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Panoramic BBQ Terrace and pool above house

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 5km

Vouno villa (Mountain villa) is a tastefully furnished 3 bed villa and was built seven years ago out of local stone using traditional methods, finished to the very highest standard.

The pool and Venetian pergola'd BBQ terrace are set up above the house, further up the hillside where you can while away the day in the pool whilst the eagles soar above your head or enjoy the nightime atmosphere with the blanket of stars above your head and the lights of the Venetian city of Chania twinkle down the bay. The house has two beautiful verandas at the front, one downstairs where alfresco eating is a pleasure and one upstairs that stretches the full width of the house and is furnished with a comfortable sofa and chairs. It also has a covered veranda at the side of the house, for shade from the sun.

The pool area, as mentioned is set further up the mountain, TOTALLY private (Only the odd goat will see you skinny dip!) and is gated off for safety, so those with small children need not worry about them gaining access without parental supervision. The pool is 40sq metres in size, 1.2 metres at the shallow end and 1.8 metres at the deep end and is professionally cleaned and maintained. This area has comfortable sunloungers and sunshades for six people. The BBQ terrace has been planted out with local fruit trees and shrubs (2008). We have just completed (At great expense), an outdoor kitchen type area so that you can happily stay here all day and night if desired. We have a huge traditional stone charcoal BBQ to cook on here and a large table with six comfortable chairs, also a large pergola covering the whole area planted with local grapevines which add to the ambience up here. Perfect for an evening meal amongst the stars, or a midnight swim!

The house is perfectly set mid-way between Chania and Rethymno and great for exploring the less well known parts of West Crete as well as the fabulous cultures of the two cities mentioned.

The surrounding area is great for walking and exploring the flora and fauna of Crete and there are also fabulous little beaches in the area and numerous great tavernas and restaurants. The beautiful cities of Chania and Rethymon are around 30mins away each side of the villa where you can soak up the Venetian architecture, the Minoan archaelogical sites and the forts left from rule by the Turks. The more recent history is visable from the villa as up above the pool there still exists a WWII German bunker. This, for the brave, can be explored as it leads down to a series of caves and tunnels which eventually come out at the ruins of the monastry down below our house. There is a little church here called St Georges which is tiny and is still used. You will hear the bells softly peel out here on holy days.

From the verandas and the pool areas you can also watch the NATO vessels sail out into the Aegean, aircraft carriers, submarines, ferrys and smaller fishing craft, the bay always has something interesting to watch.

We like to think that our house offers something for everyone what ever age, excitement or rest, both are here.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Almyrida 5 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania, most airlines fly into Heraklion
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Downstairs

Air conditioned twin bedroom opens out onto a covered veranda and is furnished with Irish linen and complimenting throws and cushions.

Openplan Living room with wrap around chocolate leather suite TV, DVD, CD player and open fire for colder months as well as central heating and air conditioning. This opens out to the dining area and kitchen which is furnished with a marble topped table that can seat up to eight people. The kitchen is fully fitted and furnished with the highest quality stainless steel white goods including a huge fridge/freezer for all those cold drinks!

We also have a cool box in the house, should you want to take a picnic and explore other areas.

A winding stairwell will take you up to the next floor.

Upstairs

Another twin bedroom with a full sized bathroom beside it (With over head shower), which opens out onto a huge veranda via French doors.

The master bedroom has an en suite wetroom and again opens out onto the upstairs veranda. Again this is furnished with Irish linens and complimenting throws.And both are fully airconditioned.

Further details outdoors

The upstairs veranda is furnished with a comfortable sofa and chairs and is perfect for hiding away with a good book and a glass of wine. The downstairs veranda has a marble table and captains chairs for six to eight people and is beautiful to sit at for an evening meal whilst watching the sun go down beneath the White Mountains. The covered veranda is perfect for early morning coffee and baklava, or should you wish to hide away from the sun for a while. There is also comfortable seating here. The covered veranda looks out one side onto Souda bay and the other out onto the Aegean sea, a paved area just beside this is perfect for small children playing under the watchful eye of mum or dad.

The BBQ terrace is set further up the mountain, accessible up limestone steps and gated off to keep small children (And goats) out. The pool is set in this area also and is 40 sq metres with Roman steps at the shallow end and an access ladder at the deep end.It is 1.2 metres at the shalow end and 1.8 metres at the deepest end.

The views from this area cannot be described other than being simply breathtaking. At night can be seen displays of shooting stars from this large terrace.

The pool area is furnished with top quality sunlongers and sunshades. It also has an outside shower, should it be required. The BBQ terrace is furnished with a large table and captains chairs for comfort. We try to improve the house every year and this year completed the planting of fruit trees and shrubs around the terrace. November '08 saw the completion of an outdoor kitchen being built and a huge pergola, planted with local grapevines.

Further details

A welcome basket filled with local produce (Including a bottle of excellent wine) is left for clients, but please call should you have any special requirements.

There is also a fabulous taverna within walking distance of the villa, should you wish to enjoy local Cretan cooking.

A 20% deposit is payable within 10 days of booking the villa, with the remainder due 40 days prior to departure.

When the balance is paid, arrival instructions and directions will be Emailed at this stage.

Retired, want some winter sun or thinking of moving to sunny climes? We will gladly consider a long term let from beginning November to end March for reasonable rates. e.g. One month (Nov) £795. Please phone to discuss T&C's.

The Crete region

With 300 days of sunshine every year this island is like a country in minature. There is so much to see and enjoy, be it the history of the migration of 13,000 Venetians(20% of the population of Venice) in the 13th Century, who left behind beautiful tall Itallinite buildings and narrow cobbled streets along with their culinary influences and glass craft or the invasion of the Turks in 1680, whose great towering forts and buildings can be easily seen around the whole island.

The West of the island is incredibly lush and verdant and has the greatest number of wildflowers in the whole of Europe. The area where Villa Vourno is located is famous for the White mountains or Lefka Oria, which provide the stunning backdrop to the city of Chania. Chania itself has many wonderful shops and sights to see including the Old Cross Market where you will find every type of fresh local produce imaginable.

Chania

Chania is a Venetian city full of a mix of cultures and influences left from rule by the Venetians, the Turks, and more recently from the German occupation in WWII. Near to the house is the fort of Apetera which is thought to be around 4 thousand years old, and if you wander around both Chania itself and the large village near to the house, of Almyrida, you will easily see the excavation sites and beautiful mosaics on the floors of ancient villas inhabited by Cretean people of long ago.

The monastry below the villa has a series of caves which lead up eventually to an old German WWII bunker, this should only be attempted by those brave enough, with a torch and a love of small furry rodents!

The village of Kokkino Chorio itself is where the village scenes for Zoba the Greek where filmed in 1963 and is still recognisable as the same village even today. During the local religious festival (August) you will be warmly welcomed by the locals in the square to an evening of music, local wine and great food done on the spit roast.

This is the real Crete, enough of the infrastructure to have everything you need without all the tourists.

For younger visitors there is a fabulous water park, and go-kart circuit, around 30mins drive away from the villa on the far side of Chania at Limassol. You could quite happily spend a whole day here without getting bored. Lake Kornos is also worth a visit as the only fresh water lake in Crete. Here you can rent a pedalo, swim or generally take in the easy going atmosphere in one of the lake side tavernas. Across a little from Kornos is the long beach of Georgiopoli were the breakers from the Aegean make exciting swimming. There is also horse riding here and a few beachside tavernas. Inland, in the town of Vamos there is a lovely museum which tells the story of the local textile industry and how this has been revived by local women. Easter is also a truly wonderful time to visit the island as most of the major religious festivals take place then and the whole island comes out to celebrate, visitors cannot help but be drawn in.

In the slightly larger town of Kalives is a beautiful Greek Orthodox church, used on an almost daily basis, the doors are nearly always open and it is worth a peak inside just to see the amazing murals painted high on the ceilings and walls, opposite this church is the old water mill with an adjoining restaurant, the food here is excellent. You can while away a couple of hours over lunch while kids can play safely in the little square in front of the restaurant.

The smaller village of Almyrida has a great blue flag beach and restaurants right on the beach front. Our children have been known to finish dinner then play with their local friends on the beach as late as 11p.m.(No need to mention how wet and sandy their clothes were on return!!) . There is also a hotel here and several nice tavernas were local and live music can be enjoyed.

The larger town of Kalives (Where the church is) also has a great beach, more shingly in nature, this also has restaurants on the beach front and the larger hotel has just opened a bowling alley if you feel energetic!

There are too many wonderful sights to see and great things to do to mention here, my recommendation would be to spend every other day visiting somewhere new, and use the great facilities of the house inbetween.

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Review 1-10 of 31

25 Jun 2014

5/5

"A fantastic base to explore a beautiful island"

Just returned from a glorious week at Villa Vouno. We went in search of a calm, relaxing week in a beautiful setting and that's exactly what we got. The sunsets alone make the villa worth visiting, as are the views which stretch over the whole of Chania.

Part of what makes the view from the villa so great is how far up the mountain it's positioned. It is absolutely essential to hire a car when visiting (the nearest shop is a few kilometres away), so wouldn't suit those that want to be right in the heart of town. But if it's tranquility you're after then you couldn't find a more charming villa! We found Kalives Travel (car rental) very helpful, they were able to get us a car at the last minute and came out immediately when we thought there was an issue with it.

We had a couple of lovely meals at The Retreat restaurant next door. It's a real asset given that all other tavernas are a drive away - it gave our assigned driver a few nights off! Also, Almyrida has some lovely beach-side cafes and restaurants. The locals are very proud of their beautiful island and only too happy to help tourists to see the best of it.

Chania Old Town is also well worth a visit. It's actually quite a way from Villa Vouno so we tied it in with our flight home and went there on the last day. There's a very handy luggage storage at the bus station so for 1 Euro we could drop our suitcases off, explore the town and then head back to get a bus to the airport.

We will definitely return to Crete. It is such a breathtakingly beautiful island and Villa Vouno really shows it off in the best light. Thank you Catherine for all your help and guidance in planning the trip.


Best wishes,
Clara

Hi Clara,

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review; your great tip for leaving luggage has already been passed on to several guests who are about to head out soon. I am so glad that you really enjoyed yourselves.

I hope your holiday keeps you going for quite a while, or at least until you come back to visit Villa Vouno.

Many thanks again,

catherine

15 Jun 2014

5/5

"Beautiful villa, wonderful views, lovely Spring flowers..."

We flew into Chania on 22nd April and were met by our car rental chap who was very friendly and helpful; he drove ahead of us to the villa, stopping on the way at Kalyves to allow us to pick up some groceries. Unfortunately, having requested a Scenic or equivalent, we actually received a much smaller car (which we accepted, as two of our party had had to forego the trip due to family bereavement) with a slighter engine, which was not capable of making it to the top of the steep drive to the house. We were able to cope with his; we left the car further down the drive and went the rest of the way on foot, but would stress that less mobile visitors would find this very hard, so the advice is: hire a car which likes hills! Once you've made it to the top of the drive, the villa has one ground floor bedroom and bathroom and you can avoid the stairs and enjoy the main floor's terrace and balcony area (although there are steps up to the pool and barbecue terraces).
The villa itself makes the climb well worthwhile. The interior is clean, comfortable and the facilities perfect for a family/friends' holiday. Outside, the ample terraces allowed us to enjoy the panoramic views of Souda Bay and the mountains at different times of day. The swimming pool area and house are surrounded by flowers and the mountainside behind and beside the house was alive with the colours of Spring flowers and the sounds of bees, birdsong and, depending on the day, the sheep or goats with their jangling bells. We were also treated on a few occasions to the shepherd's/goatherd's singing!
The weather was great- not too hot, but comfortably warm during the day. We delighted in the gorgeous sunrises (me) and sunsets (everyone), the sunbathing and even the rather dramatic windiness at night! From here, we were able to pop down to the beaches within 10-15 minutes and eat at a variety of friendly little restaurants at the water's edge in Kalyves and Almerida. A drive into the mountains allowed us to explore the landscape with hidden ruined monasteries, hamlets and villages. A morning in (C)hania gave us the opportunity to visit the atmospheric Venetian Harbour and charming little streets. further afield, we loved our day out to visit the ancient palace at Knossos (a 2-hour drive approximately), I have to admit that the rest of the time was spent lazing near the pool, reading and gazing out to sea, as the villa was such a delight! Many thanks to Catherine for her advice, information and for allowing us to share her lovely second home.

Hi Fran,
Many thanks for taking the time to review the villa...your description brings it all back to me in wonderful detail! I really hope you make it back again, this time with your friends who were unable to make it.

I hope your time there has tickled your appetite for the place and that we see you again soon, to explore some more.

Best Regards, Catherine

2 Jun 2014

5/5

"While we sit on the bbq terrace..."

Just contemplating the packing for our journey home tomorrow. We've had a fabulous time here and look forward to returning again in September. Great location. Fabulous views and an ideal base to … More

Hi folks,

Many,Many congratulations on your engagement......hope you liked the champagne and flowers!! Glad that it turned out just the way you wanted and I hope that this is the beginning of a fabulous life-time journey for you both.

Now.....about the wedding!!!!! (Only kidding!)

Best Regards, Catherine

1 Jun 2014

5/5

"Relaxing family holiday"

We spent a week in May in the villa with two kids. Quiet place, clear and well-equipped villa with fantastic sea view. The owner is very kind and helpful, we had a nice welcome dinner, too. The house is cool - the temperature and the castle design :)

Beaches and Chania are easy to reach by car, we would recommend this villa for relaxation.

Be aware: insect protection needed, even inside the house.
Thanks for the nice holiday!

Hi Zoltan,

Glad you all enjoyed your holiday, it was my pleasure to help you organise everything and I really hope we do see you folk again as discussed!
Thanks again for reviewing the villa.

Best Regards,Catherine

13 May 2014

5/5

"Brilliant family holiday"

We booked Villa Vouno for our Easter trip to Crete. The villa very comfortably accomodated 3 adults and 2 small children. The property met our expectations in terms of location and facilities it was comfortable and well equipped. The villa is in a stunning location secluded but not isolated. We loved seeing and hearing all the goats as they munched their way around the surrounding area (careful to keep the gate shut). The local villages are a short drive a way and offer a variety of very good value tavernas. The local supermarkets are also good and due to there being an expat community it was easy to obtain a few home favorites for the kids. The owner Katherine was very helpful giving us plenty of information prior to the trip, her recommendations for car hire worked out very well for us and ultimately I felt Katherine worked hard to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. Crete is not an island that can be covered in a week so we didn't try, none the less we did a lot of day trips visiting Hania, the botanical gardens, and Rethimnon, Kotsifos Gorge and Preveli beach (which was stunning) before heading back to Heraklion via Bali beach. Equally we enjoyed just spending time at the local beach. My only wish would have been for warmer weather to actually then be able to spend and enjoy more time just lazing around the pool at the villa. Having said that it (Crete) wasn't crowded with tourists, the landscape was green and there were wild flowers galore. I would be very happy to recommend this villa and location - Crete offered a very easy going relaxed holiday and the generosity of the locals was amazing.

Hi Rachael,

Many thanks for your great review; it is a lovely time of year to visit (All the flowers being out as you say),I hope you get many months of benefit from your holiday and that we see you visit again soon.

Many thanks, Catherine

1 Dec 2013

5/5

"Lovely relaxing week in beautiful surroundings"

Villa Vouno Just returned to a very grey UK after a blissful three weeks in Greece. Our final week was unexpectedly spent in Villa Vouno after deciding to spend another week and fly to Crete from the … More

Hi Folks,

Really glad you enjoyed your week in the Villa; I know you often travel to Greece for work, so I hope that you will feel the call of Villa Vouno on your next visit!! It was our pleasure to have you and many thanks for leaving a review.

Best Regards, Catherine

9 Oct 2013

3/5

"Nice view but villa needs updating."

Good location, stunning views but the villa is now not quite the same as the photos. After a number of years' use it is showing signs of wear and tear and could do with some TLC. For example, t… More

Dear Ian,
Thank you for your review; I feel I must point out that with Tripadvisor, I have the option to confirm or deny this review, but have chosen to have it posted as I wish to address some of the points you have made FACTUALLY:

a) The sofa you were made aware of prior to booking as I have made all my other guests aware this summer, and is to be replaced in 3 weeks when I have no further guests, otherwise guests have nowhere to sit! I did discount summer weeks HEAVILY (By £260 after your story of being unable to afford it the previous year) for your party and responded in great detail to help you to print off your Ryanair boarding passes, as well as assist you with car hire and a number of other things.

b) Your highly misleading statement about the toaster is untrue.

c) There are three umbrellas; maybe you hadn't put the others up as they are taken down in high winds for obvious reasons, but they ARE there for guests to use.

d) I think you might be referring to solar lights I have in to make the garden pretty; these sometimes get blown over and are not used for anything other than decorative reasons. The main lights are working perfectly.

e) The pool is professionally maintained twice a week and you did acknowledge yourself that Richard came up in less than ten minutes of being informed that there was a problem. You told me you noticed the filter not working the day after your arrival; however you waited for five days (As you state in your email) before telling me that there was a problem. I do not understand this as the pool was made right a matter of hours after being informed. People do not like maintenance crews being up every day and usually choose a villa rather than a hotel so that they can have privacy; my instruction document clearly states that Richard and Anne are there to deal with any problems and will sort things as soon as they are told about them, as they did.

f) Truthfully, I have never had anyone complain about toilet rolls or fruit trees for that matter!!!!!!
The fruit trees are just part of the garden and fully visible in the pictures (Which were taken last year incidentally, by guests from Ohio as I am no good at photography!!). Neither have I ever had anyone complain about the showers or bedrooms, which are all done the same way in Greece!!

g) I have never had anyone tell me both by phone and Email, that they enjoyed their stay, then ask, some time after their return, for a refund.

In conclusion, I have many guests who return every year, where there is the odd problem it is sorted out as quickly as possible, and indeed the two reviews before yours are from guests who stayed following your return home, one of whom has re-booked for next year.
Thank you for taking the time to post a review,I hope that your next holiday proves more successful.
With regards, Catherine

5 Oct 2013

5/5

"A great place to stay"

We had a lovely holiday at the Villa Vouna. It was nice and private while still being within a shortish drive of tavernas and the sea. We arrived in the evening and our car hire firm offered to escort us to the villa for an extra 10 euros and we were very pleased we accepted it! Despite Catherine's very helpful directions, it would have been hard to find in the dark. Catherine was very friendly and helpful, giving us lots of information. The villa was very clean and just as described. The pool was lovely and not overlooked. The views were absolutely amazing! Not counting the pool, there were four different areas where we could sit and eat, which was very useful if we wanted to avoid the sun or when it was windy. The garden was pretty, with some lovely flowers, which helped make the pool a nice place to relax. We would recommend Totem bar, just in Plaka on the way to Almyrida as a good place to get a cappuccino and access the internet. They are very friendly and make very good tarts! They also sell home-made jam, which isn't jam really, but is good with bread or yogurt. Plaka seems to have a lot of places to eat for its size. We particularly liked Elpis. We also liked eating by the sea in Almyrida, which also has a nice baker's. We like quiet beaches and fell completely in love with the second beach along at Kira, between Almyritha and Kalives. You have to walk down to it along a rough track and climb down a few rough rock steps, but it is idyllic. We did more relaxing than sightseeing, but did visit Aptera, which was well worth it. There is a room in the now abandoned monastery there which has leaflets and lots of information. There were a lot of other things we could have done when we were there, but we only had a week and really wanted to relax - and Villa Vouna was ideal for that!

Hi Jessica,

Many thanks for your lovely review; It's a very hard place to leave isn't it!!?!
The Totem is our favourite place too for cake and coffee, having said that you can't throw a stone in Crete without it landing on somewhere great to eat.

I really hope your holiday carries you through the colder months and that Villa Vouno sees you both again very soon.

Best Regards, Catherine

5 Aug 2013

5/5

"Relaxing week in superb location"

Villa Vouno offers stunning views from every terrace and the peaceful location allowed us to enjoy them to the full. We all enjoyed the large secluded pool and our children entertained themselves there while we made use of the adjacent BBQ area. As this was our first visit to Crete Catherine's advice on places to visit was much appreciated - we went to three different beaches each with its own character, had a family swim across Lake Kournas while my brother manned the peddalo, walked the Samaria Gorge and visited Knossos Palace. Whilst the villa itself is quite remote there is a village nearby with a choice of Tavernas offering delicious Greek food, and nearby towns had quality butchers and shops with fresh local produce. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer!

Hi Catherine,
Many thanks for posting your review; now that you've sampled a little of what Crete has to offer, make sure you come back!!! You won't run out of things to do. I am so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday and I hope it keeps you going for many months to come.....Or until you make it back anyway!!
Many Thanks,
Catherine Smith

29 Jul 2013

5/5

"One of the most relaxing weeks we have ever had!"

We are a family of five, children of varying age groups (20, 17 and 7) and I must say it suited us all perfectly. So much space to chill, a beautiful pool to swim in, a spectacular BBQ terrace and views to die for! Local villages have wonderful restaurants, good quality food and everyone so friendly. A car is essential but so many places within popping distance from the villa. The villa is of a high standard and very well kitted out! We all fell in love with this area of Crete and will definitely be back. Thank you Catherine for all your help and advice.

Hi Folks,
Many thanks for your great review, I knew you'd enjoy the place and I do hope you all will come back and visit Villa Vouno again. After nearly ten years of going out to Crete, we still haven't tired of the place, or tried everything that there is to do!

Best Regards, Catherine

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