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Villa Metapothia with private pool within walking distance to tavernas

House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Villa Metapothia, Gavalochori, Crete

For many years it was the dream of Diane, our Crete Operations Director, to build with her husband Yiannis, the perfect villa. Diane started repping for Freelance Holidays in 1988 at the tender age of 19 and four years later married Yiannis, a builder by trade. Finally, they pooled their experience and created this holiday home of which to be truly proud.With soft ochre walls below a neat ensemble of terracotta tiled roofs, Villa Metapothia stands on a quiet hillside overlooking the village of Gavalohori in prime position to enjoy magnificent vistas towards Crete`s distant White Mountains and sea views down the green and wooded valley to nearby Souda Bay. Given Diane`s credentials, it will be no surprise to learn that this villa is extremely well appointed, furnished and equipped down to the minutest detail.

On the upper two floors, all four bedrooms have the bonus of air-conditioning and en-suite facilities as well as French windows to their own individual terraces, complete with patio furniture and sea or mountain views. Three of these bedrooms have twin beds matrimonial style with en-suite shower rooms, whilst the master bedroom has a large double bed and an en-suite WC and wash hand basin with a hydro massage bath in a corner of the bedroom. This wayward bath also has a shower attachment and comes complete with its own window with sea views down the valley.

At first floor level, the main entrance leads into the extensive open plan living area. To one side, a comfortable sitting room has sofas and an easy chair grouped around a large fireplace set in an attractive wall of local stone, plus a massive picture window to make the most of the views down the valley. At the far end of the villas living area, a breakfast bar separates the superb living kitchen, designed by Diane rather than Yianni, with an abundance of storage cupboards and work surfaces, plus all mod cons, including eye level oven, ceramic hob, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and espresso coffee machine. To the rear of the kitchen is a guest WC and wash hand basin and also a washing machine. The dining area, set between the kitchen and sitting area, has its own large picture window with views over the village to the mountains as well as a useful little bar to one side, complete with a C.D. Hi-Fi system.

Doors from here and the kitchen, open onto a covered terrace, with a large marble topped patio table for informal meals and from where steps lead down to the beautiful 9m x 5m pool (Depth: max 1.8m, min 1.2m) with a Jacuzzi in one corner, plus adjoining children`s swimming pool (Depth 0.6m).

Below the living area at pool level and with their own entrance doors are two further spacious twin bedrooms, without air conditioning, but both with en-suite shower rooms. One has its own covered terrace overlooking the barbecue area and is furnished with two single beds & a sofa which opens into a double bed. Whilst the other faces towards the entrance driveway and also has a sofa which opens into a double bed.

The lawned gardens of the property are surrounded by high stone walls and terraced down the hillside. There`s a lovely shady olive tree in one corner, whilst in a sheltered spot to the far side of the villa is a purpose built barbecue area with a huge table.

In the lounge there is a satellite TV with a choice of DVD and VCR. A lane from the village winds gently up the 130 metres to the villa past a number of neighbouring houses and is just a whisker too narrow for a normal car, although this is not really surprising in a village where, until recent times, donkeys were the favoured form of transport! The obvious advantage of course is that Villa Metapothia has no passing traffic apart from the long eared, four-legged variety.

"This is the BEST Greek Villa with pool we have ever stayed in and would like to re-book for next year, the best points of the villa are; * Quality of finish * Size & privacy of pool * Location to village & position of Villa * Location to beaches * Space (nothing is cramped!) * Balconies * Jaccuzzi * en-suites * Barbeque area (sunshine & size) * Views * Big bedrooms (plenty of space & wardrobes) " Chris Brooks & Family.

EOT MHTE 1042K113K0337100

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Almirida 4 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 250 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania 35 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
Pool Children's pool
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Given Diane's credentials, it will be no surprise to learn that this villa is extremely well appointed, furnished and equipped down to the minutest detail. On the upper two floors, all four bedrooms have the bonus of air-conditioning and en-suite facilities as well as French windows to their own individual terraces, complete with patio furniture and sea or mountain views. Three of these bedrooms have twin beds matrimonial style with en-suite shower rooms, whilst the master bedroom has a large double bed and an en-suite WC and wash hand basin with a hydro massage bath, cheekily located, in a corner of the bedroom. This wayward bath also has a shower attachment and comes complete with its own window with sea views down the valley.

At first floor level of the Villa the main entrance leads into the extensive open plan living area. To one side, a comfortable sitting room has sofas and an easy chair grouped around a large fireplace set in an attractive wall of local stone, plus a massive picture window to make the most of the views down the valley.

At the far end of the villas living area, a breakfast bar separates the superb living kitchen, designed by Diane rather than Yianni, with an abundance of storage cupboards and work surfaces, plus all mod cons, including eye level oven, ceramic hob, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and espresso coffee machine. To the rear of the kitchen is a guest WC and wash hand basin and also a washing machine.

The formal dining room, set between the kitchen and sitting area, has its own large picture window with views over the village to the mountains as well as a useful little bar to one side, complete with a C.D. Hi-Fi system. Doors from here and the kitchen, open onto a covered terrace, with a large marble topped patio table for informal meals and from where steps lead down to the beautiful 9m x 5m pool, with a Jacuzzi in one corner, plus adjoining children's swimming pool. Below the living area at pool level and with their own entrance doors are two further spacious twin bedrooms, without air conditioning, but both with en-suite shower rooms. One has its own covered terrace overlooking the barbecue area, whilst the other faces towards the entrance driveway and is furnished with sofa beds as a day room, ideal perhaps for teenagers needing their own space!

In the lounge there is a satellite TV with a choice of DVD and VCR.

Further details outdoors

The lawned gardens of the property are surrounded by high stone walls and terraced down the hillside. There's a lovely shady olive tree in one corner, whilst in a sheltered spot to the far side of the villa is a purpose built barbecue area with a huge table.

A lane from the village winds gently up the 130 metres to the villa past a number of neighbouring houses and is just a whisker too narrow for a normal car, although this is not really surprising in a village where, until recent times, donkeys were the favoured form of transport! The obvious advantage of course is that Villa Metapothia has no passing traffic apart from the long eared, four-legged variety.

The Crete region

Still relatively refreshingly authentic our old favorite West Crete & Chania just waits to be explored. Here, the magnificent White Mountains bestride the landscape and melted snow from their high slopes waters the fertile coastal plains, where orange, lemon and olive groves flourish and superb fruit and vegetables of every description grow in amazing profusion.This part also boasts some of the island`s best beaches, especially the coast west which is one long 15km stretch of sandy beach broken by rocky outcrops and bustling villages with numerous waterside tavernas, virtually untouched by time or tourism.

Chania

Gavalohori, Crete

In the centre of the scenic Apokoronou Penisula, 3.8 km inland from Almirida and at the end of a green and wooded valley leading down to the sea, the beguiling little village of Gavalohori has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the past 10 years. This is in part thanks to a woman's co-operative where they make and sell local handicrafts such as lace and silk products. Many of the houses have been renovated in traditional fashion and the village has a pleasant air of both rural charm and prosperity. Dotted around the small square in the centre of the village are 2 local cafenions where the village males sip coffee and talk politics whilst desultorily twirling worry beads. One of the cafenions serves superb mezes under the shady grapevines. After just a few days in the village you'll find it's easy to imagine owning your own little house here and blending into the local lifestyle, whilst your good wife tries her hand at lace-making.

Gavalohori also has a bakery, 2 small mini-markets and a couple of tavernas so of an evening, there's always the option to wine and 'dine locally and stroll home under the stars. For history buffs, there's a small museum of 19th century household artifacts and on the outskirts of the village are the remains of an ancient settlement with 30 Byzantine wells.

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18 Jun 2014

5/5

"Excellent stay"

Villa is amazing and gorgeous!!! Very well equiped from kitchen to living room,books,tv,wifi, games, everything you ve wished you have in your own house! The rooms are very spacious with AC, own bathr… More

19 Aug 2013

5/5

"Great villa for a long stay in western Crete"

We were 3 families of friends, 6 adults and 7 children staying for a week. We couldn't hope for a better experience - the villa is beautiful, luxurious and extremely well equipped (including the … More

So pleased you enjoyed your stay - look like you'll make it a bit longer next time!! Chris

2 Jul 2013

5/5

"Amazing! The perfect holiday for a young family"

What a fantastic villa. We had a wonderful time - the location was perfect for the beach at Almerida, with great local tavernas in Gavalahori and plenty of space in the villa for the family with a pool perfect for young children. Highly recommended!

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Calendar last updated:21 Sep 2014

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