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Villa Magda

Ancient Eleftherna in Crete

Property ID 10876
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Free A/C Free A/C
  • Car Essential
  • Free Wi-Fi


Property ID 10876
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Free A/C Free A/C
  • Car Essential
  • Free Wi-Fi

This charming stone house is situated on the outskirts of the quaint and traditional village of Ancient Eleftherna, renowned for its amazing historical and archaeological site. Magda boasts, amazing views across the surrounding mountains and countryside and is the perfect retreat to escape from it all. Accommodated over two floors, villa Magda has two good sized air-conditioned bedrooms on the first floor each with their own balcony, whilst the ground floor comprises of an open plan living/dining room with a kitchen and side terrace, boasting stunning views across the mountains. This quiet retreat is a fantastic place for relaxing and is an ideal base to explore and experience the true Cretan life-style, with many traditional villages dotted around the neighbouring countryside. The quaint fishing harbour village of Panarmo can be found within a 15 minute drive, whilst those looking to visit the hustle and bustle of the historic town of Rethymno, a 25-30 minute drive will lead you into the centre, which is well worth a day trip to explore.

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out of 10

Two Storey Accommodation

Ground Floor Amenities

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Coffee machine
  • Dining facilities
  • Table top dishwasher
  • A/C unit
  • Satellite TV
  • Flat screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Dining facilities
  • Patio doors
  • Terrace
  • Shower
  • WC
  • Single washbasin
  • Washing machine

First Floor Amenities

  • Twin beds
  • A/C unit
  • Patio doors
  • Balcony
  • King size bed
  • A/C unit
  • Patio doors
  • Balcony
  • Bath with over head shower
  • WC
  • Single washbasin

Villa Facilities:

  • FREE A/C
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • FREE pool towels
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Hairdryer

Pool Features:

  • Style
    Kidney style private pool
    0.80m - 1.60m
    8.00m x 4.00m

External Features:

  • Built-in barbecue
  • Covered terrace
  • Natural Shade

Additional Information

  • A non-refundable accidental damage waiver of £10pp will be payable pre-departure
  • Detached property, Licence No. 1041K91002886601
  • Cots and high chairs available free, just add during the booking process

Free extras

This property comes with Free Wi-Fi, Free Air Conditioning, Free Cots and Free Highchairs

Floor Plans

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Ground floor

First floor

Pool dimensions are for guidance only.

Location and Setting

We have labelled this villa property as being "Car Essential"

Your Villa Setting

  • Short walk to amenities
  • Ancient Eleftherna is 1 hr 5 mins from Heraklion airport
  • Ancient Eleftherna is 1 hr 10 mins from Chania airport
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  • Distance to Rethymno 20.0km
  • Nearest Restaurant / Cafe 0.5km
  • Nearest Bar 0.3km
  • Nearest Beach 13.0km
  • Nearest Mini/Supermarket 4.5km
  • Distance to Heraklion Airport 1 hr 5 mins
  • Distance to Chania Airport 1 hr 10 mins

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Villa Timeline

Comments that appear in the villa timeline were received via the following channels: web enquiry, villa guestbook and through postal correspondence prior to 2014.

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  • 2017
    • Milestone reached April 2017

      50th guest

  • 2016
    • Magda
      Mrs Craft, June 2016


      “VILLA MAGDA: Arrived at this villa for our honeymoon, a warm welcome from the owner who bought us wine and fresh eggs. The villa is stunning inside and out. I used offline google maps that brought us here with no problem. The roads are in good condition. Pool is warm and we found the village margarites was friendly and had everything we needed, just past margarites is a taverna on the right hand side, newly built serving lovely food at a fantastic price, my wife and I had starters, mains and a pudding with a litre of wine for 30 euros. I cannot find any bad points to say about our holiday or this villa...you won't be disappointed if you have booked it. I will be leaving a list of best places to visit in the guest book. Clayton and Gemma”


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    • Preveli beach
      Mrs Craft, June 2016

      Preveli beach

      “Found this beach a bit of a walk to get to from the car park, walk down was fine, after a day swimming and exploring the beach the walk back up to the carpark was hard, it was 34 degrees and about 500 steps up the cliff. That said we had a great day so was worth the journey.”


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  • 2015
    • Milestone reached November 2015

      Wi-Fi added

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Scores 9.6 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
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10 out of 10


Maidstone Couple
The villas owner was very helpful & friendly
Confirmed guest: 19 September 2017
Published on: 07 October 2017
10 out of 10


London Family (the eldest child is at school)
This villa is set in the most stunning setting - on the outskirts of a small village surrounded by ancient ruins. The owner was waiting for us when we arrived, late, to welcome us and settle us in. The fresh organic eggs and local wine were a nice touch.

Each morning we woke to the sound of bells and the shepherd walking his sheep to graze.
We really enjoyed the tranquil setting and watching the wildlife - swallows, falcons, eagles (golden!) and Griffon Vultures. Bring your binoculars!

We cooked at home often - usually BBQ's and our children loved visiting the local Taverna Cafe Filio's. We were made to feel so welcome. Fantastic home cooking, local wine and the best olive oil ever! They learnt to play backgammon and rummy too! Minutes walk from the villa!

We travelled quite a bit - visiting the city of Rethymno, Phaestos ruins, The Amari Valley (drive with your windows down the scent of wild oregano is overwhelming), The Palace of Knossos (go early to avoid the crowds), Irakleio and the Archaeology Museum (rich in artefacts and a good place to visit if you have an evening flight). Crete is a large island so plenty of places to visit next time.

A fantastic holiday enjoyed by all the family.
Confirmed guest: 05 September 2017
Published on: 11 September 2017
10 out of 10


Fife Family (the eldest child is at school)
Fantastic villa in a beautiful quiet village in the hills. The interior decor is to a high standard and well furnished. Two very large bedrooms upstairs with balconies and fantastic views over the hills. Swimming pool and barbecue were great.
The villa is in a fairly remote location so a car is essential but there is a lovely taverna in the village and local shops are only a short drive away. The town of Rethymno (a must see) is only a 30-40 minute drive away.
We met the villa owners, Magda and her father, who were incredibly friendly and welcoming and brought us fabulous homemade goodies including eggs from their own chickens and ensured we had a fabulous stay.
Confirmed guest: 11 July 2017
Published on: 07 September 2017
9 out of 10


Wellinton Couple
Villa Magda is a beautiful villa in a wonderful location. The owners Magda, her father Manilos and mother Despina were very welcoming, we were given eggs from their chickens, cherries off their tree, home baked cake and pies and home made wine in addition to a welcome pack. They were very helpful in telling us about the local area and places to visit, our bedding and towels were changed every 3/4 days. The views from the villa were outstanding and it was a very peaceful setting. The village is about half an hour drive down the mountain to the nearest beach and main town of Rethymo. Some of the less tourist beaches are about an hours drive to the South side of the island through a spectacular gorge. The village of Ancient Eleftherna has a very interesting archeological dig going back to Minoan times, providing good walks. The local Taverna, Cafe Filio provides a very warm welcome, good local home grown food, cool beers and wine. The local people are very friendly. We had a wonderful holiday.
Confirmed guest: 20 June 2017
Published on: 27 June 2017
9 out of 10


York Couple
Very hospitable owners, Manilos and Magda who made us feel nothing was too much trouble. Unfortunately the local mosquito population decided to make a bee line for us and we got badly bitten, (even using sprays and room repelant's), we didn't realise that in April/May it could be so bad. The views from the villa were breathtaking and the first morning, having arrived late at night they took our breath away. Sitting outside every morning for breakfast was superb and it has been a shock to the system coming back to England as can no longer see clear blue skies! The surrounding area and the local Taverna Filio were fantastic, in fact everywhere we travelled in Crete we were made to feel very welcome. The people we met were both very friendly and generous, especially when we tried out our very basic Greek on them. The history/archaeology of the local and wider area is phenomenal, viewing items that are 4,000+ years old in such wonderful condition was an experience we won't forget.
Confirmed guest: 06 May 2017
Published on: 08 May 2017
9 out of 10


London Family (the eldest child is at school)
Excellent well equipped villa with very hospitable owners. Very private and peaceful and I would highly recommend.. One suggestion I would make is even though furnishings are very good it would be beneficial to have a comfortable sofa and/or chairs to sit on in the lounge particularly for early or late in the season when more time is spent indoors in the evening.
Confirmed guest: 01 November 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
10 out of 10


Macclesfield Couple
Great villa in a nice quiete location
Confirmed guest: 22 October 2016
Published on: 25 October 2016
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