Crete On The Road

The Sunday Telegraph.

Crete on the Road: the Best Driving Tours around West and Central Crete by Frankie Miles. Frankie is from Villas Crete Holidays and she is very knowledgable about this part of the island.

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Prices for 2017 are the same as in 2016 - starting from €545 Euros per Week!

1 double bedroom, 1 studio style twin bedroom in the lower level.

Sleeps a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children.

Shared swimming pool (7m x 4m & depth 1.60m)

Simon’s House is a lovely modern split level villa set on the end plot of a small row of villas, nestled on a terraced hillside only 200m from the sandy beach of Almyrida. This end plot guarantees Simon’s House fabulous views of The White Mountains and the olive clad hills that surround the village. Partial views of Souda Bay, Almyrida beach and the 16th Century Turkish Fort at Aptera are also available from Simon’s House. Just 3-4 minutes walk from the beach and many excellent tavernas, cafes and shops, this villa is a great choice for those seeking value for money, beautiful views, comfortable accommodation, and easy access to the many local amenities.

The town house’s design has been carefully thought out so that all of the balconies, terraces, and the pool area benefit from the marvellous mountain, village and olive covered hill and valley views. The living area has prime position on the top floor of Simon’s House whilst the bedrooms are on the lower levels, which helps to keep them cooler during the long hot summer months. The English owners have decorated the villa whilst mostly using the traditional Greek colours of blue and white, which gives the villa a very fresh and light feel. The three shower rooms are fully tiled with blue and grey tiles and they all have a white bathroom suite, the walls throughout the villa are painted white, there are white aluminium window frames, shutters and doors, and the sofas in the lounge and lower level studio/bedroom, and the chairs from the dining suite are all covered with blue fabric. The exception is the double bedroom which has matching bedding and curtains made from a fresh white fabric with a pretty rosebud print. The wooden interior furniture has been made locally, and each terrace has outdoor furniture so that you can fully relax and take in the views. The lower level studio/bedroom can accommodate extra guests as it has an en-suite shower room, and a sitting area with a sofa bed, a nest of tables and a DVD player. In order to make your stay all the more enjoyable Simon’s House has been finished to a high standard and includes; beech kitchen cabinets, black marble effect kitchen worktops, a TV, a DVD player, a microwave oven, a washing machine, and air conditioning units in both bedrooms and the living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights early and late season. There is solar powered hot water or a back-up immersion heater, and a parking area set just off the small road below the villa.

Simon’s House has a number of outdoor balconies and terraces which are on different levels so that there are always seating areas with either sun or shade. At the front of the villa, and below the middle level on the small BBQ terrace, there are gravel flowerbeds and terracotta pots that have been planted with date palms, colourful bougainvillea, roses, and cacti. The south facing pool terrace is set high above the road with natural stone paving around the shared pool. There are sun-beds, umbrellas, and a panoramic view of the valley and mountains. Simon’s House is great value for those who wish to be close to the beach, shops and tavernas. For larger families and groups who like to holiday together, Kyra's House, which we handle and is in the same row of houses, can also be rented.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE  1042K 91003072701

Villa Accommodation

Top floor: (staircase up from the middle floor): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 shower room, and an open mountain, sea and pool facing terrace. The living room has a set of double doors that open out onto the open side terrace which is equipped with a dining table and chairs and has a full view to the mountains and pool, and a partial view to the village and the sea. There are 2 comfortable blue couches, a coffee table, a TV/DVD unit, a standard lamp, white and blue curtains, and a dining table and chairs which seat 6. The modern kitchen area is fully equipped and includes an electric cooker, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a coffee maker, a wall clock, a toaster, a kettle, and a washing machine. There is a kitchen window which faces south to the valley and mountains. At the top of the stairs just before the living area there is a shower room. The shower room has a shower, a white washbasin, a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window.

Middle floor (staircase from the parking area): 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room and 2 covered balconies. The front door opens into a hallway which has the staircases to the other 2 floors. There is the double bedroom which has a double bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a dressing table, stool and wall mirror, a wardrobe, and 2 windows that face the hill (with a cave) which leads to Plaka. This double bedroom also has 2 sets of double doors that lead to 2 covered balconies. The first balcony faces south to The White Mountains, the village and a partial sea view. This balcony is equipped with 4 cane armchairs with floral cushions, and a cane and glass table. The second balcony faces west to a partial sea view, a view of the village, the Turkish Fort at Aptera, and the mountains and olive groves. The shower room is exactly the same as the one on the top floor as previously described.

Lower Floor (staircase from the middle floor): a studio/twin bedroom, 1 en-suite shower room. There is a gate across the top of the staircase leading down to the lower floor which can be closed to stop small children accessing this floor without supervision. The twin bedroom has a sitting area and an en-suite shower room. There are 2 single beds, 1 bedside cabinet with a reading lamp, 2 wardrobes, a dressing table, mirror and stool, a sofa bed, a nest of leather covered tables, a TV monitor and DVD player, a Z-bed, fresh white curtains. 3 high level windows look out at gravelled terraces which have palms and bougainvillea. The shower room is exactly the same as described on the top floor.

Villa Location

The centre of the village of Almyrida is only 250m from Simon’s House, and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are 11 excellent tavernas, 6 cafés and 2 bars - most of which have free WIFI internet access, 2 bakeries, a wonderful jewellery shop, 1 Italian ice cream shop, 4 mini-markets, 6 gift shops, a butchers shop, an off-license, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a nail spa, a body and wellness spa, a hairdressers, 3 real estate agencies, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, horse riding, water skiing, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft,  and guided walking or coach tours. Also in Almyrida there is an arcade/cafe with pool tables and games machines, a children's play/activity centre with babysitting, a scuba diving centre, pedalo rentals, and a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans. For a change of pace, a 15 minute walk uphill (or 10 minutes downhill on the way back!) will take you to the main square in the neighbouring village of Plaka. There are lovely shady mulberry trees under which the locals sit to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a delicious meal or even just an ice cold frappe. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets leading off from the square. A few minutes by car from Simon’s House, 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, and lace makers and folklore museum in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.

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Villa Amenities

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
Internet access (available via 3G WIFI hub for a small fee)
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
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Number of bedrooms
2 - 1 Twin, 1 Double
Number of bathrooms
3 – 1 shower room on each floor
Pool depths
Pool size
Oval 7 x 4m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Yes. 2 sofa beds in the lounge each suitable for 1 person, and a sofa bed in the studio/twin bedroom which sleeps 2 people.
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
250m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
200m : 3 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
200m : 3 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
300m : 5 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
How far from airport
35 minutes
How far from nearest large town
35 minutes
Any steps? How many? A small staircase from the parking area to the middle floor of the house, a small staircase from the middle floor to the lower floor, a small staircase from the middle floor to the upper top floor, steps to the pool terrace, 7 steps to the BBQ area.
How private? Not especially private as the villa is part of a small row of maisonettes, though it is positioned at the end of the row with the most unobstructed views. The pool is shared with 5 other sometimes occupied maisonettes.
Nearest neighbour?

The next door villa, set just behind, but only partially connected to Simon’s House or the row of townhouses set below and across the street. 

Almyrida beach and facilities are within easy walking distance, and there is a limited bus service into Chania, but we recommend car hire in order to explore the varied regions of the area.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros. Not per person!

From :
To :
01.09.15 30.09.15 695
01.10.15 07.11.15 545
Winter 2015/2016
Long term rentals only - please ask
Winter 2016/2017 31.03.17 Long term rentals only - please ask

The above prices shown are in EUROS, per Week. These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all the sights from the guide book “Crete on the Road ” by Frankie Miles.

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