Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Villa Odyssey is a charming villa that has been beautifully designed and equipped by its English architect owners to be a completely relaxing home with incredibly high standards. The villa has been carefully decorated throughout with the traditional Greek colours of blue and white which gives the villa a light and airy feel and beautifully complements the wonderful sea and mountain views. The tiny and traditional farming village of Xamoudochori is located just 4kms inland from the seaside resort of Maleme, with its many tavernas, shops and long shingle beach.
Positioned on the peaceful outer limits of the village, Villa Odyssey looks out from its hillside position across an undulating valley covered in vineyards, olive groves and citrus trees, to the Gulf of Chania and the Rodopou Peninsula in the north and The White Mountains in the south. The glorious views can be taken in from the infinity pool, the pergola covered dining terrace (complete with outdoor bar, kitchenette and BBQ), the living room, and the bedrooms. With easy access to the National Highway as well as roads to the west and south coasts, this is a great area from which to explore Crete’s many and varied sites.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Maleme 4 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania 35 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||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
In order to make your stay completely stress free every modern comfort that you could wish for has been provided including 1.8m satellite dish, Sony TV and DVD player with surround sound, mobile phone, phone line with WI-FI broadband internet connection, hair dryer, safe, mosquito screens, stained timber shutters, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms and living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights early and late season. There is solar powered hot water or a back-up immersion heater, and a covered car-port which helps to keep your car cool during our long hot summers. The fully equipped modern kitchen has Bosch appliances and every gadget imaginable from ceramic hob and electric oven, dishwasher, and 2 fridges to a food processor and espresso coffee machine. For entertainment purposes a good selection of DVD's, CD's, maps, books and games for both adults and children have been thoughtfully supplied, as have 2 cool boxes, a Thermos flask, a haversack and freezer blocks for you sight-seeing trips. Despite the villa's attractive interior our guests tend to spend most of their time whiling away the hours on the pool terrace which has been equipped with sun-loungers and umbrellas.
The front door opens into the fully fitted kitchen which has built-in pine veneer cabinets with pretty blue doors, a very extensive kitchen inventory, Bosch steel appliances including a ceramic hob and oven, a fridge, and a dishwasher, and a dining table and 4 chairs. Two steps down from the kitchen are the lounge and cloakroom. The lounge has fitted bench seating with blue cushions and built-in side tables, a reading lamp, a coffee table, a sideboard with the satellite TV and DVD player, phone and internet connection, many books, games, CD's and DVD's, Mediterranean blue muslin curtains, and a pretty selection of candles in natural wood holders. There are sliding double doors which lead out onto the pool terrace and infinity pool. Just off the lounge is the cloakroom which has cream and beige tiles, a washbasin, a mirror with a wood frame, a toilet, a frosted window and a shelf with a display of natural sea sponges.
The double bedroom has a pine veneer double bed with crisp blue and white bed linen, 2 matching pine veneer bedside cabinets with reading lamps, built-in floor to ceiling pine veneer wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves, cheerful yellow muslin curtains, a chair, a blue coffee table and a hairdryer. There is a window which looks over the pool to the sea, and a door which leads out onto a balcony. The en-suite shower room has floor to ceiling blue and light grey tiles, a shower unit with sliding glass doors, a white toilet, a white washbasin with a mirror and shelf, a towel rail and heater, and a frosted window. On the opposite side of the small landing from the double bedroom is the door to the twin bedroom which is almost exactly the same. The twin bedroom has 2 pine veneer single beds with crisp blue and white bed linen, 2 matching pine veneer bedside cabinets with 1 reading lamp, built-in floor to ceiling pine veneer wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves, and contrasting red muslin curtains. There is a window which looks out over the garden, car port and small country road to the rear of the property to the stunning White Mountains, and there is a door which leads out onto a sea-facing balcony. The en-suite shower room has floor to ceiling blue and light grey tiles, a shower unit with sliding glass doors, a white toilet, a white washbasin with a mirror and shelf, a chair, a towel rail and a frosted window.
|Further details outdoors||
Villa Odyssey nestles into the middle of a half acre plot on the top of a terraced hillside which borders acres of land covered in olive trees and vineyards. The land drops away below the villa which allows for an exceptional setting for the entire property but especially for the gorgeous infinity pool and semi-covered outside dining terrace. Privacy is good with only two small adjacent villas to the northeast side of the property that have been cleverly screened by a tall natural stone wall that matches the car port columns and the attractive stone features to the staircase and outside of the villa.
Steps lead down from the upper terrace, private parking and car port area to the villa and paved outside areas which accommodate the pergola covered dining area, kitchenette and barbecue. A myriad of colourful flowers and bushes have been planted on banks, and in flower beds and terracotta pots around the mature garden including, hibiscus, hottentot fig, mesembryanthum, margaritas, daisies, birds of paradise, lavender, bottle brush plants, Washingtonian palms and yucca trees. The dining area is framed by fuchsia bougainvillea and sweet scented jasmine, and the lower terrace has a small grove of 30 productive olive trees.
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 Odyssey is located on the west coast 25 minutes from 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.
Xamoudochori is a tiny hamlet with 30 houses and 2 traditional kafenions where the old men drink coffee and play backgammon under grape vine covered pergolas. Just 4 kilometres away is the coastal village of Maleme which has 2 supermarkets and numerous mini-markets, a pharmacy, a cash machine, a number of gift shops including a ceramic shop and a jewellery store, a newspaper and magazine shop, and many tavernas in the centre of the village and lining the beachfront. The long shingle beach has busier areas with sun-beds and umbrellas as well as quieter spots without amenities. Maleme is famous for the battle on 20 May 1941, during the Second World War. Thousands of German paratroopers landed near the Bailey Bridge that spans the mouth of the nearby Tavronitis River, and a fierce battle took place for control of the key airfield at Maleme. Close by are 4,465 graves in the German Cemetery, (occupying a position on the hill overlooking the old airstrip), mainly of very young men. Their remains were kept in the Monastery of Gonia in Kolymbari until the cemetery was founded in 1973. Close by to the deeply moving German Cemetery there is also a vaulted grave of the post-Minoan era that was discovered by accident in 1966. With its square shaped chamber, perpendicular walls 4m high, and an irregular roof in the shape of a pyramid, it is unique of its kind.
A few minutes by car from Villa Odyssey down a winding country road there is the village of Tavronitis. The long bamboo and conifer lined shingle beach has kantinas, sun beds and umbrellas, never gets very busy and it is even easy to find a quiet spot during the summer. There are many cafes and mini markets, as well as a good selection of relaxed tavernas set by the sea. The old Bailey bridge was built by the Italians and had fallen into disrepair with some sections that had collapsed. Lately this has been restored, and the bridge is now more pleasantly known as an ideal spot for bird watching, particularly at dawn and at dusk. The following birds have been seen at Tavronitis at various times of the year, but mostly during April and May for migrants: Sardinian Warbler, Little Egret, Cetti Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Buzzard, Wheat Ear, Gold Finch, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier (Lammergeier), Barn Owl, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Kingfisher, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Snipe, Common, Curlew and Wood Sandpipers, Hobby, Red Footed Falcon, Cory’s Shearwaters and Closer Shags.
Kolymbari is just to the west of Xamoudochori and is famous for its excellent fish tavernas, as well as the beautiful Gonias Monastery. From here you can access the Rodopou Peninsula which has lovely views and small coves. To the south and west Xamoudochori one can find the lovely town of Paleohora, which has 2 huge beaches, and a promenade which is closed to traffic at night, the 3km long sandy beach at Falassarna, the breathtaking Elafonissi beach which has pink sand and turquoise water, and the town of Kissamos-Kastelli. Kissamos-Kastelli has the largest fishing boat harbour on western Crete, from where you can take daily cruises to the stunning Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon. 7km behind Kissamos is the ancient archaeological site of Polyrrinia which has fabulous views and ancient remains from Minoan, Roman and Venetian times.
For those seeking a little more action, just a few minutes to east of Maleme are the larger villages of Platanias and Agia Marina which have long sandy beaches, water sports, numerous tavernas, cafes, shops, night clubs, and archaeological sites. In addition to all of this, we must not forget the gorgeous Venetian town of Chania which is only 30 minutes away.