Historic Villa near Rethymnon, Crete
Charming Luxury Villa with Heated Pool in a traditional village near Rethymnon, Crete - Greece
Our personal review
This charming luxury villa in the historic mountain village of Maroulas, is a true gem unparalleled in standard and beauty. Most of the buildings in the heritage site date back to at least the Venetian era and no new construction work can be carried out without the cooperation of the archaeological department. Beside the beauty and serenity of the traditional village, it is a living community offering two taverns and two kafeneions.
The walls of the luxurious 540 m² villa, dating back to 1420, have lots to tell: The architectural characteristics of the Venetian era in the one wing (two storey) used to represent a larger farm house, the other wing (single storey) used to be an olive press that was originally constructed during the Turkish occupation. In the following centuries the property served for various other functions until abandoned and left to fall apart.
Today’s owner, a Greek-Belgian with a sense for the exquisiteness of historical architecture, discovered the dormant beauty and meticulously restored it into a luxury villa for people to experience Crete in a unique style and quality. The unique historical, cultural and social identity that developed on the crossroad between Europe, Africa and Asia as well as the Mediterranean climate, dazzling turquoise seas, superb beaches and stunning mountain ranges are not only surrounding this property but also found within the walls of this unique villa.
The result of the expensive restoration is a fusion of light, glass and space, bringing different times and cultures together, self-evidently also incorporating all the modern facilities one would expect to find in an exclusive luxury villa.
Experience the Luxury
The luxury you will experience during your stay in this unique villa is not limited to the villa itself but starts before you even get there and escorts you throughout your stay in Crete. On booking this villa, you may provide any special needs to make sure you find everything you need on arrival. You will be met at the highway to avoid searching for the village and the villa or you may even be met at the airport (at additional charge). A parking space is provided throughout your stay. A small tour through the villa will inform you about the functioning of all equipment (projector, Jacuzzi, computer, …), followed by a short stroll through the village to get a first impression of the most beautiful spots in the proximity. Most likely you will end up in a local tavern or café with a breathtaking view where you will forget the stress of the previous weeks and start to unwind in this serene atmosphere and laid back lifestyle of the Cretan villagers. In the villa you will find everything you need to prepare breakfast: fruits, coffee, tea, bread, butter, cheese, eggs, … and an average of spices and condiments for cooking. An appointment is set with you to match the arrival time of the maid for the next day or two (between 10 am and 2 pm). On the second day, you will be met to discuss any potential needs and receive an informative guide regarding all the possible things to do in Crete. A thirty minute tour to show you the local stores, bank, supermarket, bakery … the nearest and best shops according to your preferences is offered and may finish off with a short stop to a nearby beach for free refreshments. The wine cellar of the villa offers a selection of high quality Greek wine allowing you to pick and choose a suitable wine for the spirit of the moment (charged per consumption).
Throughout your stay, the housekeeper will clean your clothes free of charge, a distributor provides mineral water, a free service delivers Cretan dishes, the management is reachable by phone 24/7 and lives very close, a large choice of materials for children and a big variety of movies is available, qualified staff is employed for any additional service you may wish and you are invited to a typical tavern during your stay.
Prices for 2024 in Euro per week
Pool heating: 150 €/week from June the 15th to September the 15th and 200 €/week for all other periods
Booking Conditions: A 30% non refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The rest of the amount is to be settled 1 month prior to arrival.
Damage deposit: A fully refundable damage deposit of 500 Euro in cash (+extra 500 € for pets) for is to be paid upon arrival. This will be refunded on the final day, minus the cost of any possible damages.
Payment Method: Bank transfer in Euro.
Cancellation Policy: 4 weeks or more before arrival 30% (deposit) will be forfeited, less than 4 weeks before arrival 100% will be forfeited
The Courtyard with Pool
On entering the property we find ourselves in the inner courtyard (400 m2) with its high walls that offer serenity and privacy in the heart of the village. We are invited to refresh ourselves in the heated swimming pool (cleaned with biological active oxygen rather than chlorine) and elegant garden furniture to sunbathe, unwind and relax. A lemon tree offers shade during the mid-day heat.
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The Living Area
From here we enter the conservatory style entrance that leads us into the main living area. The design is open-plan: A huge lounge with a stunning white marble floor, a kitchen and dining area, a vaulted television room and a hi-tech office space. The kitchen is fully equipped – dishwasher, microwave, oven etc. Technical facilities include: PC, WiFi, giant screen (3.5 x 3.5 meter), overhead projector managed by computer, a telephone, fax, television, video tape recorder, Hi-Fi, CD/DVD, … The dining area is spacious and there is also a children’s play space. The living area leads out to a small inner courtyard, which houses a Jacuzzi, which is big enough for at least four people (cleaned with biological active oxygen rather than chlorine).
The 5 bedrooms are spread throughout the villa to guarantee privacy and their miscellany of interior design and location accommodate the different requirements you may have. One bedroom on the ground floor with independent entrance, double bed, computer work-space, en-suite bathroom with bath and toilet, another bedroom on the ground floor with double bed, separated shower and toilet, one bedroom on the first floor with great view of the sea, original fireplace, double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and toilet, one bedroom on the first floor with a small double bed sharing the bathroom with the fifth bedroom that has bunk beds as well as various alternative furniture to tailor sleeping arrangements according to your requirements.
The Rooftop Terrace
Apart from the large courtyard with swimming pool and the small yard with the Jacuzzi, the villa also has a massive roof terrace on the first floor of the building. The rooftop terrace is partially shaded and furnished with all the garden furniture you could possibly want and offers a superb view of the village, the sea and the surrounding countryside.