Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Keramika is a gorgeous villa which is set on an elevated hillside at the foot of Mount Drapanos and high above the village of Kokkino Horio. Thanks to this superb location, which affords easy access by foot to the taverna and mini market in the village centre, Villa Keramika enjoys dramatic panoramic views of Souda Bay, The Akrotiri Peninsula, olive groves, Kokkino Horio village and The White Mountains.
This charming villa has been designed so that your living area extends to the outdoors with a number of different terraces and balconies all of which take in the wonderful views and glorious sunsets, and with a choice of sun or shade. The infinity style pool terrace and the covered front dining terrace are surrounded by flowerbeds that have been beautifully planted with a myriad of colourful flowers and shrubs including hibiscus, geraniums, oleander, daisies, rosemary, yucca trees, and Washingtonian palms, and to west of the villa the acres of unspoilt hillside have rocky outcrops interspersed with almond trees, olive trees, and an infusion of wild flowers in the spring.
All in all, Villa Keramika is the perfect place for either families or couples to enjoy a wonderful relaxing holiday with beautiful scenery
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Almyrida 4 km|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||700 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania 28 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Recently built in traditional Cretan style incorporating local stone and cypress wood, Villa Keramika has been thoughtfully and comfortably furnished by its English owners. Much of the furniture has been made locally using wood which matches the beamed ceilings, windows, doors, shutters and pergolas. The fragrant cypress wood ceilings, pretty stone arches and fireplace, framed black and white prints of yesteryear Crete, icons of saints, and terracotta clay pots filled with dried lavender give the villa a very homely feel.
These traditional features blend perfectly with every modern comfort that you could wish for including satellite TV, DVD and CD players, cooker with ceramic hob, dishwasher, washing machine, barbeque, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms. The a/c units also double up as heaters, and there is central heating and a fireplace for the cooler nights early and late season, or for an extended winter stay. In consideration of the environment there is solar powered hot water with a back-up emersion heater. Total relaxation is guaranteed at Villa Keramika with a large library of books, DVD’s and CD’s, binoculars for watching birds or the ships in the bay, torches for walking to the village at night, and a cool-box for day trips to secluded beaches.
|Further details outdoors|
Villa Keramika has one immediately adjacent villa which does not overlook the vast majority of the property, and one neighbour set on a terrace above and behind the villa that can only slightly see part of the pool terrrace. The spacious covered front terrace leads out from the living area and downstairs bedroom and is equipped with comfortable armchairs and a dining table. The 2 large balconies that lead out from the upstairs bedrooms are both equipped with tables and chairs, and the pool terrace is furnished with sun-beds and umbrellas. In order to ensure the safety of the smaller members of the family (and the peace of mind for the adult family members) the large pool terrace and the built-in stone barbeque area have each been separated from the villa by railings and gates. The barbeque area is located under a pergola that provides shade.
Despite the quiet countrified location Villa Keramika is only 10 minutes from the sandy beaches, and many excellent tavernas and shops in Almyrida.
Internet access is available via a USB stick that can be rented from the local agent's office.
We ask for a deposit of 20% on villas with a total rental price of 1000.00 Euros or more, and 200.00 Euros for villas with a total rental price of less than 1000.00 Euros, with the final balance paid 10 weeks before your arrival date. We accept payments via bank transfer or with personal Visa or Mastercard.
The Crete region
Crete has everything you that could possibly want from a holiday: soaring mountains that are snow capped from November to June, many great walking trails including Europe's deepest gorge, ancient archaeological sites and Minoan palaces, quaint villages, sparkling clear blue seas with tavernas serving freshly caught fish, golden beaches, glorious wild flowers in the Spring, and a variety of delicious foods which are all made from healthy home grown produce.
As incredible as the island is, it is the Cretan people who will make your holiday truly memorable. Descendants of the Minoan's, one of Europe's earliest civilizations, and shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, the Cretans are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent but passionately friendly.
Villa Keramika is located in the heart of The Apokoronas Region just east of the beautiful town of Chania. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, what better place to relax and watch the world go by. In the narrow streets behind Chania's harbour you will find tavernas, bars, the famous covered market, and many local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and hand made ceramics. Visit 'Leather Lane' for outstanding hand made leather bargains.
The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate and the weather is characterized by long hot, dry summers and mild winters. The Spring can be warm and sunny during the day but still have cooler evenings and is perfect for walking, birdwatching and looking at the wild flowers. All in all Crete is absolutely perfect for your Villa holiday.
Kokkino Horio main taverna and mini market a 8 -10 minute walk from Villa Keramika. The family run-taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, and has delicious food and very friendly owners (Zacharias and his son Yiannis) who know everything about the village and the surrounding area. During the summer months there are occasional live Cretan music nights at the taverna (once a month or so), which are a lot of fun. Kokkino Horio (“red village” in Greek) was the main village set for the film “Zorba the Greek”. There are little whitewashed houses and narrow streets that wind around the village centre. At the village kafenion you can find older locals who were used as extras in the film, and they will happily show you photos of themselves with Anthony Quinn. Just 15 minutes walk from Villa Keramika is the famous glass blowing workshop which has a taverna with organic food and wine. Here you can watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner, into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls. A third taverna with excellent views is on the outskirts of the village.
The lovely village of Almyrida is only 4km from Villa Keramika, and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are 7 excellent tavernas, 10 café/bars, 2 bakeries, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 3 gift shops, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher's shop, an off-license (liquor store), and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, and guided walks and coach excursions. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, and a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and a scuba diving office.
A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio, lace makers in Gavalohori, and silk makers in Kalamitsi. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 - 40 minutes away by car.
Cooking classes and wine tasting set at a local winery can be taken by those of you who are interested. Guided walks led by experts in mountaineering and/or flora and fauna can also be arranged. For those of you who prefer to venture out on your own, a free copy of the guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles comes with every villa. The book contains detailed directions to many well known and hidden sites, opening times and prices for all attractions, taverna recommendations, and the only existing map of the National Highway showing the exits and entrances.
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20 Oct 2013
"Warning- this villa may spoil you for any other!!"
We enjoyed a fabulous two weeks- great weather even in October; we used the pool daily.Beautifully appointed villa AND garden with panoramic vistas over Souda Bay and the White Mountains, which you ca… More
1 Sep 2013
"It was absolutely fabulous."
Lovely villa, so well stocked with everything you would use at home. The views are to die for. We loved the pool and lazing around admiring the view, playing with the inflatables supplied was great fun. Easy drive to town where there are lovely restaurants. Cannot fault really, we had a really great holiday.
23 May 2013
A most wonderful villa, with stunning views. This is the perfect place to bring family and friends, and for everyone to find their own way of relaxing. The villa is very well kitted out and everyone w… More
12 May 2013
"A Perfect Holiday in a Perfect Location"
We have just returned from a perfect week in Villa Keramica. It was everything we could have hoped for. The Villa itself was well equipped and very spacious, and its location was stunning with uninter… More
24 Jul 2012
"The best views in Crete"
The villa is stunningly positioned on the hillside overlooking Souda Bay. It offers uninterrupted views that are simply divine at sunset, made all the more perfect with a chilled glass of wine in hand… More
18 Jul 2012
"Fabulous Villa-enjoyed by All!"
We all absolutely loved staying at Villa Keramika! The age range in our group was 4-71 years and everyone was happy. The villa is extremely well appointed, thanks to the owners being regular visitor… More
10 Oct 2011
"Beautiful villa, spoiled by construction site next door"
We stayed in Crete last summer for two weeks - in a beautiful villa rented from Frankie Miles at villascreteholidays.com. Such a positive experience motivated us to return to Crete with friends in Se… More
I am absolutely shocked and appalled that the guests who stayed at Villa Keramika in October 2011 have taken it upon themselves to write such an inaccurate account of what happened during their stay. Whilst it is true that building work did start out of the blue and with no warning on the first morning of their week's holiday, it is completely untrue that they were not offered alternative accommodation. Construction work behind Villa Keramika had originally started out of the blue in August when we had other guests in the villa. I called the owner of the construction company and he agreed to stop work until October 04 which was the date of that the last guests of the season were leaving the villa. The construction work was on a terrace 25m above and to the rear of the villa and it did indeed stop as the owner of the construction company had promised. We had very happy guests in the villa throughout August and up until September 28 when these guests arrived. In fact the guests who stayed the previous 2 weeks have booked to come back in 2012. When the construction started the first morning of these guests holiday I again called the owner of the construction company and he said the he must have made a mistake with the dates. I explained to him that we needed one more week without any noise and he said that he would speak with the driver of the JCB who was an outside contractor. He came back to me and said that they needed one more day of work that week and was there a day when the guests would be out. I called the guests and they said that they would be going to Samaria Gorge the next day from the crack of dawn so they would be out all day. It was agreed with the guests and constructor that the work would be done on the Thursday when they were out and then ceased. At this time I did advise the guests that while I had no reason not to believe that the builder would not keep his word as he had done for the previous 7 weeks, I did think that the only way to guarantee a peaceful holiday was if they were to move to another of our villas but they did not want to. On Friday morning I received another phone call from the guests saying that the construction work was going on again. I called the builder who said he would speak with the JCB driver. The work was stopped but again I advised the guests (strenuously this time) that the only way they could guarantee a peaceful holiday was to move to another of our villas, and I readied the house managers and cleaners at 2 of our best properties to prepare them. The wife said that she would need to talk with the other guests about this, and I told her that it was Friday morning and I would need to know within an hour or so because the maids were only working until lunchtime the husband called me back an hour later to say that they did not want to have to pack, and because they were only here for a week, and it was primarily a walking holiday, they would prefer to stay. He also said that they would like to stay later than check-out time on the Tuesday and have a very quiet morning. He said that they would also be in the villa on Sunday morning. I spoke with the builder and he agreed to this, but again I advised the guests that moving would be the best alternative. There was not building work over the weekend or on the Monday, but on the Tuesday - the day of departure - the guests called me again to say that the JCB was working again. I tried to call the builder but he did not pick up the phone all morning. The guests did stay after check-out time on the Tuesday but I could not get the building work stopped. This whole experience has been very distressing for me because it was beyond my control - the law here does permit work during certain time periods - and I had no way of knowing in advance that there would be building work during their stay. I did offer the guests alternative (more expensive) accommodation but they chose not to take it. If I had known in advance that there would be a problem at Villa Keramika then of course I would have contacted the guests in advance. We at Villas Crete Holidays pride ourselves in giving the best service. We write very detailed descriptions of the villas so that the guest can be sure that the villa they are booking is right for them, and we are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if the guests have a problem or need information and help. There is now very little building work in this area of Crete and this is therefore a very rare occurrence. I find it blatantly unfair that the guests say that they were not offered alternative accommodation when there clearly were (I have house managers who can verify that I called them to let them know the situation and to be ready to prepare other villas). We do care about our clients and very much want every visitor who travels with us to have a fantastic holiday - which is why we have so many guests who come back to Crete with us year after year. I am upset that these guests did not have a perfect holiday but I did offer alternative accommodation and they refused to take it. They also have not contacted me since to try to work any thing out in terms of compensation, they preferred to write an inaccurate review instead which is a great shame.
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