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Olive Mill Villa
Crete, Chania, Vryses, Ebrosneros village
out of 5 from 27  reviews


This beautiful renovated villa is located in the most unspoiled area of Chania Prefecture, Apokoronas Province, on the road to Sfakia, in the foothills of the White Mountains. The house with the olive mill was built in 1912 in Maroudiana neighborhood of Ebrosneros Village from stone, wood and clay and it is a sample of the traditional architecture of that time. The house was renovated with respect to its original form and use; however you will find here all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay.

Olive Mill Villa is built in the middle of a 1000sq.m. garden. On the east side of the house there is a patio where you can relax and the old olive mill, preserved in good condition. On the north side there are the large swimming pool with the integral children's area and a shaded area where the barbecue, a traditional stone oven and a stone table for al fresco dining are found. On the west side the old threshing floor is filled with sea sand for the kids to play safely. The north side is covered with grass. The semi-outdoor entrance area to the main building features two stone arches and a built-in sitting area.

The building consists of two floors and a separate twin-bedded room with WC on the south side of the house. The main section of the ground floor is on two levels – the lower level is a sitting room with fireplace, TV and two sofas, while the kitchen and the dining set are found on the higher level. To the left of the main entrance there is also a bathroom and an indoor staircase leads to the first floor. A large open space on the first floor can be used as an office or seating area and includes an antique desk and a sofa that may be used as a bed. On this floor there are two twin-bedded rooms and a bathroom. Two large verandas, facing east and south, allow a fine view whatever the time of day.


Floor area
  • 130 sq. m
  • ✓ 4 ring stove
  • ✓ oven
  • ✓ refrigerator
  • ✓ dishes & utensils
  • ✓ dishwasher
  • ✓ microwave
  • ✓ toaster
  • ✓ coffee maker
  • ✓ kettle
  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6 persons
  • bedroom 1: first floor, 2 single beds, closet, AC, balcony
  • bedroom 2: first floor, 2 single beds, closet, AC, balcony
  • bedroom 3: separate room, 2 single beds, closet, AC, independent entrance
  • 3 bathrooms
  • bathroom 1: first floor, toilet, shower
  • bathroom 2: ground floor, toilet, bathtub
  • bathroom 3: separate room, toilet, shower
  • ✓ satellite TV
  • ✓ DVD player
  • ✓ radio - cd
  • ✓ kid's toys
General Info
  • ✓ linens
  • ✓ bath towels
  • ✓ baby cot
  • ✓ high chair
  • ✓ washing machine
  • ✓ iron/ironing board
  • ✓ hair-dryer
  • ✓ wi-fi internet access
  • ✓ computer
  • ✓ private parking
  • ✓ private garden
  • ✓ barbecue
  • ✓ stone oven
  • ✓ outdoor dining set for 6
  • ✓ sun loungers
  • ✓ parasols
  • ✓ private
  • ✓ pool steps & pool ladder
  • ✓ pool towels
  • ✓ surface: 50 sq.m.
  • ✓ depth: 0.5 m - 1.8 m
  • ✓ children's area
Cleaning service
  • every 3/4 days (twice per week)
At a glance
  • bedrooms: 3bedrooms: 3
  • sleeps: 6sleeps: 6
  • bathrooms: 3bathrooms: 3
  • internet: Wi-Fiinternet: Wi-Fi
  • swimming pool: PRIVATEswimming pool: PRIVATE
Staff Comments
  • Relaxation

    Olive Mill Villa is an original sample of an old Cretan house. However it is equipped with all the modern amenities which are necessary for a pleasant and relaxing stay. In the garden you will find many cool places to seat and enjoy the tranquility of the area. The village is beautiful with traditional tavern and coffee shops and the villagers are very friendly

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  • chania: 40 kmchania: 40 km
  • rethymnon: 32 kmrethymnon: 32 km
  • chania airport: 45 kmchania airport: 45 km
  • heraklion airport: 113 kmheraklion airport: 113 km
  • restaurant: 4.6 kmrestaurant: 4.6 km
  • shops: 0.8 kmshops: 0.8 km
  • beach: 10 km (Georgioupolis beach)beach: 10 km (Georgioupolis beach)
EOT License: 1042Κ91002954901
Weekly rates
  • 22 Aug 20 - 04 Sep 20
  • 05 Sep 20 - 18 Sep 20
  • 19 Sep 20 - 08 Nov 20
  • 09 Nov 20 - 20 Mar 21
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  • 21 Mar 21 - 14 May 21
  • 15 May 21 - 18 Jun 21
  • 19 Jun 21 - 16 Jul 21
  • 17 Jul 21 - 20 Aug 21
  • 21 Aug 21 - 03 Sep 21
  • 04 Sep 21 - 17 Sep 21
  • 18 Sep 21 - 07 Nov 21
700€ - 1500€
Booking conditions
  • 20% deposit is required to confirm the booking. The payment can be made either with credit card or by bank transfer.
  • The balance can be paid either by bank transfer up to 20 days before check-in or in cash upon check-in; credit cards are not accepted.
Cancellation Policy
  • If cancelled up to 90 days before check-in, no fee will be charged; we will refund you the deposit.
  • If cancelled 89 - 60 days before check-in, 20% of the total price of the reservation will be charged.
  • If cancelled 59 - 30 days before check-in, 50% of the total price of the reservation will be charged.
  • If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the total price of the reservation will be charged.
  • Payments are accepted only in euros.
  • The above prices include all taxes and VAT, cleaning service and linens change twice per week and all the described facilities; there are no additional charges.
  • The guests are responsible for any loss or damage caused to the property or its contents. Guests are required to report any damages to the owner and to bear the cost of repair or replacement.

Covid-19 policy update

On Monday 13/04/2020, Greek Government Gazette published a new regulation (ΦΕΚ 84/Α/13-4-2020, Article 70) to help Greek tourism businesses (hotels and travel agencies) to avoid bankruptcy, due to the unprecedented number of cancellations caused by the pandemic.

The regulation allows these businesses to reimburse customers with 18-month vouchers instead of cash refunds, if these businesses are obliged, based on their policy, to refund any amount that the customers have paid in advanced. The regulation is valid for cancellations made between 25/02/2020 to 30/09/2020.

Holidaymakers will not lose their money and will have the chance to use their booking towards another holiday at a future date with the same business. If, for any reason, customers will not use the voucher within 18 months, businesses will be required to refund the initial amount of the bookings to the customers.

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5 out of 5 from 27 reviews
  • Perfect!

    Period of Stay: Aug 2020
    As all the other reviews have said, the Old Olive Mill villa is a great place for a relaxed and peaceful holiday. It is well equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay.

    Due to the Covid pandemic, we didn’t tour around as much as we would normally would have done, but that didn’t matter as the villa was large enough for us all and was a safe base in its rural setting.

    The generosity and hospitality of Manousos, Kostas and family made our stay even more special in this beautiful place. Thank you.

    We definitely hope to return in the future.
  • So lovely to be back!

    Period of Stay: Aug 2020
    This is the second time we've stayed at the beautiful Olive Mill Villa and we loved it again.
    Kostas and his family are really genuine, welcoming and kind, and were always available if we needed anything. The pool and house are clean, spacious and generous. The location is fantastic, so quiet and really welcome to come up to the mountain breezes at the end of the day! The Bakery in Emprosneros is really worth a visit too.

    We look forward to coming back again another year!
  • Period of Stay: Jul 2019
    Location parfaite .Très propre ,au calme et propriétaires très sympathiques.
  • Olive Mill villa

    Period of Stay: Jun 2019
    Stayed two enjoyable and relaxing weeks. Beautiful villa and amazingly tranquil countryside. Owners went to great lengths to be helpful and kind - wonderful fruit, veg, wine Thank you so much. Villa well equipped, clean, comfortable, lovely garden and great pool. Will miss nights on balcony listening to jingle of sheep bells. Emprosneros villagers very friendly and our thanks particularly to man who was so helpful on our first night. Would love to return
  • Period of Stay: Oct 2018
    We love the Olive Mill Villa.
  • Period of Stay: Sep 2018
    9 wonderfully relaxing days at this lovely villa!

    The villa itself is spacious, well equipped and kept meticulously clean. The outdoor space is very private; the pool is a good size and the BBQ area includes a sink which was very useful. It's very secluded and you definitely need a car, but if you're looking to escape the crowds this ticks all the boxes.

    Kostas and his father, Manousos, were excellent hosts. Kostas recommended lots of quieter beaches to visit and Manousos appeared on numerous occasions with treats from his garden plus the cheese pasties mentioned in many other reviewers posts. Delicious and very much appreciated!
  • What a fantastic villa!

    Period of Stay: Jul 2018
    We absolutely loved our time at Olive Mill Villa. It's a beautiful building, with a wonderful pool, set in a very private location with lovely views. The family that owns the villa keep it to a very high standard. The villa is cleaned throughout, with new sheets and towels, twice a week. The villa has aircon, so it's nice and cool during the hot summer months, and we weren't bothered by mosquitoes inside, even though there were one or two outside.

    The owners made regular visits, to leave presents of fresh fruit and vegetables, home made cakes and cheese pies. They were never intrusive, they just wanted to make us welcome, which they did.

    The villa has two bedrooms upstairs and a landing area where our third child slept comfortably. There is a third bedroom that is accessed from outside, which would be great for another couple or grandparents or older children.

    The villa is in the countryside, which means it's very peaceful (quite hard to find the first time in the dark). It's easy to get to the North Coast, where there are plenty of beaches and coves to explore. It takes about 45 minutes to drive to the South Coast, which is well worth a visit. Chania is only about 30 minutes away; the old town is fabulous.

    We will definitely be back and would recommend this villa to our friends. We are firm fans of Crete now. And, having enjoyed villa holidays across Europe for the last 20 years, this is easily our best so far.

    Thank you to Manousos and family!
  • A real find

    Period of Stay: Aug 2018
    We were only at This villa for four nights but found it to be very comfortable

    The owners Kostas and his father were very welcoming and kept checking in to make sure that all was ok and to bring us the occasional treat including hot cheese pies made by Kosta’s 93 year old grandmother as well as fresh figs,grapes and cactus fruits. This was on top of the welcome gifts of fruit, bread, wine and olive oil!

    Cannot say enough good about the place. Our parting gift from Manonos was some honey to entice us back to Crete. We will be back! Thank you for all you have done for us @nd making us feel very welcome
  • Peace and tranquility - beautiful loction

    Period of Stay: Jul 2018
    A beautiful villa with amazing scenery. We spent 12 days here in July - it was exactly the holiday we needed, after having busy work schedules and 2 daughters completing GSCE's and A level exams.

    It is such a perfect spot if you are looking for peace and tranquility and getting away fom the tourist areas. The pool is wonderful and a decent size -we spent some days just lazing by the pool and other days travelling out and about.

    You really do need a car here, the local village bakery sells bread but the nearest decent supermarkets are the next town on which you need to drive to and also you need to drive if you want a range of restaurants- however we were happy to do this as it meant we had such a quiet beautiful location. ( we hired a car from Chania rentals - highly recommended)

    The hospitality of the owners was second to none - lovely gifts of their fresh produce and they were so friendly and helpful. The villa was very clean and the cleaner came every 4 days to clean/change linen.

    A wonderful stay and we would love to return again
  • Olive Mill Villa

    Period of Stay: Apr 2018
    Spent a week over Easter in this beautiful property (family of four). The house has been very well restored. Outdoor space is fantastic, esp the pool and barbeque area. Shadu or sunny spots at any time of day. The village has a bakery and small shop plus a café. Later in the year there is also a taverna. Location is excellent - both coats are easily accessible. The owner and his family were extremely welcoming and friendly. Recommend it very highly.
    This is the second property from this company we have stayed in, and both have been excellent.
  • Such a nice villa!!

    Period of Stay: Oct 2017
    We spent wonderful two weeks in october in this beautiful villa and will come back again. The owners are absolute friendly and helpfull in many ways. Thank you so much!!
  • Peace, calm and tranquility

    Period of Stay: Jun 2017
    Our 2nd trip to Crete and our first to the Olive Mill.

    I researched the area well and having used Chania rentals on our first trip I was confident this would be just as good. We also did our car hire through them as well and it was great having someone meet us at the airport with the car outside waiting for us.

    On arrival Kostas (the owners son) was waiting to tell us all about the place and showed us around. Loved the villa and pool, plus the covered BBQ and wood oven was a bonus. The area was so quiet and just a mile outside the centre of the village.

    We went to Vryses to buy all our provisons which was 10 minutes down the road and gave us a choice of 3 decent supermarkets. The small mini market in the village didn't really carry much of a range but was fine for 'top ups' of milk, bread was best from the bakery around the corner.

    The villa was lovely, just about the right amount of everything you need, with the added bonus of a dishwasher! The only negative comment would be the beds but I think that might just be a Greek thing. We like a soft bed and theirs are hard. We got around this by using a duvet under the sheet which then made it just right.

    The hospitality of the owner is amazing. Most days we would come home and find a 'present' of some sort. Eggs, cake, cucumbers and tomatoes - in fact every day was a surprise. We were also given a bottle of home made wine, olive oil and raki.

    If you want peace and quiet then this is the spot for you. The gorgeous beach of Geogioupoli is just 20 minutes away and well worth a visit. We mainly catered for ourselves but there are plenty of places to eat in Vryses.

    I wouldn't hesitate in using Chania rentals on our next visit to Crete!
  • Review for Old Olive Mill

    Period of Stay: May 2016
    Our family of four stayed at the villa for 2 weeks in May and had a wonderful time. The old Olive Mill is very conveniently located for exploring town and beaches.

    The accommodation is very clean, well equipped and comfortable. We were warmly welcomed by the owners who were extremely kind considerate and respectful of our privacy.

    Altogether it was a fabulous holiday in a lovely location.

  • Escape from it all

    Period of Stay: Sep 2015
    This is a lovely villa in a very traditional style where we were made to feel very welcome. The location made exploring the region, both north and south coast, very easy as long as you are comfortable driving winding steep roads. Villages and coastal towns are picturesque with many good restaurants and the local village provided all the basics.

    Unfortunately the weather meant we didn't benefit from the lovely pool area but did mean we got to visit some lovely areas of Crete.

    The gifts of local produce helped to make our stay special and the villa had everything we needed - especially the softest towels I have come across!
  • Another wonderful stay at The Olive Mill Villa

    Period of Stay: Aug 2015
    Another wonderful peaceful two weeks at The Olive Mill villa - thank you.

    Once again we were made feel very welcome by Manousas, Kostas and their family with their hospitality.

    We recommend this villa to anyone who wants to experience a relaxing, tranquil holiday but also a good place for exploring the Chania and Rhythmno regions.

    Thanks once again.

    Susan, Andy, Jake, Luke, Daphne & Dave
  • Unwind in the real Crete

    Period of Stay: Jul 2015
    We are a family of 6 and found the Old Olive Mill accommodated us perfectly well. The building and garden are beautiful and extremely comfortable yet retain old world charm (they are far more beautiful than the website photos suggest!). The pool was a great asset, especially for cooling off in the heat of the day while the barbecue area was used by us every night for cooking. The pizza oven works really well too.

    You could not wish for more hospitable and charming hosts than Manousos, his wife Elena and sons Kostas and Nikos. Kostas greeted us on arrival at the house at 1.30am with enthusiasm and gifts of produce and home cooking. Their generosity throughout our 2 week stay was overwhelming with almost daily gifts of local traditional foods and their home cooking as well as the produce of their farmland. They are also very able to help you with any questions during your holiday and advise on days out.

    Embrosneros is a beautiful quiet town with an excellent bakery, cafe and theatre as well as a pretty chuch and castle. A 5 minute drive away is Vreses which can meet all your shopping needs with several supermarkets, a butcher and patisserie. It's a great location for exploring western and central Crete including Sfakia and is refreshingly out of the usual tourist areas. Chania is a 40 minute drive away, Rethmyno 50 minutes and Heraklion 90 minutes.

    One of our best ever holidays and the villa and owners played a huge part in that. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful and peaceful

    Period of Stay: Aug 2014
    We have just got back from a wonderful 2 weeks at the Old Olive Mill villa in Emprosneros. The villa is in a lovely peaceful village with great views across the mountains and down to the sea.

    When we arrived we were made feel very welcome by the owners with gifts of local honey, olive oil, grapes, figs and raki. Their wonderful hospitality continued throughout our holiday with further gifts of cake, cheese pies, cucumbers and grapes. The villa was very comfortable, extremely well equipped and in beautiful surroundings. We could not have asked for more from our holiday and hope to visit again in the future.
  • Quiet, well equipped, very friendly

    Period of Stay: May 2014
    We had lovely 10 days in the Olive Mill Villa. The house is very spacious - enough rooms and sitting areas even for 2 families sharing (we are a family with children aged 2 and 4). All bedrooms and common areas have aircon, there is wifi. The house is well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. It would have been great to have a dishwasher too, but it doesn't seem to be a common thing on Crete.
    The owners are incredibly friendly and hospitable, we were welcomed with homemade pies, honey, olive oil, wine and raki. They advised us on local areas, restaurants and trips.
    The pool is great, very clean, it had a shallow area for the kids to play in - very useful if you have little ones. The pool area had lots of loungers and enough umbrellas to get shade on a hot day.
    The house is on a hill, away from everything, with a beautiful view towards the sea. It's very peaceful and quiet, ideal if you want to relax and get away from everything - especially all tourist areas. Yet, it's only a short (5 minute) drive to the nearest village Emprosneros (with a shop & bakery) and about 15 minute drive to Vrises which has a few supermarkets, restaurants and bars. All in all, we had a lovely holiday, the weather wasn't great, but the facilities were perfect, and we definitely would consider coming back in future! Thank you to Kostas and his family.
  • Not far from paradise... ;=D

    Period of Stay: Sep 2013
    We think that everything has already been said apropos the quality of the villa, hospitality of the owners and the location very quiet and secure. All previous comments are very true. It is sure that when we return to Crete, we will stay again at Olive Mill villa.
  • Summer 2013

    Period of Stay: Jul 2013
    The villa has superb views, an excellent pool and is quietly situated a short walk from a small friendly village. The owner and his son are very charming and hospitable. Overall we found the experience extremely relaxing and would heartily recommend it.
  • Dream villa

    Period of Stay: Sep 2012
    We -3 couples-spent a couple of weeks in September in Olive Mill Villa.The place is quiet,very comfortable,next to a small village where shopkeepers are really friendly.And the main "advantage" is...the landlord! Kostas and his family-especially his two sons,Nikos and Kostas we could see very often.We received quite a warm welcome and they brought us gifts every day:oil,grapes,wine, homemade pitas..... An address to recommend to every holidaymaker!!!
  • Simply authentic

    Period of Stay: Aug 2012
  • wonderfull holiday

    Period of Stay: Jul 2012
    This house was wonderfull, and the owner are so friendly, so sympatic ! Always a specific attention to bring us some fruit, vegetable, wine, oil, etc ... The house is located in a very quite place, no noise, nice swimming pool, very clean and with all the necessary things to cook, live and take advantage of holidays. To recommend without hesitation !!!
  • Tranquility and comfort

    Period of Stay: Jul 2012
    Olive Mill villa was a real treat. Beautifully situated in the mountains. Just a 15 minute drive to the beach - but also wonderful just to relax by the pool and in the ample garden. Many terraces/garden areas, which means you can allways find a seat in the shadow, should you wish to. The house is very clean and comfortable, and above all - the hospitality the owners showed, was exceptional! We would certainly consider coming back.
  • FAB - Rika - Best Holiday Ever

    Period of Stay: Jun 2012
    We have just had our best ever family holiday at the old olive mill. First class accomodation, setting, welcome, everyone and everything was absolutely brilliant. Manousos and his family are absolute stars. We didn\'t make it out the week we were supposed to as our youngest was taken into hospital 5 hours before take off and the family and Vlahakis at Chania Rentals saved the holiday by moving the dates at very short notice at no extra cost. We will definately be coming back! As others have mentioned the hospitality of the family not to mention the Cretians generally was exceptional and UK \'holiday providers\' could learn a thing or two from them!
  • Period of Stay: Aug 2012
    We had the most fantastic two weeks. The villa was superb, apart from having only one key to share - a problem when we locked ourselves out! Kostas and his family were the perfect hosts bringing fresh fruit & veg from the garden, Dad's homemade wine, Mum's chocolate cake & cheese pies from his Grandmother. Thankyou to them all, we were made to feel very welcome. The baby pool came in very useful with our three year old.The warm breeze kept us cool in the heat of the August sunshine and the villa was very central for touring the island. Thankyou again
  • The Olive Mill Villa

    Period of Stay: Jul 2011
    We have just returned from our holiday in Crete and were lucky enough to find The Olive Mill. The villa is situated at the foot of the White Mountains in a very tranquil setting. It was very well maintained with lots of external space. The owners keep the villa and swimming pool very clean and visit twice a week to change the bedding etc... We have never experienced such generosity and consideration by any family before and they made sure we were always well looked after. The villa is not near a beach, but with a car you can get to most places with 30 - 45minutes. We will definately return one day. The advantage of this though is that we saw no other tourists during our 2 weeks at the villa, only when we travelled to a town or tourist site. By being located slightly up in the hills the evenings enjoy a gentle breeze which we really needed when reading outside at night. Down in Chania by comparison the air was very still and humid.