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The architect's stone villa. At a perfect location for exploring the island.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

A wonderfull 3 bedroom stone villa. Private pool, adobe oven, patio, veranda.

Villa Sofia was built at the end of the 18th Century and underwent a restoration process from 2002 up until 2010. It is a stone structure that was carefully renovated to include as many of the original features of the building, while combining aspects of modern architecture and modern appliances. It is an authentic representative of traditional Cretan architecture.

The property is located in an ideal setting for anybody looking to experience a traditional Cretan village, while maintaining complete privacy, peace and quiet. The village of Prines provides a perfect setting, with numerous deserted stone structures surrounding the villa and cheerful villagers/neighbors who will happily greet you. Finally, the location is ideal for those who are keen to explore the island. Prines is located almost at the center of Crete, just a few minutes away from the national road and about a half an hour drive from the closest southern shore of the island.

Spatial description:

The main entrance of the Villa faces north. Upon entering, 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.

A staircase leads you to the second floor area which is furnished as an office space. There are two bedrooms on the second floor and a full bath. On this landing, there is a large veranda overlooking the mountains, the oak forest, and the sea.

Every area of the house has your privacy and quiet insured.

The villa is suitable for all-year-long bookings:

The thick stone walls, high quality building materials and the careful planning of the house make it heat-resistant during the very hot summer months. The property has a paved courtyard area with a private swimming pool facing south and a large veranda area facing north, which means that you can catch sun and shade at all times of the day.

On the other hand, during the relatively colder months of the year the underground heating pad system (on the first floor), the heating units (on the second floor) make Villa Sofia a suitable villa for winter bookings.

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Prines Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Second floor bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ground Floor Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Second Floor Master - 1 king
    Second Floor - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There are two sofas that can become double beds if needed. If you have infants or young children in your party, please contact us so we can make arrangements for a cot.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A large adobe oven is available for baking bread, pizza and traditional meals. Maid service and linen-towel change once a week is included, free of charge. Pool-plant maintenance included free of charge. Some beverages, traditional drinks (produced by the owner s family) and other products are provided free of charge. Catering by experienced local housewife is available upon request. Sailing trips around Rethymno and Chania with a sailing boat and captain available upon request


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The architect's stone villa. At a perfect location for exploring the island.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 15 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

Villa Sofia is a one of the best places we have rented. The description and pictures are exactly as we found the Villa. We were there in a bitterly cold spell in February and the house was toasty warm with under floor heating and radiators. The bathrooms are modern with fabulous showers. The bed linens were first class. The villa is 6 minutes from the National Road and so is well situated for touring western and central Crete. It is an easy drive into Rethymno. The village has a convenient little mini market 2 minutes by foot from the villa and several dining options. Between Prines and the entrance to the National Road there are several supermarkets and patisseries and more dining options. It was a pleasure to return at the end of the day to the serenity of this lovely villa and village.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming country villa

  • 5 of 5

Villa Sophia is a slice of heaven tucked away in a small Cretan village about 5 minutes by car to the outskirts of Rethymno. The pictures are not a distortion, as the house is beautiful and in immaculate condition. Our host, Manolis, was very responsive and eager to make sure our stay was comfortable. During the stay, we had an issue with the wifi. He immediately contacted the internet provider and had a new router for us within a day. The village of Prines is quiet and charming, with a very nice cafe right down the street. The only negative, which the owners try to control, are the mosquitos at night. The home is not air-conditioned, so leaving the screen less windows open is preferable before bed. I consistently woke up bitten by mosquitos, but also admit that I did not use the repellant available in the house. All in all, a minor complaint for a house I would definitely return to in the future if staying in Crete! Thanks Manolis!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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spacious house with comfortable rooms

  • 5 of 5

we had a very nice week in this spacious house. we were a group of seven but there was plenty of space. the house is very well equipped (big bbq/pizza oven, kitchen with plenty tools, enough chairs, linen and towels were changed after half the time, there are games and books) the owner is very helpful. the house is located in a small historic village. there are some taverns and small local markets within 2 minutes off the house. in a nutshell; the house and surroundings make for a a nice holiday, the rest is up to you!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello and thank you for your positive review. You were all a pleasure to meet and host at Villa Sofia. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you all again in the future. All the best Manolis :)
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Good Villa and good Service!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days in 8 people (adults) in Villa Sofia. Really accurate description of the house and services available. Property was clean and well-maintained. The manager provided a good service and was available to support us on our needs.

The manager welcomed us with some bottle of water, cookies and some local liquor: really appreciated, considered that we arrived at 1 am! I would suggest to a friend to stay in this Villa for his holidays in Crete!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Un hâvre de paix

  • 5 of 5

La villa Sophia est une demeure reposante restaurée avec goût et intelligence , dans un village paisible et accueillant . Nous avons été très bien reçus et le propriétaire a eu de délicates attentions qui nous ont touchés .

Nous étions quatre et la maison nous permettait de pouvoir nous isoler , chacun , si nous le désirions .

La taverne de Prines est très agréable et nous en avons bien profité .

Enfin , la ville de Rethymno et sa grande plage de sable sont tout proches .

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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  • 4 of 5

villa was just as we expected,perfect for us,nice and quiet but not far off rethimno if you needed to go sightseeing or shopping, the small village of prines dosnt have much there but has a excellent taverna about 250 metres away,no drink driving required,would need a car to explore the area,but if the weather is nice for your week you could just spend the week at the villa,excellent restoration of the villa from its original state,would recomend

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
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Manolis Deligiannakis
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Manolis Deligiannakis

My name is Manolis Deligiannakis. I manage this property on behalf of my family since 2010.

I was born and raised in Rethymno, Crete, and I chose to return after completing my degree in media&sociology(BA) in London, UK. My family and I try to provide our guests with helpful advice and assistance.

Traveling around Crete is one of my favorite pass-times, so feel free to ask me for recommendations for places to see and things to do while you are here.

Manolis Deligiannakis purchased this villa in 2002

Why Manolis Deligiannakis chose Prines

This property was bought by my family in 2002. It is a traditional Turkish, stone structure, dating back to the 1800's. It was renovated carefully by my father Michalis in order to preserve its unique character while combining modern design and appliances.

Our initial plan was to live in this property, but after my decision to leave Greece for the UK, my parents chose to stay in the home I grew up in and rent Villa Sofia out as a holiday letting property. Villa Sofia has therefore been designed as a living space that embodies our expectations of a cozy home and not has not been designed like most other holiday let properties.

What makes this villa unique

The main, traditional Turkish features of architecture are still there! High ceilings, stone arcs and an old grape-juicing space turned into comfortable living room space. The stone structure ensures the property remains cool, even during the hottest summer days! Photos really do not do this property full justice!

Furthermore, the property benefits greatly from its location on the island of Crete. It is almost at the center of the island, in a traditional village, just a 10 minute car-ride away from the closest beach and the town of Rethymno. It makes the perfect location to base your stay while exploring the island, since most of the beautiful and popular attractions are less than a one hour car-drive away (With the exception of eastern Heracklion and the Lasithi region).

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in Villa Sophia in July 2011, had a great time. The owners were extremely friendly and the Villa was clean and welcoming. The local village is quiet and well equipped, the local Tavernas serve great food and great hospitality all within a few minutes walk from the villa. Our best part of the Villa was enjoying the views from the top veranda and lounging by the pool in the peace and quiet.
Aug 2011
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Daskalogiannis International airport (Chania)
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Atsipopoulo Bars
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Rethymno Port
Nearest Golf
110 Kilometres
Crete Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Ethniki Odos
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Gianniko's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Episkopi Beach
Car: recommended

Villa Sofia is situated in the village of Prines, a traditional village near the city of Rethymno. Prines is a village full of old-rustic houses and villas that date back hundreds of years.

The center of the city of Rethymno is a 15 minute car drive away

The region of Rethymno as a whole is rich with history. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbor and narrow streets. The city's Venetian-era citadel, the Fortezza, is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete. Lots of other monuments are worth seeing in the area as well.

A 10 minute car drive separates Villa Sofia from the Closest Beach. Cretes beaches are famous worldwide.

Other famous and worthwhile attractions that are close by are: The Samaria gorge, the Preveli monastery, Plakias, the city of Chania, the ancient ruins of Knossos and many more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Balance payment:
Guests pay the remaining balance (75% of the total value of their reservation) on the day of their arrival. Due to the type of EOT (Greek Ministry of Tourism) license held by this property, there is no capability for guests to pay the remaining balance with a credit or debit card. If for any reason you wish not to pay by cash upon arrival, please make sure you contact the owner to arrange a bank transfer as soon as you have made your reservation. If you wish to pay the remaining balance via bank transfer, please make sure the transfer has arrived to the owner's bank before your arrival at the property.

Cancellation terms:
Deposits are not refundable! Please make sure you are certain you will go through with your stay prior to making a reservation.

14-20 night stays apply for a 10% discount.
21-29 night stays apply for a 15% discount.
These discounts are not calculated immediately. In order to receive these discounts, do not use the 'instant booking' option, enquire with the owner, so that he apply the discount on an updated rental-quote.

Rates include 10% VAT.

Short-term bookings (Under 30 nights) include cleaning and linen changes once a week.
Long-term bookings (30 nights or more) do not include cleaning. Extra linens are provided.
For long-term bookings (30 nights or more) during Novermber-December-January-February-March-April, the cost for heating the property is not included. Measurements are taken upon arrival and departure of guests and they will be charged with the cost of the heating fuel they have consumed in order to heat the property and/or the pool.

Any damage to the property must be refunded upon departure.

If you would like somebody to cook or babysit for you while at our property please enquire for more details.

Daily cruises with sailing boat & qualified captain are also available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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