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Villa Challis

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 14 reviews

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This villa is ideal for families and couples. It has a large living room leading onto two spacious balconies, a kitchen/dining room, 3 double sized air-conditioned bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The villa is equipped with Satellite TV, DVD player, iPod docking stations, CD player, a PlayStation 2, games, a travel cot and high chair. Outside there is a swimming pool (9.5 x 5m, 1.2m deep) surrounded by a large terrace, equipped with sun beds, deck chairs, umbrellas and gas bbq. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the balconies or on the covered terrace downstairs where you can admire great views. There are also areas for parking and ball games. There is an assortment of outdoor games equipment including basketball net and bats and balls. There is an enclosed toddlers play area with toys where your toddlers can play while you relax by the pool. Licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (EOT) for holiday rentals. (EOT number 10.42.K.12.3K.03381.00)

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kokino Horio 500 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania 40 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Spacious comfortable living room on 1st floor, with two sofas, TV, DVD player, Play Station 2,CD player and radio,ipod docking station, soft lighting, coffee tables and games table and air conditioning. Two sets of double doors open out onto two large balconies to enjoy alfresco dining and relaxation with great sea and mountain views.

Bedroom 1 situated on the ground floor with double bed. Bedroom 2 on the ground floor with twin beds.

Bedroom 3 on 1st floor with twin beds.Travel cot available.

Bedroom 1 & 2 have double doors opening onto terraces to enjoy the beautiful sea views. All bedrooms have air conditioning.

Fully equipped kitchen including cooker, hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, blender. Traditional Greek dining table and chairs which seat 6. Off the kitchen is a large outdoor covered dining area which also seats 6.

Ground floor bathroom with wc, bath/shower, sink and washing machine.1st floor very large shower room with wc and sink.

Further details outdoors

The villa stands in half an acre of land. There is a private swimming pool (9.5m x 5m, 1.2m deep) surrounded by a very large terrace, equipped with sun beds, deck chairs and umbrellas. The grounds are extensive, offering plenty of space to play games, explore or hide away. There are different areas to enjoy; gravelled, natural habitat and local fauna, olive and almond trees as well as areas for ball games, including basketball. There are two large upstairs balconies; one is equipped for dining for 6 people and the other for more intimate dining for 2 or for relaxing on sunbeds. Off the downstairs bedrooms guests can enjoy the terraces overlooking the sea views and mountains. Off the kitchen is a large outdoor covered dining area which also seats 6. Here you can enjoy the amazing views. Set in a rural location, the views are stunning with the sound of the bells of the local sheep and goats as they roam the neighbouring fields. This is an idyllic and peaceful setting.

Further details

The villa is one of just a few villas in the area that have been licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (EOT) for holiday rentals.

The Chania Prefecture region

Crete is the most southerly and largest of the Greek islands (180 miles long by 40 miles wide) & so there are many areas to explore including; walking in the Samari Gorge (Europe's longest gorge at 18km), boating on Lake Kournas, driving through the White Mountains, discovering the many beaches or wandering the historic cities of Chania, Reythimon or Heraklion.

Chania is a great old town where you can wander the narrow lanes until you come to the Venetian built harbour lined with restaurants and bars. Boat trips and horse and carriage rides are available and nearby there is a water park with both gentle and scary rides!

As the home of Europe's earliest civilisation, Crete has many ancient ruins including Knossos Palace, the ancient home of King Minos & the Minotaur where according to Greek myth Icarus began his ill fated flight.

Crete has 300 days of sunshine every year with temperatures ranging from low 20's to high 30's from April to October. Outside this period the temperatures are usually in the mid teens.

Kokkino Chorio

Kokino Horio is a traditional Cretan village in the mountains with 2 tavernas selling local food and a small grocery store. The film Zorba the Greek was filmed here. Just outside the village is a small beach in a quiet cove which is secluded, picturesque and perfect for snorkeling and diving.The nearest taverna is a 10 minute walk from the Villa.

The Blue Flag sandy beaches of Almyrida Bay are only a 10 minute (3 mile) drive from the house. The beaches here are very safe for children as they shelve very gently into the sea. There are over 20 restaurants, bars and shops and you can also rent kayaks, windsurfs, sailing boats & bicycles.

There are no large hotels and so Almyrida has a quiet environment that livens up in the evening as the beach front restaurants and bars fill up with diners.

The bigger seaside town of Kalives with beaches, restaurants, bank and supermarket is a further 10 minutes drive from Almyrida

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22 Sep 2014

5/5

"Would go back in a blink"

If you want peace and beautiful scenery this is the place. Paul was wonderful in answering all my questions before hand. The whole space was perfect. Not overlooked, outstanding views, great pool and … More

12 Aug 2014

5/5

"Merveilleux endroit !"

Nous avons découvert la villa challis le premier soir : l'endroit est très isolé (suivez bien les indications données par le proprietaire pour la trouver), pas de formalité, les clés sont … More

Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires positifs. Je suis d'accord - les vues sont superbes. Je suis heureux que vous aviez de bonnes vacances à Villa Challis.

11 Aug 2014

5/5

"Ideal retreat to get away from it all"

Villa Challis is a brilliant location to escape the hustle and bustle and had everything we needed to make our stay effortless. Our 3 teenagers loved the pool and the locals in the nearby village of P… More

We are so pleased that you describe Villa Challis as the 'ideal retreat' which is exactly how we feel. Our teenage children also love the pool. Thank you for your review.

18 Jun 2014

5/5

"Lovely villa - relaxing with great views"

We enjoyed our stay at Villa Challis. Peaceful surroundings - we live in rural Devon and this was even quieter at times. The villa had all we needed including a decent sized pool. Car hire is essentia… More

We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday and thank you for your positive comments. The sea views from the St George's retreat taverna (where they serve a range of international dishes) are stunning. Did you get a chance to visit the more traditional Greek taverna in the village, which is run by a local family?

28 May 2014

5/5

"Fantastic stay"

I recently stayed at villa challis. It was a great stay, a good location and the villa had everything we needed. The location was fantastic and it was great to sit and watch the sun set with a few gla… More

Thank you for your positive review. We have enjoyed many a breakfast at the French cafe. May is a gorgeous time to visit Crete and wine at sunset is a must! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

17 May 2014

5/5

"Wonderful relaxing break"

Just returned from a few days stay at Villa Challis. Modern spacious villa, spotlessly clean, in a peaceful location, convenient for beaches, mountains and shopping. Inside, the villa is comfortably f… More

It is great to hear that you enjoyed the peaceful location of the villa with its wonderful views, spacious surroundings and local amenities as much as we do! Thank you for your positive feedback.

27 Apr 2014

5/5

"Absolutely lovely!"

I have to agree with all the other positive reviews for Villa Challis. It is a beautiful, well equipped villa, clean and set in a peaceful location, but close enough to local tavernas and beaches that… More

Thank you for your positive comments. We also love the tranquility of the villa location as well as enjoying the beaches and various local tavernas for delicious meals. Your recommendation to others (families, couples etc..) is much appreciated. Thank you.

12 Aug 2013

5/5

"Lovely villa, very peaceful and well equipped!"

Villa Challis is a lovely, peaceful and well equipped villa. The villa is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts but not too far away so that you don't feel like exploring some of the lovely beaches. The only downside is that Crete can be quite windy and as you are up on a hill you can feel this a bit more than we had expected. However, the villa and its great amenities more than made up for it! Definitely great value for money and we would be happy to return!

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Challis. Sorry it was a bit windy when you were there. You are right - occasionally you do get a breeze, though sometimes this can be a pleasant relief. We have just been there for 2 weeks ourselves and we could have done with the odd breeze! Thanks very much for your great review.

3 Jul 2013

5/5

"A little bit of paradise!"

We had a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. The villa was well equipped,it had everything you could think of. I even said to my husband if I was so inclined I could bake a cake, it simply had every utensil you could wish for. The villa was spacious with the most wonderful views of the sea and the mountains, what we liked was its seclusion but still being only a few minutes away from the village and the coast. The wildlife was amazing, we had a snake and a hedgehog in the garden plus millions of cicades that sang from morning till night. The pool was beautiful and kept so clean by the property managers, all in all everything was fantastic and we can't find a bad thing to say about it. Thank you to the Challis's for letting us rent your home.

We are really pleased that you had such a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. We have actually baked a number of cakes there for our childrens' birthdays! However, we have never seen a snake - that must have been exciting! Thank you very much for your very positive comments.

17 Sep 2012

5/5

"Lovely Villa, Stunning Location, Great weather !"

Our first visit to Crete and also the first outside of main school holidays. We were not disappointed about either aspect. Crete is a beautiful island and the villa, close to a small village, overlooking Souda Bay was a great base to explore. The villa itself has the advantage of it's own pool - very necessary in the warm weather. To get best advantage from the location, the living room and balconies are on the first floor and the views across Souda Bay were superb. The villa is well appointed and the gas barbecue was well used. There is a good local restaurant (10 minutes walk) and the best choice of restaurants is around a 10 minute drive away. The beach at Almyrida is beautiful (and again a 10 minute drive away) but worth the effort.

There are many places to visit; Chania, Rethimno and lake Kournas to name but a few.The use of a car is highly recommended. Hope to visit again.

Review 1-10 of 14

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Calendar last updated:21 Jan 2015

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