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 €900.00 Euros per week.

1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms. 

Private swimming pool (7x 4metres, & depth 0.90m, 1.50m, 1.90m)

Free WIFI internet access.

Villa Rodi is a beautifully constructed villa set on 4 levels of a terraced hillside just above the pretty village of Gavalohori. The villa has outstanding views of Souda Bay, Aptera Fort, The Akrotiri Peninsula, the quaint village, acres of olive and conifer trees, and the spectacular White Mountains. This location is ideal for anyone who would like to be close to a traditional, rural village, yet only 5 minutes away by car from the beach. Smoking is not allowed inside the villa but as there are many balconies and terraces this should not be a problem.

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 high beamed ceiling, doors and shutters, and local stone for the garden walls and the fireplace. 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”. The furniture and décor are very tasteful, with all of the wooden furniture having been hand crafted locally to match the wooden doors and shutters. The lounge has a sumptuous blue corner couch which is very comfortable, and a high ceiling which gives a very light and airy feel to the living area. Every modern comfort for has been provided for at Villa Rodi, such as free WIFI internet access, TV, DVD and CD players, ceramic hob and built in oven, fridge, freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine, BBQ, 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. There is solar powered hot water with a back-up emersion heater, and a covered parking area set just off the track at the top of the property.

The clever design of the villa means that almost every room, and the pool terrace, enjoy the stunning views. The living area has prime position on the top floor of the villa, whilst the 3 bedrooms are on the ground floor, which keeps them cooler during the long hot summer months. The pool terrace can be reached via steps from 2 of the bedrooms, or via steps down the side of the villa from the top floor. The pool terrace has natural stone paving stones, sunbeds, umbrellas, and a bbq. Several conifer trees provide natural shade, and at the south corner of the pool terrace there is splash of colour from a “hottentot fig” creeping plant. There are more conifers at the side of the property, and a bank on the top terrace which is covered with mesembryanthemum, hibiscus plants, daisies, a conifer, and a pomegranate tree, after which the villa was named, as “rodi” means “pomegranate” in Greek.

Villa Accommodation

Top floor (16 steps down from the covered parking area): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 washroom/half bathroom. Throughout the house there are natural coloured floor tiles (excluding the bathrooms). The front door opens to a half bathroom which has pale blue and white floor to ceiling tiles, and a white toilet, wash basin and mirrored cabinet. The large modern, fully equipped kitchen/dining area has pretty yellow cupboards, grey and blue wall tiles, grey work surfaces, place settings for 10, a dishwasher, ceramic hob and built in oven, a fridge, a freezer, a microwave oven, and a washing machine. The dining area has a dining table and chairs which seat 6. From the kitchen and dining area there are double doors that lead out onto the upstairs terrace, which has a pergola over half of it, and has a wooden table and chairs. 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. The lounge area also has double doors that open out onto this terrace. The lounge has a comfortable corner unit couch, a TV/DVD/CD unit, a coffee table, and a stone fireplace.

Ground floor (16 steps down from the top floor, and 7 steps up from the pool terrace): a long hallway, 1 double bedroom and en-suite shower room, 2 twin bedrooms, and 1 bathroom. The double bedroom has a double bed, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, a dressing table, mirror and stool, a chair, and white built in floor to ceiling wardrobes. There are double doors which lead out onto a balcony which has views to the sea and mountains, and 7 steps down to the pool terrace. The double bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom with floor to ceiling blue and white tiles, a full shower, toilet, and wash basin with a mirrored cabinet. Across the hall from the double bedroom is the main bathroom. This bathroom has floor to ceiling blue and white tiles, a tiled full bath with shower attachment, a white toilet, washbasin and mirrored cabinet. The front twin bedroom has 2 single beds, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, a dressing table, mirror and stool, a chair, and white built in wardrobes. This bedroom also has double doors which lead out onto a covered terrace which has 7 steps down to the pool terrace, and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. The rear twin bedroom is very spacious and also has 2 single beds, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, a dressing table, mirror and stool, a chair, and white built in wardrobes. The window from this twin bedroom opens out to the natural stone wall at the side of the property, and a shady olive tree.

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 walk from Villa Rodi, 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, 1 mini market, a café which has souvlaki, and a bakery. Villa Rodi 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. Also in Almyrida there is a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a scuba diving office, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, guided coach or walking tours, horse riding, and boat trips. 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
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
WIFI Internet Access
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3 - 2 Twin, 1 Double
Number of bathrooms
2.5 – 1 upstairs washroom, 1 downstairs bathroom, and 1 downstairs en-suite shower room.
Pool depths
0.90m, 1.50m, 1.90m
Pool size
7 x 4 m
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas and large conifer trees
Sofa bed
NO villa sleeps 6 maximum
Maid service
1 time a week
Distance to nearest taverna
650m : 8 minutes on foot, 1.5 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
3.7km : 35 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
660m : 8 minutes on foot, 1.5 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
3.7km : 35 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
How far from airport
40 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45 minutes

Any steps? How many?

16 steps down from the parking to the house (top floor with living area), 16 steps from the ground floor to the first floor, and 7 steps to ground floor from the pool terrace – therefore unsuitable for the elderly or disabled.

How private?

Private. Due to the natural stone wall and the large conifer trees at the sides of the pool, only the adjacent villa to the right can just see part of the pool area.

Nearest neighbour?

2 adjacent villas.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros. Not per person!

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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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