13 rooms from £75 per night
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“A charming hamlet of 13 former shepherds cottages surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. The self catering studios are rustic and quaint and with stunning views of the local area and sea. This authentic and secluded spot is a 15-minute walk from the beaches and local town. ”

“A charming hamlet of 13 former shepherds cottages surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. The self catering studios are rustic and quaint and with stunning views of the local area and sea. This authentic and secluded spot is a 15-minute walk from the beaches and local town. ”

Hotel Review

Hidden in the Pefki valley inland from Makriyialos, this collection of former shepherd cottages with whitewashed walls, stone-flagged floors and low wooden ceilings is cool, airy and comfortable. Each has one or two bedrooms and a basic kitchen with a fridge and mini cooker (but the tavernas of Makriyialos provide an alternative to self-catering). The pretty pool is a bonus. Attractions include Shiatsu massage, local boat trips and gorge walking.
Recommended for
  • Romantic Break
  • The charmingly rustic self contained studios and apartments are ideal for couples looking for a bit of privacy and romance.
  • Hideaway
  • Off the tourist track, this peaceful retreat is set in stunning natural landscape and only a 15 min walk to the beach.
 

Written by Robin Gauldie

Recommended For

  • Romantic Break
  • The charmingly rustic self contained studios and apartments are ideal for couples looking for a bit of privacy and romance.
  • Hideaway
  • Off the tourist track, this peaceful retreat is set in stunning natural landscape and only a 15 min walk to the beach.
  • Great walks
  • Explore this amazing landscape on foot, full of olive groves, citrus trees and lovely landscapes.
  • Sights nearby
  • Walk down through the olive groves to Makriyialos, the prettiest town on this stretch of coast.
  • Snorkelling
  • Makriyialos boasts a beautiful beach, grab some equippment and head out snorkelling.
  • Other Activities
  • Lounge by the central pool, or sit back in the shade of the gazebo.
  • Self catering
  • A fitted kitchen with an overn, refrigerator, toaster & kettle.
  • Child friendly
  • Family rooms available.
  • Beach nearby
  • 15 mins walk away.
  • Quiet
  • Family Suites
  • Less £
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Full of character
  • No restaurant
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Owner managed
  • Boutique
  • Wellbeing
  • Traditional
  • Charming
  • Intimate
  • Romantic
  • Free wifi
  • Views
  • Secluded setting
  • Remote
  • Self catering to rent

Facilities

  • Airport transfer
  • Heraklion Airport is 75 miles.
  • Child friendly
  • Family rooms available.
  • Parking
  • Free parking on site.
  • Swimming Pool
  • Lovely outdoor pool.
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Outdoor dining
  • Cots available
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Library
  • No restaurant
  • Garden
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • No pets
  • Family Suites
  • Air conditioning
  • Private villas
  • Wifi
  • Free wifi
  • Views
  • Self catering to rent

Activities

  • Great walks
  • Explore this amazing landscape on foot, full of olive groves, citrus trees and lovely landscapes.
  • Sights nearby
  • Walk down through the olive groves to Makriyialos, the prettiest town on this stretch of coast.
  • Snorkelling
  • Makriyialos boasts a beautiful beach, grab some equippment and head out snorkelling.
  • Other Activities
  • Lounge by the central pool, or sit back in the shade of the gazebo.

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White River Cottages

"It’s clean-lined and rustic: think whitewashed stone surfaces and varnished roof beams of cypress trunks."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

The perfect Crete retreat

"Down the road it's tourist hell, but go inland and you'll find a restored hamlet that blends seemlessly with the surrounding landscape."

Originally published by The Guardian (view article)

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