Nestled in the foothills of the impressive Psiloritis Mountains, surrounded by abundant vegetation, countless vineyards and olive tree plantations, this lovely property enjoys a delightful rural setting and gorgeous sweeping views to the sparkling Cretan Sea. The soft yellow shades of the house façade are in perfect contrast to the backdrop of lush foliage that carpets the surrounding hillsides while the spacious landscaped grounds feature an extensive variety of olive, palm and fir trees providing plenty of shady hideaways in which to kick back and relax. Completing this most welcoming of first impressions are the subtle, pastoral sounds of a breeze gently rustling the treetops and the soothing rhythmic click of cicadas.
Fringing the sunny pool terrace, the spiky red blooms of the callistemon tree, often called the bottlebrush, provided inspiration for the house name (a good choice of name we think, as Villa Bottlebrush just does not sound right!) and there is yet more excellent space to be enjoyed around the barbecue and wood-fired oven which is bordered by attractive stone and grassed dining areas.
Spreading over three levels, the house interior is modern, bright and very well appointed. The two first floor bedrooms have en suite facilities as well as their own private balcony looking to the panoramic sea and mountain views. On the ground floor, comfortable leather sofas adorn the inviting living area from where there is access both to the pool terrace and onto a large, semi-circular balcony that makes another wonderful spot from which to admire the (always spectacular) sunsets.
Nearby Aghia Triada (1km) is a peaceful village with several tavernas, a kafenion, and a couple of minimarkets. It is an interesting place for a wander through quiet lanes, where simple whitewashed houses rub shoulders with semi-crumbling edifices left over from another era.
A little further afield, radiating out from the historic harbour at Rethymnon Town (10km) are a wealth of atmospheric cobbled streets full of all sorts of spice, lace, art, clothes, shoe and food shops. The quayside here is lined with many waterfront cafes and a famous Venetian ‘fortezza’ stands guard at the harbour entrance.
Not far from Callistemon Tree you will find part of the famous E4 Pan-European walking trail. This extensive pathway, created by the Ramblers Association and still being defined in certain countries, stretches for over 10,000km from Tarifa in Spain to eastern Cyprus and passes through some of Europe’s most scenic, unspoilt areas.
Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining area (Satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, A/C) with doors to large balcony and pool terrace. Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave). Twin bedroom (A/C) with balcony. Shower room.
First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with four poster bed, en suite bathroom (spa bath) and balcony. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and balcony.
Lower ground floor: Shower room (washing machine).
Outside: In built barbecue and wood-fired oven. Open and shaded terraces. Landscaped gardens. Private parking.
Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4.5m)