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Luxurious villa with private private heated pool & spectacular views

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


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!

More Details

Property Manager
Antonios Hatzidakis
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Melidoni in Kouloukonas

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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


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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Great villa. Lovely pool and view of the hills.

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing, traditional home. We based ourselves here for a week. Found it easy to travel to places of interest. We loved the home made olive oil and wine that was left as a gift.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I have just celebrated a special birthday and wanted to be out of the country for it! I had a vision of a beautiful villa in a picturesque setting situated in a traditional Cretian village where I would celebrate with my extended family. Nothing flashy but I wanted somewhere well appointed and very comfortable. Villa Arethousa is all that and more .. we were all enchanted by it. The photos on the website don't actually do it justice - the garden is much bigger and the path leading from the villa to the pool area is a beautiful walk, with vines and flowers... Great pool and lounging area with the best views ever. Hard to leave and go sightseeing.

There is a lovely courtyard at the back where we had drinks before my birthday meal. Great to sit if you want to read quietly or to just imbibe the ancientness of the villa!

Well equipped kitchen, lovely bedrooms - nice lounge and snuggy alcoves! We were a family of nine, including our 20 something kids and their partners. They all loved the villa and were happy to just chill. I think the villa would suit all ages. Antonis arranged for a lovely lady to prepare my birthday meal at the villa- beautiful cretian dishes and tons of it! Highly recommended..

I hope this review doesn't sound too gushing but I actually cannot reccomend the villa highly enough. If you want some quality togetherness with friends or family in a spectacular setting then you will love it. Best hols ever!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Westport, CT, U.S.A.

The Brilliant Sunlight Streams Down from Heaven

  • 5 of 5

The villa was perfect. It is located in the center of Melidoni, a charming ancient village with a couple of cafes, a small store and almost no tourists. The villa has a front entrance, for walking, off a narrow street a block from the center of town. The rear entrance, when driving, is approached down a short narrow road through an olive grove. You enter through a remotely controlled power gate. The villa itself is charming. It was recently renovated and is tastefully decorated with lovely touches of Greek culture, and all the modern conveniences. Each of the four bedrooms in the main house has its own bathroom, as does the bedroom in the separate pool house which was perfect for two college aged boys who typically slept until 1pm. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was a welcome relief after the heat of the day. We ate most of our meals at the outside stone table. A neighborhood cat would periodically come by for a handout. We were well supplied with lemons that fell from the trees at our feet. The grapes, alas, were not yet ripe. The pool was very modern and very well maintained. The owners arranged to have a local lady cook us a traditional meal one evening for the birthday of our 22 year old daughter. It was lovely.

If you want a relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting, I highly recommend this villa.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 24-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 25-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Melidoni Village
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Hersonissos Heraklion
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Perama town
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Melidoni Village
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Bali beach
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 & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £34.96 per person per night

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

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.