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 starting from €1050.00 Euros per Week.

1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms. Sleeps a maximum of 7 persons

Private salt water swimming pool (9m x 4.25m & depths 1.20m - 1.70m).

Free WIFI Internet Access.

Villa Antina is a magnificent home that has been built with the delightful combination of traditional Cretan design and high quality modern comforts. Designed by the renowned local architect who was recently in charge of the renovation of the Venetian lighthouse at the entrance to Chania Harbour, and the Turkish minaret in Chania, special attention to detail has been given to the entire property including the villa itself, the pool area, the elaborate barbeque area, grassed lawns and the landscaped gardens which cover well over 1.5acres. Built from local light grey and terracotta stone and fragrant cypress wood, and rising up in the middle of a plateau of pine and olive groves high above Souda Bay, and flanked by glorious White Mountains to the south, Villa Antina has a commanding presence and panoramic views. Despite the countrified location on the outskirts of the quaint village of Litsarda, Villa Antina is only 4 minutes by car to the tavernas and shops in Vamos and just over 10 minutes by car to the sandy beaches and excellent amenities in either Kalives or Almyrida.

The owners of Villa Antina are a Greek couple from Chania Town who lived in Canada for many years. Upon their return from Canada they had Villa Antina built as their country retreat and have therefore put much expense, love and care into fitting and furnishing the villa. Exquisite carpentry has been used for the open beamed ceilings, the interior doors, the kitchen cabinets, the bathroom vanity units, and every piece of furniture on the 2 main floors of the villa (not the lower level). Everything has been entirely hand carved and assembled by a craftsman in Chania from matching solid oak. The elegant brass door handles, and kitchen and bathroom fittings have been imported in Italy. The spacious master bedroom is particularly beautiful with high vaulted ceilings, a mezzanine level with pretty lighting, and a sumptuous 4-poster bed with cream drapes, all of which make it ideal for newlyweds or for romantic couples who are eternally on honeymoon! Local stone arches, nooks and an impressive fireplace with glass doors all add to the charm of this lovely villa. The lower level of the villa (set just below the pool terrace, but above ground level) has a studio apartment with the third bedroom, a living area with a sofa bed, a bathroom and a kitchenette. This studio can be accessed from the main staircase in the villa or via a separate entrance making it perfect for family members who need more privacy.

Every possible modern comfort is available at Villa Antina including: a high tech under-floor cooling and heating system with individual thermostat controls on each floor, which is completely silent (unlike some air-conditioning units); forest green aluminium doors, windows and shutters; mosquito screens; an electric gate; WIFI internet access, a phone for incoming cals or local outgoing calls, a 32 inch flat screen TV, satellite TV, a DVD player, a stereo system with CD/cassette/ and radio; fabulous fully tiled bathrooms with power showers (water pressure dependant) and toilets with seats that automatically close slowly and quietly to prevent lid-slamming; and a kitchen with a very large inventory and stainless steel appliances which include a dishwasher, a ceramic hob, built-in oven and extractor fan, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a kettle, a coffee maker, and there is a washing machine in the lower level kitchenette. There is solar powered hot water with a back-up immersion heater and a large reserve water storage tank for those times in the summer when water is restricted.

The extensive grounds at Villa Antina are as impressive as the villa itself and are completely surrounded by a low natural stone wall and leylandii bushes which provide privacy. The electric gate opens onto a tiled parking area for 2 cars which in turn has pathways that take you to the different areas of the garden and to the front porch. On one side of the villa is a well kept olive grove with 65 working olive trees. Next to the olive grove is the pergola covered separate entrance to the villa’s lower level. The opposite side of the garden features the pool terrace which has non-slip granites tiles and is furnished with 6 sun-beds and 3 umbrellas. Next to the pool terrace is the pergola covered BBQ, bread oven and kitchenette. A well kept lawn surrounds the pool terrace and is ideal for children to play on. The many raised flowerbeds have been planted with a variety of different shrubs and trees which add both a splash of colour and a sweet fragrance to the garden at Villa Antina including; bougainvillea, jasmine, geraniums, lemon, mandarin and orange trees, and a variety of roses. There is even a herb garden with thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena, lavender and mint, to which you can help yourself. There are many terraces with a choice of sun or shade during the daytime, and in the evening the outside area is beautifully lit so that you can relax outside whilst looking at the stars or the lights in the bay from passing boats.

This gorgeous home, with no immediate neighbours, is ideal for either families or couples who are looking for a luxurious escape from the crowds.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number:  MHTE 1042K10000047300

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (7 steps from the private and gated parking area, level with covered dining terrace, a ramp to the pool terrace): Open plan living room with a wide archway to the kitchen, and a small archway to the hallway, utility room, cloakroom/toilet. The front door opens from the covered entrance porch into the lounge area. There are 2 hand carved couches with contrasting rust and brown coloured cushions, a coffee table, a chair, a 130 year old display cabinet which holds a collection of ornate plates, a shelf with the CD player/ stereo system, a wall mounted 32” flat screen TV with satellite box and DVD player, a large stone fireplace, and a number of shelves and nooks in the walls that hold icons, candles and brassware. The lounge area has windows that look out to the olive grove. The small archway leads to a hall with a staircase, a coat rack, a large armchair, a cabinet, and the door to the cloak room which has a sink with vanity unit and mirror, a toilet, red curtains and a window to the front rose garden. In the centre of the living room is a wide archway which leads through to the kitchen and dining area. The stainless steel kitchen appliances include a ceramic hob and built-in oven, a fridge/freezer, a coffee maker, a kettle and a dishwasher. The kitchen also has a dining area which is furnished with a dining table and chairs for 6, a grandfather clock, and a sideboard with a marble top. The kitchen dining area has windows that look out over olive groves to the sea and the mountains, and there are 2 sets of double doors that lead out onto the sea facing terrace which in turn leads down a ramp to the pool. Part of the sea facing terrace is known as the dining terrace because it is covered and furnished with a dining table and chairs.

First floor (18 steps up a staircase from the ground floor): 1 master bedroom suite with 4-poster bed, an en-suite shower room and a large sea and mountain facing balcony, 1 twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room. The master bedroom suite is spacious and beautiful with high vaulted ceilings and a 4 poster bed with cream diaphanous curtains. Other furniture includes 2 bedside cabinets with brass reading lamps with grey silk lampshades, a chest of drawers, a dressing table, mirror and 2 stools, a free-standing full length mirror, 2 double wardrobes, a TV, an storage oak chest, a beautiful wall tapestry, and brass and orange glass wall lamps. There are 2 small windows and double doors that lead out onto an open balcony which has views to the sea, the mountains and the surrounding countryside, and which is equipped with a teak dining table, chairs and a sun umbrella. The master bedroom has a spacious en-suite shower room which has pretty peach and terracotta tiles, peach curtains, a sink, a long mirror, a long oak vanity unit with a granite top, a shower unit with glass doors and a shower with high pressure jets, a toilet, and a window that looks over the front garden to olive groves. The upstairs twin bedroom has 2 single beds, 1 nightstand, a small built-in desk with a reading lamp, a chest of drawers/dressing table with a wall mirror, a decorative storage chest, a wardrobe, green and beige check patterned curtains. This twin bedroom has windows that look out south and east over the surrounding area, and an en-suite shower room as described previously for the master bedroom en-suite shower room except that it has white and green tiles and green curtains.

Lower Level. (17 steps down a staircase from the upper ground floor): 1 twin bedroom, 1 living room with kitchenette, 1 shower room. The stairs lead down into the living area on the lower level. The living area has a traditional Cretan style pine furniture including a couch with tapestry material cushions (this couch is a sofa-bed for 1 person), 2 matching armchairs, a coffee table, 2 side tables, a side board with glass doors, a TV, a storage chest, a brass hurricane lamp, a wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a coat rack and a door that leads out to a pergola covered terrace and the olive grove. Just off the lower living room is the 2nd twin bedroom which has 2 single brass beds, 2 night stands with reading lamps, a chest of drawers, a wall mirror, yellow curtains and a small window to the olive grove. Also just off the lower living area is a utility room/kitchenette which as a sink, kitchen cabinets, 2 cooking rings, a fridge, a side table and a washing machine. The lower level bathroom has blue and white tiles, a half bath with a shower attachment, a toilet, a sink with an oak vanity unit and mirror, and a window.

Villa Location

Villa Antina is a short walk from the taverna, mini-market and pizzeria/café in the quaint village of Litsarda and 5 minutes drive from the very pretty village of Vamos which has narrow streets and stone houses and is the administrative centre of the area. Vamos is an ideal starting point for hikes to the surrounding hills and it boasts the only forest of pine wood to be found in the area. A traditional stone road (kalderimi) still remains and a walk in the old part of the village is of great interest. To the south-east of the village, in the Karydi area, one can see the monastery of Agios Giorgos. The ruins of the church’s cells and the old oil-press, with its wonderful domes, remain standing to the present day. As it has done for hundreds of years, day to day life in Vamos revolves around the village square where the locals leisurely pass the time whilst drinking coffee and chatting to each other.

The village has a great atmosphere and a large number of amenities including a bank, 2 petrol stations, 3 tavernas, 2 souvlaki shops, a handful of cafes, a post office, a bakery, a hairdresser, mini markets, a clothes shop, a book shop with stationary and art supplies, a jewellery shop, and a number of gift shops and mini-markets. Litsarda is also a pretty 8 minute drive from the traditional village of Gavalohori. Five hundred metres from the village, you can see several renowned Venetian wells built on a landscape of rare beauty. In Gavalohori there are 4 tavernas, a bakery, 1 mini market, a souvlaki cafe, a lovely folklore museum and a women’s co-operative which has developed the fine art of handicrafts such as knitting, embroidery and lace making. The lovely village of Almyrida, which is built around a crescent shaped sandy beach, is only 8kms away. This 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 and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, and a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 45 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
Telephone and WIFI Internet
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3/4 - 1 double, 2 twins and 1 extra room with a sofa bed.
Number of bathrooms
3.5 – 1 main bathroom on the lower level, 2 en-suite shower rooms and a cloak room.
Pool depths
1.20m – 1.70m
Pool size
9m x 4.25m
Type of shade by pool
Sun umbrellas
Sofa bed
Yes in the lower level lounge area - suitable for 1 person.
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
500m : 8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
8.5km : 150 minutes on foot, 14 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
500m : 8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
2.1km : 35 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
How far from airport
45 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45 minutes

Any steps? How many?

7 steps from the parking into the villa, 18 steps to the first floor, 17 steps down to the lower level.

How private? 


Nearest neighbour? 

75m to the rear of Villa Antina – on the far side of the olive grove.

Villa Rental Prices

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

From :
To :
Winter 2013/14
Long term only
Long term only

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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