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Venetian mill villa wth grotto pool

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10 guests4 bedrooms8 beds3.5 baths
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A fully renovated, stonebuilt compound built on top of three ancient greek grottos. It used to be a Venetian olive press factory. Now it's a contemporary holiday home with two pools (indoor and outdoor) and an organic vegetable and local fruit garden

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GrottoHomes is a traditional stonebuilt compound constructed in several phases, starting around 1500, on top of three ancient greek hellenistic grottos. It used to be an olive press factory, originally built by the Venetians, who occupied Crete at that time, with later additions for housing both the miller and his elder son. It has been restored with patience, respect and knowledge by its current owner who, being an architect, turned it to a contemporary holiday home, maintaining reverently every architectural detail of the past. It is furnished with many unique, antique pieces and it's decorated with a lot of traditional, rural cretan household equipment. This villa is ideal for writers, artists or nature lovers who like walking, hiking or swimming in a pool carved in an ancient grotto or just relaxing in an unbelivably quiet place. The organic vegetable, local fruit tree and aromatic plants gardens can provide them with the freshest ingredients for cooking their meals. Since March 2014 has been added a new openair pool to the compound, built by the citrus trees garden, which is opperating in addition to the indoor one, giving the guests one more area of relaxation.
The villa is situated 800m away of the ruins of a Hellenistic city, in a small and peaceful village called Goulediana, famouse for its restaurand specialized in Cretan cousine. It's a 1h drive away from both international airports of Crete, Chania and Heraklion, a 5 min drive from Armeni, the main village of the area, where one can find supermarkets a pharmacy shop and an ATM and 20 min drive from the town of Rethymno famous for its lively night life, full of restaurants, bars, clubs etc Both crowded north coast and quiet south coast beaches are just a 20min drive away.
When staying in GrottoHomes you can relax completely, surrounded by the unique cretan nature and feel part of its centuries long history using, at the same time, any modern facility and equipment one might need. At least that's what I do when the villa has no guests...

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 2 single beds

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free street parking
Pool
TV with standard cable
Washer
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Goulediana, Crete, Greece

The area where GrottoHomes is situated is very close to Rethymnon, half way between both north and south beaches of the island. Inspite being so close to all the main turistic spots it is 5km off the main road leading from Rethymnon to the south beaches, so it is unspoiled by the "development" the turist mass brings along. The area is very green full of olive, cypress and oak trees and it has breathtaking mountain views. There are also some very good taverns in a few meters to a few km dictance from the house. The village where the house is situated is very small, therefor very piecfull and quiet. The only "noice" you might listen to is some distant sheep bah and bells, rooster cock-a-doodle-doos, the church bell and the priest singing on Sundays, or some traveling sellers that pass by the village every now and then to sell bread, grocery or even clothing. But if you prefer to buy your supplies from a supermarket there is one 5km away in the main village of the area, on your way to Rethymno. There you can also find an ATM and a pharmacy shop.

Hosted by VanGos

Joined in May 2013
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I love nature and living close to it but at the same time I often travel to big cities to enjoy the cultural events and spaces one can find there. I love food of good quality and I enjoy cooking it. I love seeing but also creating art. One of my listings was awarded with the Unique Listing award (one of the two globally) in the first Airbnb Open in San Francisco US, in 2014. I was a Host Educator in the second Airbnb Open in Paris, France, in 2015 and I've been an Airbnb super host for almost four years now.
I love nature and living close to it but at the same time I often travel to big cities to enjoy the cultural events and spaces one can find there. I love food of good quality and I…
During your stay
The owner of the house will meet the visitors uppon arival, to welcome them, show them around the house and hand them the keys. He also has to visit the house every two days, at a time convenient to both parties, to water the plants and clean the pools. The owner will be reachable at any time on his cell phone or his profile on the famouse Zuckerberg's site for any questions / tips / advice / help the visitors might need.
The owner of the house will meet the visitors uppon arival, to welcome them, show them around the house and hand them the keys. He also has to visit the house every two days, at a…
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House rules
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $357
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