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Villa Moira (Greek for 'destiny') is a beautiful bungalow situated on the edge of the peaceful, typically Cretan village of Hamalevri, just 12 km from the bustling town of Rethymno in the north west of Crete. Only five minutes drive from local beaches, with their hotels and beach-side tavernas (stroll a bit further down the beach for an even quieter experience), and the villages of Stavremenos and Sfakaki with their selection of supermarkets, tavernas, grill bars, a butcher and a pharmacy. There’s even a pizza take-away at Dimitri’s. A must is Romeo and Juliets in the village, only a couple of hundred metres away, where Matt and Yanna will look after you with fusion cuisine.
The villa is well appointed and has air conditioning the main bedroom as well as the living area, with TV* and DVD, along with a stereo (with MP3 connection). Its valley position means you will enjoy a gentle breeze to take the edge off the heat of the day whilst relaxing on the sun terrace watching the family of resident eagles soaring overhead.
*note the TV is local channels only, but is a modern 32"" flat screen with a variety of connections including USB and HDMI, so you're welcome to take your own device with you and attach it,
fortement recommandé, accueil exceptionnel, logement parfait pour des vacances à 4
By Marie-laure, Bordeaux on 27-Aug-2017
La maison est très fonctionnelle, propre, agréable et très bien située pour visiter l'ouest de la Créte et le centre. Un accueil vraiment exceptionnel !!! Nous recommandons fortement cette location qui est un très bon rapport qualité prix.
Lovely House, great location
By Stephen W on 15-Oct-2016
My wife and I stayed in October. The house has very good facilities, well looked after and clean. The terrace patio is lovely for sitting out in the evening watching the sun set opposite. The local supermarkets(s) in Stavromenos have a good range and the baker and butcher are excellent. Loved the butchers pork and home made sausages which were perfect for the house barbecue.
Do go to the Cretan music evening at the Poliou house on Thursday night in Asteri (the next village). Only 10 minutes walk so you can enjoy the local wine! You may want practise drinking brandy from a glass held in your teeth while doing a press up :-)
We were travelling round the island looking at historical sites as well as a few beach visits. The house was well positioned for this with Knossos, Chania and South coast all being about an hour's drive along some very interesting roads
Finally, thanks to Richard the owner for his help and flexibility - a pleasure to deal with him.
Would definitely go again or recommend
Peace and Tranquility
By Jill B. on 11-Mar-2016
So much more than expected. spacious, spotlessly clean, good quality furnishings, comfortable. obviously a well loved holiday home. The best thing for me was the absolute peace and tranquillity, the views really are stunning across the valley towards the sea, a fantastic place to totally unwind and relax away from any stresses and have come home totally rejuvenated. My other half who likes to be more active wasn't disappointed either and had some good scuba dives locally, some early morning runs on the beach and had a day riding around the island on a horse galloping across the beach and the stunning countryside. (and was happy to come back and fire up the bbq) local food is fresh and delicious and no need to go out as this is not just a base to holiday from, but staying here in this beautiful apartment with stunning views, for me is the holiday itself. Will definitely be returning.
Superb Villa with stunning views
By Trina C on 11-Sep-2015
Everything you could want from a villa. Ideally located for trips into town or a stroll through the hills. For any keen divers, Evelin Divers are only a 10 minute drive away in Rethymno. Moira Villa was very clean and comfortable and i made use of the outside shower as the weather was stunning and needed to cool off. The views from the patio are absolutely breathtaking. I will definitely be returning to Villa Moira.
By Pat B on 11-Oct-2014
Villa Moira is a comfortable, well equipped property in a quiet village. Although it gives the impression of being remote it is very close to all amenities such as shops, restaurants etc. and the beach is only a few minutes drive away. However a car is a must if staying at this property. The villa is well maintained and the furniture and fittings are of a good standard. Sitting on the one of the terraces with a glass of wine looking at the amazing views was a lovely way to end our day. The only fault we had was the noise from barking dogs both nearby and across the valley but this is a common problem in the countryside and in no way reflects on the quality of the villa or the owners. There is so much to see in Crete and the villa is well placed for visiting the different tourist sites and a delight to come back to away from the busy resorts. The local beaches are excellent and there are numerous restaurants and bars close by. The Cretan Evening in the next village only 5 minutes walk away is a must. This was our first visit to Crete and we were so lucky to have spent it at Villa Moira and would have no hesitation in making a return visit.
By JonesyDano on 08-Jul-2014
Lovely villa which is well placed for getting out and about (which we did). You do need a car and we highly recommend Athens Car Rental. Good prices and good service, actually on the airport so dead easy to get out and return at the end of the holiday.
Loads of places to see, scenery is stunning. It was our first time in Crete and we loved the place and the villa. Lots of places to eat in the villages which are close by and the resorts which are about 10k away.
Overall a great service and we would recommend a visit to the villa.
By Janet & Richard on 12-May-2014
Our first, and hopefully not last, visit to Crete. This villa was just great, private and ideally located in a residential area. Very clean and all you need for some self catering meals if that's your fancy. Swing and loungers on the patio area looking out down the valley to a sea view. Air con available but we did'nt need it in early May, although the weather was pretty good. A must visit is the Poliou House in the next village of Asteri, 10 minutes walk away, it's a Traditional House Museum and Taverna. Guided tour of the rooms and plenty of Cretan history thrown in! The meals were very traditional with recommendations from the owners son. Well priced with their own house wine and to end the meal their own "Poliou Nectar". We also visited an olive factory at Melidoni owned by the Paraschakis family. The DVD's provided a couple of evenings entertainment when we decided to eat in. Overall a really good holiday in a great villa! We would definitely recommend it!
Perfect romantic getaway
By Laura, Reading on 12-Sep-2013
My partner and I could not fault our stay at Villa Moira. The Villa itself is clean, spacious and well maintained, has a large patio area with sun beds, parasol, table and chairs and a lovely shaded veranda. The owners, Richard and Nicky, were helpful and informative ? providing us with lots of local information prior to our stay. The Villa is well stocked with essentials like tea & coffee, cooking oil, tea towels, washing machine, DVD player with DVDs, books, guide books, travel plugs etc to ensure a homely feel and comfort throughout your stay. The views from the patio area are wonderful and we spent many hours sat on the swing chair staring out to the sea and across the valley. With a well stocked local supermarket, chemist, and tavernas only a 5 minute drive away we only needed to venture into the more busy town of Platanes twice to post postcards and stock up at Lidl. We adored ?Taverna Andriana? in Sfakaki - one of the local tavernas, and found a little gem of quiet sandy beach hidden away behind it which we went to every afternoon to cool down and enjoy the sunset. Would definitely recommend Villa Moira for a quiet, romantic, relaxing getaway, and we look forward to visiting again. Car is hire a must ? we booked with our flights through easyjet and had no problems.
By Liz And John on 10-Sep-2013
Had a really nice time at Villa Moira. We were attending our sons wedding in Santorini so we were planning to use Villa Moira as a base to travel around Crete and take the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini.
The villa is a home from home. It was clean and tidy and bigger than expected. You really need a car if you want to sight see and go out and about in general. Whilst our plan was to do a lot of this we loved just to sit and relax and enjoy the peace and quite. At night time the sky was a sight to behold with the amount of stars as very little light pollution. Chania Rethymon and Heraklion are not too far, we did a day trip to each. You can also take a journey up through the mountains which is lovely and a tad cooler in the summer heat. The Villa has everything in it you could ask for. The pictures on the site do not do Villa Moira justice you have to visit it. Lovely people round about and in the nearby restaurants and shops. The bakery has cakes to die for.
Thanks Richard and Nicky for allowing us to stay.
Villa Moira - Private but central
By Sue C Bristol on 10-Aug-2012
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Moira. Directions to find villa good. Ideal location if you want to be near beaches but away from resorts. Very good weekly rate. It also has local shops which are walkable. Very private and quiet location in a residential area. You would need a car to drive to and from villa and beach. Very well equipped with air conditioning which was essential at that time of year. Hosts were very helpful as was the caretaker. Only item we did miss was wifi but did manage to find free wifi down at local restaurant and internet cafe not far away. Thank you Richard.
By Zoe And Andy on 12-Jun-2012
We had a lovely visit to Villa Moira, my partner and I took my mum for a holiday. We hired a car from the airport and stayed at the villa. The facilities were excellent, and we liked the chair swing outside, and the restaurant along in the next village was lovely.