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Beautiful villa with garden and large swimming pool-separate kids pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa DiStella 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Villa Distella is a private luxurious Villa built in a private plot with beautiful gardens and sea view.The Villa is in a quite area just 6km from the vibrant Venetian town of Rethymnon.

Villa Distella is well laid out into 190sq metres with living room, kitchen , four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two terraces , and four balconies . The Villa is beautifully decorated combining traditional with more modern materials.

The swimming pool is surrounded with a beautiful garden planted with palm trees, olive trees, lemon trees, orange trees, roses and many native plants of Crete.

A welcome basket will be waiting for you upon arrival with local goods!

Description :Entering the Villa there is a big living room with the open kitchen area. At the ground floor there is also a seperate living room with the satellite TV , dvd player and music player . At the same floor there is a double bedroom with its own balcony and a shared bathroom with shower.

At the first floor there are two double bedroons with balconies ( mountain view), a bathroom , an en-suite bedroom with two single beds , it also has a balcony with sea view. All of our mattresses are COCO MAT designed to offer you relaxing, comfortable sleep with natural materials.

At the same foor the is also a small kitchen and a big terracce with sitting area to enjoy the sea view and the beautiful sunset.

At the lower floor of the Villa there is the washing machine and hoover.

The Villa is built in a 3 hectare plot with beautiful gardens, swimming pool ( there is also seperate kid's pool) and private parking place.

There are more photos of the Villa at the site:www.rethymnovillas.com

Villa Distella is just 500m for the center of Prines Village which has two minimarkets, three tavernas, cafes, butcher shop and a petrol station. Prines is a very nice quite village to walk around.

More Details

Stella Giannouli
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Stella Giannouli

My name is Stella Giannouli and i live in Rethymnon with my husband and our two daughters.

I have studied in the UK Horticulture and Garden Design.

My family owns three Villas in the Village Prines, Villa Manolia, Villa Distella and Villa Olia.

My parents, Manolis and Manolia are also staying at Prines and we are always there for you.

Our expirience over the last 15years made as to have the expirience to offer you the best for your holidays .


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Prines in Nikiforos Fokas

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful villa with garden and large swimming pool-separate kids pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

One of the best!

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous villa with first class service from the lovely owners. Villa DiStella is spacious and well equipped with a good size pool and beautiful gardens. The villa is located in a quiet part of the sleepy village of Prines with a mini market and a couple of authentic tavernas (olive tree & veranta) within walking distance. Within 20 minutes by car you can get to Rethymno old town and a choice of beaches (kalivaki beach is a must).

We enjoyed our stay there and loved connecting with the owners, Manolis, Manolia and Stella.

For an unforgettable villa holiday, villa DiStella comes highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your good words. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family! Our warm regards to you and your family and hopefully we will meet you again in Uk or Crete!
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A beautiful villa in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We had a blissful October week at Villa DiStella. The property is very large and much nicer than the photos suggest. The garden is lush and well looked after and can be enjoyed from 3 separate large terraces and that's not mentioning the small balconies on each of the rooms! The interior is comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. The roof terrace has stunning views of the sea and across the mountains and is well positioned to enjoy the sunset.

The local village is very beautiful and we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and supper at the super friendly taverna on the square. We very much enjoyed walking through the traditional village to get fresh bread from the shop each morning. And what sets this property apart - the warmth of greeting from the owners who also run the local shop. We had a friendly chat every morning with Stella's mum and often left with freshly baked cakes she had made for us.

The villa is also well placed for the loacl area. Rethymino is a really great town and we had no problem driving and parking on the outskirts, althought the local bus ran regulary from the village. The families favourite trip was to Schinaria Beach (as recommended by Yannis at the taverna). At the end of a single track road is a beautiful crystal clear bay where we snorkelled (take your gear with you) and saw the most beautiful fish in only a few feet of water.

So I won't hesitate to recommend this villa. The family who own it are so welcoming and helpful throughout your stay it sets you up for a perfect holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic villa with big pool

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from our stay at Villa Di Stella and would really recommend it. As a family of four with two boys aged 9 and 6, the size of the villa and the pool were a real bonus and kept us entertained for the week. As soon as we arrived I thought the picture on the website didn't really do the villa justice - it is a lot bigger than I expected and the bedrooms and living areas are really well arranged to make the stay a comfortable one. There are great cooking facilities at the villa with a fully equipped kitchen and two tavernas a short walk away in the village. The better of the two is Giannikos taverna on the village square with a traditional menu and good fish and the owner was really welcoming and made the evening for us - h gets a 5 star rating on Trip Adviser.

Prines itself is a sleepy little village with some really nice little alleyways and a couple of mini markets but you're only a short (8 mins maybe) drive from Lidl at the bottom of the hill (and a small Jumbo) in Rethymnon which has everything you need for self catering and avoids driving further into the town which we tried once and never again!. There's also a bus into Rethymnon which we took as we tried driving into the town earlier in the day but that was probably not worth the risk in the evening.The taxi ride back was 12 Euros. The villa is on a hill with a number of balconies and terraces so you can get/get away from the sun throughout the day and enjoy dinner on the top terrace overlooking the sea as the sun sets.

At the bottom of the hill is the main northern road that runs from Iraklion to Chania which means beaches are easy to get to.

The owner was was very friendly and owned the minimarket in the village so you could always find them if you had any questions and it was nice to have the maid service half way through the week and a dessert dropped off too!

All in all a really great villa and I'd strongly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in Villa Distella, Manolis & Stella were so welcoming and helpful. The villa is beautiful we were a large party with children and there was plenty of space, lots of outdoor areas to relax in and the pool was fabulous. The village of Prines is lovely a real family place, close to the hustle and bustle of Retymnon but far enough away for you to feel off the tourist track. We will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The best villa we have yet stayed in

  • 5 of 5

We have booked villas in Europe for the past 15 years and Villa di Stella is by far the best one we have stayed in. From the correspondence ahead of our stay responding to questions about the local area to the owners posting on some left behind items, we could not have asked for more. We were a party of up 8 ranging from 13 - 75 and everyone loved it. As others have mentioned, the villa is immaculate, private, spacious, functional, well air-conditioned, has plenty of terraces to sit on, huge clean pool, plenty of sun loungers for everyone, gorgeous plants and flowers in the garden, is so well located for the local tavernas which you can walk to and also near to Rethymno. Cannot rate the friendliness of the owners and their efficiency to sort a couple of very minor issues out for us as soon as possible (just wifi!) I just hope we have an opportunity to return another time. Thank you to all the family!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous villa in traditional greek village

  • 5 of 5

Super villa in the traditional village of Prines. Perfect for a relaxing, chill out holiday. Villa accommodation is kept immaculate by the proud and friendly owners. The villa itself provides everything needed for your holiday including beautiful bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, dining area, as well as three outdoor areas, two pools (one perfect for small children). The owners make you feel so at home, they even provided a lovely welcome pack on our arrival as well as other tasty foods throughout our stay - freshly cooked cheese pies, a dessert, local cheese and even gave us a little leaving gift to remember our holiday.

The villa is in easy walking distance from the local Giannikos Taverna which serves traditional and reasonably priced food, along with a very friendly, warm welcome.

Would I recommend this property or go back - within a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Jeanette!
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Villa is Located in a small traditional village just 6 km on the west side of Rethymnon.

The village has local shops such as tavernas, mini-market, petrol station, butcher shop. It is just three km from the sea and 5 km from the beach of Prtres and Episkopi.

In addition next to Prines are other villages with nice traditional food and fresh fish which you can visit ( Gonia, Petres, Argiroupoli)

Prines has nice areas to walk and a small traditional village next to it named Vederoi of which you can walk to it with a beautiful small gorge.

The village is close to all local attractions.


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Owner'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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