About This Listing
Forget all the touristic things and get ready to live an authentic Cretan experience,combines to the comfort and the relaxing ambiance of the amazing place of Villa Ermis.
This "Castle" is hidden high above the quaint village of Kastellos, offers spectacular views to the Countryside, Mountains and the Sea.
When staying in villa Ermis you can relax completely in a trustfully and warm ambience, surrounded by the unique Cretan nature and feel part of its centuries long history, using, at the same time, any modern facility and equipment one might need.
It is ideal for those who love nature, peace and quietness . Standing among Ancient oak forest ,time moves slowly and the “noise” of everyday life is soon forgotten. Perfect retreat away from everything!
The villa is like a fairy tale Castle and its decorated with finest designs. Become part of our peaceful household for a while and enjoy the unspoiled atmosphere. Browse through our books and relax in our “Treatment Teracce” or give yourself the change to enjoying wandering around at the garden and use the hammock.
We offer a spacious ,clean and comfortable room with good quality towels, bedding and furniture, private bathroom with a huge bathtub and a private balcony with breathtaking view.
We can offer you a fresh breakfast (at a small extra cost) . Most of our vegetables are from our own garden or are sourced locally.
The people of Crete know well how to celebrate life and how to make you feel welcome. Toast with people who make songs out of life and let these songs transport you!
Unique benefits of our villa :
-The villa is build on a hill just outside of the village Kastellos offering 100% privacy and amazing views!
-It is just a 'stone throw' away from one of the most historical areas in Crete, the archaeological site of late Minoan Cemetery Of Armenoi.
-Situated only 12km from Rethymnon's beach's and historic town and 20km from the Libian sea with the unspoiled beaches.
-According to our past guest (you can read the reviews), the villa has a perfect layout and it is equipped with everything that you can imagine!
-Fenced and safe garden park for children!
-You will love to relax under the tree shadow!
-Quite and away from it all!
-Also we will clean the villa and change towels and linen every 4 days!
-Traditional tavern , Super market, Pharmacy, Atm just a few meters away!
-If you like walking in the nature, you just in the right spot.
-Extra activities ( Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Bookbinding, Yoga )
-Finally you will realize what Cretan hospitality means by me and locals who live in the village nearby!
Guests will have access and full privacy to all areas indoor and outdoor!
Interaction with Guests
Who you will be staying with?
I am a bookbinder. My workshop is here, so you will have the opportunity to see what handmade bookbinding is and try to bind your book!!. I will wait for your arrival (despite the time, even after midnight) in order to help you with the house details and give you as much informations / Tips as you want about the area, taverns, shops, places and beaches that you have to visit!
Villa Ermis is situated very close to Rethymnon town , half way between both north and south beaches of the island. Inspite being so close to all the main turistic spots it is 2km off the main road leading from Rethymnon to the south beaches, so it is unspoiled by the "development" the turist mass brings along.
The area is very green full of olive, cypress and oak trees and it has breathtaking mountain views. There are also some very good taverns in a few meters to a few km dictance from the house.
The village where the house is situated is very small, therefor very piecfull and quiet. The only "noice" you might listen to is some distant sheep bah and bells, rooster cock-a-doodle-doos, the church bell and the priest singing on Sundays, or some traveling sellers that pass by the village.
There is no convenient public transportation in the area (there is a bus line that goes to Rethymnon once daily). We highly recommend if you wish to come and stay with us you hire a car . Crete is the largest island in Greece so you have to explore our unique surroundings!!
The only rule is to be yourself!! Relax and enjoy the laugh treatment!!
Our stay in the Ermis villa was just wonderful ! The welcome of George is very friendly and relaxed with a glass of wine and local products after arriving.
The villa is such a beautiful place to be: the garden,the view over the mountains, the birds singing in the morning, and a short cut to the village walking out of the garden.A very relaxing envirement with the "silence"of the nature.
The first morning was a breakfast served. If wanted George would do it every morning. The room is perfect with nice bedlinen and towels. There was enough space to storage our things.
George is a lovely person and very helpful with a lot of humor and laughter. Every morning when we were going for a daytrip George gave us good advice by showing us on the map the places worth visiting and where to eat a perfect Crete dinner. And he does know a whole lot of places....!
Thank you George for making our Crete experience to a succes !!
Wir haben uns in der Villa Ermis sehr wohl gefühlt. George ist ein exzellenter Gastgeber, sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Örtchen Kastellos ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für Unternehmungen und Wanderungen an die Nord- sowie an die Südküste oder in die Berge. Wir können dieses Urlaubsdomizil absolut weiter empfehlen!
Schon die Begrüßung war sehr angenehm und herzlich. Das Haus selbst ist ein wunderschön gelegenes Steinhaus mit einer Top-Innenausstattung. Kamin, Beamer, PS3, Musikanlage, Küche mit Herd, Mikrowelle, Kühlschrank, 2 Bäder mit Dusche. George ist als Gastgeber perfekt. Wer Kretas natürliche und unverfälschte Seite sucht ist hier richtig aufgehoben. Kastelos ist ein kleines verträumtes Örtchen ca 15 km von Rethymnon entfernt. Das Haus steht allein auf einem Hügel mit einer grandiosen Aussicht auf das Umland und die Berge. Nebenan befinden sich George's Ziegen und Hühner. Der Garten lädt zum Verweilen und Orangen ernten ein. Alles in allem war es für mich und meine Frau ein traumhafter, aber leider zu kurzer Aufenthalt. Das werden wir aber beim nächsten Mal wieder ausgleichen.
It was nice staying by George.
We only missed the breakfast and privacy.
Nathalie and Evi
George was a very sympathic and confident host. We arrived at midnight and it was no problem for him to give us a great WELCOME! The house is like a fairy tale castle from the Frog King - its decorated with finest designs, very aesthetic! We spent 3 days there and really felt at home. What a trustful and warm ambience! Best commends!
Gorgios was an extremely friendly and welcoming host. He goes above and beyond to host and made us feel very much at home. His house is beautiful and located on top of a hill, in nature yet close to the city. Perfect! When Caryl and I left I was sad to go.... People like Gorgios are difficult to leave. If you have the chance we highly recommend experiencing his hospitality and home.
Ryan and Caryl Dudley
Seattle, WA. (USA)
This host has 11 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, George
I am a very goal-oriented person. I'm proactive and productive; average has never been good enough. I'm into handmade Bookbinding. When I'm not working, I'm usually reading, spending time with my animals, gardening or hanging out with friends. Guests are welcome to join me on social outings or trying their skills in bookbinding.
What unites us is little more than what divides us.
This is my attitude towards life.