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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.

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Prices in 2016 starting from €1249.00 Euros per Week.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 2 triple bedrooms

Private pool 9.5m x 5m & depths 0.60m in the baby area and 1.40m – 2.20m in the adult area

Sleeps a maximum of 12 persons.

WIFI Internet Access.

The Old Olive Mill is a truly unique and impressive property that will appeal to those seeking peace, seclusion, and superb views in a home of unrivalled history and character. The current owner has painstakingly restored the original 17th Century Venetian building into a beautiful and comfortable home that combines all of the mill’s original features including timbered ceilings, stone arches, and the original mill stones and iron press, with modern comforts such as en-suite shower rooms to every bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen. The home itself is incredibly spacious as are the private grounds which include a tree-lined lawn, a barbeque/dining area shaded by a grapevine covered pergola, and a large pool terrace, all of which look out over a valley of olive and orange groves to the sea. Despite this wonderful rural setting which one guest described as “a piece of heaven on earth”, The Old Olive Mill is set only 10 minutes inland from the coastal villages of Tavronitis and Kolymbari which have many amenities and beachfront tavernas, and for those of you who want to pamper themselves further, the mill is only 5 minutes from the spa in Vouves which offers mud baths, massage, aromatherapy, body peeling with salt, bran and olive oil and Turkish baths.

For over 300 years this incredible property was used as a working mill, with olive oil production starting in about 1850. Over the years the Mill was commandeered by the occupying forces of the Turks and then The Germans during the Second World War. It was after the German invasion that the mill fell into disrepair until Steve, the current owner, bought it and started the renovations in May of 1999. Under stringent guidelines set by Greek Ministry of Archaeology, Steve lovingly restored the Old Olive Mill to its original glory using solid blocks of local granite like stone and local cypress wood. With the renovations complete in 2001, the mill stones still have pride of place in the kitchen/dining area, the iron press in the living room area, and the downstairs wine and oil storage areas have now been converted into triple bedrooms. The beamed ceilings and thick stone walls are practical as well as beautiful, ensuring that the Old Olive Mill stays naturally cool throughout the year, though we have provided fans in the bedrooms, and there is central heating and a fireplace for the cooler night at the start and end of the season.

We are now very proud to be able to offer you the wonderful opportunity to stay at this unique and beautiful home at a fraction of the price that you would imagine, making this spacious property accessible to everyone from romantic couples to families. With the triple bedrooms set on the ground floor, and the further 2 bedrooms on the upstairs mezzanine level, this property is ideal for large groups and families, or individuals who like to holiday with each other but who also value their privacy. Each of the bedrooms is adjacent to terraces which look out over the garden, pool and valley to the sea. The double bedroom has a door leading out to its own private terrace which enjoys the wonderful views and which is equipped with a table, chairs and sun-umbrella. Furnished throughout in the style of a typical country home, The Old Olive Mill has pretty iron beds and a traditional Cretan lounge suite that was hand made at the workshop of a local craftsman. Modern appliances such as a 32" flat screen TV, satellite TV, DVD player, stereo, washing machine, tumble drier and microwave oven have been creatively combined with framed wall prints of yesteryear Crete, terracotta clay pots and floor tiles, and antique brass jugs and cannonballs. For entertainment purposes Steve has thoughtfully supplied a good selection of books, CD’s, DVD’s and some board games, and there is even a desk with a phone and WIFI internet access for those of you who may need to keep in touch with the outside world.

The established terraced gardens and extensive sitting out areas all enjoy the timeless views of rolling hills covered in orange and olive groves, leading down to the sea and the coastline of the Rodopou Peninsula. The top garden terrace has been furnished with a dining table and chairs which are shaded by a vine covered pergola. Also on the dining terrace is the barbeque on which you can cook some delicious fresh fish from the daily catch brought in at the small fishing harbour in nearby Kolymbari. The middle terrace has a wonderful lawn that is perfect for small children to play on, and which is lined with mature trees including cypress, lemon, olive, and a damson tree which produces 200 kilos of fruit every summer. Because the Old Olive Mill has a fantastic location on the top of a hill overlooking the gulf of Chania, even the pool terrace, which is on the lowest level of the property, is actually set above the surrounding countryside and therefore benefits from both privacy and the cooling summer breezes which roll in off the sea to the north. The pool is a generous 9.5m x 5m and includes a shallow area for the younger members of the family to swim safely or just cool off.

Villa Accommodation

The Old Olive Mill is set on a terraced hillside and therefore has 3 main levels.
Middle Floor/mezzanine (level with the front door – 1 step up from the parking area): Open plan living room including office area, 1 shower room, 1 utility room. The ornate double front doors open into the spacious living room which has 2 large stone archways and timbered ceilings, a working fireplace, the ancient iron press, a matching 3 person couch, 2 person couch, and armchair made out of dark wood and traditional burgundy cushions, 1 coffee table, 2 side tables, various pithoi with plants and pampas grasses, 2 chairs, a large desk painted with vines that is home to the telephone/internet access and books which have a history and photos of the renovation of the mill. 1 door leads off the lounge to a shower room which has a toilet, shower, and a washbasin with vanity unit and mirror. A second door leads into the utility room which houses the washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board, and vacuum cleaner. Lower Floor (level with back door which has 3 steps to the outside dining terrace) 1 step from the kitchen/dining area to the hallway that leads to the triple bedrooms, 2 steps from the hallway to 1 of the triple bedrooms, 6 steps from the living room to the kitchen and dining area: large open plan kitchen and dining area, hallway, 2 triple bedrooms and 2 en-suite shower rooms. The open plan living room leads down to the sunken kitchen and dining area which has a white timber ceiling. This area has the original mill stones in the centre of the room, 1 small dining table and chairs, 1 long dining table and chairs for 12 persons, 1 bamboo couch and 2 matching armchairs with plump white cushions, a bamboo and glass coffee table, shelving, a 32" flat screen TV, satellite TV, DVD player, stereo unit, books, CD’s, cassette tapes, DVD’s, and games, various artefacts and terracotta pots, and windows to the front and side of the villa. The kitchen area has a breakfast bar and 3 stools, built in white cabinets, blue and yellow wall tiles, a large double size fridge/freezer, a cooker, a microwave, a kettle, a toaster, and a large kitchen inventory that includes a picnic basket. A small hallway leads from the kitchen area and ends at the back door which opens out onto the dining terrace and BBQ area. Just off the hallway there is a small hall which leads to the west side triple bedroom and en-suite shower room. The triple bedroom has 3 single wrought iron beds, 2 night stands, 1 mirror, a dressing table and stool, a coffee table suitable for shoes or a suitcase, a fan, and 1 window that looks east to a bank covered in morning glory, and 1 window that looks north to the dining terrace and the sea. The triple bedroom has a door to a small hallway with built-in wardrobes and the en-suite shower room which has a shower, toilet, and mirrored cabinet. The east side triple bedroom is 2 steps up from the main hallway. It has 3 single wrought iron beds – each with an overhead reading light, 4 night stands, a wall mirror, a stool, a coffee table suitable for shoes or a suitcase, a double wardrobe, a fan, and 1 small inset frosted window, and 1 window that looks north to the dining terrace and the sea. This triple bedroom has 1 step up to an en-suite shower room which has a shower, toilet, and mirrored cabinet.

First floor (10 steps up from the middle floor living room area, 1 step from the hallway or double bedroom to either of the 2 upstairs sea facing balcony/terraces): a small landing, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 2 en-suite shower rooms. The landing overlooks the entire living room area and has a door at the end which opens out onto the main upstairs terrace which has panoramic views over the pool and surrounding countryside to the sea and the Rodopou Peninsula. This terrace is lined with planted terracotta pots and has a table and chairs, and umbrella. Sun-beds can be bought up to this terrace if required. At the top of the stairs is the twin bedroom which has 2 single wrought iron beds – each with an overhead reading light, 2 night stands, a wall mirror, a dressing table, a stool, a coffee table suitable for shoes or a suitcase, a fan, a double wardrobe, and a window that looks south to a quaint ruin and The White Mountains. The twin bedroom has an en-suite shower room which has a shower, toilet, and mirrored cabinet. At the end of the landing is the double bedroom which has a double wrought iron bed with an overhead reading light, 2 night stands, a wall mirror, a dressing table, a stool, a coffee table suitable for shoes or a suitcase, a double wardrobe, a fan, an en-suite shower room which has a shower, toilet, and mirrored cabinet, a window that looks out to the private balcony/terrace and sea, and a door up 1 step that opens out onto a private terrace/balcony that looks out to the sea and is partitioned from the other upstairs terrace by a small wall.

Villa Location

Peristeri is a tiny hill-top hamlet which consists of just The Old Olive Mill, a number of ruined houses, and 2 other inhabited homes. Just to the south of Peristiri is the quaint village of Vouves which is famous as home to the oldest olive tree in the world, and there is a café which overlooks the tree. Ano Vouves is also known for its spa where you can choose from a number of wonderfully relaxing therapies including mud baths, seaweed compresses, massage, body peeling with salt, bran and olive oil, and Turkish baths.

A few minutes by car from The Old Olive Mill, down a winding country road there is the village of Tavronitis. The long bamboo and conifer lined shingle beach has kantinas, sun beds and umbrellas, never gets very busy and it is even easy to find a quiet spot during the summer. There are many cafes and mini markets, as well as a good selection of relaxed tavernas set by the sea. The old Bailey bridge was built by the Italians and had fallen into disrepair with some sections that had collapsed. Lately this has been restored, and the bridge is now more pleasantly known as an ideal spot for bird watching, particularly at dawn and at dusk. The following birds have been seen at Tavronitis at various times of the year, but mostly during April and May for migrants: Sardinian Warbler, Little Egret, Cetti Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Buzzard, Wheat Ear, Gold Finch, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier (Lammergeier), Barn Owl, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Kingfisher, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Snipe, Common, Curlew and Wood Sandpipers, Hobby, Red Footed Falcon, Cory’s Shearwaters and Closer Shags.

Kolymbari is just to the west of Peristeri and is famous for its excellent fish tavernas, as well as the beautiful Gonias Monastery. From here you can access the Rodopou Peninsula which has lovely views and small coves. To the south and west of Peristeri one can find the lovely town of Paleohora, which has 2 huge beaches, and a promenade which is closed to traffic at night, the 3km long sandy beach at Falassarna, the breathtaking Elafonissi beach which has pink sand and turquoise water, and the town of Kissamos-Kastelli. Kissamos-Kastelli has the largest fishing boat harbour on western Crete, from where you can take daily cruises to the stunning Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon. 7km behind Kissamos is the ancient archaeological site of Polyrrinia which has fabulous views and ancient remains from Minoan, Roman and Venetian times.

Just 6 kilometres away is the coastal village of Maleme which has 2 supermarkets and numerous mini-markets, a pharmacy, a cash machine, a number of gift shops including a ceramic shop and a jewellery store, a newspaper and magazine shop, and many tavernas in the centre of the village and lining the beachfront. The long shingle beach has busier areas with sun-beds and umbrellas as well as quieter spots without amenities. Maleme is famous for the battle on 20 May 1941, during the Second World War. Thousands of German paratroopers landed near the Bailey Bridge that spans the mouth of the nearby Tavronitis River, and a fierce battle took place for control of the key airfield at Maleme. Close by are 4,465 graves in the German Cemetery, (occupying a position on the hill overlooking the old airstrip), mainly of very young men. Their remains were kept in the Monastery of Gonia in Kolymbari until the cemetery was founded in 1973. Close by to the deeply moving German Cemetery there is also a vaulted grave of the post-Minoan era that was discovered by accident in 1966. With its square shaped chamber, perpendicular walls 4m high, and an irregular roof in the shape of a pyramid, it is unique of its kind.

For those seeking a little more action, just a few minutes to east of Maleme are the larger villages of Platanias and Agia Marina which have long sandy beaches, water sports, numerous tavernas, cafes, shops, night clubs, and archaeological sites. In addition to all of this, we must not forget the gorgeous Venetian town of Chania which is only 30 minutes away.

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Villa Amenities

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

Number of bedrooms
4 – 1 double, 1 twin, 2 triple.
Number of bathrooms
5 - 1 shower room, 4 en-suite shower rooms
Bath/shower/both
Shower
   
Pool depths
0.90m, 1.40m, 2.20m
Pool size
9.5m x 5m
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas
   
Sofa bed
YES
Maid service
2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna
4.1km : 70 minutes on foot, 8-10 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
4.4km : 75 minutes on foot, 10 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
4.1km : 70 minutes on foot, 8-10 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
5km : 90 minutes on foot, 12 minute by car
How far from airport
40 minutes
How far from nearest large town
30 minutes
Any steps? How many? 1 step from the parking area into the villa, 10 steps from lounge to mezzanine level floor bedrooms, 6 steps from lounge to kitchen/dining area, 2 steps from hall to east side triple bedroom, 3 steps from hall to outside dining terrace, 13 steps from dining terrace to grassy terrace, 13 steps from grassy terrace to pool terrace, a ramp from the front of the villa to the grassy terrace.
How private? Private. There is small house built just to the rear of the mill to the left.The outside dining area and the majority of the pool terrace are completely private and can only be seen on the very rare occasion someone comes down the adjacent track to tend the olive groves.
Nearest neighbour? To left of the villa, 30m away to the rear.
Views? Views to the north of the sea, the Rodopou Peninsula, and the olive and orange grove covered valley below the villa, and the mountains to the south.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros for up to 10 Persons. There is a 25.00 Euro per person, per week charge for additional persons. Central heating fuel is not included in the price.

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To :
Price:
Winter  2015/16 05.04.16 Long term only
06.04.16 27.05.16 1295
28.05.16
22.07.16
1575
23.07.16
16.09.16
2345
17.09.16
29.10.16
1575

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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