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Villa Idi: pure relaxation in the heart of Crete

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3 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 8
Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete
Serene place in the delightful Amari Valley. An idyllic rural retreat with private pool.
Overlooking the terracotta rooftops of the village of Amari, Villa Idi can accommodate up to eight guests comfortably. The two-storey property has an interior area of 140 square metres, a comfortable living room, kitchen and dining areas, three bedrooms (comprising double and single bed options), and two bathrooms.

Villa Idi is a traditional stone-built dwelling and was the former home of the owner’s grandparents. A typical rural residence built in the mid-1800s, today the villa exudes a unique charm, with its sensitive renovation carefully blending original features with contemporary comfort.

With spectacular views across the Amari Valley to Mount Ida, and a location that guarantees peace and tranquility, Villa Idi offers guests that most...
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Listing #HL193571
About the Owner
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2011
Interaction with guests
On your arrival, owner Manolis will be there to welcome you. Highly knowledgeable of the property and the area’s rich history, Manolis will be delighted to share with you the story of the house, his family and the Amari, and, if possible, to guide you to his favorite places around. Full information about the villa and the area will be forwarded to you, in advance. Manolis lives in Rethymnon city but visits the village every 3-4 days and is also available at anytime by phone or email for questions and tips, before or during your stay.
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

We did not want to leave this wonderful villa and its surrounding landscape! Villa Idi is a true gem that we are so glad to have discovered. It has ample space for families and groups, yet is cosy for couples as well. It is spacious,...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Mistress M
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Our third year at Amari Villas over and we are still mesmerised by the panoramic mountain views, beautiful sunsets and the quite nature of village life and sheep bells. Manolis and the most excellent Rumy have made us feel very much at home; with each...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank nicollamoney
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Faringdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 April 2018


Date of stay: March 2018
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(2)
  • Dining Seats (10)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(3)
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (2)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (10)
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
The guests are simply invited to feel “at home”. Just a few things should be noted: Usual check in / out at 4.00pm / 10.00am. Any other time is possible (no extra cost) depending...
    2 Full baths
    2 Cribs
    3 Fulls
    2 Twins
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Additional Rate and Availability Information
Minimum stay is 3 nights.
The prices show the Total Cost of the Booking, including full air-conditioning, internet access (Wi-Fi), a welcome basket with local goods upon arrival, all taxes and all cleaning services, beach towels and change of linen/ towels. Also, central heating is included for the winter period.
Please, contact us for long stay discounts (15 nights or more).
A 25% deposit will be necessary for booking confirmation, the remaining balance will be required four (4) weeks prior to your arrival.
We accept payment online, through this website, using your credit/debit card, PayPal or any other available method.
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About the neighbourhood
Walk the magnificent countryside to enjoy the ancient olive groves and the wild flowers and discover the 13th century Byzantine chapels. Don’t miss the fully restored Kera Panagia church in Amari.
Cross breathtaking gorges like Patsos and Platania with bird watching points.
Enjoy great local food in the villages; best taverns are Moshovolies, Evgoritis and Aravanes.
In Amari Village, join the locals at the café in the square for a coffee or a raki. Also, visit the unique school’s museum and view the entire valley from the Bell Tower.
Enjoy the traditional dancing celebrations and many musical and cultural events.
Historical Highlights: Minoan Monastiraki, Ancient Syvritos, Arkadi Monastery, Eleftherna Museum, the Sacred Cave at Veni.
Getting around
The area surrounding the village of Amari is rich in history with several sites dating to Minoan and Byzantine times. Also, the beautiful Amari Valley features unique natural sites like great gorges, ancient olive groves and magnificent countryside, along with 27 little villages to explore.
Though some of the places are accessible by foot, a car is strongly advised in order to get full advantage of the area and explore even further to the rest of the island. Amari, set right in the heart of undiscovered Crete, is an ideal base for anyone who wishes to get away from the crowded touristic areas, yet being close enough to visit them.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Chania or Heraklion: 100.0 km
Ferry: Rethymnon: 37.0 km
Heraklion (HER) and Chania (CHQ) airports are approximately 100 km from the village of Amari, and a journey by car from either will take not much more than 90 minutes.
While the Amari valley is serviced by public transport, car hire is strongly advised. The owner can provide recommendations for car hire providers at Chania, Heraklion or Rethymno.
Pick-ups from either airport can also be arranged.
Activities nearby
Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 25.0 km.
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