Villa Barozzi

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Sleeps: 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4


Pool Quirky Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

Stay in style at the fifteenth century recently restored Venetian Villa Barozzi, located in the tranquil village of Maroulas on the ancient island of Crete. This impressive villa was built in 1426 and has been declared a heritage site and officially Luxury Accommodation by the Cretan Tourist Board.

Boasting five spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms, Villa Barozzi can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests, perfect for a large family or friends’ gathering. Air-conditioning is in all of the bedrooms, central heating and an open fire is available for the cooler months and evenings, and complimentary Wi-Fi is included throughout the property. The villa has been charmingly decorated throughout, with classic furniture to reflect the original building, and lots of extra little touches to make your stay a home from home luxury holiday.

Enter the property through the old traditional wooden doors to the inner courtyard; high walls enclose the grounds to ensure peace and privacy. Access to the ground floor is through the conservatory, where you will find an open place living space. The main lounge area has a seriously impressive 3.60m high ceiling and a marble floor, furnished with a wicker sofa with cream cushions and matching armchairs, facing an open fire. The adjacent vaulted ceiling space is home to a television room and a hi-tech office. The office has Wi-Fi, a personal computer, telephone, fax, television, video, hi-fi, as well as a CD and DVD player. A separate cinema room is home to an overhead projector and a giant screen measuring 3.5m x 3.5 where you can watch all of your favourite movies. For the younger guests, there is a children’s play area stocked with games, books, and activities for kids of all ages. There is a dining area with a traditional wooden table, and white wooden chairs, perfect for some indoor entertaining. The fully-equipped country style kitchen has everything you will need to cater for a happy holiday, including the obligatory Nespresso machine for your morning coffee.

On the ground floor, there are two bedrooms, the first has a double bed, simply furnished with direct access to the pool terrace, and a shower and toilet down the corridor. The second bedroom on the ground floor has its own separate entrance, a double bed, an ensuite bathroom, and a step access to the pool terrace. Take the stairs to the first floor, where you will find three further bedrooms. The master bedroom has a beautiful iron double bedstead, an original fireplace, and an ensuite bathroom with a bath, and stunning sea views. The largest of the other two bedrooms has a double bed and a set of bunk beds, perfect for a small family to share. The smallest bedroom has a double bed, and there is a family bathroom for both rooms to share.

The outdoor space is really rather breathtaking. The villa is set within high walls and a well-kept garden; the swimming pool is in the main courtyard, surrounded by cushioned wooden sun loungers and shady parasols. Dotted around the property are numerous intimate tables and chairs to enjoy a morning coffee or evening cocktails, ironwork benches to sit and listen to the birds sing, and a dining set to enjoy some outdoor entertaining. The piece de resistance is the roof terrace, furnished with classic reclining wood sun loungers and a further dining table and chairs, it is the most heavenly spot to sip cocktails at sunset and dine alfresco under the stars.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • As it is such an old building it is not suitable for wheelchair access.
  • The jacuzzi is not available for 2022 bookings, please enquire for future years.
  • Although there are amazing sea views, you are not directly on the beach front.

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Safety Deposit Box Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Wine Cellar Home Cinema DVD Working Fireplace Heating Ceiling Fans

The Villa

Villa Barozzi is a Venetian 5-bedroom villa sleeping 11 guests with private pool, located in the hillside village of Maroulas.

Ground Floor
- Impressive open-plan living & dining area
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Bedroom with double bed
- Family shower room
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom (with separate entrance)

First Floor
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with small double bed
- Bedroom with double bed and additional bunk beds (sleeping 4 in total)
- Family bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Inner courtyard
- Private swimming pool
- Terraces
- Dining facilities
- Barbecue
- Roof terrace with sea views

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning in the bedrooms
- TV
- Nespresso machine
- Washing machine & dryer
- Iron & board
- Travel cot & highchair available on request
- Safe
- Parking


About the surrounding area of Villa Barozzi
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Situated on the north coast of Crete and 8 km away from Rethymno, the 3rd largest town of the island, the historic village of Maroulas is located at equal distance of the international airports of Chania (CHQ) and Heraklion (HER).

The lively small town of Platanias and its long (17 km) sandy beach is only 3 km away from your holiday home in Crete. The Venetian village of Maroulas has a few taverns and cafenions, and, 1 km away, you will find a large grocery store open 24 hours a day.

Slightly off of the centre of the village, your villa, combining charm and tranquility, is the ideal starting point to discover the island. Your host will be pleased to advise you exclusive routes and original outings. The village boasts 3 taernas, a cheese factory and herbal shop. A public bus service insures the link with Rethymno but a rental car is anyway strongly advised.

Maroulas is a quiet village situated on the heights above Rethymno, facing the sea at an altitude of 150 metres and surrounded by greenery, a spring and several valleys.
In 1980, Maroulas was listed for its historical monuments but also for some of its houses including Villa Barozzi.
Amongst its rich historical heritage, visitors can discover important remains of ancient tombstones dating back to antiquity, two wonderful Venetian towers one of which is 44 metres high, a Byzantine church dedicated to the Ascension, a more recent church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and lastly a small chapel with iconostasis which adorns the small village square.

During the first Venetian invasions, the middle class houses of Maroulas were used as second homes or agricultural warehouses by the nobility of Rethymno.
Its high position facing the sea and its narrow lanes without any main square make Maroulas a typical example of the kind of fortifications built at that time.
Inspired by the works of Venetian engineer Fr. Barozzi dating from 1577, the Venetian constructions were aesthetically considered as state of the art.
Later, the Turks would add architectural elements from Anatolia like chimneys, wells, hammams or fountains. Today, Rethymno is more a tourist destination with quaint shops, horse drawn vehicle and lovely fish restaurants. Head beyond the ancient fort at Kissamou for something special.

Nowadays, Maroulas reveals itself through a maze of alleys where visitors can stroll, meet with the locals and enjoy its tavernas and cafes.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Heraklion (HER) or Chania (CHQ)

(91-90 Km)

Nearest Ferry Port Heraklion or Chania

(81-90 Km)

Nearest Village Maroulas

(under 1 Km)

Nearest Town/City Rethymno

(6 Km)

Nearest Restaurant In Maroulas
Nearest Shop Platania

(3 Km)

Nearest Supermarket Maroulas

(Open 24/7 Under 1 Km)

Nearest Beach Platania

(3 Km )

Nearest Golf Elounda

(over 100 Km)

Nearest Tennis Platania

(3 Km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The villa is situated 3km from a safe beach (17km long) and a lot of water sports, tennis, mini golf, beach bar, clubs, and a water park (free entrance) are available. Beach is accessible by bus twice a day, and many taxis are available for 5 euros. There is a playground for kids from 4 to 6 years old in the school of the village on the right way (no car) available from 15th of June to 10th September.

The house also has a selection of very new equipment for babies: 3 baby cot or wood bed, Baby cook (Chicco), Mattress of activities, 2 high chair

Booster seat: x 2
Mattress protector: x 3
Baby bath: x 1
Bath toys: x 2
Changing mat: x 1
Cot x2
Highchair x2



Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Booster seat
  • Mattress protector
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys
  • Changing mat
  • Potty
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Xbox/Playstation/Wii
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Heated Pool
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Professional nanny babysitter available
  • English speaking babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Butler Available
  • Professional nanny babysitter available
  • English speaking babysitter available
Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, the below services can be arranged for you to enjoy throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service (inc. Sundays)
- Bath and pool towels
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome champagne for your group

An off-site concierge to organise:
- Day trips
- Babysitting
- Catering
- Airport transfers
- Fridge stocking

Adult Cost:
€140 per person per week
Child Cost (under 12s):
€65 per person per week

Just let us know in your booking notes if you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option or contact us for more details!

A complimentary breakfast is included in the standard rate and is provided for guests on arrival.

Guests will find in the villa: Tea/Coffee, bread, butter, cheese, ham, eggs, jam, 4 yogurts, mineral water, milk, fruit juice, fruits.

If you require anything else the owners can easily arrange this, and anyway there is is a supermarket open 24 hours a day within a kilometer if you need anything else.

The owners can usually put you in touch with the right people to arrange any of the following:

- Cleaning service at your convenient hours, 6 days a week
- Basic grocery: spices, oils...
- First morning breakfast pack
- Laundry service (except ironing)
- Fresh Food Delivery service available
- Wood for the fireplace
- Concierge service 24/24 And of course: taxes, air conditioning, central heating, internet, electricity, water, house linen, bath and pool towels

On request:
- Heated Pool
- Services of a chef
- Butler
- Massage
- Babysitter
- Boat trip
- Scuba Diving
- Transfer airport
- Car rental

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 to be paid in cash on arrival and to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Internet access? Yes, complimentary unlimited ADSL internet and Wi-Fi included in the rental price
Pets welcome? No pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Pool heating charge? Please note that there is an additional charge of €200 per week for pool heating.
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 25th 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 £5,055
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 £6,602
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 £5,055
Oct 1st 2022 - Dec 31st 2022 £4,023
Dec 31st 2022 - Mar 31st 2023 £4,023
Mar 31st 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 £5,055
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023 £6,602
Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 30th 2023 £5,055
Sep 30th 2023 - Nov 26th 2023 £4,023

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 25th 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 €5,545
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 €7,243
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 €5,545
Oct 1st 2022 - Dec 31st 2022 €4,414
Dec 31st 2022 - Mar 31st 2023 €4,414
Mar 31st 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 €5,545
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023 €7,243
Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 30th 2023 €5,545
Sep 30th 2023 - Nov 26th 2023 €4,414

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 25th 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 $5,946
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 $7,766
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 $5,946
Oct 1st 2022 - Dec 31st 2022 $4,733
Dec 31st 2022 - Mar 31st 2023 $4,733
Mar 31st 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 $5,946
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023 $7,766
Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 30th 2023 $5,946
Sep 30th 2023 - Nov 26th 2023 $4,733

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
12 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The historical character

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Yes politicians, many artists, journalists

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do? Visit Knossos and other archeological site
Really eat? Greek salad, fish, lamp
Really see? The Island

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Magical location near all activities



  • A Special Spot

    Posted by Dea on 08/09/2017

    This is an excellent house and the owner is incredibly accommodating.

  • Great Oasis in Maroulas

    Posted by Jon S on 27/09/2016

    The first thing you notice when entering the villa courtyard is the pool surrounded by lovely Venetian walls, this is a fantastic area of tranquillity and becomes the centre stage of your stay. You then move into the outside kitchen area before moving into the villa itself, this outside area next to the pool always ended up being the meeting, eating, late night drinking entertainment area.

    Maroulas is a lovely and quiet village with three places to eat/drink plus only 10 minutes by car from the busy nearby town and beach. If you want somewhere with character and quality it's to be recommended. Also the daily cleaning service and attention of the owner make it really easy to stay in.

    The positives are the character, having plenty of space, the distances between rooms (we had three couples who all effectively had their own areas to be in), the courtyard with and outside kitchen and the roof terrace.

    If I could have made better I would have added a view from the pool (roof terrace good view but not a great place to be all day if very hot) and some of the fixtures getting a little tired but this is a small point.

    Highly recommend the owners chef who came in and made a superb meal for us - make sure you starve yourself the day you do this!

    Overall a great place and if you like something different rather than a standard white block villa next door to a load of other similar places then this could be the place for you.

  • I expect that you will find no greater place in Crete

    Posted by Drake B on 25/08/2016

    "Do not rent this place if you're an exhausted corporate drone with no romantic imagination or interest in Cretan history, seeking a generic faux "luxury" seaside experience with fellow dullards in Greece. If, however, you'd enjoy waking up as a character in a surreal romantic novel, in an actual 15th century Venetian castle, in a town inflected by millennia of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian influences, I expect you will find no better place in Crete. Unlike most restored castles, which are dark and boring inside, this one is well-designed, imaginative and full of light, which, as you might imagine, is incredible on Crete. Much of the surrounding structure was left original, and, as you can see here, is as dramatic as the villa itself. Your first day he draws you a map for an itinerary of the most interesting towns, vistas and relatively unknown beaches accessible in day trips from the villa, which is to say, everywhere on the island. You tell him what drew you to Crete, and he unobtrusively guides you to the best experience of whatever that is -- even when that includes the best restaurants and music venues off the beaten path. This is a typical day out with Yourghy (who gets extra points for using a Belgian mid-life crisis to move to Crete and restore a castle): He guides you through winding Maroulas walkways that look private to protect from Turks and tourists the town's ancient church, which is built into a cave. He unlocks it, shows you inside and then points out the 12th century BC burial chamber recently discovered on site, explaining that archaeologists now think a settlement here may date back 9,000 years. On another evening, he takes you down into Rethymno to the club and music venue just opened by a leading local underworld figure, to whom he introduces you, because Yourghy knows just about everyone who matters in Rhythmno prefecture. Between the spread he prepares for you upon arrival and your emotional farewell over too much Raki lay weeks of pleasure, inspiration and serotonin-rebalancing Cretan light in an astonishing environment. You should stay here"

  • The photos do not do this place justice

    Posted by W Busser on 22/06/2016

    "We stayed with 9 adults and 4 children (under 5 years old). We could not have been happier or more impressed. Yorghy went over and above for us by pointing out local attractions, actually taking us on a brief tour of the best local places to eat and hangout and offering his assistance at a phone call. The photos do not do this place justice. It is set close to shops and the beach and there is a lot of history within walking distance. Parking is available directly in front of the villa. We had 3 cars and no problems. The cleaner is fantastic and the wine cellar provides a welcome change from the local wines! We were a group ranging from 6 months old to 60 years old and everyone was super happy. I hope many more people get to stay here and enjoy Crete. I cannot say enough in favour of this villa and Yorghy. Cheers, Robin, Vonnie, Mike, Britta, Olive, Julie, Leighton, Shelley, Wanda, Jim, Zaya, Lilly & Nina"

  • The villa is amazing

    Posted by Michael B on 28/04/2016

    "If all holiday experiences were like the one that Yorghy created the world would indeed be a fantastic place. The villa is amazing, it was like we were living in a dreamland for a week. The beautiful historic Venetian building mixed with contemporary touches was spot on. The town of Maroulas is fascinating and it feels a world away from the tourist towns on the coast. The cheesemaker down the road was an exciting and delicious bonus. Taverna Katerina was hilarious. Yorghy took time to show us around and his recommendations were spot on. The drive to the South Coast was excellent. We loved Taverna Fantastiko. And knowing where to shop for what makes the holiday so much easier. There is a lot to see and do in the world but Crete and in particular Villa Maroulas definitely is calling my family back. An authentic holiday experience is a very rare thing and Villa Maroulas really stands out from the crowd" Michael B

  • An ideal place for a family get together

    Posted by David W on 24/09/2015

    "The villa is very beautiful and is ideal place for a large family get together. The descriptions provided were very accurate and the villa fully met our expectations. From the moment I first contacted Yorghy about the availability of the villa to our departure, Yorghy was very responsive, always did what he said he was going to do and was generally a great person to deal with"

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