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Unique Holiday Villa With Stunning Views & Large Private Pool (Rithymna Mansion)

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,841 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Unique Holiday Villa With Stunning Views & Large Private Pool (Rithymna Mansion)

Our Holiday Villa is a unique vacation home located on the island of Crete. Rithymna Mansion is a wonderful choice for a distinctive vacation stay. The property for rent is situated on the edge of the old traditional village of Prines, 350 meters above sea level, 3 km from the coast, and only 6 km from the center of the old town of Rethymno in Northern Crete.

What makes Rithymna Mansion unique, is the ability to breath sea and mountain air, combined with staggering views over the sea, mountains and green foliage. The closeness and direct access to the historical town of Rethymno, with it's long sandy beaches and vibrant night life, will ensure a holiday that you will never forget.

Rithymna Mansion has a valid license authorized by the National Organization for Tourism. It is ideal for families, or groups of friends, who desire a large and aesthetically pleasing villa, for a private and pleasurable holiday. Up to 8 individuals can be accommodated comfortably.

More Details

Property Manager
Giorgos Nikolaidis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Giorgos Nikolaidis

Difficult to describe, we must meet in person :-)

Giorgos Nikolaidis purchased this villa in 2014


Prines Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2841 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
At night the city of Rethymno, 6 km away from the mansion, offers you the excitement of intense night life in bars and tavernas within the town and next to the sea. Rethymno, being a well-disciplined holiday resort, affords you the freedom to stroll safely through its streets, even during the small hours of the morning.


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Unique Holiday Villa With Stunning Views & Large Private Pool (Rithymna Mansion)
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews

Most amazing villa

  • 5 of 5

We booked this villa for 2 weeks as a family of 4 adults and 2 children. From the minute we arrived we were just blown away. The owner Giorgos met us at the villa to give us a grand tour. The villa is simply stunning and has everything you could possibly need plus more. the villa is so spacious it took is a few days to stop getting lost and the outside pool area is simply stunning with a pool fit for a small hotel! We noticed that the villa did not have a safe and Giorgos went out that day and bought one installed it the very next day, how's that for service! Maria, the housekeeper came most days (5out of 7) and kept everything spotless without ever getting in our way, in fact most of the time we hardly knew she was around. The fridge upon arrival was filled to the brim with beer, wine, soft drinks and the most delicious fruits, in fact it took us nearly 2 weeks to eat all of the fruit. A big bonus of this villa for us was that all cleaning products are provided for you (not that we needed to clean as Maria kept it spotless) but little things like washing powder and dish cloths were all available. My mum also broke her arm in the trip and Giorgos was so helpful in getting us to the hospital and speaking to the hospital staff via the phone, he even sent his mum to the hospital to ensure we were ok, a very thoughtful touch. We enjoyed a couple of lovely evening meals out with Giorgos and it is clear he only wants his clients to have the most amazing stay and talks passionatly about making his villa the best in the area. We loved it so much we have already booked to go back next year and can't wait.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Family Home

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous family home surrounded by a beautiful well maintained garden.

Giorgos the owner made us very welcome and was proud to show us around his lovely home. We were greeted with an abundance of fresh fruit and a very well stocked fridge. A huge thank you to Maria who worked tirelessly to keep everything spotless and being so discreet.The pool and outside area are truly amazing with magnificent views across to the white mountains making it a perfect place to relax.

Yet an easy drive down into Rethymnon town where excellent restaurants and bars can be found. Also make sure you visit Giannikos

Taverna a short walk from the house. Thanks Giorgos for everything and letting us stay at your beautiful house.

Hope to return again sometime.

Take care and we send you our very best wishes.

David and Elaine Gregory

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic slice of heaven in Crete, a secluded palace and a home.

  • 5 of 5

I take a long long time deciding where to take my family each year, work is very tough on my time and the two weeks we get each summer is priceless to me. I like to have all the boxes ticked and not settle for missing wants.

I stumbled upon Giorgos and his once old family residence while looking at villas in Crete. The villa is situated in a small, and very friendly village. Set in Beautiful gardens with fruit trees and vines, it is the real crowning jewel of the few villas in the surrounding area.

If you were to be bought blindfolded to the villa and not leave your entire stay, I believe you may only see the lovely Maria (housekeeper) from your secluded rural fortress that is now home. You arrive and feel an immediate weight rise off you, all you need is only moments away with local restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores; but then you shut the regal gate behind you and it as though you have stepped into your own private palace.

Maria who looks after all house cleaning and keeps the house ship shape is a miracle work, or possibly magician. We stayed a full 2 weeks and she cleans everything top to bottom alternate days a week (all bedding, towels etc). What Amazed me was that unless you called out to say hello or needed something she was invisible. It is a huge house but with 8 in the family all in at the same time it was a great talent.

The Villa/home/palace wow!!! I do not have the words to fully describe it. You see gentle hints of the past and warmth from what was originally a full time family home. History is in the brick as they say. Giorgos has beautifully combined the modern with the traditional which is exactly my style. From arrival you want for nothing, the house, LAKE of a pool and all surrounding gardens are so perfectly cared for and tendered we fell into the illusion it was home! PERFECT!

Mr Giorgos, from booking to arrival and through stay he beyond exceeded all expectations. I have stayed in villas across the world for over ten years and never have I been met by such a warm, intelligent and caring man. The list of how he went above and beyond for us as a family is humbling and would embarrass such a gentleman. Simply the host and a good friend I am keen to see again soon.

During your stay make use of mr Giorgos's knowledge of his island. We were sent on so many beautiful adventures and ideally no tourist noise or feel.

This holiday for us was so much more, we found a home away from home and the best summer to date. �

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Sam & family, A big big THANK YOU, for the effort in submitting this review, & for your overwhelming kindness in writing all the details you enjoyed during your stay. I feel that we will definitely meet again soon. Be well, Giorgos
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Wonderful week at Rethymna Mansion

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the mansion for a week. Georgos met us in Prines and guided us to the mansion and then showed us around. The mansion is very spacious and the grounds and pool are amazing. The views are spectacular and the location peaceful. If you want to to get away from it all this is perfect. There are some nice tavernas in Prines. We ate at Giannikos. The owner Yannis was very friendly and hospitable and the food great. Rethymnon is only 10 mins away and is a lovely town. We spent a few nights exploring the shops and streets and eating by the Venetian harbour. Finally l have to mention that Georgos was also very helpful in liaising with the car rental company when there was a problem with the car rental company and got it sorted for us. I wouldn't hesitate to return to Rethymna Mansion. Lovely villa, lovely location. First class. Thanks Georgia's.

Dave and Ree Ockenden

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dave & Ree, Thank you for your effort in reviewing your stay. It was very nice to get a glimpse of a truly happy family. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. All the best, Giorgos
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

We had stayed in Prines as a mature couple the previous year and found what a lovely village and location it was, with such easy access to Rethymnon, the South Coast and the beaches. Prines also has a wonderful top reviewed taverna, Giannikos Taverna run by Yannis and this alone makes this villa such an excellent choice, being only a five minute walk away through the village.

So deciding to return with the family and grandchildren, we researched larger villas during our previous stay and chose Rithmyma Mansion.

What an excellent choice, it was pure luxury. As grandparents we enjoyed a beautiful air conditioned bedroom with en suite and dressing room, opening on to a lovely garden terrace adjacent to the pool. The family and 2 young grandchildren, 3 & 5 had a large bedroom each upstairs, also opening on to a balcony and with their own bathroom. The arrangement was perfect.

The level of service was simply excellent. Maria the maid looked after everything daily and the facilities were serviced by a pool man and a gardener.

However it was the hospitality of Georgis that excelled. He had provided fruit and drinks in abundance on our arrival, he was always available if needed, yet never intrusive, and joined us for dinner in our final week at the local taverna, insisting on hosting us.

The pool was splendid, as was the pool furniture and parasols and with such excellent facilities the children were swimming and diving without armbands within a week.

We highly recommend this villa, for us it was a very special time together enhanced by staying in such a beautiful serviced house run by such a generous, thoughful and helpful host.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dennis & family, Thank you for your kindest review, I really appreciated it. It was lovely meeting you and getting to chat a little. I don't know if my hospitality excelled, but I try my best to please all my guests and especially guests as yourself. Hoping to meet again in the near future. Take care, Giorgos
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Fabulous Villa!

  • 5 of 5

We were recently in Crete for the first time for a family wedding and stayed at Rithymna Mansion. There were 8 adults and a baby. The house is just fabulous - so much space, with an eating area for every part of the day to catch sun or shade, balconies around the bedrooms, great views towards the sea and mountains, and glorious sunsets. Gardens were beautiful with olive and fruit trees in the orchard, fresh oranges and lemons.

The pool is large and deep with plenty of seating and shades. There is also a large barbecue area where we entertained all the family one evening - 25 of us! The kitchen is very well equipped with everything imaginable.

We cannot praise this villa highly enough. It is a family home, well maintained and well loved. Maria comes to clean each day, the gardeners keep the flower gardens immaculate and the pool man can be heard in the mornings!

Giorgos and his mother were delightful, helpful and very generous. Our welcome pack of fruit, wine and bread was incredible. Giorgos even bought a new highchair for the baby - thank you.

Maybe one small negative would be having to share bathrooms, but it was no problem really and Giorgos has plans to improve this.

Situated a few minutes from beaches, a taverna and Rethymnon it is an ideal spot for a holiday base.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Jan & friends, Thank you so much for being such excellent guests right from the start - with my mother actually welcoming you as an exception. I do wish to welcome you back to Crete myself, some time in the future. Be well, Giorgos
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Chania Airport
Nearest Ferry
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Prines is a small ancient village, with some houses dating back to Venetian times, having olive trees, oak trees and much vegetation. Located 5 km to the hillside to the west of the seaside town of Rethymno, and undisturbed by heavy traffic, it is an ideal location for those who love and enjoy a quiet, peaceful life. The Venetian occupation of Crete (1204 – 1669 AD) has left its traces on Prines, which, together with the nearby village of Vederi, are classified as “preserved traditional settlements”. In the north part of the village you see the old village spring and nearby the St. Nicolas church, built in the 13th century. The old houses of the village were constructed a century ago with stone and wood, according to tradition, with half a meter thick walls.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.