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- Delightful stone house
- Private swimming pool
- Stunning views
- Comfortable and spacious
- Mochlos 10min walk
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Beyond the glitz of Elounda and the wide blue Gulf of Mirabello, Crete’s eastern coastline rises and falls in a beautifully scenic series of rugged peaks and peaceful bays, its topography both a barrier to mass development and a powerful reason to visit. On one of these hills, just above the fishing village of Mochlos, stands a collection of stone-built villas with glorious panoramic views over a hidden corner of Crete that most visitors never discover.
Owners Eleni and George chose this spot with great care, and built four attractive villas aimed at those keen to enjoy the slower pace and unspoilt landscapes of this quieter side of the island. The layout of the villas is staggered to enhance privacy, and Villa Ilios sits second from the top of the hill, with wonderful views and just a 10-minute walk down to idyllic Mochlos below. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms make this a great choice for two couples, with spacious, comfortable interiors immaculately kept by the hospitable Eleni and an inviting pool for a cooling dip overlooking the bay.
Whilst there’s plenty to see in the local area if you’re so inclined, a stay in Mochlos is really more about being than doing, the perfect place to sleep deeply, eat well and give body and soul a complete rest. And whilst it’s definitely more fishing port than seaside resort, there’s a pretty sandy beach to lounge on and rocks to swim off should you wish to. The Mochlos area is also home to one of the densest concentrations of Minoan remains on the whole of Crete, including a tiny island settlement just offshore, and there are gorges, beaches and more to explore in the vast UNESCO Sitia Global Geopark. But perhaps the greatest pleasure of all here is lingering over a drink or a meal in one of its delightful waterfront tavernas, feasting on the freshest fish imaginable and savouring life in the slow lane for just a little while.
- 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
Lower ground floor
- Double bedroom with adjacent shower room and WC
- Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with TV and doors to garden
- Kitchen includes hob, oven, fridge-freezer and coffee machine
- Shower room/WC
- Double bedroom
- Complimentary WiFi
- Air-conditioned in living room and top floor bedroom
- Private swimming pool 8m x 4m, depth 1.4m
- Outdoor shaded dining area
- Open car parking
- Cleaning three times a week
- Linen change twice weekly
- All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
National tourist licence (EOT): 1040K123K0363800
- Beach (Mochlos) 3min drive, 15min walk
- Tavernas/shops (Mochlos) 3min drive, 15min walk
- Agios Nikolaos 45min drive
- Sitia 45min drive
- Heraklion Airport 1hr 30min drive
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:
- 2-3 guests – 1 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.
Group C2 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
Group D2 – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group CA – Automatic Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group DA3 – Automatic Seat Toledo or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcase*
Group L2 – Skoda Yeti or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
Villa Ilios and Mochlos were a lovely combination. The village is perfect and the people were extremely friendly and helpful. Very easy to walk down to the village, albeit a bit challenging to walk back. We tried 3 or 4 of the tavernas and were not disappointed in any of them. The view from the villa is amazing, especially from the pool terrace.
You were recommended by our next door neighbours who are good friends, and we will certainly book our next holiday with you.
We had a fantastic holiday at Villa Ilios. Mochlos is stunning with lots of tavernas serving fresh fish which is delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area. It was our first holiday post the pandemic and as ever the Simpson experience was fantastic. From booking the holiday and then the support from the local representative always gives peace of mind. Thank you for making things so easy!
We had a fabulous week in Villa Illios. It is really well presented, excellently managed, fantastically situated and gorgeous to stay in. We enjoyed everything about the villa and the village. Mochlos is quiet enough to not feel crowded, but has plenty of excellent places to while away a few hours eating, drinking, people watching or just looking at the seascape. Great location for excursions. If you want to be busy, don’t come here. We loved it!
We have had a fabulous week of doing very little. The heatwave rather diminished our desire to go exploring. Mochlos is a joy. Quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The villa is really well appointed, everything you need is here. It is spotlessly clean. Nikos is a fantastic source of local knowledge. Eleni is always on hand to revolve any issues. The onshore breeze helps cool things down. Thank you for a wonderful holiday, it was just what we needed.
One word – idyllic! Very peaceful and quiet place – very special. Mochlos is delightful – six tavernas, a mini-market and a couple of shops. Taverna Bogazi – lovely fish dinner with gentle Greek music on a Wednesday evening. Our favourite was Kohilia – the starters are amazing – fresh anchovy bruschetta and crab tarts! Very relaxed and local wine good. Nikos is very helpful and has many recommendations. Eleni also very helpful.
As seasoned Simpson Travellers, we have high expectations and have not been disappointed. 1. Variety and quality of tavernas in Mochlos is excellent. 2. Walking in the hills has been invigorating. 3. Villa Ilios is lovely - many thanks to Eleni and team. 4. Mochlos is charming and a wonderful respite - no noisy things in the water or on the streets! 5. Thanks to Nikos for his valuable advice. It has been a truly relaxing week in a truly off the beaten track part of Crete.
The location of Villa Ilios was really special with wonderful views. Peaceful, quiet and a real 'getawayfromitall' little villa.
We spent a lovely week at villa Ilios, both relaxing in the villa and Mochlos, and exploring further afield. Thanks to the Simpsons team for helping everything to run very smoothly.
We loved Mochlos. Everything you need is here.
Lovely villa: everything you need to hand and lots comfortable places to lounge outside; good shower, comfy bed - all make it very easy to hand around and do as little as possible! We walked down into Mochlos most evenings and enjoyed a variety of meals at various tavernas. The walk back up is short but challenging! Many thanks to Eleni and the other staff we never saw, the villa was spotless. And many thanks also to Nikos for the warmth of greeting, the lovely supplies and the friendly advice.. It's been a lovely week.
Loved the villa and variety of seating areas and refreshing pool. Thanks to Nikos, the bringer of cakes and apple pie, for all his help, suggestions and information. Thanks to Eleni and staff for looking after us so well. It's certainly one of the best villas we've stayed in in our time with Simpsons. We'll be back.
Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themselves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.
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The Gulf of Mirabello is one of the most sought after enclaves of Crete. Here you'll find Elounda, a pretty waterfront town hosting some of the island's most exclusive hotels and restaurants and regular ferries across to the former leper colony Spinalonga, a disconcertingly beautiful island with a fascinating history made famous by Victoria Hislop's novel The Island. A little further east, fashionable Agios Nikolaos is a lively town with an abundance of charm and a great selection of restaurants and shops around the harbour.
But as you leave the Gulf of Mirabello behind and head south or east, the island reveals a rugged landscape harbouring the soul food of a simpler life. Our portfolio here celebrates the road less travelled, transporting guests from the mainstream to a hidden Crete that's often overlooked. From gorges and caves to the mountain communities of the beautiful Lasithi Plateau, from the tucked away waterfront village of Mochlos in the north to the timeless landscapes and homely tavernas surrounding Makrigialos in the south – this is Crete at its most warmly welcoming, without artifice, where you’re a guest and never a tourist.
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