550 sqm of space, all modern amenities provided, 100sqm pool,horse ride possible
- english, german, greek
About Manos Dafermos
Hello there, I am Manos, owner and manager of CreteVillas4U. I have been in the hospitality sector long before CreteVillas4U, however. I was actually born, grew up, and spent most of my life in a hotel owned by my family. So, I guess it came as no surprise when I expressed my wish to study in Rhodes’ Tourism School and, later on, when I decided to start my own business in the sector. One thing I learned growing up in a family-run hotel is that hospitality is more than hotel management, logistics and operations. It is a culture, passing down from one generation to the next. You can study to be a hotel manager but you cannot study to be hospitable. I apply this philosophy in my business as well. The rule is simple: the guests of the villas I manage are my guests. As an active traveller, I expect nothing less myself. The fourth generation of Dafermos hoteliers has already been born. I know now that my two beautiful children will probably follow my steps, like I did before them. There is a small difference though: they are smarter, more educated, better (big smile). All the best, Manos Dafermos
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Peaceful oasis / breathtaking views / immaculate accommodations with historic charm & modern appeal
Our family was so thrilled that we stumbled upon staying at this lovely villa. We could not have had a more wonderful and restful vacation. From my initial inquiry, Manos Dafermos, who manages a large group of villas, was extremely responsive and informative. He was able to provide a great list of things to do while we were on our visit to Crete. He connected us with car rental and transfer services—both of which were great to work with. Driving up into the mountains to reach Villa Zouridi was a breathtaking experience. The twists and turns took us through charming villages, past sheep herders and ultimately to the beautiful villa where Giannis (whose grandfather laid the original foundation) and his wife, Despina, were the exceptional hosts awaiting us. They have done an amazing job with renovations that celebrate the historic character of the building while introducing modern touches that make the villa comfortable. Having the three separate apartments worked incredibly well for our group. We were all able to have our moments of quiet while also enjoying group dinners by the pool or on the balcony. Daphne the horse and the 8 sheep accompanying her in the field behind the villa provided wonderful entertainment for the children. The location, while a bit remote, was actually amazingly convenient. We were able to enjoy incredible scenery and picturesque villages as we made daily trips to beaches on either side of Crete as well as visits to Rethmynon, Chania and Heraklion. The meal at the local Taverna was amongst our favorite. They graciously took us into the kitchen so that they could show us the different options...and then the food just kept coming! All of which was delicious. We also devoured a delicious breakfast pastry that our hosts made for us one morning. Learning about their traditions and the history of the area made our trip far more interesting and memorable. They were there to answer questions and help us when needed, but also discretely gave our family privacy as well. We can't thank them enough for the amazing visit that created indelible memories for 3 generations of family. And we couldn't recommend this location any more highly.
Dear Michelle, Thank you for your 5-star review! Zouridi villa located in a beautiful location and the way to the villa is really amazing. The location, while a bit remote, is actually amazingly convenient. You are able to enjoy incredible scenery and picturesque villages as you can make daily trips to beaches on either side of Crete as well as visits to Rethmynon, Chania and Heraklion. The local Taverna is also a great choice for lunch or dinner close to the villa.
The owners have done an amazing job with renovations that celebrate the historic character of the building while introducing modern touches that make the villa comfortable.
Thank you for your kind words, regarding our communication. We are always trying to be as responsive and informative, we can. It is important for us to have unique moments in Crete island, that's why we sent you all these useful information before your arrival. We wish you a great summer and we hope to see you again soon.
Beautiful villa in a stunning location
We had a wonderful holiday at Villa Zourdini in may this year. The villa was beautiful and worked well for our two families as one family had an upstairs apartment and we had the ground floor one. The pool is enormous and private witha stunning view of the hills.
Mr and Mrs Yannis were perfect hosts but it should be noted they reside at the villa whilst they have guests. Initially I was unsure how I felt about this however it didnt really impact on our holiday and we were only occasionally aware of their comings and goings.
The villa is quite remote but there is a good shop in the village, a butcher and bakery and the restaurant up the serves amazing home cooked food and a bar (all within walking distance). It took approx 20 mins to drive to the beach.
Wonderful house with perfect Despina and Yiannis
We've spent two wunderful weeks in a wonderful house.
Despina and Yiannis are perfect hosts and really take care that the guests feel good and enjoy their holidays.
The communication (in elglish) with Manos and Yiannis was always very friendly and helpful.
The house and the pool are in excellent condition.
Those who are booking this villa should know, that the next beach (near Rethymnon) is approx. 25-30 min away (by car).
The more beautiful beaches like Triopetra, Plakias or Souda are approx. 45min - 1h away.
A car is mandatory, but this is always highly recommanded for Creta.
In Zouridi village there is also a Taverna which offers typical Cretan dishes at anexcellent value for money.
All in all, we can highly recommand Zouridi Villa for those, who are seeking a nice and quiet place to relax :-)
(we've been 10 persons - 5 adults and 5 children and it was more than enough spacious at Zouridi Villa)
The house is beautifully renovated and restored! Thanks Yiannis!
Nous sommes partis à 5 couples nous avions donc réservé toute la propriété.Propreté impeccable ,propriétaires présents sans être invasifs .Très bel accueil .Piscine et chambres spacieuses .Nous avons tous apprécié le cadre où nous étions tout de suite dépayses .Gite à recommander sans hésitation .Nous avons aussi dégusté un petit -déjeuner crétois (un vrai régal) et le Raki d'accueil était très bon aussi .Vraiment que de bons souvenirs .Merci au couple de la propriété et aux Crétois pour cette très belle semaine .
It was our pleasure having you as a guest.
Thank you for your choice.
We hope to see you again in one of our properties.
The position of the property is excellent: centrally located in the heart of Crete, only 18 kilometres from the historic and vibrant city of Rethymno, the hotel offers a variety of activities of historical, cultural or simply recreational interest.
If you are interested in hiking it is possible to visit the Temple of the Five Maidens, a marvellous ramble, and also the Island, a fossilized village on the mountain which takes its name from the rivers that surround it. Christian churches are everywhere in this area, and you can visit and admire them. The natural beauty of the area is an added bonus for those who love outdoor activities. We can arrange other hikes and rambles for you in the surrounding countryside filled with wild flowers and herbs. In nearby Argiroupolis, you will find the springs of the Holy Power, with their stone arches with streams and waterfalls, also traditional tavernas, ancient mills and the chapel of Our Lady. This charming village is a about 10 minutes drive away. Thanks to the location of our hotel, you have easy access to both the North and South coasts. In 15 you can be on the beach at Episkopi, and in another 25 you arrive in the beautiful southern resort of Plakias.