Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
When Emmanuella called at our office to show us her villa the first thing we thought was another villa with a stonewall. Little did we realize that the photographs have not done it any justice? You have to see it to believe it.
This beautiful understated villa is truly amazing.
As you drive through the gates you are met by a rounded stonewall, who would have thought that a beautiful pool and manicured lawn would be perched at the top. A wooden table and seating area and the bar-b-cue area is an ideal place for out door living and soaking up the panorama.
Upon entering the villa you are met by a spacious dining/living room that is comfortably furnished yet modern and classy and a well-equipped kitchen. The first of the 4 bedrooms is adjacent to the living room and has King size bed and separate shower room. As you sweep up the wooden staircase there is a tasteful double with en suite shower room, two continental twin bedrooms that can be made up as doubles or twins and a family bathroom with ½ bath and washing machine. All the upstairs rooms have access to the large sunny balcony and terrace for soaking up the panoramic views encompassing both countryside and sea.
All in all, a perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries.
|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
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|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 (4), Double beds (2)|
|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.
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.
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.
This charming and tranquil location set among the olive groves with only the cicadas to keep you company is perfect to enjoy the countryside yet close to the finest beaches and villages that Rethymno has to offer and only 10km to the third largest city on Crete with its bustling streets, cosmopolitan tervernas and Venetian splendor.