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STUDIO APARTMENT IN GAVALOCHORI, CHANIA, CRETE Apartment

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

STUDIO APARTMENT IN GAVALOCHORI, CHANIA, CRETE

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 11 reviews

  • Apartment
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Description from owner

Description

If you're looking for something really special, then this Studio apartment is for you.. Complete peace and relaxation with a large private & exclusive pool solely for your use in the most wonderful of romantic & private settings with the most amazing views and the additional bonus of being just minutes away from beach resorts and historic sights. If you like and enjoy these photographs, just wait until you see it for real! You really are going to feel " On top of the world !

This private studio apartment is perfectly suited to adult couples who wish to relax, Swim and sunbath during the daytime in peaceful countryside surroundings with the added bonus of being able to take the short gentle stroll into the village to enjoy wonderful local cuisine at various restaurants in the evenings, with the further bonus of taking a short 10 min drive to the many local seaside resorts or villages located in this fabulous unspoilt region.

Perfectly located above the owners villa, The

If you're looking for something really special, then this Studio apartment is for you.. Complete peace and relaxation with a large private & exclusive pool solely for your use in the most wonderful of romantic & private settings with the most amazing views and the additional bonus of being just minutes away from beach resorts and historic sights. If you like and enjoy these photographs, just wait until you see it for real! You really are going to feel " On top of the world !

This private studio apartment is perfectly suited to adult couples who wish to relax, Swim and sunbath during the daytime in peaceful countryside surroundings with the added bonus of being able to take the short gentle stroll into the village to enjoy wonderful local cuisine at various restaurants in the evenings, with the further bonus of taking a short 10 min drive to the many local seaside resorts or villages located in this fabulous unspoilt region.

Perfectly located above the owners villa, The apartment has spectacular views spanning the whole region, Just wait until night time.. When you will experience the night sky in a way you've possibly never seen it and almost touch the stars and literally sit with a wine or coffee and watch the shooting stars pass you by! It really is an experience you'll remember forever.

This self catering apartment has its own private access separate from the main villa entrance and you'll have your own access to the pool and BBQ areas too. The apartment has a bathroom with Shower, WC and hand basin, a large Sea & Mountain view sun terrace with sunbeds, air-conditioned and comes with Kettle, fridge, toaster, sun terrace sofa & Table and chairs to enjoy your morning Coffee, Tea and toast as you relax and take in the views.

One of the superb benefits of having the caretaker/owner at hand is having the opportunity to enjoy some or all of the following benefits..

* Knowledge of the best beaches, museums, coves & restaurants

* Personal guided tour of the area available

* Boat Trips organised

* A day on a deserted beach, Snorkeling & feed the fish

* Visit an Olive factory

* Have lunch & visit a real working Greek family in their 400 year home

Whatever your thing is, i'm sure we'll be able to help - Just ask for more details upon arrival if interested.

Or you may just want some chillout romantic quality time together and wish to enjoy lazy sunny days by the pool on your own in peace, the choice is all yours as the owner is out most of the time doing his own thing.

The air-conditioned apartment is the perfect location for that 'Get away from it all' relaxing or romantic holiday. Perfectly situated on the mountainside overlooking the tranquil historic village of Gavalohori with 5 mile panoramic views of the white mountains, villages and the sea are quite simply, Breathtaking.

Please check our upto date bookings calender for availability

Features include:

• Private / Peaceful location, just mins from the beach

• Large private / exclusive Pool for your use only

• Tavernas, Restaurants & Attractions Just around the corner

• Fresh Bed Linen, Pillows, Duvets & Towels Included

• Air-conditioned Apartment

• BBQ Area & Large garden with Orange, Lemon & Pomegranate trees

• Car parking

Please book early to avoid disappointment as this apartment is very popular due to its superb location in a very desirable "Conservation area" region and having Sea & Mountain views

Enjoy a fun day out at Limnoupolis Water Park which is just 25 mins drive from the villa, a real fun day with food, drink and plenty of activities for all, for further details: http://www.limnoupolis.gr/default.asp

History and archaeology abounds here. Within a few yards of the villa is a complex of Venetian wells, and within sight (albeit a 20 minute drive away) is the huge ruined Minoan and Roman city of Aptera at Megala Horafia.

Gavalahori village is an ancient and attractive Cretan village just a few minutes drive inland from the coast and only 25 km east of Chania. The town of Rethymnon, with its characteristic Turkish minarets and attractive harbour and leather markets, is 25 km along the coast in the other direction.

The village of Gavalohori stands at the end of a green and wooded valley leading the 3.5 km to the sea at Almyrida. The village is renowned locally for the work of its women's cooperative. These local ladies wish to keep ancient Cretan traditions alive, including the manufacture of hand made lace, silk, pottery and honey.

There are 4 cafenions in the village (including more than one with free wi-fi). At the bottom of the lane from the villa the Gavalianos Kafenes offers local specialities and hospitality to locals and visitors alike, with English spoken. The cafe opposite is the place the local aging male population choose to use to sit and while away the hours playing Tavli (backgammon) and they may well invite you over to take a coffee with them and play a turn.

There are in addition two small supermarkets in the village, both easily walkable from the villa, and both stocking a good range of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables, bottled, canned and frozen goods to stock the villa freezer. They also sell home brewed raki (the local spirit of choice) and locally pressed olive oil. The village also has an excellent bakery, open all hours and offering a wide range of breads, hand raised cheese and apple pies, the delicious aroma of which snakes its way up the hillside to greet you as you walk down of a morning for warm bread for breakfast !

LOCAL BEACHES:

Almyrida. Only 7 minutes drive from the villa, this is the perfect family beach - shallow, calm, with showers and changing cubicles and with a toilets and a beach bar. Behind the beach is a ribbon of tamarisk trees and then a pretty resort with quiet bars, shops and restaurants.

Georgioupolis. A 20 minute drive towards Rethymnon, this pretty resort has a quiet beach to the western side, beyond the river bridge, and a long but narrow stretch of sand with umbrellas and sunbeds by the new promenade. This beach actually stretches for several miles beyond the resort and is worth driving to for the sheer isolation! Georgioupolis itself has many tourist shops, bars and tavernas as well as mini-golf and several night clubs. The river is still an active fishing port and at the river mouth is a beautifully photogenic white chapel on the rocks.

Kyani Akti. Between Kalyves and Souda, about 20 minutes drive. This sandy beach is only popular with Greeks (and therefore quiet every day except Sunday). There is good surf here for bodyboarding, but it can be cold near the pretty river outlet. There is a lifeguard post, two snack cafes and toilets and changing rooms

Elafonisi. This has to be paradise. Almost no habitation, and for the last few hundred yards, no surfaced road. Shallow sandy lagoons full of water so warm it is like a bath. There are beach bars, umbrellas and sunbeds but no shortage of room to get away from it all. A good 3 hours from the villa through beautiful scenery - an amazing day trip ( make sure you stay after all the coaches have left! )

Location description from owner

The Chania Prefecture region

Gavalochori is a village of the Chania regional unit on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, in Greece. It is located on Cape Drapan in the Vamos municipality of the Apokoronas region. It is named after the Gavalas family who lived here during the reign of the Venetians. Gavalochori is four kilometers from the coast at Almirida. It is a very old village with an interesting history explained in the local Folklore Museum. The population is around 350 but this number swells in the summer months as tourists, relatives and visitors arrive. The village has many shops including two taverns, two cafes, a pastry shop with cafe bar, the village pre-school, a graphic design Studio, bakery, three grocery stores and a handicrafts shop. There are 14 Greek Orthodox churches in and around the village as well as Venetian arches and wells, Roman tombs and an ancient olive oil factory. Many interesting walks exist around the village.The village of Gavalohori itself has an interesting history - the name comes from the Gavalas family who originally settled here at the time of the Venetian occupation. As well as the wells, there is a Roman cemetery, a variety of Venetian buildings and several churches.

Gavalochori

Almyrida ( 15 MINS DRIVE) is a resort located in the Apokoronas region of the northwest coast of the island of Crete, Greece. The village is approximately 25 kilometers from Chania, in Chania regional unit. Traditionally a fishing village Almyrida has a long beach that is popular with families. Wind surfers, kayaks, paddle boats and beach chairs can be rented on the beach. There are many hotels, rental rooms, taverns, bars, snack and cafe bars, gift shops, grocery stores and bakeries, all of which are open late into the night in the tourist season. Almyrida is famous for its delicious food, as well as for the shallow waters, ideal for children.Kalyves ( 20 mins drive) lies about 20 km east of Chania in the Apokoronas area and is linked with GR-90 (E65). It is on the coast at the entrance of Souda Bay. It essentially consists of one long road, with houses opening directly on to it, with the occasional alley behind. The town is bound on one side by the sea and the other by low hills. On Kastelli Hill, east of the town, are the remains of the fortified settlement Castello Apicorono, identified by some scholars as the site of ancient Ippokoronion, which is thought to have given the Apokoronas region its name. In classical and Byzantine times, Kalives is the likely site of Kissamos, one of the ancient city of Aptera's two harbours.Kalives is the base of the municipality of Armeni, covering 12 other settlements inland. A short walk out of the village to the west is a collection of stone buildings including a taverna and a chapel known as Koumos built by a local man who spent ten years erecting them. Paths are littered with mosaics, walls stuffed with stones in the shape of fish, snakes and other creatures with rough tables and chairs of stone. Before reaching Kalami village, another beach - 'Kyani Akti' is hidden behind fields of bamboo.Kalyves is a pretty seaside village in the area of Apokoronas in Chania, on Souda Bay, 19 km east of Chania. Kalyves is one of the resorts on Cape Drapanos, along with Almyrida and Plaka, which are famous for their lovely beaches but also their intensive building development. Thousands of British people visit Kalyves every year, not just on holiday but also to buy land and summer villas.pokoronas is one of the most beautiful and greenest parts of West Crete. Here you will find woods, large areas of cultivated land, mountains and hills with small settlements and beautiful, picturesque villages, all well worth visiting for a taste of Cretan nature and traditional Cretan architecture.

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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Carl A
Response rate:
95%
Calendar updated:
19 Jul 2016

Languages spoken: English


This Apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 15 Jul 2013. Located in Apokoronas, it has 11 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £185 to £425.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 19 Jul 2016.

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“Room with a view”

Reviewed 6 Jul 2016

Just returned from a memorable 2 weeks at Sonia Studio apartment. Outstanding value for money and exactly what it says on the tin. The studio consists of a good sized bedroom, a well fitted ensuite shower room and an open plan sitting/kitchen area. there is no cooker or sink so if you are into cooking big meals this not for you. If however, like us, you prefer to eat out at local tavernas every night, it has everything you need. We rotated round the 4 tavernas in Gavalachori village each night and enjoyed superb tradtional Greek food at very modest prices. The village is renowned for its food and people come here from all around to partake, including a high proportion of local Grreek families - always a good sign. They are all a 15 minute walk downhill from the studio, or a 3 minute drive down a back lane with very little traffic. However back to the studio which has two outstanding features which set it apart from virtually anything you will find in this price range. One is the truly palatial balcony equipped with sofa, table and chairs and sun loungers. It is totally private and overlooked by nothing but the stars. We sat here for many an hour drinking wine and taking in the jaw dropping views. The other gem, a short hop down your own back stairs is the equally private pool area with BBQ, covered area and more panoramic views. This is for your sole use and Its not just a plunge pool either - you can go for a decent swim here. I kidded myself that my 50 lengths day would counteract all the beer, wine and mousakka I had eaten. Sadly the bathroom scales back at home had a different story to tell. If you want to swim in the sea - the nearest resort, Almyrida is delightfully low key and only 5kms down the road. Last but not least, your genial host Carl is there for anything you need, but never intrusive.If you need him he's there and if not he is invisible. Outstanding.

Thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to review your stay David. It was an absolute pleasure to have you both as valued guests and i look forward to welcoming you both again whenever you wish to return to the beautiful island of Crete for more fun in the sun.

“Everything you hope for.”

Reviewed 26 Jul 2014

This was our third visit to the Vamos area,had driven through Gavalochori many times,even stopped for meals, always thought it would be a nice spot to stay.Discovered Villa Sonia,booked, what a fabulous location, with all that you need at Villa Sonia for a completely relaxing holiday. The view over the village is amazing,initially we were sceptical about the 10 minute stroll to the village but it is spot on,return a tad longer when awash with village wine and good food . Adored our stay and feel the boomerang will bring us back to Crete again.

“The nicest villa with the most amazing views”

Reviewed 29 Jun 2014

This villa has to be seen to believed! We've just spent a wonderful week at villa Sonia with friends who stayed in the studio upstairs while we stayed in the bedroom down stairs. We all had our own space and privacy and thoroughly enjoyed the large pool with its amazing views. The village has some of the best restaurants in this region and we tried them all! We enjoyed our self that much that we are planning to return next year and we carn't wait. The beaches are just 10 minutes away a short stroll from the village centre. Fantastic!

Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your holiday at Villa Sonia, we are delighted you had a wonderful time and hope to see you again soon

“Delightful Holiday Away From The Crowds”

Reviewed 3 Nov 2013

Arrived Chania airport late in the evening – Concerns of finding the villa in the dark, which is tucked away high in the hill side overlooking the pretty village of Gavalachori were soon dismissed, by following the guide notes provided, they directed us swiftly to the gates of Villa Sonia in about 45 Mins. On arrival everything was as we expected and more, the Villa being well equipped with a few stylish touches that made the living space feel that little bit special. The next morning further warmed the heart as the real beauty of the villa position became apparent, an elevated view overlooking the village with a back drop of sun kissed mountains along with the sound of bells tinkling from the roaming sheep on the hillside – Delightful, we spent many an hour just taking in the atmosphere. The pool and the grounds were equally enjoyable with the poolside terrace and barbecue area prettily adorned with colourful shrubs and flowers. The pool was serviced and grounds pampered twice weekly by Steve, a very nice chap indeed, not forgetting the lovely Kerry and Peter who changed the towels and linen who were also extremely helpful. As other guests mention in previous reviews, we too took the leisurely stroll into the village for taverna evenings, mixing this with a 5 min drive to Almyrida for a wider restaurant option. The villa is a 10 minute drive from the main Crete highway making exploring the many stunning beaches of this end of the island most accessible, amongst others we visited Elafonisi and Balos Lagoon , a must if you can. In Summary a Fantastic Place to stay.

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

“Perfect location, fantastic accomodation”

Reviewed 28 Oct 2013

We stayed at the Villa Sonia in late October 2013 having booked through Ownersdirect and we couldn't have chosen better. The Villa was everything Carl, the owner had said it would be and more. If you are looking for somewhere that has all the facilities you would expect from a modern villa, plus stunning views and the perfect tranquil location but within 5 minutes walk of some excellent tavernas then you couldn't do better than the Villa Sonia in Gavalochori, Crete

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

“Escape the masses and go to Gavalohori”

Reviewed 12 Aug 2013

If you would like a laid back holiday, away from the hustle and bustle in the tourist areas, you should definitely stay in Villa Sonia. Beautiful villa with breathtaking views, placed in excellent surroundings. Spend the day at the pool, go hiking in the area or simply sit back and enjoy the views, the sea and the silence. At night a 15 minute walk will take you to the village tavernas, where you can have the real-greek food, joining the locals.

Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review the Villa. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to being of service in the future.

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