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Excellent 5/5 9 reviews

The Perfect Holiday Hideaway

Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised

If you're looking for something really special, then you really have just found it.. Complete peace and relaxation with a large private & exclusive pool solely for your use in the most wonderful of romantic & private settings with the most amazing views and the additional bonus of being just minutes away from beach resorts and historic sights, Then this beautiful Greek style villa is definitely the one for you.. If you like and enjoy these photographs, just wait until you see it for real! As our genuine past guest reviews testify, This has to be seen to be believed !

So if you are a couple looking for some romantic quality time together and wish to enjoy lazy sunny days by the pool and take the gentle 10 minute stroll into the village for a candle lit dinner for two at one of the areas top restaurants located right in this village OR if you are with friends wanting the nearby beach resort or seeing the sights by day and then relax and enjoy a poolside BBQ at the villa in the evenings, then this stunning home has it all..

This fully air-conditioned, detached villa can easily accommodate up to 4 people and is the perfect location for that 'Get away from it all' relaxing or romantic holiday. Perfectly situated on the mountainside overlooking the tranquil historic village of Gavalohori with 5 mile panoramic views of the white mountains, villages and the sea are quite simply, Breathtaking.

The Villa is perfectly suited to adult couples or foursomes ( Seperate Studio upstairs with own facilities) who wish to relax, Swim and sunbath during the daytime in peaceful countryside surroundings with the added bonus of being able to take the short gentle stroll into the village to enjoy wonderful local cuisine at various restaurants in the evenings, with the further bonus of taking a short 10 min drive to the many local seaside resorts or villages located in this fabulous unspoilt region.

Please check our upto date bookings calender for availability

Features include:

• Private / Peaceful location, just mins from the beach

• Large private / exclusive Pool for your use only

• Seperate Studio with own facilities for friends or family

• Tavernas, Restaurants & Attractions Just around the corner

• Fresh Bed Linen, Pillows, Duvets & Towels Included

• Fully Air-conditioned

• BBQ Area & Large garden with Orange, Lemon & Pomegranate trees

• Children from 10 years of age welcome

• Off road car parking

• Sat TV & DVD Player

Please book early to avoid disappointment as this luxury villa is very popular due to its superb location in a very desirable "Conservation area" region and having Sea & Mountain views

For groups of 4, The villa ideally benefits from having a further Bedroom in a separate studio upstairs with its very own bathroom, The Studio is situated on the top of the villa, with its own Sun terrace & balcony making it perfect for couples who want to holiday together, but wish to have their own space, privacy and facilities, The studio has spectacular views spanning the whole region, making one feel that you really are "On Top of the World"

If you think that sounds exciting, Just wait until dark! when you can experience the night sky in a way you've possibly never seen it and almost touch the stars and literally sit with a wine or coffee and watch the shooting stars pass you by! It really is an experience you'll remember forever.

This luxury villa is just minutes from beaches, restaurants and shops at Almirida and Kalives with the historic city of Chania just 25mins drive away. The villa comprises a large spacious living & dining area with sat TV, DVD & Hi-Fi players, a fully fitted kitchen with Master double bedroom and bathroom all located on the ground floor with patio doors providing access to three balconies also providing access to the sunsoaked Pool, BBQ & terrace.

The large Sea & mountain view pool is for the exclusive sole use of our guests and for peace of mind there are no additional extras, so the rental rates listed are the rates you would pay.

This beautiful villa is surrounded by sun soaked terraces and a large garden filled with palms, Orange, Lemon & Olive trees. The large pool terrace has breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and mountains with access to the BBQ and al fresco dining areas which are lit at night for those romantic moonlight evenings around the pool.

Enjoy a fun day out at Limnoupolis Water Park which is just 25 mins drive from the villa, a real fun day with food, drink and plenty of activities for all, for further details:

History and archaeology abounds here. Within a few yards of the villa is a complex of Venetian wells, and within sight (albeit a 20 minute drive away) is the huge ruined Minoan and Roman city of Aptera at Megala Horafia.

Gavalohori village is an ancient and attractive Cretan village just a few minutes drive inland from the coast and only 25 km east of Chania. The town of Rethymnon, with its characteristic Turkish minarets and attractive harbour and leather markets, is 25 km along the coast in the other direction.

The village of Gavalohori stands at the end of a green and wooded valley leading the 3.5 km to the sea at Almyrida. The village is renowned locally for the work of its women's cooperative. These local ladies wish to keep ancient Cretan traditions alive, including the manufacture of hand made lace, silk, pottery and honey.

There are 4 cafenions in the village (including more than one with free wi-fi). At the bottom of the lane from the villa the Gavalianos Kafenes offers local specialities and hospitality to locals and visitors alike, with English spoken. The cafe opposite is the place the local aging 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.

There are in addition two small supermarkets in the village, both 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 !


Almyrida. Only 7 minutes drive from the villa, this is the perfect family beach - shallow, calm, with showers and changing cubicles and with a toilets and a beach bar. Behind the beach is a ribbon of tamarisk trees and then a pretty resort with quiet bars, shops and restaurants.

Georgioupolis. A 20 minute drive towards Rethymnon, this pretty resort has a quiet beach to the western side, beyond the river bridge, and a long but narrow stretch of sand with umbrellas and sunbeds by the new promenade. This beach actually stretches for several miles beyond the resort and is worth driving to for the sheer isolation! Georgioupolis itself has many tourist shops, bars and tavernas as well as mini-golf and several night clubs. The river is still an active fishing port and at the river mouth is a beautifully photogenic white chapel on the rocks.

Kyani Akti. Between Kalyves and Souda, about 20 minutes drive. This sandy beach is only popular with Greeks (and therefore quiet every day except Sunday). There is good surf here for bodyboarding, but it can be cold near the pretty river outlet. There is a lifeguard post, two snack cafes and toilets and changing rooms

Elafonisi. This has to be paradise. Almost no habitation, and for the last few hundred yards, no surfaced road. Shallow sandy lagoons full of water so warm it is like a bath. There are beach bars, umbrellas and sunbeds but no shortage of room to get away from it all. A good 3 hours from the villa through beautiful scenery - an amazing day trip ( make sure you stay after all the coaches have left! )

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: CHANIA ( 40mins ) HERAKLION AIRPORT (1hour 20mins
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Crete region

Gavalochori is a village of the Chania regional unit on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, in Greece. It is located on Cape Drapan in the Vamos municipality of the Apokoronas region. It is named after the Gavalas family who lived here during the reign of the Venetians. Gavalochori is four kilometers from the coast at Almirida. It is a very old village with an interesting history explained in the local Folklore Museum. The population is around 350 but this number swells in the summer months as tourists, relatives and visitors arrive.

The village has many shops including two taverns, two cafes, a pastry shop with cafe bar, the village pre-school, a graphic design Studio, bakery, three grocery stores and a handicrafts shop. There are 14 Greek Orthodox churches in and around the village as well as Venetian arches and wells, Roman tombs and an ancient olive oil factory. Many interesting walks exist around the village.

The village of Gavalohori itself has an interesting history - the name comes from the Gavalas family who originally settled here at the time of the Venetian occupation. As well as the wells, there is a Roman cemetery, a variety of Venetian buildings and several churches.


Almyrida ( 15 MINS DRIVE) is a resort located in the Apokoronas region of the northwest coast of the island of Crete, Greece. The village is approximately 25 kilometers from Chania, in Chania regional unit. Traditionally a fishing village Almyrida has a long beach that is popular with families. Wind surfers, kayaks, paddle boats and beach chairs can be rented on the beach. There are many hotels, rental rooms, taverns, bars, snack and cafe bars, gift shops, grocery stores and bakeries, all of which are open late into the night in the tourist season. Almyrida is famous for its delicious food, as well as for the shallow waters, ideal for children.

Kalyves ( 20 mins drive) lies about 20 km east of Chania in the Apokoronas area and is linked with GR-90 (E65). It is on the coast at the entrance of Souda Bay. It essentially consists of one long road, with houses opening directly on to it, with the occasional alley behind. The town is bound on one side by the sea and the other by low hills. On Kastelli Hill, east of the town, are the remains of the fortified settlement Castello Apicorono, identified by some scholars as the site of ancient Ippokoronion, which is thought to have given the Apokoronas region its name. In classical and Byzantine times, Kalives is the likely site of Kissamos, one of the ancient city of Aptera's two harbours.

Kalives is the base of the municipality of Armeni, covering 12 other settlements inland. A short walk out of the village to the west is a collection of stone buildings including a taverna and a chapel known as Koumos built by a local man who spent ten years erecting them. Paths are littered with mosaics, walls stuffed with stones in the shape of fish, snakes and other creatures with rough tables and chairs of stone. Before reaching Kalami village, another beach - 'Kyani Akti' is hidden behind fields of bamboo.

Kalyves is a pretty seaside village in the area of Apokoronas in Chania, on Souda Bay, 19 km east of Chania. Kalyves is one of the resorts on Cape Drapanos, along with Almyrida and Plaka, which are famous for their lovely beaches but also their intensive building development. Thousands of British people visit Kalyves every year, not just on holiday but also to buy land and summer villas.pokoronas is one of the most beautiful and greenest parts of West Crete. Here you will find woods, large areas of cultivated land, mountains and hills with small settlements and beautiful, picturesque villages, all well worth visiting for a taste of Cretan nature and traditional Cretan architecture.

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Review 1-9 of 9

29 Jun 2014


"Fantastic views and beaches"

Four of us went to villa Sonia for a week and it was lovely villa very clean and private from other houses. Pool has a fantastic view. Only ten minutes from local beaches which are all lovely and very… More

Thank you for doing a review of your holiday at villa Sonia, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon

29 Jun 2014


"The nicest villa with the most amazing views"

This villa has to be seen to believed! We've just spent a wonderful week at villa Sonia with friends who stayed in the studio upstairs while we stayed in the bedroom down stairs. We all had our own space and privacy and thoroughly enjoyed the large pool with its amazing views. The village has some of the best restaurants in this region and we tried them all! We enjoyed our self that much that we are planning to return next year and we carn't wait. The beaches are just 10 minutes away a short stroll from the village centre. Fantastic!

Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your holiday at Villa Sonia, we are delighted you had a wonderful time and hope to see you again soon

25 Jun 2014


"the most beautiful place I have every stayed"

Villa sonia is a really lovely villa covered by beautiful surroundings. The villa is very clean with a nice big pool and its not too far away from the beach and local village. I would definitely reco… More

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Villa Sonia and look forward to being of service again in the future.

3 Jun 2014


"A rural setting not too far from the sites and activities."

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Gavalochori and Villa Sonia. What a beautiful place to stay 7 nights. We especially enjoyed the rural setting and waking up to animal sounds instead of traffic nois… More

Thank you so much for your lovely review of your family holiday at Villa Sonia, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay, Yes it really is a very special place to be, Being part of Cretan village life with its long lazy days and warm clear sky nights, the animals, tavernas and bakery is quite an experience and so relaxing, now that you're locals! I hope to have you and your lovely family as guests again in the future."Esfaristo"

3 Nov 2013


"Delightful Holiday Away From The Crowds"

Arrived Chania airport late in the evening – Concerns of finding the villa in the dark, which is tucked away high in the hill side overlooking the pretty village of Gavalachori were soon dismissed, by following the guide notes provided, they directed us swiftly to the gates of Villa Sonia in about 45 Mins. On arrival everything was as we expected and more, the Villa being well equipped with a few stylish touches that made the living space feel that little bit special. The next morning further warmed the heart as the real beauty of the villa position became apparent, an elevated view overlooking the village with a back drop of sun kissed mountains along with the sound of bells tinkling from the roaming sheep on the hillside – Delightful, we spent many an hour just taking in the atmosphere. The pool and the grounds were equally enjoyable with the poolside terrace and barbecue area prettily adorned with colourful shrubs and flowers. The pool was serviced and grounds pampered twice weekly by Steve, a very nice chap indeed, not forgetting the lovely Kerry and Peter who changed the towels and linen who were also extremely helpful. As other guests mention in previous reviews, we too took the leisurely stroll into the village for taverna evenings, mixing this with a 5 min drive to Almyrida for a wider restaurant option. The villa is a 10 minute drive from the main Crete highway making exploring the many stunning beaches of this end of the island most accessible, amongst others we visited Elafonisi and Balos Lagoon , a must if you can.
In Summary a Fantastic Place to stay.

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

28 Oct 2013


"Perfect location, fantastic accomodation"

We stayed at the Villa Sonia in late October 2013 having booked through Ownersdirect and we couldn't have chosen better. The Villa was everything Carl, the owner had said it would be and more.
If you are looking for somewhere that has all the facilities you would expect from a modern villa, plus stunning views and the perfect tranquil location but within 5 minutes walk of some excellent tavernas then you couldn't do better than the Villa Sonia in Gavalochori, Crete

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

12 Oct 2013


"excellent location, unbelievable views"

If you are looking for a well earned break from the daily routine at home, amongst beautiful surroundings, this is the place. Villa Sonia itself is perfect, everything you need is at hand making you f… More

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

12 Aug 2013


"Escape the masses and go to Gavalohori"

If you would like a laid back holiday, away from the hustle and bustle in the tourist areas, you should definitely stay in Villa Sonia. Beautiful villa with breathtaking views, placed in excellent surroundings. Spend the day at the pool, go hiking in the area or simply sit back and enjoy the views, the sea and the silence. At night a 15 minute walk will take you to the village tavernas, where you can have the real-greek food, joining the locals.

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

31 Jul 2013


"Simply the best"

If its peace and quiet you want, this is the place. The Villa,the pool,the gardens, the location were all spot on!… More

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

Review 1-9 of 9

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