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 2018 starting from 1430.00 Euros per week.

5 Bedrooms - 4 double bedrooms in the villa, 1 double bedroom in the ground floor apartment.

1 En-suite shower room, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms.

Sleeps a maximum of 10 persons.

Private swimming pool without chlorine (9 x 4.35m with a small separated children’s area, & depths 0.45m – 2.00m).

Free WIFI Internet Access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) Rental License Number: 1042K 123K 2943201

This absolutely gorgeous property has everything that you could ever want or hope for at a holiday villa: a near idyllic setting with sweeping sea and countryside views, immaculately landscaped gardens, a larger than average pool with a salt filtration system that does not use chlorine, fantastic facilities, and stylish and elegantly decorated interiors. If ever there were a property that could score 100% on our marking system it would surely be Villa Anna. We instantly fell in love with both the villa but its' incredibly charming and hard working owners who have clearly gone the extra mile to ensure that their guests have an amazing holiday. Never before have we seen such attention to detail and we have to admit that this is our favourite villa in our portfolio to the west of Chania. Whilst the setting is undoubtedly rural and ideal for total relaxation in peaceful surroundings, guests at Villa Anna also have the option of a short 5 minute drive to the beach, shops, and seaside tavernas in Maleme, or 8 minutes to the bustling seaside resort of Platanias with its' wealth of amenities, shops, tavernas, long sandy beaches, water sports and nightlife.

As soon as you pass through the solid wooden gates and stone archway at the end of a short country track it is immediately apparent that you are entering an exceptional property. From your all important first impression of the private driveway lined with raised stone flowerbeds that have been planted with vibrant rose bushes, and geraniums, the 9 meter long pool, the colourful landscaped grounds with citrus trees, evergreens and palms, the shaded garage with direct access into the villa, and finally to the magnificent villa itself, you will know that you have arrived at your own little piece of heaven on earth.

Much time is sure to be spent relaxing in the well tended Mediterranean gardens and on the impressive paved pool terrace that is bordered by grass which is home to a pretty ornamental water well, a variety of different palms, and a children's play area with a small slide, a see-saw, and a plastic dinosaur rocker. Parents can happily chill out with a good book on one of the many sun-beds whilst keeping a watchful eye on the children as they joyfully play on the luxurious lawn or in the gorgeous pool which has family friendly roman steps and a dedicated safe and shallow children's area at one end. Shades of green contrast beautifully with the azure blue sky and sea, and the terracotta pots that are dotted around the property. With a number of different terraces and verandas there is plenty of choice and space for those seeking sun, shade or even seclusion. Sunsets are spectacular and from early evening the villa and grounds are softly illuminated creating a wonderfully romantic setting that is ideal for looking out into the crystal clear night sky and gazing at the stars.

Long days spent soaking up the sun and splashing in the pool make the perfect recipe for very hungry and relaxed guests. Villa Anna is so appealing and comfortable, however, that you may find it hard to leave but that shouldn't be a problem because the chefs amongst you will delight in the wonderful inside kitchen with its' comprehensive inventory and full range of modern appliances, as well as the traditional outside "Summer kitchen" which features a barbeque, a wood fired pizza and bread oven, a sink, and a marble breakfast bar. Shaded by a stone and cypress wood pergola, and lush, leafy mulberry trees this outside barbeque area is likely to be the focal point for many a fun al-fresco meal that could include freshly caught fish, locally grown salads with sweet, juicy tomatoes, and crisp Cretan wines.

In keeping with the stunning exteriors, the immaculately kept, well appointed interiors are welcoming in the extreme and will not disappoint. They have been the built with local materials of the highest quality including beautifully polished wood and marble, and traditional ornate iron and stonework. Every room is enhanced by elegant items personally hand-picked by the owners to complement the exquisite fabrics and tasteful, calming colour schemes. There is an abundance of upholstered soft seating and carefully sourced pieces of hand painted furniture from both local and Athenian craftsmen. In the split-level living room the sumptuous sofas and armchairs sit atop cool tiled floors and surround the stone fireplace and French doors that open out on to a wrap around shaded veranda. Offering a welcome escape from the hot sun, the veranda is equipped with comfortable dining furniture and is the perfect vantage point to take in the far reaching sea and country views and the pool terrace below. Access to the top floor 3 bedrooms is by way of an impressive marble and wrought iron staircase.

Effortlessly fusing the ambience and comfort of a home away from home with the style and amenities of a grand country villa every modern amenity has been supplied including independently controlled air conditioning in each room, WIFI internet access, a choice of LCD flat screen TVs, a satellite receiver box, a DVD player, a CD player, gleaming fully tiled bathrooms, a very well equipped kitchen which includes top of the range appliances such as: a gas hob and a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and a Korting fridge/freezer; a separate utility area with a washing machine and an iron and ironing board; a hairdryer, wood effect aluminium doors, window frames, and shutters. There is also a garage for shaded private parking, and the water is heated either by solar panel or a back-up immersion heater.

The very clever design of the property allows for larger parties to still retain their independence. The main body of the villa contains 4 bedrooms whilst the 5th bedroom is found on the ground floor level close to the pool and has the extra comfort of a living room with a daybed, a kitchen, and a shower room. This ground floor apartment has independent access and is particularly suited to grandparents, teenagers, or anyone seeking an added degree of privacy while still being very much part of the family holiday.

In summation, Villa Anna is the perfect accommodation for the uncompromising holidaymaker seeking a quality villa with a private location that is easily amongst the finest that we have to offer, and yet is close to the many amenities and beaches on Crete's north-west coastline.


Villa Accommodation

Middle floor (16 steps from the private garage, 19 steps from the pool terrace, 16 steps to the top floor bedrooms): Open plan living room lounge area, dining area, kitchen, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, utility area, wrap around shaded veranda. The main living floor of the villa can be accessed via internal steps direct from the garage, or via external steps. The front door opens into the split level lounge area that has a luxurious brown leather and chenille fabric semi circular couch, a coffee table, a brown leather foot stool, a marble and stone fireplace with side seats/low shelves and a glass screen, an entertainment unit with a wall mounted plasma TV, a satellite TV box, and DVD player, 2 brown leather armchairs, a metal and cream material padded bench, a chest of drawers, a side table, a marble table and an ornate wall mirror. Windows in the living room look out to the sea and to the side garden, and double French doors lead out on to the wrap around veranda which is equipped with a dining table, a coffee table and chairs, and has sea and countryside views. An archway leads through from the living room into the dining room which has shelves with the WIFI internet box, a dark wood dining table with matching chairs, and a dark wood sideboard/display cabinet. A window looks out onto the rear garden and a door leads through to the kitchen. The kitchen has built-in cream wood cabinets with brown accents, a matching table and 4 chairs, a matching cooker hood, brown wood work surfaces, a built-in oven, a ceramic hob and a gas hob, a cream Korting refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, a kettle, a coffee maker, a toaster, and a comprehensive kitchen inventory. The kitchen window looks out to the side garden, olives, and the barbeque area, and there is a door into the dining room, and a door that opens out onto the wrap around veranda and steps to the pool terrace and ground floor apartment. On the opposite side of the living room from the kitchen and dining room is a hallway with doors leading to a double bedroom, shower room, and steps to the garage. In this hallway a utility area with 1 of the villa's washing machines and cleaning equipment. The middle floor bedroom has a dark metal and matte gold metal double bed with a soft yellow bedspread, an ornate matte gold metal and marble shelf, a wooden bedside cabinet with a reading lamp, gold curtains, a built-in dark wood dressing table/desk with a chair, and matching built-in shelves, drawers and wardrobes. A door opens out onto a private balcony that looks out over the surrounding olive grove covered countryside and hills. The shower room has beige and cream tiles - some with flower pattern borders, a corner shower unit with Perspex sliding doors, a wide sink with a dark wood vanity unit, a wall mirror, a toilet, and a frosted window.

First floor (16 steps up from the main floor via an ornate marble stair case): a hallway, 1 double bedroom with balcony, 1 single bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 master bedroom suite with balcony and en-suite shower room. The west side double bedroom has a matte gold metal double bed with a white bedspread, an ornate brushed gold metal and marble shelf, a green painted wooden bedside cabinet with a reading lamp, green curtains, a built-in green painted wooden dressing table/desk with a chair, and matching built-in shelves, drawers and wardrobes. A door opens out onto a private balcony that looks out over the surrounding olive grove covered countryside and hills. The main bathroom has brown and cream tiles - some with a flower pattern, a full size bathtub with a shower attachment, a wide sink with a dark wood vanity unit, a wall mirror, a toilet, and a frosted window. The single bedroom has an ornate bronze metal single bed with a pale pink bedspread, an ornate brushed gold metal and marble shelf, cream diaphanous curtains, a cream painted wooden dressing table and matching chair, and a cream painted wooden free standing wardrobe. A door opens out onto a private balcony that looks out over the rear garden to a neighbouring villa. The master bedroom suite is located at the east end of the upstairs hallway and has a cream metal and brass double bed with a soft yellow bedspread, an ornate brushed gold metal and marble shelf/dressing table, a gold framed mirror, a cream metal stool with a pale pink silk seat, pink-gold curtains, 2 pink-beige painted wooden bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a matching pink-beige painted wooden wardrobe, and a wall mounted flat screen TV. A door opens out onto a private balcony that is equipped with a coffee table and 2 chairs and looks out over the pool terrace to the sea and olive groves. The en-suite shower room has beige and cream tiles a corner shower unit with Perspex sliding doors, a sink, a pale wood mirrored cabinet, a pale wood storage cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window.

Ground floor (3 steps from the garden and pool terrace, 16 steps from the main living floor): Open plan living room and kitchen, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, 1 covered veranda. The veranda is equipped with a dining table and chairs and looks out over the pool terrace and garden to the sea and Rodopou Peninsula. The front door opens from the veranda into the open plan living room/kitchen. The living room has 2 brown leather and brown chenille couches with plump matching cusions, a dark wood coffee table with a glass top, a shelf with a flat screen TV, and windows to the front and side gardens. The kitchen area has built-in dark wood breakfast bar with stools, matching cabinets, a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a refrigerator/freezer, a kettle, a coffee maker, and a window that looks out to the pool terrace and sea. At the far side of the living room, outside the bedroom door, there is a cream and brass day bed that is ideal for an extra person to sleep on. The bedroom has a cream metal and brass double bed with a red and white bedspread, an ornate brushed gold metal and marble shelf/dressing table, a gold framed mirror, a cream metal stool with a white padded seat, cream diaphanous curtains, 2 cream painted wooden bedside cabinets with reading lamps, and a walk-in closet with built-in pale wooden wardrobes, drawers, and shelves. The shower room that has brown and cream tiles, a shower unit with glass sliding doors, a toilet, a white porcelain sink, a white mirrored cabinet, a frosted window, and a second washing machine.

Barbeque Outhouse with dining area. The outside stone Summer Kitchen has a cypress wood high beamed ceiling which has a red tiled roof. Open to the garden on one side, the summer kitchen has side views to the sea. There is a large barbeque, a bread/pizza oven, a sink, and a built-in marble breakfast bar with wooden stools. 

Villa Location

Villa Anna is set on the outskirts of Kontomari which is a traditional farming village. Just 2 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. 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.

Just to the east of Kontomari is the smaller coastal village of Gerani which has a number of shops including mini markets, a freezer centre with British food products, a newspaper and magazine shop, and many tavernas in the centre of the village and lining the beachfront. The long sandy/shingle beach has areas with sun-beds and umbrellas, as well as quieter spots without amenities.

For those seeking a little more action, just a few minutes to east of Gerani are the large and bustling villages of Platanias and Agia Marina which have long sandy beaches, watersports, numerous tavernas, cafes, shops, night clubs that stay open until dawn, and archaeological sites. In addition to all of this, we must not forget the gorgeous Venetian town of Chania which is only 25 minutes away.

For those seeking a more laid back atmosphere the coast to the west of Maleme has a number of different villages. The long bamboo and conifer lined shingle beach in Tavronitis 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.

Ten minutes drive to the west of Maleme is the village of Kolymbari which 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 far west of Maleme 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


Villa Amenities

Views? Sea / Island / Mountains / Olive groves
Washing machine
x 2
x 2
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
x 2
x 3
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
DVD Player
WiFi Internet
Parking garage
Mosquito screens to windows
Mosquito nets above all beds
Central heating
Fireplace / Wood burning stove
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
5 - 4 double, 1 single
Number of bathrooms 4 - 1 en - suite shower room, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms (1 in the apartment) and 1 outdoor shower.
Pool depths
0.45m -2.0m
Pool size
9m x 4.35m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed?
Yes there is a day bed in the apartment living room for 1 person
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
2km: 35 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
1.5km: 25 minutes on foot, 4 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market 2km: 35 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine 2km: 35 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
How far from airport
40 minutes
How far from nearest large town
25 minutes

Any steps? How many?

16 steps from the parking garage/front garden and apartment into the middle floor of the main villa, 16 steps from the middle floor to the top floor, 3 steps from the apartment to the pool terrace, 19 steps from the main floor of the villa to the pool terrace, 9 steps to the barbeque area from the villa's main floor, and 9 steps from the apartment to the barbeque.

How private?

Private in the front of the villa and the pool terrace. Just one neighboor at the rear of the property than can practically se the barbeque area but nowhere else.

Nearest neighbour?

30m to the rear of the villa.


Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros for up to 10 persons.

From :
To :
For up to 10 persons
 16.09.17  31.10.17  E 1500
Winter 2017/18 23.03.18 Long term rentals only - please ask
E 1430
18.05.18 E 1530
E 2195
E 2700
E 3265


E 2700
E 2195


E 1530
Winter 2018 - 19 24.03.19 Long term rentals only - please ask

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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