About this listing
This is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular views of mountains, valleys, the city and sea. Quiet and peaceful yet close to everything. The house is spacious and comfortable and the surroundings are stunningly beautiful.
This is an ideal rental for independent travellers and family groups who want the freedom of a comfortable and well-appointed house to base themselves on Crete and experience daily life in a small Cretan village. Our stone house is just four years old and set in an olive grove in the beautiful mountain village of Loutraki, just 35 minutes from the city and the sea. Incredible views, warm people, great central place to base yourself on this amazing island. Washing machine, fully furnished, TV DVDs, very comfortable. The accommodation consists of three bedrooms, sunroom, kitchen, lounge room and two bathrooms. Two bedrooms have double beds and the third bedroom has two single beds. The sun room which is on the terrace has a single bed and a sofa bed. The lounge downstairs also doubles as a bed. The upstairs bedroom has a balcony and a bathroom. Our garden in the front is still growing but the olive grove behind is big and shady. There is also a huge terrace on the first floor with views that stretch across green hills and gorges to the city and the sea beyond. Loutraki is a small, quiet, agricultural village. There is no tourism here, just a simple way of life tied to the seasons and harvests. However the village is convenient to the main thoroughfares that link the island from east to west and to the south. It is also close to many important archeological sites and impressive churches.All around the village the views are so beautiful they can break your heart. Loutraki has a really good tavern called 'Loutraki' opposite the war memorial. It is usually open at night and definitely worth a visit. It is run by Christina and Nikos and the food is fantastic and the company even better. Next door there is a mini market where you can buy fresh local eggs if the chickens are in the mood for laying, milk, bread etc. There are also a couple of very traditional coffee shops, one of which is open in the evening. You can reach long stretches of coastal beaches in about 15 minutes by car. There is a petrol station about 1 kilometre from the village. The main port town of Iraklion is 19 kilometres away and can be reach in about 30 minutes easy driving by car. The airport is about 40 minutes depending on traffic. The large village of Gazi is about 15 minutes by car and it has a variety of big and small supermarkets, butchers and bakeries for more extensive shopping. There is a large village 3 kilometres away from Loutraki called Krousonas which has bakeries and a variety of shops including a pharmacy. Krousonas also boasts a fantastic pastry shop run by the local women's collective, which also runs the bakery opposite. Traveling in the opposite direction (towards Iraklion) are some picturesque villages starting with Korfes. If you follow the curving road down from Korfes you will pass another village before arriving at Kavro Xori which is a very beautiful village quite close to Iraklion, but another world away. There are plenty of great places to walk in the countryside around the village including some incredible gorges. I have included some photos of the Gonies Gorge. The start of it is about a 30 minute walk from the village. This gorge is not open to hikers at present but there are many, many others of varying difficulty and ease all over Crete. As the photos show, the landscape is incredible.
The whole house is yours to enjoy
Interaction with Guests
Although I am not there in person I am available at all times by email to help with any queries. I will provide precise instructions on how to reach the house and where to find the key and there is a detailed house manual which also includes recommendations on places of interest and amenities. My neighbour Katerina is on hand to help with any day-to-day issues.
No words can adequately describe the beauty of this place or the warmth of the people in Loutraki. It has to be experienced. If you take the time to meet people you will remember them forever.
You need a car to get around - this is a mountain village but the road to town is excellent and newly widened so the trip takes around 35 minutes easy driving. There is a wide choice of rental car companies which can be booked on line before you arrive and a car can be waiting for you at the airport or ferry terminal.
Other Things to Note
WIFI - There is public wifi in the village but it is not very fast. As with all Greek infrastructure the wifi can be unreliable at times and at others work perfectly. Because of the location of the house (close to the mountain) wifi reception is not very good at all. However there are some alternatives. There is a free hot spot which is really quite good at the village of Keramoutsi, 2 villages down from Loutraki and about 10 minutes by car. There is an internet cafe in the village of Gazi which is around 15 minutes by car from the house and of course hot spots all through the city of Heraklion. If you are looking for high speed internet connections 24 hours a day then Loutraki might not be the place for you. You will get internet but sometimes it may not be as fast as you are used to.
Please leave the house neat and tidy as you found it. Please respect the village residents but also take the time to get to know them - they are lovely people and know a lot about the local area. Instructions for the washing machine and stove are in the kitchen cupboard. Please smoke outside the house. Checkout is at 10 am but if you need more time or want to leave your bags for a couple of hours, contact me and if I can I'll try and accommodate your needs.
Rose's house in Loutraki is fantastic. It is in a beautiful location a short drive from Heraklion in the mountains, surrounded by an olive grove. The village is tiny but lovely, and we had a wonderful time eating dinner at the local tavern and getting to know the people living there. It was unforgettable. The house was very clean, and with fans and the windows open, we were very comfortable. We had all the amenities we needed, and Rose was very kind to provide us with olive oil and raki when we first arrived. She was not at the property, but she was extremely responsive to any problems that we had. We could not have asked for a better host. The only very minor complaints are that the showers were a little unreliable (very little pressure, switching temperatures spontaneously) and the internet was slow, but Rose was working on that, and I am sure it will be fixed soon. I can absolutely recommend Rose and her lovely property in the mountains outside of Heraklion!
Wir waren sofort begeistert von dem schönen Haus, der traumhaften Lage und der tollen Aussicht. Das Haus haben wir dank Roses super Wegbeschreibung sofort gefunden.
Von Loutraki hatten wir einen guten Ausgangspunkt, um die verschiedenen Sehenswürdigkeiten und Strände der Insel zu besuchen.
Die Leute im Dorf waren sehr nett. Wir waren mehrmals in Kristinas Bar, die Atmosphäre dort ist super, wir kamen schnell mit den Dorfbewohnern ins Gespräch. Auch des Essen war total lecker, wir haben hier den besten Salat der Insel gegessen.
A translation of Katja's review with a great description of our local taverna.
We were immediately impressed by the beautiful house, the fantastic location and great views. The house we have, thanks to super Directions Roses found immediately. From Loutraki we had a good starting point to visit the various attractions and beaches of the island. The people in the village were very nice. We were several times in Kristina's Bar, the atmosphere there is great, we quickly came to the villagers from this week. Even the food was absolutely delicious, we ate here the best salad of the island.
Hi all, first of all, if you are looking for a superb house where you can feel like you were at home away from home. Stop looking. Rose house is a perfect stop between big city and all big stuff in big city. If you want to be like to be in Paris or New York or Montreal don't go there because this very nice village 20 km from Heraklion have probably less than 75 citizens but it is real Cretan village with tremendous people's. Rose place was perfect .... Oh by the way you will be in middle of mountains and in vacations so it is possible that wifi is not perfect but there is so much to visit and discover that you will find your way without wifi anyway... La Maison de rose est un petit Paradis sur terre ! L' environment est extraordinaire. Les oliviers sont partout et le vent s'assure de calmer la chaleur ou le soleil de plomb. Une maison de rêve dans un très petit village mais accessible via de belle route. Nous recommandons fortement cette adresse pour les amants de la nature et les gens qui aiment le trekking. Une hôte d'exception.
Just a translation of Martin's comments as they are such a nice description of the area:
The Pink House is a small paradise on earth! The environment is extraordinary. The olive trees are everywhere and the wind ensures calm heat or hot sun. A dream house in a very small village but accessible via scenic drive. We highly recommend this address for nature lovers and people who love trekking. An exceptional host.
Rose was wonderful with her communication with me before and during our stay. She even sent information about when Aegean Airlines was having a fare sale so we could try to catch a deal on a flight. The house was lovely and the neighbor Katerina helped us on site with any questions or problems we had. The wi-fi connection was often slow, but luckily, Rose's wonderful collections of movies helped keep our kids entertained in the evenings. Although the village itself is quite small, the town of Gazi nearby supplied most of our grocery shopping/bank/bakery needs. When we realized my daughter left her necklace in the house after we had returned to the U.S., I contacted Rose and she told me Katerina would find it and mail it back to us. Everyone was very kind and helpful and definitely doing their best to make sure we had a great experience. We enjoyed our stay very much and recommend Rose's house for anyone looking for a quiet place to stay, away from the tourists, while on Crete.
Perfect home in a beautiful surrounding . Clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay in the house. The fruit bowl was filled with apples, pears and bananas. There was also spagetti, a can of tomato's, excellent olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper, herbes and also a bottle of house wine and a bottle of raki. Perfect!!!!
Our stay at this house was very pleasant. The house is fully equipped, comfortably furnished, with plenty of safe parking. The neighbors were very friendly and helpful.
The views are magnificent. Made you just want to sit and veg, with a cup of coffee. Rose our host, was totally available for assistance. Downside to our stay, was the lack of Internet access. I question whether it is ever available. Previous reviews have mentioned this problem. The only hot spot in the village (which is very very small) is the Taverna. One can sit in your car in front of the place and hope to get on. Also, There is no adequate food store so one should
plan to bring in all food and wine from Iraklian. Other than these considerations, I would highly recommend this rental.
Crete had the worst winter on record in 2014/15 and left much infrastructure damaged including the public wifi system. I have worked hard to find an alternative which has been difficult due to the freeze in all public works however I have managed and a new very good internet connection has been installed in the house. 'The internet should now be better, stronger and faster. Loutraki is a small quiet village - that is its attraction. I provide detailed information to all my guests about what is available locally and where the closest large supermarkets are.
Rose's house is absolutely amazing! It was in a beautiful area and everything worked out great! She provided detailed instructions prior to our visit which helped get us there since roads are not really labeled well. Luckily we had a Garmin so had a pretty easy time getting around once we were able to mark the house as a favorite.
My trip was in February during a pretty cold, windy, snowy/rainy time, but it didn't dampen our spirits any! The fireplace made it all the more cozy! During the summer I can only imagine how enjoyable the house would be!
Rose always answered my questions very timely and with lots of detail. I would definitely love to go back and stay in the house again!
About the Host, Rose
I like the idea of airbnb and the global network of travellers it connects. It's great meeting people from all over the world and sharing stories, information and travel advice. I'm very happy to share suggestions about what to see and do in Crete.