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Superb & spacious villa, pool, 2km from town and the beach, mini golf available!

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,325 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom villa with amazing views, excellent service, 2km from town and beach!

This unique and impressive countryside villa is situated on the hillside just 2 km outside the historic town of Rethymno, in Kastelakia, on Crete's picturesque north coast in a 6500 sq. meters field. With its privileged location, perched on a leafy hillside, Joanna will undoubtedly appeal to everyone seeking stunning views, high levels of privacy and luxury, not to mention the convenience of being a short drive from the centre of Rethymno. With its contemporary interior and highly practical and generously proportioned exterior space, Villa Joanna is aesthetically pleasing to the eye from whatever angle you favor your holiday choice from.

Newly built to a very high specification, it's a contemporary property offering a wealth of superb facilities, including a stunning private pool and spacious sun terrace from which to enjoy the coastal and mountain views.


The house can accommodate up to 8 guests. This delightful, well maintained and decorated split level house of 216 m2 offers 4 bedrooms, 2 ensuite bathrooms and a WC.

As you enter the house on your left, there is a fully equipped kitchen has all the necessary home appliances such as microwave, oven , cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, a big fridge/ freezer with ice maker, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, mixer, grill/sandwich maker and blender. There is a full set of cutlery, cooking utensils and glassware. In the storage rooms you will also find an iron, ironing board, first aid kit and sewing box. Then, on your right there is a spacious living room/dining room with furniture, lighting and decoration of the highest standard and specially selected to create an atmosphere of intimacy and familiarity for moments of warmth and relaxation. There's an LCD HD TV set with satellite , DVD player ,music system and air conditioners in every bedroom (use of a/c is included in the price). Leading through from the living room brings you to the spacious en-suite downstairs double bedroom. Next to this bedroom there is another one which consists of two single beds. On the ground floor there is also a WC next to the bedrooms and the living room.

From here a stair brings you into the upstairs en-suite double bedroom and another two single bed bedroom, sharing the same en-suite bathroom. All bedrooms are equipped by brand-new quality mattresses provide maximum comfort. A safe deposit box keeps your valuables secure. All bedrooms are fully air-conditioned and provide WiFi with internet access. Baby cot and high chair are available on request.


The spacious exterior of Joanna does not disappoint in any way, in fact, the exteriors truly enhance this splendid Villa. A spacious lawn garden of 250m2 with local plants and trees and a 51 m2 swimming pool (children's pool is included, depth: 70 cm-190cm) provides one with the perfect opportunity to exercise and work up an appetite for a tasty meal cooked on the BBQ/Grill provided. Next to the pool someone cal also enjoy his meal as there is a shaded dining area of a long wooden table just outside the living room. At one end of the poolside terrace there is a beautifully positioned shaded kiosk with comfortable outdoor furniture, allowing you to relax at any time of the day.

What's provided:

- Welcome basket is included.

- Housekeeping, towels and linen changes twice a week.

- Pool and garden cleaning twice a week.

- Baby cot and high chair and other equipment available upon request.

-All in-house electronics are available, including a flat-screen TV with satellite reception in both bedrooms and living room, DVD player, top mount fridge with freezer and ice maker, electric stove, kettle, toaster, french coffee maker and espresso, washing machine, tuble dryer, hair-dryer, iron and iron board. Cooking utensils, cleaning utensils and a first aid kit also provided.

- Air-conditioning available.

- Complimentary free Wi-Fi coverage is available throughout the villa.

- 24h/7days concierge service included.

- Free access to a tailor made mobile app. with a local guide (beaches, restaurants, sightseeing, activities, excursions etc)

- Free Parking space inside the Villa premises.

- 5% - 10% discount coupon in car rental

Extra Services

Have in mind that we can arrange anything you may need during your stay at your villa to ensure that you will have unforgettable holidays :

- car hire or transfers,

- massage and aromatotherapy from professionals to relax at your place ,

- chef or a local woman to prepare your meals so that you relax more ,

- meal delivery at the villa,

- fresh breakfast home-made and delivered at your door daily

- diving course to discover the beautiful cretan sea,

- unforgettable safari to explore picturesque villages along with the cretan hospitality and the relaxing nature,

- excursions to visit Spinalonga, Samaria Gorge,

- yacht or small boat hire to party / swim / fish in the crystal clear Cretan sea, - one day cruise to visit Santorini or one day boat ride to discover the unreachable beaches on the southern part of Crete ie Loutro, Marmara etc!

More Details

Property Manager
Elizabeth Kardasi
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Elizabeth Kardasi

My name is Elizabeth Kardasi. My partner Evmorfia and I have recently founded a new company called Muses Travel based on incoming tourism, arranging accommodation and services.

We are here to build a relationship with you through our outstanding personalized service, warm hospitality and knowledge. I will responsible for you from the moment you first contact me sending a request form to book your stay in one of our Villas, up to the moment you get on board to return back home.

Whether you are a family with a baby or a kid, we provide you special equipment, such as toys, highchair, sterilizer, baby stroller, special equipment for outside activities. Alternatively, you can get our bicycles for a ride in the city of Rethymno (upon request). Moreover, we offer you upon arrival our application (with or without a tablet) in which you can find all the information you need (places to visit, beaches, historical monuments, shopping, restaurants, bars etc) in the specialized application we have created for Androids and IOS! Furthermore, any kind of arrangement (e.g car hire, excursions, diving, cruises) can be made so that you will be troubled as less as possible prior or during your stay!

Enjoy your holiday in Crete!

Elizabeth Kardasi purchased this villa in 2014

Why Elizabeth Kardasi chose Rethimno

Ideally situated on a hill just 2 km from Rethymno town, it can offer its guests more than enough. Excellent decoration, tranquility in a peace and quiet environment!

What makes this villa unique

Short distance from the town, excellent service and assistance from the owners and the manager!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi am writing this review to tell you how great my vacations was at the Johanna villa. We stayed there for 8 days with 8 adults. The villa was beautiful as it was in the pictures big enough and comfortable, everyone had its own space to relax. The outdoor space and the swimming pool were fantastic with a charming view over the mountains and the sea. The villa is located near the old town of Rethymno and its close to shops and restaurants although it’s up on a hill which requires a car for travelling. The owner of the villa was superb and fully helpful to us he also gave us some advices and very good suggestions for cheap and delicious restaurants we are definitely booking here again!!
Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rethimno in Rethymno

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2325 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ensuite Bathroom!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ensuite Bathroom!
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Ensuite Bathroom!
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • 8 people can sleep in beds. We also provide baby cot, high chair and stroller or an extra bed if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Superb & spacious villa, pool, 2km from town and the beach, mini golf available!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Villa Joanna - the perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic villa, we've stayed in over 20 villas so we've got a lot to compare it to and Villa Joanna is up there in the top five. The location is perfect if you want peace and quiet but it's just a five minute drive into the centre of Rethymnon. We hired a car but we used a taxi at night, promptly turning up whenever we needed it. Just 10euros each way. But back to the villa! It's beautifully decorated throughout in really contemporary colours and styling. It feels like a boutique hotel. All the bedrooms are a really good size with tonnes of storage. The bathrooms are gorgeous too, really really well planned out and it works well with the 'Jack & Jill' bathroom for the two bedrooms upstairs. We didn't use the 4th bedroom apart from the kids to get the strongest wifi signal during the day!! Kitchen is vast with everything you need, there's a Dolce Gusto coffee maker if you want to arrive with 'pods', but we used the percolator. The units are super modern, loads of storage and massive american-style fridge freezer. We only ate in twice so can't vouch for the cooker but I'm sure it's fine. The real highlight is the outdoor wood-burning oven and TWO barbecues. We never got round to using the wood oven, which we regret. But for foodies this would be amazing! The pool area is one of the best features of the villa, LOADS of space and a fantastic seating area which is way better than even the pictures show. We used it at night when the kids had a late swim while we sipped metaxa! It's a small point but there is a lot of outdoor space that you can't see, a really big car port which keeps the car cool and a gorgeous double-fronted entrance which really sets the tone for what's beyond the doors. Please don't be put off by the seemingly 'middle of nowhere' location, it was so easy to get to and the views are wonderful. We loved hearing the owner's horse and listening to the goats on the hillside. This villa is stunning. You will not be disappointed and the family that own it are on hand as little or as much as you need, we didn't need their help with anything so we didn't see them apart from when the father tracked down our car rental which couldn't find us! The agent that manages the villa is also super efficient and responded to all of our questions usually within minutes, this was very reassuring and only adds to the 5 star rating of Villa Joanna. Small point but this villa was spotlessly clean with 3 cleans in 14 days, Enjoy - it's paradise!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were 2 families with a total of 6 people. Granted the house is large for 6 people but it was fantastic. Everything in top shape, big house, big bathrooms, air conditioning in all the rooms, a SUPER pool, wonderful outside with enough space to lounge, to sit, to eat. The owners were reactive, friendly, THANK YOU Manolis for the breakfasts you brought us, twice a week cleaning is super, pool always in top condition. We were more than satisfied, we were awed and come back totally relaxed. 2 totally relaxing wonderful weeks. We would immediately come back.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrific property, amazing views, great owners

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in early July 2017. The property was excellent and exactly as described. We had 8 people with 6 adults and two children. The villa was comfortable, very well equipped, well maintained and very clean. We had housekeeping 2 times during the stay. The views from the property were amazing.

The pool was great and just the right size!

The owners met us at the villa and were always available for any questions or to bring anything we needed.

We had a private chef for a home cooked meal on Friday evening. He was AMAZING and we highly recommend him. He cooked outside on the charcoal grill. Everything was served and cleaned after. It was a real treat and the best dinner we had on Crete during our stay.


Rethymon has a long sandy beach. Unfortunately, the wind was from the North (actually provided a very nice breeze) but the water had high waves and we ended up driving to the beach in Bali on the north side (about 25-30min). We were told the real nice beaches are on the south side of the island about 45-1hr away. We did not go there.

Overall, we highly recommend the villa and the location.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dima for submitting such a nice review! We are more than glad you enjoyed ot here!
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Fantastic villa with everything that you need

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our son & it was truly as beautiful as the photos.

The owner of the villa answered any questions we had on arrival. We had a cleaner come during the middle of the holiday to refresh bedding/towels & clean.

I'd highly recommend this villa and hope to be back once our new arrival is born. :)

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tammy for your kind words, we really appreciate it! We hope to see you again, many greetings from all of us. Our best wishes to all of you!
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  • 5 of 5

This villa has it all, you do not need to leave and get lost amongst the tourists, just stay home enjoy the paradise that is villa Joanna . The owner is so helpful and is on hand to assist with anything. The pool is perfect and we spent most of our time on the patio. A perfect family villa

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

Villa Joanna is the perfect house for a Cretian holiday. We recently stayed for about 10 days. We had two families (7 people in total) sharing the house, and it worked perfectly. It's located just up the road from Rethynmno, which is a beautiful town, and within easy driving distance of lots of tourist attractions and historical sights. The house is perfect for summer (great outdoor eating area and pool) and the whole thing flows really well.

The only warning is that we first arrived at night, and the house was difficult to find (particularly in the dark) - satelllite navigation is a must (it's very difficult to find from a map). We got lost. However, the owners were very helpful did come and rescue us and drove us to the house. Once you know where it is, it's pretty easy to find.

We would definitely stay there again, and were very sad to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fortezza Castle
Moni Arkadi
Prima Plora
Μονή Αρκαδίου (Arkadi Monastery)
Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
Ancient Lappa's Necropolis, Argyroupolis
Taverna Zisis
Poliou House
The Italian Job
Agia Irini
CRM Ariadni (CRM Αριάδνη)
Sky Park
Discovery Quad-Buggy-Jeep Safari
Atlantis Diving Center
Paleontological Museum
Rimondi Fountain (Ενετική Κρήνη Rimondi)
Venetian Harbour
Neratze Mosque (Νερατζέ Τζαμί)
Venetian Loggia
Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno (Ιστορικό Και Λαογραφικό Μουσείο Ρεθύμνου)
Mili Gorge
Episkopi Beach (Παραλία Επισκοπής)
Raki Ba Raki
Cul De Sac
The Garden of Ali Vafi
Arkadiou (Αρκαδίου)
Arampatzoglou (Αραμπατζόγλου)
Ioannis Kalogerakis & CO O.E (ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΚΑΛΟΓΕΡΑΚΗΣ & ΣΙΑ ΟΕ)
Dolphin Cruises
Super Market Lidl
Nearest Airport
68.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Our villa is located on a hill right outside Rethymno city center. You are very close to everything you can possible need to have great time on your holidays! Wolking distance to everything : sandy beach, beach bars, restaurants, super market, bakery, pharmacy....

The Historical Old City center of Rethymno is just 5 km away where you can discover the venetian beauty of our town...Do not forget to visit our Fortress Forteza, the Old Port - Light House and walk around in the romantic old town.

During your stay you will be provided all the important information about the local areas and useful guides in a tailor made app.

Our goal is to please our guest as much as possible, thus we will be in continuous contact in case anything comes up or need to ask anything.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

House maintenance is provided twice a week and is included in the price!

Guests are responsible to ensure that the property is left in a reasonable condition of cleanliness and in the same condition of repair as upon arrival.
The number of guest should not exceed the number referred at the rental agreement. We do not hold any responsibility for the extra people.
While all pools are built to the standards of the Greek Tourism Organization, parents have full responsibility for supervising their children. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to use the pool or hot tubs at any time without adult supervision. Diving is also prohibited.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.