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 etc for  guests to use if needed. 

Both of  our rooms have separate access to the main house so you can self isolate if you need to, or stay here under quarantine, recuperate after illness, or  just chill without any fear of Covid , as this is a safe village.

We can also provide food from local tavernas and  arrange nursing care .

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,

TV, DVD's and a Wii machine if you and the family want to stay in, or in case it's poor weather, umbrellas supplied too. Not often, but sometimes it rains in winter.

Both of the rooms are en-suite with excellent walk in showers, toilet and sink. We have hairdryers , beach towels, phone chargers, UK  and USA plug adapters, snorkeling gear, 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 directions. 



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. 



Free tea & Coffee

Tea & Coffee making facilities in all rooms. Breakfast available at 4 local tavernas. All in walking distance and nearby  by car/bike is and Haroupia taverna. we also have a brand new coffee shop where you can get take-aways if you want to stay in the garden.

Free Wifi


All rooms have free Wi Fi.,

 Netflix. & local  Greek TV.

Details on booking confirmation, or  on request.


We have gardens and balconies for your use. We also have a BBQ which you can use if you fancy doing some outdoor cooking. All cutlery and crockery can be provided 

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.

Each room has a kettle and a 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. 



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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.



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. 


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