White River Cottages

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A pearl near the beach, with pool in a quiet scenic position, we discovered in Crete for you. The charming property is located in the attractive southeast of the island and behind "White River Cottage" there hides the small charming resort of owner Vangelis Mavrakis, who emerged the former ruins to original country houses. A quiet and peaceful place it is, which seems ideal for everyone, who is looking for an individual holiday away from the crowds and doesn’t want "all-inclusive tourism". The hotel also offers tranquility and nature, so that you can enjoy a relaxed stay in Greece. A 800-meter-long narrow road leads right into the small tourist village of Makrigialos away from the sandy beach, past densely forested olive plantations and land, in the beautiful valley, where the hotel is located. There are free parking spaces on two levels.
The small complex with only 13 stone houses is picturesque and has been built into the hillside of the valley. Each cottage is individual "shaped" and every house looks different. It can be chosen between different room-sizes (from studios for two persons to larger houses for four persons).
All accommodations are traditionally whitewashed inside and are equipped with charming details such as the original wooden beams, the stone floors and there is a fully equipped kitchenette for self-catering, with a fridge, toaster, kettle, oven, two hot plates, crockery and other common household objects. Each house has an individually deployable air conditioning and all properties have a great sea view. The whole complex also offers a free Wi-Fi connection. The comfortable, simple bathrooms have a hairdryer, bed linen and towels. Room service is done every three days in the apartments and every four days in the rooms.
In nearby Makrigialos you can find several supermarkets, but also the reception offers fresh local products, such as eggs, wine, honey and olive oil. The friendly reception staff is happy to help you and to give you advice for excursions and activities. In Makrigialos, with its small fishing port, there is also a wide range of taverns, bakeries, souvenir and jewelry shops. The lovely narrow sandy beach of Makrigialos falls very gently into the crystal clear often glassy sea from, and is thus ideal for children or non-swimmers.

Casual Great for families Romantic Surrounded by nature


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Rates from   85.00 EUR
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+351 214 647 430 or +44 203 286 46 43

Transport / Distances

City Centre: 1
Shops: 1
Airport: 135
Metro/Bus: 1


Close to perfect
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Date of stay 04/08/2023
Attracted to this accomodation because of the photos, the reality was much much better. Easy to get to although hidden in a beautiful and silent canyon. Little houses perfectly designed with high quality kitchen equipment, nice dehors, private and provided with a lovely swimming pool. Beautifully kept gardens. The overall feeling was that someone was taking Good care of It. Stylish but authentique, excellent value for money. A particular thanks to Helen and Vangelis, kind and descreet.
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Date of stay 29/06/2023
Really enjoyed the accommodation. The road access did give us a few reservations until we arrived. The accommodation was fantastic, unique, comfortable, and perfect for a retreat from an urban accommodation option. We felt right a home from the start and even ate in a couple of evenings as it was such a nice place to end the day. Would recommend.
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Date of stay 31/05/2023
Eine tolle Unterkunft und toller unvergesslicher Urlaub.
Best Place we had ever in Kreta
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Date of stay 24/06/2022
Einfach traumhaft, diese Ruhe. Unsere Unterkunft war besser als beschrieben. Sie und Helen waren angenehm im Hintergrund, aber wenn etwas war sofort da. Wir kommen definitiv wieder und es war der perfekte Ort um schnell vom Altagsstress zu entspannen. Tausend Sterne wenn es möglich wäre.
very relaxing family holiday
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Date of stay 09/10/2021
A wonderful place. Very beautiful surroundings. Quiet. The staff were very polite, helpful and pragmatic. We had a very relaxing family holiday.
Wonderful stay
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Date of stay 26/10/2019
Great location, one of the most beautiful places I‘ve ever been to. Thank you very much to Helen and Sue, we will come back for sure!
beautiful place
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Date of stay 24/06/2018
Traumhafte Unterkunft, sehr schöner Pool und freundliches Personal. Sauber und sehr ruhig. Wer sich erholen möchte, schafft dies hier innerhalb kürzester Zeit. Der Weg in den kleinen Ort dauert zu Fuß nur 10 Minuten. Beste Strandbar am Green Beach ????
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Date of stay 09/10/2016
Wir hatten eine großartige Zeit in den Cottages. Unterkunft, Pool, Lage und Service waren einfach nur toll.
Wunderschöne Oase
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Date of stay 30/09/2016
Hatten ein Studio für 2 Personen gemietet. Einrichtung und Größe ausreichend. Terrassenplatz vor dem Studio mit schöner Aussicht. Ausgesprochen ruhige Lage. Pool mit Natursteinen ausgestattet sehr hübsch. Personal aufmerksam und freundlich. Alles in allem empfehlenswerte Anlage mit 13 Studios.
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Date of stay 18/07/2016
Es war so, wie wir es erwartet haben. Ursprünglich, still, naturnah.....Ich war mit meiner 16 jährigen Tochter 9 Tage in einem Cottage von White River Cottage und wir haben es total genossen. Die Nachbarn in den anderen Cottages waren angenehme Leute mit netten Kindern, die Stille ist herrlich, die einfachen und urigen Cottages, trotzdem mit Aircondition und wlan bestück, angenehm, der Pool erfrischend, nicht zu gross, genau richtig, die Abgeschiedenheit, das Vertrauen, dass einem entgegen gebracht wird, die Herzlichkeit von Iris und die vielen Tips, die man bekam. Makrys Gialos ist noch kein ätzender Touriort, es gibt secret beaches, wenn man da hin will.... alles ist noch ursprünglich und rau, soweit das heute geht. Ich werde wieder dahin fahren. Danke für diesen herrlich erholsamen Urlaub.
White River Cottage
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Date of stay 15/06/2016
Sehr schöne Anlage...abseits und ruhig gelegen... Wären gerne länger geblieben!
Schöne Unterkunft
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Date of stay 13/05/2016
Wir waren für drei Nächste in den White River Cottages und können es als Ausgangspunkt für ein paar interessante Wanderungen sehr empfehlen. Iris ist sehr nett. Eine spontan späte Anreise war überhaupt kein Problem. Die Unterkünfte sind sehr schön, auch wunderbar ausgestattet. Unser Sohn hat sich - nicht nur in dem tollen Pool - sehr wohl gefühlt und auch die Selbstversorgung ist bei Bedarf kein Thema: in einer Viertelstunde ist man zu Fuß nach einem schönen Spaziergang durch einen Olivenhain in Makry Galos (Supermärkte, Cafés, Restaurants - und Strand)
Sehr erholsam!
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Date of stay 02/10/2015
Unser Aufenthalt zu zweit in dem kleinen Cottage war sehr, sehr nett. Die Größe für 2 Personen ist ausreichend, das Cottage bestens ausgestattet und sehr sauber. Absolut ruhige Lage, aber doch nahe bei Restaurants und Stränden. Die Tipps vor Ort bezüglich Ausflügen und Restaurantipps waren sehr gut. Es gab sogar Sonnenschirme zum Ausleihen vor Ort. Toller Pool mit genügend Liegen und Schatten. Wir würden jederzeit wieder dorthin fahren!
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Date of stay 05/08/2015
Just had an amazing stay in this wonderful little complex of nicely designed, well cared for, cottages. We had one of the larger, family cottages sat the top of the hill with views over the valley. The place is quiet and secluded, but there's alweays a chance for the kids to meet mixed nationality families around a great litle pool. It never gets too busy though if you're not a fan of crowds. The manager Iris is charming and helpful. Go see her for tips on tavernas and trips. She does a great line in eggs from local chickens and wine from local monks too...
Nice cottages
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Date of stay 05/06/2018
Nice cottages but very close to each other. You can hear your neighbours through the wall. The bed was with 1.6 m x 1.9 m too small.
Very nice & authentic
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Date of stay 16/10/2016
White river cottages is a very quiet and calm place to stay. It is a great place for both adults and children if you look for a combination of activities (like hiking through the beautifull gorges) and relaxation at the pool or on the many beaches nearby. There is not many food&beverage facilities on the site, so you need to use the nearbuy supermarkets & taverns.

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