Vouno villa (Mountain villa) is a tastefully furnished 3 bed villa and was built out of local stone using traditional methods, finished to the very highest standard.
The pool and 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. Also now with WIFI.
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)|
|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|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|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||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.