We bought Villa Helios in 2003. From the very first glance we were in love. The characteristic Cretan simplicity of the house. The spacious terraces with beautiful stone on the ground and nice corners. The elevated garden with beautiful stone walled up, not too big, nice decided. The woodwork of doors, frames and shutters. The artfully colored pillars in the kitchen. Playful stairs to the secret annex. The hygienic tiles, easy to keep clean. Comfort without too much excess. The house was on a single detail down when we first saw. It was clear to us that there was worked by craftsmen. Authentic and rapid betonbouw.We asked for a week to think and decided to buy. Until this day we have no regrets today. We were and still are in love with our huis.En now we have been there more we feel at home in Mithi. The hospitality of the relaxed, safe feeling. Especially with our neighbor and the people living nearby, we are on good terms. After we arrived, we are often warmly received, accompanied by creations embrace and kiss. And food as a sign of hospitality. A warm feeling of coming home than makes us master. Villa Helios was then rebuilt almost entirely. But continued to maintain the major part of the outer walls. The medlar trees, ancient olive trees and grapevines recall the previous occupant. We bought the house with the intention to stay there for a few weeks each year. The rest of the time we rent it. When furnishing the house, we found it in the first place important to look at what we found beautiful and fun. We have attempted to search for a Greek style. We chose to make the furniture in Crete by artisans and businesses from Mithi or environment. But we also looked at what is practical and convenient. Remember that others we Villa Helios, our proud possession, should be able to enjoy.
Both before and behind the house is a spacious terrace. With table, chairs, 2 loungers and 2 deck chairs.
The terraces are covered and shaded. The pergolas covered with clematis and vines.
An increase is landscaped gardens. With many colorful plants that are native to this climate. Oranges, figs, oleanders, pomegranates, lemons. And a herbal corner.
(Rental) car we recommend. In order to make trips, walking to do in the mountains, shopping and driving to the sea is a car essential.
Our house is located between mountains and sea at the edge of the village, Mithi. You are in a short time both in the mountains and the Libyan Sea.
There are a lot of hiking. You can all directions directly from our house. Walking through olive and citrus groves.
The sea is about 5 km from our house. There are several beaches. Near the village Tertsa is also an opportunity for naturism.
Shops can be found in Mirtos, 4 kilometers from Mithi. For all your groceries. Larger shops and a weekly market there are in Ierapetra, about half an hour.
There are plenty of eateries in Mirtos. Something for everyone. Kafenions are also in Mithi, a few hundred meters from our house.
The South East of Crete is little touristy. There is no swinging nightlife and there are no major tourist attractions. You will stay between the local population and learns the original Cretan life to know a little.
We, Mechteld Smits and Jos van Schie, bought Villa Helios in 2003. We live since 2001 on the island Texel. We work there in a small institution for the mentally disabled. Mechteld as accompanist at home and Jos work as director and horticulturist. We have 4 children, Lieke, Eva, Daan and Vincent, and three grandchildren, Elias, Thomas and Hannah.