Maroulas village has been classified as a ‘heritage’ site. Most of its buildings date back to at least the Venetian era. It is, however, also a living, breathing community. The village has two tavernas and two kafeneions (coffee shops). Guests can also easily find around plenty of possibilities for meals. There is a bus connection to Rethymnon, twice a day. For visitors arriving by plane, the village is conveniently situated: Heraklion airport is just 80km away, and Chania airport is even closer just 65km.
Historically, the building has had various functions. At one point, part of the building used to be a Venetian farm house. During the Turkish occupation an olive press was added. Our villa has two wings. The first wing of the villa is a two-storey building which was once part of a larger farmhouse. It has all the architectural characteristics of the Venetian era. The second wing of the villa is a one-storey building that used to be an olive press, originally constructed during the period of Turkish rule.
The villa has a surface of 540 m2 (5812 sqft) villa, with high ceilings up to 3,6 m and a very luminous glass wall. The renovation of the building has shown great respect for its original character, but has also incorporated all the modern facilities one would expect to find in an exclusive ‘home away from home’. The two wings of the villa connect via a modern covered walkway designed by the internationally renowned architect Yiannis Kalitsounas – who has created a fusion of light, glass and space, bringing different times and cultures together.
The Entrance: The front door opens onto an inner courtyard. High walls offer peace and privacy, yet you are still in the heart of the village. You find a heated (in option) swimming pool, in full privacy, surrounded by potted plants, flowers and elegant garden furniture. This is the place to sunbathe, unwind and relax, or bask in the shade of a lemon tree. Parking is provided in front of the door.
Living Area: A conservatory style entrance leads you into the main living area. The design is open-plan. There is a huge lounge with a stunning white marble floor, a kitchen and dining area, a vaulted television room and a hi-tech office space. The kitchen is fully equipped - dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso machine, wine cellar, oven etc… Techno facilities include: PC, WIFI, giant screen (3.5m x 3.5m), overhead projector managed by computer, a telephone, television, video tape recorder, hi-fi, CD-DVD... The dining area is spacious and there is also a children’s play space with plenty of material for babies and young children. The 110sqm (1184 sqft) open space opens directly on the courtyard with the private heated swimming pool.
The living area leads out to a small inner courtyard which houses a Jacuzzi (hot spring spas model Grandee). Your additional fifth bedroom is also located in this part of the building.
Outside Areas: There is plenty of outdoor space within the grounds of the villa: the large courtyard with the heated swimming pool and the smaller ‘Jacuzzi’ courtyard. There is also a massive roof terrace of 140sqm (1506 sqft) on the first floor of the building, which has “chaises longue”, tables, sofa and gazebo. From there you have a superb view of the village, the sea and the surrounding countryside.
Sleeping Arrangements: The villa has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, accommodating up to elven persons (extra bed upon request). All bedrooms have air conditioning for the summer - and central heating for the winter. All bed linen and hand towels are provided, not beach towels and personal products.
Bedroom 1: (on the ground floor) has an independent entrance. The room has a king bed, and an en-suite bathroom with bath, toilet and hair dryer.
Bedroom 2: (on the first floor) has a great view of the sea. It also has a queen bed, and en-suite bathroom with a bath, toilet.
Bedroom 3: (on the first floor) this room has a small double bed and shares a bathroom with Bedroom 4.
Bedroom 4: (on the first floor) has a king bed and a bunk bed (possibility to add a double bed). This room shares a bathroom with Bedroom 3 – the bathroom has a bath, a toilet and a hair dryer.
Bedroom 5: (on the ground floor) has a king bed, and in the corridor a separated shower and toilet.
The villa can be rented all year round. It is ideally located for excursions, and welcomes domestic pets.