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.

Read the full Article.

Great Value Prices in 2017 starting from €700 Euro per Week for the use of 1 bedroom,

and from 750 Euro per Week for the use of 3 bedrooms.

1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms.

Private swimming pool (8 x 5meters & depth 0.6m – 1.7m)

WIFI Internet Access.

Villa Poppy is a lovely modern villa that is perfect for either families or couples who would like a peaceful setting with incomparable sea views and sunsets, but would also like to be only a few minutes away from the beach, tavernas, shops and other amenities. Located on a hillside just above the village of Plaka, the villa has absolutely stunning panoramic views of Souda Bay, The Akrotiri Peninsula, the Turkish Castle at Aptera, The White Mountains which are snow capped for 6 months a year, small villages, and acres of olive groves. Despite the lovely rural location surrounded by olive groves cypress trees and bougainvillea, Villa Poppy is only 3 minutes by car to the charming village square of Plaka, or 5 minutes to the beaches and many amenities in Almyrida.

Set just below the adjacent villa (Villa Nostalgia ), never the less Villa Poppy has its own grounds, pool and private parking area. Each villa sits on half an acre of a 1 acre plot that shares a gate and perimeter walls, but that has been split into 2 distinct and private halves.  The villa has been furnished throughout with matching modern cherry wood furniture. The built in kitchen cabinets and bedroom wardrobes are also made out of this matching wood. The warm coloured draperies and textiles in the villa give a lovely summery feeling, and the metal and wooden beds in all of the bedrooms are quite charming. All modern comforts have been provided at Villa Poppy, including satellite TV, DVD and CD players, dishwasher and washing machine, white aluminium doors, windows, and shutters with mosquito screens on all the windows, and air conditioning units in all the bedrooms and the living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater. WIFI internet access is available but top-up cards for air-time will need to be purchased locally.

The design of the villa has been carefully thought out in order to bring your living area into the outdoors, so that you can fully appreciate the outstanding views at all times. Therefore there are many terraces for both sun and shade, and an ample supply of garden furniture such as tables, chairs, umbrellas, a double swing-chair and sun-beds. The lovely pool and the spacious upstairs terrace are the most prominent features of the property, with both enjoying infinite sea and mountain views and gorgeous sunsets. The villa has a very large paved and tiled area which has a barbeque and a number of different rockeries made from natural stone and planted with cacti, herbs, and colourful flowering shrubs.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE  10 42 E  60 62 01110 01

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (1 step parking area, level with the pool terrace): Large open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 twin bedroom, and 1 shower room. The front door opens into the living room from a semi covered terrace. It is furnished with 2 very comfortable cream leather couches, a wooden love seat, a TV/stereo unit and a large coffee table. There are 2 windows, one of which looks out over the rockery to the mountains and sea, the other faces south towards the rockery and a wall. The modern kitchen/dining area is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher, ceramic hob and built in oven, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, and locally made, wooden dining table and chairs which seat 6. There is an extra wide door that open out onto the pool terrace (with sea views), and a covered patio area which has a table and chairs. The kitchen also has a windows which face north over the pool to the sea, and east to a neighbouring villa, the sea and trees. Just off the lounge area there is a small shower room with floor to ceiling beige tiles and a shower, a white washbasin, mirrored cabinet, a toilet and a frosted window. Next to the half bathroom is a bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 bedside table with a reading lamp, and a built in wardrobes that have hanging space, drawers, and shelves. There is an east facing window which looks out to olive groves, a natural stone wall, and flowerbeds, and double doors that open out onto a small covered balcony which has overlooks the Villa Nostalgia parking area to olive groves, flowerbeds, and the natural stone wall which surrounds the entire property.

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 full bathroom and a large open sea and mountain facing sun terrace. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds, 1 bedside table with a reading lamp, and a built in double wardrobe with hanging space, drawers, and shelves. There is a south facing window which looks out to Villa Nostalgia, and double doors that open out onto a large sun terrace which has panoramic views to the Souda Bay, the Akrotiri Peninsula, the White Mountains, conifers, date palms, bougainvillea and olive trees. This sun terrace is equipped with a table and chairs, and sun-beds can also be bought up here. The sun terrace is shared with the double bedroom and has fantastic views of the sunset. The double bedroom has a double bed, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, and a large built in double wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves. This double bedroom also a door leading out onto the sun terrace and a west facing window which looks out to the expansive view of Souda Bay and the White Mountains. The full bathroom has floor to ceiling beige tiles and a white bathroom suite comprising a full bath with shower attachment, wash basin, mirrored cabinet, a toilet, a washing machine, and a frosted window.

Villa Location

Plaka village square is only 1.1kms from Villa Poppy and is an easy 10 minute walk. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets just off the mulberry tree lined square. The modern outskirts of the village have expanded recently as have the facilities, which now include 7 tavernas, 2 well stocked mini markets (including freshly baked bread and some foreign products), an excellent Italian restaurant, and 6 cafes. 2 of these cafes are just a short five minute walk from the villa. Villa Poppy is just 5 minutes by car to 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, shops, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, water skiing, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a children's play centre, and an area with pool tables and games machines.  A few minutes by car from the villa, 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 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
WIFI internet access (air-time cards need to be purchased)
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3 - 2 Twin, 1 Double
Number of bathrooms
2 – 1 upstairs bathroom, 1 downstairs shower room
Pool depths
0.60m, 1.30m, 1.70m
Pool size
8m x 5m
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas and covered terrace
Sofa bed
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
1.1km : 10 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
2.2km : 20 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
1.1km : 10 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
2.2km : 20 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
How far from airport
35 minutes
How far from nearest large town
35 minutes

Any steps? How many?

1 step from the parking, , level with the pool, 17 steps to the upper floor and therefore suitable for the elderly or disabled if they stay in the downstairs bedroom.

How private?

Can be seen by adjacent villa at the back (Villa Nostalgia ), and a villa to one side. The top floor terrace can partially be seen by Villa Nostalgia and 1 house at the back of the property.

Nearest neighbour?

Villa Nostalgia (adjacent sister villa set immediately behind Villa Poppy).

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euro. ** The prices for 1 - 2 persons are for the use of 1 bedroom only, and the prices for 3 - 6 persons include the use of all 3 bedrooms.

From :
To :            
Price: 1-2 persons
Price: 3-6persons
01.09.16 30.09.16 895 995
01.10.16 07.11.16 500 (Special Offer)     600 (Special Offer)   
Winter 2016/17    
Long term only
Long term only
Winter 2017/18 31.03.18 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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