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Hidden behind the 13th century Byzantine chapel that stands watch over this charming old property, entering Villa Helidona is like walking into Aladin’s Cave.

Once you pass through the beautiful stone courtyard and enter the main house, you are greeted with an array of antiques reminding you of the turbulent history of the island, as well as the old utilities of the yonder years used by the Cretan people.

Though the furnishings of the villa are in keeping with its period, the owner Dimitris has ensured that you will find every modern comfort.

The master bedroom and living room lead out to the completely private and peaceful terrace overlooking to the splendid swimming pool where it is not rare to see the local swallows taking a dip. It is also the ideal place for barbequing. Swallows being the inspiration of the name of this fine old property, the Greek meaning being Helidona.

At the far end of the pool is and abundant orchard, vegetable and plans garden, 1000m² from which guests are welcome to help themselves.

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Check-in / Check-out Policy

Check-in: from 12:00 h
Check-out: until 10:00 h


Swimming Pool Garden Fire Place Fully Equiped Kitchen BBQ Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub TV Video Fridge


The main house: The main door leads into the little Kitchen with full cooker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, as well as the original marble sink. The Kitchen leads into the Dining Room, which has a sunken Sitting Area with a mezzanine-sleeping gallery with two single beds over head. There is a separate Bathroom with bathtub. 

The master Bedroom Double Bed and the Living Room with Fireplace, TV and Video both Lead out to the Pool and Terrace. 

The courtyard wing: The lower door leads you to a downstairs Bathroom with Shower and Washing Machine.

On the first floor with a separate outside entrance, there are two Inter-connecting Bedrooms, 1 twin room leading into a double room. 

The private pool is automatically lit and cleaned according to health regulation.

Room Amenities

Fire Place Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Private Outdoor pool TV Video Fully equipped kitchen Fridge


Villa Helidona is located at Episkopi Village. The village of Episkopi is 18 km southeast of Heraklion on exit at 8 km south fork of the Heraklion – Agios Nikolaos high way. The village itself has a maze of narrow streets, old stone houses, peaceful squares, unpretentious taverns and a selection of shop, where you find almost everything you need, except tourist products. You will meet a lot of Cretans, who welcome every visitor with a great hospitality. There is a nice countryside around the village of Episkopi and you can also have a memorable view to the mountains of Psiloritis and Lassithi.

Driving times from the village of Episkopi to:

Airport: 15 min (driving) Kokini Hani (beach):  15 min Knossos:  20 min  Agios Nikolaos:  45 min Elounda:  45 min Rethymno:  60 min Festos: 60 min Hania: 120 min South coast: 60 min

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