Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

200 Year Old Converted Barn in mountain village location near to Panormo Crete

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

200 year old villa in Pasalites, Rethymnon, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Mountain Village, Suiting Walkers, Cyclists, or Couples and Newlyweds Wishing A Romantic Getaway

Converted 200 year old barn, in the mountain village of Pasalites, near Perama and 7km south of Panormo and the beaches, makes a romantic and quiet base for couples, walkers, cyclists or couples wanting to be away from the crowds. Villa Alexander is a studio style one bed villa with enclosed garden and real well. It is in easy reach of Heraklion, Rethymnon and several ancient and historical sites, including Eleftherma, Melidoni, Arkadia and Rethymnon. It has single studio style accommodation, with kitchenette, seating area with TV etc, raised bedroom area and separate bathroom. The stone walls and timber ceilings make this a very warm and relaxing location. The private courtyard garden gives privacy for eating and relaxing. A child cot can be provided on request. Not suitable for wheelchairs, but can be used by restricted mobility. It is incredibly peaceful and relaxing!

About Us

Martin Fagan
Fagan Martin-Nigel E.E.
Fagan Martin-Nigel E.E., Tourist Business
GR 800695329 Rethimno
VAT Reg No

Martin Fagan
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 September, 2018

About Martin Fagan

We like Crete....always have ...ever since we were students coming here backpacking. In 2008 we built our first house here, in Ag Galini on the south coast. We have recently bought our second property here at Pasalites.

Crete is wonderful .... history, nice beaches, mountains, wildlife. However we prefer the quieter aspects hence both our houses are in isolated locations.

Passilites is very suited to couples wishing walking, cycling, quiet holidays.

Martin Fagan purchased this villa in 2015

Why Martin Fagan chose Rethimno

We saw this on TV in the UK, on a "Property in the Sun - Home or Away'

In November 2014 we visited and fell in love with it. The sale was completed in January 2015.

What makes this villa unique

Peace and quiet! Our daughter says it is 'cute'! Altogether very relaxing. Great romantic getaway, and dry suitable for couples wishing a base to explore Crete, or those interested in nature, seclusion, history, or just looking for a quiet getaway.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Firstly many thanks again. We had a wonderful fortnight and found staying at Villa Alexander suited us perfectly. We loved the peaceful location and you have appointed and equipped the cottage extremely well. There was nothing lacking (apart from a nutcracker but we wouldn’t expect one!) and a number of items provided that we would not normally expect. Our only suggestions would be that we found the pans unnecessarily large for 2 people and the shower hose stretched across the corner of the shower tray. The provision of one, or preferably 2, small pans would have been handy and a longer shower hose hooked to the corner would mean that it would not be in the way.

Pasalites’ position also fitted our needs really well with easy access to the New National Road making trips to Chania, Knossos, Spinalonga, the Lasithi plateau, Phaistos and the South coast manageable, and also close to Arkadi and Eleftherna for more local exploration. Eleftherna we found particularly rewarding though it’s a shame we couldn’t see the Acropolis or Necropolis.

One little extra touch which we hugely appreciated and came as a complete surprise was that on both Sundays Haroula called in at the window and presented us with a freshly cooked hot snack; dolmades and a stuffed pepper and onion one time and pittas (?), fried spinach pies the other. We felt so inadequate in that we couldn’t thank her properly as our Greek is no better than her English, but it was terribly kind of her.

With thanks again
Sep 2015
  • 1 of 3


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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower. Laundry facilities available.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Raised sleeping area with double bed. Safety deposit. Couch for child if required.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • snorkelling
Notes on accommodation: Fantastic character and ambiance with extensive wooden beams and stonework. The Villa is open plan with kitchen area, lounge area and bedroom area, with windows to secluded courtyard. This is a great location for the quite and relaxing holiday, or those seeking a central base with which to explore central Crete. Outside: Marble paved, enclosed patio garden, with overhanging trees for shade, and real well. Small flower garden, and many potted plants. Garden furniture. Working well where water can be drawn, but mains water is supplied! Garden has views of mount Psiloritis to the south, the highest peak in Crete and the home to Zeus. Utility Room: Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen provided The Villa has a first aid kit and a defibrillator available Tourist license number : 1041?91003067301


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

71% Complete
28% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
200 Year Old Converted Barn in mountain village location near to Panormo Crete
average rating of 4.714286 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful property in fabulous countryside location.

  • 5 of 5

There was ample to see and do within a short drive. Booklets and maps left in property very instructive and useful guides. Local taverna provided good selection of vegetarian food. Property immaculate and charming.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

Quiet retreat among the olive trees

  • 5 of 5

You'll need a car for this one, as it is out in the rural countryside south of Perama. But the home was perfect for me and has a lovely patio for enjoying the Creta sunshine. It's a wonderful place to be away from it all and to explore the surrounding countryside on Crete's winding roads.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes you do need a car, but it's worth its weight in gold to get out and see the tiny villages and the lovely area around, and perhaps drive up Psiloritis - the highest mountain on Crete.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

Modern and clean villa in a stunning mountain setting in a peaceful Cretan village.

  • 4 of 5

Exactly what it said in the description on line and the directions to get here from Sally were spot on. The courtyard was lovely for lounging and the villa is completely self contained with all mod-cons. The power shower and air con came in very useful after a day out sightseeing. Plenty of storage and there were some nice touches with parasols, sun loungers, torches and candles in case of power cuts- we didn't have to use them, external lighting for evening meals, there was even a spring balance to weigh your cases for the trip back - we needed for nothing.

We used the villa as a base so visited Knossos, Margarites - ceramic art village, took a stunning drive up Mount Ida to Anogeia and drove to the south coast to a beach called Aya Pavlos - utter heaven. A trip to the Arkadian Monestary is a must - very moving and if you are visiting Eleftherna make it a whole day and go to the museum in the new village first to get the lie of the land - a fascinating place. A couple of days we lay in in the comfy bed and then sun bathed in the courtyard listening to the goats in the adjacent olive grove.

The people are friendly our neighbour gave us a gift of freshly picked apricots and fresh oregano - everyone says hello and nothing is too much trouble.

Our two weeks flew by and we relaxed well helped by the wine and Raki. Our first visit to Crete and it won't be the last.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay! You are right there is a lot to do around that area - it's a great central spot to explore the island. Do come again - you will be very welcome!
Did you find this review helpful?
4 0

Erholsame Urlaubstage in kretischer Idylle

  • 4 of 5

Von der Buchung, über die Anreise-Infos bis zur Abreise aus dem wunderschönen Domizil hat bei der Planung und Durchführung unserer Urlaubsreise alles reibungslos geklappt. Im gut gepflegten und sauberen Haus haben wir uns (auch Dank der im Juli erforderlichen Klimanlage!) sehr wohl gefühlt. Es hat uns nichts gefehlt. Die Küche war gut ausgestattet. Das Doppelbett (incl. Mückennetz) in prima Zustand und auch das Bad ließ keine Wünsche offen. Die erholsamen Stunden auf der Terrasse mit dem regelmäßigen Besuch 'unserer zugelaufenen Hauskatze' werden wir vermissen. In Sachen 'Mobilität' braucht man - wie schon in der Beschreibung angegeben - für erforderliche Einkäufe, Besuche von Restaurants oder Ausflüge über die wunderschöne Insel ein Auto. Das ist unverzichtbar, bietet allerdings individuelle Erlebnisse und Entdeckungen, die in keinem Reisekatalog zu finden sind. Unser Lieblingsstrand (incl. gleichnamiger Taverne) war in Bali (Karavostasi). Aber auch die traumhafte Badebucht von Sises (Alyki Beach), die überwiegend nicht von Touristen besucht wird, können wir als 'Geheimtipp' empfehlen. Wir werden gerne wiederkommen!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to know that Kerstin loved the great charm of our little house and used it as a base to explore the wonderful island of Crete. Villa Alexander is really well located to offer many opportunities. We will add Alyki to our list of recommended places! We do hope that Kerstin will visit us again and tell lots of friends about us!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

Ein kleines Paradies

  • 5 of 5

Wer Ruhe mag und nicht so heisses Wetter, der ist dort am richtigen Platz. Ein sehr schönes gemütliches Paradies für Individualisten. Mit Hauskatze und netten Nachbarn hatten wir ein so schönen Urlaub wie schon lange nicht mehr. Sally und Martin haben ein sehr sauberes und funktionales Domizil geschaffen. Die Hinweise in ihrer Urlaubsmappe waren Gold wert. Alles hat ganz wunderbar funktioniert. Vielen Dank wir kommen bestimmt wieder.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

Nice and cosy place near the coast

  • 5 of 5

I spent a whole week with my girlfriend in this nice house. It is located near the coast and is easily accesable with a car. It was the perfect starting point for several trips all arround crete. Nearby is a small super market that provided us with the essential foods. I would recommend this place to friends. Espacially the very fast and friendly responses from Martin and Sally were noteworthy.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have Julian and Michaela in our house. We are delighted that they made use of the villa's excellent location to explore this wonderful island. We do hope they will come again.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Short 15 mins drive to beaches at Panormo and Bali


Nearest airport is Heraklion (60 mins), but Chania is only 1 hr 30 mins away. Car hire is essential.


Perama - 3km

Panormo - 10 km

Arkadia monastery - 15km

Eleftherna ruins - 7 Km

Knossos - 45KM

Rethymnon Fortezza - 20 Km

South coast - 45km

Further Details:

Banks, supermarkets and restaurants can be found in Perama, Bali and Panormo. The harbour restaurant in Panormo is particularly good.


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
100 Euro or £100 returnable damage deposit required when booking.
25% payment with booking, remainder 6 weeks before arrival.

Note VAT is chargeable from 2016. All bookings received and paid for before 31st December 2015 we will pay the VAT. after 1st January 2016, we will absorb the VAT on all bookings for 14 days or more.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible and depends upon current bookings. Housekeeper lives nearby.

Notes on prices:
Property available all year around.
Payment accepted in Euros as well

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

You might like these similar holiday rentals