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The architect's stone villa .

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150sq. m.
3 2
Villa Sofia is a 3 bedroom stone villa situated in the village of Prines, a traditional settlement located just a short car-drive away from the city of Rethymno, a conveniently located starting point for exploring the island of Crete.
The villa was built at the end of the 18th century, during the Ottoman occupation of Crete. It's restoration ended in 2010, after many years of careful planning and hard work. It is a stone structure that was carefully renovated to include as many of the original features of the building as possible, while combining them with a modern aesthetic and modern equipment and ameneties. It is an authentic representative of traditional Cretan architecture.
The villa can accommodate six people very comfortably. (When 7-10 people are accommodated, 2 sofa beds are available.)

The property benefits from a unique interior design with spacious rooms, high ceilings and imposing stone features. The property features a paved courtyard space with sunbathing chairs, seating, a private pool, an adobe oven and a barbeque space, as well as a large veranda overlooking the village of Prines, the surrounding fields and mountains. As the paved courtyard area faces south and the veranda area faces north, this means that you can catch sun and shade at all times of the day. Furthermore, the stone structure guarantees that the property remains cool, even in the hottest days of August.

Just a 10 minute drive away from the closest beaches, and a short walk away from local shops and a restaurant, villa Sofia is ideal for those who wish to experience an authentic rural village setting, while at the same time being at close proximity from the larger towns and all the attractions Crete is known for.

Spatial Layout:
Ground floor: The main entrance of the Villa faces north. Upon entering the house one views an open area consisting of a living-room, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is separated by a stone arc. On this ground floor there is also a large bedroom and a full bath. The rear portion of the ground floor leads to a courtyard which contains a swimming pool, an adobe oven, and a barbecue space.

Second floor: There is a loft area off the staircase which leads to the second floor area which is furnished as an office space. There are two bedrooms on the second floor (one with an attic space) and a full bath. On this landing, there is a large veranda overlooking all of the village of Prines, the mountains, the oak forest, and the sea.

Every area of the house has your privacy insured and the rustic buildings (most of them uninhabited) that are located all around the villa insure peace and quiet.

The villa is suitable for all-year-long bookings.


For the winter season (November-February)
The thick stone walls, the underground heating pad system (on the first floor), the heating units (on the second floor) and the reduced ''off-season'' prices make Villa Sofia a perfect villa for winter bookings.

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