Luxury detached villa, sleeps 2-8. Private pool,tranquil, sea/mountain views. Village location, near to beach resort of Platanias, Rethymno.
Is an Exclusive, new, spacious, detached villa with stunning Panoramic sea and mountain views. Furnished with locally hand crafted tasteful, modern furniture. It sleeps 2-7 comfortably ( adults and children ) plus a travel cot can be made available if required. The villa has its own private swimming pool - 4 x 7 metres. - there is a wall surrounding the plot keeping most of the garden private from neighbours but still allowing the fabulous view. Perfect for barbeques. There are sun-loungers available, pool toys and inflateables, a play area with various toys. Inside there is a selection of DVDs and videos, board games and guide books for the guest to use . A car is essential as the climb up the hill to the villa is steep but well worth it when you see the views.
The villa is ideally located to the centre and north of this charming island and very close to one of the longest beaches in the med - where turtles are known to nest - just west of Rethymno. An historical harbour town 10 minutes from the villa, which is the smallest and arguably the prettiest of the three main Cretan towns, with its palm lined prominade. It is a haven that attracts locals and visitors alike to its waterside tavernas. The old town is marked by the ancient fortress, old harbour, winding paved streets, fish restaurants, cafes and bars with plenty of nightlife, it provides all the modern and cultural amenities youll need. Join in the cellebrations at the Rethymno wine festival in late July and witness spectacular Greek dancing and free flowing wine.
The unique location of the villa allows the guest to visit places such as the world famous and much visited Minoan ancient Palace of Knossos, the Monastary of Arkadi, and the Samaria Gorge - europes largest ravine. With normal everyday sights such as the traditional working villages of Spilli and beautiful resorts that have so much to offer all ages and tastes alike, such as Bali, Georgiopoulis, Agia Galini, Malia and of course the nearby Platanias. Platanias, only 5 minutes away is a pretty resort and perfect for families with its gently shelving sand and also ideal for watersport enthusiasts or sunworshipers!
Around the island there are waterparks for children or the child in us. There are boat trips to other parts of the island - and other islands! Santorini Island for example is easily accessable for a day trip. Or you could simply laze by the pool at the villa soaking up the fantastic scenery right on your doorstep as you totally relax and recharge your batteries.
We fell in love...
... with this beautiful, sunny, magical diverse Greek Island of Crete as soon as we visited it many years ago. Then many years later we found our ideal plot of land to have this brand new stunning villa built. With a fabulous location like this you cant go wrong, panoramic views of the sea ( to the left), of the mountains ( to the right) and the village straight ahead across the valley, set in an area surrounded by orange, lemon, lime and almond trees set amongst olive groves.
As a visitor you are genuinely welcome, so take up the invitation to join the locals for a glass of raki and share in the spirit of Crete.
Really lovely Villa, great location - approximately 3 or 4 miles out of the closest town, walked it one day but it took it out of us (3 lads 25-35 age range) however the good news is a taxi only costs between 8 and 10 euros and they will pick you up from the Villa which is great.
Facilities at the Villa are perfect, everything you could need and more. Owner contact was no issue and instructions for check in and checkout were very clear and we had no issues at either end or throughout the holiday.
Would recommend the Villa to anyone and will be returning should i visit Crete again. Only note i would say is the 3rd bedroom is bunk beds which i didnt pick up from the advert so we had to draw straws to see who ended up in that room! Fortunately it was not me -)
Gerhard from Bearsden
Stayed 07 Jun 2012
This is an excellent villa in a brilliant location. It certainly met our expectations, the description on the web pages is very good and we would definitely recommend it to anyone. Agnes, the local caretaker, is excellent and very helpful with recommendations about local facilities. This house is not suitable, if you want to go out at night and not have to drive home later, it is a bit off the beaten track. The last 100- 200 meters of the hill up to the house are very steep, and you should try to get there in daylight for the first time, but it is definitely managable. Even though the house if off the beaten track, it is still only 10 km or so to Rethimno, and even less to the tavernas and shops in Platanias. There is a Lidl in Platanias, but one of the supermarkets on the main road has much nicer local fruit and veg. As far as we could find, there is no taverna within walking distance (and I wouldnt want to climb up that hill after a couple of glasses of wine). The pool is great, all facilities in the house are as advertised, and there is a big BBQ. There are lots of DVDs, and the DVD player plays UK disks. We couldnt get the TV reception to work properly, just some ghosts in snow storm, but that might be because of the location of the house, or our inability to use the telly.
The location of the house is very good for exploring the Western part of Crete, we drove as far as Elafonisi beach in the far West, but that is then a long slog back. Hiraklion is just over an hours drive away, so within fairly easy visiting distance. Chania is less than an hour (and in my opinion a lot more interesting).
Jacqui from Leatherhead
Stayed 25 Nov 2005
Fantastic views and one of the best equiped villas we have ever stayed in. My only fault was that for a two week stay I would have expected a change of towels and beddingto have been included.
Thank you Vicki. At the time of booking guests may state if they wish to have a mid holiday clean/change of linen at a cost, paid locally to the lady who takes care of the villa. The choice is given to the guest as there is a washing machine in the villa and it keeps the cost down for overall rental which is much lower than similar properties in the area.
Jacqui from Leatherhead
Stayed 25 Nov 2005
We loved the villa & had a wonderful time.
The approach is a bit hairy!
Just one comment is that it would be nice to have a mirror in the bedrooms as when the bathroom is occupied it is not always very canvenient to use the one downstairs especially
when drying one's hair.
Tony and Margaret were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them.
On our next trip to the villa CARPE DIEM in a few weeks time we will purchase a couple of mirrors for the bedrooms, this was actually on my list of things to do, thankyou!
Jacqui from Leatherhead
Stayed 25 Nov 2005
Our visit to Villa Carpe Diem in Crete was everything we hoped it would be.
A delightful villa which is very spacious, clean and very well equipped. The panoramic views are quite stunning.
We loved the upstairs balcony and especially wakening to the morning sun.
Eating al fresco on the patio and around the pool was bliss, and with 3 teenage girls with us they certainly agree.
The central location was peaceful but never far away for an excellent choice of places to visit on the island.
At the end of each day we always loved returning to Carpe Diem.
The villa is very well appointed with lots to entertain the children, pool bigger than we expected. BBQ well used views fantastic well worth negotiating the hill for! A wonderful holiday had by all.
There is a very comfortable sofa-bed in the large spacious lounge. Picnic sets are available if you plan days out and want to take your lunch with you. Ceiling fans are in each of the bedrooms as well as 2 in the lounge, which are efficient at keeping the rooms cool, however air conditioning is provided in all the bedrooms if you wish at a charge and is payable locally. The villa provides the guest with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing chilled out holiday.If you wish to use the cot you will need to supply your own linen for this. You will need to supply your own pool/beach towels as these are not included in the cost of renting the villa.
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire Climbing Cycling Fishing Horse Riding Mountain Biking
Sailling Scuba Diving Tennis Water Skiing Wind Surfing