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  • Detached hilltop villa
  • Beautiful sea and mountain views
  • Blissfully rural
  • Birdwatchers' paradise
  • Local tavernas 15min walk, beach/shops 15min drive

Standing on a wide hilltop, rising between two gorges, Villa Katerina one of three detached private villas with views encompassing the diverse beauty of Crete and perfectly positioned for exploring both the north and south coasts. The area enjoys abundant wildlife and is a birdwatcher’s paradise with eagles soaring majestically overhead to the sound of birdsong, goat bells and cicadas in the wild broom.

The setting is blissfully rural, yet the welcoming owners, Dimitris and Sini, furnished Villa Katerina to the highest standards. The nearest village, Prasses, a quintessentially Cretan hamlet of great charm, has a simple kafenion and is just a few minutes away. In contrast, Rethymnon has a wide range of shops and restaurants and its narrow streets hide numerous fragments of Crete's colourful past: a castle, 16th century mansions, old mosques and a marvellous carved fountain.



  • 1 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-3)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer
  • Satellite TV (English speaking news channel), DVD player
  • Double bedroom with TV (Greek channels only)
  • Shower room

Upper level

  • Mezzanine sleeping area with single bed
  • Roof terrace with view of the gorge


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Air-conditioned living area (central heating payable locally)
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safe
  • Washing machine
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.3m)


  • 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): 1041K123K2541201


  • Taverna 15min walk
  • Beach (Missiria) 15min drive
  • Tavernas 10min drive
  • Mini-markets 12min drive
  • Rethymnon 20min drive
  • Chania and Heraklion airports 1hr 20min 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 guests – 1 Group C, Hyundai i20 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 – 1.2-1.3 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases*

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

Group D – Peugeot 208 or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group E – Citroën C-Elysee or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group F2 – Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar, 1.5 litre engine, 3 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group G – Fiat Doblo 6 seater or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, no suitcases with full occupancy*

Group G3 – Jumpy Multispace L2 9 seater or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 4 large and 4 small suitcases*

Group H – Automatic Hyundai i20 or similar, 1.3-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group H2 – Automatic Toyota Auris or similar, 1.3-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group I – Cabrio Peugeot 207 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*

Group I2 – Cabrio Peugeot 308 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small 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

I would highly recammend the Simpson holiday experience. From the initial enquiry to arriving at the villa. Always spotlessly clean and well appointed. Great locations and good to have a rep who can help when there is an unexpected problem. Have just returned from a week in Crete. Our 3rd Simpson holiday, and looking forward to next years already!
Mrs Lyons – June 2016

This is simply one of the best designed, maintained and decorated villas we have ever had - both in and out. The beautiful gardens are a real joy to return to - the pool immaculate and kept so spotless. Sini has been unfailingly generous ... Ray has been very helpful - another unexpected bonus. We will be back!
James and Gillian – May 2016

We fell in love with the villa after a few hours of arriving - the amazing views, seclusion was perfect for relaxation. We visited Rethymno every night and tried many of the restaurants... Sini was the perfect host all week. We are sad to leave but have many fond memories of our time here.
Debbie and Paul – October 2015

Our second visit to 'Katerina', such a lovely villa in a delightful situation. Once again many thanks to Sini for her hospitality. Once again a great holiday!
Rob and Pat – September 2015

We have enjoyed our fortnight tremendously. So relaxing at the house with pool and stunning views. We have been lazy and not travelled around much, apart from two or three places. We had everything we wanted right here. Many thanks to Sini and her husband. Her home cooking is fabulous and the house has been so clean and looked after. A great holiday!
Mr Proud – October 2014


Villa Katerina was absolutely perfect for us. Peace and quiet, stunning views and delightful grounds. Owners welcoming but unobtrusive when cleaning pool and tidying gardens etc and, very sweetly, gave us raki, olive oil herbs and a candle as a departure gift. We could not have had a more ideal villa.
Ms Alton – September 2014

Many thanks to Sini and Demetris for their hospitality and friendly welcome to Crete. Villa fantastic, views incredible, we have had a terrific two weeks, relaxing by the pool. Villa kept beautifully clean. Sini's moussaka is by far the best in Crete. Thank you Sini.
Mr Allford – August 2014

Villa Katerina is magic! Our second stay and enjoyed ourselves yet again. The standard of accommodation is excellent and as mentioned Siny and Demetris are just top class. What a pleasure. We enjoyed the local cuisine at various restaurants and visited the local bakery and fishmonger. We love this villa and Crete!
Mr McGlew – July 2014

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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Property Grading Key:

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    Very good

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  • Location


    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort


    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*


    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*


    Proximity to beach, restaurant 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 hotel 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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