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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden


Villa Estia - named after the Greek Goddess 'Hestia' (the Goddess of the Household) for obvious reasons. Inspired by local architect Konstantinos Korakakis the villa - in its own one acre plot of gardens, olive trees and natural landscape - is designed to be in 'tune' with the local surroundings. Its location, overlooking the sea with mountain views does exactly that.

For eating out there are plenty of good quality Tavernas nearby.

In this peaceful and private place you can completely relax and yet be only a few minutes from either the sea, the beach or the mountains.

For getting out and about there are private beaches, sandy beaches, gorge walks, off-road trails, quad biking, mountain biking, Minoan settlements - all can be arranged and are available within the area.

With a living are of 200sqm there is a genuine feeling of space and good living.

Obviously the outdoors is where you will want to be and here you will find plenty of soft comfortable seating, sunbeds, shade umbrellas and a large pergola over the marble dining table - not to mention the welcoming pool. For those balmy evenings the guys can prepare culinary delights on the feature designed bar-b-cue!

In the living area there are three large leather sofas and soft controlable lighting. The oak dining table and matching chairs are ready for you should you require indoor dining. The large and extremely well equipped kitchen completes the downstairs - if cooking is your thing then you should find all you require here.

All has been chosen with particular care in order to provide you with both comfort and all you would expect from a villa of this quality.

The villa has fully controlable air-conditioning throughout i.e. to both the living area and all bedrooms (hot or cold as required).

Also provided are Wi-Fi, CD Player, Safe, Wii, 42 inch TV and IPod docking station.

Just let Sue know if you need cot/s or highchair/s - no extra charge. We even have inflatable baby paddling pools!

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Diaskari 1 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Heraklion 120 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 13
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Large Open Plan area downstairs incorporating :

Large fully equipped kitchen area with all you should need to make your stay as easy as possible.

Large Dining Area for 10.

Living Room Area with 3 leather sofas situated around a log fire (for those winter evenings)

Large 42 inch LCD TV with Nintendo Wii Consoles. Games and DVDs available along with small library.

Ipod docking music centre.

Desk to rear of the living room for days when you just have to catch up on your emails.

Feature fireplace.

In a seperate seating area we have provided a king sized leather sofa-bed (now with curtains and blind for privacy). With a couple of bean bags this area makes an ideal spot to play games - or just sit and have a drink and a chat whilst the cook prepares a meal.

Highchair/s and cot/s available on request.

A utility room provides all laundry facilities and an additional dishwasher.

There is also a downstairs cloakroom.

Three double patio doors lead outdoors to the pool, outdoor marble dining table and chairs, soft seating area for up to ten people and feature bar-b-cue area.


Master Bedroom 1:

Large bedroom with King size bed, bedside tables, built-in wardrobes and dressing table with hair dryer. Large en-suite shower room with 'his and hers' sinks. Floor to ceiling, south facing, patio doors lead on to a private balcony provided with its own seating and table. As you rise relax and enjoy the warm sun, views of the mountains and the crystal blue sea.

Bedroom 2:

Large bedroom with King size bed, bedside tables, built-in wardrobes and dressing table with hair dryer. En-suite shower room. Patio doors lead to a large private balcony overlooking the breathtaking mountain views. Seating and table provided.

Bedroom 3:

Large bedroom with Twin beds and bedside tables. Built-in wardrobes and dressing table. Patio doors lead to a shared patio overlooking the swimming pool and with panoramic views of the coast. Seating and table provided.

Bedroom 4:

Bunk bedroom incorporating two bunk beds, built-in wardrobes, bedside table and bean-bag. Patio doors leading to the shared balcony overlooking the swimming pool and with panormic views of the coast.

House Shower Room:

Shower, toilet and washbasin

There is also a very private and secluded roof terrace - or simply an area to have evening drinks whilst watching the sun go down!

Additional bits and bobs:

* Airer to dry clothes outside

* All Linen and Towels provided - including pool/beach towels

* Highchair/s and cot/s available at no extra charge

* Weekly Cleaning service - more often on request

* Welcome pack provided suitable for the size of your party

* Full Chef facilities available upon request

* Fresh fish available directly from the Makrigialos fishing boats

Further details outdoors

* Parking area for at least three cars - but careful parking could park six.

* Large feature designed well lit BBQ.

* Outdoor marble dining table and seating.

* Relaxing outdoor seating for up to 10 - either in the shade or in the sun.

* 8 Sun Loungers provided.

* A number of large sun parasols for shade around the pool and outdoor seating area.

The Lassithi Prefecture region

This is a tourist spot that is hardly touched by the package holiday trade as the aim is to protect the local culture and prevent large scale development. It is unpretentious, charming and close to nature with a special 'feel'. There are only a couple of large hotels in Makrigialos.

Due to its own micro-climate Makrigialos benefits from some of the best weather in Crete. Beaches are unspoiled. Take a drive round the nearby coast. There is a seemingly never ending succession of beautiful secluded bays and coves. Drive up into the mountains to see breath taking views of deserted sandy beaches with crystal clear water


Situated on the south east coast of Crete, Makrigialos is only 30 minutes from the local working towns of Ierapatra (south east coast) and Sitea (north west coast).

Some of the best beaches in Crete all gently lapped by crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea.

A mountain range runs West to East across the island which shelters the south coast and provides this fantastic climate - possibly the best in the Med.

Makrigialos produces the best olive oil, with a very high specific gravity, and is treasured by restaurants worldwide. Local produce is all of the highest quality and is available in most local restaurants, particularly lamb, fish, chicken, fruit, feat cheese, vegetables, wine and the world famous olive oil.

Makrigialos is surrounded by thousands of acres of raw, majestic, Cretan countryside and mountains.

On your doorstep:

Diaskari Beach - very quiet

Pervolakia Gorge - scenic walk with smells of the herbs

Mona Kapsa Monastery

Dragons Cave - 2 km east along the coast road, looking back towards Makrigialos and the mountain backdrop

Diaskari Taverna - on the waters edge, shaded by trees with wonderful simple fresh food.

Porphyra - Great Greek Meze and traditional Cretan food

Chrissi Island - boat trips can be arranged fro Makrigialos

Remains of a Roman villa and the Minoan Villa is within easy walking distance from the village

Island of Koufonissi is a small uninhabited island a few miles away in the Libyan sea

The Makrigialos Music Festival takes place over the last weekend in June - includes music from modern sax, to early Italian lute music, to opera and also a children's concert.

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1 Sep 2014


"Don't think twice - book and go!"

Seven adults and two children (aged 6 and 4) loved this villa and all want to go back! We loved its internal layout, fabulous standard of furnishings inside and out, and for BBQ lovers this is a real … More

30 Jun 2014


"Pure Relaxation"

Villa Estia is very well equipped, spacious and comfortable. The pool area and outdoor eating/relaxing spaces are particularly good. The location is very private with great views to the sea, and yet it is only a 5 minute drive from a nice town with a good variety of reasonably priced excellent restaurants. It is in a quieter part of Crete with a fantastic reputation justly deserved for lots of sunshine, and fewer tourists so it is easy to see more of local life. There are lots of interesting places to visit within easy reach. For a great holiday, just add some friends, good food and drink, and get ready to chill out!

18 Jun 2014


"Beautiful and Comfortable"

Over the years, I, my wife and sometimes our extended families have rented several villas across Europe. This is by far the best equipped and most comfortable we have ever experienced. There was more than enough room for 3 generations of vTs. Martin and Sue have thought of everything. Even the wifi surpassed our expectations - they advised that streaming TV would not be possible, yet we streamed children's TV and Rugby matches from our Slingbox seamlessly all week!

We really loved it. The surrounding town is not without charm either. At the opposite end of the island to Chania, Makrigialos has the charm of a town that has yet to be invaded by the great unwashed on package holidays. The local restaurants are delightful and genuinely welcome your custom without being pushy at all. This town harks back to a period before 'all inclusive' had even been invented.

8 Sep 2013


"Excellent villa in a great location."

We had a lovely and relaxing holiday in Villa Estia. It has excellent facilities and was big enough for my 3 teenagers, 18, 16 and 14 years old to have their own space when they wanted to. Villa Est… More

31 Aug 2013


"Great villa, excellent location, perfect holiday."

Villa Estia was perfect for our party of 4 adults, 2 teenage boys and 2 young girls.

The drive from Heraklion was straightforward and takes around 2 hours at a steady pace.

An arrival at the villa we were pleasantly surprised at its location and the surrounding areas. It's situated far enough away from the other villas to be private but close enough to all the local amenities.

The villa itself was clean and moden. Downstairs was big enough for larger party than ours and had a TV, DVD, Wii and stereo with iPhone plug-in, all very good for keeping the kids entertained.

The kitchen was very well appointed and the excellent BBQ area made cooking very easy.

The 2 double bedrooms upstairs were very nice, light and airy with plenty of wardrobe and draw space. The master en-suit was very nice.

The 2 other bedrooms were more than adequate for the kids as well.

Air conditioning throughout was a welcome relief from the heat during the day and adjusted during the night for a perfect sleep.

The pool area was a big hit...the pool was a good size surrounded by excellent furniture, sun loungers, comfy outdoor sofas and chairs aplenty. The dining table was a great feature and used regularly for eating alfresco.

Situated only a short drive to the local town there are numerous shops, small supermarkets and restaurants but nothing too overwhelming. The is also a good selection of beaches within easy reach, again by car. About a 45 min drive in either direction are the larger towns of Ierapetra and Sitia, both worth a visit for eating out and shopping. They also have larger supermarkets with a better selection and cheaper prices.

We tried a few of the local restaurants suggested in the visitor guide folder at the villa and found them all very good, especially Dragons Cave, only a short drive from the villa and with great food and fews of the bay and mountains.

All-in-all we had a fantastic holiday, the villa was perfect, the area was just right...enough to do without but away from the busy tourist areas.

We would definitely recommend this property to friends, family and fellow travellers.

7 Aug 2013


"Great vacations at villa Estia"

Our group of 8 +1 Baby had a great time at Villa Estia this July
The villa is well furnished and equipped especially for those who like cooking
We enjoyed the pool though some windy days
Makrigialos is a good place to investigate the eastern part of Creta

26 Jul 2013


"Well appointed villa in an excellent location with fabulous outdoor areas"

Despite arriving at the villa at 2am we found it without trouble thanks to the directions provided. In the morning we woke to the view of the Libyan Sea and explored the villa and outdoor space - we weren't disappointed! The villa is very well equipped and comfortable and the outdoor space is fantastic. The area is peaceful but it's very easy and quick to get into Makrigialos where you'll find a great selection restaurants and a fabulous beach. There are lots of other places to explore also from secluded beaches to hill top villages, gorge walks and islands.

24 Oct 2012


"Beautiful villa in a friendly, peaceful area of the island."

We had a fantastic holiday staying in Villa Estia. The local town (just a 5 minute drive) had a range of very reasonably priced tavernas and the beach was lovely with clear water and sun loungers that were free as long as you bought drinks. The villa is beautiful with fantastic views of the coastline. Both inside and out the villa was luxurious. We spent most evenings sat outside eating food cooked on the bbq. The amenities inside the villa are plentiful and the supply of basic kitchen ingredients meant that we didn't have to start from scratch in the supermarket. All in all a great place to enjoy with friends and we would definitely come again!

1 Oct 2012


"beautiful villa in a lovely location"

booking, arriving and amenities excellent. anja at bay view, just up the road, was very helpful and it was lovely to have someone to call on if need be or get advice. the villa is in a valley overlooking makrygialos bay with lovely views. it is very well designed and includes just about everything you would need and the welcome pack was much appreciated. all the furniture was lovely, especially the outside areas where you can enjoy relaxing in the sun. the town is only a 5 minute drive with lots of lovely tavernas by the sea, the volley ball net there was a hit and if you bought drinks at the cafes you could make use of the sunbeds on the beach. we also loved diaskiri beach and lunch at the cafe there which was very greek. the area was quiet which was lovely and we enjoyed the gorge walks and trips out, especially to xerocambos which included a very scenic drive and lovely beach. may be an idea to take out the extra car insurance cover for underneath the car if offered as the road up to the villa is a bit bumpy. there were 7 adults in our party and there was plenty of space and everyone had a great time.
thanks for a wonderful holiday - would definitely recommend a stay in this lovely villa in a great location.

17 Jul 2012


"It is a luxorious home on loan, rather than a villa to rent"

The house is equiped to a very high standard with a range of facilties which enables an enjoyable and fulfilling holiday even out of season. The views are magnificent and the outdoor pool and facilities are second to none.The overriding feeling is one of space and comfort.
A car is essential. However I would recommend, if at all possible to make the journey between the airport and the villa an integral part of the holiday as the secluded bays and stunning scenery are a joy to behold and not to be missed.

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  • 4 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:04 Dec 2014

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