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Luxurious villa with private private heated pool & spectacular views



Updated: 22-May-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

5 Bedrooms , 6 bathrooms 2-12 people can be accommodated.

This house invites you to enjoy its elegance and nobility and to share with it the gifts of the beautiful garden and the sense of the tranquility. On leaving the house, you will feel emotionally and mentally richer. Arethousa proves that a house is not only a place to live in, but can also change your senses and make your spirit gentle and sweet. It is one of the noble houses of Melidoni, a village rich in architecture and history. It is construction to be preserved, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture, and was restored in the 2005 under its supervision. It was the owner’s Christina Hatzidakis’, birthplace, built 200 years ago and its decoration bears her sensitivity and taste. It is a house that gives you a feeling of love.

The nearest airport of Heraklion (HER) is located 50 km east of the villa, while the port of Rethymnon lies at a distance of 29 km.

The airport of Chania (CHQ) is another 90km to the west, that is a 1 hour 30 mins drive. A car rental can be arranged to pick you up at the airport and drive you to your villa. Perama is at a distance of 3 km and the traditional village of Panormo with the beautiful restaurants near the sea is at a distance of 9 km/10 mins drive!

There are some interesting excursions you can go in Kastri, Melidoni and the outskirts. The distances and routes are shown on the map in the webpage.

The gardens area is 2000 sq.m. Inside the garden there is a kiosk, BBQ area, beautiful plants, fruit trees and many corners to relax. There is also a 50 sq.m adult swimming pool and a 12 sq.m children’s swimming pool which can also function as a hydro massage, providing you with serenity.

The nearest beach of Bali lies at a distance of 6 km, it is sandy and offers many opportunities for water sports. There are also quiet locations for guests to enjoy the beach without being annoyed by nearby jet-skiers or water-skiers. The sandy beach of Panormo offers you a second choice for your swim near the area. There are plenty of beautiful beaches in the area also!

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About the Owner

Antonios Hatzidakis
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

12 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Walkern Herts

Tranquility !

  • 5 of 5

One of the most beautiful villas in which we have ever stayed. The design of the main accommodation has been carefully designed to give everyone privacy but not isolation.

The outside area with the BBQ and swimming pool was exceptional. Tina, the maid, was a gem! She cleaned everything until it sparked! Nothing was too much trouble for her. As for Christina and George, they were lovely hosts. Unfortunately, my wife contacted a severe chest infection and had to visit the nearby health centre for an antibiotic. Whilst we were waiting Christina arrived, spoke to the doctor and then to the nearby chemist and arranged for our prescription to be made up. As we do not speak Greek she made an unpleasant episode much easier to bare. She was wonderful! My wife is recovering well now!

Everyone enjoyed their stay, and there were ten of us at times!

A beautiful village with friendly people completed the virtuous circle!

Highly recommended.

Keith Strowger

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for your nice review ! Look forward to see you again in Villa Arethousa! Regards Antonis
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Exceptionally high quality villa

  • 5 of 5

This is definitely a 5 star villa, extremely clean & furnished to a high standard. Beautifully landscaped gardens with a large pool. Amazing views of the beautiful Cretan mountains set in a charming village. George and his daughter were warm and helpful hosts, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jerusalem, Israel

Beautifully Restored Home for Family

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect home for families who will be traveling with little ones. I did extensive research before choosing Villa Arethousa. And I chose it because of the safe distance the baby and adult pools were from the main house. We were a group of 8 adults and two toddlers celebrating my husband's 70th birthday. Could not have found a more perfect location. There's a beautiful green walkway that leads from the house to the pool where our "babies" played ball, with no worry of them falling into the water. The villa is situated in a historic Cretan village whose homes are protected by law and must be restored. Antonis (an architect) and his family did a beautiful job of restoring their family home. It was definitely large enough for all of us and another selling point was ensuite bathrooms in each of the four bedrooms. We also used the fifth bedroom near the pool, which was great for a newlywed couple. The villa is centrally located (located in a beautiful mountainous area but only 5 minutes to the beach). We easily toured Rythamon, Chania and Heraklion in day tours. Finally, the attention and care that Antonis, the owner and his parents, showered upon us was greatly appreciated. They basically became our producers for the birthday party we planned. Antonis found us two musicians who played throughout the evening. They also helped us with catered food. And most important, the villa was a perfect backdrop, with its front terrace and back garden area, for the celebration. Highly recommend this home, the village and Crete. Thank you Antonis!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This villa is magical. The villa and garden are stunning. Sitting by the pool in the beautiful garden with the view of the mountains is incredible. We were 6 adults and 2 teenagers. All spent a lot of time in the very clean and good sized pool. In the garden, it felt as if you were in the middle of nowhere but it was a couple of minutes walk to the central square with the taverna. We spent a couple of evenings at the village taverna - the atmosphere was great.

The bedrooms and bathrooms were simply but smartly decorated and everyone slept really well, particularly when the shutters were closed. The villa has beautiful woodwork and stonework and has been very well renovated. The kitchen had all we needed and we used the BBQ facilities a lot, eating outside in the flower filled garden.

It was also very quick to get to Bali beach where we spent a number of fabulous days and evenings trying various water sports and eating at the good restaurants. But the villa was also well placed for trips to villages in the mountains, we particularly enjoyed Margarites.

The family were very welcoming and attentive and were keen to make sure we had all we needed to enjoy the holiday.

Overall, this has been one of the best villas we have stayed in and we have stayed in a number over the last 10 years.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful villa in a lovely traditional village

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 6 adults, 1 child age 9 and 2 toddlers. We all had an amazing holiday in this beautiful villa. It was clean, well stocked and had everything you would need for a large family. The pool and garden area are lovely and very safe for the little ones to play. They especially loved running up and down the long path between the house and pool. We had a great barbeque but didn't get round to using the pizza oven. The village is beautiful and the people were

friendly. It has two small shops that have most things, and their are bigger supermarkets a short drive away if needed. Their are some lovely restaurants and shops near the beach a short drive away in panoma and bali.

I would highly recommend Villa Arethousa and would love to go back their in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Choice

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 adults and 6 kids stayed for 5 nights. What a fabulous villa!

Located in the heart of a beautiful village.

ecxellent arrangement, impressive interior, fully stocked kitchen, all toiletries, absoluse cleanness, friendly and helpful hostess. Simply the best holidays! Highly recommended for everyone.

We will absolutely visit again.

Nitzan Reut

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Heraklion at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Melidoni Village at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Rethymnon at 25 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Hersonissos Heraklion at 60 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Perama town at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Melidoni Village at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Bali beach at 5 Kilometres Car: recommended

Melidoni the village in which is Villa Arethousa is a beautifull traditional village in the centre of Crete! If you ever feel like leaving the house to discover the village, you will find out that Melidoni has a lovely community with friendly people, an active culture society with festivals and other local social events that take place during the summer. There is also a tavern, a mini market, first aid and traditional cafe’s. Perama is just 3 km away for shopping and other services (banks, post office, chemist’s, health centre, etc.). The beach is 6 km away and therefore a car is essential.

For any further information, the owners of the Villa Melidoni are at your disposal.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
May Rates
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June Rates
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer Rates
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer Rates
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
September Rates
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October Rates
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We can accept payment by bank tranfer of GBP, EUROS , USD .

Cancellation Policy:
• 91 days or more prior to arrival: 30% fee
• 45-90 days prior to arrival : 50% fee
• 45-15 days prior to arrival : 75% fee
• 14 days or less prior to arrival : 100%

Orientation : once you have settled in, our concierge will be on hand to share with you information about shops, restaurants, museums, gorges, beaches,

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 22-May-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 240 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Jacuzzi
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet
  • Hairdryers, fluffy towels, bathrobes and luxury toiletries are offered in all bathrooms.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, En-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, En-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, En-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, En-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, En-suite bathroom in a separate building near the pool
  • All bedrooms have en- suite bathrooms and air condition. Maid service and change of linen and towels is offered twice a week or more with an extra charge!


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome

Special Offers

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