Mr and Mrs Dean
We were delighted with our stay at Villa Roussa. It was just what we wanted for a short family visit to Crete with our adult children. Costas and Voula are delightful, and eating in the evening at their taverna- plus Costa’s home-made raki was great. Maza is a good location for exploring Western Crete – we hiked the Imbros Gorge, drove the coast road and swam at Elafonisi, and visited Chania as well as Knossos and the terrific archaeological museum in Heraklion.
Villa Roussa is a charming traditional stone built Cretan house with its own private swimming pool that is ideal for both family holidays or as a romantic hideaway for couples. Offering views over open countryside the house has been renovated with the support of Pure Crete and is set in the peaceful village of Maza, in the foothills of the White Mountains of North Western Crete.
A new addition to the Pure Crete programme. Villa Roussa has been recently restored by its village owner who has decorated and furnished it beautifully and in the same style as its sister house Villa Maza which is just 5 minutes away.
Its idyllic rural location makes an ideal base for those wanting a taste of village life with the local cafenion five minutes walk away offering a choice of traditional dishes and village wine. Within a 10 minute drive away are nearby beaches, tavernas and shops at Georgioupolis and the freshwater Lake Kournas which offers swimming, pedalos and a choice of restaurants. The historic harbour towns of Rethymnon and Chania are also easy striking distance.
Downstairs this stone-built family house has beamed ceilings and tiled floors. The kitchen with washing machine leads through a traditional archway into the living room with TV/DVD, a sofa bed and a Cretan fireplace. There is a bathroom with shower.
Upstairs has beamed ceilings and wooden floors. There is a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a family bathroom with bath. The upstairs balcony runs continuously along two sides of the building and provides ample room to sit or sunbathe with breathtaking views across open countryside and access from each of the bedrooms via French windows.
There is a third double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower, downstairs accessed by a separate entrance.
Outside there is a large patio area with pergola ideal for al fresco dining in front of the house, beneath the shade of the tree or beside the pool. Also a BBQ, free standing, in the grounds. Perfect for entertaining or relaxed family meals.
- Swimming Pool 3.5m wide x 8 m length, 1.1m to 1.3m deep
- Air con in bedrooms
- WIFI available via pay card 10 euros/2GB ** see below
- 5 mins walk to Costas Cafenion
- Washing Machine
- 10 min drive to Vrisses with ATM machine, supermarket, bakery, river-side tavernas, pharmacy
- 10 min drive to sandy beaches (Georgioupolis and beyond) and Lake Kournas
- 30 min drive to Rethymnon
- 35 min drive to Chania
**WIFI – This property has a mobile router for pay-as-you-go Wifi connection. Up to 5 devices (laptop, phones, tablet) can be connected to the Wifi at the same time. Please note this is not designed for heavy use such watching films online and continuous browsing, but is fine for checking emails, using whats app and for short browsing periods etc.
Please note that due to the location of our properties the mobile signal may work only in certain parts of the property e.g. on an outdoor balcony
Maza is small village of just 100 inhabitants in the foothills of the mountains, surrounded by lush fertile valleys and with wonderful views, located half way between Chania and Rethymnon.
Costas and Voula own and run the friendly cafeneion (cafe/taverna) in the sleepy village square, within walking distance to Villa Roussa. Perefct for people watching in the evening. Daily Specials, cooked by Voula, are served ,including fresh salads, vegetable dishes and meat or fish off the grill as well as a selection of drinks. You will receive a warm welcome here.
Opposite is the small Byzantine chapel of Saint Nikolas which contains frescoes dating back to 1326, Costas at the cafeneion is the keyholder and he will be happy to show you the chapel’s beautiful interior. This quiet village location is just 5 minutes’ drive to the facilities of the small town of Vrisses and 10 minutes to the sandy beaches of Georgioupolis.
Above – Maza square
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5. Apokóronas Village Houses, Crete
The green, hilly Apokóronas region of western Crete is conveniently handy to Haniá airport, and town . We especially like Próvarma village and its Aliki’s House (for up to five), and Villa Aloni (similar capacity, with pool) in tiny Máza hamlet. Many properties have Wi-Fi and are available from late March – both unusual traits for rural Greek villas. Pure Crete offers both flight-inclusive and accommodation-only prices for those preferring to make their own travel arrangements.
Aliki’s House from £803, Villa Aloni from £1,237 (01444 880444;purecrete.com). MD