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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Villa Khami is a modern villa built and equipped to a high standard in 2004. Set on a hill overlooking the Mirabello gulf in north east Crete, Khami is 12km towards Sitia from Aghios Nikolaos between the village of Kalo Horio and the resort of Istron. This part of Crete is renowned for its majestic and dramatic mountain scenery. Khami is ideal for large family parties, sleeping up to ten in five double/twin bedrooms with three bathrooms and its own freshwater pool. Khami is owned by a family who have been coming here for nearly thirty years, attracted not only by the beautiful weather, scenery and beaches, but also by the friendliness of the local people who have always made our visits so enjoyable. It is the sort of place that draws you back time and again.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||3 beaches in resort 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heraklion 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The five bedrooms are on two floors: first floor has a double, two twin bedded rooms (one with en suite bathroom) and the main bathroom. All bedrooms on this floor have their own balconies. The top floor has a double and a twin room with another bathroom and a covered balcony terrace. All bedrooms have air conditioning.
Ground floor has a fully equipped kitchen and open plan lounge dining area and a wc. There is a table tennis table in the basement.
Please bring your own towels for pool and beach.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace set above the pool has another dining table for 10. It is in the sun at breakfast and perfectly shaded in the heat of the day. There are plenty of pool loungers and umbrellas provided. There is also a poolside shower.
The terrace gate can be locked to stop children going down to the pool unaccompanied. There is a lockable side gate to the property meaning the garden and pool area is secured.
Welcome pack on arrival (water, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and wine)!
English speaking manager and cleaner. The pool is cleaned and checked every other day.
The Crete region
Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands, locals consider themselves Cretans first and Greeks second. There are many remanants of the early Minoan settlement of the island. The most famous of these is Knossos near Heraklion, but the ruins of Gournia are only ten minutes drive from the villa and Faestos is a long day trip.
Crete enjoys a lovely climate with pleasant winter temperatures and hot sunny days with warm seas. A jumper may be needed in the evening for al fresco dining at either end of the season and occasionally on breezy summer evenings.
The hill on which Khami sits is between the traditional Cretan village of Kalo Horio and the resort of Istron, which has grown up along the coast road. The resort has been developed with sensitivity. There is no high rise overdevelopment, but visitors are well catered for with plenty of tavernas (getting on for 20 altogether) and mini markets. There are also a couple of bars and an internet café. Istron has three different beaches, ranging from pebbles to beautiful sand. All of them are blue flag beaches. Tracks up into the mountains and around the coastal headlands give plenty of opportunities to walk off any over indulgence in the tavernas!
Khami is at the Aghios end of Istron, the furthest beach at the other end of the resort is about 5 minutes by car, but probably 40 minutes walk in the heat. As such we think a car is essential for your stay. The tavernas at our end of the resort are about ten minutes walk, so it is possible to walk down for the evening, but the hill can seem quite steep when full of Moussaka, and a torch is also advisable for night time excursions.
There are plenty of other blue flag beaches along the coast if you tire of the local offering. For more lively night life, Aghios Nikolaos has plenty of bars and clubs and is easily accessible by bus or taxi. Aghios offers the best shopping for visitors and locals alike, where there is also a market every Wednesday, selling everything from a wide variety of fresh produce to clothes and fabrics.
A drive up to the Lassithi plateau, a large flat arable plain in the mountains once irrigated by windmills, is a must. Some of the windmills have been restored, though few pump water, and there are many craft shops selling rugs and pottery as well as honey from the mountains. The village of Kritsa is close by in the hills behind Aghios and is famous for its lace and linen.
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2 Jun 2014
"Beautiful, serene family villa."
What an impressive experience. The views from the terrace and balconies are fabulous. The outside eating area is very relaxing and enjoyable. The interior lay out maintains privacy and each room has i… More
24 Aug 2013
"This is an amazing Villa we had a fantastic holiday."
OK so you have looked at the photo's and are a little put off. Don't be please take my word for it, this villa is fantastic. It is fully equipped so leave your tin opener at home. It is spot… More
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