About the Retreat Village
Go beyond the tourist eye: A collection of nine villas owned by a Cretan couple who are looking forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of Crete. More than a holiday - St George's Retreat offers you the opportunity to truly experience all that Crete has to offer. Whether that's learning about the Island's history, sampling the food from the best taverns or indulging in the fruits that grow freely in the Retreat, this is a Cretan experience to remember. As you might expect, with villas of this caliber, all are fully equipped to the highest of standards.
The Retreat Village is situated high up on the slope of mountain "Drapanokefala", on the outskirts of "Kokkino Chorio" village (Zorba the Greek was filmed here). It has an astonishing view over Souda Bay and the Aegean sea, and this explains the existence of the St' George's Retreat cave built by the German forces during the II WW, which is actually within the grounds of the complex. The property benefits from extensive cultivated gardens, olive trees, a vineyard with its own wine press, and a large number of fruit trees, which the guests are free to taste.
|Number of villas||9|
|Villa size||80 m2|
|View||Panoramic view of Souda Bay and the Aegean Sea.|
|General facilities||Fully A/C, washing mashine, outdoor furniture, iron, iron board, hairdryer, fire extinguishers, bbq area, playground, extended garden grounds with different fruit trees.|
|Villa lay out||2 bedrooms, livingroom, fully fitted kitchen, dinning and sitting area, bathroom, outdoor dinning veranda, balcony in all rooms|
Bedroom no1: 1 double bed
Bedroom no 2: 2 single beds (3 villas with i single & 1 bunk bed)
1 sofa bed in the living room
|Kitchen||A fully fitted kitchen with a refrigerator, large cooker with oven, coffee maker, kettle, toaster and all utensils necessary for dining in|
|Technology||Free WiFi, Flat-screen satellite TV, Radio|
A rental car is strongly recommended as there are many fine beaches and sights only a short car ride away. After all Crete is a large island, just waiting to be explored by you.
The 9 villas are positioned within the grounds in such a way, that makes them ideal for families and friends who would like to holiday together, but still maintain their own private space. The two 40m2 shared swimming pools together with a large BBQ area containing both a BBQ spit and traditional baking oven - are perfect for meeting and making new friends.
The village of Kokkino Chorio is 5 minutes drive away while Plaka and Almyrida villages are a further 5 minutes drive each.
There are discounts available for groups who wish to book 3 or more villas. Contact the owner for details.
What is the accommodation in villas like?
Accommodation comprises nine villas, all with 1 double bedroom, and 1 twin bedroom (3 of them have 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed, thus accomodating families with 3 children).
The villas can comfortably sleep 4 or 5 guests, and there is also an additional sofa bed in the living area.
All villa kitchens are fully equipped with a cooker, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, all have washing machines, iron & ironing board, as standard.
The living rooms contain a lounge sofa and chairs, some in traditional style. All have their own individuality. Stone fireplace are present in 3 of the villas. Coffee tables and satellite TV are included. Wi Fi internet is available for all our guests free of charge.
All villas benefit from air-conditioning in all rooms.
Cleaning, towels, and linen are included in the cost of each villa. Pool towels are provided for each guest in addition to the bath and hand towels.
Maiden services, baby cots and high chairs for our younger guests, are provided on request.
Rates are per villa, not per person.
Reservations accepted for short or long stays depending on availability.
The Retreat Village is open all year.
The grounds are extensive and contain a large variety of fruit trees and herbs which guests are invited to use.
There are two 40m2 shared pools with extensive patio areas. Each patio area has ample sun loungers and towel space, as well as areas of natural shade to provide a respite from the sun while still enjoying the pool.
There is a large BBQ area containing both a BBQ spit and traditional baking oven, seating areas and areas of shade.
For the kids, we have just put up a new playground to keep them happy and make their holidays unforgettable.
The complex also has a wine press. If the grapes this year are good enough we will probably organize a feast to celebrate the process of wine making.
On top of the villas and within the complex boundary there are the German watch tower and the entrance to the bunker that was built during the II World War, while just out of the boundary there is St. George's church and the remains of other military facilities that was used during the German occupation. Both sites are worth exploring.
About your Accommodation
Arrival and changeover is any day of the week.
Villas can be occupied around 13:00 - 14:00 on your day of arrival.
Guests are required to depart form the Villa by 10:00 on their departure day (depending on the time of the next arrival).
With prior confirmation both arrival and departure times can be amended as required.