Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Rosaria is an absolutely gorgeous and totally private villa set on the outskirts of the pretty village of Gavalohori, and it was featured in a wonderful article on Crete in The Sunday Mail travel supplement on May 18, 2014. The villa has outstanding views of Souda Bay, Aptera Fort, The Akrotiri Peninsula, acres of olive and conifer trees, and the spectacular White Mountains. This location is ideal for anyone who would like to be in a completely private, green countrified setting, whilst only 2 minutes drive from a traditional village, and 4 minutes from the beach and many amenities. The peace and tranquility of the area is truly wonderful. It is only broken by the early morning jingle of bells, as Michaelis, the neighbouring farmer, herds his goats and sheep up onto the eastern hillside to graze.
Set among olive trees, in its own expansive grounds, the villa has been designed courtyard style around the large swimming pool. The main house has upstairs terraces from which to enjoy the stunning panoramic views. Imagine sitting here at night looking at the ferries going to and from Athens, and the twinkling lights from the Akrotiri Peninsula on the opposite side of Souda Bay. The main house has been joined by an archway to a ground floor annex, which features 2 bedrooms, each with their own en-suite shower rooms, and doors which open out onto the pool terrace. The Welsh owner has created a beautiful and comfortable retreat, filling the villa with antiques and traditional furniture that has been shipped out from a Welsh farmhouse. There are thoughtful touches throughout that combine to give the villa a very “homely” feel, including many pictures, brass collectibles, and ornaments. The clever design means that the villa is so versatile that it is perfect for not only romantic couples (who can be totally private in the upstairs of the main house), but also for larger parties including families of differing ages, or elderly and/or disabled guests who can fully utilise the ground floor guest rooms as well as the main house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Almyrida 2.9 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||900 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, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Rosaria is truly a villa for all seasons. All modern comforts have been provided for, such as air conditioning units in all rooms, ceramic hob and built in oven, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine, and BBQ. For the winter months and those cooler nights early and late season, the a/c units also double up as heaters, there is central heating, a wood burning stove, and the swimming pool is installed with a heat exchange pump (this is for green power not for heat). There is solar powered hot water with a back-up immersion heater, and a 12,000 litre reserve water storage tank for those times in the summer when water is restricted. All rooms have white aluminium doors, windows and shutters. WIFI internet access is available for up to 5 devices but top-up cards for air-time will need to be purchased locally or from our resort representative.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool area has sun-beds and umbrellas, and all the terraces and balconies are equipped with outdoor furniture. The majority of the garden has been left totally natural, with a few olive trees, small flowerbeds, yuccas, a stone wall which is covered in ivy next to the guest bedrooms, and a traditional stone wall running along the upper eastern boundary (next to a small local road that cannot see into the grounds). Around the pool terrace and annex, there is a raised flowerbed, and a number of terracotta clay pots that have been planted with geraniums and bougainvillea. There are gates at the top of the driveway, and a large private parking area in front of the villa. A recent addition to the garden is a lovely paved path leading from the pool terrace to a built-in barbeque and a large outside dining area with tables and chairs that is underneath a wooden pergola and adjacent to flowerbeds with pretty palms, trees, and colourful flowering shrubs.
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 Rosaria 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.
Gavalochori is a very traditional village and it has great historical importance in this area. There are buildings still remaining from Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish eras, and artefacts have also been found in the area from Neolithic and Minoan Times. Many of these artefacts are now housed in the Historical and Folklore Museum which is located on one of the village's narrow streets. On the outskirts of the village there is a lovely picnic area beneath a thicket of shady trees next to some Venetian Wells. The village square is still very much the focal point of village life. The main kafenion/taverna is a beautifully renovated stone building which is run by the very friendly Monica Papatheofilo. The food and desserts here are delicious and the prices are low. Sitting under the kafenion's shady mulberry trees and watching the world go by, is a favourite past time for both locals and visitors alike. On the opposite side of the square there is the Women's Craft Co-operative which is trying to keep traditional handicrafts alive by making and selling products such as pottery and lace. In the village you can also find 3 more tavernas, a souvlaki cafe, a well stocked mini market,and a bakery.
The lovely village of Almyrida is only 4 minutes by car from Villa Rosaria, 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, and an off-license. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, guided walking tours, and guided coach excursions.
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 45 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 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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