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Rural Hotels in Heraklion

Small Rural Cottages & Studios

Rural Hotels in Heraklion

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We have chosen for the most part small, family-run cottages, agro-tourism villages, guesthouses, pensions and B&B's with local character, if they are 1 km from the beach they are considered 'rural' because our beach pages cover accommodation houses just walking distance to the beach.

Archontiko Villa
Arhanes Village

Archontiko Villa Courtyard, Archanes
Arhontiko Studios - interior

Rural Hotels in Heraklion - Archontiko Villa

The village of Archanes is located just 14 km from Heraklion town and 7 km from Knossos. Surrounded by fields of low vines, there are many quality vineyards to visit, not to mention the historic sites such as Festos and Malia within Heraklion prefecture alone. The location is central to the whole island of Kriti.

The traditional 19th century mansion in the centre of the village of Archanes, dating from 1893, has been lovingly restored and created into the Arhontiko Αρχοντικό villa for guests, with every detail of the restoration attended to, from the stone work to the furniture and decoration. The result is spectacular, comfortable, authentic and cosy.

To Αρχοντικό, directly translating to 'The Mansion' is a stately and grand residence, yet far from pretentious. This stunning old home takes us back to a time of both beauty and simplicity, where you feel time stretches out and life feels less complicated. The Mansion is stunningly decorated with genuine traditional decorations and furniture.

The attention to detail and the quality and taste of the interiors and exteriors is remarkable. The deep history of this building embraces and protects visitors while they rest and enjoy the beautiful town of Archanes. For a truly special stay you will be glad to have stepped beyond the threshold of the Archontiko and stayed a while. Ela, your tsikoudia is poured and waiting for you.

There are just two studios housing up to 4 guests each, in this building that was a former house, and home to rebel armies and now a declared "Protected Traditional Building". This village and this studio really are treasures that make us proud to be Cretan.

Mourtzanakis Residence, Crete
Mourtzanakis Residence - breakfast table

Rural Hotels in Heraklion

Mourtzanakis Residence - is located 7 km inland from the beach, in the hills overlooking some of the most beautiful coastal bays on the north of Crete, in the small village of Achlada, which means 'place of the pear' in Greek.

Created by Marcos and Smaro to represent the traditional Cretan house, the eco tourism accommodation is perfectly set for rambles in the olive groves, for walks on the region's historical paths to ruins.

This is a relaxed setting just minutes from Heraklion town, port and airport, where you will find the Cretan hospitality alive and well.

The Mourtzanakis family have created a serene setting for travellers to soak up the wild and tranquil mountains of Crete.

With a love of tradition and Crete's wonderful heritage, they have created Mourtzanakis Residence in the traditional Cretan cupoid style perched in the wildflower-scented hills of Achlada, overlooking the bay of Agia Pelagia.

Satellite TV, air conditioning, a pool with a view and wi-fi internet are all at your fingertips, but you may find that you will resist using them and simply have a break from the fast pace of everyday life.

Soak in the deep and revitalising tranquility of these rugged Cretan hills with their sweeping views of the sea, while the gentle winds of Crete carry your worries and stresses away.

Natural stone, resplendent and clean white wash and earthy wood surround you in this modern yet traditional residence, fusing the best of Cretan beauty, simplicity and function.

Conveniently accessed via country roads off the northern National Road, Achlada is only 25 km from Heraklion.

Catering for couples and families alike, Mourtzanakis guesthouses are an ideal retreat for your Cretan holiday. Only a short drive from the beautiful beaches and cafes of Agia Pelagia.

Rural Hotels in Heraklion
Pension Aretoussa, Pitsidia

The village of Pitsidia is 65 km from Heraklion in the central south of the island, in the Messara valley.

Pension Aretoussa Pitsidia Crete
Pension Aretoussa, Pitsidia, interior of room

Pension Aretoussa - this small family-run pension in a tiny village in the south of Crete is inland from many beautiful beaches and just minutes from the famous archaeological sites of Phaistos, Gortys and Agia Triada. The pension is sweet and homely, surrounded by flowers, greenery and a garden. There is real hospitality here, at a good value price. There are simple rooms, air conditioning and home-cooked breakfasts. The Spinthakis family will look after you. This is a small place with 15 rooms, allowing for friendliness and personal service.

Nearby is the unusual and beautiful Matala Beach with tavernas, cafes, plenty of shopping and supermarkets. Also nearby is Kommos beach, Kokkinos Pirgos and many others of the southern coasts, overlooking the Libyan Sea with sunsets every evening.

Arodamos Guesthouse, Krouson, Livadi Plateau

Arodamos Traditional Guesthouse, Krouson Heraklion
Arodamos Traditional Guesthouse, Krouson Heraklion in spring

Rural Hotels in Heraklion - Arodamos Guesthouse - this family-run traditional Cretan home way from home is located 33 km from Heraklion on the fresh Livadi Plateau in the foothills of Psiloritis.

Here your whole family will be greeted by Yannis and Irini Tsikandilaki and treated to a real experience of Cretan farm life, with all modern comforts.

Thalori Mountain Retreat, Kapetaniana

Thalori Retreat Crete
Thalori Resort Crete - House

Thalori Mountain Retreat
is small village in southern Heraklion, with graceful views to the Kofinas Mountain and to the sea. This village has been completely restored and now offers homely accommodation in fully renovated yet modern apartments, with traditional Cretan food and music, at Kapetaniana. It is nice to enjoy the cooler evenings and yet still visit local beaches by car.

Walking is great, there are plenty of trails to explore here. Visit ancient sites, churches, monasteries, experience the mountain ecosystem and keep your eyes out for Bearded Vultures, some of the rarest birds in Crete, which are protected here.

Within Thalori Retreat are over 20 houses that have been beautifully restored, it is heartwarming to see a village come back to life with such care and attention. This retreat is also perfect for your special group workshop or family reunion gathering.

Saveriako Eco Farm

Saveriako Eco Farm Living Room

Saveriako Eco Farm is a paradise for relaxed free spirits. Just 2 km from Agia Pelagia on the north coast of Crete, close to Heraklion and Knossos. Chill out in a rural setting with quirky designs and up-cycling all around you. Different styles of rooms and accommodation are on offer.

Guests can enjoy meals prepared with organic products. Cooking classes can be are offered - arranged upon request.

“Excellent location - fantastic view - with great attention to detail and very thoughtfully designed accommodation - stylish sustainable, perfect facilities - great hosts - all the best!! Saveriako is a brilliant cook!!”

"The place where we felt most at home. The house is invested down to the smallest details. The pleasant breeze welcomed us on the balcony with a sea view. Close to the promenade, the supermarket and simple and pleasant beaches. The host is Italian with a knack for cooking and joie de vivre. Must order dinner with him!"

Farm House in Bio Olive Grove

Mires Orange Plantation

KaliVie Farm House in a Bio Orange Grove near the market town of Moires in the Messara Valley. This comfortable home makes a great base for exploring southern Heraklion beaches, ancient sites and villages.

On the Map

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Getting Here

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.

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