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 845 Euro per week.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom

Private pool (8 x 4 meters & depth 1.50m)

Sleeps a maximum of 5 persons

No Smoking inside the villa.

Free WIFI Internet Access.

In Greek "Chrisi" means "golden" and when you stay at this gorgeous stone villa you will completely understand how the villa's name came about.  The villa has been built using pretty honey-gold coloured stone taken from a small quarry on the outskirts of the nearby village of Gavalohori. The wonderful traditional features such as stone arches, and wood beamed ceilings, windows, shutters and pergolas all made from local cypress wood, blend seamlessly with every modern amenity to create a comfortable home that is welcoming in the extreme. In addition, Chrisi Villa has a hillside location with a stunning panorama that encompasses the famously picturesque Souda Bay, the surrounding countryside, and the scenic White Mountains, which at dusk are bathed with the vibrant gold and crimson hues of the setting sun that are usually only seen on a picture postcard. To complete this idyllic setting, you can often hear the gentle sound of sheep bells coming from the olive groves to north and west of the villa.

The laid-back rural location belies the fact that Chrisi Villa is only a few minutes by car to the well stocked mini-market and 3 very different tavernas in Kokkino Horio, or 10 minutes drive to the beach and many amenities in Almyrida. The attractive garden and lovely private pool terrace are a relaxing haven which you will find difficult to leave, however it would be a shame not to explore the area's countless wonderful sites, including the Ancient Roman Cisterns and Turkish Castle at Aptera, the Venetian Harbour town of Chania, and the sandy beaches and small rocky coves that are blessed with crystal clear turquoise water and are perfect for snorkelling.

All of the outdoor areas at Chrisi Villa benefit from the fabulous scenery that invites you to sit back and do nothing more strenuous than take in the far-reaching views. Mouth-watering meals with juicy locally grown salads and freshly caught fish that has been grilled on the barbeque can be savoured in the brilliant sunshine during the day, or under the breathtakingly clear star filled night sky. The pool terrace is flanked by 2 mature date palms and an ivy covered trellis that provides excellent screening, whilst the eye-catching pool takes centre stage with its sparkling waters that beckon invitingly. Guests who enjoy moments of solitude will appreciate the good sized, landscaped garden that incorporates areas with olive trees, natural stone outcrops, wild flowers in the Spring, and flowerbeds planted with colourful hibiscus, African daisies, Margarita daisies, oleanders, cacti, "Hottentot Fig", and aromatic lavender.

The interiors of Villa Chrisi have many fine attributes and the relaxing atmosphere of a home away from home. Very comfortable and classically Cretan, the furnishings and decor are attractive and easy on the eye. The clever "upside down" design maximizes the views from the upstairs living area and dining terrace, and helps to keep the 2 downstairs bedrooms naturally cool - although on the lovely long hot summer days and warm balmy nights that Crete is celebrated for there is air conditioning throughout the villa. A feature stone archway is situated between the bright living room and kitchen, both of which open out on to a large semi shaded balcony/terrace that has a teak dining table and chairs with green cushions, a barbeque, a potted bougainvillea, and overlooks the pool and surrounding countryside to the shimmering sea and majestic mountains.

The English owners spend quite a lot of time at Villa Chrisi and it is therefore not just your average holiday villa. Every modern comfort has been supplied including high definition satellite TV, a DVD player/Blu-ray home cinema system, a stereo unit with a CD player, WIFI internet access, a fully fitted, very well equipped kitchen, fully tiled bathrooms.  The air conditioning units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, and there is a wood burning stove in the living room. For entertainment purposes a good selection of books and DVD's, and a table football machine have been thoughtfully supplied.

In summation it can be said that anyone seeking a well-equipped stone villa at the end of a hill side track with breathtaking views and in close proximity to a charming, traditional village, will be completely enamored by Chrisi Villa.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: 1042K 12 3K 0366100

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (0 steps from the parking area, the pool terrace and the garden): 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 hallway, 1 outside covered terrace. The hallway has a wardrobe and a luggage rack. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds,  a chest of drawers with 2 lamps, a wall mirror, a wardrobe with drawers, shelves and hanging space, a chair, a luggage rack, white muslin curtains, a window that looks out over the garden to the sea, and French doors that open out onto a shaded terrace that has sea views, is shared with the double bedroom, and that is equipped with a coffee table and chairs. The double bedroom has a double bed, 2 bedside tables with lamps, a chest of drawers, a wall mirror, a wardrobe with drawers, shelves and hanging space, a chair, a luggage rack, white muslin curtains, a window that looks out to the date palms and pool terrace, and French doors that open out on to the covered terrace that is shared with the twin bedroom and has sea views. The main bathroom is fully tiled with white and blue tiles and has corner bath, a shower attachment, a sliding screen, a wash basin, a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window.

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): A living room, a kitchen and dining area, a shower room, and a semi-covered sea facing pool and dining terrace. At the top of the staircase is the shower room which has blue, white and grey tiles, a shower stall with a sliding door, a white washbasin with a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window. The living room has a matching red 3 person sofa-bed and a 2 person sofa, matching wood coffee table, bookcase, and a TV stand with a high definition flat screen TV, a Blu-ray home cinema system/DVD player and satellite TV box, a silver metal standard lamp, and a wood burning stove. The living room has a window that looks out over the surrounding countryside to the sea, and a  set of French doors that open out onto the large semi covered dining terrace which looks out over the pool to the sea and mountains.A stone archway leads from the living room to the kitchen and inside dining area. The kitchen has wooden built-in cabinets, grey work surfaces, white wall tiles,  a dishwasher, a cooker, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a cooker hood, a coffee maker, a toaster, and a kettle. A window looks out to the parking area and mountains and a set of French doors open out onto the sea and mountain facing dining terrace.

Villa Location

The Retreat Taverna is only 10 minutes by foot from Chrisi Villa. It has great views, lovely food and a varied menu. Kokkino Horio taverna and mini market are also within walking distance of the Chrisi Villa.  The family-run taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, has delicious food 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 coastline below Chrisi Villa 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 6 minutes drive from the villa.  Plaka Square is just 3.8km away and has 6 excellent tavernas, a wonderful Italian restaurant, 2 well stocked mini markets, a hair dresser, and 6 cafes. 10 minutes away by car is the lovely village of Almyrida which is built around a crescent shaped sandy beach. The beach holds the EU's coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness, and 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 scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, an arcade/cafe with pool tables and games machines, a body wellness and nail spa, a children's activity centre, and the Villa Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, private sight-seeing flights in a light aircraft, waterskiing, horse riding, and organised walking tours and 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


ƒSouda Bay in its entirety, The Akrotiri Peninsula, the White Mountains Sea/Mountains /Olive groves

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
Ceiling Fans
Free WiFi Internet access
CD player
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating

Wood burning stove
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Pack

Number of bedrooms

2 – 1 Double,  1 twin

Number of bathrooms

ƒ2 – 1 downstairs full bathroom, 1 upstairs shower room

Pool depth
Pool size
8m x 4m
Type of shade by pool
Sun umbrellas.
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult?
Maid service
2 times a week.
Distance to nearest taverna
800m      By foot.  10 - 12 minutes   By car  3 minutes
Distance to the nearest shingle cove/beach

ƒ2.6km  By foot.  40 minutes   By car  6 minutes

Distance to nearest sandy beach

ƒ4.9km     By foot   65 minutes   By car  10 minutes

Distance to nearest mini market

1.5km  By foot  20 mins      By car   4  minutes

Distance to nearest cash machine
4.9km  By foot  65 mins  By car  10 minutes
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?

Mostly private - only a small part of the pool terrace can seen by 2 villas - one of which is at a distance, the downstairs sitting terrace is completely private, and the upstairs terrace can only be partially seen by 1 villa in the distance.

Nearest neighbor?

An occasionally used holiday villa is set 30m to from the rear/left side of Chrisi Villa.


Villa Rental Prices

The following prices shown EURO are for the Villa for up to 5 persons.

From :
To :
Price for a maximum of 5 persons:
01.09.16 30.09.16        995
01.10.16 07.11.16   800
Winter 2016 - 17      31.03.17   Long term only
01.10.17 07.11.17   845
Winter 2017-18 31.03.18   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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