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 rather than a hotel. 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, very comfortable. Wifi (see below for more information on the wifi), TV, DVDs. 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 and Ι have recently installed an antenna to boost the reception at the house. It is not as fast as I would like but it works. As with all Greek infrastructure the wifi can be unreliable at times and at others work perfectly. There is an internet cafe in the village of Gazi which is around 15 minutes by car from the house and of course all through the city of Heraklion - if you desperately need wifi and ours is not co-operating. 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.
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!
Rose's house was lovely and she provided a very thorough description (definitely necessary!) on how to get to her home. She made sure the neighbor, whose home is very close, was available to help us with unforeseen details, as she was not available at the time we arrived. The home is in a mountainous remote location, and would make a perfect retreat for someone looking for a true "getaway from it all" experience. We were not able to get Wifi from the home, inside or out, to arrange further travel plans, and had to make trips to town to do so, so make sure you have those set before your arrival.
Before our stay Rose informed us about all necessary details. The house was easy enough to find and as beautiful as on the pictures. The rooms were neat and tidy and we found everything we needed and could wish for. Katerina - the neighbor - was welcoming and friendly as were the people in the local tavern. The location is fabulous if you are looking for a secluded space away from the touristic places. You can reach nice beaches in about 45 minutes with the car. The contact with Rose was easy and lovely. I would definitely recommend this house and Rose for a vacation!
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.