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Lovely Villa With Panoramic Views, Large Private Pool. Easy Access To Beaches



Updated: 15-Nov-2016
Villa near Kastellos, Rethymnon,Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Peaceful Rural Location, Amazing Views, Easy Access To Shops, Tavernas And Beaches, free Wifi.

Beautiful architect designed, fully equipped villa. Easy access to sandy north and south coast beaches, local villages with a good choice of shops and the stylish town of Rethymnon with a beautiful Venetian harbour, marina, sandy beaches, tavernas and wide variety of interesting shops.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Robin and Veronica have managed to do what many people dream of doing - we escaped from the rat race of crowded suburbia, having fallen in love with Beeson Farm, an historic, disused and derelict Devon farm nestling in a wonderfully tranquil valley less than a mile from a wonderful, unspoilt beach. Much hard work and loads of money later we are delighted to offer you beautifully restored cottages which have retained their character whilst providing every comfort and all mod cons. We have achieved AA 4 stars rating and recommendations from the Guardian, Express and Woman magazine. Our environmental efforts have resulted in being awarded a Gold Green Tourism Award.

We offer a range of quality accommodation which is child friendly, dog welcome or pet & feather free and wheelchair accessible

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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Outstanding villa with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and well appointed villa with a luxurious swimming pool and outside area with fantastic views all around. Quiet and secluded, but not isolated. Interesting local village with hospitable host in local tavern, good for day trips to both north and south coasts.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Stay at Villa Dris

  • 5 of 5

The villa is maintained to a really high standard with excellent bathroom and furniture fittings. The pool is located in an excellent position in the bright sunshine and is ideal to cool down late in the evening.

The panoramic views are outstanding with both mountains around and sea at the distance.

It was is exceptionally clean on arrival

Lovely low cost meal at local taverns offer excellent food and in particular we really enjoyed our meals at the Taverna in Costellos with atmosphere generated by the owner Vasslis.

Rethymnon is the local main town nearby it has a selection of excellent shops and has real character about in the old town area.

Driving around the island offer breath-taking views and boat trips are readily available to visit the Gorge where you can walk if you have enough energy.

Its narrowest point is only 6 meters wide with towering sides.

A very relaxing and enjoyable stay highly recommended with many thanks


  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well-appointed villa in a beautiful secluded area

  • 5 of 5

This is a very well-appointed villa in a quiet area near a village with beautiful views over the surrounding valleys and mountains. There is a great deck for having meals and admiring the view. The pool is excellent. The area is good for bird-watching and also for hiking - a hiking trail passes within a hundred yards of the front gate. Yet despite the sense of peace and isolation, shops for food etc are not far away and it's only a short trip down to the main coastal road and Rethymnon. This villa is thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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idyllic cretean retreat

  • 5 of 5

beautiful villa perched on a hill with wide reaching views of the mountains and coast. The local village was lovely and the taverna very welcoming, serving authentic local food. The nearby town of Rethymno is picturesque and offers a great variety of tavernas for eating out. The children loved the swimming pool, it was a perfect, relaxing stay

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review which is much appreciated. Thanks too for your booking for next year - we hope you have a wonderful time.
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Truly gorgeous views, villa and area

  • 5 of 5

This villa really does have the most beautiful views. I've stayed in a number of villas and this really was very special. Brilliantly equipped - they literally had everything you needed and the location couldn't be beaten. The pool area is gorgeous and the owners were so helpful in the lead up to our trip. We were met at the local taverna to be shown the villa, which is up a bumpy, steep track, which was really helpful, so no danger of getting lost! Dimitri regularly visited to clean the pool and check we had everything we needed. The taverna - Castello Taverna - in the village was fabulous - very basic food, but delicious and all depended what was picked from the garden or meat available. The owner Vasilis is a real character and a wonderful host and it was a great place to meet local people for a chat over a few drinks. And it was SO cheap! Very much recommend the restaurant in Armeni as well and Kostas' restaurant Goulediana. The whole surrounding area really is totally unspoilt and everyone we met was so warm, friendly and welcoming. A real gem of a villa and area. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed our villa, spectacular views and also the local tavernas and beautiful surrounding area, which is truly unspoilt. We hope you will return.
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Lovely villa, beautifully situated

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a week's stay at this beautiful villa. Perfectly situated, with stunning sea and mountain views, it is an ideal base for exploring this area of Crete. We enjoyed many days out - the lovely town of Rethymno is only about 10 miles away and Frangocastello is a beautiful drive down to the south coast. A Minoan cemetery is just a 5 minute drive away.

The villa itself is spacious and exceptionally clean and well-maintained, with everything provided that you could possibly need. The swimming pool is an ideal size and the balcony is perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and enjoying the local wildlife - for anyone interested in birds, this area is on a migration route, hence the 60+ species of birds we saw from the balcony. Dimitris, who welcomes you to the house and maintains the pool, is so warm and friendly, as were all the local people we met in nearby Kastello and Armeni.

We cannot recommend this villa highly enough. After spending a week touring the island, it was so nice to relax in such a beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our villa and local area so much and hope you will be able to stay again. Veronica & Robin
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From the Owner

We wanted to buy a holiday home in the southern Medtiteranean. Having visited and rejected many places, we fell in love with Crete. We think it is the perfect holiday destiation with lots of sunshine, beautiful beaches, mountains, gorges, caves, friendly tavernas serving locally sourced food and drink.We searched for a villa with easy access to both airports, the N. and S. coasts and Rethymnon which we think is the nicest large town on the island. We also wanted a quiet location but to be near a village with local shops and and good tavernas. The villa had to have amazing panoramic views of the sea and mountains, be on a very large plot and have a large swimming pool. We only found one villa that met all our search criteria - Villa Dris !! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Heraklion at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Kastellos at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Heraklion at 80 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Kastellos at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Rethymnon at 11 Kilometres Car: necessary


Easy drive to a variety of lovely sandy north coast beaches (nearest 11 km).

Short 28 km drive through gorge and magnificent unspoilt countryside to the fabulous south coast beaches for sun bathing, swimming, diving and water sports or just quiet relaxation. Good range of beach tavernas and bars.


Car hire essential. Heraklion Airport and Chania Airport both approximately 90 kilometres away via the New National Road. Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes drive time from both.

Good regular coach service along the New National Road, some local buses and plenty of taxis.


The local centre of Armeni with supermarkets, bakery, tavernas, cheese shop, chemist and petrol filling station is 6 minutes drive away.

The village taverna in Kastellos is walkable ( 15-20 minutes ) or 4 minutes drive time.

The stylish port town of Rethymnon with its harbour, marina, town beaches interesting architecture, fortezza and interesting shops is 11 kilometres ( short 20 minutes drive away.)

Further Details:

Lots of historic sites, Minoan, Roman, Greek, churches and monasteries, magnificent gorges, mountain ranges, caves. Lovely local walks including the European E4 walking route across Crete sited only 200 metres away from villa. Plenty of choice of local inexpensive country tavernas nearby.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Rate 4
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Rate 6
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
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From the Owner

It has fabulous views, a larger pool than most villas with the added benefit of Roman steps rather than the usual ladder. We also have a pool house with a kitchenette and shower room plus wc so you don't need to go into the villa when you are settled by the pool. There is the added bonus of having a Biodigestor sewerage system which allows you to flush toilet paper (no other items please) rather than putting it into the bathroom bin as is usual in Geece! We also have k/s beds with really expensive comfortable mattresses unlike the cheap uncomfortable ones you usually find in Greece.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Enuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, shower over, bidet, WC and basin. Shower room with WC and basin. Further shower room in pool house with WC and basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with K/S bed, ensuite, terrace and pergola. Bedroom 2 with K/S bed, terrace and pergola. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Meet and Greet service provided by helpful caretaker. Pool and garden will be maintained during your stay. Villa also has the additional benefit of a pool house with shower room, WC basin and a kitchenette with cooker and fridge to serve food and drink to the poolside and BBQ dining area. Unique UK designed biodigester sewerage system allows toilet paper to be flushed down the toilets unlike most Greek villas where used toilet paper has to be placed in bathroom bin for later disposal. Outside: Private large 40 sq.m pool with Roman steps. Extensive landscaped Mediterranean garden with specimen trees and flower beds.Terraces and pergolas surround the property and pool allowing magnificent unspoilt views to the White Mountains, rural villages and Aegean Sea coastline. Large purpose built BBQ with spit by the pool with tables, chairs, pool loungers and sun parasols. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and bed linen are included. Other: Entrance vestibule. Separate pool house adjacent to pool with kitchenette and shower room to serve pool area and BBQ.

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