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  • Attractive and idyllic stone house
  • A charming retreat for two
  • Delightful mature gardens
  • Taverna 10-minute walk
  • Mini-market 5-minute drive

This attractive stone-built house is a charming retreat for two, within walking distance of the historic village of Amnatos and its traditional taverna. Villa Velanidia is set in extensive private grounds, filled with citrus and olive groves interspersed with the majestic oak trees from which the house takes its name. The outdoor dining terrace is a wonderful spot for breakfast, fresh from a dip in the pool. You can spend the whole day here in blissful seclusion, enjoying the sea views from the gardens and the terrace. Close by is the historically significant monastery of Arkadi and the Kapsaliana Village Hotel which showcases traditional crafts, cuisine and architecture. This is also an excellent base from which to explore the Roman city of Eleftherna and the ceramics centre of Margarites.



  • 1 bedroom villa (sleeps 2)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with TV (English speaking news channels), DVD player
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge-freezer, microwave
  • Double bedroom (200cm x 150cm bed)
  • Bathroom


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned
  • Safe
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Washing machine (in storage area)
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor dining terrace
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.2m – 1.5m)


  • 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): 1041K91002965201


  • Mini-market 5min drive
  • Taverna 10min walk
  • 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

Simpson Travel made the booking, travelling and car hire experiences stress free. Villa Velanidia was more than we expected. It is in quiet a rural setting with a Greek feel in attractive gardens. The location is excellent for touring this part of the island. We would recommend this to others and will return ourselves.
D & P Atkins – May 2018

Villa Velanidia – excellent location, superb facilities and help and advice from Ray, the Simpson Travel representative. And the weather was warm and sunny all week!
Gerry & Christine – May 2018

We had a blissful week at Villa Velanidia – beautiful surroundings encouraging tranquillity.
Brendan & Deborah – April 2018

Thank you Yianni and Stavros for the lovely stay in Villa Velanidia and to Ray, the Simpson Travel representative, for his ‘back up’. The swims in the pool were invigorating! We enjoyed exploring/discovering places and found the locals friendly and helpful. Our favourite trip was to Spinalonga via a short boat ride from Plaka, as in Victoria Hislop’s novel ‘The Island’.
P & C Gates – April 2018

Many thanks to all your well-informed, friendly staff for a wonderfully relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. The villa was spotless, the welcome pack was generous and much appreciated; and most importantly, you were there with help and information when we needed it but sensitive to our desire for solitude and rest otherwise. We look forward to our next holiday with you as soon as possible!
Mr Frost – September 2017

We loved Villa Velanidia, which is set in an olive grove with great sea views and a lovely pool. Perfect location for exploring the island in a quiet secluded spot in the hills but with the advantage of being a short drive to the coast and walking distance to some lovely places to eat.
Mrs Bolstridge – August 2017

Simpson Travel never disappoint in all the many, many years we have been customers – often two or three times a year. From my family of 10 celebrating my 70th to helping with assisted boarding, the company excels itself. Travel reps are always helpful and knowledgeable – particularly Ray in Crete – every time we visit!
Mr Atcheson – July 2017

The villa, with a beautiful garden, was a perfect relaxing setting for two weeks.
Rev Raven – June 2017

Very pretty and beautifully maintained villa, with an exquisite garden in a ravishing setting, with good access to the coast, historic sites and pretty villages and towns.
Mrs Shilling – September 2016



This was undoubtedly the best quality villa that we have stayed in over many years. The back-up service from Ray, the local rep, was excellent with a wealth of practical advice. The service from the owners too was superb, with extra food items, olive oil, raki, and even a cake halfway through the week of our stay. The pool was cleaned three times and the villa once in that short time. Unbelievable service! This was our first stay with Simpson Travel, and we intend that it will be the first of many. Thank you so much for making this a wonderful break for us. Just what we needed.
Mr Nigh – September 2016

A beautiful villa with a perfect garden and pool. We loved all the areas you can sit in and we had blue skies and sun every day.
John and Carole – May 2016

A wonderful relaxing week...thanks to Ray for all the valuable information and tips. Thank you to the villa owners for their care and attention and gifts of delicious cake, eggs and figs. Crete is a beautiful island and we leave determined to return and spend more time here. Just the tonic we needed.
Tim & Fiona – September 2015

Villa Velanidia is in a fantastic secluded location. We had a wonderful week here and Stavros and Yianni were perfect hosts – Yianni's homemade cake is delicious! Ideally situated to explore the countryside but also close enough to visit Rethymnon. Our special thanks to Ray for being so informative and helpful.
Mrs Rowland – September 2015

Overall experience with Simpson Travel was a great one. We chose Simpson because their properties looked luxurious and it was our honeymoon. We were not disappointed. The villa was gorgeous and of high quality. It was regularly cleaned and the local representative was really helpful. They even brought us a bottle of champagne to welcome us and congratulate us on our wedding. We had a perfect two weeks of perfect bliss and would definitely use Simpson Travel again in the future.
Mr Hallam – September 2015

Another great Simpson Travel holiday (No. 16!). Villa Velanidia has everything you could need for a truly relaxing holiday.
Mr Field – September 2014

Wonderful villa, glorious setting, meticulous Simpson Travel organisation. What more could you want?
Mr Mutter – July 2014

Villa Velanidia has been exactly what we needed, a relaxing break in beautiful surroundings. The villa has everything you could want or need. The aerobatic display from the swifts has been a daily marvel over the swimming pool.
Mr & Mrs Kyle – June 2014

We came here for a relaxing holiday and that's what we have had. A lovely, idyllic location, beautiful garden and villa kept to a very high standard.
Mr & Mrs Evans – June 2014

We have enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing time in this beautiful villa. The weather has been fabulous and we have made full use of the pool.
Mr & Mrs Venton – June 2014

Lovely holiday in an idyllic location. The beautiful garden and pool made it very hard to travel too far afield.
Mr & Mrs Benham – May 2014

A perfect holiday in an idyllic location – we can't wait to come again.
Mrs Lynch – May 2014

Lovely well maintained villa with large swimming pool and beautiful views. We found the double bed comfortable. Hotel with restaurant, just a short walk away, is Greek Chic in style, the house red wine is very good, nice for an evening out without driving.
Mr Foy – April 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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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. 


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