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A fully renovated, stonebuilt compound built on top of three ancient greek grottos. It used to be a Venetian olive press factory. Now it's a contemporary holiday home with two pools (indoor and outdoor) and an organic vegetable and local fruit garden


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Μπάνια: 3.5
Υπνοδωμάτια: 4
Κρεβάτια: 8
Τύπος δωματίου: Ολόκληρο σπίτι/διαμέρισμα

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Επιπλέον άτομα: €15 / διανυκτέρευση μετά από 2 επισκέπτες
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A fully renovated, stonebuilt compound built on top of three ancient greek grottos. It used to be a Venetian olive press factory. Now it's a contemporary holiday home with two pools (indoor and outdoor) and an organic vegetable and local fruit garden

UNIQUE LISTING AWARD WINNER
FIRST AIRBNB OPEN 2014

GrottoHomes is a traditional stonebuilt compound constructed in several phases, starting around 1500, on top of three ancient greek hellenistic grottos. It used to be an olive press factory, originally built by the Venetians, who occupied Crete at that time, with later additions for housing both the miller and his elder son. It has been restored with patience, respect and knowledge by its current owner who, being an architect, turned it to a contemporary holiday home, maintaining reverently every architectural detail of the past. It is furnished with many unique, antique pieces and it's decorated with a lot of traditional, rural cretan household equipment. This villa is ideal for writers, artists or nature lovers who like walking, hiking or swimming in a pool carved in an ancient grotto or just relaxing in an unbelivably quiet place. The organic vegetable, local fruit tree and aromatic plants gardens can provide them with the freshest ingredients for cooking their meals. By March 2014 will be ready the new openair pool of the compound, built by the citrus trees garden, and it'll be opperating in addition to the indoor one, giving the guests one more area of relaxation.
The villa is situated 800m away of the ruins of a Hellenistic city, in a small and peaceful village called Goulediana, famouse for its restaurand specialized in Cretan cousine. It's a 45min drive away from both international airports of Crete, Chania and Heraklion, a 5 min drive from Armeni, the main village of the area, where one can find supermarkets a pharmacy shop and an ATM and 15 min drive from the town of Rethymno famous for its lively night life, full of restaurants, bars, clubs etc Both crowded north coast and quiet south coast beaches are just a 15min drive away.
When staying in GrottoHomes you can relax completely, 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. At least that's what I do when the villa has no guests...

The visitors have access either to the entire compound or only to the main house (the rest will be empty) depending on the size of their party and in any case to the whole garden, and both the indoor and the outdoor pools. Access to the office of the owner will be given only uppon request.

The owner of the house will meet the visitors uppon arival, to welcome them, show them around the house and hand them the keys. He also has to visit the house every two days, at a time convenient to both parties, to water the plants and clean the pools. The owner will be reachable at any time on his cell phone or his profile on the famouse Zuckerberg's site for any questions / tips / advice / help the visitors might need.

The area where GrottoHomes is situated is very close to Rethymnon, half way between both north and south beaches of the island. Inspite being so close to all the main turistic spots it is 5km 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 every now and then to sell bread, grocery or even clothing. But if you prefer to buy your supplies from a supermarket there is one 5km away in the main village of the area, on your way to Rethymno. There you can also find an ATM and a pharmacy shop.

There is no convenient public transportation in the area (there is a bus line that goes to Rethymnon once daily). You have to rent a car to move around or if you prefere to use taxis.

The visitors have access either to the entire compound or only to the main house (the rest will be empty) depending on the size of their party and in any case to the whole garden, and both the indoor and the outdoor pools. Access to the office of the owner will be given only uppon request.

The owner of the house will meet the visitors uppon arival, to welcome them, show them around the house and hand them the keys. He also has to visit the house every two days, at a time convenient to both parties, to water the plants and clean the pools. The owner will be reachable at any time on his cell phone or his profile on the famouse Zuckerberg's site for any questions / tips / advice / help the visitors might need.

The area where GrottoHomes is situated is very close to Rethymnon, half way between both north and south beaches of the island. Inspite being so close to all the main turistic spots it is 5km 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 every now and then to sell bread, grocery or even clothing. But if you prefer to buy your supplies from a supermarket there is one 5km away in the main village of the area, on your way to Rethymno. There you can also find an ATM and a pharmacy shop.

There is no convenient public transportation in the area (there is a bus line that goes to Rethymnon once daily). You have to rent a car to move around or if you prefere to use taxis.


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GrottoHomes is a fully renovated 500 year old compound, furnished with both modern and antique pieces, decorated with paintings of high sentimental value made by the owner and members of his family and many rural traditional household equipment that go along with all modern facilities and equipment one might need nowadays. So the first thing that someone expects from its guests is to appreciate and respect the history of the house and its equipment.
The gardens are full of organic local fruit trees, organic vegetables and aromatic plants. The visitors are free to collect as many of the vegetables which are ripe during the period of their stay, or pieces of any aromatic plant they need for preparing their meals. But at the same time they have to take care not to ruin the future production of the plants which is to be used by the next coming visitors of the house. The fruits are collected by the owner of the house who makes marmelades and sweets out of them (you'll be able to taste some). The plants have to be watered and the pool filters cleaned, every second day. So the owner has to visit the house every second day after agreeing with the guests the time that is more convenient for both of them.
There is a special place in the garden (under the lemon trees) where organic remainders are disposed for producing compost for the plants. The guests are asked to collect all recyclable packages and either carry them to the special bins in Armeni village or keep them at home to be carried by the owner after their departure.


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Από 29 Απρίλιος 2017 - 12 Μάιος 2017 η ελάχιστη διαμονή είναι 4 διανυκτερεύσεις.

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Το προφίλ του/της Samppa
Απρίλιος 2017
VanGos' villa is a special place in a wonderful little village. As a convenient perk, the best restaurant in Crete is located 30 metres from the front door. I recommend staying here if you plan on visiting the island - a fantastic experience.

Το προφίλ του/της Adrian
Απρίλιος 2017
Vangos is the perfect host, he was available whenever we needed him. He offered tips on places to go and provided welcome snacks for our arrival, including fresh produce from his garden. The villa is exceptional, quirky and difficult to describe as it is magical. The inside spaces are huge, with corners and rooms everywhere that you can spread out to, play in, rest in. Vangos's architectural talent is obvious. The gardens are vast with suntraps and shade in different places around the villa. This is not a place to come to if you want tourism and busy crowds but if you love peace and tranquility and love nature this is the perfect location. This place inspires art and rest. The local taverna adds to the perfection, Goules is a few steps away, offering food to die for; we returned night after night and tried the whole menu, which never failed to disappoint with either cuisine or atmosphere, it was also magical. The owner is a charismatic and passionate chef and host and a clear friend of Vangos. The villa is a 20 minute drive from bustling Rethymno, which boasts a beautiful harbour, lovely little streets and busy touristy areas and beaches if you want them. The villa may present challenges for the physically challenged and doesn't have aircon, but the walls are thick and I suspect provide cool respite from the sun in the heat of summer (we visited in spring and made full use of the wide open fireplaces) The indoor cave pool is bizarre and beautiful and ice cold, I suspect very welcome in the heat of summer; it is well lit by a cleverly placed glass roof which provides natural light and shade which is really beautiful. We would wholeheartedly recommend this villa to anyone and would love to return.

Το προφίλ του/της Denis
Οκτώβριος 2016
Everything went extremelly well. Vangos is super welcoming, responsive and does is best to create a great holidays experience. We loved the place, it s in countryside but not far from everything and easy to drive. The house has an incredible charm with all convenience. Thank you

Το προφίλ του/της Cedric
Οκτώβριος 2016
Tout était parfait, merci encore à VanGos pour sa gentillesse... et à bientôt :)

Το προφίλ του/της Valentine
Οκτώβριος 2016
Un séjour merveilleux! Un hôte à l'écoute, local, de très bon service. Le choix de l'endroit s'est avéré excellent : beau, calme, on peut y apprécier les personnes et les produits locaux (notamment à l'excellente taverne de Costas juste à côté!). La maison est superbe, restaurée avec goût, dans le respect du bâtiment initial.

Το προφίλ του/της Nicolas
Σεπτέμβριος 2016
We had a really good time at the Grotto house. The villa has plenty of space, rooms are large, living room and garden too. Everything was clean and tidy. Vangos is a great host, he made sure we were having a great time, gave us some tips about where to go for dinner, directions and places. He also gave us some basics products at our arrival plus some gifts, which was really nice and kind. Vangos is really easy to comminucate with. The villa is in a quiet and nice village up into the mountains. There is an excellent Taverna just 1 min down the house, called Goules, please don't hesitate to go there for dinner, this restaurant is excellent ! Villa location was great for us, not too far from north coast (30min) for cities and south coast (30min) for the beautiful beaches ! We easily drove from the house to everywhere we wanted to go and visit. I would not hesitate to recommand this villa and his host, you will have a good time for sure !

Το προφίλ του/της Isabel
Σεπτέμβριος 2016
We had the best vacation at Vangos' Villa. The building is even more beautiful than on the photos, very clean and equipped with everything you want and need. The surrounding is picturesque and very quiet. Vangos is the perfect host.He gave us a lovely welcome and was always available and really helpful.Thank you for everything Vangos, we can't wait to come back.

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Το προφίλ του/της VanGosΟ/Η VanGos είναι ο/η superhost.

I love nature and living close to it but at the same time I often travel to big cities to enjoy the cultural events and spaces one can find there. I love food of good quality and I enjoy cooking it. I love seeing but also creating art.

One of my listings was awarded with the Unique Listing award (one of the two globally) in the first Airbnb Open in San Francisco US, in 2014. I was a Host Educator in the second Airbnb Open in Paris, France, in 2015 and I've been an Airbnb super host for almost two years now.

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