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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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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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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Το προφίλ του/της Ron
Ιούνιος 2017
VanGos' Grotto was a beautiful place to stay. We arrived in the afternoon and he was there to meet us to tell us all the details about the place, share things to do, beaches, sites etc. and to share a welcoming glass of Raki with us. The kitchen was stocked with basics and vegetables from the garden. At one point there were 6 of us and the house accommodated us all comfortably with room to spare. The grotto was so comfortable that we could have stayed there the whole 2 weeks that we were there. There is a Taverna with delicious food just steps outside the door. Goulediana is a small rustic town almost in the very center of the island. It is somewhat remote but very accessible to central Rethymno (a short 20 minute drive), Chania and Heraklion. There are supermarkets, tavernas and bakeries in the next town which is just a 5 or 10 minute drive. VanGos was the ultimate host always available for questions and suggestions for beaches, and things to do. He personally made the trip interesting, enjoyable and memorable for us. An all around great and caring man. The whole experience was magical and we hope to return one day soon.

Το προφίλ του/της David
Μάιος 2017
VanGos property is even better than the pictures. My wife, baby and I have just returned home and are already missing it. A beautiful little village in the hills (you'll definitely need a car), with a great Taverna (great food, value and owner) minutes away from the property. VanGos was an amazing host, always on cal to offer help or advice. Could not recommend more highly, you will not regret staying here!

Το προφίλ του/της Maddie
Μάιος 2017
What Can I say…the reviews speak for themselves. This is a special place, and that is due in large part to the host and the wonderful people of the village. My new wife and I came here for our honeymoon. We are an airline family, so we travel standby. It was difficult to get to Greece, and involved three flights and over 24 hours of travelling. We got in after midnight and despite that VanGos was their waiting for us with a welcoming smile. He gave us a tour around his amazing home and welcomed us with fresh feta, tomatoes and some shots of Raki (if you haven’t had that yet and you go here, you will… :)) The pictures don’t do the home justice. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to live in a house hundreds of years old. It is extremely quiet inside, so bring fan or an app that plays white noise if you need that for sleep. It is otherwise cozy and has all the amenities and more that a hotel has. It’s like living in small castle. Fireplaces are all around, the indoor “grotto” pool is fantastic (but COLD! No doubt good for hot summers) as is the outdoor pool. Our host even partners with a local massage therapist, where my wife was able to get a relaxing massage by the indoor grotto pool. The bathrooms were clean, as was the kitchen where our host had stocked with coffee and fresh veggies from his garden, as well us some milk and Greek yogurt in the fridge. The setting is magical. The town of Goulediana is a small village in the Cretan country side. It is hard to describe. It is peaceful to the max, off the beaten path and a place the probably hasn’t changed for many, many years. The Local Taverna, Goules is an absolute blast. The owner is charismatic and a friend of VanGos who cooks food that will have you coming back every night you are there. All his food is locally sourced, and cooked according to Cretan tradition. You will leave stuffed every night. I cannot recommend this place enough. Crete is beautiful, and this home and town only add to that. As world travelers, it is a true privilege to be a guest in other countries, and to see firsthand how other people live their lives. If you come here, you will experience that and more. In short: this was a truly romantic honeymoon, and a trip we will never forget!

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 :)

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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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