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  • Delightful contemporary villa
  • Set in peaceful olive grove
  • Distant sea views
  • Taverna 10-minute walk

In a peaceful grove of silvery olive tree lies Villa Sonatina. One of two detached private villas, close to Arkadi Monastery, with views over the countryside towards the sea and perfectly positioned for exploring both the north and south coasts. The setting is rural, yet the welcoming restaurant at the Kapsaliana Village Hotel and the traditional taverna in Amnatos Village are only a few minutes’ walk away. 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 splendid carved fountain.

Villa Sonatina and neighbouring Villa Adagio are entirely independent and relatively private from one another but can be rented together.



  • 1 bedroom villa (sleeps 2)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area includes Satellite TV (English-speaking news channels only), DVD and CD players
  • Kitchen includes full hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Shower room

First floor

  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room; leads to balcony
  • Sun terrace


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Air-conditioned
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safe
  • Barbecue
  • Paved pool terrace
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.4m – 1.6m)
  • Sonatina and Adagio share the same outer grounds and driveway


  • Shared WiFi with Adagio
  • 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): 1041K91002988501


  • Tavernas 10min walk
  • Mini-market 10min drive
  • Beach 20min 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

Villa Sonatina exceeded our expectations. It’s in a lovely situation surrounded by mature olive trees and with sea views. It’s very private and has a super pool. We drove to lovely beach on South coast about an hour’s drive away.
Ian & Louise Holden – August 2018

It has been a delight enjoying the villa and pool in this fabulously rural part of Crete. Especially as the last few days have seen temperatures up to 45C! As only here a week we didn't venture far, apart from our trip to the southern beaches, via Arkadi Monastery. Stunning drive through the mountains. Tried a beach at Georgioupoli, a long sandy beach with some good swimming. A lovely relaxing week – we shall be back!
Mark & Lisa – July 2017

Wonderful, relaxing week in beautiful rural surroundings.
Mrs Bartlett – July 2017

Great service anticipating customers' needs in the run-up to the holiday and very well organised and knowledgeable reps in Crete made the whole travel process relaxed and pleasurable.
Mr Blackwell – June 2017

As a first time Simpson Travel user and a confirmed 'independent' traveller, we were very impressed by the smoothness of the whole operation to the point where it could easily be termed 'slick'. Your representative in Crete, Ray Pattenden was particularly good and effective and made the holiday work so well. We were also surprised just how good the service was from your car hire operator, Zakros. We will seriously consider repeating the experience in the future.
Mrs Greaves – July 2016


The villa is fabulous and the views breathtaking. The many personal touches in the villa make it very 'home from home'. Our hosts have really looked after us and the gifts are much appreciated. The Paradis cove is our favourite beach for sunbathing, swimming and lunch. We ate excellent fish at the lovely restaurant in Kissamos. Thank you to Eleni and George for a brilliant break!
Mrs Cheers – June 2016

Villa Sonatina is in a wonderful location, an oasis of peace and calm – only birdsong and sheep-bells to be heard above the rustle of the olive trees in the gentle breeze. Our thanks to Ray and Graham Simpson for tracking down such superb properties.
Ritsa and Roger – May 2016

Another great relaxing holiday at Villa Sonatina. As restful and relaxing as ever! Many thanks again to Ray for all his support and advice. We enjoyed many meals at the traditional tavern in Amnatos Village where Maria always provided delicious Cretan meals together with the warmest of welcomes.
Owen and Ann – September 2015

First rate. No hassle travelling. Have now used Simpson Travel twice and will continue to do so.
Mr Alfandary – June 2015

This was our third stay with Simpson Travel and everything was excellent – just as promised on the website. Our villa in Crete was easily spacious enough to live in and the location was beautiful. Spending three weeks in one place was a risk but with all the support and eye for detail that Simpson Travel brings to their clients it met all our expectations. Thanks again!
Mr Playfoot – May 2015

Thanks to the Crete team for helping to make our stay enjoyable. Villa Sonatina was a great base for our holiday with all the amenities that we needed.
Mr Mcclymont – October 2013

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 Help

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 beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities, 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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