New outside area, private pool of outmost privacy and comfort!
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Dotira, a sophisticated home!
Hosted by Valia
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8 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
8 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
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In the Minoan times an omnipotent Goddess dominated and influenced the everyday life of men and women. She was a symbol of the source of life, motherly affection, womanly power and creation. She was referred as Dotira, namely the one who offers!

The space

We welcome you to Crete and the picturesque village of Mesi, built on a lovely position, on a small hill of 300 meters above sea level! Dotira Guesthouse, is a two-storey stone mansion of the 18th century, which has a surface area of 166 square meters and the surrounding plot one of 350 square meters.

Thanks to the recent careful restoration the house adheres to the traditional architecture and offers our visitors the experience of a special sojourn. Natural materials, such as wood, stone, were used, respecting the house’s history and its traditional elements were preserved and highlighted: the bathroom, the fire place and the water trough at the terrace.

Outside Area
Externally, the villa is built in a classic, yet modern way, where stone and rustic feeling prevail! At the outside area there is an inner courtyard, with a lovely siting area and a traditional wood oven, making it ideal for al fresco dining! Also, there is an amazing garden with local herbs and flowers, right next to the wonderful 20 m2 and 1,40 m deep private pool, where our guests can relax, enjoy the fresh country air of Mesi and the soothing environment of the house! The court yard and pool terrace create a rustic, romantic atmosphere, where you will love spending your morning and evenings!

Ground Floor
The yard offers access to the former stable of the house, which has been converted to an attic, featuring a working area, with a desk and an extra double bed on a special construction, on the upper level. This room provides total privacy and internet access, if you need to work on something!

Entering the property you will see the spacious living room with a great open fireplace, a rustically decorated, fully equipped kitchen, with a dining area, perfect for indoor dining with your family or friends and one bathroom.

First Floor
Beautiful wooden stairs lead the guests to the upper floor, where guests can find three lovely bedrooms (two double and one twin) and a WC. Balconies from the first floor enjoy a stunning view of the whole area, olive groves and an open view on the Cretan Sea!

Supplementary alternative activities – agritourism
Stone is a source of energy and helps getting close to nature and the earth! Dotira Guesthouse gives you the chance to choose from a plethora of alternative activities, individually or in a group, which offer bodily and spiritual wellbeing and therapy, such as walking, herb picking, soap making, hiking and visiting archaeological sites, monasteries and local monuments, both in Mesi and the nearby villages.

Also, during your stay you may have the opportunity to participate in the cultivation and care of our garden, harvest its fruits and enjoy its products!

Property Notes:
- Welcome basket included, courtesy of the owner. Dotira house offers the rich goods of the Cretan land, to all guests. The house is stocked with cretan rusks, home made jams, goat’s milk, cheese, fresh eggs and fruit from Mesi trees, herbal teas (sage, thyme, marjoram, rock roses) and more…depending on the season! Furthermore, for stays longer than 7 days a lovely, Cretan dinner, including traditional recipes with organic products locally produced, bread baked in the wood oven and raki, the famous local drink, will be provided during your stay!
- Quality towels, bed linen, covers and blankets provided.
- Housekeeping, towels and linen changes twice a week.
- Sun beds and umbrellas available. Pool towels provided.
- Baby cot and high chair available if needed.
- Air-conditioning in all bedrooms and living room area is included.
- Complimentary free Wi-Fi coverage is available throughout the house.
- All in-house electronics are available, including a washing machine, dishwasher, TV with satellite reception, CD and DVD players, large fridge with freezer, electric kitchen, kettle, toaster, espresso coffee machine, iron and iron board.
- Pool and garden cleaning twice a week. The pool operates from April to October.
- 24h/7days ThinkVilla concierge service included.

Guest access

Guests have the entire property to their private use! Full access inside and outside the Villa! No shared areas!

Interaction with guests

Your hosts and me personally, will take care of all the details of your holiday 7 days per week responsible for your day to day needs – from special dietary requirements to making recommendations and reservations!

Prior to your arrival, I will get in touch with you to arrange all details regarding your stay! Your flight details and telephone number would be very much appreciated, in case I need to contact you! Also, please let me know if you have any special requests!

At your arrival day, your hosts will be waiting for you, in order to welcome you and give you all the relevant information about the villa and the area! It goes without saying that I will be on the other end of the line if you need any further information or assistance during your stay!

Other things to note

Additional Services Upon Request, at extra charge: Baby sitter, Private Chef, Pastry Cook, Massage, Personal trainer, Spa treatments, Yoga private lessons, House pre-stock, Regional Breakfast, Boat Trips, Car rental, Babysitting, Airport transfer, Tour guide, Activities and excursions, Additional cleaning and linen changes, Personal Laundry service, Traditional cooked food delivery, Personal driver, Doctor on Call, Security, Delivery of Personal Shopping, Organising and planning a special event (wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.) and anything else that you might think! (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 crib
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 double bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

7 nights minimum stay.
From Oct 18 - 22, 2017 the minimum stay is 2 nights.

5 Reviews

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Eliza User Profile
October 2016
Villa Dotira...WOW! This must be one of, if not the most beautiful, authentic, well-restored traditional houses on Crete. It is as you see it in the photos. One can truly spend their entire holiday relaxing in this home and only venture out to replenish the kitchen (wine...). There is a great deal of space, indoor and out, making it quite possible for a group of people to stay here without it feeling cramped. Or, like us, you can enjoy it equally well as a party of just two. Maria and her family are wonderfully welcoming, and the meal they cooked was the best we had during our visit. We will certainly be returning and hope to keep in touch with the lovely Maria.
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Response from Valia:
Dear Eliza, we really appreciate your great review and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
October 2016

Sophia User Profile
April 2016
We stayed in Mesi village near Rethymno, Crete. Dotira is a mindfully restored traditional stone house with updated amenities and touches of creativity in every corner. Our friendly hosts baked fresh bread and cooked a delicious vegetarian supper to welcome us on our first night. We enjoyed napping by the pool, cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, sleeping with no traffic noise at all, and admiring the sunset from a balcony adjoining the bedroom... Two minor drawbacks as of April 2016 were 1) there wasn't enough hot water to fill the enormous tub for a bath; 2) the upstairs bathroom features a handheld showerhead adequate for rinsing the lower body only. Without a shower curtain it wasn't enough space to take a full body shower. I'd say this listing has 1.5 bathrooms rather than 2, using US standards. That said, we loved our week-long stay and hope to return in future!
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Response from Valia:
Dear Sophia, thank you for your kind review and we really appreciate the feedback. Taking that under consideration, I would like to let you know that we have added an additional shower head on the first floor bathroom as well as shower curtains. However, I would also like to state that Dotira is a carefully restored house, in which the owners tried to maintain the traditional architecture without making any major interventions. It was our pleasure having you as guests and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete!
April 2016

Stuart User Profile
November 2015
The villa was lovely - well presented and beautifully renovated. Our hosts, Maria and Nikos, were attentive and their welcome, second to none.
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Response from Valia:
Dear Stuart, thank you so much for your kind review! We hope to have the chance to host you again in the future!
November 2015

Selma User Profile
October 2015
Before our stay I was having contact with Valia, who sent us all the information we needed for the preparation of our stay in Dotira. She was very helpful. When we arrived at the house Mrs. Maria, the owner, was there to welcome us and tell us about the house and the environment. We felt really welcome and Maria did a great job to restore the old house into a modern one with luxuries like a washingmachine and a dishwasher. Maria and her husband cooked a meal for us in the oven outside the house, which was delicious. We were very happy to stay in this beautiful house in a calm and quiet village with a great sea-view!
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Response from Valia:
Dear Selma, thank you so much for the amazing review! We hope to have the chance to host you again in the future!
October 2015

Amandine User Profile
July 2015
We spent unforgettable days in Dotira at two families, enjoying the superb house, the refreshing swimming pool, the proximity of beautiful beaches and kindness of Maria and her family. For sure, we recommend you to spend some days in this paradise!
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Response from Valia:
Dear Amandine, thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our villa to other travellers! We hope to see you again on your next trip to Crete!
July 2015

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My name is Valia Kokkinou and Ι am a property manager, graduate of Glion Hotel Management School. I feel very fortunate to have joined some of the worlds most luxurious hospitality brands, such as, Leading Hotels of the World and after many years of studies and traveling around the world, to returned to my birthplace, Rethymno city,Greece.

I have recently created a brand new company, Think Villa, based in the wonderful town of Rethymno, whose main concept focuses on an authentic form of tourism. Here, me and my colleagues offer a hearty welcoming to all those who wish to escape the city life and give a chance to live locally. We are always at your disposal, in order to provide personalised and professional services to all our guests!

The combination of our passion for our work, our devotion, our wish and will to offer you a great holiday experience and our local expertise background, guarantee that your trip will be as dreamed and planned, leaving you with nothing but memorable moments and pleasant feelings!

At your arrival day, it is always the owners of the property of your choice, that will welcome and greet you, but I will also be available for communication, any questions that may occur and anything else you may need!

Your hosts and me personally, will take care of all the details of your holiday, responsible for your day to day needs, seven days a week – making recommendations and reservations, organising anything you may require and always be at the end of the line, in case of any problems.

Prior to your arrival, I will get in touch with you to make sure that your hosts will be waiting for you in the property and welcome you to your holiday home or even arrange a meeting point for them to pick you up, if needed! We will also arrange any other details, from special dietary requirements to particular requests!

Don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information or if there is anything else you may want to ask!

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