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.