Stone house, very new, set in an olive grove in the beautiful mountain village of Loutraki, just 20 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. Three bedrooms, sunroom 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. We are yet to establish the garden 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. You can reach long stretches of coastal beaches in about 15 minutes by car, along with supermarkets. 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 20 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 really for very experienced hikers 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. Kavro Xori has a fantastic cafe just next to the Church where you can have delicious inexpensive meals cooked by the fabulous Diamantina. Loutraki also has a small but really good tavern called 'Loutraki' opposite the war monument. It is usually open at night and definitely worth a visit.
My husband, brother, and I had a truly memorable stay in Rose's house. The beautiful home is brand-new, the kitchen has every modern convenience, the view over the valley below is breathtaking. It is 5 minutes from a major road, newly resurfaced and widened, and well signposted. The large town 3km away has shops and a post office where you can pay your speeding tickets(!). The beds are comfy, there is free WiFi throughout the village, there is a TV and DVD player, an iPOD port on the living room speakers, many electrical outlets in each room, and a real fireplace. There are friendly puppies next door, a neighborhood cat named Snowy who checks in daily to supervise the guests, and an olive grove in the backyard. This was the most memorable lodging I have had in many years, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I only regret that I never met Rose in person. Mary-Rita Blute, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Our 1-week stay at Rose's beautiful stone house was one of the most memorable. The house stands proudly on a hill overlooking idyllic landscape: rolling hills, winding roads, olive gardens, and small villages. We took the liberty to explore the surrounding area on foot, discover strange vegetation, meet some friendly locals, even make friend with a neighbour's dog. It was an authentic holiday experience, devoid of any touristic nonsense. The whole week was almost like a peaceful meditation we badly needed.
As a host, Rose was very precise in giving us a detailed route direction from Irakleio Airport. Although we had an awful experience with Eurocar rental who made us wait for 2 hours at the airport only to find that they broke the booking agreement, we were glad to find that the 20-km journey to Loutraki was actually enjoyable, thanks to Rose's advice. Rose has been very kind to introduce us to a neighbour Katerina, who was generous with food.
Although the WIFI connection can sometimes be problematic, the house was fully furnished and perfectly functioning. We really felt home that we thought we should have booked it longer than a week. Our future holiday plan will most probably refer to Loutraki experience: idyllic, meditative, non-touristic, and comfortable. Anyone who also seeks for authentic Cretan holiday should try our recipe as well ^^.
Thank you, Rose and Katerina. If you happen to come to Amsterdam, we would love to accommodate you in return.
We entirely enjoyed our stay in
Rosa's house which has a lot of wonderful attributes. The house itself offers everything someone need in very pleasent and convenient way. Position of house is great. Unforgettable view. Our children found roof terrase is very good for making plays and shows. Katherine, extraordinary hospitable neighbor made our staying spiced with delicious Cretan dishes. (Thank you Katherine!).
Tracy, John and Lee (below) wrote very exact and useful reviews.
We highly recommend staying in Rosa's great house!
This is truly a beautiful house and the location is incredible.The internet connection isn't the best, so if you need a reliable connection this might not be your best option. However, Rose was quick to help and we were able to make it work. It was well worth it to be able to stay in such a beautiful location. The neighbors are wonderful, generous people. Strongly recommended!
Rose's beautiful home near Loutraki was a wonderful place to spend our Crete vacation. It is a classic stone house that has the look of a centuries old home but is modern in every way being only a few years old. Once we got the roads figured out we had no problem getting around. Rose's neighbor Katarena is great help and brought over many Greek food treats for us to sample. We had a little car trouble and Katarena's husband Adonus took us to the airport to get a replacement rental. Our daughters spent most evenings on the roof veranda doing email and enjoying the view of vineyards and olive groves reminiscent of Italy.
We had a wonderful stay at Rose's house, the house itself has a very nice design and everything looks clean, new and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped, and we got to try some of their olive oil which is delicious! The house is about 20min from Iraklio, which is great because it is convenient but also you get to experience living in a typical village where everyone is so nice! And the views from the house and on the roads to get there are breathtaking! My family and I stayed 4 nights and wish we could have stayed longer! I highly recommend staying here!
Wonderful house in a great location. The hosts are very friendly and helpful, great people to deal with.
Nous avons passé un super séjour à Loutraki. La maison est très agréable avec tout le confort moderne et une vue sublime.
Lieu calme, idéal pour se reposer.
A 20 minutes en voiture il y a toutes les commodités avec petits commerces (comme nous l'avez indiqué Rose).
Location vivement recommandée.
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We had a great time in Loutraki. The house is very comfortable with all modern amenities and stunning views. Calm, ideal for relaxing. A 20 minute drive there are all the amenities with small shops (as we have indicated Rose). Rent strongly recommended.
Rose is very friendly and helpful. The house is large and tastefully decorated and built. Everithing that you think is neccesary is there and the views from the house are stunning, all surrounded by olive trees. Everithing was clean and tidy.
The only inconvenience is that the roads to arrive the house are difficult and windings.
There are a few different roads into Loutraki - most of which are
quite easy. One is a bit difficult because of road works but it can be
easily avoided. I am happy to provide detailed instructions of the
best and easiest way to get to the village which takes around 20
minutes from town.
casa muy bonita y acojedora. Ubicada en un publo de montanha muy tranquilo y relativamente cerca de Iraklio.