Prices starting from 1300 Euros per week. for the use of the villa only (3 bedrooms), and from 1480 Euros per week for the use of the villa and cottage (4 bedrooms)
2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom in the main house plus 1 double bedroom in the annex cottage. Sleeps a maximum of 10 persons. Private swimming pool (8 x 5 meters & depths 1.40m - 1.60m)
WIFI Internet access.
We are delighted to be the exclusive agents for Villa Chryselli which is finished and furnished to a very high standard. Villa Chryselli comprises a beautiful villa and a completely self-contained cottage which enjoy commanding views of Souda Bay, The Akrotiri Peninsula, Kokkino Horio village, olive groves and the White Mountains. Set on an elevated hillside at the foot of Mount Drapanos, this property affords privacy, comfort, wonderful views, and incredible sunsets. A leisurely stroll of 500m brings you to the large church, fantastic (and very friendly) family run taverna, and well stocked mini market in the heart of the village. Leading off from the main square are a tangle of higgledy-piggledy lanes with traditional white washed houses, and the old kafenion where the pace of life is laid back to say the least.
Despite the convenient location near the village amenities, the villa is set in a completely enclosed plot of 3000m2 which affords a good deal of privacy to the villa’s guests. The grounds have been left natural in some areas with wild flowers and rocky outcrops, but closer to the villa the garden and pool areas have been cleverly landscaped with gravelled areas, rockeries, a multitude of terracotta pots, natural stone walls, and non-slip flagstones around the pool itself. Planted with an eye-catching array of Mediterranean shrubs and trees including hibiscus, oleander, aloe vera, mesembryanthum, geraniums, bougainvillea, cacti, and mature olive trees, the grounds of Villa Chryselli beautifully complement the stunning panoramic views over the surrounding area. The early evening views of the sun setting over Souda Bay and the classic Cretan village are quite breathtaking and therefore deserve special mention.
This charming villa has a choice of sun or shade with a number of different terraces and balconies, (including a sun terrace that is accessed from the principal bedroom in the villa, and the cottage roof terrace), all of which are fully equipped with a vast array of comfortable pool and garden furniture. The pool terrace itself is fully equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, director’s chairs, small tables, and a dining table and chairs. Two olive trees set on opposite sides of the pool terrace provide additional shade and are ideal for post lunch siestas or relaxing with a good book and a cool drink. The barbeque is situated on the shaded dining area at the entrance to the cottage, and is perfectly positioned next to the pool terrace for appetizing dinners under the star-filled night sky or a leisurely al fresco breakfast after a morning dip in the pool.
The elegant French owner has created an attractive and appealing home that shows both attention to detail and a gift for interior design. Decorated throughout in fresh colours and tasteful fabrics Villa Chryselli has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Occupying much of the ground floor is the open plan living room that has clearly defined areas for lounging, cooking and dining. The clever design ensures that the superb location can be fully appreciated from both the villa and cottage, and that the well laid out accommodation is perfectly suited to summer living. Patio doors in all of the bedrooms, and the archways on both covered outside dining terraces frame the impressive views across the village roof tops to the sparkling sea and majestic mountains.
The furnishings at Villa Chyrselli are an attractive combination of traditionally Cretan furniture which has been handcrafted at a local workshop, and cream coloured French Provincial style furniture which has been delicately hand painted with floral motifs by skilled artists. To ensure a relaxing holiday, there are many modern comforts including a fully fitted, very well equipped kitchens which include matching white appliances such as: electric cookers, 2 microwave ovens, a dishwasher, kettles, toasters, and coffee makers; spacious fully tiled bathrooms, 2 of which houses the washing machines; satellite TV, 2 flat screen TV’s, a DVD player and a CD player; Mediterranean blue aluminium doors, window frames, and shutters; a ceiling fan in the living room, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms. The a/c units also double up as heaters, and there is a fireplace in the cottage, and central heating (oil not included in the rental price) for the cooler nights early and late season. The water is heated by either solar panel or back-up immersion heater, and there is a private parking area on the villa’s gated driveway. Homely touches such as candles, icons and many paintings, as well as 2 hairdryers and a selection of books and DVD’s have been thoughtfully supplied. WIFI internet access is available (top up cards for airtime need to be bought).
Independently accessed via the driveway or the pool terrace, the cottage will be of particular interest to grandparents, teenagers, or anyone seeking an added degree of privacy while still being very much part of the family holiday. The villa and completely self-contained cottage always rent as one property in order to ensure privacy. During the low season the villa can be rented at a lower price that does not include use of the cottage, but for larger families the cottage can be rented along with the villa for an additional fee. During high season (July and August) the cottage is always included in the rental price.
Gorgeous views, privacy, an ideal base from which to explore Crete’s sites, theatrical sunsets, style, comfort and easy access by foot to 2 excellent tavernas - Villa Chyselli has all that you could possibly ask for a relaxing and memorable holiday.
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Ground floor (5 steps up from the private parking area, 2 steps to the kitchen, 2 steps from the pool terrace): Large open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, and a large covered dining terrace. The front door opens from a covered porch (with coffee table and chairs) into the lounge/dining area. At the lounge end there is a long built-in window seat with blue and pink fabric cushions, a locally carved wooden couch with blue and gold fabric cushions and 2 matching armchairs 2 rattan stools with cream cushions, a flat screen 32” TV with satellite box and DVD player, a coffee table, 2 side tables, built in marble shelves with lamps, and classic striped curtains. A window looks out to the driveway and side garden and double French doors open out onto the covered dining terrace which has archways that look out to the sea and pool terrace. The covered dining terrace is furnished with a blue stained wood dining table, matching chairs, 2 rattan armchairs with cream cushions, a marble coffee table and chairs. The dining area of the living room is furnished with a wooden dining table with a marble top, dining chairs, a gilt wall mirror, a side table with 2 lamps and candles, and a decorative wall rack for china plates. 2 steps and an archway lead up from the living/dining area to the modern, fully equipped kitchen which has white built-in cabinets and cream tiles. This main kitchen has a dishwasher, an electric cooker with cooker hood, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle, a food processor, a coffee maker, a full kitchen inventory, a CD player, and blue and white checked curtains. The kitchen has a window that looks out over the pool terrace to the mountains and sea, and a single door that leads out onto the pool terrace. Just off the living area there is the staircase and doors to the shower room and downstairs double bedroom. The shower room has floor to ceiling peach and cream coloured tiles, a washing machine, a mirror with spotlight and glass shelf, a stool, a frosted window, and a white bathroom suite consisting of a corner shower cubicle with Perspex sliding doors, toilet, a washbasin with vanity unit, and a storage cabinet. The downstairs bedroom has a matching blue stained wooden double bed, 2 bedside cabinets, wall mirror, blue and yellow curtains, and dark wood built-in wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves. Double doors open out onto a balcony that is equipped with a coffee table and 2 chairs and which overlooks the pool to the mountains and sea.
First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a large open terrace/balcony. The principal bedroom features a locally made double bed with a pink bedspread, 2 hand painted bedside cabinets (with reading lamps), matching hand painted dressing table/chest of drawers with wall mirror and lamp, a small dark wood desk with a marble top, a stool, a white wood set of drawers, blue and white curtains, and built-in double wardrobes with hanging space, shelves and drawers. A window looks out over the driveway to neighbouring villas and Drapanos Hill, one set of French doors open out onto a balcony which has panoramic views, a marble coffee table and chairs, terracotta pots, a blue coffee table and built-in benches. A second set of French doors lead out from the principal bedroom onto a spacious sun terrace which has views over the entire area to the sea and mountains and is equipped with a rattan table and armchairs, terracotta pots and a blue coffee table. The full bathroom has blue and white tiles, a white bath with a shower attachment, a white toilet, a white washbasin with a mirror, lights and vanity unit, a blue stained wooden table with a marble top, a stool, and a frosted window. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds with traditional blue and white bed covers, a matching chair, 2 bedside cabinets with a marble top and 2 reading lamps, a pretty hand-painted dressing table, stool and mirror, built-in floor to ceiling wood wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves, and blue muslin curtains. A window looks out to the rear of the property and the mountains, and there are French doors which lead out onto an open balcony which is equipped with a blue metal coffee table .and 2 chairs, and with panoramic views to the pool, village, sea, and the White Mountains.
The Cottage (3 steps from the pool terrace or parking area): 1 living room with kitchen, 1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom, a covered dining terrace with a built-in barbeque, and a roof terrace. The cottage is decorated in the traditionally Greek colours of blue and white, and has an open plan living/dining area and a stone archway to a raised kitchen. The kitchen has white built-in cabinets and blue tiles, an electric cooker with cooker hood, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle, a coffee maker, and white lace curtains. The kitchen window looks out to wild almond trees and Drapanos Hill. The living room has a stone fireplace as the main feature, a white wood couch with blue cushions, a matching coffee table, side table and armchair, a built-in couch seat with blue cushions and marble topped shelves, a wooden coffee table/small dining table with marble top, 2 dining chairs, a set of 2 rattan armchairs and a coffee table, a gilt wall mirror, 3 lamps, a wall mounted flat screen TV, a CD player, and blue and white curtains. Windows look out to almond trees and mountains, a door opens to the rockery and seating area at the rear of the property, and a set of French doors lead out onto the covered barbeque area and then the pool. The built-in barbeque is traditional in style, and the terrace is furnished with a white wood dining table and chairs, a matching side table, 2 turquoise director’s chairs, and 2 armchairs with yellow cushions. The cottage bathroom has blue and white mosaic tiles, a full bath with a shower attachment, a white toilet, a white washbasin with a mirrored cabinet with lights and a vanity unit, a washing machine, and a frosted window. The bedroom has a locally made white wooden bed with matching bedside tables and reading lamps, a matching wall mirror and stool, blue and white striped curtains, and built-in floor to ceiling white wood wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves. There are French doors which lead out onto an open terrace which has a built-in bench with green and orange cushions, 2 deck chairs and a glass table. A pergola with climbing orange bougainvillea frames the terrace. An external staircase leads up to the roof terrace which is a sun-trap early and late season and is equipped with a quaint built-in table made from a marble top placed on terracotta pots, deckchairs, and stone benches.
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Kokkino Horio taverna and mini market are only 6 minutes walk from Villa Chryselli. The family-run taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, has delicious food, and very friendly owners (Zacharias and his son Yiannis) who know everything about the village and the surrounding area. 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 10 minutes walk from the villa is the famous glass blowing workshop. Here you can eat at the organic taverna or watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls. In 2012 The Retreat Taverna opened on the outskirts of the village and has delicious food and panoramic views. Villa Chryselli 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 a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, and guided walking and coach tours. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 45 minutes away by car.
WIFI internet access (air-time cards need to be bought)
Mosquito screens to windows
Iron and ironing board
Number of bedrooms
4 – 3 Double (1 in the cottage), 1 Twin
Number of bathrooms
(3) 1 upstairs bathroom in the villa, 1 downstairs Shower room in the villa, and 1 bathroom in the cottage
8m x 5metres
Type of shade by pool
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
500m : 6-8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
4.1km : 45 minutes on foot, 8 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
600m : 7-8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
4.2km : 45 minutes on foot, 8 minute by car
How far from airport
How far from nearest large town
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All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros. These prices include a free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sights from the the essential guide book, “Crete on the Road” by Frankie Miles.
Price: 1 - 6 guests (villa only)
Price: 7 - 10 guests (villa and cottage)
Long term only
Long term only
The above prices shown are in EUROS. These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sights from the essential guide book “Crete on the Road ” by Frankie Miles!
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Any steps? How many? 5 steps from the parking to the front door, 17 from the ground floor to the first floor, 1 step from living room to kitchen, 2 steps from the main house to the pool terrace, and 3 steps from the pool terrace or parking to the cottage, 17 steps from the pool terrace to the cottage roof terrace.
How private? The pool terrace can be partly seen from 1 villa to the left of the villa.
Nearest neighbour? There is a villa to approximately 100m to the rear of the property and 1 small bungalow approximately 50m across the road.