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 in 2018 starting from 1055.00 Euros for the use of 3 bedrooms, or 1260.00 Euros for the use of 4 bedrooms

3 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom.

Private infinity swimming pool: 8 x 4 meters & depths 0.70m - 1.80m

Free WIFI Internet Access

Pool Heating via heat pump available for an extra fee.

Sleeps a maximum of 10 Guests

E.O.T. (Greek Tourist Board) Rental License Number: MHTE 1042K10002998701

But for the chorus of buzzing cicadas and bleating goats, calm embraces Villa Eleonora on its perch atop a hill in Kokkino Horio, a scenic outpost within spitting distance of glorious beaches, the tourist amenities of Almyrida and home-spun charm of Kalives.  Silhouetted against an impossibly blue sky, the sapphire bay unfolding below in gentle diamond-capped swells, this traditionally hued blue and white villa enjoys a setting that epitomizes Crete in all its panoramic glory – a distinctive confluence of stark brush, wild olive groves, glimmering sea and imposing mountains. Visible from the home’s many balconies and tiered outdoor patios, these post card vistas also beckon from nearly every room within this glass-encased four bedroom vacation home. It is very rare to find a pool on Crete that has any form of heating, which is a huge plus at the start and end of the season when the pools can be decidedly chilly. Guests at Villa Eleonora are very fortunate to find that for an extra fee the pool can be heated to a minimum of 26 degrees centigrade (except first thing in the morning, at night, and in the unlikely event that there is unseasonal cold or rainy weather when the temperature cannot be guaranteed) and it is therefore ideal for swimming early and late in the season.


Offering sleek chic within the framework of classic Cretan architecture and many modern amenities including air-conditioning throughout, Villa Eleonora’s contemporary furnishings in crisp whites and delicate pastels imbue the open floor-plan interior with a serene and unfussy vibe. Outside, beyond the wall of glass doors and flanked by plentiful sun beds and umbrellas, a large infinity pool melts seamlessly into the horizon. Partially covered tiered patios contain casually sophisticated seating enclaves, a wood-burning fireplace (in addition to the indoor working fireplace) and slatted eight-seat oval dining table, all of which add to the villa’s gracious ambiance and laid-back Mediterranean spirit. And we’re pretty sure that’s why you journey to this island haven – to let the stress of life roll off your back like a bead of water upon emerging from a refreshing swim.


Villa Accommodation

Main floor (4 steps up from the private parking area to the hallway, 2 bedrooms and 1 shower room, 3 steps from the hallway and 2 bedrooms to the main living area, 4 steps to the pool terrace, 17 steps to the top floor, 16 steps to the lower floor): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 2 double bedrooms, 1 shower room, 1 hallway.

Four raw marble steps at the end of a flagstone walkway leads to the front door, beyond which an entry foyer mediates between the upper and lower levels. Down three short steps, a unique hexagon-shaped open concept space unfurls -- swathed in luminous natural light and gifted with unsurpassed views. Anchored by a subtly elegant great room, designer light fixtures drip from above like so many stalactites while sumptuous cream leather seating join an intricately carved marble wood burning fireplace to create a most inviting milieu. And yes, there is a large flat screen TV for those who can possibly redirect their eyes from the scenic surroundings.

A white-framed tempered glass table and eight high-back leatherette chairs define the dining area which flows into a fully equipped modern kitchen with gray marble breakfast bar, dishwasher, ceramic-topped stove, fridge and every small appliance you could possibly need. Pale blue cabinetry pays homage to many Greek islands' customary color palette, while a rear facing window unveils a sprawl of indigenous landscape. A kitchen door and one shallow step leads to the back side, allowing even closer inspection of Crete’s typical foliage.

Beyond translucent doors, an exterior Eden awaits. A wooden slat table ringed by blue cushioned chairs provides a great surface for board games or an open-air meal prepared in a fully operational brick barbeque. Marble counters and outdoor sink make food prep easy while the inimitable surroundings will surely supply some culinary inspiration. An ornate balustrade divides this partially pergola-covered terrace from the stone patio (down another four rung stairway) that fringes a spectacular 8x4 infinity pool. Interior steps and ladder graces a child-friendly Roman end while a maximum depth of 1.8 meters promotes grownup fun in the deep end. Sun beds and umbrellas abound, while an outdoor shower, additional dining table, and distinctive ceramic-inlayed cushion-topped concrete bench render this glamorous outdoor living space a perfect and well-equipped setting for entertaining or relaxing with friends and family.

Since the accompanying photos were taken the owner has had sail material woven across the top of the pegola to give much needed shade over the outside dining table. In addition she has had a pergola built on the left side (as you look out to sea) of the pool terrace. This pergola has pretty curtains which can be closed in order to make the pool area private from the neighbouring villa. 

Top floor (15 steps from the main level hallway to the upstairs landing and roof terrace, and 2 further steps to the bedroom area): 1 double bedroom, 1 en-suite shower room, 1 landing with study area, 1 roof terrace, 1 balcony.

Up a flight of 15 marble steps, a handy landing is kitted with a stocked bookcase and white desk over which a large window reveals the rock-crowned hillside. Two steps more, yet another small landing appears, from which a glass door opens to a massive multi-tiered tiled patio. Boasting an astounding 300 degree vista and comfortably stylish furnishings, this well considered open-air retreat can also be accessed through the Master Bedroom – the only sleeping quarters on this level. Festooned in aquatic tones, this airy and tranquil hideaway features a second set of clear doors that open to a private balcony, also with sweeping views and comfy seating. Inside, a built-in wardrobe, cushy armchair, additional decorative storage pieces, and wall mirror sit upon rich wood-planked floors. A queen bed with tufted head board is book-ended by a pair of nightstands. Detached but exclusive to the Master, a full bathroom is adorned in tasteful black/gray tiles, the large plexi-glass encased shower accented by striking border tiles. A mirrored vanity caps the sink with additional storage space afforded by the lower cabinet. An adjacent window exposes the scenic splendor beyond.

Lower floor (17 internal steps from the main floor, 12 or 4external steps the private parking area, 4 steps to the side garden and driveway, and 10 steps to the pool terrace): 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room, and 1 utility room/area.

From the main floor vestibule, a long curvy staircase descends upon a spacious room that houses laundry facilities (including a Whirlpool Dryer which most holiday houses do not provide), a full bathroom, and the interior entrance to the isolated fourth bedroom. Privacy has its price though, as this peach-toned bedroom offers up only a partial sea view. It does however include ample storage and cozy reading nook with shelves and cabinet. Elegant grey upholstered headboards back  2 single beds that are flanked by a pair of side tables and lamps. Windows border the private door that exits to the car park. The accompanying photos show a double bed but this has now been removed and replaced with 2 single beds.

Villa Location

Kokkino Horio taverna and mini market are only 10 - 15 minute walk from Villa Eleonora. The family-run taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, has good 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. Just 15 minutes walk from the villas is the famous glass blowing workshop. Here you can watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls, and then eat at the wonderful organic taverna. High on a hillside just outside the village there is also The Retreat Taverna which has panoramic views and good food.  Villa Eleonora is just 8 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 and shops. Also in Almyrida there is Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat rental, horse riding, water-skiing, big game fishing charters, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking or coach excursions, a scuba diving office, a children's play/activity centre with babysitting, pedalo rentals, a centre with pool tables and electronic game machines, 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.


Villa Amenities


Souda Bay in it’s entirety, The Akrotiri Peninsula and the White Mountains. Sea/ /Mountains /Village / Olive groves.

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge

Free Wifi Internet 

CD player
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating

Fireplace - but fuel is not included in the rental price
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket


Number of bedrooms

4  - 3 Double Bedrooms and 1 Twin Bedroom.

Number of bathrooms


Bath/shower/both Both
Pool depths 0.70m – 1.80m
Pool size 8m x 4m
Type of shade by pool Umbrellas
Pool Heating Available?  Yes - for an extra fee of 125.00 Euro per week.
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? No but there are 2 fold out single beds at the villa
Maid service 2 times a week.
Distance to nearest taverna 1km      By foot.  15 minutes   By car  3 mins
Distance to nearest cove/beach? 2km  By foot.  30 - 40 minutes   By car  5 minutes
Distance to nearest sandy beach? 4km      By foot   50 - 60 minutes   By car  8 minutes
Distance to nearest mini market? 1.1km  By foot  15  mins      By car   3  mins
Distance to nearest cash machine? 4km  By foot  50 - 60mins  By car  8 minutes
How far from airport? 45 - 50 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 45 - 50 minutes

Any steps? How many?

5 steps from the parking into the main level front door and hallway, 3 steps from the main hallway to the living area, 12 steps from the main entrance to the lower level bedroom, 4 steps from the lower level bedroom to the side garden, 4 steps from the parking are to the pool terrace, 4 steps from the pool terrace to the dining terrace and living room/kitchen, 17 steps from the main level to the top floor, 16 steps from the main level to the lower level.

How private?

Quite private. Apart from one sometimes occupied house, Villa Eleonora is set on a higher level than the other villas in the neighbourhood. Since the accompanying photos were taken the owner has added curtains on the left side of the pool terrace (as you look out to sea) in order to create more privacy from the occasionally occupied neighbouring house. 

Nearest neighbour?


Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Week, in Euros dependent upon the number of persons in the villa. The prices are for the villa with 4 bedrooms are for up to 8 persons (an additional 1 or 2 extra guests can be accommodated for a fee of 50.00 Euro per guest per week) or with 3 bedrooms for up to 6 persons.

From : To :

3 bedrooms (1-6 Guests max)

4 bedrooms (8 Guests max)

Winter 2017/18 31.03.18 Long term rentals only Long term rentals only


31.05.17 E 1055 E 1260
01.06.18 30.06.17 E 1285 E 1680
01.07.18 31.08.17 E 2625 E 2625
01.09.18 30.09.17 E 1285 E 1680
01.10.18 07.11.17 E 1055 E 1260
Winter 2018/19 31.03.19 Long term rentals only Long term rentals 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.

Very unusually for Crete, the infinity pool is heated to a minimum of 26 degrees centigrade except first thing in the morning and at night when the temperature cannot be guaranteed. The price of the pool heating is not included in the rental price but is available for the extra fee of 125.00 Euro per week if ordered in advance.

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