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Villas in Prines, Rethymnon, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Drive To The Beach
Marina and Vassilis, the owners of the villas, build the villas according to the new classic architecture of houses using materials that are appropriate to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Several big windows and doors circulate the air and contribute to keeping the temperature comfortably stable and offer great sea and mountain views. The roof of villa Deleni holds high technology, modern solar panels that absorb the generous offered sun light and transform it into electricity which makes the villa one of the most modern and sustainable houses of Rethymnon. The villas have been built to fit its natural surroundings and not a single tree was sacrificed. The large stones that were naturally occurring they remain untouched or have been used to create a pond and hold some of the 500 year old trees. Both villas afford absolute privacy and are suitable for up to 8 persons (villa Deleni) and 10 people (villa Danna), although special arrangements could be made to accommodate maximum of 11 persons. The owners of villa Deleni are known for their hospitality and will offer you Greek ‘filoxenia’ so as to make your stay unforgettable. IDEAL FOR: The Villas are ideal for families and big groups of friends, but they are also affordable to couples during April, May, September and October. They are also ideal for people with pets and pensioners or newly weds who seek for a quiet and undisturbed holiday in a ecological accommodation. The villas are suitable for families of up to 10 members and can also be decorated especially for honeymooners. SERVICES: Cleaning is offered for free and you get to choose the time you want your rooms cleaned. Leave all housekeeping to us and enjoy a holiday free of everyday life worries. Linen and towels are replaced once every three or four days. Check in time is 14:00 and check out time is 12:00.
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- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Marina Davis
Marina and Captain Vassilis Davis build Villa Deleni and Villa Danna in 2005 according to the new classic architecture. The owners of the villas worked many years in the merchant marine navy. After their travelling they decided to build two beautiful villas in the island of Crete for their children. Up until the houses will be used as family homes they are rented as holiday villas and offer 'filoxenia' to many visitors that stay there from all over the world. Today Vassilis is a professor and Head master of the Navy academy of Chania and Marina has retired after a successful career in banking in order to take care of the villas.
Why Marina Davis chose Nikiforos Fokas
The Davis family after travelling all over the world because of their job in the navy they decided to buy land and build houses in the island of Crete. They admired the natural beauty of the surroundings, the easy access to the beach, the crystal clean water of the Cretan sea, the Cretan flowers and herbs and the olive trees. They loved the land bought because of the 500 year old olive trees and the rocks that naturally existed in the land and were later used to build fountains, to hold they very old trees or to naturally decorate the gardens. The region was carefully chosen by the Davis family because of its ease access to the big cities and airport and at the same time due to its isolation from the crowds and the privacy that it could offer.
What makes this Villa unique
While staying at the properties the Davis family enjoy family moments in the big living rooms, having conversations, watching movies, organizing big dinners for family and friends in the big wooden dining tables. They also love to work all together in order to collect the olives from the olive trees of the garden every late October or early November. If you visit the villas during those months you will have the chance to participate in the collection of the olives and be rewarded by tasting the extra virgin olive oil produced! The properties are particularly convenient as they are really close to the city of Rethymnon (10 minutes drive), very close to the beach (5 minute drive) and at the same time it offers privacy and remoteness from the crowds.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We spent our holiday at Villa Danna with family and friends all September. We are very happy for choosing Villa Danna. Villa is at very harmony place: silence, nice view from terasa, but if you want to have shopping, dinner, bars or night life you can get it at Rethymno. Rethymno is ~5-7 km from Villa Danna. Villa is comfortable to stay with family or with friends. Rooms are good conditioned, with a lot of space, all of them has private balkony. Villa has 2 perfect terrasas. One of them is good place to see sunsent with a wine glass, at other you can have perfect brekfast with a nice view to olive trees garden. Villa has a big teritory with nice pool. It was amazing to use owner‘s garden! We had a fresh tomatos, spice herbal at every day. We were in Crete not first time, but we never met such fantastic owner. Especially thank you for Marina and Vasilis. They are very helpful, you can feel like at home. We had memorable holidays at this villa. Thank you!!!
Fantastic property, made to feel so welcome.
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful Villa, everything was there for us, the pool was perfect, there was even fresh herbs from the garden for my cooking experiments! Perhaps the biggest bonus was just how welcoming our hosts were, nothing was too much trouble for them and the cleanliness was perfect. We've told everyone about our holiday and the great Villa we were lucky to find. Totally recommend this to everyone who wants a perfect holiday.
Beautiful and tranquil
the villa is lovely- set in a rustic location but over looking the sea and nearby mountains are clearly visible. The owners Vasilis and Marina are the most welcoming hosts that we have come across. The villa is set away from any main road- so as you soak up the sun by the pool all you can hear are the birds singing amongst the olive trees and goats bleating. The local taverna in Plines is owned by Yanis and he treats you like long lost relatives- very generous with his raki! In the other direction you can walk down to Gerani where you can swim in the small bay- there is a taverna by the small beach.... Amazing with cockerels, hens and peacocks wandering freely around the taverna!!! There is another very traditional traverna up in the old village centre of Gerani. Best to rent a car so you can explore and take some comfortable shoes as Gerani and Plines village centres are walking distance.
The villas are beautifully prepared with everything we needed, peaceful and luxurious . Vasilli and Marina were on hand to ensure our week was very special, fantastic hosts and such lovely people. I cannot fault our experience and would highly recommend if you are visiting Crete to stay here.
Special interest holidays:
With your stay you could enjoy Cretan traditional cookery courses from Marina. One of her specialities are the cretan dakos salad, the apaki pork meat, the kolikothoanthoi which is the pumpkin flower filled with rice and herbs and the snails called 'koxlioi mpoumpouristoi' and her special apple pies.
Marina can also offer gardening courses with a speciality on botans and cretan herbs that can be used in cooking or as cosmetics.
If you visit the villas in late October or November you will have the chance to participate in the olive collection.The olives have to fall to the ground, as the trees are too high to climb, to high to reach to beable to shake them with a machine or even hit the branches. Once there are enough to warrant a collection they are picked up off the ground.
The nearest beach is Koubes beach which is approximately 1 km away, while the beach of Petres is only 6 km away. You could be there easily as it is 5-10 minute drive away. Koubes beach is beautiful bay surrounded by mountains and often you can see goats climbing up the rocky mountain. A huge rock in the sea is approachable by swimming and is the perfect place to climb on and enjoy your sunbathing. A picturesque white church of Panagia Kamarani is next to the beach and behind it a small tavern.
Nearest Airport – 65 kilometres Chania (also known as Ioanis Daskalogiannis airport), & 78 kilometres Heraklion (also known as Kazantzakis international airport).
Nearest Ferry - 6 kilometers Rethymnon.
Nearest Motorway – 1 kilometres Rethymnon, Chania, Heraklion.
Nearest Beach – 1 kilometres.
Car hire is recommended so you can enjoy the facilities offered by all the beautiful places that surround the villas.
Rethynon is 5km away.
Closest village of Prines is 1km away.
The village Prines has 2 mini markets, traditional Greek café, a taverna and a bar (1km away).
Other places to visit by car within 1-2 hours drive are:
the monastery of Arkadi,the famous ancient palace of Knossos at Heraklion and the archaeological site, the Crete aquarium which is also the largest in the Mediterranean, the town of Agios Nicholaos, Elounda and Spinalonga Island, the town of Chania and the monasteries of the area.
The villas are only 6km from the city of Rethymno which is the heart of the island of Crete and is one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Rethymno awaits you with clear blue seas and Mount Psiloritis, there are traces of a civilisation that dates back 4,500 years, numerous Byzantine churches and monasteries, enchanting Venetian monuments, the most well-preserved Renaissance city in Greece, with endless beaches, caves, gorges and unique flora and fauna.
Rethymno and its villages are live postcards, which are pervaded by the aroma of Cretan cuisine and the sound of the Cretan lyre.
People live here amidst nature and emotions, outside the code of behavior found in big cities. No matter where you go, be it even to the most isolated village, our people will open their doors to you to treat you to a "tsikoudia" and befriend you.
Rethymno is the homeland of Zeus, the god of Hospitality. The great number of visitors who return repeatedly confirms the words of the poet: ”Rethymno is not a place where you go to, but a place where you return.”
The traditional village of Prines is 1 km from the villas and only 2 kilometres from the sea. It has the beautiful old church of St. Nicholas which was built in the 13th century and a spring of water that has been running for many centuries without abating.
As the villas are in the middle of the island they are in the perfect location for you to have access to all the nice places of Crete with a couple of hours drive you can visit the whole island. For example you could visit the Arkadi monasteri, the springs of Argiroupolis, the Kournas lake, the Georgioupolis beach and so many more.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: To book the villas email us with a question about the dates that you are interested in. We will respond to confirm the availability of the dates and to inform you about the deposit which is 25% of the total price and our bank details so you could send us the deposit. After the arrival of the deposit we send you a confirmation of the booking. The rest of the money need to be payed to us on your arrival in cash. Changeover Day: Check in time is 15:00 and check out time is 12:00. The changeover day is flexible and could be discussed with us so we can assure you will have the most convenient dates for your stay.