NikosAriadne, village retreat
About the home
Beautifully restored traditional village house with country views, within walking distance of all village facilities.Ideal for families or couples,it features three spacious bedrooms, living room, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor jacuzzi on the first floor veranda.
This outstanding village house has recently been lovingly restored by the two grand children (Nikos and Ariadne) of the original owner. Great care was taken to retain the original character of the house whilst incorporating all modern comforts and conveniences. The ground floor of the house comprises a spacious beautifully furnished living room, a fully equipped kitchen with dining area, a large twin or kingsize bedroom and a shower room.
On the first floor are two more spacious bedrooms,one with its own balcony and one with terrace where there is an outdoor Hot Tub seating 3 persons comfortably, with lovely views to the surrounding countryside. A full size bathroom with jacuzzi bath is also located on this floor. The "avli" (courtyard) of the house is filled with flowers and is complimented with an outdoor dining table and parasol.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Kalives, 6km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 300m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
|Luxuries:||Jacuzzi / Hot tub, Log fire, DVD player, Staffed Property|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
Maid service and linen, towel change is twice weekly. Welcome basket, travel consultant and courtesy phone are included in the services provided. Bathrobes and toiletries are provided on arrival.
Winter long stays are welcome.
Further details outdoors:
There is a comfortable outdoor dinning table and chairs on the ground floor courtyard.
On the fisrt floor, one terrace has the Hot Tub and the wood deck balcony is perfect for reading and gazing at the verdant countryside ahead.
Deposit required for confirming reservations is 20% of total rental amount. Balance is payable six weeks before arrival.
Cancellation policy applies as follows:
Up to 8 weeks before arrival: Deposit
From 55 to 30 days before arrival: 50%of rental
From 30 to 0days before arrival: 100% of rental
From 7 days to arrival day: Full rental will be charged
Cancellation must be sent in writting.
Baby cot is free of charge.
Extra bed is available on request at a small surcharge.
Daily maid service is available at a surcharge.
Breakfast is available (extra charge, 6 euro per person per day) served in a lovely poolside garden 50 meters walk from the villa (April to October only).
The Crete region
Beautiful Crete and Chania, a heavenly and pure land brimming with natural beauty, history, memory and culture. It is a land whose visitors will experience nature in all its glory and will encounter breathtaking sights.
Endless stretches of seashore bordered in frothy lace, inlets and islands of exotic beauty and sandy beaches tucked away at the foot of forbidding mountains. Impenetrable but yet such majestic gorges, holy caves, blessed rivers and lush, green plateaus thickly covered with olive and citrus trees. It is a self-sufficient land in every way that is rich in endemic and rare flora and fauna.
The works of art produced by man will also not leave any visitor indifferent. He will bow with awe in respect for the intimidating remains of past civilizations that still stand proud, examples of creative spirit and signs of human futility, vigorous warriors of bitter and ravenous time. He will relive moments of legend, history and glory since memories of the past will awaken and resurrect themselves in his passing. Here he will satiate his hunger for colour and aroma, he will savour original and unique tastes, and he will overhear stories about experiences taken from the passion and wisdom of a people whose roots and endurance are embedded deep in history.
He will live intense contrasts and feelings, he will juxtapose the old with the new and he will respect modern life through the eyes of wisdom gained from tradition. Perhaps most importantly, the visitor will encounter people who recognize life's gifts and value. The Cretan soul will infuse him with the feeling of true hospitality and will leave him mesmerized and forever partial to its beauty. Welcome to beautiful Chania
Let yourself enjoy everything it so generously has to offer.
The Chania / Vamos area
The Apokoronas region spreads to the east of Chania with its seaside villages enjoying excellent views to the entrance of Souda bay and the Akrotiri peninsula across. It is a very fertile area (olive trees, vines, avocado trees, orange lemon and mandarin trees) with several sandy beaches at Almirida,Plaka, Kalives and Georgioupolis. Apokoronas is one of the most picturesque areas of the province of Chania with many attractive and authentic villages like Armeni, Nio Chorio, Samonas, Ramni etc.
Vamos is a working village where life goes on Greek pace all year around. Well situated at the centre of the Apokoronas peninsula has easy access from all the surrounding villages. Vamos is the capital village of the Apokoronas region.
It boasts a Health Clinic with 24 hour medical care, petrol stations, a bank with ATM, a Post Office, 2 bakeries, 2 small well stocked supermarkets, pharmacy, a Greek cheese/deli shop, several kafeneions, kiosk for cigarettes, sweets etc., two hairdressers and a barber and last but not least, some excellent tavernas serving delicious Greek food with a modern twist that are open all year round. There is an increasing awareness of the conservation status of this area and many old houses are being restored to their former glory; part of this activity includes an art café from which you can enjoy wonderful views of the area and an organic shop selling local produce.
Kalives is a seaside village, retaining the original character and the local lifestyle. There are several small traditional shops, like butcher, grocer and of course bakeries famous for their excellent cheese and spinach pies (tyropita and spanakopita).
There are several tavernas, either by the sea or in the village square, supermarkets, ceramic and jewelry shops and the traditional barrel maker (who also produces wine).
In the central square, the dominating Aghia Paraskevi church is open to locals and visitors, whereas opposite, under the shade of the old plane tree, there are two “kafeneion” (coffee shops) and a couple of restaurants: the perfect spot to seat and watch the world go by!
Kalives has two excellent sandy beaches, one at each end of the village. The one near our apartments is very long and sandy with a beach taverna, that rarely gets crowded: the other one, 1 km away, is at the end of the central village and is hosting the small harbor. Here, another great selection of tavernas by the seafront, offer excellent meals. The White Mountains beyond the village provide a dramatic backdrop that contrasts the sandy beaches.
Kalives, without being spoiled by tourism, provides all the necessary amenities for couples and families. Lovely colorful churches, several shops and supermarkets blend-in perfectly with the tourist accommodation that includes from small cottages, to apartment complexes, hotels and luxury villas.
There are wonderful walks in this lush area, including the Diktamos Gorge and several others along countryside paths through orange and lemon groves, by the sides of rivers Xidas and Koiliaris. Extending several kilometers inland it is rich in olive and citrus groves, pasture lands and tiny hamlets rarely visited by tourists. In the spring-time, the fields, groves and tracks are filled in endless varieties of flora including many species which are endemic to Crete. Birdwatchers will find a large number of local as well as migratory birds to see, ranging from tiny warblers to large buzzards, eagles and hawks.
Kournas freshwater-lake, is nearby and offers a nature’s reserve rich in wild flowers, herbs and birds.
Our properties are selected to be either on the beach or slightly inland, a little bit removed from the madding crowd, in the most peaceful locations but with beaches and facilities close at hand. There is frequent bus service and taxi service is also available.
Almirida, 4 kilometres from Kalives, originally a small fishing village, remains an unspoilt small resort. There are a variety of water sports available and many tavernas right on the sea front serving locally caught fish and fresh local cuisine.
The beautiful Blue Flag awarded beaches in Almyrida have soft Golden sand, clear water and are very safe for children as they shelve gently to the sea. Sun beds and umbrellas are available.
There is a bakery, several bars, supermarkets and shops. A taxi rank and bus services into Chania town are all within easy walking distance.
The Almirida Beach Hotel and the Almirida Residence Hotel are open to non residents and have internet facilities as well as a 10 pin bowling lane and a lovely sun terrace complemented with an infinity pool. There is a limited bus service to Kalives and Chania. At the entrance to Almirida archaeologists discovered an ancient Mosaic which belongs to the 5th century Church.
Two kms from Almirida, village Plaka has several coffee shops and a couple of tavernas serving excellent home made food.The village has a lovely square dominated by the local church and surrounded by shady trees ,coffee shops and a couple of tavernas serving local specialities.
Just a few minutes drive up the hill from Plaka, Kokkino Chorio is famous for its part in the filming of Zorba The Greek; nearly all the village participated. Anthony Quinn is still talked about in the village kafenions!!
The ancient Castle of Aptera and the Roman cisterns are 15 minutes drive away. From here in addition to the interesting historical and archeological finds, the visitor can enjoy breathtaking views to the White Mountains, Drapanos Peninsula and the entrance to Souda Bay.
The historical village of Gavalochori is situated just a few kms inland from Almirida, on the road to Vamos and was named after the Byzantine family Gavalodon who lived there about 1200AD. The village has many old buildings which are being lovingly restored . In the centre of the village there is a shop exhibiting traditional arts and crafts of the local women (the famous “copanelli” bobbin lace). There is also a folklore museum. As in every Cretan village a kafeneion shaded by old mulberry trees and a couple of tavernas at the end of the village square, could not be missing!
How to get there
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There are several scheduled and charter flights to Crete. Chania airport is approximately 40 minutes drive and Heraklion airport is approximately one and a half hours drive.
Flights are available through the spring,summer and autumn months from major airlines, to either Chania or Heraklion airport.
Also scheduled service, from Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airways, throughout the year.
EasyJet, Ryannair, Norwegian,Transaero and other low cost carriers fly to both Crete airports.
Charter Flights from UK:
Monarch airlines, Thompson, First Choice,Thomas Cook.
The nearest ferry port is Souda.
Activities near Chania
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
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|1 Nov 12||1 Apr 13||€ 420||-||-||2 Weeks|
|1 Apr 13||1 May 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 May 13||1 Jun 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||€ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|1 Nov 12||1 Apr 13||€ 420||-||-||2 Weeks|
|1 Apr 13||1 May 13||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|1 May 13||1 Jun 13||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||€ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||€ 600||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rates are per week for the villa, for occupancy up to 4 persons,except during July and August when rates are based on 6 guests. Special rates for 2 guests apply for all season as rates table.
For every extra person above 4, there is a weekly surcharge of 50 euro.
Rates include twice weekly maid service and linen change, free use of airconditioning , tax.
Central heating (winter months) is available on request and at a small extra charge that will cover heating fuel.
On arrival day welcome basket with essential snacks, fruit and wine is provided as well as toiletries and bathrobes.
Free use of internet, laptop can be provided upon request.Enquire now
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