The Mantilari Estate

Rethymno & Central Crete , Crete , Greece

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The most luxurious of our villas include a dedicated pre-departure booking service to arrange all the indulgent essentials before you travel, from private chefs to spa treatments – and while you’re away, your personal Concierge will be on hand to add the finishing touches.
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  • Luxury accommodation in 10-acre private estate
  • Two swimming pools (one heated)
  • Vineyard and wine cellar
  • Tennis court
  • Gym and fitness room
  • Heraklion 25min drive

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Beautifully situated amongst Crete’s fertile heartland, the Mantilari Estate is a Simpson Exclusive with a difference; a place of charm and serenity, where simplicity reigns and life’s sweet pleasures are the order of the day. The views showcase the very best of the popular wine-growing region; a romantic panorama of rolling hills where neat vineyards border ancient olive groves and the silhouettes of distant mountain ridges rise as the proud backdrop to it all.

The accommodation is arranged across four buildings and consists of seven luxurious one and two-bedroom suites. Most have their own kitchen and terrace or balcony, offering a wonderfully versatile arrangement for large groups and multiple families travelling together and requiring a little independence too. Interiors are sympathetically designed to enhance the natural beauty of the place, a restful blend of tradition and comfort where classic style is underscored by an easy elegance that would be equally at home in Tuscany or Provence.

The 10-acre estate is home to a bountiful selection of fruit trees and the view of the Mantilari vineyards just wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local harvest. The wine cellar is well stocked with the delicious results, readily available for guests to enjoy and the owners are also happy to arrange a guided tour of the vineyard. With a number of other excellent wineries in the area, this is a perfect spot for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge of Cretan wines.

The grounds have plenty to offer, including a tennis court, gym, fitness room and children’s play area, as well as multiple terraces and scenic spots to relax quietly with a book or in the company of friends. There are two swimming pools, one of which can be heated, and the main house is home to a magnificent sun room, a delightful venue for morning coffee or an evening drink in the cooler months. Entertaining is easy thanks to the large kitchen in Basilicum which can happily cater for everyone staying on the estate, while outside on the main terrace there is ample room for everyone to gather in style and enjoy a meal together. For added convenience, a private chef can be arranged with prior notice and the local taverna in Myrtia will offer a meal delivery service on request.

The Mantilari Estate enjoys a blissful rural location away from the mainstream tourist destinations. However, its proximity to the vibrant capital Heraklion (25 minutes by car) makes it exceptionally well placed for exploring some of Crete’s most famous attractions, including the Archaeological Museum which houses the largest collection of Minoan artefacts in the world and the Palace of Knossos. It’s auspicious setting also affords an opportunity to explore both north and south coast beaches and discover the extraordinary diversity the island has to offer.

Closer to home, there are sleepier but no less charming attractions in the surrounding hills and villages. Myrtia, birthplace of Zorba the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, is home to a fascinating museum in his name; Agarathos Monastery, one of the richest monasteries in Crete during the Venetian period, is steeped in history; and the Gorge of Karteros offers breath taking walks for all abilities. Whether you venture out, idle away your days by the sun-drenched pool or challenge your party to a little sporting competition on the tennis court, this bewitching spot will hold you spellbound.


Accommodation

Estate Layout

  • Seven 1 and 2-bedroom suites totalling 780m2 
  • Estate comprises 4 houses on different levels

Suites

Basilicum  135m2

  • Main house
  • Sleeps 2 adults, 2-3 children
  • Large kitchen/dining room
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, two fridges, freezer, ice-maker, dishwasher, espresso machine, filter coffee machine
  • Living room with TV
  • Large sun room
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Double bedroom (bed 140cm x 200cm) with en-suite shower room and wc
  • Mezzanine level with two single beds (beds 90cm x 200cm) accessed by stairs from living room
  • Small double bedroom (bed 120cm x 200cm) under mezzanine level suitable for one child
  • Shower room and wc
  • Terrace

Dafne – 80m2

  • Main house, above Basilicum with separate private entrance (accessed via 12 steps) 
  • Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children
  • Small kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, espresso machine, filter coffee machine
  • Living/double bedroom room with TV (bed 160cm x 200cm) 
  • Mezzanine with two single beds (beds 90cm x 200cm)
  • Shower room and wc
  • Terrace

Milia – 80m2

  • Main house, above Basilicum with separate private entrance (accessed via ramp) 
  • Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children
  • Small kitchen
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, espresso machine, filter coffee machine
  • Living room with TV
  • Double bedroom (bed 160cm x 200cm) 
  • Bedroom with two single beds (beds 90cm x 200cm)
  • Shower room and wc
  • Balcony 

Louisa – 35m2

  • Second detached house
  • Sleeps 2 adults
  • Small kitchen
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, espresso machine, filter coffee machine
  • Living room with TV
  • Bedroom with two single beds (beds 90cm x 200cm)
  • Shower room and wc
  • Terrace

Rodia – 40m2

  • Third detached house
  • Sleeps 2 adults
  • Fridge and espresso machine
  • Living room with TV
  • Double bedroom (bed 140cm x 200cm)
  • Shower room and wc
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Levanta – 70m2

  • Fourth house, lower level by main swimming pool
  • Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children
  • Small kitchen
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, espresso machine, filter coffee machine
  • Living room with TV and sofa bed
  • Double bedroom (bed 160cm x 200cm) - can be arranged as a twin on request
  • Shower room and wc
  • Terrace

Menta – 70m2

  • Fourth house, lower level by main swimming pool
  • Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children
  • Small kitchen
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, espresso machine, filter coffee machine
  • Living room with TV and sofa bed
  • Double bedroom (bed 160cm x 200cm) 
  • Shower room and wc
  • Terrace

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron, ironing board, pool and bath towels provided
  • Complimentary bathroom products
  • Hairdryers in all suites
  • TV in all suites
  • Three washing machines
  • Tumble dryer
  • Cinema room
  • Wine cellar
  • Electronic safe with charging facility
  • Alexa smart speaker
  • Netflix
  • Play Station 4
  • USB charging station
  • Swimming pool (14.5m x 5.3m)
  • Second swimming pool (8m x 3.9m) – can be heated on request for €70 daily (payable locally)
  • Barbecue
  • Gym and fitness room
  • Tennis court
  • Table tennis
  • Children's play area
  • Grounds of approximately 10 acres
  • Weekly linen change
  • Private parking

Services available upon request

  • All services are payable locally
  • Private transfers
  • Private chef 
  • Pre-arrival shop
  • Meal delivery service
  • Additional cleaning services 
  • Spa treatments
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Horse riding
  • Guided historic tours including archaeological sites and museums 

National tourist licence (EOT): 1039K134K3431601


Location

  • Agies Paraskies 6min drive
  • Taverna/shops 8min drive (Myrtia)
  • North coast beaches 25min drive
  • Knossos 25min drive
  • Heraklion airport 25min drive
  • Heraklion 30min drive
  • South cost beaches 50min drive

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.

Grading

Property Grading Key:

  • 5/5

    Excellent

  • 4/5

    Very good

  • 3/5

    Good

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  • Location

    4.5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    5/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    5/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    4/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

As the birthplace of Zeus, Central Crete carries a certain historic and spiritual gravitas. Knossos, the Minoan Bronze Age palace, steals the show, but there are many other smaller archaeological sites, churches and towns to cast you back in time. However, with harbourside dining, beautiful beaches, mountain villages and vibrant summer festivals, the here and now also has a lot to offer. And Rethymno, which has clung on to much of its authentic beauty and charm, is a welcome addition to your island experience.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas and hotels in Rethymno and Central Crete to create the perfect starting point for your holiday. 

 

Read more on our Crete region page


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Every Simpson Exclusive Villa includes our complimentary Concierge Service, designed to make your holiday experience as relaxing and seamless as possible.

It includes our dedicated pre-departure services to help you plan the details of your trip before you leave the UK, from the logistics of your journey to the personal requests that will make your time away truly magical.

Drawing on our experience and extensive local knowledge, we will do our utmost to accommodate any feasible request.

As a minimum, we can arrange:

  • UK airport hotels and parking
  • UK airport lounge access
  • Private chef service
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Celebrations and anniversaries
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • In-villa massage and beauty treatments
  • Boat hire and excursions
  • Private jets

Once you arrive at your villa, our local Concierge will be available throughout your holiday for any further advice or assistance.

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