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Villa Gaia


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The Pool and Lovely Views at Villa Gaia

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Villa Gaia is a beautiful villa finished to an incredibly high standard, and nestled on a hillside above the traditional village of Tsivaras. Named after the goddess who is the embodiment of Mother Earth, you will understand why when you take in the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area. Unrivalled views of Souda Bay, The White Mountains, quaint Tsivaras village, green and silver olive groves, and the Turkish Fort at Aptera make this an unforgettable setting. Villa Gaia’s location is also very convenient with easy access by car to the amenities and beaches at Kalives, Almyrida and Kera, and the villages of Vamos and Gavalohori, plus numerous walking trails. Even though you may never want to leave the villa, Tsivaras is the perfect starting point for exploring the many sites that West Crete has to offer as it is only a few minutes drive to the National Highway.

The villa itself is set on a half acre plot and has been cleverly designed in order to bring your living area into the outdoors, so that you can fully appreciate the outstanding views at all times. The semi covered main terrace wraps around three sides of the villa and resembles an open-air sitting room, whilst giving easy access to the covered patio and open pool terrace below.

Villa Gaia is easily one of the most stylishly furnished villas that we have come across. The Danish owners have created an incredibly attractive and welcoming home by combining high quality modern furnishings, with many thoughtful touches. Archways connect all the sections of the open-plan living area. Cheerful primary colours feature throughout the furnishings, pictures, and bedding of the villa, particularly Mediterranean blue in the dining and lounge areas.

Visiting younger children will love the room that has been specially designed for them, particularly the silver grey bunk beds, and the jolly green dragon tidy basket that hangs from the ceiling. An annexe apartment consisting of a twin bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a private entrance from the covered patio next to the pool, and is ideal for use by larger parties, including families of differing ages who would like to have more privacy.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kera Beach 2.3 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
Pool Children's pool
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, 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, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

All modern comforts have been provided for, such as central air for cooling the villa (without the background hum of air conditioners), a ceramic hob and built in oven, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a DVD player, satellite TV and a BBQ. For the winter months and those cooler nights early and late season, the central air will also heat the villa. There is solar powered hot water and a back-up immersion heater. All rooms have white aluminium doors, windows and shutters. Both of the bathrooms on the main floor have the same dark and light grey tiles, a white square porcelain sink positioned on a black beech stand, a toilet, and a mirror with a light. The main bathroom also has a bath with a shower attachment and a frosted window. The double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom which has also a shower unit and a frosted window. WIFI access is available for a small fee.

The separate annexe apartment has a front door that opens into the bedroom. There are double doors which lead out onto a large covered terrace which overlooks the pool, and has panoramic views of the surrounding area. The annex also has an en-suite bathroom with blue and white tiles, a shower unit, a toilet, a wash basin with a mirrored cabinet, and a washing machine.

Further details outdoors

There are many terraces for both sun and shade, and an ample supply of garden furniture such as tables, chairs, umbrellas and sun-beds. The semi covered main terrace wraps around three sides of the villa and resembles an open-air sitting room, whilst giving easy access to the covered patio and open pool terrace below. The half acre garden that surrounds the villa and pool has been lovingly landscaped and planted with numerous different plants and trees to give a splash of colour, such as, bougainvillea, daisies, heather, Washingtonian palms, date palms, rock roses, lavender, and birds of paradise. The lower terraces of the spacious garden are covered with young fruit trees including, orange, lemon, mandarin, plum, and peach.

The Crete region

Crete has everything you that could possibly want from a holiday: soaring mountains that are snow capped from November to June, many great walking trails including Europe's deepest gorge, ancient archaeological sites and Minoan palaces, quaint villages, sparkling clear blue seas with tavernas serving freshly caught fish, golden beaches, glorious wild flowers in the Spring, and a variety of delicious foods which are all made from healthy home grown produce.

As incredible as the island is, it is the Cretan people who will make your holiday truly memorable. Descendants of the Minoan's, one of Europe's earliest civilizations, and shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, the Cretans are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent but passionately friendly.

Villa Gaia is located in the heart of The Apokoronas Region just east of the beautiful town of Chania. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, what better place to relax and watch the world go by. In the narrow streets behind Chania's harbour you will find tavernas, bars, the famous covered market, and many local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and hand made ceramics. Visit 'Leather Lane' for outstanding hand made leather bargains.

The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate and the weather is characterized by long hot, dry summers and mild winters. The Spring can be warm and sunny during the day but still have cooler evenings and is perfect for walking, birdwatching and looking at the wild flowers. All in all Crete is absolutely perfect for your Villa holiday.


Tsivaras is a typical small Greek village built on terraces on a hillside with lovely views. The kafenion in the centre of the village is the focal point of daily life, where the post for the entire village is delivered, and the men come to chat, drink coffee (or something stronger) and play tavli (a form of backgammon). In the summer they sit under the vine covered pergola, and in the winter they huddle around the wood burning stove. The kafenion is also a surprisingly well stocked mini market with fresh bread, and organic eggs, cheese and vegetables.

Tsivaras has a fantastic location with just a short drive to many other villages in the area, the National Highway, and local beaches. There are many quiet walking trails leading from Tsivaras across hills, through olive groves and/or a mini gorge, which can take you to Kera cove and beach, Almyrida, Douliana and Gavalohori. The nearby villages of Kalives or Almyrida have long been popular destinations for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort that has many amenities, but is far removed from brash tourism. Both villages have sandy beaches, small fishing harbours, and a wide choice of excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Lining the beach in Almyrida are 7 excellent tavernas, 10 café/bars, 2 bakeries, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 3 gift shops,a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher's shop, and an off-license. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, guided walking tours, and guided coach excursions.

A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio, lace makers in Gavalohori, and silk makers in Kalamitsi. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.

Cooking classes and wine tasting set at a local winery can be taken by those of you who are interested. Guided walks led by experts in mountaineering and/or flora and fauna can also be arranged. For those of you who prefer to venture out on your own, a copy of the guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles comes with every villa. The book contains detailed directions to many well known and hidden sites, opening times and prices for all attractions, taverna recommendations, and the only existing map of the National Highway showing the exits and entrances.

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8 Aug 2013


"Superb villa!"

We stayed at villa gaia for 10 days, it is a lovely place, the pool is super, we took a couple of drives to and from the villa to get used to the road! Stunning views! We visited lots of local village… More

16 Jul 2013


"Better than the photographs!"

I would just like to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Gaia (once we found was late..........we were tired!!)The villa was clean, the 'welcome' basket was very welcom… More

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  • 6 Years listed

Calendar last updated:04 Aug 2014

Based in Greece

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