About this listing
Village : Kavousi is a very small, peaceful, rarely visited village at the center of Rethymno county at the middle of Crete (30 minutes drive from Rethymno town). It is located at a hillside viewing a wide horizon of small valleys, hills and island’s highest peak : Psiloritis. If you wish to avoid the common touristic resorts, this is a place you will enjoy all around the year.
Come during Summer time and visit lively north beaches, or less visited but more beautiful south beaches (25-45 minutes drive) and gorges.
Visit us on Autumn to explore Inland villages or less crowded and less hot coasts.
Join us on Winter for driving around the county in a variable weather, or trecking at snowy mountains.
Travel to Crete in Spring, while the island is still green and blooming full of herbs and plants that highlight the local cuisine, the sea is crystal clean and chilly at the empty - private like - beaches before the tourist season.
This is a villa constructed by my family, for my family. We decided to make it available for rent, since we can only be there for a few weekends each year. This old reconstructed stone building used to be two different residences. But we connected them and the result is this spacious stone house with two entrances, two halls, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two WC, one store room in the ground floor, and one living room, one dining room, one kitchen and two terraces on the first floor.
Since there are some great views from the southeast towards the west, we decided to make a terrace on the first floor as well, so that we could fully enjoy them. The terrace is perfect for breakfast or dinner during the summer time. The vine provides a thin shadow, and the horizon will make your eyes relax. Especially during the winter, the constantly changing weather within a day, offers a variety of different panoramic views. As for the sunny days of winter you can spoil yourself on the terrace having your coffee or enjoying sunbathing in the middle of January!
Since we wanted the terrace to be on the first floor, we also wanted the living room attached to it, so that we could move between the two areas, quite easily. The living room is a spacious and cozy corner with 3 sofas and a long low table placed around the fire place. This is where we spend most of the time during the winter, having breakfast or playing games, reading or having a simple dinner, cooking in the fireplace or having a relaxing drink, watching a movie or just falling asleep. Moreover, there is a long table for your laptop, your paper work, or simply for leaving stuff that you will deal with later. We wanted a WC there too, so that we won’t have to go to the ground floor to use one.
The kitchen is placed at the connection point of the two previous old residences, thus being easily accessible from both sides. Enjoying food is very important in Greek culture. So this is an 'easy' kitchen with a window viewing south. It is very important that it is placed among the living room, the dining room and the terrace in order to minimize the walking distance when all you want is simply to get a cold beer from the fridge or to check the roast in the oven.
Next to the kitchen, there is the large dining room. To be honest I rarely use it since I prefer to eat either in the living room or at the terrace. Still... this is the place where my parents serve our guests and... this is the place where we (old friends from our high school 'era'), play dungeons & dragons tabletop game -rarely, unfortunately-.
On the ground floor, there are two entrances. One for each of the old houses. The eastern entrance leads to an old furnished hall. From there you can access two bedrooms with their private bathrooms, the store room, a shared WC and the stairs to the first floor. Likewise, the western entrance opens to a hall that leads to three bedrooms with two bathrooms and the stairs up to the first floor. I could describe each room in detail, but I am sure you will be able to discern even the slightest details in the photos provided.
Outside there is a garden with flowers, vegetables and trees, and -depending on the time of the year- you can freely get your tomatoes, grapes, cherries, apples or anything else my father has planted; Next to the garden there is the swimming pool. We never intended to have one since we all prefer to swim in the sea which is quite near. But when we decided to have this place rented we realized that it was definitely a sine qua non. So there it is, surrounded by light colored stone floor -and, once again, you can have a look at the photo.
At the back of the house there is an open storage space where my father keeps... everything and nothing. I think all fathers have a few places like that.
I believe that by now you should have an idea of how the place looks like. To close this -elaborate- description, let me add some of the residence’s amenities:
-TV (cable TV will be available from January 2015) - wireless Internet (satellite) - Smoking allowed -Heating -Pool -Kitchen -Free parking in yard -Indoor fireplace -Washing Machine
Have in mind that closest market is is 10 minutes away (with car), supermarket is 25 minutes away (with car), closest beach is 25 minutes away (with car) , there is no bus stop at the village.. so you need to have a car.
cleaning : 60 euro per time asked for
heating (radiator) : 20euro/day
heating (fire place) : 10euro/day
for every extra person (6th to 10th) : 10euro/day per extra person
swiming pool is NOT available from 1st of October until 1st of June.
All the house is accesible.
Interaction with Guests
We can stay in touch with emails, sms, phone calls.
I am usually 30 minutes away.
Quiet very small village (just a few houses)
You need to have a car
Other Things to Note
There is Satellite internet, that means every month there is a limit of 25 GB, so it would be better to avoid much of movies or videos watching, but it will be enough for typical surfing and mails.
linen and towels provided
cleaning : 60euro/cleaning (optional)
Heating (radiator) : 20euro/day (depends on usage) (optional)
Heating (fire place) : 10euro/day (optional)
For every extra person (7th to 10th) : 10euro/day per extra person
Swiming pool is available from 1st ofJune until 30th of September
No pets allowed
Nous avons passé de merveilleuses vacances en Crête en grande partie grâce à l’accueil chaleureux et à la générosité de Constantinos. Les Crétois et leur rythme de vie nous ont beaucoup plu. La villa était très agréable et très bien située (la fraîcheur des hauteurs étant très agréable au mois d’août.).
Cette expérience est à refaire sans hésiter !!
Huset är väldigt coolt. Utsikten från terasserna är helt fantastisk. Väldigt vackert och rogivande. Att sitta där på kvällarna och lyssna på fårens bjällror, någon kyrkklocka och tupp då och då är oslagbart. Poolen är inte jättestor men adderar grymt värde. Härliga solstolar och vattenpistoler finns för allas trevnad ;)
Men kom ihåg att huset ligger i en by helt utan minimarket eller tavernor. Man måste ha bil! Bra läge för att upptäcka bergsbyarna, inte lika bra för att upptäcka kusten.
Värden Constantinos var väldigt hjälpsam. Hans bror mötte oss och visade allt. De hade lämnat massa mat i kyl och skafferier och sa att vi fick ta vad vi ville. Vi lånade lite och fyllde på när vi lämnade. I trädgården fanns lök och vindruvor som vi pallade :)
Våra tre barn på 14,12 och 7 älskade huset!
Constantinos was a perfect host - easy to reach ahead of our stay, met us the day we arrived and drove us to the villa. His mom made us cookies, he provided snacks and drinks, gave us a million excellent ideas about where to go and what to see, helped us when we had a small medical problem, took us to a farmer's market and taught us so much about Cretan food, helped us find a place to fix a light bulb on our rental van.
The villa was excellent for our family of six, including kids between the ages of 27 and 11 - they were thrilled to have a bedroom and washroom each. The pool was perfect after long hot days of sight seeing. Kavousi village has no services, but has a quiet charm, we really enjoyed saying hi to the neighbours, walking on the near by E4 trail, etc. The drive into Rethymnon takes 25 to 30 minutes through fantastic scenery. For us this was a plus. We learned that in general it takes longer to get places than the number of kilometres might indicate. We stayed for 8 nights, and felt like we only experienced a tiny part of what the area has to offer.
Highly recommend this place! 4 of us rented this 6 bedroom villa with private pool. The villa is in a small cute village, 25 minutes drive from Rethymno. It is almost equi distance to south and north beaches and the drive is amazing. The villa looks exactly like in pictures, it is super clean, way specious than you need and the pool is very refreshing. Though it is perfect for summer, it is indeed perfect for all seasons. Constantino was generous enough to offer herbs, Cretan tea varieties and pretty much anything we like to use in the kitchen. He keeps a lot of goodies for the guests. He also bought the list of groceries we asked and kept it ready before we arrived. He did not mind waiting until midnight for our arrival. Though he lives far from the house, he is always available over a phone call. I highly recommend the place. I have no complaints or suggestions and would love to visit again.
Un excellent séjour en Crète. Constantinos a été plus qu'à la hauteur de nos espérance. En bref de belles vacances, un accueil formidable et chaleureux!
Amazing and beautiful place ! We spent 2 wonderful weeks in the villa and enjoyed it so much that we might come back next year. Constantinos and his brother are such nice people, always ready to help you or give some advice ( good places to eat, nice spots to visit or beaches where to go... ). The villa is in an isolated village but this has never been a problem for us. The closest beach is 20-25 min driving and is even not crowded at all ! (try the beach in Platanias where there is a "fishbar" ). The kids enjoyed the pool everyday. I warmly recommand this little paradise on earth !
If you want a beautiful, isolated, quiet, off-the-beaten-track - this is the villa for you. New, comfortable, big, many bathrooms, many outside areas and terraces nice pool and well equipped kitchen. We had a very warm welcome from Constantinos parents (get the welcome lunch/dinner). and the view is AMAZING. this villa is great if you want to travel and see this amazing island - you MUST be ready to drive quite a bit because the village is a bit far from the beach and the closest town. anyway - very recommended.
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About the Host, Constantinos
so.. what is there that a airbnb user can find usefull about me.. or actually my parents, Niki and Christos who run Valentino apartments.
About me: When I travel, I m trying to find the non touristic side of every destination,.. so I try to show people the same about Crete.
About my parents.. I cant say enough.. Just read any of the reviews below, and come to find out yourselves!!