Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Our 3 year old villa overlooks Milatos village and has spectacular views in every direction. While drifting in the infinity pool, you can see the whole of Milatos bay below you, and the village is close enough that you can look down on people walking in the village lanes. You'll see the fishing boats come and go, and the occasional visiting yacht as it comes into the harbour. In the other direction you can gaze down over the olive groves, or look for birds of prey and vultures soaring over the ravines.
We live in the rear part of the villa, so we are always on hand to attend to any problems. We love to welcome guests to our home, but you'll be left completely to yourselves if that is what you want. We take only a single booking at one time, whether it is for 2, 3, or 4 people, so your party will be the only guests in residence, and you'll have the whole of the ground floor to yourselves.
The villa is set on its own in grounds of about 1 acre, (4000 square metres if you are metricated!). It is very private, and the nearest neighbours are all hundreds of metres away so the villa is not overlooked.
All parts of the house, and most of the outside terraces are covered by free wi-fi, so you can Tweet by the pool if you are that way inclined. We're happy to take a family with children over 12.
Our pool is 10m by 5.5m and is deep enough for diving at one end. You can drift in the pool while watching the view spread out below. The pool has a counter-current unit in case you are feeling energetic, or if there are any injured athletes in your party.... There is a large pool terrace, which both guest bedrooms open on to. The views from the terrace are stunning, so you can spend as long as you like with a drink gazing down over the village and the coastline.
There is a fridge, kettle and toaster in a small kitchen area next to the guest bedrooms, but you'll probably prefer to eat at one of the many fantastic tavernas in Milatos.
The bedrooms are both a good size, and are air-conditioned at no extra charge. One has a double bed, the other two twin beds, and both have large fitted wardrobes with lots of hanging space. Both bedrooms have stunning views. The double room looks out on to the pool and the coastline; the twin has a beautiful mountain view, and also opens on to the pool terrace, but to the side. Whoever is in the twin room will be first to spot the vultures as they soar out of the ravine in the morning!
Your bathroom is roomy, modern and functional. (Toilet paper can be flushed!) There is a huge walk-in shower. The water is a pumped supply, so there is never any problem with pressure. And we have a huge water storage tank so we are not bothered by interruptions to the mains supply to the village. Separate towels for the bathroom and the pool are provided, but you will need to bring your own if you plan to go to the beach.
There is parking for your hire car right outside the front door. A car is strongly recommended as our unrivalled views come from our elevated position. The villa is accessed up a steep concrete track, which will test the fittest walkers in the summer sun.....
If you are feeling really energetic, we have a pair of mountain bikes you are welcome to use. I would not recommend this in July and August......
If you want your own villa with private pool at B&B prices, Villa Marina is a real find for a party of two to four.
Continental breakfast is included, but that's the only resemblance to a traditional B&B!!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Milatos Beach 1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heraklion 45 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Crete region
Milatos is roughly half-way between Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos on the North coast of Crete. There are many things to see on the island, and your bedrooms include a visitor pack giving details of everything in the area.
At Heraklion, there are the famous Minoan ruins of Knossos, where the Minotaur, (half man, half bull), roamed the underground labyrinth. Heraklion itself has some interesting lanes and markets in the town centre, and offers some interesting shopping or people-watching.
Nearer to Milatos along the coast you have the lively tourist resorts of Hersonissos and Malia, which might be conservatively described as featuring a very lively nightlife for youngsters.
About a 15 minute drive inland from Milatos is our local market town, Neapoli. Not at all touristy, so it's great for an interesting afternoon with a drink in the square to see how the locals live.
Further East, Agios Nikolaos is a bustling town, with many shops and bars. It has a huge choice of tavernas round the famous "bottomless" lake.
Northwards from Agios Nikolaos along the coast are Elounda and Plaka. Elounda has some fabulously expensive hotels, and Plaka has some stylish shops for clothes and pottery. From either Plaka or Elounda you can take a boat trip to Spinalonga island. This used to be a leper colony, and is slowly being restored to be a living museum. It's former existence is brought to life in Victoria Hislop's best-selling novel, "The Island".
All around the area, if you wish to explore, you will find unspoiled little villages, where you can see village life as it used to be. In particular, you might drive up to the Lasithi plateau, where you will see thousands of windmills, (wind-pumps actually), that were used to draw water to irrigate the crops. There is also the famous Diktean Cave that you can climb down into using the very civilised concrete steps with handrail.
For walkers, there are many gorges in the vicinity, as well as trails through olive groves. In the west of the island, you have Europe's longest gorge, the Samaria, about 15 km long.
The villa overlooks Old Milatos, which is the original village. It is small and very quiet, populated mainly by older Greeks. It has many charming old stone houses and you can walk around picturesque narrow lanes untroubled by traffic. There is a tiny shop, a couple of coffee shops and two tavernas.
Most of the tavernas are to be found at Milatos Beach, which is the newer part, just 1 km down the road on the coast. Here you will find 10 or so tavernas, strung out along the coast road. All have beautiful sea views; a couple are more or less in the sea!! The food is generally reliable, with varied menus, but all the tavernas have fresh fish landed at the local harbour.
Here there is also a pebble beach if you fancy a change from lounging by your private pool.
There are many walks in the area, and if you are feeling energetic, you can walk up to Milatos Cave, site of an infamous slaughter of the locals during the Turkish occupation.
Around the 24th June, there is a village "panigyri", or fiesta. This takes place in the church square of the old village and features live music and a BBQ with traditional Greek dancing. All are welcome!
On the 15th August, we have the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This is one the biggest feast days in Greece, and there is a huge "panigyri" at the harbour. Again, this features live music and food with traditional dancing. Hundreds of Greeks come from the surrounding area, and there is always a top Greek band playing Cretan music all night. Beware - this does not really get going till after 11 pm. Bring your dancing shoes!
Visitors are very welcome at both events.