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The " Stonehouse " villa with private pool

Overview

Now has fenced off pool area and pergola for extra privacy
This property is in a very quiet settlement of approx 25 privately owned houses which are off the main tarmac road, accessed by a concrete and dirt road up into the hillside. Only suitable for those who want to be away from it all and have total peace and quiet The little village Keratokambos/Kastri is situated a mile down the road and a car is needed to get to the village and local sights, etc. This village situated next to the sea on the southeast coast, is a small resort that has long been enjoyed by the local Cretans. The last few years have also attracted visitors from further a field who have begun to discover and enjoy the tranquility and real village atmosphere of this place.
The weather is always better than the commercial north side and you would be in the furthest south part in Europe making a sun filled holiday

The island
No other Greek or Mediterranean island has such a combination of landscapes, the distinctive character of the Islanders and impressive archaeological remains from different periods of Crete’s history: Minoan palaces, Byzantine churches, Venetian castles and Turkish minarets and many roman ruins still there to be explored.

The Ida mountain Mountains’ that dominate the mid area give the region its wealth of fertile lands, fed by the melting snows high above. Visit any time up until May and the mountains really are covered with the most beautiful snow caps.

It would be difficult to miss the chance to discover at least some of Crete’s unique treasures. Hiring a car is therefore recommended, whether to visit the Minoan palace at Knossos, or the fascinating old towns of central and eastern Crete.

Crete also offers a great variety of family activities for all ages and is the perfect place to unwind, whether relaxing on your terrace with a cold beer or out walking in the gorges amid the spring flowers.



Local Area
In Southern Crete you can still see a traditional lifestyle of shepherds, olive growers, beekeepers, vineyards, fishing boats. Villages celebrate feast days and name days with delightful festivals and welcome visitors to join them in their meals, dancing and drinking. Greek Orthodox Easter is the best-known festival and should not be missed if visiting during early May.

Through picturesque scenery of pretty hillside villages, whitewashed churches and olive groves. 'Life' in Keratokambos centres around the
one 'main' street which lines the long sand and shingle beach where you can find a local supermarket, cafés, and a handful of taverns, ensuring you don't need to go far to experience real Cretan cooking and hospitality at its best. 10 minutes east and you are at the seaside village of Toutourous which boasts a beautiful beach, also in only 1 hour you reach the capital of the south of Crete, Ierapetra the south’s city since Minoan times still having a Venetian harbour castle and a large modern shopping centre, harbour bars, restaurants and nightlife.
Many other places are within easy reach and can be found on a car hire map, normally provided.

Summary:

The stonehouse which overlooks the sea, has a private swimming pool It Is the ideal place for a relaxing secluded mature holiday for those who like village life and quiet surroundings..

Facilities

Property type: Villa

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Seats:
Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet
Radio
Heating and air con:
Air conditioning - Bedrooms only
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private: Dimensions 4m x 6m, Depth 1.4m to 1.4m,
Other:
Balcony or terrace
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Sea view

Suitability

Suitable for
Children

Sports and activities

Swimming

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Shopping

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
22nd March 2015 to 31st May 2015 Yes 7
1st June 2015 to 31st October 2015 No 7

Discounts and extras

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Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 5km
  • Nearest bar: 5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 5km
  • Nearest supermarket: 5km
  • local taverns and shops: 5km
  • local harbour and beachs: 2km
  • Nearest main town: 30km
  • nearest petrol station: 20km

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18 out of 21 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Friday 05 August 2011
We stayed here at the beginning August. Definitely excellent sea and mountain view. The house inside was clean and there are a lot of towels incl. beach ones, no need to bring any one more. Nice (but unequipped!) beaches are not far as well as local tavernas with fantastic local food. No barbeque, no TV (seems like it has been taken out prior our arrival), pool area is not private at all - completely overlooked from the next to the Stonehouse villa Terracote located just a few meters upstairs. No sun protection as the only sun umbrella was damaged. All the territory is not fenced in so that even parking is available for any one. Airco is rather noise. We would not recommend the accomodation to our friends.
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Stayed Monday 16 August 2010
Had a wonderful 10 days in the Stone house. The Villa was lovely and bigger than it looked in the photos. Well equippied with everything we needed for a wonderful stay. The pool was lovely and always warm, the children would have happily stayed in it all day everday. The road up to the villa wasnt as bad as we thought and our little car made it up with no problem. The villa is in a wonderful location with the best views ever and if you really want to get away from it all this is the prefect place, we didnt want to leave!! Our best holiday ever!
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Stayed Friday 11 June 2010
Great seaview once you overcome the initial hurdles of the driving route instructions & poor signage on the Island and the appaling steep and rocky modified goat track leading up to the rural property. Upstairs has NO aircon, fans dispurse hot air fully unbearable for the children - main room however is tasteful and has a great aircon. Fascilities adequate except for broken bed upstairs and broken patio chairs meaning property is unsuitable for more than 2 persons. No poolside cushions pool usually dirty. Rat / mice infestation in the roof. 3 TV channels, not unusual. Excellent and very reasonable local cuisine but a limited menue.
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Stayed Tuesday 18 May 2010
The Villa has lovely views down to the sea as per the pictures. The pool is deep and therefore we had to keep a close eye on our toddler and it was in need of cleaning but as we were there only a week it didnt seem worth troubling anyone as it was only stones and leaves in there. Another issue was the gap in the railings of the upstairs bedroom messaine which my 3 1/2 year old could walk through so we had to gate it over as the main double bed is downstairs. The road up to the property is not for the faint hearted as it is a narrow dirt and large stone affair with a steep dro p. Our Peugeot 308 had no problems with it though. No way would my partner have driven it though. The village is a 5 minute drive away and is extremely friendly. Try to learn a little greek as they appreciate the effort. We ate in 3 of the tavernas and all offered good greek homecooked food at a not unreasonable price. There is a choice of little supermarkets and even a trendy drinks bar! Otherwise you really do feel like you are away from it all and the pace of life is very relaxing.
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Stayed Sunday 26 October 2008
Probably our best. most relaxing holiday ever. The villa was just what we wanted in a breathtaking spot. Weather was superb, views to die for and all in very well-equpped, comfortable accommodation. Terrific value as well. Couldnt recommend it highly enough.
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Stayed Tuesday 18 September 2007
The property itself was well maintained, in a peaceful location with a good view. The villa has all the amenities you would need and the pool is lovely. The local area has several nice beaches, plenty of tavernas and a few small shops. The unpaved road to the villa was okay but our small car did find it a bit challenging. We saw some interesting wildlife in the area, watch out for the kingfishers by the local seashore.
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Stayed Saturday 11 August 2007
Villa and new pool are lovely. The nearest beach is a 25 minute walk which is perfect for an early morning swim. There are many other wonderful beaches nearby that can be reached by car in under 15 minutes. All the local tavernas are excellent and cheap. The drive up to the villa is quite steep and most of the locals have a 4WD, although you do get used to it even in a standard hire car. Some may find the location a bit remote if there intend to do a lot of exploring. Work on the villa next door is continuing but is very quiet and not intrusive. We had a great 2 week family holiday.
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Stayed Wednesday 25 July 2007
Lovely villa in secluded spot but close to coast and several good tavernas. Pool is lovely. A real selling point for the villa. When the other villa is finished it will be the perfect destination for 2 families. The approach road to the villa is quite scary on arrival but we got used to it very quickly. We hired a Hyundai Getz and it coped admirably with all the Greek roads we threw at it!! Massive thanks to Keith who is the contact on the ground. He was very helpful.
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Stayed Friday 22 December 2006
The Stone House itself was accurately described and depicted-the place well-equipped, very clean, with rustic, yet pretty interior, lovely views and small pool, sun exposure for the full day, (with the exception of the sunset that Id hoped for, but thats a very personal criterion-not universally important). We had wanted relaxation and privacy and got that- actually more than wed bargained for. The reason that we wouldnt recommend it to a friend is based on the set of friends in our circle -they would appreciate easier access and less isolation, more proximity to some of the conveniences and sights on the island. In eastern Canada, we are unaccustomed to narrow, winding, steep, two-way roads with plunging depths, so that driving around was a challenge for us. We realize that many Europeans may be more in tune with this type of mountain driving than we were. We think that it would be important to let potential renters know more about the ruggedness and remoteness of the setting, so that the wild and beautiful landscape of southern Crete can be appreciated by people seeking this type of holiday. Also, a practical point, it would be best to advise people to stock up at a large supermarket in a major city on the island before getting to the house because there are few good sources of groceries nearby that we found, and only several tavernas in Kastrie-Keratocampus village. Due to the roads, we didnt dare return to the House after dark. We did enjoy our stay in the House, the nearby stoney beach at Keratocampus that we had to ourselves, the lovely Crete weather and, after a bit, the adventure of driving through the mountainous territory.
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Stayed Monday 15 May 2006
We stayed at the villa with family (myself, wife, 13 years old child and 7 month old infant). Unfortunately we only could stay there for a week due to visa issues. Otherwise we would definitely extend our stay and enjoyed beautiful views and quietness of the place. Villa is very well arranged and we had all we needed for the restful vacation. Only the access road to the villa itself needs a bit of finishing as well as bits and pieces at the back of the villa around pool area. Otherwise all these details are well compensated by the overall excellent impression from the holidays. By the way food in local taverns is delicious. We are looking forward to come back to this attractive place and stay longer if possible.
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We stayed in the stonehouse mid September. We enjoyed our visit, the views were great, very relaxing and peaceful setting. One thing we struggled with however, was the complete lack of shade - the parasol pictured doesnt actually come with the property - you have to buy your own which seems a little strange. We managed the road fine in our corsa, however we are used to Greek roads, people should be aware it is a good half mile from the tarmac road to the villa door. The surround of the pool isnt properly finished - just rough jagged chippings - so you cant walk around barefoot. - These comments arent made as a complaint, but for future visitors reference. The inside of the villa is pleasant and rustic - plenty of bedding, linen and towels. There isnt much in Keratokampos/Kastri but there are a few lovely tavernas - Taverna Crete (the last taverna in Kastri before Keratokampos) is the best - food absolutely delicious and the guy is lovely!! Highly recommended!
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We had a fabulous 10 days at The Stonehouse. The house is situated in a fantastic position with an amazing view of the sea, the private patio is perfect for relaxing in the evening. The pool is great and well looked after, a real godsend in the heat. We hired a RAV 4 which was perfect for the track leading up to the house, which although initially quite daunting, actually became part of the fun of the holiday. We cannot fault this place, the local tavernas serve fabulous food and were full of locals, always a good sign. The Stonehouse was very good value for money and exceeded our expectations with its breathtaking views out to sea. We will definitely recommend this holiday to friends and were more than adequately looked after during our stay. I cannot recomend it highly enough.
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Excellent 12 days at this property.Good value for money. Fantastic views, larger than appeared on website, in a beautifull, quiet location. Local villagers very friendly. To balance previouse reviews, worth mentioning that pool was clean, no problems with rodents what so ever, furniture all fine. If you have some sense of adventure you will enjoy this area of Crete.
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The Stonehouse is beautifully situated, well equipped and ideal for anyone wanting some real peace and quiet. As other reviewers have mentioned, the pictures dont really do it justice. The view down the valley to the sea from the living room and terrace is exceptional. It takes about 30 minutes to walk down to the tarmac road and along the coast to the tavernas in the centre of Kastri. One comment though: rent a Jeep or similar 4 wheel drive, or at least ask for a hire car with good ground clearance like a Hyundai Getz. We arrived in a Fiat Punto, and barely made it up the track, which is VERY steep and rocky in places. (They had very heavy rain the week before we arrived, and this had washed away the surface leaving it very rutted).
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We have just returned from a wonderful, relaxing two weeks at the Stonehouse. The propery itself exceeded expectations - the photos on the website really do not it justice. The interior is spacious and well equiped. The exterior is ghe real bonus. the patio at the front of the property has spectacular views to the sea and surrounding hillside. A perfect spot for meals and evening relaxing. The pool at the rear of the property is a real sun spot and completely private. The location is perfect if you are looking for total peace and relaxation. The local village has a good selec tion of tavernas and we found the locals very friendly and welcoming. The beaches are stunning, ranging from long shingle beaches to deserted coves - all within a few minutes drive. The villa owners were extremely helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and ensure we had everything we required. Our only regret is that we didnt rent the owners other villa too and take the rest of the family. We will certainly do this when we return.
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We had a complete "get away from it all" holiday in this lovely villa. Peace and qiuet and stunning sea views.
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Accurate description. Extremely well equipped and beautifully presented villa .
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The villa was out of this world,the views of the sea was just what we wanted.The road up to the villa was rough,a 4x4 would be the best car to hire but we found it no problem.The villa was private and good for couples,we would go back some time..
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as it said on the packet, very good,off the beaten track, if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday this is for you, car hire a must, it is a long walk to the local (and i mean local) village. not good for those with walking difficultys. the locals are very friendly and welcoming, the home owner is very good and bent over backwards to help us out, including car hire, would go back again, it is traditional and a little knowledge of greek goes a long way.
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The villa is full of character with its exposed stonework and huge semi-circle window from sitting room to sea view. It’s very well furnished and equipped and the location is very quiet.  The smallest hire car is fine for the track up to the villa as long as you drive slowly. The swimming pool is not huge but the sea and beach which are 5mins down the hill by car are much better than any pool could offer. However anyone visiting who thinks that the pool is important might want to check the status of the hard landscaping around the pool with the owner. It was shingle around the pool edge when we were there but this might have been changed by now. Overall, very nice villa in an area that, if you like swimming and relaxing, is worth visiting for as many weeks as you can – at least 3 ideally
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The villa was lovely and the sea view stunning. We were extremely disappointed about the pool not being finished and building work going on behind us was annoying even though we were promised that nobody would be working during our stay. I thought the satelite TV was deceiving as it was all foreign with the exception of one or two channels. To compensate for this a good dvd library would have been useful. Plenty of places to eat and all very reasonable. A 4x4 would have been a better car to hire.

Owner

About the owner
Our first discovery of crete was on a package holiday to Chania on the west side of the island over ten years ago. A few days spent exploring and we were taken in by the beauty of the island and friendly people. Along with the fresh cusine, local wines and perfect sunny days and we were hooked. Over the next few years I spent a week a year on a motorcycle touring around the Island exploring and looking for a spot that had everything we wanted. In Keratocambos we think we have found that and hope you also find the area as beatiful and romantic as we do. Our local knowledge and understanding of what we in the UK and want in a holiday means the Villas are designed and fitted out to give a greek feel, but with all the home comforts we are used to in the UK. The villas are aimed at independent travellers like us who want to explore and have the privacy, peace and quiet, beatiful scenery and a local village life.
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