90 klm), or you can stay right here. The area has been slowly developing into a relaxed tourist destination where you can find everything you need to make your stay enjoyable : cafes, restaurants, bars, post office, supermarket, port etc.

The sunny weather and appealing climate as is the norm in Crete, guarantee a pleasant stay. You will enjoy the sun, the sea and the beautiful Blue Flag certified beaches with their clear blue waters, all within walking distance of Plakia.

Kotsifou and Kourtalioti gorges are excellent for walking and exploring, the scenery is breathtaking and either by foot or by bicycle you will enjoy the panoramic views that surround our villa.

You will relax on sandy beaches and enjoy swimming in crystal blue water in South Rethymno like Plakia, Triopetra, Damnoni, Preveli, Schoinaria, Rodakino, St. Paul, Fragokastello - all within a distance of 5 to 25 minutes from Villa Ariadni.

Island's climate is primarily temperate, winter is mild and summer is sunny and warm. During June and July average temperatures reach the 20-35 degrees C max.

You will taste traditional Cretan cuisine which is closely connected to healthy Mediterranean diet. Don't miss the chance to drink raki / tsikoudia, which is produced of Cretan grapes and local Cretan wines, as well as “rakomelo” (raki mixed with honey).

You will have the chance to learn traditional Cretan customs and attend different festivals of the saints, held in local churches, with traditional dances ( the most noted of which is “pentozali” ). Crete has its own distinctive “Mantinades” poetry and it's known for its mantinades based music (typically performed with the Cretan Lyra and the Lauto).

The owner of Villa Ariadni assures you that you will have the opportunity to find out yourself about the famous Cretan hospitality and that you wish to visit us again next year!

More Details

Property Manager
Villa Ariadni Plakias - South Rethymno - Crete -Manolis Xeroudakis (owner)
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, German, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Villa Ariadni Plakias - South Rethymno - Crete -Manolis Xeroudakis (owner)

Manolis Xeroudakis , owner of Villa Ariadni was born in Sellia of Rethymno in 1983.

He has studied at a cooking school and he owns also a cafe at the village Prines of Rethymno where he lives with his mother and his sisters. Villa Ariadni was his fathers' family house which Manolis renovated with the intention to offer to his guests an alternative to the usual hotel complex.

Why Villa Ariadni Plakias - South Rethymno - Crete -Manolis Xeroudakis (owner) chose Plakias

Villa Ariadni in Sellia is a traditional house in a historical village, ideal for families and for those who love to be in a quiet and relaxing place with endless sea views. You will have the chance to introduce yourself to the real flavour of Crete while still providing the comforts of home.

Very close (only 2.5 klm) to the famous beach of Plakias. You will enjoy the sun , the clean beaches and the clear blue sea.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Plakias in Foinikas

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Washing machine provided
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • - Free toiletries and toilet paper - available hair dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


3.6/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 3.6 based on 5 reviews

Poor value for money, an inaccurate description and an owner who cares little for their guests.

  • 1 of 5

Despite booking for 2 weeks and paying E1500 for the whole property, the owner Mary said that due to the size of our party we could only have use of one floor. It appears the property has now been split into 2 apartments and whilst we were shown round the whole property we were not given the option of choice. The other apartment looked better appointed but did not appear to have the benefit of AC.

Despite the details/photos, there was no games room, table football, table tennis or pool table. There was also no evidence of a lift.

Parking in front of the property was secured by placing a couple of bricks in the space, but these were regularly removed by the locals and we were often left with looking for other on road parking in the village.

The main problem was with the pool. When we arrived the water was murky but usable. On our first night we were looking forward to relaxing on the terrace but the lights did not work. The other owner Manolis came and fixed the problem but by the evening of the next day they had failed again.

Manolis told us there was a problem with the pool pump which was also fusing the lights. He promised to return the next day to mend the pump. He did but the pump remained on for all of 10 minutes. He promised to return again the next day with a new pump but he never did. By the 4th day the water had turned green and speaking to Mary she told us we must not use the pool until it was fixed.

Manolis came again to effect another bodged job and having had words with Mary about our concerns she announced a couple of days later that a new pump had been fitted and that the pool was fit for use. There was no new pump, and the water remained green and unusable for the rest of our stay, and probably remains so.

I asked Mary to engage a professional but she refused to do so and despite the inconvenience Mary made it clear that she had my money and was determined to hang onto all of it.

In conclusion: The property is not as stated and represents poor value for money. As for Mary, I am afraid she has much to learn about customer service.

Loads of hassle and best avoided.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sir , We have co operated and hosted to our villa many guests and as you can see from the previous comments above we have not faced any problems before.All our guests were pleased from their stay.Some of them came again next summers! I did not see to mention in your review that you demanded to return to you 500 euro. So we weren't surprised by your review considering that we did not agree in your demand. We accept the problem with the pool but it wasn't our fault and we did our best to fix it. Furthermore we noticed that you also did not mention that when Manolis came to fix the pump you denied to him and you were negative! Anyway despite your unfriendly behaviour we believe that we did our best as always!
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Clean, spacious property with relevant mod-cons

  • 4 of 5

The property is situated in Sellia a lovely village 3 kms from Plakias. It was easy to get food as the local store was open til late and we ate out at 3 local restaurants a walk away from where we stayed – all were really good value. Manolis and Mary, the owners, were very helpful thoughout our stay – providing us with information about best places to eat, keeping the property clean, dealing with anything that came up such as fixing the fridge door and proving us with complimentary wine, raki and olive oil. The pool, although small, was used a lot by us and there were plenty of outdoor furniture to lie and sit on – there is even a small herb garden as well. The time went quickly as there are different things to do in between chilling on several different, beautiful beaches, visits to a waterpark, Argyroupoli, Frangocastello, and walks in the hills and villages.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Villa Ariadne was the perfect place to spend a week on Crete!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Sellia, nestled into the mountain overlooking the beach at Plakias, has several great restaurants and wonderful people! These include Manolis and his family - his mother welcomed us with homemade deserts and raki and later in the week brought us a moussaka! The house itself is great, with a kitchen window with a view to die for, multiple outdoor places to relax or read, and very cozy feeling overall despite having 3 bedrooms. Sellia is a wonderful place to travel to great beaches or fascinating mountain villages. Views are amazing everywhere you look! Felt like home away from home (but better).

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great base near Plakias

  • 5 of 5

Our 2 families of 4 had a wonderful few days at Villa Ariadni, enjoying some fabulous food at the restaurants which are only a few metres away! Some beautiful beaches to relax and explore.

Mary and Manolis were warm and welcoming hosts, meeting us at Rethymno to help us find the way. The house was tidy and functional, with AC upstairs, but not in the downstairs area.

The house was an excellent base to explore the area, and we would recommend it to anyone seeking to do the same. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! :)
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pas mal mais publicité légèrement mensongère :

  • 3 of 5

Dommage que la 3ème chambre soit une mezzanine où l'on ne peut pas se tenir debout.

Dommage qu'il ait fallu changer l'un des matelas (ressorts pourris) et forcément 2 nuits inconfortables.Mais bravo pour l'amabilité des hôtes, la beauté du point de vue, le charme du village de Selia et les 2 tavernes voisines où l'on mange très très bien avec un accueil fort sympathique.

Quant au billard figurant sur les photos, une illusion d'optique ?

Piscine laide et sans intérêt; mais jardin agréable et fleuri.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Paralia club - Plakias
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Plakias Bay
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Plakias, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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