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Villa Challis – Home 214955 Villa

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  • 5 nights min stay

Villa / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 7

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa Bed, 4 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Paul C.

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Average reply time:
2 hours 3 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated::
23 Feb 2018
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Italian

This Villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 7. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 10 Apr 2012. Located in Chania Prefecture, it has 21 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £700 to £1200.

The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Feb 2018.


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Guest reviews

Excellent – based on 21 reviews Excellent
21 reviews

Very Good

“Excellent villa, Excellent island, Excellent time!”

Reviewed 6 Oct 2015

Myself and friends had a fantastic stay in Villa Challis. As we did not have a car, it was great that there were 3 tavernas in walking distance all serving delicious food. We were regular visitors to the traditional taverna in Kokkino Chorio village square for morning coffee and cake and for a few beers in the early evening. When we visited the beach and restaurants in Almyrida bay we found the local taxi service to be very efficient. The highlight of the trip was jumping and diving from the rocks into the clear blue sea at the local Kokkino Chorio beach. We will return.

Owner's reply: Thanks for your 5 star review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you liked the local tavernas. The beaches at Almyrida and Kokkino Chorio are very different so it was great you took the opportunity to visit both. There also some great beaches in Kalives. We look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future Paul

“Lovely villa, very peaceful and well equipped!”

Reviewed 12 Aug 2013

Villa Challis is a lovely, peaceful and well equipped villa. The villa is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts but not too far away so that you don't feel like exploring some of the lovely beaches. The only downside is that Crete can be quite windy and as you are up on a hill you can feel this a bit more than we had expected. However, the villa and its great amenities more than made up for it! Definitely great value for money and we would be happy to return!

Owner's reply: I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Challis. Sorry it was a bit windy when you were there. You are right - occasionally you do get a breeze, though sometimes this can be a pleasant relief. We have just been there for 2 weeks ourselves and we could have done with the odd breeze! Thanks very much for your great review.

“A little bit of paradise!”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2013

We had a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. The villa was well equipped,it had everything you could think of. I even said to my husband if I was so inclined I could bake a cake, it simply had every utensil you could wish for. The villa was spacious with the most wonderful views of the sea and the mountains, what we liked was its seclusion but still being only a few minutes away from the village and the coast. The wildlife was amazing, we had a snake and a hedgehog in the garden plus millions of cicades that sang from morning till night. The pool was beautiful and kept so clean by the property managers, all in all everything was fantastic and we can't find a bad thing to say about it. Thank you to the Challis's for letting us rent your home.

Owner's reply: We are really pleased that you had such a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. We have actually baked a number of cakes there for our childrens' birthdays! However, we have never seen a snake - that must have been exciting! Thank you very much for your very positive comments.

“Lovely Villa, Stunning Location, Great weather !”

Reviewed 17 Sep 2012

Our first visit to Crete and also the first outside of main school holidays. We were not disappointed about either aspect. Crete is a beautiful island and the villa, close to a small village, overlooking Souda Bay was a great base to explore. The villa itself has the advantage of it's own pool - very necessary in the warm weather. To get best advantage from the location, the living room and balconies are on the first floor and the views across Souda Bay were superb. The villa is well appointed and the gas barbecue was well used. There is a good local restaurant (10 minutes walk) and the best choice of restaurants is around a 10 minute drive away. The beach at Almyrida is beautiful (and again a 10 minute drive away) but worth the effort. There are many places to visit; Chania, Rethimno and lake Kournas to name but a few.The use of a car is highly recommended. Hope to visit again.

“Tranquil, great location and perfect to escape the rat race.”

Reviewed 5 Sep 2012

Having arrived in the dark late at night, opening the curtains on the first morning at Villa Challis and seeing both the mountains and turquoise sea was jaw dropping -ly awesome. It made sense of the bendy roads I had driven up the night before, which slowed me down mentally to proper holiday mode. You really want for nothing at the villa. The lounge upstairs ensures there is always a welcome breeze and a snooze on the hammock is a must. The gas barbecue works like a dream complimenting a well equipped kitchen. There is a lovely shady area to sit outside the kitchen with wind blinds if necessary. The pool is perfect, with sunbeds, chairs, shades and views to inspire. At night millions of stars make the whole place quite magical. It is easy to stay here, removed from the pace of a working week and with a couple of trips for provisions, there are books, games, pool inflatables to keep you occupied if lazing around proves all too much. You can listen to your own music or play with the Play Station or even watch films at your leisure. The villa is in a good location to explore the western end of Crete and there are plenty of excursions offered from nearby villages where there is plenty of entertainment and a wide range of restaurants/cafes. Take a good pair of trainers as there are many walking/trekking opportunities. We walked the Samaria gorge which was wonderful and something we will never forget. If you have snorkelling equipment take that too as there is plenty to see. A read of the visitors book at the villa gives you a good idea of what others have done. Guide books and maps are also at your disposal during your stay which is really helpful. Oh yes and the air-conn was much appreciated during our stay as we had wonderful weather.

“Perfect holiday home from home”

Reviewed 8 Aug 2012

Fantastic villa with great facilities and perfect location. Paul couldn't have done more for us - we asked lots of questions about suitability for our 18 month old and as well as all the bits already on site (high chair, cot, lots of toys - a life saver having had to fly with minimal luggage!) he went out of his way to improvise stair gates for us. The villa is simply but beautifully decorated - we loved the exposed stone walls. Bags of living space, all you could need in the kitchen etc. We really loved though, the different terraces and spaces providing sun and shade throughout the day, lovely places to sit, have lunch etc. The pool is fab and despite not being heated was warm enough in June. The location is really special. There is a villa next door (empty during our visit!) but it doesn't really overlook and apart from that it's down a quiet track, surrounded by fields with dry stone walls, olive trees and herds of bell-bearing goats. Views from the upstairs balcony fantastic - watching the sunset over the sea doesn't get much better. And amazing starry skies. Great supermarket in local village and lots of amenities in Almerida. You do need a car but driving feels relative safe in Crete so no problem. When we could bear to leave the villa (we got lazy!) we did go to the beach some days and ventured further afield to Georgopolis & Stavros beaches. Hania recommended. We wanted peace, seclusion and a beautiful location with beaches nearby. And it fitted the bill perfectly. We'll be back...

“Wonderful family holiday in Crete”

Reviewed 19 Jun 2012

The villa was, in one word, exceptional. It was easy to locate but positioned perfectly away from the local towns which gave us the privacy that we sought. The villa is maintained by a lovely english couple who live locally and are always available to give helpful advice (where to go and what to see) as well as ensuring the villa is in tip-top condition at all times.

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