(can accommodate up to 4 people in beds and 2 more in sofabeds)
The ground floor consists of an entrance hall with a W.C and a stonebuilt sitting corner (cap. 5 people) which leads to a large monastery style dining area (cap. 8 people) situated inside a grotto. Adjacent to the dining room is the living room (cap. 10 people), with two stonebuilt sofa beds. Next to this vast living and dinning area is a separate, big and fully equiped kitchen, with a secondary front door leading to the openair dinning area in the courtyard (cap. 8 people). In the first floor there are 2 bedrooms, the main with a double and the second with a twin bed, both with wardrobes, their own private bathroom with shower and access to a large terrace.
The traditional cretan architecture of the house (thick stonebuilt walls, small opennings and roofs out of cretan cypress wood) insulates the house against the warm summer temperatures and the incorporated grotto adds freshness to its cool, naturaly ventilated atmosphere. During the winter though, the house stays warm as, additionally to the rural style fireplace of the livingroom, there is also a central heating.
The studio expands the capacity of Grotto Homes up to 11 persons (3 more in beds & 2 in sofabeds). It's accessible from the main house through the indoor pool area but has also its own separate entrance. The Studio consists of a fully equiped kitchenette in a dinning room area (5 people), a living room area (8 people) with two sofabeds, a fireplace and a terrace, a bedroom with a twin bed, a terrace and a loft with an extra single bed and a bathroom which turns the Studio to an autonomus unit.
A full list of facilities include:
|3 Fireplaces||Central Heating||Fully Furnished||Free WiFi Internet||DVD/CD Plsyer/Radio|
|Satellite TV||Κitchen/Refrigerator||Microwave||Coffee/Κettle/Toaster||Dish Washer|
|Washing Machine||Iron/Vacuum Cleaner||Hair Dryer||Safe||Cellar|
|Board Games/Books||Baby Cot/Chair||Indoor heated swimming pool||Large Furnished Terrace||BBQ Facilities/Parking|
The main characteristic of the villa is its winter garden / sitting room with an indoor, heated swimming pool built in a grotto! This area is like a contemporary orangery: an inner courtyard with a glass roof, where guests can relax enjoying the tranquility and warmth of a stonebuilt fireplace just a few meters away of the grotto with the pool and the banana trees planted in an adjasent smaller one!
The house outdoors has besides the open air pool, several terraces, courtyards and multilevel gardens where you can relax under the shadow of local fruit trees or of the over 100 years old cypress and enjoy the mountain view and the view of the quiet village houses which lie on the opposite side of the valley!
The village is located 16 km south of Rethymno at an altitude of 530 meters. It has ca 100 inhabitants, several recently restored traditional houses and one of the most famous cretan cousine taverns in the area. It is a small and quiet village with a rich history.
Crete is not only beaches and sand. It is a year round island, rich in culture and events.
In Crete your activities options are vast. Explore the rich natural environment, relax in a spa or on a beach, practice extreme or water sports, scuba diving, go hiking or horse riding. The choice is yours.
Authentic, simple food prepared to perfection, served on fresh linen, and with genuine Cretan hospitality. Just a few steps away from Grotto Homes
In a privileged location, opposite the Fortrezza Castle and the sea right alongside the restaurant Prima Plora with creative Greek cuisine and Cretan touches is one of the best dining options in Rethymnon
Ecotourism, agrotourism, ecology, the ‘great outdoors’ and respect to humanity and its needs. An authentic 17th century mountain settlement which has been transformed into and eco-friendly tourist complex.