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The Architect's Stone Villa. at a Perfect Location for Exploring the Island.

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Exterior of the villa from the patio-pool.

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Last updated: 08/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Villa Sofia was built at the end of the 18th Century and underwent a restoration process from 2002 up until 2010. It is a stone structure that was carefully renovated to include as many of the original features of the building, while combining aspects of modern architecture and modern appliances. It is an authentic representative of traditional Cretan architecture.

The property is located in an ideal setting for anybody looking to experience a traditional Cretan village, while maintaining complete privacy, peace and quiet. The village of Prines provides a perfect setting, with numerous deserted stone structures surrounding the villa and cheerful villagers/neighbors who will happily greet you. Finally, the location is ideal for those who are keen to explore the island. Prines is located almost at the center of Crete, just a few minutes away from the national road and about a half an hour drive from the closest southern shore of the island.

Spatial description:
The main entrance of the Villa faces north. Upon entering, one views an open area consisting of a living-room, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is separated by a stone arc. On this ground floor there is also a large bedroom and a full bath. The rear portion of the ground floor leads to a courtyard which contains a swimming pool, an adobe oven, and a barbecue space.
A staircase leads you to the second floor area which is furnished as an office space. There are two bedrooms on the second floor and a full bath. On this landing, there is a large veranda overlooking the mountains, the oak forest, and the sea.
Every area of the house has your privacy and quiet insured.


The villa is suitable for all-year-long bookings:
The thick stone walls, high quality building materials and the careful planning of the house make it heat-resistant during the very hot summer months. The property has a paved courtyard area with a private swimming pool facing south and a large veranda area facing north, which means that you can catch sun and shade at all times of the day.

On the other hand, during the relatively colder months of the year the underground heating pad system (on the first floor), the heating units (on the second floor) make Villa Sofia a suitable villa for winter bookings.


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 150 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Children Welcome:

    Please contact us if you wish to arrange a child-cot brought to you for your stay free of charge....moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Ground Floor Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

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  • Second Floor Master: 1 king

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  • Second Floor : 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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  • There are two sofas that can become double beds if needed. If you have infants or young children in your party, please contact us so we can make arrangements for a cot....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Ground floor bathroom: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

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  • Second floor bathroom: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

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Other Amenities

  • A large adobe oven is available for baking bread, pizza and traditional meals. Maid service and linen-towel change once a week is included, free of charge. Pool-plant maintenance included free of charge. Some beverages, traditional drinks (produced by the owner s family) and other products are provided free of charge. Catering by experienced local housewife is available upon request. Sailing trips around Rethymno and Chania with a sailing boat and captain available upon request...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Heating is available for bookings during the autumn and winter months....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone:

    You can only receive incoming calls....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Adobe oven located on the patio area....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    (Filter coffee) ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Boat:

    Sailing tours with trained captain are available at an extra cost. Available upon request and depending on availability....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    During November, December, January, February the pool will be empty and unavailable for use....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Detached
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
August
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2016
5 night min stay
$170
$1,187 $3,958

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest

September
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2016
5 night min stay
$102
$712 $2,262

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

October
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016
5 night min stay
$96
$673 $2,149

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

November-February
Nov 1 - Feb 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$435 $1,018

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

March
Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$79
$554 $1,357

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest

April
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$90
$633 $1,922

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

May
May 1 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$113
$792 $2,375

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

June
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$141
$990 $3,393

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

July
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$215
$1,504 $4,750

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

August
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$232
$1,623 $5,654

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

September
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$141
$990 $3,393

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

October
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$113
$792 $2,375

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • No additional mandatory fees

Notes:

Balance payment:

Guests pay the remaining balance (75% of the total value of their reservation) on the day of their arrival. Due to the type of EOT (Greek Ministry of Tourism) license held by this property, there is no capability for guests to pay the remaining balance with a credit or debit card. If for any reason you wish not to pay by cash upon arrival, please make sure you contact the owner to arrange a bank transfer as soon as you have made your reservation. If you wish to pay the remaining balance via bank transfer, please make sure the transfer has arrived to the owner's bank before your arrival at the property.

Cancellation terms:

Deposits are not refundable! Please make sure you are certain you will go through with your stay prior to making a reservation.

Discounts:

14-20 night stays apply for a 10% discount.

21-29 night stays apply for a 15% discount.

These discounts are not calculated immediately. In order to receive these discounts, do not use the 'instant booking' option, enquire with the owner, so that he apply the discount on an updated rental-quote.

Rates include 10% VAT.

Short-term bookings (Under 30 nights) include cleaning and linen changes once a week.

Long-term bookings (30 nights or more) do not include cleaning. Extra linens are provided.

For long-term bookings (30 nights or more) during Novermber-December-January-February-March-April, the cost for heating the property is not included. Measurements are taken upon arrival and departure of guests and they will be charged with the cost of the heating fuel they have consumed in order to heat the property and/or the pool.

Any damage to the property must be refunded upon departure.

If you would like somebody to cook or babysit for you while at our property please enquire for more details.

Daily cruises with sailing boat & qualified captain are also available upon request.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 08/22/2016
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Location

60 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Daskalogiannis International airport (Chania)
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Atsipopoulo Bars
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Rethymno Port
110 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Crete Golf Club
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Ethniki Odos
300 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Gianniko's Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Episkopi Beach

Car: Recommended

Villa Sofia is situated in the village of Prines, a traditional village near the city of Rethymno. Prines is a village full of old-rustic houses and villas that date back hundreds of years.

The center of the city of Rethymno is a 15 minute car drive away

The region of Rethymno as a whole is rich with history. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbor and narrow streets. The city's Venetian-era citadel, the Fortezza, is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete. Lots of other monuments are worth seeing in the area as well.

A 10 minute car drive separates Villa Sofia from the Closest Beach. Cretes beaches are famous worldwide.

Other famous and worthwhile attractions that are close by are: The Samaria gorge, the Preveli monastery, Plakias, the city of Chania, the ancient ruins of Knossos and many more.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: My name is Manolis Deligiannakis. I manage this property on behalf of my family since 2010. I was born and raised in Rethymno, Crete, and I chose to return after completing my degree in media&sociology(BA) in London, UK. My family and I try to provide our guests with helpful advice and assistance. Traveling around Crete is one of my favorite pass-times, so feel free to ask me for recommendations for places to see and things to do while you are here.

Why the Owner Chose Prines, Greece:
This property was bought by my family in 2002. It is a traditional Turkish, stone structure, dating back to the 1800's. It was renovated carefully by my father Michalis in order to preserve its unique character while combining modern design and appliances. Our initial plan was to live in this property, but after my decision to leave Greece for the UK, my parents chose to stay in the home I grew up in and rent Villa Sofia out as a holiday letting property. Villa Sofia has therefore been designed as a living space that embodies our expectations of a cozy home and not has not been designed like most other holiday let properties.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The main, traditional Turkish features of architecture are still there! High ceilings, stone arcs and an old grape-juicing space turned into comfortable living room space. The stone structure ensures the property remains cool, even during the hottest summer days! Photos really do not do this property full justice! Furthermore, the property benefits greatly from its location on the island of Crete. It is almost at the center of the island, in a traditional village, just a 10 minute car-ride away from the closest beach and the town of Rethymno. It makes the perfect location to base your stay while exploring the island, since most of the beautiful and popular attractions are less than a one hour car-drive away (With the exception of eastern Heracklion and the Lasithi region).


Contact us

Speaks: english, greek

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Exterior of the villa from the patio-pool.

    Exterior of the villa from the patio-pool.

  • Veranda.

    Veranda.

  • Dinning table.

    Dinning table.

  • Kitchen and living room.

    Kitchen and living room.

  • Ground floor toilet.

    Ground floor toilet.

  • Ground floor bedroom.

    Ground floor bedroom.

  • Patio sitting space next to the pool.

    Patio sitting space next to the pool.

  • Staircase from study to second floor.

    Staircase from study to second floor.

  • Second floor attic-style bedroom.

    Second floor attic-style bedroom.

  • Second floor toilet.

    Second floor toilet.

  • Veranda view.

    Veranda view.

  • Exterior: entrance to patio-pool.

    Exterior: entrance to patio-pool.

  • Open-plan kitchen and living room.

    Open-plan kitchen and living room.

  • Entrance and living room.

    Entrance and living room.

  • Kitchen.

    Kitchen.

  • Living room and study space.

    Living room and study space.

  • Ground floor bedroom.

    Ground floor bedroom.

  • Patio, pool and oven- barbecue.

    Patio, pool and oven- barbecue.

  • Study.

    Study.

  • Second floor master bedroom.

    Second floor master bedroom.

  • Second floor, attic-style bedroom.

    Second floor, attic-style bedroom.

  • Veranda.

    Veranda.

  • Exterior

    Exterior

  • Street leading to the property.

    Street leading to the property.

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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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  • Calendar last updated 08/22/2016
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