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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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2017 Prices starting from 1010 Euro per week.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.

Private pool 8m x 4m & depth 1.60m

Sleeps a maximum of 4 persons.

WIFI internet access (1 air-time card is included in the rental price).

Villa Theodoros enjoys a privileged and peaceful location in the heart of the countryside, but is only 800m from the excellent village taverna (and the oldest olive tree in the world) in Vouves, and 10 minutes drive from the beaches and many amenities on Crete’s North coastline. From its truly wonderful spot on the top of an elevated hillside, the private pool, many outside terraces, and the villa’s balconies all take in the spectacular far reaching views over a silvery olive grove covered valley to the sparkling blue Aegean sea in the north, Theodorou Island and Chania Town in the east, and the White Mountains in the south. Set in a colourful Mediterranean garden on a 4000m2 plot, with no immediate neighbours (except an occasionally used tiny chapel), Villa Theodoros is the perfect retreat for either romantic couples or small families who value their privacy.

Villa Theodoros enjoys a privileged and peaceful location in the heart of the countryside, but is only 800m from the excellent village taverna (and the oldest olive tree in the world) in Vouves, and 10 minutes drive from the beaches and many amenities on Crete’s North coastline. From its truly wonderful spot on the top of an elevated hillside, the private pool, many outside terraces, and the villa’s balconies all take in the spectacular far reaching views over a silvery olive grove covered valley to the sparkling blue Aegean sea in the north, Theodorou Island and Chania Town in the east, and the White Mountains in the south. Set in a colourful Mediterranean garden on a 4000m2 plot, with no immediate neighbours (except an occasionally used tiny chapel), Villa Theodoros is the perfect retreat for either romantic couples or small families who value their privacy.

As befits such a gorgeous location, the elegant French owners have thoughtfully furnished and equipped the villa with every modern comfort whilst incorporating the traditional Greek colours of blue and white throughout. The villa itself is painted white and has blue aluminium shutters, doors and windows. The pretty bathrooms have white suites and are fully tiled with blue and white tiles, and the comfortable living room has blue glass ornaments and accessories. The colour scheme keeps the villa light and airy during the long hot summer months, whilst complementing the lush blues and greens in the panoramic views. The spacious interiors have stone archways, cool tiled floors and are comfortably furnished with wooden furniture that was hand crafted locally. In order to guarantee a relaxing stay, the villa is equipped with many useful items including TV, DVD and CD players, electric cooker, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, a washing machine, iron, hairdryer, 2 barbeques, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms. The A/C units also double up as heaters, and there is 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. There is WIFI internet access which require top-up cards for air-time. Your first top-up card will be provided free of charge (this will last for 15 days or 1GB in downloads - whichever comes first) but if any further top-up cards are required the will need to be purchased locally.

The benevolent Cretan climate guarantees that, despite the delightful interiors, our guests at Villa Theodoros spend the majority of their time relaxing outside in the enchanting garden and pool area, enjoying the peace and quiet and the breathtaking vista. Taking centre stage is the good sized swimming pool that is surrounded by non-slip flagstones and flanked by a traditional barbeque/wood oven and well tended flowerbeds that feature a multitude of typically Mediterranean flora including colourful rose bushes, geraniums, lavender, cacti, bougainvillea, hottentot fig, hibiscus, and rosemary on one side of the villa, and mature olive trees behind the villa and on the 2 slopes that drop away from the villa and pool terrace to the valley below. A seldom used dirt track runs along the west side of the garden and gate, but a white washed wall and oleander bushes ensure privacy. The quaint chapel of Agia Eftihia stands on the opposite side of the track adding a charming Cretan touch to the immediate surroundings.

An array of comfortable garden furniture on all of the many outdoor terraces and balconies invites you to do nothing more taxing than sitting back and taking in the views, either in the brilliant sunshine (or shade) during the day, or under the clear star filled night sky – with the lights of Chania Town twinkling in the distance. The pool terrace itself is fully equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, and small tables, and the adjacent covered dining terrace (which leads out from the main living room) is framed by fuchsia bougainvillea, and is likely to be the focal point for many a holiday meal.

With easy access to the National Highway as well as roads to the west and south coasts, Villa Theodoros is perfectly located for exploring Crete’s many and varied sites if desired. All in all, every detail from the very private house position, the pleasingly comfortable décor, and vibrant garden with gorgeous views, makes Villa Theodoros perfect for anyone seeking quality accommodation, in a quiet Cretan hamlet where it is easy to leave behind the everyday hustle and bustle, yet is perfectly placed for strolling to a village taverna for a delicious meal.

Villa Accommodation

Accommodation.

Ground floor: Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, a utility cupboard, 1 shower room, and 1 outside covered dining terrace. 2 steps from the ground floor outside covered eating area to the pool terrace, and 1 step from the private parking area into the hallway. The front door opens from the private and gated front drive and parking area into the hallway which has stairs to the first floor, a utility cupboard, a door to the shower room and opens out to the open plan living room/dining area with an archway through to the kitchen . Under the stairs there is a utility cupboard with a washing machine, iron and ironing board, and cleaning equipment. The shower room has blue and white tiles, tiles, a new shower cabinet (not shown in the accompanying photos), a white toilet, a white washbasin with a mirrored cabinet with lights, and a frosted window. The fully fitted kitchen has built-in white wood cabinets, shelves, cream marble counter tops, small black, grey and brown mosaic tiles, a marble shelf with 2 blue wooden stools, cream curtains, a table lamp, and white appliances that include a cooker, a fridge/freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, a kettle, a coffee maker a and a toaster. The kitchen window faces south and overlooks the White Mountains and olive trees, and double doors that open out onto the east facing open side terrace with views to the sea, Chania Town and the White Mountains. An archway leads from the kitchen to the living area which has a dining table and chairs (next to double doors that open out onto the sea and mountain facing side terrace), an elegant dark wood sofa with dark blue fabric, a wooden coffee table with a marble top, a wall mounted flat screen TV, a shelf with a DVD player and the satellite TV box, a white wood chair, 3 side tables - 1 with a table lamp, blue and brown striped curtains, and an archway through to a nook with the fireplace with built in stone side tables and 2 lamps, a built-in stone window seat with dark blue cushions, 2 dark wood armchairs with black leather seats and cushions that match the curtains, and a wall mirror. A side window overlooks the pretty garden and a small chapel, and double French doors open out onto the main covered terrace which is equipped with a white woode dining table and 4 chairs, a white wood sofa with cream cushions, a stool, a side table/tray, 2 director chairs, and built-in barbeque. The covered terrace looks through archways to the pool, the sea, Chania Town, Theodorou Island, the valley below, and the side garden.

First floor (16 steps up from the ground floor kitchen/dining area): a small landing, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, (both bedrooms have balconies with views over the surrounding countryside to the sea), a hallway with doors to the large wrap around balcony with sea views (that also has doors from the double bedroom), and 1 full bathroom. The double bedroom has a stained wood double bed with a traditional blue and white striped bed cover, 2 matching bedside cabinets with marble tops and reading lamps, a matching blue wood armchair and matching wall mirror, built-in floor to ceiling wood wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves, blue and white curtains, a wood chair, chair, and a hairdryer. There is a window which looks in a south and easterly direction to Chania Town, the White Mountains, and the valley below, and double French doors which lead out onto an open balcony which is equipped with a bamboo coffee table and matching armchairs, and which overlooks the pool terrace, valley and sea. The full bathroom has blue and white tiles, tiles, a white bath with a shower attachment, a white toilet, a white washbasin with a mirrored cabinet with lights, and a frosted window. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds with traditional brown and white striped bed covers, matching chair, wall mirror, and bedside cabinet with a marble top and 1 reading lamp, built-in floor to ceiling wood wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves, and contrasting pink muslin curtains. There are double 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 White Mountains, the olive covered valley, Chania Town and the sea. The hallway has double French doors that open out onto a balcony that looks out over the pretty garden, the next door chapel, and the pool to the sea, and is equipped with 2 director’s chairs and terracotta pots. 

Villa Location

The quaint village of Vouves is just 800m from Villa Theodoros and is famous as home to a 3000 year old olive that is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and whose leaves were used for the Marathon wreaths at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. An excellent café/taverna overlooks the ancient olive tree in the centre of the village and is within walking distance of the villa. Ano (Lower) 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 Vouves, down a winding country road there is the small sea side resort of Kolyymbari which is famous for its excellent fish tavernas, as well as the beautiful Gonias Monastery, and which has a large supermarket and many amenities. From here you can access the Rodopou Peninsula which has lovely views and small coves. To the south and west of Vouves 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.

10 minutes drive to the north east of Vouves is the beach 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.

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

Views? Sea / Mountains / Olive tree covered valley
Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
 There is a fan in the living room.
CD player
WIFI internet access (1 air-time card is included in the rental price)   
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Yes but no winter rentals available
Fireplace
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
2 – 1 double, 1 twin,
Number of bathrooms
2
Bath/shower/both
Both
   
Pool depths
1.60m
Pool size
8m x 4m
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas
   
Sofa bed
NO
Maid service
2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna
700m : 15 minutes on foot, 2 minutes by car
Distance to nearest beach 7.1km : 105 minutes on foot, 12 minutes by car
Distance to nearest mini market 700m : 15 minutes on foot, 2 minutes by car
Distance to nearest cash machine 7km : 105 minutes on foot, 12 minutes by car
How far from airport
55 - 60 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45 minutes

Any steps? How many?
1 step from the parking area into the villa, 16 steps from ground floor to first floor, 2 steps from the villa to the pool terrace, 4 steps from villa to side terrace, and 9 steps from the villa to the lower easterly facing terrace.

How private?
Very private. No other villas overlook Villa Theodoros.

Nearest neighbour?
An occasionally used holiday villa is located on terrace 20m below Villa Theodoros.

Views?
Views to the north of the sea, the Rodopou Peninsula, Theodorou Island (goat sanctuary), and the olive grove covered valley below the villa. Views to the south of the White Mountains

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euro. Not per person!
These prices include a free Welcome Pack, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sights from the guide book, “Crete on the Road” by Frankie Miles.


 From:                    To:                  Rental Price        
     
Winter 2016/17 31.03.17 Not available
01.04.17 30.04.17 1010
01.05.17 31.05.17 1125
01.06.17 30.06.17 1245
01.07.17 31.08.17 1460
01.09.17 30.09.17 1245
01.10.17 31.10.17
 Winter 2017/18 03.03.18  Not available
 

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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