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Arete Crete - Self Catering Fully Furnished Apartment

86 reviews
The view from the front balcony.
The view from the front balcony.
dining area
shower room
Front balcony
Courtyard BBQ
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Arete Organic freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil
Around Arete
rear balcony overlooking the garden and patio
Balcony at Rear
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The view from the top of  the track to Arete
Around Arete
Sean and Helen
Arete's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 2
Maleme, Chania Prefecture, Crete
A unique property set on the edge of a small farming village, 20 kms west of the historical Venetian town of Hania, on the beautiful Greek island of Crete.

SPACIOUS (42 sq meters) Fully Furnished apartment, equipped for self-catering.

PRIVATE PARKING and independent access to the apartment gives guests the freedom to come and go as they please.

2 BALCONIES, a private rear balcony off the bedroom and a large front balcony off the kitchen, shower room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen.

AGRO TOURISM, run as a small holding/hobby farm offering the rural experience of village life, we have vegetable gardens, chickens, olive trees, a fabulous flower garden, a walled courtyard and abundant wildlife.

LOCATED conveniently but not too closely to the beaches of Maleme, 3kms away, Platanias, 5kms away or a short drive west away from the...
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About the Owner, HELEN J
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 90 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 15 days ago
Listed since : Apr 2010
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 86 reviews and 1 property
Interaction with guests
We the owners, Helen and Sean, live full time at Arete and will be waiting to welcome you and show you around, to give you as much advice or information as you need, whenever you need it, we are here to help.
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Excellent - based on 86 reviews
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Eleanor D
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Awesome location and a quality place to stay. It's in a quite village and run by a english expat couple who have spent the last 12 years going native. They had plenty of advice on where to find secluded beaches that were quiet even in peak times and had spot-on recommendations for what were easily our two best meals in...

Management response:

Thanks both, it was really lovely to meet you and we wish you all the best for your adventure. Happy travelling. Kalo Taxidhi.


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leslie k
Burwash, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Stayed at Arete for a long weekend, just what we needed great location peace and quiet, olive trees, chickens and ducks running wild.... what more could you want. Room was clean and well equipped and had two great balconies. 5 minutes to the beach, many lovely tavernas. Shaun and Hellen ( and the dogs ) made us feel right at...

clive n
Bolton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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We returned to Arete for the third time in May and our enjoyment at staying there remains undiminished and in fact grows with each visit. Arete is in a beautiful location in a rural setting at the edge of a small village and overlooking olive trees and orange groves as far as the eye can see away to distant hills...

Management response:

YAY! And we can't wait to see you back here in September. Thanks Guys for a really lovely review, again! A warm welcome awaits you at Arete always.


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (2)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (5)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Shared Garden
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Staffed Property
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking allowed
Smoking allowed in outside areas , balconies etc
Pets allowed if suitable and by prior agreement.
Kids allowed only by prior agreement.
    1 Shower
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3 Sep 2017 -
31 Oct 2017
Mid-Season Sep-Oct 2017
3 nights
1 Nov 2017 -
31 Mar 2018
Winter Low Season
3 nights
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About the neighbourhood
The village of Xamoudochori is located 3 kilometers inland from the coastal village of Maleme, west Crete.
Approximately 40 kilometers from the airport at Chania (airport code CHQ) a 40 minute drive. Or 160 kilometers from the airport at Heraklion (airport code HER) a 2 to 3 hour drive.
Xamoudochori is a small farming village with 1 kafeneon, serving drinks and snacks. It's rural location is ideally situated for an authentic Cretan holiday experience but also close enough to the tourist areas such as Platanias 5 kms away.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: CHANIA town: 24.0 km
Ferry: SOUDA: 24.0 km
Nearest airport is Chania (CHQ) 45 minutes drive away. Arete is located apprx 20 kilometers West of Chania Town , 40 kilometers West of Chania Airport and 3 kms inland from the coastal village of Maleme.
Detailed directions given on booking.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 3.2 km.
Nearby cities
Crete Villas (4,354)
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