Peaceful villas near the beach and the City


A prime location, that combines the peaceful enjoyment of nature and all the benefits of being close to town (Rethymno) and the beach, with a magnificent view which is truly beyond any description. Situated in the heart of one of the few oak forests in Europe, Forest Villas is the ideal destination for nature lovers, families and couples.

Forest Villas - Kanakakis Estate is a complex of 4 fully equipped villas, each with a private swimming pool and a barbecue, that will meet all your expectations.

You can choose between traditional stone-built villas that resemble the Cretan architecture or our brand new modern-styled villa with state-of-the-art facilities and luxurious amenities. Each villa will offer absolute privacy to you and your family! 
Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. 

Reserve one of our 4 villas for your vacation and enjoy the sounds and fragrances of nature overlooking a magnificent landscape that combines the lush hills and the Aegean Sea!

All of our villas are approved by the Greek Tourism Organization.


  • 3rd time back

    Our third stay and happy with it all. Sofia and her charming family are unobtrusive but make you feel totally at home, including presenting us with a wonderful home made moussaka. The villa is simply furnished but has all the basics and has a cosy traditional farmhouse feel about it. Very, very private, quiet and secluded, but just 3 minutes from the local village with good shops for food, bakery etc. and only 10 minutes from the throbbing heart of Rethymnon. 1 hr. from Heraklion and Chania. Car essential. Amazing 12km Episkopi beach also 10-12 mins away.
    Buzz C. via HomeAway
  • Our best holiday from many years!

    We spent 3 very nice weeks in villa Ellotia. The house is really nice and it is a pleasure to eat outside with the sea view and the sound of goat bells. The house has good equipment and the service of cleaning is perfect. The situation is good. A car is necessary but is is not far from the nice village of Atsipopoulo, not far from Rethymnon and not far from a nice beach which was not busy even in august. We appreciate the calm. We spent very relaxing moment in family around the swimming pool. We received the warmest of welcomes. We appreciate the special attentions as fruits and cakes at arrival. Sophia, thank you so much for your kindness and your advices. A special thanks to your mom for the cretan food which was very good! The children enjoyed going to the farm.   We will recommend this house and if we come back in Crete, we will come back to this villa!
    Emilie B. via HomeAway

More than just a housing complex.


Guests at Forest Villas - Kanakakis Estate can try day-fresh eggs from our farm and various vegetables grown at our on-site garden. 

During your stay at Forest Villas you are wholeheartedly invited to take part in taking care of the farm animals, walk along the forest and the farm paths and finish your day watching a beautiful sunset that will take your breath away.




3 BD • 2 BA • 130 SQM • BUILT IN 2002 

The basic elements of this 3-bedroom villa, the private pool and barbecue, stone and wood, its Cretan architecture, the arches, the exposed beamed ceilings and the Cretan relics, will travel you to another era.



5 BD • 4 BA • 155 SQM • built in 2016 

This spacious 5-bedroom villa with a private pool and a barbeque harmoniously combines modern-country style with traditional decorated elements, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.




3 BD • 2 BA • 120 SQM • BUILT IN 2006 

This villa’s Cretan architecture, the stone and wooden elements, the arches, the exposed beamed ceilings, the Cretan relics will travel you to another era.


3 BD • 2 BA • 130 SQM • BUILT IN 2002 

The basic elements of this 3-bedroom villa, the private pool and barbecue, stone and wood, its Cretan architecture, the arches, the exposed beamed ceilings and the Cretan relics, will travel you to another era.


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Less than a 10 min drive from the City and the beach

A private tranquil area, away from the city noise. It is an ideal base for starting your excursions around the whole island, since it is close to the central national road of Crete. Only 5 km away from Rethymno and 1.5 km from the picturesque village of Atsipopoulo. 

Atsipopoulo provides amenities such as a supermarket with delivery service, coffee shops, restaurants with traditional Cretan food, patisseries, a hairdresser's, bakeries, pharmacies, ATM machine, etc. Rethymno offers a variety of activities.

The surrounding area of Kanakakis Estate is full of green hills, fields with olive and oak trees and the whole area is famous for its spectacular view of the forest, whereas in the horizon one can see the Aegean Sea and the City in a magical combination.

Having a car is necessary to feel independent and access all the rich archaeological and tourist attractions.

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