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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.

2018 Rental Prices starting from 1175.00 Euro per week.

2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms.

Private swimming pool with optional Heating for a fee (8 x 5metres plus a Roman end with steps, & depths ?)

Sleeps a maximum of 6.

Free WIFI internet access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE 1042K 1003241101

Villa Nina has one of the best positions that you could possibly wish for, just above Kera Cove beach, (a little gem that rarely features on maps) and only 1km from the popular seaside village of Almyrida. It is rare to find such lovely accommodation in a beautiful countrified setting with direct access to a number of walking trails but also with comprehensive amenities conveniently close at hand yet unobtrusive.

Whilst much of your vacation time will be spent outside enjoying the islands stunning natural beauty and fantastic weather, the interiors at Villa Nina are tasteful, bright, well equipped, and welcoming in every regard. The decor has been carefully thought through with the emphasis firmly placed on ease of summer living. Due to the position so close to the water, breakfast in bed with a gently cooling sea breeze is a wonderful reality from all 3 bedrooms. So if you have ever dreamt about waking up with a vista of turquoise sea stretching out in front of you then this is the property for you.

This versatile home has every possible modern amenity including Free WIFI access, satellite TV and radio, a DVD player, a stereo system; a fully fitted, well equipped kitchen which includes: a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, a coffee maker, a kettle, a toaster; a utility area with the washing machine, iron and ironing board; aluminium doors, window frames, shutters, and mosquito screens; and air conditioning units in the bedrooms and living area. 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 back-up immersion heater, there is a hair dryer, off road parking (this has narrow access), and a key safe with a coded barrel lock that has been fitted just outside the entrance door which means that you can go to the beach or to dinner without having to worry about losing the key.

Despite the good facilities on offer in the cool, relaxing interiors, you will always be inescapably drawn to the vivid aquamarine ocean directly in front of the property so it is a good thing that the outside terraces are also comfortable, well equipped, and with a choice of sun or shade. Many hours will be spent gazing out across the crystal clear waters of Souda Bay to the Akrotiri Peninsula where the twinkling lights seem to compete with the stars that shine so brightly in the night sky. Just outside the living room there is a lounging area with a couch, arm chairs, coffee table, and sun umbrellas, and adjacent to the pool there is a barbeque cabana and a shaded outside eating area that is perfect for dining “al-fresco” on delicious, fresh local produce. The lush lawn and large boules/sand pit are ideal for children to safely run around and play on whilst parents can genuinely relax on any of the outside terraces or the upstairs balcony knowing that they will always have the perfect vantage point to keep a watchful eye on the younger members of the family.

The good size tiled pool offers a gorgeous sensory experience for our guests. It has a Roman end with family friendly steps that make it easy to get in and out of the pool and also provide a perfect place to sit with the feel of both the hot sun and the cool, refreshing water, the stunning view of the bay, and the scents of typically Mediterranean flowers, shrubs, and trees in the gorgeous, well kept garden. 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 Nina 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.

For larger groups or families who like to be near to each other yet value their privacy, Villa Nina can be booked in conjunction with the adjacent Kera View Villa which is set on a terrace immediately above and behind Villa Nina, has 3 bedrooms, and can also be seen on the Villas Crete Holidays website.

We highly recommend Villa Nina for its much envied position close to the beach with gorgeous views of the Souda Bay and the White Mountains, and yet within walking distance of shops tavernas, cafes, water sports, and a choice of sandy beaches. While there may be no immediate need for a car, we do highly recommend that you rent one because, at only 10 minutes drive from the National Highway, Kera is the perfect starting point for exploring the rich and varied terrains, and incredible range of activities and experiences that Crete has to offer. 

*** N.B. Villa Nina is set on a terraced, walled plot, above the road between the villages of Kalives and Almyrida. 

 

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (1.5 steps up from the private parking area): Open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, 1 cloak room with the washing machine, a large terrace part of which is covered, a barbeque cabana, and a shaded dining terrace.

The entrance door is at the rear of the house and it opens into the hall section of the open plan lounge/dining and kitchen area which has a mirror with a wooden frame. Immediately to the right is the staircase to the top floor, and to the left is the cloak room. The cloak room off-white and brown tiles, a sink with a mirror, spotlights, and a wooden vanity unit, a toilet, a frosted window, a wall cupboard, and a washing machine. The lounge and dining area has a large milk chocolate coloured couch with turquoise cushions , a brown leatherette pouf, a coffee table, a TV unit with cupboards with a flat screen TV, a DVD player, a stereo, a bookcase with a selection of books, a dining table and 6 cream leatherette chairs, diaphanous curtains, and 3 paintings. There are 2 sets of double doors that lead out onto the front sea facing main terrace (part of which is covered) which is equipped with 2 sun umbrellas, a 3 person brown rattan couch with off white cushions, 2 matching arm chairs, and a matching coffee table. Adjacent to the lounge terrace is a covered barbeque cabana which has a barbeque, a refrigerator, a bar, a table, a stool, a sink, and cupboards. Next to the barbeque is a pergola shaded dining area with a table and 6 chairs. The modern, fully equipped kitchen area also has a set of double doors that lead out onto the main terrace, and it has light wood built-in cabinets, black and grey work surfaces, off white wall tiles, a dishwasher, a ceramic hob and built in double oven with cooker hood, a fridge/freezer, a kettle, a toaster, a microwave oven, and a window that looks out over the side garden and parking area.


First Floor (17 steps down from the ground floor): 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 en-suite shower room, 1 main shower room, and 1 balcony with views to the sea and mountains.

At the top of the stairs is a hallway with all 3 bedroom doors on the north side of the hallway, whilst the main bathroom door on the south side of the hallway. The first bedroom has a double bed with a white iron headboard, a small cream wood bedside table, reading lamps, a small wall mirror with a mosaic frame, a double wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, blue string curtains, and double doors that lead out onto balcony with sea and mountain views that is shared with the other 2 bedrooms. The middle bedroom has 2 single beds with reading lamps, a single wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a mirror, a bedside table, beige curtains, and double doors that lead out onto the main balcony. Opposite the door to the twin bedroom is the door to the main shower roomwhich has floor to ceiling cream tiles and brown floor tiles, a walk-in shower with a glass brick screen, a vessel sink on a vanity unit, a wall mirror with spotlights, a toilet, and a frosted window. At the end of the hallway is the master bedroom which has a double bed on a wooden platform with a built-in wooden headboard with side shelves with 2 reading lamps, a wardrobe with hanging space and a shelf, a chest of drawers with a circular wall mirror above them, black string curtains, and double doors that lead out onto the main balcony. The en-suite shower room has floor to ceiling cream tiles and brown floor tiles, a walk-in shower with a glass brick screen, a sink with a mirror, spotlights, and a wooden vanity unit, a wooden shelving unit, a toilet, and a frosted window.

 

Villa Location

The beach at Kera is only 250 metres from the villa. It is a quieter beach with just a small kantina for food and drinks. The water is shallow and there is a choice of pebbles or sand.  The lovely village of Almyrida is only 1.1m walk down a dirt track from Villa Nina, and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. 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 11 excellent tavernas, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 1 Italian ice cream shop, 1 jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, an off-license, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher, a nail spa, a body and wellness spa, a hair dresser, 1 kiosk, and 3 real estate offices. Also in Almyrida there is a children’s activity centre which offers babysitting, a space with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat rental, boat trips, water skiing, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light airplane, big game fishing, and guided walking or coach tours. The village of Kalives is 3km away and has long been a popular destination for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort that has many amenities but is far removed from brash tourism.  Kalives stretches along 4 kilometres of sandy beaches, and the narrow main street is lined with old white washed houses. Two rivers run join the sea at Kalives, and there is a traditional fishing boat harbour at the eastern end of the village. There is an abundance of excellent tavernas and cafes lining the seafront, and there are shops of every description. 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 30 minutes away by car.


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Villa Amenities

Views?

Sea/Olive Covered Valley/Beach/ The Akrotiri Peninsula

Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned liing area
CD player 
Telephone
Free WIFI 
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating  but fuel is not included in the rental price
Fireplace or Wood burning Stove
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms 2  Double, 1 Twin.
Number of bathrooms 2.5 - 1 main shower room, 1 en-suite shower room and 1 cloak room
Bath/shower/both Both
   
Pool depths  
Pool size 8m x 5m plus a Roman end with steps
Type of shade by the pool? A pergola and sun umbrellas.
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? No
Maid service 2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna? 1.1km  By foot. 15 - 20 mins  By car  2 mins
Distance to the nearest beach? 250m  By foot  10 mins  By car  2 mins
   
Distance to nearest mini market? 1.1km  By foot  15 - 20 mins  By car  2 mins
Distance to nearest cash machine? 600m  By foot  10 minutes  By car  2  minutes
How far from Chania airport? 30 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 30 minutes

 

Any steps? How many?

3.5 steps from the parking area to the front door, half a step from the villa to the pool terrace, 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.

How private?

Kera View Villa can see part of the pool and garden but there are parts of the garden that are private. 

Nearest neighbour?

30m set to one side (but completely screened by shrubs and trees) and behind on a higher terrace (Kera View Villa which we also rent out).

WE RECOMMEND CAR HIRE WITH THIS VILLA.

Villa Rental Prices

These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, twice weekly cleaning, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sites from the essential guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles.

There is an optional extra fee of 135.00 Euros per week for pool heating in 2018.

 

From :                   To :              

3 bedrooms
(6 Guests max)

01.10.17 07.11.17 E 1150
Winter 2017/18         31.03.18

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01.04.18 31.05.18         E 1175
01.06.18 30.06.18 E 1330
01.07.18 31.08.18 E 2035
01.09.18 30.09.18
E 1330
01.10.18 07.11.18 E 1175

Winter 2018/19

31.03.19 N/A

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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