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Forest Villas in Crete - Ellotia

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights



The two basic elements of this 3-bedroom villa, stone and wood, its Cretan architecture, the arches, the exposed beamed ceilings and the Cretan relics, will travel you to another era. Τhe perfect place for you and your family to spend your vacation!

The spacious living area includes open plan kitchen-dining room, comfortable lounge with working fireplace.

With spectacular sea/mountain views, the master bedroom with en suite bathroom is located on the first floor, where you can enjoy the mountain breeze from the large veranda, whilst the ground floor has two bedrooms, a shared bathroom and full wheelchair access.

Outside, the covered terrace has dining furniture and a BBQ, as well as sun chairs by the private swimming pool - perfect for dining with cold beer in the warm evenings and for tanning in the mornings!

All rooms have free Wi-Fi available and all bedrooms have air conditioners for your convenience.

The villa has a shared gate entry and a private parking area.

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About the property

Forest Villas in Crete

Forest Villas in Crete is a complex of 4 fully equipped villas, each with a private swimming pool and barbecue, that will satisfy all your expectations.

You can choose between traditional stone-built villas that resemble the Cretan architecture and our brand new modern-styled villa with state-of-the-art facilities and luxurious amenities. Each villa will offer absolute privacy to you and your family!

Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

A prime location, away from the city noise, with a magnificent view which is truly beyond any description. Situated in the heart of one of the few oak forests in Europe, just 5 km from the city of Rethymno and the beach, Forest Villas is the ideal destination for nature lovers, families and couples.

A private tranquil area, that combines the peaceful enjoyment of nature and all the benefits of being close to town (Rethymno), it is an ideal base for starting your excursions around the whole island, since it is close to the central national road of Crete.

Atsipopoulo Village with several local restaurants, supermarkets, ATM machine, bakeries, coffee shops, pharmacies, etc is just 1.5 km away (less than 5 minutes drive).

Reserve one of our 4 villas for your vacation and enjoy the sounds and fragrances of nature overlooking a magnificent landscape that combines the lush hills and the Cretan Sea!

Guests at Forest Villas - Kanakakis Estate can try day-fresh eggs from our farm and various vegetables grown at our on-site garden.

During your stay at Forest Villas you are wholeheartedly invited to take part in taking care of the farm animals, walk along the forest and the farm paths and finish your day watching a beautiful sunset that will take your breath away.

All of our villas are approved by the Greek Tourism Organization.

More Details on Each villa:

1) Villa Sarpedon (5 BD - 4 BA - 155 sqm - built in 2016), private pool (39 sqm) and barbecue

For more information & photos visit http://www.forest-villas.gr/sarpedon/

2) Villa Asterion (3 BD - 2 BA - 120 sqm - built in 2006), private pool (28 sqm) and barbecue

For more information & photos visit http://www.forest-villas.gr/asterion/

3) Villa Rhadamanthus (3 BD - 2 BA - 130 sqm - built in 2002), private pool (32 sqm) and barbecue

For more information & photos visit http://www.forest-villas.gr/rhadamanthus/

4) Villa Ellotia (3 BD - 2 BA - 130 sqm - built in 2002), private pool (32 sqm) and barbecue

For more information & photos visit http://www.forest-villas.gr/ellotia/

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Property Manager
Sophia Kanakaki
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2016

About Sophia Kanakaki

I'm a mathematician and I find a great interest in the field of Ecotourism, which is an excellent way to spend my summers!

Born and raised in Rethymno, I wouldn't dream living anywhere else in the world! I find the fact that you can be up in the mountains in a small village and just 10 minutes later you can go be at the beach truly amazing! And of course, it is sunny all year around!

Sophia Kanakaki purchased this villa in 2013

Why Sophia Kanakaki chose Rethymnon area

Kanakakis Estate is a family business, run by myself and my two siblings.

Our property was passed down to us through our father and is of great sentimental value, since he was the one who undertook most of the work building the villas. Consequently, all of us have put our heart and soul into it, making it what it is today.

But it didn’t take too much effort, since the hard work had already been done by Nature. It has its ways.. Take a moment to watch for the swallows and swifts swooping down each evening/late afternoon to the pool - they even fly alongside you if you are swimming - very special! Oh and.. unique sunset! The colors of the sky, the sea, the mountains.. This combination will take your breath away!

What makes this villa unique

A superb place to unwind, quite central to visit other areas on the island, a truly memorable place!

Part of the attraction is the wildlife, a herd of mountain goats occupy the surrounding area outside the boundary fence. They have a daily routine strolling past, calling to one another with their bells ringing, each with their own personality!

Here you will meet the Cretan hospitality and truly realize what Ecotourism means, enjoying day-fresh eggs from the hens, freshly-harvested vegetables and fruit, as well as getting in touch with farm animals by feeding and taking care of them.

We will be at your disposal with helpful advice and information whenever needed, as we have a wide knowledge of the island and will be only willing to suggest places of interest and routes to get there.

You will enjoy the best of both worlds!

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4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

3rd time back

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay and happy with it all. Sofia and her charming family are unobtrusive but make you feel totally at home, including presenting us with a wonderful home made moussaka. The villa is simply furnished but has all the basics and has a cosy traditional farmhouse feel about it. Very, very private, quiet and secluded, but just 3 minutes from the local village with good shops for food, bakery etc. and only 10 minutes from the throbbing heart of Rethymnon. 1 hr. from Heraklion and Chania. Car essential. Amazing 12km Episkopi beach also 10-12 mins away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Our best holiday from many years!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 very nice weeks in villa Ellotia. The house is really nice and it is a pleasure to eat outside with the sea view and the sound of goat bells.

The house has good equipment and the service of cleaning is perfect. The situation is good. A car is necessary but is is not far from the nice village of Atsipopoulo, not far from Rethymnon and not far from a nice beach which was not busy even in august. We appreciate the calm. We spent very relaxing moment in family around the swimming pool.

The situation is good to visit west of Crete.

We received the warmest of welcomes. We appreciate the special attentions as fruits and cakes at arrival. Sophia, thank you so much for your kindness and your advices. A special thanks to your mom for the cretan food which was very good!

The children enjoyed going to the farm.

We will recommend this house and if we come back in Crete, we will come back to this villa!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
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Private and secluded

  • 4 of 5

This is a quiet, charming villa in a cluster of three, set in secluded farmland. The properties are sufficiently set apart so there is complete privacy on most of the property. Car absolutely needed as nearest village and contact of any sort is 5 mins away. Good little supermarket and most types of provisions in the village. Nearest large town Rethymno a further 10 minutes. Set up in the hills the views are wonderful in all directions. The pool is small but that seems to be the norm in Crete. Crete was quite breezy when we were there, apparently this is not unusual, and the villa is no exception as it sits up on the hill, but unless you are really bothered by this, it is not generally an issue, and it can drop to nothing just as easily. Generally it was stiller in the evenings.

The house itself has a traditional feel, quite plain but sympathetically decorated/ furnished, and perfectly comfortable as a holiday home. Definitely nothing tacky or jarring about it. 2 bathrooms, three bedrooms. The upstairs bedroom terrace is a nice touch, and as it is one of the few decent wi-fi spots (very patchy downstairs), a good place to catch up on the emails late afternoon/early evening with a gin and tonic or glass of wine and some nibbles!

No fancy extras but everything you need is here for a very relaxing stay. The maid came twice in our 8 days, and did a passable job at cleaning, changing sheets (once), etc. The pool terrace is nice and the barbecue was well used almost every evening that we were not out. Sofia and the family are gracious hosts and make themselves scarce but are always on hand if you need anything. They live in the village. At one point a local homemade supper dish (made by the mother) arrived which we baked and it was really delicious - very kind of them.

We were intending to use the house more as a base, preferring to find some secluded beaches, but in the end it was so peaceful, we spent a lot more time (with time standing very still) at the villa with nothing but the sounds of birds and bees and the gentle tinkling of goat bells in the distance, perfect for reading, sun bathing, little dips in the pool, idle chatter and total relaxation. The outdoor table tennis table was a nice touch for silly fun, except that I got beaten by my girlfriend, which I blamed on the second gin.

The beauty of this place is that if you want action, noise, excitement, it is only 15 mins away. This is a complete bolthole of quiet - so you can have it both ways!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Chania Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Rethymno Port
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Rethymno Beach
Car: necessary

Kanakakis Estate is extremely peaceful and ideally placed for exploration of Crete, since it is close to the central national road of the island. A prime location in the heart of one of the few oak forests in Europe with breathtaking view less than a 10 min drive from the City of Rethymno, 1.5 km outside the picturesque village of Atsipopoulo.

Atsipopoulo provides amenities with a supermarket with delivery service, coffee shops, restaurants with traditional Cretan food, patisseries, a hairdresser's, bakeries, pharmacies, ATM machine, etc.

Rethymno offers a variety of activities, scuba diving, hiking, water sports, etc.

Some interesting monuments and sights to visit are the Fortezza castle, the Venetian harbour, Loggia,the Municipal Garden, the Archaeological museum of Rethymno, the Historical and Folk Art museum of Rethymno, Preveli Monastery, Rethymno Centre of Contemporary Art, Old Town, Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, etc.

The surrounding area of Kanakakis Estate is full of green hills, fields with olive and oak trees and the whole area is famous for its spectacular view of the forest, whereas in horizon one can see the Cretan Sea and the City in a magical combination.



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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Living room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Every day service is provided. Change of linen and towels is made every 4 days. Amenities such as Natural Organic Cosmetics made from Olive Oil as well as free Wi-Fi internet will make you feel at home. Air Conditioning and the Central Heating are available upon request. All the windows in the villa are covered with mosquito nets. Family Kanakakis will make sure that you will have the most enjoyable holidays in an unforgetable enviroment.

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