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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Asteria is designed with comfortable double & twin bedrooms. It has a private swimming pool which is GATED to help with child safety.
Located in our St Basil Olive Grove, only 3 minutes drive from the beach at Almirida, on the Apokoronas Peninsular in North West Crete (35 minute drive from Chania Airport). Also nearby, only a 12 minute walk away, is the 1000-year old Greek village of Gavalochori with tavernas & shops.
The villa shares the Olive Grove with only 4 other villas (also owned by us) but is not overlooked by them so your privacy is protected. Unusually for Crete, there is at least 60 metres between each house, and separated by colour full private gardens. The olive grove is huge (4.5 acres, 17,000 sq metres) and is fully fenced and gated. The road to Almyrida has only light traffic during the day and occasional vehicles at night, yet you are never far from civilisation and the bustling cafe culture and nightlife of nearby villages.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: only a few steps up to house, (roll-up ramp available). Downstairs 2nd bathroom (professional commode/shower-seat available) and double bedroom with immediate flat access to patio and outside dining area overlooking pool. Call us to discuss - 0161 980 6754
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Almyrida 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: CHANIA 20 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
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Asteria sleeps groups in comfort, with parties of up to 8 people each having their own bed - no need for pull out or camp beds in the living room. When comparing our villas to others you see online you should ask the agent/owner the following questions:
1) How far away in metres is the nearest neighbouring house? ... What separates us?
2) Do I have to share a BBQ or pool with another house?
3) Is there easy access between kitchen and outside dining area? ... Or do I have to climb up and down a flight of stairs?
4) Will everyone in my party have a proper bedroom? ... Will some have to sleep on camp beds in the living/dining room?
AND if you are a parent with young children: Is the pool easily visible from the kitchen/living room area? ... Are there any safety gates around the pool?
The house is also suitable for wheelchair users. There are only a couple of steps to negotiate from the road up to the house. Downstairs double bedroom with shower room and W/C next to it.
Each bedroom also has a private balcony with breathtaking views over open countryside (and sea views in the distance from some balconies).
|Further details outdoors|
Thoughtfully designed and extremely comfortable, this house is one of only 5 exclusive properties on our private olive grove - all owned by us. Each benefits from being not directly overlooked - having beautiful colourful gardens among 100 olive trees and literally acres of outside space to explore.
Villa Asteria has a very large patio area (fenced) which makes it ideal for poolside games.
Price is based on occupancy - lower rates apply if you have fewer guests. See our website for details, or call and speak to us direct - 0161 980 6754 (+44 161 980 6754 if calling from outside UK)
The Crete region
Crete, blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine every year and has over 25 million olive trees and a population of less than 600,000 living on its 8,300 square kilometers. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean that lies at the point where the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa meet. The island has an elongated shape, 260 km long from west to east and is divided into four prefectures Chania, Rethymnon, Iraklio and Lassithi, which are between 15 and 60 km wide. The coastline is over 1000 km long and consists of both sandy beaches and rocky shores. The rest of the island is sparsely populated, with large tracts of mountainous areas frequented only by shepherds.
"Out in the dark blue sea there lies an island called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side, densely peopled and boasting ninety cities."
Homer Odyssey 19, 172-174
Together with all the former attractions, the island has a rich archaeological heritage in the prefecture of Heraklio and eastward, are the remains of the palaces and cities (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, etc.) which are of the Minoan settlement, who developed one of the great civilizations of the ancient world, which flourished between 1700 - 1450 B.C. Then with the invasion of the Achaians and later the Dorians (11th century B.C.), new cities were built, such as Aptera (17 km. from Chania) and Lato. Among the remains of Byzantine culture on Crete are the masterful mosaic floors and the churches decorated with frescoes dating from the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Crete fell into the hands of the Arabs In 824 till 961 which was when Handak today known as Iraklio was founded. In 1204 the island was then passed to the Venetians who reinforced older fortresses, such as Koule in Heraklio, and built new ones in places such as Gramvousa (45 km from Chania), Spinalonga (near Aghios Nikolaos 200 km from Chania), Frangokastello (85 km), Lerapetra (250 km), and Paleohora (70 km). We can still admire Venetian edifices such as the great walls of Chania, inside which we find narrow streets with squares, fountains, churches and Venetian houses. In 1645 the Muslim conquered the island for the first time and in 1669 the whole of Crete fell into the hands of Turks, it was not until 1913 when the island of Crete was united with the rest of Greece.
The spirit of Crete is reflected large in the island's landscapes, its soaring mountains and fertile plains, in the palaces of the Minoan area and the castles, mosques and minarets of Venetian and Turkish conquerors. Above all it is in the traditional hospitality of its people with their infectious love of life and enjoyment of simple pleasures. Thus Crete is a land for all temperaments, blending fascinating layers of history with a proud and thriving folklore in a powerfully beautiful setting.
VILLA ASTERIA is situated 2 km inland of the fishing village of Almirida (sometimes spelt Almyrida) on Crete's north west coast. This is to the east of Souda Bay on the Apokoronas peninsular, about 20 kilometres from the city of Chania and its airport.
OUR LOCATION is ideal if you want a quiet family holiday with plenty of sun and sea, yet you are never far from civilisation and the bustling cafe culture and nightlife of nearby villages.
Nearby ALMIRIDA VILLAGE has around a dozen restaurants and tavernas, mostly along the seafront, so you can enjoy your meal just a few metres from the waves. We have personally eaten at every restaurant and have never had a poor meal, although perhaps some of the local village wine is a acquired taste! Cooking is invariably home-made Cretan (according to long-handed down family recipies) so you will find that the same dish will differ between restaurants. Variety is everywhere. Nightlife - there are several quite trendy bars open until silly hours, and there is often a disco in Nikita's bar on a Sunday night. You can also expect impromptu musicians to turn up at any time and entertain you with traditional Cretan music and dancing.
GAVALOCHORI VILLAGE, only 12 minutes walk away, dates back over 1000 years and offers your closest restaurants and minimarkets - plus interesting attactions such as the ancient Roman Wells.
BEACHES are sandy and safe, with crystal waters, and offer good opportunities for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and scuba (PADI) diving. You can also hire wind surfers and pedaloes - even a large sailing boat for day trips around the peninsular
Nearby KALIVES is a working town as well as being a tourist destination. So in addition to the beaches, tavernas, bars and tourist shops there are local shops plus a good-sized supermarket. Banking, post office and petrol station are available.
CHANIA, the second city of Crete, is a cosmopolitan city voted the most beautiful on Crete. With the White Mountains as a backdrop, it has a Venetian harbour, museums, a fascinating indoor market and an old quarter of narrow streets packed with interesting shops. It is a vibrant place steeped in Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish history. The harbour area is a great place to sit and watch the world go by at one of the sea-front tavernas. You can take a boat trip, visit the nautical museum, or just wander around the narrow back streets. The Agora market has fish, meat, bakers and fruit stalls. The Saturday street market which runs down towards the sea, close to the Agora is the best place to find produce straight from the fields.
WALKING/HIKING. The famous Samaria gorge is just to the south and there are also many more peaceful gorges such as Imbros Gorge, which runs parallel to Samaria. The Apokoronas area is wonderful for walking & cycling, especially in the Spring & Autumn. Inland, the countryside offers spectacular hills and winding valleys. May and June are the ideal months to see an astonishing display of wild flowers - including huge carnivorous plants growing wild! An ideal way to explore on foot is with local walking experts Faragi Tours, a family-run company of enthusiasts who specialise in offering walks of various length and difficulty, from beginner to expert. They are based in nearby Vamos, only 5 km (3 miles) from our villas.
KNOSSOS PALACE - famous dwelling of the Minoans and the Minotaur
PHAISTOS was one of the most important centres of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. It was inhabited from the Neolithic period until the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C.
ALLIED WAR CEMETARY
In a beautiful location at the head of Souda bay, a poignant memorial to the young lives lost in World War 2. A lovely garden and a very peaceful place.
GERMAN WAR CEMETARY
It is a tribute to the people of Crete that they help to maintain the cemetery of those who invaded them in the May of 1941. Like the Allied cemetery, this is also beautifully maintained, but totally different in design. To find it you drive out to Maleme, and look for the turning on your left as you drive West. It is on one of the hills over-looking Maleme airfield, where many of them died as they came in by parachute. More than 4000 German troops are buried here. The headstones are in fact tablets laid flat on the ground, one tablet for two men. At intervals there are also small stone crosses. There is also a small visitor centre on the path up to the cemetery. When he was alive George Psychoundakis (The Cretan Runner) tended the graves at the cemetery
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25 Jun 2014
"Beautiful location but car essential for the steep walk back to the villa"
This area is outstanding and would definitely return to it as unable to fault the surrounding amenities however the steep uphill distance from these amenities which was not mentioned on the particular… More
We are sorry to hear about this guest's problems.This is the first negative response we have had about the cleanliness of the villa. On the contrary we normally receive great reviews about the cleaning staff and the cleanliness of the villa. There should have been 2 beds made up and we are sorry that this was not done. The local staff do get a pre-arrival report about which beds should be made up so we will look into why it was not followed this time and ensure this does not happen again.
8 Aug 2013
"Lovely Villa and beautiful area"
The villa was lovely, not overlooked at all. Just 10 minutes walk to the nearest village of Gavalochori which had a selection of cafe's with friendly staff. We were made very welcome.
The beach at Almirida is safe and clean surrounded by shops and restaurants.
I would highly recommend this villa.
3 Jul 2013
"Great value stay in good area of Crete"
Really happy with the quality and cleanliness of the Villa, air conditioning in every room, shower room and bathroom so great for 1 year old we had with us. Pool is good and has significant outdoor area (this is where you spend your time anyway) Would say a car is needed as hilly walk in the heat but taxi's are resanobale under 10 euro from bay to Villa. Almidya is very picturesque and Galvenhory is worth a visit. Also suggest a trip or two to Hania port. Communication from owner has been great and would recommend as superb value for money
13 Jun 2013
We stayed at Villa Asteria as a family group, grandparent, parents and grandchildren, or other children and grandchildren stayed at Villa Helios, (same owner). The villas are about 100yards apart and connected by a pathway so it was possible for the grandchildren to move from one to the other without going on the road. As described the villa sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms. There is a large patio area and a swimming pool area which has railings around it making it possible to restrict entry by grandchildren without adult supervision.
The Villa is well equipped with all necessary equipment etc.
About half a mile away ( easy walking distance ) is the village of Gavalachory with a bakery, small general store and three restaurants, known as Monica's and Rosemary's. Although these names are not shown on the actual restaurants. Both provided excellent meals at reasonable costs. For a group of 13 including starters, main courses wine and soft drinks and icecreams for the children total came to about Euros 170.
The Beach is at Almyrida about 2 miles away, within walking distance but since it has plenty of free parking it was easier to go by car.
Good sandy beach with safe shallow sea.
20 May 2013
"Amazing villa, Great for families"
We stayed in Villa Asteria for a week in May 2013 we are a family of four children 5 and 2. The villa was clean and well equiped with a large pool and patio area which the kids loved playing in. The villa is situated in a large plot of land containing olive trees of which the ownesr produce there own olive oil which was fantastic we took two bottles back with us. The weather in May was good approx 25 degrees which was nice but not too hot for the children. The villa is a few minutes drive from the beach in Almyrida which has shallow water for the children to play in and plenty of space to choose from. Almyrida has lots of taverna's and little bars which all serve fantastic food we can vouch for most of them we got through as many as we could in a week. In summary the villa was a great base for us as a family quiet at night and not overlooked in the day well positioned to explore the surrounding villages and towns. Already planning our next trip!
10 Mar 2013
"Novelty fun on olive picking holiday"
The owners of the villa supply quality Cretan 'Saint Basil' olive oil. They offer working holidays in November to harvest olives from their trees. It was hard work but very enjoyable. The owners provided a good Cretan style workers lunch and we ate out (as a group) at night in a variety of great value restaurants. The weather was warm and pleasant. The villa was fine as accommodation for a working holiday but would come in to its own in the summer as it extends in to a patio / swimming pool area. There are a number of villas on the same plot but they are well spaced and would afford privacy.
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