|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
LOTUS villa is an elegant villa newly built according to the local, traditional, ecological style, with its private pool and garden, facing the sea, the sunset and the White Mountains, located in the western end of the traditional village of Prines (5 min. driving from Rethymno town), only 300 m from the restaurants and the center of the village, ideal for holidays for couples, families, groups of friends who want to enjoy quiet, homely holidays away from crowds, full of activities in the nature and cultural events in magnificent historical places all around Crete.
WILD FLOWERS villas (LOTUS and ALOE) are two absolutely independent, luxurious newly built traditional villas, with their own private entrance, pool and garden each of them, that are available for LONG-TERM renting, too.No words can describe the unique healthy micro-climate and the pleasant atmosphere in villas LOTUS and ALOE. Each of them has 3 bedrooms that sleeps up to 8 persons. The first floor consists of 2 A/C bedrooms, a bathroom and a veranda with pergola and glorious views of the North Cretan coast, the 'White Mountains' and the sunset . The ground floor consists of the 3rd bedroom, the main bathroom, the spacious living room, the open kitchen with the dining area and all the amenities.The living room opens to the beautiful lawn garden with various trees and blossomed flowers, the private pool, sunbeds, umbrellas, an outdoor dining area, an outdoor shower and BBQ. There are 2 parking spaces in the plot for each villa and free parking in front of the property.
They are located in the west end of the traditional Prines village, 5 km only from Rethymno town and 2,5 km from the nearest beach.
You will enjoy the privacy and the calmness of the area, while you are staying only 300 m from the center of the village where you can find everything you may need in the shops, the restaurants and cafes.
The central heating, the fireplace, the Internet access, the Wi-Fi, the satellite TV, the DVD, and the big wardrobes in combination with the warm and healthy climate create an ideal environment for somebody to live in during the autumn-winter by long-term hiring in special price relaxing or working on line.
Villa LOTUS and villa ALOE are ideal for couples, families with children of all ages and groups, available all the year round.
They are licensed by the Greek National Tourist Organization (GNTO), number 1041K123K2628301
My name is Thei Syfantou. I'm married and mother of two children. I've grown up in many places of the country and I used to visit my grandma in Rethymno every Christmas days and summer. Since I was a child I was falling in love with this area and although my father comes from the famous Corfu island, I prefer Rethymno. After my studies in Law I studied in the University of Athens Social Anthropology on a very interesting subject about Cretan manners and customs and that helped me to learn even more about this magical island with the ancient civilization and the open-hearted, warm and hospitable inhabitants and I want to share my love for Crete with my guests in LOTUS and ALOE villas.
I love reading books, movies, cycling, , gardening, doing meditation, travelling, hiking, making new friends.
Thei Syfantou purchased this villa in 2008
WILD FLOWERS (ALOE and LOTUS) villas are located in the most beautiful and quiet place of the traditional village Prines and they have splendid view of the sunset, White Mountains and the Cretan Sea. Also they are only 5' driving from the town of Rethymno, 2000 m from the beach and 3 km from the University of Crete.The guests can do a lot of activities in this area, such as all the aquatic sports, walking in gorgeous nature, trekking, bird-watching, fishing, playing chess, tennis, swimming, enjoying various sandy beaches, studying in the Cretan University's library (2.5 km from ALOE and LOTUS), cycling, strolling, or simply relaxing near the ALOE and LOTUS pools.
Their best location, their fantastic view, the unique healthy micro-climate and their nice traditional architecture. They are located in an advantageous position for visiting all the worth visiting and historical places in Crete.
monthly and seasonal rates upon request
Lovely villa in a very quiet and secluded location - with a car, easy to quickly get to all amenities and taxi into main town is very cheap for some great nights out.
I stayed in Lotus villa in August 2015 with my wife and our 3 children 8,14,16 years old.
The owner of the villa, Thei, welcomed us with homemade pie, wine and "raki"" and gave us some very important information about interesting places to visit in the area as well as all over the island.
The villa is much more beautiful than in the photos in Homeaway's site. It is very well equipped with everything you may need, very clean and the furniture is stylish and comfortable.
Villa Lotus is located in the most pleasant area of the village with a spectacular view to the sea and the sunset. Within a walking distance you can find two nice taverns in the village of Prines, as well as the bus station, tmini market with everything from milk to fruits and wine and a very good butcher shop. Its location makes Lotus not only pleasant but also very convenient for families with children.
But the element we can't forget yet, are the smells of the flowers, the calmness of the nature and the birds' singing early in the morning while my wife and I were enjoying the swimming pool.
Our older children tried to take wind serf lessons, they were going to Rethymno by bus for window shopping. We really enjoyed life every moment of our stay.
We felt absolutely safe and Thei, the owner, was advising us for everything.
Νext time we will stay longer and we'll explore the gorges of the area.
I would highly recommend villa Lotus to other travelers, we've already done it to our friends.
We were fortunate enough to stay for 6 peaceful days in this beautiful villa. It was very well equipped and the swimming pool was private and very well used during the hot days we spent there. All necessary amenities are near by, and the villa is in a very central location if you wish to explore the island. If not, relaxing by the pool and enjoying a quiet lunch on the balcony is highly recommended. It was a pleasure to deal with Thei, and her assistant Kostis was always available to help with anything we needed. We HIGHLY recommend staying here.
MY FAMILY AND I STAYED IN THIS LOVELY VILLA FOR A FORTNIGHT IN AUGUST 2011. THERE WAS AMPLE ROOM FOR 5 ADULTS AND 1 TEENAGER. LOTUS VILLA WAS WELL EQUIPPED AND VERY CLEAN.THE DELIGHTFUL SWIMMING POOL WAS VERY PRIVATE AND CAUGHT THE SUN FOR MOST OF THE DAY.. OUR EVENINGS WERE SPENT ON THE BALCONY ENJOYING THE GREAT VIEWS AND WONDERFUL STARRY SKIES. ROSE OUR MAID WAS LOVELY AND NOTHING WAS TOO MUCH TROUBLE FOR HER. THIS VILLA IS WELL PLACED AND FOR THE NIGHT LIFE IN RETHYMNON A SHORT TAXI RIDE AWAY. MOST OF THE SHOPPING CAN BE DONE WITH A 5 MINUTE DRIVE AWAY IN THE LOCAL FRIENDLY SUPERMARKET, BAKERY AND CAKE SHOP. IN THIS VILLAGE THERE'S ALSO AN EXCELLENT TAKE AWAY, BAR AND RESTAURANT. THEI THE OWNER OF LOTUS VILLA IS A WARM AND CHARMING LADY WHO SPEAKS EXCELLENT ENGLISH. WE HOPE TO RETURN SOME DAY SOON.
Sehr komfortables und schönes Haus, ruhig gelegen mit zwei sehr guten Restaurants in der Nähe (ca. 300-500m). Schöner Pool und schöner Blick auf das Meer - hauptsächlich von der Dachterrasse. Die Vermietung Thei hat sich sehr bemüht, unseren Aufenthalt möglichst komfortabel zu machen. In jedem Fall zu empfehlen.
Alles war wie im Bilderbuch. Obwohl wir im Winter verreist sind war der Pool und der tägliche Blick aufs Meer Balsam für die Seele. Im Dorf, in dem die Villa liegt, fühlte man sich in eine andere Zeit zurückversetzt. Eine Zeit, in der Hektik keine Rolle spielt. Auch die Gastfreundschaft der Einheimischen und der nette Umgang mit der Eigentümerin haben dazu beigetragen, dass wir uns sofort heimisch gefühlt haben. Durch die kretische Landhauseinrichtung fühlten wir uns den Menschen dort auch gleich zugehörig. Wenn wir nicht gerade gemütlich am Kamin saßen, bummelten wir in den Geschäften des nahe gelegenen Rethymnons oder machten Ausflüge in die tolle Umgebung. Zurück in der Villa erwartete uns ein sauberes und gemütliches zu Hause. Alles in allem mehr als zu empfehlen, schade, dass der Urlaub so schnell vorbei war.
ALOE villa is situated in the middle of an oaks forest at the west edge of the authentic traditional village Prines, facing breathtaking sunsets over the Cretan sea and the White Mountains. You will enjoy the calmness in the most healthy microclimate, you hear only the birds, meanwhile you are 200-300 m. from the cafes, butcher's shop, mini-markets and tavernas with healthy local food in the centre of the village and only 6 km from the vibrant Old historical Town of Rethymno. From the villa you can walk, cycle or drive through a magnificent nature and reach the nearest beach (2 km) with good facilities and restaurants. Due to its geographical best position in the island villa ALOE is ideal for absolute relax and privacy as well as for one day excursions to the natural treasures and especially important worth-visiting archaeological, cultural and historical sights all over Crete. Mountains with wild flowers and healing herbs, gorges (Kourtaliotis, Prasiano, Imbros gorges), the enormous sandy beach of Petres (7 km), the beaches in the south, Kournas Lake (20 km), land caves and sea caves (3 km), small restaurants with delicious healthy food (300 m), hospital (5km), pharmacy (1km) and the Cretan University (3km) are in close distance. In the nearby village Atsipopoulo (1 km) you'll find three supermarkets, bakery, cafe, restaurants, pharmacies and in your entrance to Rethymno you'll find even more supermarkets (Liddl's, Carfour) and the Hospital of Rethymno. The picturesque Rethymno Town is the most living-friendly town in Crete. From it's local market you'll buy fresh fruits and fresh fishes and seafood.There are a lot of small shops where you can buy fine clothes, furs, jewels, various hand made clothes, imaginative toys and gifts. Walking in the afternoon in the full of all these small shops, restaurants and bars narrow streets of it's Old Town is an unforgettable experience. You can hire four wheeled bicycles for three persons and cycling all the Old Town or walking in the large Promenade up and down the sea front or eat fresh sea food and fishes in the Old Harbour in front of the light-house or play chess free with the other children and adults on the sandy beach. You will enjoy all the sea sports and activities in the enormous beach of north Cretan sea between Rethymno town and Georgioupolis or swim in the many south beaches of Libyan sea (30' driving) of the prefecture of Rethymno. You can walk in the fantastic gorges (Kourtaliotis, Prasiano, Imbros) and see the rare wild colourful flowers and collect the famous healing herbs of the Cretan nature mainly during the spring and summer. You will enjoy the plays and the concerts and happenings of the Renaissance Festival in Fortezza castle near the Old Harbour from July to October. You will be always welcome in any local village fete, enjoy the local music and dance with the inhabitants.