Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The main entrance door opens into a comfortable and spacious open plan living area with two steps up to an adjoining kitchen/diner. The living room has sofas and a coffee table next to patio doors which let plenty of light and lead to a pleasant covered dining terrace with views to the sea across the neighbouring olive and orange groves. The television has some satellite channels and there is also a DVD and CD player. A large dining table has wrought iron work chairs to seat six.
There are two steps up to the open plan kitchen from the dining area. Modern and well-equipped, the kitchen has a pine breakfast table with seating for a further four people and has the benefit of a dishwasher, washing machine and microwave as well as a hob, oven and fridge/freezer.
The villa's four bedrooms are individually furnished with tiled floors and air conditioning in each room. The master bedroom has a double bed and en suite shower room and there are two further double bedrooms. The fourth bedroom is a twin and has particular appeal for children, with its pretty wrought iron ‘day beds' and colourful polka dot curtains and linen. These three bedrooms share the use of separate shower room and a family bathroom with bath, WC and washbasin. Each bedroom has access to a private balcony.
Patio doors open from the living room to a large partially covered dining terrace with lovely views over its wide balustrade to the sea. The gardens have a lawned area to the side and front with a variety of trees providing natural shade from the hot midday sun. The swimming pool is 11m x 4.5m and has a shallow section (0.6m) where small children can splash and play. The paved terrace around the pool is partly walled and perfect for sunbathing, with plenty of sun-loungers and parasols for your comfort. There is also a barbecue provided so you can make the most of the sunshine with easy outdoor meals.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|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||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3)|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Crete region
With a size of just under 8,500 square kilometres, that is 260 km across and between 15 and 60 km wide, this strikingly elongated island boasts 1,000 km of coastline.
Its 600,000 inhabitants are concentrated primarily in the urban areas, with more than one third residing in one of the three main towns of Chania, Rethymno, Heraklio, and Aghios Nikolaos, respective capitals of the four administrative regions of Chanion, Rethymnou, Herakliou, and Lassithiou.
The island's geography couldn't be simple either! The terrain is amazingly varied, which, though a surprise to those used to the Cycladic islands or the Ionian islands to the west, is a natural consequence of the size and position of the island. Where else in Greece can you see mountain ranges towering well over 2,450 metres, snow-capped in winter and carpeted in local flora in spring and early summer. Mountain plateaus cover the rest of the island, apart from when they are slashed by spectacular gorges, or gently peter out in the low plains reaching the sea. The beaches range from your archetypal sandy paradise, to idyllic little bays and rocky coves with family friendly rock pools, or picturesque fishing harbours with mirror-sharp clean waters and pebbles underfoot.
It is the diversity and size of the island that make the impulsive wish to return a natural reaction of the first time visitor, and, as the well seasoned visitor will tell you, make car rental and even boat hire (or boat trips for the non-mariners) a very reasonable means to make the most of your holiday.
Cretan history spans well into the Neolithic era, some 6,000 years ago. The island has seen a series of peoples and civilizations reaching their peak and then collapsing only to be succeeded by the next one in row in their strife to hold on to the prized land. The richness of the soil and the strategic position amongst three continents seemed to have lured ambitious invaders from West and East. Thus, the Minoans and Mycenaeans of the pre-classical period were succeeded by the Athenians, then Alexandrians and soon the Romans. Before long, Byzantium took over and desperately resisted the Arab attacks, until it succumbed to the Venetian Crusaders, who in turn had to fight the Arabs and then the Turks, who eventually gained overall control in 1669. The island remained under Ottoman rule until 1913, when it finally rejoined the rest of Greece. This turbulent history and constant melting pot of cultures and civilisations competing for Crete, has left innumerable traces in the culture and landscape of the island, but has most of all, forged a distinctly independent Cretan identity which survives to this day, and proudly precedes the Cretans' Greek origin.