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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

Villa Challis

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.5km

This villa is ideal for families and couples. It has a large living room leading onto two spacious balconies, a kitchen/dining room, 3 double sized air-conditioned bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The villa is equipped with Satellite TV, DVD player, iPod docking stations, CD player, a PlayStation 2, games, a travel cot and high chair. Outside there is a swimming pool (9.5 x 5m, 1.2m deep) surrounded by a large terrace, equipped with sun beds, deck chairs, umbrellas and gas bbq. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the balconies or on the covered terrace downstairs where you can admire great views. There are also areas for parking and ball games. There is an assortment of outdoor games equipment including basketball net and bats and balls. There is an enclosed toddlers play area with toys where your toddlers can play while you relax by the pool. Licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (EOT) for holiday rentals. (EOT number 10.42.K.12.3K.03381.00)

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kokino Horio 500 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania 40 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 DVD player, Sea view
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Spacious comfortable living room on 1st floor, with two sofas, TV, DVD player, Play Station 2,CD player and radio,ipod docking station, soft lighting, coffee tables and games table and air conditioning. Two sets of double doors open out onto two large balconies to enjoy alfresco dining and relaxation with great sea and mountain views.

Bedroom 1 situated on the ground floor with double bed. Bedroom 2 on the ground floor with twin beds.

Bedroom 3 on 1st floor with twin beds.Travel cot available.

Bedroom 1 & 2 have double doors opening onto terraces to enjoy the beautiful sea views. All bedrooms have air conditioning.

Fully equipped kitchen including cooker, hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, blender. Traditional Greek dining table and chairs which seat 6. Off the kitchen is a large outdoor covered dining area which also seats 6.

Ground floor bathroom with wc, bath/shower, sink and washing machine.1st floor very large shower room with wc and sink.

Further details outdoors

The villa stands in half an acre of land. There is a private swimming pool (9.5m x 5m, 1.2m deep) surrounded by a very large terrace, equipped with sun beds, deck chairs and umbrellas. The grounds are extensive, offering plenty of space to play games, explore or hide away. There are different areas to enjoy; gravelled, natural habitat and local fauna, olive and almond trees as well as areas for ball games, including basketball. There are two large upstairs balconies; one is equipped for dining for 6 people and the other for more intimate dining for 2 or for relaxing on sunbeds. Off the downstairs bedrooms guests can enjoy the terraces overlooking the sea views and mountains. Off the kitchen is a large outdoor covered dining area which also seats 6. Here you can enjoy the amazing views. Set in a rural location, the views are stunning with the sound of the bells of the local sheep and goats as they roam the neighbouring fields. This is an idyllic and peaceful setting.

Further details

The villa is one of just a few villas in the area that have been licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (EOT) for holiday rentals.

The Crete region

Crete is the most southerly and largest of the Greek islands (180 miles long by 40 miles wide) & so there are many areas to explore including; walking in the Samari Gorge (Europe’s longest gorge at 18km), boating on Lake Kournas, driving through the White Mountains, discovering the many beaches or wandering the historic cities of Chania, Reythimon or Heraklion.

Chania is a great old town where you can wander the narrow lanes until you come to the Venetian built harbour lined with restaurants and bars. Boat trips and horse and carriage rides are available and nearby there is a water park with both gentle and scary rides!

As the home of Europe’s earliest civilisation, Crete has many ancient ruins including Knossos Palace, the ancient home of King Minos & the Minotaur where according to Greek myth Icarus began his ill fated flight.

Crete has 300 days of sunshine every year with temperatures ranging from low 20’s to high 30’s from April to October. Outside this period the temperatures are usually in the mid teens.


Kokino Horio is a traditional Cretan village in the mountains with 2 tavernas selling local food and a small grocery store. The film Zorba the Greek was filmed here. Just outside the village is a small beach in a quiet cove which is secluded, picturesque and perfect for snorkeling and diving.The nearest taverna is a 10 minute walk from the Villa.

The Blue Flag sandy beaches of Almyrida Bay are only a 10 minute (3 mile) drive from the house. The beaches here are very safe for children as they shelve very gently into the sea. There are over 20 restaurants, bars and shops and you can also rent kayaks, windsurfs, sailing boats & bicycles.

There are no large hotels and so Almyrida has a quiet environment that livens up in the evening as the beach front restaurants and bars fill up with diners.

The bigger seaside town of Kalives with beaches, restaurants, bank and supermarket is a further 10 minutes drive from Almerida.

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Review 1-10 of 11

18 Jun 2014


"Lovely villa - relaxing with great views"

We enjoyed our stay at Villa Challis. Peaceful surroundings - we live in rural Devon and this was even quieter at times. The villa had all we needed including a decent sized pool. Car hire is essentia… More

28 May 2014


"Fantastic stay"

I recently stayed at villa challis. It was a great stay, a good location and the villa had everything we needed. The location was fantastic and it was great to sit and watch the sun set with a few gla… More

17 May 2014


"Wonderful relaxing break"

Just returned from a few days stay at Villa Challis. Modern spacious villa, spotlessly clean, in a peaceful location, convenient for beaches, mountains and shopping. Inside, the villa is comfortably f… More

27 Apr 2014


"Absolutely lovely!"

I have to agree with all the other positive reviews for Villa Challis. It is a beautiful, well equipped villa, clean and set in a peaceful location, but close enough to local tavernas and beaches that… More

12 Aug 2013


"Lovely villa, very peaceful and well equipped!"

Villa Challis is a lovely, peaceful and well equipped villa. The villa is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts but not too far away so that you don't feel like exploring some of the lovely beaches. The only downside is that Crete can be quite windy and as you are up on a hill you can feel this a bit more than we had expected. However, the villa and its great amenities more than made up for it! Definitely great value for money and we would be happy to return!

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Challis. Sorry it was a bit windy when you were there. You are right - occasionally you do get a breeze, though sometimes this can be a pleasant relief. We have just been there for 2 weeks ourselves and we could have done with the odd breeze! Thanks very much for your great review.

3 Jul 2013


"A little bit of paradise!"

We had a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. The villa was well equipped,it had everything you could think of. I even said to my husband if I was so inclined I could bake a cake, it simply had every utensil you could wish for. The villa was spacious with the most wonderful views of the sea and the mountains, what we liked was its seclusion but still being only a few minutes away from the village and the coast. The wildlife was amazing, we had a snake and a hedgehog in the garden plus millions of cicades that sang from morning till night. The pool was beautiful and kept so clean by the property managers, all in all everything was fantastic and we can't find a bad thing to say about it. Thank you to the Challis's for letting us rent your home.

We are really pleased that you had such a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. We have actually baked a number of cakes there for our childrens' birthdays! However, we have never seen a snake - that must have been exciting! Thank you very much for your very positive comments.

17 Sep 2012


"Lovely Villa, Stunning Location, Great weather !"

Our first visit to Crete and also the first outside of main school holidays. We were not disappointed about either aspect. Crete is a beautiful island and the villa, close to a small village, overlooking Souda Bay was a great base to explore. The villa itself has the advantage of it's own pool - very necessary in the warm weather. To get best advantage from the location, the living room and balconies are on the first floor and the views across Souda Bay were superb. The villa is well appointed and the gas barbecue was well used. There is a good local restaurant (10 minutes walk) and the best choice of restaurants is around a 10 minute drive away. The beach at Almyrida is beautiful (and again a 10 minute drive away) but worth the effort.

There are many places to visit; Chania, Rethimno and lake Kournas to name but a few.The use of a car is highly recommended. Hope to visit again.

5 Sep 2012


"Tranquil, great location and perfect to escape the rat race."

Having arrived in the dark late at night, opening the curtains on the first morning at Villa Challis and seeing both the mountains and turquoise sea was jaw dropping -ly awesome. It made sense of the bendy roads I had driven up the night before, which slowed me down mentally to proper holiday mode. You really want for nothing at the villa. The lounge upstairs ensures there is always a welcome breeze and a snooze on the hammock is a must. The gas barbecue works like a dream complimenting a well equipped kitchen. There is a lovely shady area to sit outside the kitchen with wind blinds if necessary. The pool is perfect, with sunbeds, chairs, shades and views to inspire. At night millions of stars make the whole place quite magical.
It is easy to stay here, removed from the pace of a working week and with a couple of trips for provisions, there are books, games, pool inflatables to keep you occupied if lazing around proves all too much. You can listen to your own music or play with the Play Station or even watch films at your leisure.
The villa is in a good location to explore the western end of Crete and there are plenty of excursions offered from nearby villages where there is plenty of entertainment and a wide range of restaurants/cafes. Take a good pair of trainers as there are many walking/trekking opportunities. We walked the Samaria gorge which was wonderful and something we will never forget. If you have snorkelling equipment take that too as there is plenty to see. A read of the visitors book at the villa gives you a good idea of what others have done. Guide books and maps are also at your disposal during your stay which is really helpful. Oh yes and the air-conn was much appreciated during our stay as we had wonderful weather.

8 Aug 2012


"Perfect holiday home from home"

Fantastic villa with great facilities and perfect location. Paul couldn't have done more for us - we asked lots of questions about suitability for our 18 month old and as well as all the bits already on site (high chair, cot, lots of toys - a life saver having had to fly with minimal luggage!) he went out of his way to improvise stair gates for us.
The villa is simply but beautifully decorated - we loved the exposed stone walls. Bags of living space, all you could need in the kitchen etc. We really loved though, the different terraces and spaces providing sun and shade throughout the day, lovely places to sit, have lunch etc.
The pool is fab and despite not being heated was warm enough in June.
The location is really special. There is a villa next door (empty during our visit!) but it doesn't really overlook and apart from that it's down a quiet track, surrounded by fields with dry stone walls, olive trees and herds of bell-bearing goats. Views from the upstairs balcony fantastic - watching the sunset over the sea doesn't get much better. And amazing starry skies.
Great supermarket in local village and lots of amenities in Almerida. You do need a car but driving feels relative safe in Crete so no problem.
When we could bear to leave the villa (we got lazy!) we did go to the beach some days and ventured further afield to Georgopolis & Stavros beaches. Hania recommended.
We wanted peace, seclusion and a beautiful location with beaches nearby. And it fitted the bill perfectly. We'll be back...

4 Jul 2012


"Villa and location was exactly what we needed - we plan to go back soon"

The villa and nearby location had everything we needed for a fantastic holiday. The villa itself was a very spacious building with its own swimming pool. The nearby town had plenty of good restaurants… More

Review 1-10 of 11

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