Private pool & garden! Picturesque village, child friendly, beautiful location!
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About Valia Kokkinou
My name is Valia Kokkinou and I am the owner of the villa! I am here to welcome you to your home...and make your holidays special! Ι am a property manager, graduate of Glion Hotel Management School. I feel very fortunate to have joined some of the worlds most luxurious hospitality brands, such as, Leading Hotels of the World and after many years of studies and traveling around the world, to returned to my birthplace, Rethymno city,Greece. I have recently created a brand new company, Think Villa, based in the wonderful town of Rethymno, whose main concept focuses on an authentic form of tourism. Here, me and my colleagues offer a hearty welcoming to all those who wish to escape the city life and give a chance to live locally. We are always at your disposal, in order to provide personalised and professional services to all our guests! The combination of our passion for our work, our devotion, our wish and will to offer you a great holiday experience and our local expertise background, guarantee that your trip will be as dreamed and planned, leaving you with nothing but memorable moments and pleasant feelings! I will take care of all the details of your holiday, your day to day needs, seven days a week – making recommendations and reservations, organising anything you may require and always be at the end of the line, in case of any problems. At your arrival day, I will get in touch with you and arrange a meeting point to pick you up, if needed! I will also arrange any other details, from special dietary requirements to particular requests! I will also be available for communication, any questions that may occur and anything else you may need! Don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information or if there is anything else you may want to ask! Welcome to Crete!
Valia Kokkinou purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Valia Kokkinou chose Mylopotamos
It's a unique place to explore Crete and get involved with the real Cretan life! The house is really comfortable and offers peace and utmost privacy! Unique for families or a group of friends!
What makes this Villa unique
All you need is to choose our home as your holiday home and we will take care of all the other details...
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Children of all ages are welcome!
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Rustic, pretty house but a little too remote for us.
Despite a few negatives we did enjoy our stay here. The garden is lovely and the house is rustic but dark inside and fairly basic. The village is mostly quiet but apart from the taverna next door there are no other facilities and it's a good 10 minutes drive to get even basic provisions. The house doesn't have a welcome book and whilst Dora is available any time for problems or advice, it would have been good to have a book to refer to for information on where to take rubbish, recycling, washing machine instructions, etc. We didn't realise that someone was coming to clean and when she opened the gate and walked in we had no idea what was going on. The photos could do with updating as there is no longer a lovely view of the mountains from the upstairs terrace, just trees. There is no vegetable garden (area is now fake grass) and it's a case of moving every so often to chase the sun if sunbathing as the garden is, whilst very pretty, very shady with lots of trees. The fruit tree over the sunbeds at the top of the pool is a bit of a hazard as the fruit hangs low and it's difficult to easily access the area. The pool is a good size for just dipping in to to cool off but as we only had 2 days at the house we didn't get to use it much. The kitchen is more basic than I expected, no microwave as stated and the filter coffee machine needs looking at as the glass jug easily falls from the handle. There is also an open drain on the floor in the ensuite bathroom covered with a mat, which we weren't aware of till we stood on it. The self contained apartment upstairs is much lighter, has a good sized bath tub and lovely seating area. You should also be aware that you will probably get bitten by mozzies and perhaps ants but appreciate there's nothing that can be done about that. We were covered in repellent and burnt the smoky rings and still got some impressive bites but after a few nights stayed away from the house on an evening to minimise the chances. Fortunately our second week in another area didn't have any biting pests.
Aware that there are a few negative issues, and I'm coming across as a real moaner, but we still enjoyed our week here! The area is beautiful and well placed for good days out exploring. There is a lovely village called Melidoni a short drive away with a great restaurant called Carob and Olive. We ate here a number of times and the food was great.
Thank you for having chosen our Villa for your holidays and for having set aside some of your valuable time to share your feedback with us and with fellow travellers online.
We appreciate the description of the Villa service and facilities, we are glad to know that you had a great time staying with us. We thank you for your feedback on the points that require our attention and we will continuously intensify our efforts to enhance our services and ensure the complete satisfaction of our guests and for this we count on the constructive and valuable feedback from each one of our guests.
The house has a Cretan signature rustic design layout and there is sufficient light and warmth inside whilst, location and layout is in detail described in all our online channels for all our guests. Welcome book will be implemented the soonest possible, and in regards to the photos we regularly update them prior to the season however, the tree structure in Crete changes fast. We have replaced the garden area with grass to ensure a wider lounge area for our guests and we have a gardener available and the trees in the villa has been one of our distinctive advantages in regards to nature and natural shadow. We would have been able to support you immediately with any queries or additional support, concerning the filter coffee machine, the microwave and the drain maintenance in the en suite bathroom, and we feel sad that we could not been given the opportunity to satisfy you with the above. For the mozzies and the ants it is as you mention, something beyond our control as Crete is rather rich of them.
We hope that you will return for another visit in the not so distant future and allow us the pleasure of offering you our services once again.
Beautiful house and perfect location
The house is beautiful and the gardens stunning - with lots of trees it meant there was sun but also shade so the children didn't get sunburn. I wish I had read the description more carefully as we hadn't realised the third bedroom was in a totally separate section so with little children, we didn't feel happy being apart from them but the owners were extremely helpful and we put a zip bed in the downstairs room so all the children slept together - so they were very happy and we were in the room next door. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and very well looked after.
Dear Alex, we are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you "home" again! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
This villa is set in the center of a peacful and scenic village. The villa is an old building that has been tastefully modernised. The courtyard and pool give the place that "wow!" factor. The tree offers shade, but there are plenty of sunny areas. The villa manager left us alone, but was always at the end of a text with any questions we had and she was very quick to respond. A car is needed here as the village is in the hills and a 5 minute drive from the nearest main road which leads to the nearest supermarket. The villa is next door to the tavern and I recommend the food (Which they deliver). Being next to the tavern is not an issue as it is very quiet. We have rented villas with pools most years for the last 16 years, and this one is up there with the best, if not the best, we have stayed in. Thank you for a perfect holiday.
Dear Roy, we really appreciate your great review and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
A traditional Cretan home, tastefully converted as a holiday villa
I think this has to be the most relaxing villa I have ever stayed in. The property is so evocative, the courtyard is a Venetian styled Cretan area with its own fruit trees shading it. Every one of the locals was friendly, the area is stunning. We really enjoyed this beautiful villa.
In the surrounding area we took in the castle at Rethymno (nice views and a good walk, but more a pile of rubble than a castle these days). The town is a bit touristy but the old bit is nice to wander around. The beach at Perama was a good place for the kids. We also walked the Mili Gorge (well worth it only about 4K but a beautiful walk). We had lunch as the Banana restaurant at the bottom where they called us a taxi to take us back to our car..
Not far from the villa is Melidoni where we found a well-rated restaurant on Trip Advisor (Carob and Olive) which was excellent. The drive there was also stunning and the village is very beautiful. We also spent an hour or two in Margarites village. There is loads of really nice local pottery - some modern, some traditional as well as a monastery on the hill with spectacular views and a beautiful garden.
We also visited Elitherna - an archaeological site of major significance. It was pretty disappointing. I think you’d need to be a real archaeology buff to find much of interest.
By and large the whole experience was wonderful, not least Eleni’s Stately Home.
Dear David, we really appreciate your great review and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
Beautiful villa in a rural location. Cretan people all extremely helpful and friendly.
Lovely clean and well equipped villa. Local taverna that delivered meals was a welcomed extra. Brilliant pool and bbq area. People all amazingly helpful and friendly. Outside area excellent but seating needs updating. Great holiday had by all.
Dear Patrick, thank you for your kind review and we really appreciate the feedback. It was our pleasure having you as our guests! I am glad to reassure you that we will certainly update the seatings ! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
Travelling as a group of 4 adults and 2 young children, the villa ticked all the right boxes. Having the separate unit upstairs it allowed our friends their own space and privacy.
The villa was spotless with everything you need.
The beds were extremely comfortable with good quality bed linen.
The location is breathtaking and a fantastic starting point to explore the real Crete.
Dear Katy, we are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you "home" again! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
Eleni’s stately Home is located in the village of Episkopi. The village, with its ancient history and traditional ways of life, is an ideal place to learn about customs, traditions and experience an authentic rural life. Also in the villages and within a few meters guests will find a regional taverna as well as a traditional cafe.
Throughout the area the visitor is invited to walk in a region of particular natural beauty, to admire important monuments and to experience the customary local hospitality. We are pleased to offer our delightful region for excursions or holidays, combining naturalist and archaeological routes that, in their total, constitute an important 'map' of experiences.
In Garazo village, which is 10 minutes away by car, guests will find a super market for their daily needs.
Perama town which is within 15 minutes driving you will find everything that you might need like shops, bakery, grocery store, butcher’s, taverns, cafes, supermarkets, ATM machines, pharmacies, gas stations and post office.
Also Panormo, is a friendly sea side village, approximately 20 minutes away by car and well known for its sandy beaches. The two main beaches are Limanaki and Limni. Both of them are sandy with clear blue water and ideal for kids, as they are shallow and well protected from winds. The beaches are organised and equipped with sun beds & umbrellas. Water sports are also available. The harbour beach in front of the village is the port of the area, where the boats tie up, this beach is unorganised.
The village has all the facilities and amenities one would need : well-stocked mini-markets, post office, pharmacy, a doctor’s office, a butcher's shop, bakery (hot, fresh bread every morning from 9 am), various gift shops and traditional seaside shops at very reasonable prices.
Further, there is a good selection of cafes and excellent traditional tavernas, overlooking the harbour and the sea, which offer a warm welcome and a beautiful setting to enjoy some traditional Cretan food, fish as well as international dishes.
Out & About
Super Market: Garazzo village, 5 km
Taverna and Cafe: 30 meters
Panormos Beach: 18 Kms
Rethymno Port & Town: 39 Kms
Heraklion International Airport: 63 Kms
Chania International Airport: 106 Kms
Car rental is essential to explore the nearby villages and unique sandy beach locations!