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  • Romantic and quirky cottage
  • Set in one of Crete's oldest villages
  • Secluded courtyard garden
  • Sea and country views
  • Tavernas/shops 5-minute walk

Haniotena Cottage lies between a tiny white-washed chapel and a carved village spring at the end of a narrow lane in Kritsa. This is one of Crete's oldest and prettiest villages, set on a hillside but only a short drive inland from the sea. Inside the gate you enter a secluded courtyard garden, filled with a shady tangle of flowers and herbs: jasmine, irises and a lemon tree, with rosemary and oregano in earthenware pots. At the far end is a sheltered swimming pool with beautiful country views towards the sea. The interior has equal charm: downstairs is cool and quite traditional, upstairs is light and has fine views over the countryside.



  • 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2-3)

Ground floor

  • Split level open-plan living/dining room with TV (Greek channels)
  • Stairs to mezzanine floor with double bed
  • Shower/wet room

Lower ground floor

  • Kitchen with access to garden and outdoor dining area
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, fridge-freezer
  • Bathroom

Upper ground floor

  • Air-conditioned double master bedroom (140cm x 190cm bed)
  • En-suite shower room and sitting area


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safety deposit box
  • Private swimming pool 5m x 3.5m (depth 1.5m)
  • Due to uneven internal stone steps and some low doorways, Haniotena Cottage is unsuitable for guests with reduced mobility
  • Access by car to the villa is via a narrow lane, steep in parts and may be restricted


  • 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): 1040K91003010901


  • Beach (Almyros) 15min drive
  • Tavernas/shops 5min walk
  • Agios Nikolaos 20min drive
  • Heraklion Airport 1hr drive+

Car hire

Car options

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 C, Fiat Grande Punto 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.

Car specification

Group C – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group D – Hyundai i30 or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group DA – Automatic Hyundai Accent Verna or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group L1 – Hyundai Tuscon 4x4 Hard Top 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.

Customer feedback

We had a wonderful holiday, thank you Simpson Travel. Haniotena is a lovely cottage up in the hills with an amazing view – it felt like home the moment we stepped inside. The village was just a few minutes’ walk from our idyllic cottage hideaway and you can buy all the basic amenities you need. The locals are so wonderfully friendly, we felt like one of the villagers by the time we left. The taverna nearest the cottage served amazingly tasty local fish and make their own taramosalata – it was divine.
N & S – August 2018

This was our first trip with Simpson Travel. We have just flown home and are in the process now of booking for next year we were so pleased. When we expressed a possible concern with the car it was changed the next morning. We have had a very stressful year and this was just what we needed. Everything ran like clockwork and we have come back refreshed and renewed.
Mrs Jenkins – October 2017

Excellent service from the Simpson Travel from booking to arrival at the villa. The villa was beautiful and the website clearly showed the property accurately and gave all the information needed. Welcome pack was very good and help from Evie, the local representative, was easily available and her service attentive to our wishes.
Dr Thomas – October 2017

Loved everything about this wonderful cottage and the village of Kritsa. Such warm and welcoming people who make you feel a part of village life from the outset. We set out to have a week of doing little other than relaxing at the cottage and spending time in the village. It was a perfect combination. We did not ignore the resident puss-cat. We loved having her about and it made us feel very at home to have such an affectionate cat around. We will miss her. We don't know how the Simpson Travel manages to find such wonderful villas/cottages for us to enjoy but very pleased they do. Thanks as ever to all involved in making our holiday a great one.
Laura & Steve – September 2017

Fabulous in so many ways – the cottage, the view, the village, the local people, the village tavernas and bars and the weather. And, as ever, the Simpson Travel service.
Mrs Bishopclark – September 2017

We have had a wonderful week's holiday here. The weather couldn't have been better. As previously mentioned, to have a cottage with wonderful views, but so close to the village is indeed hard to come by – it was such a treat to eat out on a few occasions. The local people are very friendly and eager to 'treat you' with food or a little gift. Thank you to Evie and Lydia for their local knowledge and suggestions. We hope to return next year.
Pete & Perry – September 2017

We too have had wonderful week here. Our itinerary was to be idle for a week and that is what we did entirely. It is perfect for relaxation as to have a house with views but also to have a pretty village/town just outside your door is hard to come by. Special mention of course to Lydia and Evie. If I could I would have taken her home but she does a fab job at keeping the garden safe.
Andrea & Ian – August 2017

We have absolutely loved staying here and will miss all of its charm and tranquillity when we are back in our busy London lives. We really enjoyed meeting the hugely welcoming locals who made it their mission to include us for drinks and chats whenever possible. Lots of relaxing in the pool! Thank you for everything!
Emily & Alex – August 2017

Returning for a second year to the beautiful Haniotena Cottage in Kritsa, we were not disappointed. It is the most beautiful location and so peaceful. The local residents are very friendly and welcoming. We shall hopefully be returning in the future.
Mrs Mitchell – June 2017

We've really enjoyed Haniotena Cottage as a base for exploring East Crete. We spent all of our time on the lovely sunny terrace in the mornings and our room in the evening. We have had terrific weather and a very relaxing time. Kritsa was a perfect host! Great suggestions and recommendations from Evie and Lydia – our thanks to them both. Many thanks for sharing a lovely place to stay.
Rebecca & Graham – May 2017



Stunning property. We had a very relaxing holiday. The cottage is home from home. Views are incredible. The pool and garden only add to the first class experience of genuine, traditional Cretan adventure. Thanks Simpson Travel.
Mr Hosking – August 2016

What at an idyllic two weeks! Breathtaking views over the valley to the sea beyond and mountains in the background. Being within 2-3 minutes of the beautiful mountain village of Kritsa made this cottage even more appealing with shops and tavernas so close and villagers all so friendly... We loved it!
Mrs Rasmussen – July 2016

Our first visit to Crete was delightful and we came across many small villages with kind and welcoming locals (non-English speaking!). Even after two weeks we have barely scratched the surface and our appetite is whetted for a return visit. Crete airport seems the most efficient of all the Greek Islands that we have flown to.
Mrs Elliott – May 2016

Had a brilliant two weeks at Haniotena Cottage. Kritsa is such a lovely, friendly village and we were drawn into village life. Cottage comfortable, garden and pool just lovely, especially the dipping swallows.
Mrs Butler – June 2015

We had a fantastic week. The cottage is comfortable and quirky. We loved the little archways and alcoves downstairs and the airy comfort upstairs. The garden is beautiful – the pool perfect.
Mrs Pugh – June 2015

Haniotena Cottage, in the pretty village of Kritsa, is the quirkiest place we have ever stayed – a great base from which to explore the many delights of Eastern Crete.
Mrs Lynch – September 2014

Our holiday in Crete was the best for years. The service from booking to departure (except for the charter airline and departure check-in) was excellent. The local representative was helpful with many good tips and information. The villa was everything we expected from the website and a little more. We would certainly consider booking another holiday with Simpson Travel in the future. Thank you.
Mr Merry – August 2014

Haniotena Cottage was a delightful holiday home and gave us a real flavour of living in traditional Crete. The village of Kritsa is full of character, lovely people and tavernas serving great food at a very reasonable price. We would love to return next year to experience more of this beautiful part of Crete.
Mr Solomon – June 2014

Beautiful cottage with its own lovely garden and pool to enjoy. Really nice to be in a small village where you can get to know some of the local people to enhance your holiday. Good location to explore nice beaches, tavernas and mountain roads. Crete is a beautiful island full of lovely welcoming people and would certainly come back.
Mrs Payne – July 2013

Excellent agent. A pleasure to deal with, everything was taken care of and everyone I had dealings with were polite and professional. Highly recommended.
Mr Roche-Gordon – April 2013

Spent a lovely relaxing week in this charming place. The cottage is wonderfully welcoming and comfortable. The only problem is...choosing where to sit! Katharo Plateau – away from it all and peaceful. We wish we’d been there in the spring to see the flowers. Thank you Lynne and Lydia.
Mrs Brooks – October 2012

The accommodation and location of our holiday is unique, very enjoyable holiday.
Mr Unsworth – September 2012

We had an idyllic time in the cottage doing very little apart from enjoying the pool, the scenery, the village, the sunshine and the food. It was just what we needed. Thank you. We have had a lovely week.
Miss Currie – August 2012

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