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.

Prices in 2018 start from 1025.00 Euro per week.

2 double bedrooms.

Private swimming pool (8x 4metres, & depths 1.20m - 2.10m + Roman End Steps)

Smoking is not allowed in the villa.

Adults Only. Due to the elevated hillside location, we cannot accommodate children at Villa Iremia.


EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE 1042K92003153201

Villa Iremia perfectly lives up to its name which means “calm” in Greek. This beautifully constructed villa enjoys a very relaxing setting on the outskirts of the pretty village of Gavalohori, and tucked away on a dirt track that only gives access to a few quality villas.  The property is laid out over 3 levels of a terraced hillside, high above the quaint village churches and traditional houses in the centre of the village. Villa Iremia therefore has outstanding views over Gavalohori to the azure waters of Souda Bay, the spectacular White Mountains, Aptera Fort, The Akrotiri Peninsula, and acres of silver/ green olives and conifers in the valley below. This property is ideal for anyone who would like a seemingly rural location that is within walking distance of tavernas, cafes, mini markets and a bakery in a friendly traditional village that is only 5 minutes easy drive from the sandy beaches and many amenities in the small but bustling seaside resort of Almyrida.

The English owners have created an attractive escape which combines traditional Cretan features with modern comforts. The villa has been built using cypress wood for the doors, shutters, and the high vaulted ceiling in the living room, and the kitchen cabinets, the beds, and the built-in wardrobes have been chosen to match perfectly. Local stone has been used for the garden walls, sections of the villa’s exterior walls, the fireplace and chimney.  This stone is white in colour when it first comes out of the ground, and then turns to a darker colour, leading the locals to say that it “tans”.  Décor throughout is tasteful and relaxing with comfortable furnishings and excellent facilities that are carefully thought through. Every modern comfort for has been provided for at Villa Iremia,  such as Free WIFI, a printer, TV, DVD and CD players, ceramic hob and built in oven, fridge, freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine, barbeque, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms, kitchen and living room. The A/C units also double up as heaters, and there is central heating and a fireplace for the cooler nights early and late season (though fuel is not included in the rental price). There are 2 fully tiled bathrooms complete with bidets, and whilst one is an en-suite shower room the other is a beautiful and very large family bathroom with a full-size corner bath with a shower attachment. There is solar powered hot water with a back-up immersion heater, and a gated car port set just off the track on the top terrace of the property.

The clever design of the villa means that there is a light and airy feeling throughout, and the living room and bedrooms (as well as the upstairs dining terrace and pool terrace) all enjoy the beautiful panoramic views.  The spacious living room and the well equipped kitchen share prime position on the top floor of the villa, whilst the 2 bedrooms are on the ground floor which keeps them naturally cooler during the long summer. The pool terrace can be reached via a few steps from the balcony/terrace immediately outside the bedrooms, or via a flight of steps down the side of the villa from the top floor. There is plenty of space to spread out and unwind on the stone paved pool terrace which is blessed with south and west facing aspects and is bathed with sun for much of the year. The good sized pool has a Roman end with steps leading gently into it that are perfect for less confident swimmers and less able family members, but even strong swimmers won’t be able to resist sitting on them and lazing around in the cooling water on a hot summer’s day.

More than ample outside furniture is available at Villa Iremia. Sun-beds and umbrellas, a couch, arm chairs and a coffee table, a 2nd coffee table and chairs and a choice of al-fresco dining areas (one with a barbeque on the upstairs terrace, and one on the downstairs pool terrace), have been placed around the property giving a choice of sun or welcome shade at all times of the day.  The grounds (and the hillside on the left side of the villa) are home to an impressive variety of typically Mediterranean flowers, shrubs, and trees which provide colour, some natural shade, and even a sense of privacy on the upper terraces despite there being an occasionally used holiday home on the plot to the right of the villa. In addition to affording our guests with abundant opportunities to relax completely, Villa Iremia is ideally located for those who like to explore and/or exercise. With many walking trails leading from Gavalohori, and a range of water sports and activities available in Almyrida, even the most energetic individual will be completely satisfied.

A perfect blend of both modern and traditional, with fantastic views and a good value price, within walking distance of excellent local tavernas, and a short distance from one of the prettiest stretches of coastline on Crete, Villa Iremia is ideal for couples and is sure to book up early when the word gets out. 

Villa Accommodation

Top floor (30 steps down from the covered parking area): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. Dining terrace/balcony.

The main double doors open into the open plan living room from the rear first floor patio which is equipped with a coffee table and chairs. The open plan living/dining has a high wood beamed ceiling, a large pale blue corner couch, a large coffee table, an entertainment unit with a 32” TV, a satellite receiver, a DVD player, a selection of DVD’s, a stereo unit, and a lamp, a working stone fireplace with a fireguard, a desk, a computer chair, a printer, a display cabinet with glass doors, a floor lamp, a dining table and 4 chairs, and a high chair for babies. A stone archway leads through to the modern, fully equipped kitchen/dining area which has built in wooden cabinets, off white wall tiles, off white work surfaces including a breakfast bar with 2 stools, a dishwasher, a cooker with a ceramic hob, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a washing machine, a tumble drier, a kettle, a toaster, and a cafetiere. The kitchen has 4 windows which look out to the rear garden area/steps to the car port, the side garden, and over the pool to the mountains respectively. The living room has 2 windows that look out to the mountains and unspoilt land to the left of the villa, double doors to the rear patio,  and double French doors that lead out onto the upstairs terrace/balcony, which has 2 sun beds, a dining table, 6 director chairs, a sun umbrella, and a barbeque. The views from this terrace are panoramic and have the sea to one side, the pool terrace and village below, and the White Mountains to the other side.

Ground floor (16 steps down from the top floor, and 3 steps up from the pool terrace): a hallway, 2 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite shower room, and 1 family bathroom.

The 1st double bedroom has a double bed, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, a dressing table, mirror and a chair, a chest of drawers, a ceiling fan, and built in floor to ceiling wardrobes. There is a window out to the side garden and yucca trees, and double French doors which lead out onto a balcony which has views to the sea and mountains, and in turn leads 3 steps down to the pool terrace. The 1st double bedroom also has a fully tiled en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet, bidet, and wash basin with a mirror, light, and vanity unit.  The 2nd double bedroom has 2 bedside cabinets with lamps, a shelf with a wall mirror, a chair, a ceiling fan, a wicker laundry basket, and built in wardrobes. This bedroom has a window that looks out over the side garden to the mountains, and it also has double doors which lead out onto the balcony that in turn leads to the pool. Across the hall from the 2nd double bedroom is the family bathroom. This large bathroom has floor to ceiling beige marble effect tiles, a tiled corner bath with a glass screen and a shower attachment, a white toilet, a bidet, a washbasin with a vanity unit, a tiled wall mirror with spotlights, a heated towel rail, and a stand for towels or clothes.


Villa Location

Gavalohori is a very traditional village and it has great historical importance in this area. There are buildings still remaining from Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish eras, and artefacts have also been found in the area from Neolithic and Minoan Times. Many of these artefacts are now housed in the Historical and Folklore Museum which is located on one of the village’s narrow streets. On the outskirts of the village there is a lovely picnic area beneath a thicket of shady trees and next to some Venetian Wells. The village square is only 650m from Villa Iremia and is still very much the focal point of village life. The main kafenion/taverna is a beautifully renovated stone building which is run by the very friendly Monica Papatheofilo. The food and desserts here are delicious and the prices are low. Sitting under the kafenion’s shady mulberry trees and watching the world go by, is a favourite past time for both locals and visitors alike. On the opposite side of the square there is the Women’s Craft Co-operative which is trying to keep traditional handicrafts alive by making and selling products such as pottery and lace. In the village you can also find 3 more tavernas, 2 mini markets, a café which has souvlaki and cakes, and a bakery. Villa Iremia is just 5 minutes by car to the lovely village of Almyrida which is built around a 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 12 tavernas 1 pizzeria/pasta restaurant, 6 cafes, 2 bars,  7 gift shops, 3 mini markets, 1 jewellery shop, 1 ladies clothes shop, 1 butcher, 1 fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, 1 Italian ice cream shop, 3 bakeries/coffee shops, 1 off license, 1 pharmacy, 4 real estate offices, 1 nail spa, a hair dresser, and 1 kiosk.   Also in Almyrida there is Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat hire, horse riding, big game fishing, boat trips, private sightseeing flights, water skiing, and guided coach or walking trips, a games area with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a young children’s play centre/crèche with babysitting, a scuba diving office, pedalo and paddle board rentals, and a water sports centre that rents out windsurfers, catamarans, kayaks, and bicycles. 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 – 40 minutes away by car.

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Villa Amenities


Sea/Mountains/Tree covered valley/Gavalohori

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned liing area
CD player 
Free WIFI 
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms 2  Double
Number of bathrooms 2 - 1 downstairs full bathroom, and 1 downstairs en-suite shower room.
Bath/shower/both Both
Pool depths 1.20m to 2.10m plus the Roman end steps.
Pool size 8 x 4.5 metres plus Roman end.
Type of shade by the pool? Umbrellas, trees, and shrubs.
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? NO villa sleeps 4 maximum
Maid service 2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna? 650m By foot.  8 minutes   By car  1.5 minutes
Distance to the nearest beach? 3.7km By foot   35 mins   By car  5 mins
Distance to nearest mini market? 660m  By foot  8 mins      By car   1.5 mins
Distance to nearest cash machine? 3.7.km  By foot  35mins  By car  5  minutes
How far from Chania airport? 40 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 45 minutes


Any steps? How many?

30 steps down from the parking to the house (top floor with living area), 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor, and 3 steps from the ground floor to the pool terrace. This villa is therefore unsuitable for less able bodied guests.

How private?

Semi private.

Nearest neighbour?

Nearest neighbour? 1 adjacent 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.

Adults Only. Due to the elevated hillside location, we cannot accommodate children at Villa Iremia.


From :                   To :              

2 bedrooms
(4 Guests max)

Winter 2017/18         

3 Month Minimum Rental.  

23.05.18 30.06.18 E 1025
01.07.18 31.08.18 E 1525
01.09.18 30.09.18
E 1025

Winter 2018/19

07.11.19 3 Month Minimum Rental.

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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