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 2018 starting from 1370.00 Euros per week.

3 double bedrooms

Private pool (8 x 4.5 meters & depth 1.50m)

Sleeps a maximum of 4 persons

No Smoking inside the villa.  

Free WIFI Internet Access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE 1042K92003111001

Villa Athina is a charming stone villa that is dramatically positioned on a cliff-top terrace with absolutely spectacular views of Souda Bay, the Akrotiri Peninsula, The White Mountains and the quaint villages that are dotted along the coastline below. The villa has been cleverly designed to ensure that the 3 of the 4 outdoor terraces enjoy these views with both privacy and a choice of sun or shade. In order to make your stay completely stress free, traditional features such as honey-blonde stone walls and arches, beamed ceilings, and pergolas made from local bleached cypress wood, blend effortlessly with every possible modern comfort including a fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, and 3 fully tiled bathrooms. Set on the outskirts of the quaint white-washed village of Kokkino Horio, Villa Athina is within walking distance of the excellent taverna and well stocked mini-market on the pretty village square, and the glass blowing workshop and organic taverna, or a short drive to the sandy beaches and many amenities at the seaside resort of Almyrida.

The villa has been named after the Greek Goddess Athina who ruled the arts, literature, intellectual activity and reason, and you will understand why once you have spent a fantastic holiday relaxing at this very special villa. The artistic Australian owners have spent a considerable amount of time creating a very attractive and comfortable home which has air-conditioning in the living room and 2 upstairs bedrooms, and thanks to the stone walls and north east corner location, the downstairs bedroom stays naturally cool and has a fan. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season the A/C units double up as heaters and there is a fireplace. The intelligent layout over 2 floors means that none of the spacious bedrooms share an adjoining wall, which may particularly suit families who are sharing but still enjoy moments of peace and solitude.

Villa Athina has quality contemporary furnishings that have been chosen to beautifully co-ordinate with the pale cypress wood beamed ceilings and kitchen cabinets. The lounge has comfortable couches, a WIFI hub with Free WIFI access,  a wall mounted LCD TV with a built-in DVD player, and a satellite box, and the fully equipped modern kitchen has every possible appliance including a ceramic hob, a fan assist oven, a dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, a microwave oven, a kettle, a toaster, and a coffee maker. In keeping with the rest of the villa and the surrounding landscape, the doors, windows, and shutters have been made of bleached wood. For entertainment purposes a selection of books, DVD’s, books, and games for both adults and children have been thoughtfully supplied, and beautiful flower arrangements, candles, and pretty ornaments complete setting. 

Despite the villa’s elegant and welcoming interior, you will probably want to spend most of your time relaxing outside on one of the villa’s many outdoor areas whilst taking in the infinite sea views. The property has been carved into the rock and creatively landscaped in order to incorporate the natural stone outcrops and stone walls, and maximise the privacy. There is a grass lawn at the rear of the property, and a selection of colourful oleander bushes, fuchsia bougainvillea, geraniums, and small fruit trees.

The elevated hillside position means that the villa is often blessed in the summer by refreshing breezes that come in off the sea, and on the occasional windy day there is a rear terrace that is perfectly sheltered by the villa itself and is shaded by a bamboo topped pergola to which climbing grapevines are being introduced. The pool terrace has sun-beds, an umbrella, a built in stone and marble table and chairs, and a traditional built-in barbeque/oven that can be lit with either wood or charcoal and is perfect for grilling the delicious fresh produce that you can buy locally. The dining area will undoubtedly be the focus of many a congenial meal and is adjacent to the family friendly private pool which has a built-in bench at one end where you can cool off during the long hot summer days, or sit with a cocktail in the evening whilst the water laps around you. An array of garden furniture on the terraces and balconies invites you to do nothing more taxing than lie back and marvel at the gorgeous sunsets, or on a warm clear night look at the twinkling stars, and the lights in the bay from the ferries that go past on their nightly journey to Athens.

Villa Athina is ideal for those wanting to stay in an enchanting stone villa with unrivalled views and a private and relaxing setting with easy access to beaches, shops and tavernas.

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (0 steps from the pool and dining terraces, 9 steps from parking area): A living room, a kitchen and dining area, a utility cupboard, 1 double bedroom, 1 full bathroom, a sea facing covered terrace, and a sea facing pool and dining terrace, a rear pergola covered terrace. The front door opens into the living room. There is an oatmeal linen matching lounge suite comprised of a 3 person couch, a 2 person couch, an armchair, and a box stool. There is also a pretty cream painted coffee table with a wooden top, and a matching sideboard and bookcase. The lounge has a wall mounted flat screen TV with a DVD player and satellite TV box, and a fireplace. One set of French doors open out onto the pool terrace / dining / barbeque area,  and a second set of French doors open out onto the covered front terrace which has a coffee table and chairs, and panoramic views to the sea, village and mountains. A hallway leading from the lounge has a utility cupboard with the washing machine, iron, ironing board, and cleaning equipment,   a door to the downstairs full bathroom, the staircase, and a large stone archway to the kitchen and inside dining area. The full bathroom has white and brown tiles, a full bath with a shower attachment, a white washbasin with a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window. The downstairs bedroom has a double bed with a silver bed frame, 2 bedside tables with lamps, a silver wood framed wall mirror, a wardrobe with drawers, shelves and hanging space, a fan, and French doors to a small balcony with a view to the rocky surrounding landscape and to the sea. The dining area has a large cream painted dining table with a wooden top, 6 chairs, and a matching side board/Welsh dresser. A set of French doors open out onto the covered front terrace, and an extra wide set of French doors open from the dining/area kitchen to a wrap-around front balcony. The kitchen has light wood built-in cabinets, a peach and brown marble effect work surface, white wall tiles,  a dishwasher, a ceramic hob and built in fan assist oven, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a cooker hood, a coffee maker, a toaster, and a kettle. A window looks out to the rocky landscape and the sea. 

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): 1 master bedroom with and en-suite shower room, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, and a large open sea and mountain facing terrace. The master bedroom has a king-size pale wood bed with 2 bedside tables with lamps, a framed wall mirror, a wardrobe with drawers, shelves and hanging space, and French doors that open out onto the spacious sun terrace that is shared with the second upstairs bedroom and is equipped with sun-beds. The sun terrace has panoramic sea and mountain views and an open wooden pergola. The master suite has an en-suite shower room that is fully tiled with white and brown tiles and has a shower with a glass screen, a wash basin, a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window. The second upstairs bedroom has a double bed with a light wood frame, 2 white wood bedside tables with lamps, a wall mirror, a wardrobe with drawers, shelves and hanging space, a window that looks out to the rocky landscape and the sea, and French doors that open out on to the large open sun terrace that is shared with the master bedroom suite. In the middle of the upstairs hallway is the door to the main shower room. The shower room is fully tiled with white and brown tiles and has shower with a glass screen, a wash basin, a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window. 

Villa Location

The village centre taverna and mini market are within easy walking distance of Villa Athina. The family-run taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, has delicious food and during the summer months there are occasional live Cretan music nights at the taverna which are a lot of fun. Kokkino Horio (“red village” in Greek) was the main village set for the film “Zorba the Greek”. There are little whitewashed houses and narrow streets that wind around the village centre. At the village kafenion you can find older locals who were used as extras in the film, and who will happily show you photos of themselves with Anthony Quinn. Kokkino Horio is home to the famous glass blowing workshop where you can eat at the excellent organic taverna after watching recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls. The Retreat Taverna on the village outskirts has good food and panoramic views. The coastline below Villa Athina is famous for its sea caves and it has Koutalas cove which is a rocky inlet with a small stony/sandy beach that is only a few minutes drive from the villa. Plaka Square is just 3km away and has 6 tavernas, an Italian restaurant, 2 well stocked mini markets, and 7 cafes. 8 minutes away by car is the lovely village of Almyrida which is built around a crescent shaped sandy beach. 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 many excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Also in Almyrida there is a children's play centre which has baby sitting facilites and a cafe, pedalo rentals, a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a games centre with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a body wellness and nail spa, and the Villa Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat hire, boat trips, big game fishing, water skiing (with skis, banana, or ring) horse riding, private sight seeing flights in a light aircraft, and organised guided walking or coach excursions. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 45 minutes away by car.


Villa Amenities

Views? Souda Bay / The Akrotiri Peninsula and the White Mountains / Kokkino Horio Village as well as other villages along the coast line /Sea / Village / Mountains / Olive groves
Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Yes The 2 upstairs bedrooms have A/C, the downstairs bedroom does not have A/C but stays naturally cool and has fan.
Air conditioned lounge
CD player (the DVD player plays CD's
Free WIFI Internet Access 
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Mosquito nets above all beds
Central heating
Fireplace / Wood burning stove
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3 - 3 double
Number of bathrooms 3 - 1 full downstairs bathroom, 2 upstairs bathroom - 1 en suite
Pool depths
1.50m plus built-in bench at one end.
Pool size
8m x 4.5m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed?
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
850m : 12 - 15 minutes on foot, 2 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
3.6km : 45 minutes on foot, 8 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
850m : 12 - 15 minutes on foot, 2 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
3.7km : 45 minutes on foot, 8 minute by car
How far from airport
45 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45 minutes

Any steps? How many?

0 steps from the parking to the front door and pool terrace, 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.

How private?

Very private - the pool terrace and downstairs dining terrace cannot be seen by any other property.

Nearest neighbour?



Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros.

The following prices shown EUROS are for the Villa per week with a maximum of 4 persons.

From :                 
To :                     
01.11.17 30.04.18 Not Available  
01.05.18 30.06.18 1370.00  
01.07.18 31.08.18 1995.00  
30.04.19 Not Available  

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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