Villa Sofia is situated in the village of Prines. It is a house of fine design, with a private pool, barbeque, patio and many specious areas, just a few minutes from the center of Rethymno.
Villa Sofia is a 3 bedroom stone villa situated in the village of Prines, a traditional village near the city of Rethymno, a conveniently located starting point for exploring the island of Crete. The villa was built at the end of the 18th Century and was restored recently. It is a stone structure that was carefully renovated to include as many of the original features of the building. It is an authentic representative of traditional Cretan architecture. The villa can accommodate six people very comfortably. (When 7-10 people are accommodated, 2 sofa beds are available.)
The property benefits from a unique interior design with spacious rooms, high ceilings and imposing stone features. The property features a paved courtyard space with sunbathing chairs, seating, a private pool, an adobe oven and a barbeque space, as well as a large veranda overlooking the village of Prines, the surrounding fields and mountains. As the paved courtyard area faces south and the veranda area faces north, this means that you can catch sun and shade at all times of the day. Furthermore, the stone structure guarantees that the property remains cool, even in the hottest days of August.
Just a 10 minute drive away from the closest beaches, and a short walk away from local shops and a restaurant, villa Sofia is ideal for those who wish to experience an authentic rural village setting, while at the same time being at close proximity from the larger towns and all the attractions Crete is known for.
Ground floor: The main entrance of the Villa faces north. Upon entering the house one views an open area consisting of a living-room, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is separated by a stone arc. On this ground floor there is also a large bedroom and a full bath. The rear portion of the ground floor leads to a courtyard which contains a swimming pool, an adobe oven, and a barbecue space.
Second floor: There is a loft area off the staircase which leads to the second floor area which is furnished as an office space. There are two bedrooms on the second floor (one with an attic space) and a full bath. On this landing, there is a large veranda overlooking all of the village of Prines, the mountains, the oak forest, and the sea.
Every area of the house has your privacy insured and the rustic buildings (most of them uninhabited) that are located all around the villa insure peace and quiet.
The villa is suitable for all-year-long bookings.
ΕΙΔΙΚΟ ΣΗΜΑ ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑΣ ΜΗ ΚΥΡΙΩΝ ΤΟΥΡΙΣΤΙΚΩΝ ΚΑΤΑΛΥΜΑΤΩΝ
(Ministry of Tourism Authorized License)
For the winter season (November-February)
The thick stone walls, the underground heating pad system (on the first floor), the heating units (on the second floor) and the reduced ''off-season'' prices make Villa Sofia a perfect villa for winter bookings.
The villa and location was excellent. We were met by Michael at the village taverna and shown he very well equipped villa. The villa is in the small village of Prines with only a 2 minute walk to the local shop,taverna or cafe. The villagers were very friendly and the area was extremely relaxed. The villa itself is only a 7 minute drive to Rethimno where there is easy parking, the pretty harbour front and all the places to eat. The villa is nice and private and a great place to escape and relax yet very close to the main road systems to travel further and other areas of Crete. Overall the villa and stay was excellent with a very nice and and well equipped villa.We thoroughly enjoyed the stay.
Christine from Frome
Stayed Oct 2012
A beautifully restored property in a really good location. Quality installations, and a kitchen more than happy to cook and eat from. Michael the owner was more than welcoming, and very helpful. However......most unfortunately our stay was incomplete and marred by a problem....no hot water!. Michael did all he could, called a plumber etc. but things were very sporadic in that area. Apart from that, feel sure its all fixed now and anyone else would have a good holiday.
Jemima from Glasgow
Stayed Sep 2012
We had a wonderfull experience here.If you want to met the typical village in Crete ,this is a very good option.Is a small village called Prines , not so far from Rethymo wich is one of the most important towns in Crete, Rethymo is very nice and we had visited everything in Crete.
The house is new, there is all kind of details for doing your stay very comfortable.There is 3 spacious bedrooms ,1 nice living room,2 bathrooms,and a small swiming pool,that is enough for refresh you when you come back from any of the amazing beaches of Crete or first bath before doing a barbacue with a glass of good Crete wine.
The owners are very friendly and always are pretending that your stay should be perfect.
Victoria from Princes Risborough
Stayed Aug 2012
This property is in a lovely and very authentic location. The owners are extremely hospitable, friendly and helpful. The property has been converted beautifully: it is spacious, airy and very comfortable, with lovely views from the balcony. It has all conveniences. The village is well-located for sight-seeing and there are two shops and two tavernas very close by.
Stephen from Portishead
Stayed Jul 2010
The photos on the web site do not do the villa justice as the property is outstanding in every respect, and alot larger than it appears in the photos.
All the fittings, furniture and electrical appliances in the villa are brand new and of the highest standard, which makes it a very comfortable and plesent place to stay, with plenty of room.
The owner of the villa could not of been more helpful to us, and everything was done to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
I would recommend renting a car to make the most of the villa and surrounding area.
Georgina from Stirling
The owners are lovely, courteous and attentive but not intrusive.
The house has been refurbished to a high standard, has character and style and is on the whole well equipped and there was lots of information on the local area in the villa which was useful. Nice to have wifi and a phone for incoming calls. Very private and very quiet inside the house at night.
The village and local environment is welcoming, peaceful and pleasant as well as interesting. Crete is such a great mix of history, Greek island culture, dramatic landscapes and of course the wonderful Aegean Sea and beaches. Good range of shops within few kilometres to buy freshly made feta, breads, patisseries, as well as seafoods, some fabulous quality wines and other local specialities. Also plenty of nice tavernas and restuarants to choose from nearby and within short drive times into Rethymno.
Parking is a little problematic and it might be helpful for future visitors to better understand the situation and the options available before arrival. We also think mosquito screens and some way of fully blacking out the windows (the shutters have slats which allow early morning light to creeps in) would make the bedroom more sleep friendly.
Overall, we had a lovely family holiday in a comfortable villa, where we felt very at home.
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We stayed at the house in early September. I was thrilled when I opened the door and saw the large clean and open ground level. The house is beautifully restored with a clean modern kitchen, architecture fans will love it. Ancient village house and modern decor, a mix of old and new. It easily can fit 6 comfortably. I loved sitting out on the upper balcony in the mornings and looking out over the village houses. The neighbors gardens where ripe with pomegranate trees and bougainvillaea. It was easy to get from the house to the tourist sites around Crete, and there was a large super market on the main road before you come into the village where you could buy breakfast and other supplies. As you come into the village the road has some nice cafés and bake shops and there is a small store on the corner near the house. The family who own the house all speak English so it was easy for us since we do not Greek. We just had a great time there and would go back in a second there was so much more that we wanted to see in Crete.
unio n City
"We spent about a week in the house, and we had a marvelous time. The house is spacious, well furnished and well laid out, with beautiful light all day and abundant peace and quiet. I especially enjoyed having a leisurely breakfast at the large dining room table and planning out how to spend the day. Its located outside the bustle of Rethymno, so it gives you a feel for what village life is like, but its close enough to the city to make it quite convenient by car. The little grocery and coffee place nearby eased any concerns we had that we would feel isolated. I cant wait to go back.
Please contact us if you need an infant crib/cot so we can arrange to bring one for you.
Large wood oven available for baking bread, pizza and traditional meals.
Maid service and linen-towel change once a week is included.
Pool-plant maintenance included.
Some beverages, traditional drinks (produced by the owner s family) and other drinks are provided free of charge.
All day sailing trips are available at an extra fee, upon request (contact owner)
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire Cycling Fishing Golf Sailling Scuba Diving
About the owner
Hello. My name is Manolis. I manage villa Sofia on behalf of my family. Currently I study at the undergraduate level in London, UK, making sure to visit Crete in the summer-time.
This property was bought by my family in 2002. It is a traditional Turkish, stone structure, dating back to the 1800's. From 2002, for 7 years my father meticulously renovated the building, using his knowledge as an architect and member of the local city-planning department of Rethymno. He collaborated with friends of his, also architects, to produce a spatial layout that combines traditional, rustic features with modern decor, appliances and utilities.
The renovation finished in 2009 and we have been running this holiday home as a family business ever since.
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