About the home
Enjoy exquisite luxury surroundings and stunning views by booking a stay in our newly built Cretan home, constructed to the highest specification by a renowned architect. A warm welcome awaits you at this exclusive single storey villa, set in its own gated grounds, with panoramic views over olive groves to the sea.
As we were told by another property owner "this is too good to rent out" - but we do!
We have focused over 20 years of experience of staying in other people's villas to inform our design, and now offer you a villa constructed and equipped to the highest standards, suitable all year round for families and parties of all ages, and sleeping up to 6 plus an infant.
Our aim is to deliver first class accommodation for the independent traveller at affordable prices.
LATEST NEWS - installation of solar-powered (eco-friendly) pool heating system for 2013 season. This will raise the water temperature at no cost to yourselves or the environment and will make it even more pleasant to swim, particularly at the start and end of the season when sunshine is plentiful but the ambient temperature is lower than in the middle of summer.
See our exclusive website for more photos. Details below.
The accommodation is all on a single level, so no stairs to climb, other than to the roof terrace - but the views are stunning from everywhere ! Extra facilities for disabled guests include modified bathroom, grab rails, shower chair and raised toilet seat - please ask for details.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Almerida, 4km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 500m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
Adapted for wheelchair users
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pools:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Childrens pool|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
Adapted for wheelchair users
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair access, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
In its elevated position overlooking the traditional village of Gavalohori, the forest to its rear and views of the sea over Souda bay, this exquisite British owned property offers:
Air conditioning included to all living and sleeping areas.
Large fitted kitchen in birch wood with soft-closing drawers and stainless steel appliances by top brands such as Bosch & Siemens - dishwasher, fridge/freezer, ceramic hob, oven & combination microwave.
Extensive lounge with bespoke Italian made sofas, log burning fire for warm winter evenings (small charge for logs). Dining area with white leather chairs & solid dark wood table extending to seat 10.
Large master bedroom overlooking pool, king sized bed featuring imported posturepedic mattress, fully fitted wardrobes & extensive views, french doors opening out onto sun terrace. En suite fully tiled shower room in stunning black & white, with large (1.5m) shower, toilet & wash handbasin.
Large second bedroom with double bed, bunks & fold away trundle, sleeping up to 4/5, soft armchairs, fully fitted wardrobes, opening out onto its own patio, with stunning views of sunset over the White Mountains.
Fully tiled main bathroom with sunken corner bath. 3rd shower room with toilet, meeting the needs of the most-bathroom hungry family who hate to queue! British plumbing means no paper-bin in the bathroom, unlike many Greek properties.
Separate laundry area with washing machine, tumble drier, iron & ironing board.
Sheets & towels included - twice weekly maid service (weekly off season). Double glazing & central heating - year round offering everything needed for the perfect break for families and small parties of all ages. Truly a fantastic find !
A variety of almost 20 board games and a comprehensive reference library are provided, tour guides and maps, giant chess set, children's pool area. Please note - children must be properly supervised at all times when using pool. For your safety no diving.
40" LCD TV with satellite system and Sony PS2 plus Sony surround-sound system and CD/DVD player in the lounge
Colour TV with Sony PS1 and DVD player plus iPod docking station in the family bedroom.
Mini- hi-fi system in the master bedroom
UK Standard Travel cot on request (small additional charge)
Solar pool heating from 2013 season
Further details outdoors:
Single storey accommodation, tiled throughout in soft beige, opening onto shaded dining terrace, its Cretan arches reflected in the blue waters of the 10m x 4 m pool which wraps uniquely around the building. Sunbeds with large blue sun parasols are provided for relaxation, as well as two sets of hardwood exterior tables and chairs for outside dining or drinks.
Terracotta tiled roof terrace for the perfect breakfast al fresco. Parking up to 3 cars on a sweeping gravel driveway with sliding iron gates, surrounded by atmospheric wall and pillar lights.
Surrounded on all sides by private gardens packed with exotic flowers, the views from the pool and dining terraces across the village of Gavalohori and the Apokoronas region are stunning - culminating in golden sunsets over the White Mountains and followed by the twinkling lights in Souda bay as you watch the ferries leave for their daily trip to Athens. You can view the Milky Way overhead using the telescope provided for star gazing, as you sit and listen to the pine martens rustling in the nearby olive groves.
Pool adjoins the house - close supervision of small children is CRITICAL.
Prices are for the villa and 2 person occupancy. Extra persons to a maximum of 6 at £20/€25 per person per week.
Single step from car park to house. Steps to roof terrace. Otherwise ideal for persons of limited mobility - wheelchair accessible via 4 routes and car can draw alongside solid paved access, enabling entry to house from driveway with no steps. Additional disabled facilities available within en suite. Qualifies for level 3 mobility requirements in all factors except kitchen worktops are standard height.
Smoking is not allowed either in the the property nor in the grounds. No pets allowed.
Normal changeover day May - October TUESDAYS for direct flights to Chania from UK. Rest of Year changeover SATURDAY. Other weekdays during off season negotiable by arrangement. Please ask us what you would like. Friendly and approachable owners always happy to discuss requirements and respond to questions.
Property available from 4pm (16:00) local time on day of arrival until 10am (10:00) on day of departure.
Discount for rental over 3 weeks duration and for re-bookings. Longer term lets by negotiation at preferential rates.
Payment may be made in pounds sterling by cheque drawn on UK bank or in Euros, at an exchange rate agreed at time of booking, electronic funds transfer to our Greek Euros or UK STERLING account. Details supplied on confirmation of booking.
20 % deposit due on booking, balance 8 weeks before departure. Cancellation policy - all payments are non refundable.
The Crete region
Western Crete is ideal for familes or couples as it is quiet and unspoilt, yet has a plethora of safe sandy beaches, watersports and low-key nightlife within easy reach.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Crete has the mildest climate in Europe and the longest holidayseason. Spring starts very soon after Christmas when the island is ablaze with colourful spring flowers and bulbs, the olive groves are lush and green and the mountains are still snow-capped. In summer the temperatures can reach the mid 30's so are ideal for sum-seekers, and the sea stays deliciously warm until well into our Autumn.
The island is dotted with historical and archeaological sites - such as Knossos, of Minotaur fame, and a varierty of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture - and every village has several traditional Churches for you to visit and photograph.
The welcome offerred by the Cretan people is legenday, and the food is claimed to be the healthiest in the world. Not only the birthplace of Zeus, Crete is truly the place of Gods!
The Chania / Gavalochori area
Gavalohori stands at the end of a green and wooded valley leading the 3.5 km to the sea at Almirida. The village is renowned for keeping ancient Cretan traditions alive, including the manufacture of hand made lace, silk, pottery and honey. As a holiday destination it offers a wide range of facilities, English spoken in shops and restaurants and yet retaining the Cretan charm in danger of being lost in other locations of TV reknown.
Beautiful Chania with its Venetian port, is an easy drive, whilst Rethimnon, with its characteristic Turkish minarets and attractive harbour and leather markets, is 25 km along the coast in the other direction. Sandy beaches abound, offering watersports (including scuba), safe family swimming or horseriding.
There are 3 cafenions in the village. At the bottom of the lane from the villa the cafenion offers local specialities and hospitality to locals and visitors alike, with English spoken, and gets rave reviews for the food from all our guests . The café opposite is the place the local ageing male population choose to use to sit and while away the hours playing Tavli (backgammon) and they may well invite you over to take a coffee with them and play a turn. Just across the road is the lane to the museum and also here is another small taverna.
There are in addition three small supermarkets in the village, all easily walkable from the villa, and both stocking a good range of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables, bottled, canned and frozen goods to stock the villa freezer. They also sell home brewed raki (the local spirit of choice) and locally pressed olive oil. The village also has an excellent bakery, open all hours and offering a wide range of breads, hand raised cheese and apple pies, the delicious aroma of which snakes its way up the hillside to greet you as you walk down of a morning for warm bread for breakfast !
How to get there
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Crete can be reached by direct charter flights from May to October, and easily on scheduled flights via Athens all year round. The journey time is around 4 hours from the UK.
*EasyJet fly to Athens from Luton and Manchester, and all the major charter companies fly direct to Chania (CHQ), which is less than an hours drive away. RyanAir now offer a number of direct, affordable, flights directly to Chania from UK airports. EasyJet also fly to Heraklion from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester, as do Jet2.com, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch. Heraklion is about 2 hours drive away.
Aegean fly to Athens daily from Heathrow, then there is only a further 1 hour hop to Chania.
*We recommend local company Autoclub (http://www.autoclub-rentals.gr/) .for car hire - they will meet you at the airport, speak excellent English, and have a well-maintained new fleet of cars at very reasonable prices.
Activities near Chania
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
11 Oct 2012
Lovely villa with all the facilities that you could wish for. The village is an easy downhill walk (quite steep coming back) with 4 tavernas and a couple of small shops. We would particularly recommend the one in the square, good food at a reasonable price. Plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas, if you can drag yourself away from the pool.
29 Aug 2012
The villa is exactly as described on the website, Wendy & Eddie made the whole booking process easy and the local team servicing the villa were really helpful during our stay. We had an great, relaxing holiday - thank you.
29 Jul 2012
We had a fantastic family holiday, the villa had everything we could have wanted and made for a very comfortable stay.The area was very quiet and peaceful, had complete privacy and yet was a short stroll into the village where there were 4 very good tavernas. A short scenic drive to the nearest beach and plenty of other things to do nearby.
We work hard to keep up the quality of our villa so its always nice to get reviews like this. Thank you!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|6 Apr 13||28 Apr 13||£ 699||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Apr 13||20 May 13||£ 829||-||-||1 Week|
|25 Jun 13||2 Jul 13||£ 1169||-||-||1 Week|
|16 Jul 13||3 Sep 13||£ 1329||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 1169||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||29 Oct 13||£ 829||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Oct 13||24 Dec 13||£ 589||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 3|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|6 Apr 13||28 Apr 13||£ 719||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Apr 13||20 May 13||£ 849||-||-||1 Week|
|25 Jun 13||2 Jul 13||£ 1189||-||-||1 Week|
|16 Jul 13||3 Sep 13||£ 1349||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 1189||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||29 Oct 13||£ 849||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Oct 13||24 Dec 13||£ 609||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|28 Apr 13||20 May 13||£ 909||-||-||1 Week|
|25 Jun 13||2 Jul 13||£ 1249||-||-||1 Week|
|16 Jul 13||3 Sep 13||£ 1409||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 1249||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||29 Oct 13||£ 909||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Oct 13||24 Dec 13||£ 669||-||-||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.
NOTE - The price examples shown above are for the property and up to 2, 3 &6 persons, For parties over 2 persons there is an additional charge of £20 (EUR 25) per person per week over the 2-person price. Please drop us a line if you want to query price or availability.
CHANGEOVER DAY IS FLEXIBLE.
From time to time we offer last-minute or early-bird discounts. Please contact us for further details.
The cost of out of season lets can be negotiated by reducing cleaning visits from twice weekly. For month-long bookings out of season we offer a reduced rate of 175€ per week plus bills.
SECURITY OF YOUR HOLIDAY :
Please note - We do not believe there is any reason to be concerned about the current economic situation in Southern Europe. The villa is wholly owned by UK residents and payment may be made in pounds sterling to our UK account, presenting no risk to clients should Greece decide to leave the Eurozone. Our view on the so-called Greek financial crisis is that media hype has contributed substantially to people's concerns about holidaying in Greece in 2013 and that holidaymakers will still find what they have always done - the sun will still shine, the skies will still be blue, the seas will be warm and the people welcoming, whether you are paying for a meal out in Euros or Greece reverts to the oldest currency in the world - the drachma. The only impact on holiday makers of an exit from the Euro would be a devaluation of the national currency - making your holiday even better value for money ! So choose for yourself a relaxing stay at this amazing property, now more affordable than ever.Enquire now
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