Rena's House

Rena's House

Rena's House The private pool at Rena's House Living room One of the bedrooms Modern shower room Dining terrace The kitchen One of the bedrooms Side terrace Rear garden with private pool Rena's House Living room A bedroom

Rena's House

CreteSouth-West Crete › Spili

A beautifully renovated traditional house in the heart of the bustling village of Spili, ideally placed for hiking and exploring the island by car.

Travellers wishing to immerse themselves in authentic Cretan village life, yet also relishing the privacy of their own villa with pool, should look no further than this beautifully restored village house in the heart of the island. Standing at an altitude of 430 metres at the based of Mount Vorizis, Spili is arguably one of Crete's prettiest villages, and is renowned for its natural springs, which feed the 25 lion head fountains in the delightful, plane tree shaded village square. The square is a popular stopping-off point for day-trippers touring this part of the island, and as a result Spili sustains a surprisingly good choice of tavernas and cafés for a village of around 800 permanent inhabitants. There are also a couple of small hotels catering mainly to walkers and nature-lovers, but the village retains its traditional charm, and the art and craft shops offering their wares to passing holidaymakers sit side-by-side with more mundane stores catering to the needs of local population, from groceries to sanitary ware. Strolling through the village, you will find handsome old mansions, beautiful churches such as Agios Charalampos, and an interesting little folk museum, and the provision of banks, a post office and a health centre make Spili a proper, self-contained community.

Rena's House stands in the heart of the village, just across the road from a small snack bar and a hairdressers. The private garage is accessed directly from the street, but the house itself is slightly raised and set back, and offers a surprising amount of outside space for such a central location, with several terraces and a lovely garden to the rear, which incorporates an enticing 25-sqm swimming pool, perfect for whiling away balmy summer days or simply cooling off after a day's outing.

Recently renovated to an excellent standard, Rena's House combines original features and traditional charm with modern comfort and convenience. Carefully chosen fixtures and furnishings complement the classical style of the house, and colours have been chosen to create a calm and tasteful ambience. There are three bedrooms, all with twin beds and air-conditioning, and a lounge with comfortable sofas, flat-screen TV and a fireplace. A fully equipped kitchen and two contemporarily styled shower rooms complete the accommodation. Free WiFi, a washing machine and a barbecue area are also provided. Please note that, although the accommodation is single-storey, there are a number of steps leading up to the house as well as linking the different levels of the garden, so it may not be suitable for guests with significant walking difficulties.

Spili's central location is particular suited for travellers keen to explore the surrounding hills, mountains and gorges on foot, or other parts of the island by car. There are numerous unspoilt beaches to be found along the south coast, the nearest of which is approximately 18 km away at Kerames. For a slightly livelier day on the coast, the small resort of Plakias is just a little further, whilst the bustling harbour town of Rethymnon on the north coast is just under 30 km away.

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