Dotira Villa

Mesi, Rethymnon, Crete

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Dotira is a restored traditional stone villa in Rethymno which offers a seamless blend of the comforts of the modern world with the natural rhythms and beauty of traditional Greek island living
  • Guest Capacity (Standard)


  • Guest Capacity (Maximum)


  • Bedrooms


  • Bathrooms


  • Area

    165 m²

  • No Smoking except in outdoor areas

  • Some pets are welcome - please contact us for details

  • Air Conditioning

  • Fireplace

    In the Living Room

  • Central Heating (for the winter months)

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • Fenced Plot

    350 m²

  • Swimming Pool


  • WiFi Internet

  • Private Chef

Overview & Facilities

About Dotira Villa

Dotira is a restored traditional stone villa in Rethymno, Greece. This traditional villa offers a seamless blend of the comforts of the modern world with the natural rhythms and beauty of traditional Greek island living. The building and grounds maintain the local traditions of architecture and cultivation, with all the modern amenities of a full service hotel. Dotira's natural beauty is accented by the little touches of creativity that make it one of the premiere villas of its kind across the entire island of Crete.

There are numerous ways to enjoy the rich splendor of your stay at Dotira. Some of the guests have spent their entire stay with us soaking up the natural luxury of the villa and surrounding grounds, with only a few short trips to the market to delight in the local produce and wares. Other guests have spent the majority of their time enjoying the unparalleled weather around the pool, idyllic beaches and breathtaking countryside.

However you decide to spend your vacation, your warm and friendly hosts will ensure that you have the most enjoyable experience possible. Whether you choose to have a nap by the pool, prepare your own meals in our fully equipped kitchen, relax in the grounds away from the hustle and bustle of modern life or take a scenic walking, biking or car tour of the surrounding area, Dotira is your own personal paradise to enjoy in whatever way pleases you the most.

Origin of the Name

The rich and enigmatic Minoan civilization that dominated the island of Crete throughout much of antiquity worshiped a powerful Goddess figure whose influence was felt in every aspect of ancient Cretan life. This goddess was the ultimate source of all life and symbolized motherly affection, female power and creation. In the ancient Minoan tongue she was called Anthia, Potnia Dikita or ‘Dotira’, which describes someone who is a giver of gifts or a benefactor.

It is no coincidence that the civilization of an island as rich and bountiful as Crete worshiped a goddess figure with these characteristics. The cornucopia of Crete's natural bounty has informed the shape and pace of life on the island for thousands of years, and instilled a strong sense of hospitality and sharing throughout Cretan culture. The rhythms and themes that dominated the island in ancient Minoan times are alive and well in modern Crete, and can be experienced in their fullness with a luxurious vacation at beautiful modern Dotira.

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Meals, Events and Features

The pride of Dotira’s kitchen is the traditional breakfast made from the rich bounty of Crete. Breakfast is the most important meal in Cretan culture, and all the traditional staples are offered, such as bread freshly-baked in our wood oven, goat's milk, all-natural jams, fresh eggs and cheeses from local farms, local fruits and teas brewed from locally-grown herbs. The products of the breakfast are offered to all guests (breakfast preparation is not included).

Also lunch or dinner that is sourced from local ingredients and prepared fresh on the wood oven is also offered. The hosts at Dotira offer one lunch or dinner free of charge for stays 4 nights or over.

There is full cleaning service every three days and sheet and towels change and all rooms come with internet access.

Local Activities

Dotira and surrounding area offer a variety of exciting and interesting activities, from traditional cooking and soap-making to hiking and touring of the many local historical and natural sites. Also, a plethora of alternative activities focused on health and wellness is offered to replenish the mind, body and soul. The above are available upon request and depend on the availability of the services.

For further details on Dotira’s features and offered services, please read below.

  • Linen
  • Closets
  • Hair Dryer
  • First-aid Kit
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wood Burning Stove
  • Towels: For the pool
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Fireplace: In the Living Room
  • Central Heating (for the winter months)
  • Balcony
  • Parasols
  • Parking Area
  • Barbeque: Built–In
  • Furnished veranda
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Swimming Pool: Private
  • Fenced Plot: 350 m²
Kitchen & Dining
  • Oven
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Gas Hobs
  • Juice Squeezer
  • Traditional Wood Oven
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Fridge: Large, with Freezer
  • Coffee maker: Espresso Coffee
  • Complete kitchen & Dining Equipment: 8
Cleaning Service
  • Towels Change: Three times a week
  • Change of Sheets : Three times a week
  • Cleaning Service: Three times per week
Included Services Upon Request
  • Later Check Out
  • Earlier Check In
  • Hosting of small events
  • Complimentary meal: One complimentary traditional lunch or dinner
Additional Services available at Extra Cost
  • Car Rental
  • Spa Services
  • Private Chef
  • Doctor on call
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Wedding Planning
  • Personal Trainer
  • Dance Instructor
  • Laundry / Dry Cleaning
  • Hosting of small events
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Private Yachting & Sailing
  • Professional Massage Therapies
  • Additional cleaning can be arranged
  • Pre arrival Request & Shopping Service
  • Sightseeing / Guided Tours & Excursions
  • Transfer / Guide from the Port / Airport
  • Traditional Cooked Food Delivered to your Door
Included Services
  • Welcome Pack
  • Pool Maintenance: Twice a week
  • Garden maintenance: Twice a week
  • Traditional Cretan breakfast: Freshly-baked bread in the wood oven, goat's milk, all-natural jams, fresh eggs and cheeses from local farms, local fruits and teas brewed from locally-grown herbs are offered to all guests. The service of preparing the breakfast is not included.
Baby & Child Equipment
  • Highchair
Entertainment / Media / Recreation
  • Cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • WiFi Internet
  • Flat screen TV
  • Music / Radio System
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Location & Details


Dotira is located in the small classical village of Mesi, and nearby are the neighboring hamlets of Kyrianna and Agia Triada. The surrounding area is a part of the prefecture of Rethymno, Rethymno being Crete's third largest city and located around 12 km to the southeast. Dotira's location is ideal for the ones who wish to discover by car not only the region of Rethymno but also the counties of Chania and Heraklion, from which is equidistant.

While written records of the town of Mesi go as far back as the Venetian census of the 16th century, the town has existed since the time of the ancient Byzantine Empire, and was the location of the Byzantine episcopal see of Mesi. Historians suggest that the origin of the name Mesi or "middle" comes from its location between two other dioceses on the island: Mylopotamos and Kalamonas.

The village of Mesi is typical of the surrounding area, with architecture heavily influenced by the Venetian style and tightly packed houses with beautiful courtyards. The village is nestled on a small rise with a perfect view over the shimmering Cretan Sea. The population of Mesi is around 50, and this quiet hamlet features traditional coffee houses, as well as a tavern in the heart of the town.

Mesi itself offers a few traditional tourist attractions, including the birthplace of George Hortatsis, a famous figure of the Renaissance, and the Kioumpra Cave, which celebrates and honors the Greek resistance heroes who fought against German occupation with a stunning and romantic war memorial. Mesi offers a simple yet proud source of traditional Cretan hospitality that can serve as the perfect location for a quiet holiday or the ideal base from which to explore the stunning landscape of the surrounding Arcadi region.

The Arcadi region runs from the rugged foothills of the Psiloritis Mountain to the shimmering northern coast of the island. The region is composed of pastoral highlands and lowlands with the largest olive orchards in the whole of the Mediterranean. There are numerous options for exploration and adventure across this rich region, including the natural splendor of the Arcadi Canyon, the rich history of Byzantine-era museums and churches and the seamless blending of ancient settlements with modern towns that maintains a sense of timeless heritage and culture. It is a perfect destination to enjoy and explore throughout the entire year, and every stop features Crete's famous sense of warmth and hospitality.

  • Balos Beach: 120.00 Km
  • Triopetra Beach: 54 Km
  • Preveli Beach: 44.00 Km
  • Nearest Tavern: 0.10 Km
  • Agia Galini Beach: 52 Km
  • Falasarna Beach: 120.00 Km
  • Elafonisi Beach: 142.00 Km
  • Nearest Supermarket: 2.50 Km
  • Pigianos Kampos Beach: 6.00 Km
  • Distance to Rethymno City: 12.00 Km
  • Distance to Chania Airport: 79.00 Km
  • Distance to Heraklion City: 75.00 Km
  • Distance to Chania Old Town: 73.00 km
  • Distance to Heraklion Airport: 78.00 Km
  • Distance to Knossos Archaeological Site: 77.00 Km
Please note that the above distances are measured with the use of Google Maps - a credible and trusted provider of Geographic Information Services (GIS)

Dotira itself is a large stone house that was originally built during 18th century. On the first floor, there are two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and an artfully-furnished lavatory. The ground floor features a beautiful fully equipped kitchen, a cozy living room and a simple yet elegant dining area and a bathroom. The attic features a large double bed.

The recently completed restorations ensure the seamless enjoyment of the rich classical architecture with all the amenities of the modern world. The house is finished with all natural and locally-sourced materials to maintain its authentic style and feel. Alongside modern living spaces are traditional elements of the original grounds, such as the wood oven, fireplace, water trough and stables, whose interior has been converted into an office.

The outside of the building features a traditional stone staircase on its northwest side, as well as other traditional features like arches and balconies. The grounds also contain other traditional features, such as the stone garden with local flowers and herbs.

Ground Floor Layout
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Living Room
First Floor Layout
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 4
Loft / Attic
  • Bedroom
Sleeping Arrangements
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
Home Office Facilities
  • Working desk
  • Open all year
  • Minimum Stay: 4 nights
  • Suitable for Children
  • Standard Guest Capacity: 6
  • Rates are per night in Euro
  • Not Accessible by Wheelchair
  • No Smoking except in outdoor areas
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  • Suitable for the Elderly: Please Ask
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact us for details
  • Additional Guests: 2 additional guests can sleep on the attic (max height 1.60) at no extra cost

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