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Country Cottages, Perfect for Couples - Lavender Cottage



Updated: 11-Sep-2016
Cottages in Litsarda, Nr. Vamos, Crete - Tranquil Setting within the Crete Countryside

The cottages are recently renovated and now provide luxury accommodation with four poster beds and Jacuzzi baths - together with other excellent facilities. Perfect for romantic and peaceful hideaway holidays, our cottages are the right choice for couples. There is a pretty enclosed garden and small swimming pool shared by both cottages while each cottage has its own BBQ & table and chairs on the terrace. South facing to the stunning White Mountains, the cottages enjoy the Crete sunshine from morning until afternoon whilst the stone interiors of the cottages remain cool and refreshing. A 5 minute walk to the village centre of Listarda or 3 minute drive to the village of Vamos which has a range of tavernas, village shops, butcher, bakery and pharmacy. Litsarda is 10 minutes drive from a choice of beaches at Georgioupolis, Kalyves or Almyrida with plenty of local sites within easy driving distance.

Details for holiday cottage Lavender Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The interior of Lavender Cottage is on 2 levels.

The ground floor provides the fitted kitchen to the right and a beautiful stone archway separates the kitchen from the living room and dining area.

The kitchen is fitted with full cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, filter coffee and toaster plus many utensils for easy living.

There is a cosy fire place in the living room, flat screen TV and DVD/CD player.

On the first floor we have the spacious and beautiful master bedroom with queen size 4 poster bed, air-conditioning and en-suite Jacuzzi bathroom.

The bedroom and bathroom both have pretty Venetian style balconies that offer the most stunning views to the mountains. Large beautiful rooms all tastefully furnished.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We feel sorry to leave the Mandarin Cottage as it has been like and “Oasis” in a wonderful Crete. The service and the hospitality has been extraordinary. It’s a pity that time goes by here so quickly, we hope we will be able to return sometime, somehow… Thank you for all. Salva & Aida – Spain

Thankyou for the relaxing week in your beautifully renovated cottage what a treasure chest!! Imre, Hungary.

Staying in Mandarin Cottage has made our holiday very special. We love the way you have restored this gorgeous old building and how you have made the interior. The bedroom really has the wow factor, neither of us has slept in a more stunning room. What a winner to use the whole of the upstairs space on one room. We loved breakfast on our balcony looking over to the mountains - always pink at sunrise! Also having a drink late at night listening to the cicadas and goat bells and silence. Memorable, gorgeous, so comfortable - felt really spoilt. Sue & David, UK.
May 2008
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


The most relaxing holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mandarin Cottage for a lovely relaxing week's holiday. The cottage is beautiful in the most perfect location but still only 15 minutes or so from the beach. Lovely villages and restaurants are within an easy drive. The property was spotlessly clean and maintained and we would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 3 of 5

We stayed in Lavender Cottage for four nights in August. The owners were very easy to deal with and accommodated a shorter stay as it fit in with their other bookings. The cottage is lovely. The kitchen is well equipped and would benefit greatly from another work surface which there is plenty of room for. The bedroom upstairs was lovely and thankfully equipped with air con. The downstairs bedroom is only equipped with fans and our boys found the room to be very hot at night. They didn't like their shower room either so we all used the upstairs bathroom. The pool for the two cottages is very small and the caretaker was struggling to keep it clean. He let us use the pool for the other cottage which was much nicer and luckily the cottage was empty while we were there. We had a good time here, bbq and the sunset is lovely. We shopped on route and it was a shame that the fridge shut down on us as we arrived with 3 days of provisions. The owners responded and the caretaker was there quickly to repair. He also had to come back the following day. You have to empty the bin daily (a roll of bin liners would have been great plus more than one toilet roll) which you take to an open wheeled bin at the end of the road. Parking is an issue, the neighbour at the end of the road clearly doesn't like tourists. Its such a shame that the plot of land at the front of the cottage cannot be used, maybe for a bigger pool. Its nice to see another side of living in Crete and the surrounding areas are good to explore. The cottages are very peaceful and relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Beautiful Cottage.....

  • 5 of 5

Having just returned from a 2 week stay at Lavender Cottage with my husband and 2 boys - I can only say that it was a fantastic holiday! The cottage is beautiful. Extremely comfortable and has everything you need including washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, hairdryer etc.... Litsarda is a very small, pretty village and has a great pizzeria which you can walk to from the cottage. Limited menu but what you get is great!! The nearest village after this is a 5 minute drive down the road to Vamos where you will find several lovely tavernas which serve great food and have great service. In Vamos you will also find a small supermarket, a fantastic butchers owned by an English couple, bakery where you can buy fresh bread every day for €0.90 plus next door to the bakery is a fantastic little shop where you can buy anything from BBQ coals or a sink plug to cheese.

Car hire is a must but the cottage owners can organise this for you at very competitive rates and you are met at the airport. Booster seats for children are also organised. The coast is 15 minutes away and Kournos Lake is a must see. Great for swimming and snorkeling and you can hire pedalos with slides which the children loved. There are also many lovely beaches to explore, many with lovely shallow water which is very safe for little children to play in. Bali Beach we loved plus Livardia and Big Beach which was on the south coast.

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday and real family time or just a break away from it all - this is the cottage for you!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Chania at 43 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Litsarda at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : Souda at 23 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Hersonissos at 135 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Litsarda at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Almyrida at 7 Kilometres Car: recommended


A choice of beaches at Georgoupolis, Kalyves or Almyrida can be found within 10 minutes drive. All beaches are sand and each of the beaches also has a little fishing harbour. The are a variety of facilities at the beaches, with restaurants and coffee shops.


Chania Airport - 45 minutes driving distance.

Heraklion Airport - 90 minutes driving distance.

Heraklion Port - 90 minutes

Rethymnon Port - 30 minutes

Car Hire is advisable.


Litsarda Village is an easy 5 minute stroll - there is a local pizzeria, a cafenion (very traditional, local greek coffee shop) and the local Greek Orthodox Church.

Vamos village is a larger traditional village, 3 minutes drive or can be walked in about 25 minutes if feeling energetic. There are more tavernas and facilities in this village.

Rethymnon and Chania town centres are approx 20 - 25 minutes drive and here you can find pretty cobbled venetian streets with more commercial shops.

Further Details:

Many people who choose to stay at our cottages enjoy painting, walking, bird watching and exploring the countryside. Most of our guests just require somewhere to totally relax and get away from stress of work. Some interesting days out include Samaria Gorge for keen walkers and Elafonisi beach in south west Crete for beach lovers.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover days.
Cottages are available at 4pm on the day of arrival and should be vacated at 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per Cottage (not per person) per night.

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance payment made 8 weeks before arrival. Any booking taken within the 8 weeks will be required to pay the full amount at time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer in UK sterling.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Jacuzzi


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Four Poster bed, wardrobe, dressing table,doors to Venetian balcony that offer stunning views to the local mountains, archway to jacuzzi.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Both cottages have air-conditioning in the bedrooms. Linen and towels are provided. The cottages are cleaned and prepared ready for your arrival and cleaning materials are supplied for your use. Additional linen is provided for guests staying 8 days or more Outside: The courtyard is very pretty with flowers and trees. Each Cottage benefits from outdoor furniture, umbrellas and sunbeds and has an individual BBQ. The wooden pool is approximately 4m x 6m and is shared by both cottages.

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