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Traditional House With Pool And Great View!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,356 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom villa with pool and great view to the sea.

Villa Gaia is a traditional stone built house, recently renovated (2008), located in a quiet area in the village Skouloufia, 18km away from Rethymno. The villa is built in one floor layout. On the exterior of the house, there is a big yard with a 25sqm swimming pool with sunchairs and umbrellas around it , a stone made barbecue and a garden. There is also a large veranda with a dining table covered by a pergola. The house has a spectacular view to the sea and the surrounding area, which the visitor can enjoy from the yard.

Ideally suitable for 5 people, there are three bedrooms in the Villa, all with view to the sea – one with double bed and terrace, one with semi-double bed and terrace and one with twin beds. A baby cot is also provided to the guests.

The house has a spacious dining and living room, traditionally decorated, with a fireplace and a smart satellite TV with a Blueray player and an open plan fully equipped kitchen. There is also one bathroom with W/C, and hydro massage bath.

All of the rooms are fully air conditioned. The combination of the air conditioning, the fireplace and the sun heating makes the house suitable for all the seasons of the year.

There are many villages with tavernas, mini markets and pharmacies nearby, as well as many historical sightseeing like the Arkadi monastery (8kms away) and the ancient Eleytherna (7kms away). The nearest beach is only 6 km away from the villa, in the village Stavromenos.

The villa's licence number from the Hellenic Tourist Organization is


More Details

Zacharias Katsirakis
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2018

What makes this villa unique

The villa is built at the edge of a traditional village surrounded by olives, oaks and Cretan herbs.On the exterior of the villa there is a beautiful garden where is also the swimming pool which has a size of 25 sq m, with sun chairs and umbrellas around. Also a stone made barbecue and a nice veranda covered with a wooden pergola with beautiful views to the countryside The house is located in a very quiet place, which is still near the beach and the city of Rethymno, but also close to important sight seeings like the Arcadi Monastery and the ancient city of Eleytherna, and the museum of Ancient Eleytherna. Villa Gaia is ideal for families, couples and individuals who would like to feel the independence and the real Cretan village life.


Rethimno Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1356 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • There is a bathroom/wc with jacuzzi in the house, which also includes a laundry machine. Towels, soap and laundry powder are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • In the house, there are 3 bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with 2 single beds and one with 1 single bed. There is an optional baby cot, which is placed in the bedroom eith the double bed.All of the rooms are air-conditioned, with a separate device for each room.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house has a spacious dining and living room, traditionally decorated with a fireplace and Smart-TV with Blu ray/ DVD player and an open plan fully equipped kitchen. There is also one bathroom with W/C, and hydro massage bath. The villa boasts spectacular sea views and is fully air conditioned. There are three bedrooms, one with two single beds, one with a double bed and one with a single bed , all air-conditioned , each leading to a nice veranda and all sharing a spacious bath/wc with jacuzzi. A children bed is offered on request. On the exterior of the villa, there is a beautiful garden and the swimming pool which has a size of 25 sq m, with sun chairs and umbrellas around. There is also a stone made barbecue and a nice veranda covered with a wooden pergola with beautiful views to the countryside.


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average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful house in lovely environment

  • 5 of 5

Dear Zacharias,

Sunday July 8th we (a family of 5) arrived at your beautiful house in Skouloufia. You were already waiting for us to give us a warm welcome. You gave us a house tour and left us with many (homemade) treats such as cookies, olive oil, marmalade and many more. The house was well-equipped and fully air conditioned, which we really appreciated. Also the fly screens were very helpful to keep out unwanted creatures. There was a beautiful garden with a refreshing swimming pool and lots of lovely flowers which we could smell very well in the evening. We enjoyed having breakfast under the pergola with the beautiful pink Bougainvillea. Crete is a wonderful Island and we explored the middle part of het island including Chania and Heraklion. We have visited the south coast and its beautiful beaches.

We really appreciated that sunscreens and towels for the beach were present in the house. And that there was some information about the things we could visit during our stay.

During our stay you surprised us with treats such as sweet pastries, delicious ice cream and your mom made us some wonderful traditional cheese and green pies. We really loved them!

In short: we had an amazing time. It was very relaxing and we really hope to come back someday. Thank you for having us and thank you for making our stay so pleasant.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Wir ( 2 Erwachsene, 2 Kinder 13 + 8 Jahre) waren für zwei Wochen zu Gast in der Villa Gaia.

Die Villa hält, was die Fotos versprechen. Sie ist geschmackvoll eingerichtet, die Ausstattung lässt keine Wünsche übrig. Sogar Regenschirme und ein Sonnenschirm für an den Strand waren vorhanden.

Alles ist sehr sauber und gepflegt. Das Haus wurde während unseres Aufenthaltes zweimal gereinigt, die Betten frisch bezogen und die Handtücher gewechselt.

Die Außenanlage der Villa ist sehr schön. Von der Terrasse aus hat man einen herrlichen Blick und rund um den Pool ist der perfekte Platz zum entspannen. Natürlich war der Pool das Highlight unserer Söhne. Er hat eine angenehme Größe und ist tief genug um auch mal einen Sprung vom Beckenrand zu wagen.

Das Haus mit seiner Außenanlage ist also der perfekte Platz für Erholung und Entspannung.

Im ca. 6km entfernten Stavromenos gibt es alles, was man für den täglichen Bedarf benötigt. Neben mehreren Minimarkets gibt es eine Bäckerei, eine Apotheke, mehrere Tavernen und natürlich der nächstgelegene Strand.

Archäologische Ziele wie z.B. das Kloster Arkadi oder die Ausgrabungsstätten von Eleftherna sind nur eine kurze Autofahrt entfernt.

Im nächstgelegenen Ort Skoulufia befindet sich die Taverne "Smaragdgarten". Diese Taverne war unsere Lieblingstaverne. Sie ist perfekt für Menschen, die traditionelles griechisches Essen mögen. Die Besitzer sind überaus freundlich und zuvorkommend.

In unseren Erinnerungen an diesen Urlaub bleiben sehr viele nette und herzliche Menschen. Vor allem die Vermieter haben in Sachen Herzlichkeit, Freundlichkeit und Gastfreundschaft jegliche Erwartungen übertroffen. Wir haben uns noch in keinem anderen Urlaub so willkommen gefühlt, wie in der Villa Gaia. Das liegt nicht nur an dem unvergleichlichen Willkommenspaket oder an den Aufmerksamkeiten, die uns zwischendurch zuteil wurden, sondern daran, dass die Gastfreundschaft der Familie Katsirakis von Herzen kommt und das spürt man.

Für uns steht fest, wenn Kreta, dann Villa Gaia!!

Wir freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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The villa and the generosity of the owners exceeded our expectations - we hope to return!

  • 5 of 5

I think it's fair to say that we've been blown away by the quality of the villa, and the friendliness and generosity of the hosts. It has been our best villa experience so far. The villa is nicely furnished and is spacious indoors and outdoors; all the listed facilities were present and worked (including the air con!) The soft landscaping is beautiful and well kept making sitting on the terrace and around the pool a very pleasant experience.The villa maintains being secluded and peaceful, and with friendly neighbours, whilst being in an easily accessible location making trips to other areas in Crete easy to do. The welcome by Zacarius’s parents was amazingly kind; they came and rescued us when we got lost on the way to the villa in the dark! Also provided was a very generous welcome box which was above and beyond all necessities.

We have massively enjoyed our holiday. We will be recommending this villa to all our family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful Villa in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Myself and two friends have just returned from a wonderful week staying at Villa Gaia. From our arrival we were made so very welcome by Zacharias and his brother John and through the week we got to know their mother Helen. They are a really lovely family and made our stay so very special. The Villa is wonderfully situated in the mountains, with stunning views, but only 10 minutes from the main coastal road. The Villa is beautifully and very tastefully decorated and well equipped for everything you need for your stay. A very generous basket of supplies, including wine, was on the kitchen table on our arrival which was very kind and thoughtful.

We loved the outside seating areas and had all our meals outside on the balcony although it was only early May. We also enjoyed being able to cool off in the pool!

We all felt that this was one of our best holidays ever – the area is very quiet and peaceful and the views are stunning. Each day we had a short drive to many of the wonderful archaeological sites in the area and some of the smaller towns both on the coast and in the mountains. But we loved returning to the Villa each afternoon to relax and enjoy the peace and solitude.

We would all certainly recommend this Villa to anyone looking for a wonderful place to stay, away from the crowds, but within easy reach of a number of main towns and sites of interest. We do not normally do “repeat” holidays but we all hope that we will be back at Villa Gaia very soon!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Wonderful relaxing oasis away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 11 nights from sep 12th 2015. We have 2 small children under 4, so we needed somewhere that we could relax and enjoy once the kids were tucked up in bed, and also somewhere they could enjoy during the day.

We were delighted with the villa!

From our arrival, which was late on Saturday night, we were greeted by Ellena and her husband, who are really lovely people. They had provided us with groceries, some local wine and Raki, and a hot meal with a lovely salad and more, cakes, Biscuits but most importantly, a lovely warm welcome.

The villa is exactly as it is in the pictures so if you like the pictures you wont be disappointed.

On entering you have a spacious living room and dining area to your right with a fully equiped kitchen area on the left. through an arch to the hallway gives access to 3 good sized bedrooms, 1 bedroom with 2 singles and patio doors, 1 bedroom with a mummy and child sized bed with patio doors and 1 bedroom good sized double. The bathroom is next to the bedrooms and has a bath with a shower unit that has good power in it.

The outside seated area is where we spent every night and most mealtimes and is a great little area to sit and relax and take in the fact that your on holiday at last!

The pool area was a lovely space too, but we probably underused it due to the demands of our little ones, the water was a bit cold for them, so we mostly had to find other ways to entertain them, but I had a few lovely soaks in the pool - great on a hot sunny day!

The villa is located about 5 to 10 mins off the main Rethymnon - Heraklion route, and about 15 mins from Rethymnon the nearest eating and shops are based in Stavromenos which is just as you come off the main road. As the villa is located up on the hillside, you can easily view the sea from the villa.

Our own favourite places to go in the area were Bali and Panormos about 15 mins East along the coast, but there are lots lovely places in the area and its great to explore.

The hosts, Zacharias, Ellena and im embarassed to say ive forgotten her husbands name! Were so friendly and generous, as well as the welcoming pack of food and drink they also left us other lovely food and treats.

And i must say a very special thank you for the magnificent birthday cake you got for us, that was very thoughtful generous!

We are not generally people who go to the same place twice, but if we were ever back in Crete it would be very hard for us to stay anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
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We will definitely return!

  • 5 of 5

Hospitable hosts! Cosy villa! In life, everything is the same as on a photo. Close to shops and restaurants. Next to Rethymnon. Close to interesting sights! Us all really enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Heraklion airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Main road from Rethymnon to Heraklion
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Villa Gaia is located just outside of the village Skouloufia, 6km away from the seaside village Stavromenos and 18km away from the city of Rethymno. It is located in a beautiful and quiet location, full of olive trees and oaks, with spectacular view to the sea and the city of Rethymno, but also to the mountain Psiloritis. The region offers the relaxation of the coutryside, but it is also very close to the facilities of larger villages and the city.

The nearest beach is in Stavromenos which is 6km away, where you will find tavernas, supermarkets, pharmacies, a gas station and generally all kinds of shops. However, the village of Skouloufia is only 1 km away. It is a beautiful old traditional village with many Byzantine churches. There you will find a local traditional taverna and a traditional café.

For a larger variety of shops and activities, the city of Rethymno is approximately 20 minutes away by car. There, you can enjoy a walk through the old town, where you will admire the old Venetian architecture of the buildings and other monuments, but also the Venetian fortress. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants in the city, which is famous for it's nightlife. In Rethymno, you will also find a 7kms long beach.

It is very important to note how close is the villa to two of the most important historical sightseeings of Crete, the Arkadi monastery and the museum and archaeological site of the Ancient Eleftherna, one of the most famous ancient cities of Crete. Futhermore, the cave of Melidoni, another significant historical sighseeing of the region is near the villa (23kms)

The traditional village Margarites, which is famous for it's pottery is 20 minutes away by car. Another nearby place worth visiting is Panormo, a seaside village with beautiful beach and many restaurants and cafes.

The location of the villa has the advantage of being in the center of the island, near the main road from Chania to Heraklion and in the middle of the distance between the two cities, so nearly all of the sightseeings of Crete are accessible.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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