Villa Barozzi

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Sleeps: 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4


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

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Step back in time to the Venetian splendour of 15th century Crete, in this grand, 540 square metre stone mansion, first constructed in 1429, and now renovated to the highest level including a heated pool.

Accommodating up to 11 guests, Villa Barozzi offers something to please all ages and different holiday makers, from relaxing in the Jacuzzi and chilling in front of the home cinema, to heading for some of Crete’s finest beaches just 3km away and meandering round the historic hillside town of Maroulas and Rethymo. There are also plenty of toys and games for the youngsters, and baby care equipment on hand for the littlest ones.

The staff provide an environment of absolute relaxation, allowing you to ease into the authentic Cretan way of life as they take care of housekeeping and laundry, and can serve local dishes at your request. They are also on hand to advise the best local archaeological sites, exclusive boat trips, and any other excursions you might fancy!

Staying in a village that is listed an official heritage site, with blissful sea views and enjoying the chilled island way of life, Villa Barozzi is an unforgettable holiday destination where there is something for everyone.

Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel
Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.
Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • As it is such an old building it is not suitable for wheelchair access.
  • A car is recommended for getting around the island, and exploring the wild mountainous interior.
  • Although there are amazing sea views, you are not directly on the beach front.

Property Features

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

A conservatory style entrance leads you into the main living area. The design is open-plan: You will find a huge lounge with a stunning white marble floor, a kitchen and dining area, a vaulted television room, and hi-tech office space. The kitchen is fully equipped - dishwasher, microwave, oven etc.

Techno facilities here include: PC, WIFI, giant screen (3.5m x 3.5m), overhead projector managed by computer, a telephone, fax, television, video tape recorder, hi-fi, CD-DVD….

The dining area is spacious and there is also a children’s play space. The living area leads out to a small inner courtyard which houses a Jacuzzi which is big enough for at least seven people.

Your additional fifth bedroom is also located in this part of the building. Sleeping Area The villa has five bedrooms, all with air conditioning for the summer - and central heating for the winter. We provide you with all bed linen and hand towels, and we also provide a daily (aside from Sundays) fully comprehensive domestic cleaning service.

The Bedrooms:

Bedroom 1: (on the ground floor) Has an independent entrance. The room has a double king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with bath, toilet and hair dryer (possibility to add 1 baby cot)
Bedroom 2: (on the first floor) Has a great sea view, a double queen size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, toilet and hair dryer (possibility to add 2 baby cots)
Bedroom 3: (on the first floor) This room has a small double bed and shares a bathroom (just in front) with Bedroom 4.
Bedroom 4: (on the first floor) Has 2 single beds and a double bed separated by a fix wardrobe (quadruple). This bedroom shares a bathroom with bedroom 3. The bathroom has bath, toilet and hair dryer (possibility to add max 1 baby cot )
Bedroom 5: (on the ground floor) Has a double king size bed. Shower and toilet are along the corridor (possibility to add 1 baby cot or a small extra bed for children until 12 year old)

Outside Area There is plenty of outdoor space within the grounds of the villa.You have the large courtyard with the swimming pool and the smaller ‘Jacuzzi’ courtyard. But you also have a massive roof terrace (120m2) on the first floor of the building, which has loungers, chairs, tables, in fact all the garden furniture one could possibly want. From here you have a superb view of the village, the sea and the surrounding countryside.

A pre-stock and welcome drinks are at the villa for your arrival.


About the surrounding area of Villa Barozzi
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths 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
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Xbox/Playstation/Wii
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • 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

  • 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€ in cash
Arrival time After 4 PM
Departure time Before 10 AM
Energy costs included? Yes
Heating costs included? Yes
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Yes
Pets welcome? On request
Smoking Allowed? Outside
Pool heating charge? €200 per week
Internet access? Yes (no Wi-Fi access available)

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 30th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 £3,984
Jan 1st 2022 - Apr 1st 2022 £3,984
Apr 1st 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 £5,006
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 £6,538
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 £5,006
Oct 1st 2022 - Jun 3rd 2023 £3,984

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 30th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 €4,414
Jan 1st 2022 - Apr 1st 2022 €4,414
Apr 1st 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 - Jun 3rd 2023 €4,414

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 30th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 $4,983
Jan 1st 2022 - Apr 1st 2022 $4,983
Apr 1st 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 $6,260
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 $8,177
Sep 1st 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 $6,260
Oct 1st 2022 - Jun 3rd 2023 $4,983

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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