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Villa Samitos: elegance and tradition in undiscovered Crete

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The terra-cotta rooftops of Amari
Certificate of Excellence
Excellent
13 reviews
The terra-cotta rooftops of Amari
The old entrance
Elegance and tradition
Overlooking the village and the valley
Main terrace (upper floor)
The arched entrance hall
Psiloritis Mt. at sunset (The view from the very top)
Living room and entrance hall
Kitchen and dining
Dining and living room
The New Attic suite (triple, upper floor)
The single bed of the New Attic suite
The Attic's private terrace
Direct environment
The Grandmother's suite (triple, upper floor)
The little attic of the Grandmother's suite (single bed)
Entrance detail
Master suite (double, ground floor)
Sitting area in Master suite (2 sofa beds - optional)
One of the 3 bathrooms (ground floor)
The shaded veranda of Master suite
Garden
The unique landscape of Amari Valley, the village and the location of the property
The exact location of the property
The famous Amari bell tower
Little byzantine temples, yet undiscovered...
Simple and humble
13th century temple, recently restored
Springfields
Winter blossom detail
Wild flowers in Amari Valley
A typical temple on a hilltop (15th century)
Agia Anna among wild flowers (12th century)
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Overview
Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms , Sleeps 9
Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete
Overlooking the terracotta rooftops of Amari Village and a valley of unspoiled natural beauty, Villa Samitos is an ideal base to explore the undiscovered Crete. It is a great spot for anyone who wishes to get away from the crowded touristic areas, yet being close enough to visit them. Carrying a family history of 150 years, the stone building has been fully restored offering peace, comfort and spectacular views.

Villa Samitos is part of a traditional, stone-built complex, being once the owner’s grandparents home. It started about 1.5 century ago, as a typical residence of Cretan farmers with just one room, storage and a small patio for a donkey and a few goats, but gradually expanded as the family was growing. It used to be the place where the owner spent every summer holiday of his childhood, with “papou” and “giagia” (grandpa and grand...
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About the Owner, MANOLIS P
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 2 days ago
Listed since : Nov 2011
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 66 reviews and 3 properties
Interaction with guests
Manolis, the owner, is on site upon arrival to welcome the guests, introduce the villa to them and hand the keys. Mrs Rumy, the housekeeper, is always available to assist if a problem occurred.
Full information about the villa, the area, the food and the available events and activities are forwarded by e-mail to the guests in advance, before arrival. The most reliable maps of Crete are available in the villa and the guests are free to use them during their explorations.
Moreover, the owner provides further recommendations in person and would be happy to share with the guests the history of the house, his family and the Amari Village. The owner lives in Rethymnon city but he drops by every 2 or 3 days and the guests may contact him anytime.
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Listing #HL193572
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Excellent - based on 13 reviews
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JeremyArs...
Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Look no further if you are choosing a place to stay in Amari! Amari Villas is strategically located right in the middle of this beautiful scenic village. A must place to stay if you want to have a relaxing time, feeling like home but away from home! The scrumptious Cretan dishes prepared by Mrs Rumy is a must try especially...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 1, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

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JimmyWray
Harrogate
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 24, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We stayed 4 nights in Villa Samitos and could have spent a lifetime. The villa is in the rustic style, yet modern, luxurious and stylish with some of the finest views in all of Crete, from either of the three large terraces. The friendly housekeeper greeted us and on 3 of the 4 nights cooked for us and served us...

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Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Books
  • Central Heating
  • Cots:(2)
  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(3)
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (12)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Patio
  • Private Yard
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Secure Parking
  • Single Beds:(3)
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
Bathrooms
    Attached (ensuite)
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Rates

Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week
Default 3 nights
$166
€140
$166
€140
$1,159
€980
Oct 1, 2017 -
Dec 21, 2017
LOW SEASON
2 nights
$148
€125
$148
€125
$1,035
€875
Dec 22, 2017 -
Jan 7, 2018
HIGH SEASON
3 nights
$195
€165
$195
€165
$1,366
€1,155
Jan 8, 2018 -
May 31, 2018
LOW SEASON
2 nights
$160
€135
$160
€135
$1,117
€945
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to U.S. Dollars and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
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 (10 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 neighborhood
The Amari is one of a few areas in the island where the genuine spirit and the way of life of real Crete is still present; A unique blend of local people, nature, history and tradition.
The guests may take part in the local life and various activities
- Walking or hiking on the E4 path
- Cheese making with the shepherds of Mt. Psiloritis
- Agricultural activities with locals; milking sheep and goats, olive harvest, wine making and “tsikoudia” distilling
- Observation of the Cretan wild flowers
- Bird-watching
- Daily excursions in the valley
- Sea kayaking
- Village festivals, cretan music, dance and cultural events
- Kids may use the playground and the basket/volley court
Getting around
All sights are accessible on foot or by car.
In Amari Village, there are 2 little museums and the Bell Tower.
The close area has some great walks crossing the beautiful fields and the ancient olive groves. Hidden among the trees, little byzantine temples of the 13th century remain yet undiscovered. Patsos Gorge starts beside the ruins of an ancient temple and crosses a forest with waterfalls, bird watching points and picnic facilities. Potamoi Lake is a refuge and immigration station for birds, suitable for walking or cycling.Platania Gorge follows an exciting track amongst the vultures nests with spectacular views of the valley. The villa offers equal access both to the crowded north coast and the quiet south coast.
Access
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Chania or Heraklion: 62.1 mi
Ferry: Rethymnon: 23.0 mi
Closest Airports:
HER (Heraklion) and CHQ (Chania) airports are 100km (95minutes) away.
Car hire is essential.
We can arrange your car reservation or provide recommendations. Detailed directions on how to reach the property by car will be sent in time, before arrival.
In case you don’t want to hire a car, please send a request for alternative transportation options, like public bus, taxis or airport transfers.
Activities nearby
Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Water Park Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 15.5 mi.
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