Stone house, very new, set in an olive grove in the beautiful mountain village of Loutraki, just 30 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, 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 with views that stretch across green hills and gorges to the city and the sea beyond. Loutraki is a 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 35 minutes depending on traffic. 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. 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 is public wifi in the village and the signal is very strong on the two upstairs balconies. Downstairs the thickness of the stone walls makes access a little more difficult. 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.
Interaction with Guests
I am available at all times by email to help with any queries. 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 25 minutes easy driving.
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.
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!
Rose was very helpful and katarina was really kind. Beautiful house, great location ... Killer view from the top balconies. Would recommend it for sure
Rose's villa is a great place to stay on Crete. It is situated in wonderful village Loutraki, and people there are friendly and kind; you can feel the real atmosphere of Greece there. Although it's not too close to the sea and towns, you can get easily there in 25-40 minutes if you have a car rented. There's absolutely everything needed on the villa, it's very comfortable, cosy, clean and nice. Rose herself is very friendly and helpful, she gave me and my friends all the necessary information. I highly recommend!
We started our honeymoon at Rose's house, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Rose was very responsive and a great host. To top it off, the house is beautiful (the pictures don't do it justice). Rose provided a lot of suggestions for enjoying the island and the village of Loutraki, which were all very helpful. The house is close to the main port, but far enough away that you can really relax with fantastic views of the sunrise (if you get up early), the mountains, and the ocean.
All said , it was a great experience and we would recommend Rose as a host to anyone staying on Crete.
We were very priviledged to stay in Rose's house. We stayed for two weeks and enjoyed every moment.
The house is beautiful and well equipped and everything was functioning well.
The view down to the valley is amazing and you can also see the sea.
The people in the village are very friendly and helpful, they really made us feel welcomed.
We also had a chance to take part in village party, it was so fun.
We recommend Loutraki village and Rose's house for people who like to find authentic Cretan atmospere.
Isabel, Eeva and Krister
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