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“True authentic greece at its best!”
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Veranda on the second floor. Open plan livingroom and kitchen.
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17 reviews
Pool-side exterior view.
Veranda on the second floor.
Open plan livingroom and kitchen.
Dinning table in open plan kitchen and living-room.
Main entrance leading to open plan living room, dinning table and kitchen.
Kitchen.
Living room with sofa-bed and study space above.
Dining table next to corridor and staircase.
Living room and kitchen from staircase.
Study space in between ground floor and second floor.
Staircase leading to second floor.
Ground-floor bedroom with two single beds.
Ground-floor bedroom with two single beds.
Ground floor toilet and shower.
Ground floor patio, pool , adobe oven and barbeque space.
Adobe oven & barbeque by the pool.
Patio sitting space and table next to back door.
Back door from exterior.
Second floor veranda space & neighboring fields.
North-facing view from second floor veranda.
Veranda from neighboring roof.
Second floor master bedroom with large double bed.
Second floor master bedroom with large double bed.
Second floor master bedroom entry.
Second floor attic-style bedroom with sofa that turns into double bed.
Second floor attic-style bedroom. Staircase leading to bed.
Attic-style bedroom on second floor with double bed.
Attic-style bedroom on second floor with double bed.
Second floor toilet and shower.
Property exterior view.
Path leading to main road, surrounding rustic buildings.
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Prines, Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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babydollt...
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“True authentic greece at its best!”
Reviewed 2 June 2018 for a stay in May 2018

Set back from any busy commercialised area this gorgeous villa really lived up to the spec. Great for families, own pool and great bbq area. We invited family over and entertained. Local supermarket and a couple of tavernas, but car is needed to explore the island. Guest book would of been good with local places visited.wine and greek oil on arrival.toaster not working but there is a grill in oven. But highly recommend.

Travelling group: Family
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NeilAB
Whitley Bay, England
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Architects' delight”
Reviewed 26 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We had a fantastic 2 weeks at Villa Sofia, partly due to Wall to Wall sunshine and temperatures consistently around 30-35C, but mainly because of the great facilities at the villa and in Prines. The relationship with the owner was very friendly but not intrusive and we took advantage of the additional services including a wonderful local meal cooked by a neighbour and a short voyage in yacht Ariadne out of Rethymno port.
The layout of the villa suited our holiday lifestyle and the plunge pool was a huge benefit when returning from a day out in the heat. Two terraces enabled us to find sun or shade at all times of day and the interior remained cool despite the absence of air conditioning and the heat. Good wifi enabled us to keep in touch with friends and family who weren't enjoying the same weather as us ! Appropriate use of the anti-mosquito sprays and plug ins reduced bites significantly. As other reviewers have indicated, the villa is very well equipped with everyday essentials and all manner of kitchen utensils.
A car is essential and strong nerves are needed to negotiate the local roads and drivers. Gravel routes to some of the best beaches make an older, less pristine, vehicle a benefit ! Whilst parking is random a few meters walk from the villa, along pedestrian (watch out for the scooters) alleys passing occupied and vacant houses, we never had problems finding a space and neighbours were always keen to assist.
Having 3 good, but different, tavernas in the village a few minutes walk from the villa, together with a well stocked, "open all hours" store gave us all the opportunity to indulge in local wines and raki.
Thank you Manolis

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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Joe G
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Authentic Crete with amazing views, restaurants and more, on your doorstep.”
Reviewed 30 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

f you are searching for authentic Crete, this Villa is perfect in every way. The location is just perfect - a little shop at the bottom of the drive, a great Taverna across the road and an award winning one only ten steps further up. The beautiful town of Rethimou is only a 5-10min drive with it's incredible eateries, shops and beach (I personally would suggest a car, the roads are not busy and there is plenty to explore). The Villa is peaceful, with a great terrace - we preferred sitting up there to downstairs, it is cool and has really good utilities with every type of kitchen appliance, to a laundry room and hairdryer - we even had Yorkshire Tea in the cupboard! We loved the little snug when we came home at night to relax for an hour, the only element we were less keen on was the pool, as it was very, very cold due to being in the shade however, it would not stop us heading back and we would highly recommend Villa Sophia. It's a restored building, with other non restored buildings around it dating back to the 1800's, which give it a real feel of escape and authenticity. All the locals were so friendly and welcoming, Manolis was a wonderful host who really took care of us - even leaving freshly picked fruit from his families farm. For value, experience and a real taste of Crete I would definitely recommend this villa, and we may well make it our new annual get away.

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 11 November 2016 for a stay in June 2016

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Foodieson...
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing quiet very private”
Reviewed 9 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

If you find this villa you have found a gem! If is very private, quiet, expertly designed renovated old building that steals your heart with a modern interior that has everything you could need and more! The photographs on the walls walk you through the build. Prines itself is a charming welcoming village with 2 shops and 2 tavernas each with their own specialities. The Olive was our most frequented! Manolis is very helpful with any questions you have and better, a really nice guy too!

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family
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