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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 Prices starting from €1150 Euros per week for the use of Villa 1 and studio with 4 bedrooms,

or from €1375 Euros per week for the use of the Villa 1 and 2 for a total of 6 bedrooms.

 

2 Semi-Detached Villas only ever rented as one property to ensure privacy.

Villa 1 with 4 bedrooms: 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 shower room, 1 washroom, plus 1 double bedroom (with king size bed) and 1 shower room in the ground floor annex studio.

Villa 2. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. 1 Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.

Sleeps 7 persons in the Villa 1 with the annex studio.

Sleeps 4 persons in Villa 2.

Sleeps a maximum of 12 persons for both villas.

Private swimming pool (7metres x 4 metres & depth 1.00m - 1.70m).

Free WIFI Internet Access.

Villa Giorgos is a comfortable, peaceful and private retreat on the forested outskirts of the charming traditional village of Gavalohori. The villa has dramatic views of Souda Bay, Aptera Fort, The Akrotiri Peninsula, acres of olive and cypress trees, and the spectacular White Mountains. All of the bedrooms in the main villas (not the annex studio), and the living areas lead out to balconies and terraces to enjoy these views. Hidden away on a hillside at the end of a short private track above a ravine, and surrounded on 3 sides by a forest of tall cypress trees, Villa Giorgos is very secluded and yet only 4 minutes away by car from the pretty coastal village of Almyrida with its sandy beaches and many amenities.

The villa is comprised of 2 conjoined villas and is ideal for families or large groups who like to holiday together whilst still having their own space and a little more privacy, whilst the completely self-contained annex studio on the ground floor is perfect for those who are less able to negotiate stairs or who like to come and go via their own entrance without disturbing the other guests.

 Both sides of this modern villa are comfortably furnished and well equipped with everything needed for a relaxing vacation including Free WIFI, satellite TV’s, DVD and CD players, ceramic hobs and built in ovens, fridge/freezers microwave ovens, washing machines, barbeques, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms and living rooms. The A/C units also double up as heaters, and there is central heating for the cooler nights early and late season (fuel for the central heating is not included in the rental price), as well as solar powered hot water with a back-up immersion heater. The thoughtful Greek owners, Giorgos and Spiridoula, have supplied large pool/beach towels so that you will not have to take up precious room in your suitcase by bringing these with you. The bathrooms are fully tiled and the master bathroom in Villa 2 includes a large Jacuzzi bath tub and a separate shower cabinet. The villa has many typically Cretan touches such as local cypress wood for the interior staircase, the doors, the tilt and turn windows which provide a constant through breeze, the shutters, and the pergolas on the pool terrace and the outside dining terrace. The bedroom furniture, including the built-in wardrobes and vanity units, and the kitchen cabinets have also been made from this matching warm wood and the villa's bedroom floor tiles also look like a matching wood. Natural local stone has been used in abundance for all of the walls, steps, stone paving, and raised flowerbeds on this lovely terraced property which includes a spacious private parking area with an electric gate.

The newly tiled swimming pool with has a water polo goal and is set on its own terrace set above and behind the villa. Surrounded by a low stone wall and tall trees, including cypress, olive and carob, the pool area is very private and peaceful where the only sounds you are likely to hear are the birds singing or the tinkling of bells from nearby sheep. There are 2 pergolas on different levels near the pool and barbeque that provide shade and are equipped with a dining table and chairs as well as sun-beds, and a swing seat. Bordering the pool terrace and all around the villa itself, there are many raised flowerbeds which are planted with an abundance of shrubs including magnolia trees, roses, margaritas, different coloured daisies, and hydrangea. The living rooms and bedrooms all lead out to balconies and terraces which have a choice of sun or shade and are equipped with tables, a couch, chairs so that you may relax with a meal or a drink whilst taking in the glorious views down the valley to the sea.

Villa Giorgos has a unique countrified location with no immediate neighbours – just 1 semi occupied holiday villa a few hundred metres away on the on the far side of a ravine. It should therefore appeal to the escapists amongst you who value comfort and seclusion, whilst being just minutes from beaches, tavernas and shops. Despite being perfect for larger families and groups, during the low season it is still possible for smaller families or couples to rent either one of the villas for a lower price whilst the second villa would remain locked.

 

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) Rental License: MHTE 1042K 91002992401

Villa Accommodation

VILLA 1.

Ground floor (0 steps from the back door to the parking area, or 5 steps from the front door to the parking area, 10 steps from the pool terrace): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 washroom/half bathroom, and a large covered sea and mountain facing terrace.  The large modern, fully equipped kitchen/dining area has wooden cupboards, white wall tiles, mottled beige and brown work surfaces, a ceramic hob and built in oven, a cooker hood, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a coffee maker, a toaster, a kettle, and a window that looks out to the mountains and the sea. The dining area has a mahogany and leather dining table and matching chairs which seat 6. Next to the dining area and living room is the half bathroom which has cream and tan floor to ceiling tiles, and a white toilet, wash basin, a mirror and glass shelf, and a frosted window. Between the kitchen/dining area and the living room there are double doors that lead out onto the large covered front terrace which has panoramic sea and mountain views and is equipped with a wooden table and chairs. The lounge has a comfortable mahogany and cream coloured cotton 3 person couch (which could sleep 1 person), a matching 2 person couch and armchair, a mahogany TV/DVD/CD unit with a green glass top, and a mahogany coffee table. The living room also has a sea and mountain facing window, and doors leading to the front and back gardens and pool terrace.

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): a hallway, 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room, 2 spacious sea and mountain facing balconies. At the top of the stairs is the double bedroom which has a double bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a built in dressing table, mirror and stool, and built in floor to ceiling double wardrobes which have hanging space, drawers and shelves. There are double doors which lead out onto a spacious balcony which has lovely views down the olive and cypress covered valley to the sea and mountains, and is equipped with a table and chairs. This balcony is shared with the single bedroom. The middle door along the hall leads to the single bedroom which has a single bed, 1 bedside cabinet, a built in dressing table, mirror and stool, and a built in wardrobe with hanging space and a shelf. The single bedroom has double doors which lead out onto the balcony that is shared with the double bedroom. The twin bedroom is situated at the end of the hallway next to the shower room. It has 2 single beds, 2 bedside cabinets, a built in dressing table, mirror and stool, and a built-in double wardrobe with hanging spaces, drawers and shelves. There are double doors that open out to a spacious balcony that has views to the sea, the mountains, and to the barbeque and pool terraces. This balcony is shared with the twin bedroom from Villa 2 and is equipped with a coffee table and chairs. The shower room is fully tiled with has cream and tan tiles, and has a tiled shower unit with safety glass sliding doors (not shown in the accompanying photos), a white toilet and basin, a mirror with a glass shelf, and a frosted window.

Ground floor annex studio (Half a step from the parking area, 10 steps from the pool terrace): 1 double bedroom with a king size bed, 1 kitchenette, 1 en-suite shower room. The annex studio has a a king size bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a wall mirror, a wardrobe which has hanging space, drawers and shelves, a dining table and 2 chairs, light gold curtains, and a kitchenette with a fridge, a 2 ring electric hob, a sink, built-in cabinets, a kettle and a toaster. There is a window that looks out to the front garden, a large floor to ceiling window which looks out to the rear patio, natural stone wall, and raised area with fruit trees, and a frosted glass door which leads out onto natural stone rear patio which has steps that lead up to the pool terrace, and barbeque/dining terrace. The en-suite shower room is fully tiled with has cream and tan tiles, and has a tiled shower unit with a folding glass door, a white toilet, a basin with a white vanity unit, and a mirrored cabinet.

VILLA 2.

Ground floor (0 steps from the back door to the parking area, or 5 steps from the front door to the parking area, 10 steps from the pool terrace): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 washroom/half bathroom, and a large covered sea and mountain facing terrace.  The large modern, fully equipped kitchen/dining area has wooden cupboards, white wall tiles, cream work surfaces, a ceramic hob and built in oven, a cooker hood, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a coffee maker, a toaster, a kettle, and a window that looks out to the mountains and the sea. The dining area has a wenge and eco leather dining table and matching chairs which seat 6. Next to the dining area and living room is the half bathroom which has cream and tan floor to ceiling tiles, and a white toilet, wash basin, a mirror and glass shelf with 2 spotlights, and a frosted window. Between the kitchen/dining area and the living room there are double doors that lead out onto a large covered front terrace which has panoramic sea and mountain views and is equipped with a metal and glass table and comfortable chairs. The lounge has a brown eco leather 3 person couch with cream cotton cushions a matching 2 person couch and armchair, a wenge entertainment unit with TV, satellite receiver, and DVD player, and 2 matching coffee tables – one with a stereo unit. The living room also has a sea and mountain facing window, and doors leading to the front and back gardens and pool terrace.

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): a hallway, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 1 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room, and 2 spacious sea and mountain facing balconies. At the top of the stairs is the double bedroom which has a wenge wood double bed with a cream eco leather headboard, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a built in dressing table, mirror and stool, a wall shelf with a TV, and built in floor to ceiling double wardrobes which have hanging space, drawers and shelves. There are double doors which lead out onto a spacious pergola covered balcony which has lovely views down the olive and cypress covered valley to the sea and mountains, and is equipped with a couch, 2 armchairs and a coffee table. The double bedroom has a wonderful en-suite bathroom which is tiled from floor to ceiling with brown and cream coloured tiles. It has a bathtub with a Jacuzzi feature, a wall hand hold, sliding safety glass doors, and a shower attachment, a separate shower cubicle with a sliding safety glass door, a sink with a wooden vanity cupboard, a mirror with shelf and spotlight, a toilet, and recessed ceiling spotlights. The twin bedroom is situated at the end of the hallway. It has 2 wenge wood single beds with cream eco leather headboards, 2 matching bedside cabinets with lamps, a built in dressing table, mirror and stool, and built-in double wardrobes with hanging spaces, drawers and shelves. There are double doors that open out to a spacious balcony that has views to the sea, the mountains, and to the barbeque and pool terraces. This balcony is shared with the twin bedroom from Villa 1 and is equipped with a coffee table and chairs. The shower room is fully tiled with has cream and sand coloured tiles, and has a tiled shower unit with safety glass doors, a toilet, a wash basin with a mirror with a glass shelf and spotlights, a washing machine, a wooden cupboard, and a frosted window.

 

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 a short drive or 15 – 20 minute walk from Villa Giorgos, 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 4 more tavernas, a well stocked mini market,  and a bakery. Villa Giorgos 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 and shops, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat hire, boat trips, horse riding, water-skiing, big game fishing charters, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking and coach tours. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving centre, pedalo rentals, paddle board rentals, a children's play/activity centre with babysitting, a centre with pool tables and a variety of games 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.

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Villa Amenities

Washing machine x 2
Dishwasher x 2
Microwave Oven x 2
Fridge / Freezer x 2
TV x 3
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounges
CD player x 2
Free WIFI Internet Access            
DVD Player x 2
BBQ x 2
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Fireplace
Hairdryer x 2
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
6 - 1 Twin, 1 Double, and 1 Single in Villa 1 plus 1 Double in the annex studio,  1 Double and 1 Twin in Villa 2.
Number of bathrooms
4 plus 2 washrooms – Villa 1 has 1 downstairs washroom, 1 upstairs shower room  and 1 shower room in the annex studio,  and Villa 2 has 1 downstairs washroom, 1 upstairs en-suite bath and shower room, and 1 upstaris en-suite shower room.
Bath/shower/both
Shower
   
Pool depths
1.00m - 1.70m
Pool size
7 x 4 m
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas and a pergola
   
Sofa bed
NO but a folding bed can be placed in either lounge for 1 extra person
Maid service
2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna
950m : 15 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
2.7km : 35 minutes on foot, 4 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
1km : 17 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
2.7km : 35 minutes on foot, 4 minute by car
How far from airport
40 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45 minutes

Any steps? How many?

There is a choice of 0 steps from the parking area to the back door of the villa and into studio annex, or 5 steps from the parking area to the front door, 10 steps from the villa to the pool terrace, 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.

How private?

Very Private. The villa is surrounded on 3 sides by a forest of conifer trees. In front of the villa there is the private access road and then a ravine, on the opposite side of which is a hill with just 1 house (a few hundred meters away, that can see across to the front of Villa Giorgos from 3 small back windows.

Nearest neighbour?

The semi- occupied holiday villa on the hill on the other side of a ravine, a few hundred meters from Villa Giorgos.

Villa Rental Prices

The following rental prices are shown in EUROs for either Villa 1 with the annex studio for up to 7 persons, or for Villa 1 with the studio annex and Villa 2 with 6 bedrooms and up to 12 persons. During high season property is only rented with both villas and the annex studio together as one property.

From :
To :
Price: Villa 1 and Annex Studio only - Up to 7 guests
Price: Villa 1 and Annex Studio and Villa 2 - Up to 12  guests
Winter 2017/18
22.04.18
Long term only
Long term only
23.04.18
31.05.18
1175
1375
01.06.18
30.06.18
1350
1725
01.07.18
31.08.18
2750
2750
01.09.18
30.09.18
1350
1725
01.10.18
31.10.18
1150
1375
Winter 2018/18 30.04.19 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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