ARCHES, ELEFTHERNA

HIGH QUALITY  GUEST HOUSE
 

ABOUT

Arches, Eleftherna.

Terry and Julie. 

We have 2 available rooms with private access, not in the main house. Please contact us and we will accommodate you in a family room, a disabled access room, or a room with a  private balcony and a stunning sea view. There is also a private lounge with Netflix and board games etc for  guests to use if needed. 

Both of  our rooms have separate access to the main house  but we are around  24/7  if you need anything

We can also provide food  to be delivered from local tavernas and  arrange nursing care  if you require assistance. Perama Health Centre  is 15 mins away and  a local doctor will visit if needed. 

It depends on your personal requirements and needs, as we cater for couples, families and older guests. It's very quiet and peaceful here. 

We also have a common room with board games, Netflix

TV, DVD's and a Wii machine if you and the family want to stay in, or in case it's poor weather. We are open all year round and sometimes but not often in summer  we have a shower, but it does rain in winter. We get heavy rain and then it stops for 2 or 3 days of blue skies and it feels like summer again. 

Both of the rooms are en-suite with excellent high pressure walk in showers, toilet and sink. We have hairdryers , beach towels, phone chargers, beach and normal umbrellas, UK  and USA plug adapters, snorkeling gear,  some beach shoes and almost anything else you'd need if travelling light. 

We are open all year round and have heating if you fancy a winter break as it's a good area for hiking, bird watching, painting, stargazing and photography. Pay by cash or Paypal as there are no ATM's in the village.  

PS Don't use Google maps to find us. Ongoing problem with location that we are trying to resolve. When booking we will send you more directions. But download the What3words app and it takes you straight here.

On What3words we are 

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OUR ROOMS

Our rooms are recently renovated  in a stone house in a traditional Greek/Cretan village. 

They both have new mattresses and

good  quality cotton bedding. We provide huge towels for the shower and we also have beach towels so you don't need to bring, or buy these as we'll make sure they are washed. The rooms are extremely cosy, quiet and comfortable and whilst being traditional we also have all the home comforts you'd expect in prestigious and popular guest house. 

 

FACILITIES

Free tea & Coffee

Tea & Coffee making facilities in all rooms. Breakfast available at 4 local tavernas. All in walking distance and nearby  http://www.eleuthernatavern.gr/en/index.php.

by car or bike is Haroupia taverna at the crossroads near Roupes.

The 3 Arches taverna in the square is a lovely local bar.  

There is also a new taverna close by  on the road to the monastery which is newly built and it has a kids playground.

2 minutes walk away we have a brand new coffee shop the Appollonia where you can get take-aways if you want to stay in the garden. They also provide a delivery service from the Panorama restaurant near the museum, if you want a full English breakfast, a snack or dinner in  your room on the balcony, or in the garden

Free Wifi

 

All rooms have free Wi Fi.,

 Netflix. & local  Greek TV.

Details on booking confirmation, or  on request.

Garden

We have gardens and balconies for your use. We also have a BBQ  with cooking implements such as a griddle cooking tongs etc. which you can use if you fancy doing some outdoor cooking. All cutlery and crockery can be provided.

Loungers are available and we have a hammock you can use too if you wish.  We have dining table and chairs and can help with local olive oil and honey etc if you want to self cater.

Comfortable Rooms
 
We have tried to make the rooms as comfortable as possible but if you need anything to help make your stay more perfect please just ask. Chargers, irons, toothbrushes, anything you want, have forgotten or didn't have room to bring we will have. Or  we will be able to tell you where to find it. Just ask.
In-Room

Each room has a kettle and a beer/wine fridge, hair drier, towels and extra sheets, blankets, plus heating and air conditioning units. There are no cooking facilities except the BBQ as our village tavernas are excellent value and very close to the Arches. Table and chairs available in both rooms. There is also a common area with games, books, Wii machine, DVD's CD's, videos, Netflix & Wifi. 

 

GALLERY

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THINGS TO DO

Chill out in a hammock

You can relax, read any of our 1000 books, do some stargazing and photography, or look around using telescope, or binoculars which are also supplied free of charge.
We have tea and coffee available.
Maps and guide books to read about where to visit on your exploration days. We can also tell you which areas are interesting to visit and  which are accessible if you have limitations like a small car, or are a cyclist.
Cultural Sites

 

You are a five minute walk from the Eleftherna museum.

Amazing archaeological finds.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleutherna

http://www.mae.com.gr/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Ancient_Eleutherna

Diving

 

We have contacts who can take you and your family for a diving experience in the South of the island. 

Bird watching, Photography, Artistic Pursuits, Walking, Climbing, Stargazing, Serious Cycling are all good in this area.

 

If you want to get out and about  on hobby pursuits we can suggest areas to go for all the above.

You can go bird watching, wild flower and orchid spotting whilst you hike the area and it's an inspirational area for scenery. It may make you wish you could paint and draw. It makes me wish I could! Additionally, as there is very little light pollution this area is great for watching stars. Clear skies and no light pollution. Great combination. I am amazed by how clearly you can see the stars from here. 

Horse Riding 

 

A riding experience is available 15 km from here.

Explore this amazing area

 

12 km from nearest beach, 5 km from Marguarites, the pottery village and  5 km from Arkadi Monastery. Over the hills are the Amari valley, Gerakari  which is the cherry village, Thronos, Meronas, Spili, Plakias and Aghia Galini. Anoigia, Maroulas, Zoniana, Livadia, Perama and Panormo are all  a reasonable drive away.

 With stunning views and driving through the slopes of Psiloritis. Arches Eleftherna is a great base for exploring the Rethymno and Gerapotomus area. 

Eleftherna history.

The ancient City of Eleftherna, was an independent area and one of the most powerful ancient cities in Crete. Eleftherna experienced prosperity during the Roman and Early Byzantine Age. It's inhabitants were occupied with trade, agriculture and shipping. It's high development becomes obvious from the bridges that surround it. It also had its own currency, with engravings of Apollo and Artemis. Eleftherna and Knossos were not on the same side. As a highly developed independent city, Eleftherna actually fought against Knossos in the first Cretan War. 

GUEST REVIEWS

Julie and Terry are outstanding! We had a lovely time with them, many interesting conversations and we think we didn't have a host/guest relationship but felt more like being at our friend's place. They did all they could to make us feel safe, comfortable and at ease, we really enjoyed staying with them. The house is beautiful and recently renovated and Eleftherna is a quiet and nice village in the mountains, not far from the sea and Rethymno. We definitely recommend Julie's house!!!

Miriam and Gigi