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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.

Read the full Article.

Prices in 2017 starting from 1000 Euro per week for the use of 1 bedroom only, or from 1200.00 Euro per week for the use of 3 bedrooms.

1 master suite with a king-size bed, 2 twin bedrooms (though the beds can be put together to make double beds).

Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) and depths 0.65m - 1.65m.

Sleeps a maximum of 7 persons.  

Free WIFI Internet Access.

Tucked away on a quaint narrow side street within the delightful old village of Plaka, Villa Argiro is a charming and spacious village house that exudes warmth and character. The property is encircled by stone walls, and as you pass through the solid wood doors into the grassy garden and pool area you immediately find yourself in a hidden oasis of calm away from the crowds. Despite the central village setting, there are beautiful views to be seen from the private roof terrace where you can sit back during the day and look out over the higgledy-piggledy terracotta tiled roof tops to the nearby sparkling blue ocean and the distant White Mountains, or simply star gaze at night.

The convenience of the location cannot be praised highly enough and family members of all ages who like their independence will find it ideal. A short stroll of 140m brings you to the village square where the atmosphere is very friendly, and you can while away the hours under leafy mulberry trees sipping Greek coffee or cold beer with the locals, or enjoy a mouth-watering meal with a choice of traditional Cretan cuisine, souvlaki, breakfasts and snacks, and even Italian. With 7 tavernas, 2 well stocked mini markets, 1 shop with local products, 6 cafes (1 with computers, video games, and free WIFI access), and an Italian restaurant all close by, even the less active holidaymaker will find all their needs catered for. An 850m walk downhill brings you to the family friendly sandy beach and small fishing harbour in Almyrida that is lined with a good variety of tavernas, cafes, and shops.

A timeless ambience pervades this recently refurbished village house which cleverly fuses original architectural features such as open-faced stone work, stone archways, a feature stone fireplace, wall nooks - including one that was used over 100 years ago for the bucket of water from the well, beamed ceilings made from fragrant local cypress wood, and an ancient sheep watering trough in the garden, with contemporary furnishings and every modern comfort including: gleaming bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen with a ceramic hob, built-in oven, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; a flat screen TV and a DVD player in the lounge; tilt-and turn windows with mosquito screens, and independently controlled air conditioning units in the bedrooms. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, the air-conditioning units also double up as heaters and there is the working fireplace. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater, there is ample parking on ground at the rear of the villa, and WIFI internet access is available free of charge.

Welcoming and extremely roomy, the interiors are cool and airy and ideal for relaxed summer living. The 2 downstairs bedrooms each have French doors that open out on to the well-tended lawn and pool terrace, whilst special mention must be made of the private master suite that takes up the entire first floor and boasts a king size bed, a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, and a private balcony with views to the sea. Adjacent to the gorgeous modern kitchen is an outside dining area with a built-in barbeque and a traditional wood fired oven for baking pizzas and fresh bread. This "Summer kitchen" and dining area is shaded from the hot sun by a cypress wood pergola topped with red tiles and will undoubtedly be the centre of culinary activity and appetizing al-fresco meals that could include freshly caught fish, locally grown salads with sweet, juicy tomatoes, and crisp wines from the nearby Dourakis Winery.

It is a pleasure to spend time unwinding in the garden or on the large and private roof terrace - both of which are suntraps and are equipped with an array of comfortable furniture including sun-beds, umbrellas, tables and chairs. For those of you who prefer chill out in the shade, the side garden sits perfectly in the shadow from the house. Lazy summer days swimming in the crystal clear pool merge seamlessly into the warm Cretan nights when the hardest decision you will have to make will be whether you barbeque at home, or take the 3 minute amble to the square to eat out. For those of you who don't want to cook but would prefer to eat in at Villa Argiro, you can always get a delicious take-out from any of the village tavernas.

Villa Argiro is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of life whilst being perfectly situated for easy forays to local beaches, or to the many beauty spots including the nearby foothills of the White Mountains, the turquoise snorkelling cove at Ombrosgialos, and the picturesque Venetian harbour towns of Chania and Rethymnon. Whilst there may be no immediate use for the car on a daily basis for eating out and shopping for supplies, we do highly recommend renting a car in order to explore the many and varied sites that Crete has to offer.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number:  MHTE 1042K91003020801 

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (1 step from the pool garden and pool terrace into the living room, 1 step from the living room and 1 step from the garden and pool terrace into the hallway with the kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and shower room, 1 step from the 2 bedrooms to the garden, 0.5 steps from the kitchen to the outside dining and barbeque area): Large open plan living room and dining room, kitchen, 1 twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room. A door opens from the garden and pool terrace into the living room / dining room. There is a large stone fireplace, and an archway leads through to the seating area and dining area. There is a grey 3 person couch with striped cushions, a 2 person couch, 2 wooden armchairs, a round coffee table, a sideboard with the flat screen TV, a satellite TV box, a DVD player and windows to the garden. The dining area has a large wooden dining table and 6 cane chairs, and a hatch through to the kitchen for passing food and drinks. 1 step leads from the living room into a large entrance hall. The entrance hall has a 2 person couch, an armchair, a coffee table, a door from the garden, and doors that lead to the 2 downstairs bedrooms, the shower room, and the kitchen. The bedrooms are all larger than average. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds made from contrasting dark brown and light wood. There is a matching bedside cabinet, a lamp, a matching dressing table with a cream linen stool, a mirror, cream diaphanous curtains, and wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves. A window looks out to the garden and pool area and there are French doors that lead straight out to the garden and pool area. The second downstairs bedroom has 2 single beds that can be put together to make a double bed if needed made from contrasting dark brown and light wood. There are 2 matching bedside cabinets, 2 lamps, a matching dressing table with a cream linen stool, a mirror, cream diaphanous curtains, and wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves. A small window looks out to the side garden and French doors lead straight out to the garden and pool area. The shower room is fully tiled with pretty cream and coffee coloured tiles. There is a shower unit with sliding Perspex doors and a power shower, a white washbasin with a light wood vanity unit, a light wood mirrored cabinet with a light, a toilet, a washing machine, and a frosted window. The modern kitchen is fully equipped and includes cream painted wood and glass built-in cabinets, a dishwasher, a ceramic hob and built-in oven, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a kettle, a toaster, a coffee maker, a kettle, and window blinds. There is a door that leads out to the side garden and the covered outside dining area and barbeque.

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor, 1 step out onto the roof terrace): 1 king size bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom, 1 sea facing balcony, 1 hallway, 1 large roof terrace with sea and mountain views. The extra very spacious upstairs bedroom has a large 2.00m x 1.70m bed made from contrasting dark brown and light wood. There are 2 matching bedside cabinets, 2 lamps, a matching dressing table with a cream linen stool, a mirror, cream diaphanous curtains, and wardrobes with drawers, hanging space and shelves. A window looks out to the side garden and French doors lead out onto a sea facing balcony. The en-suite bathroom is fully tiled with pretty cream and coffee coloured tiles with a floral frieze. There is large bath with hydro-massage jets and a shower attachment, a white washbasin with a light wood vanity unit, a light wood mirrored cabinet with a light, a toilet, and a frosted window. The upstairs hallway has windows to the village and a door that opens out onto the spacious terracotta tiled roof terrace that has views to the sea, the village and the White Mountains. 

Villa Location

The main square in Plaka is only 140m from The Villa Argiro and is still very much the focal point of village life. There are lovely shady mulberry trees under which the locals sit to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a delicious meal or even just an ice cold frappe. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets leading off from the square. The modern outskirts of the village have expanded recently as have the facilities, which now include 7 tavernas, an Italian restaurant, 2 well stocked mini markets, a shop that sells local products, and 6 cafes. The lovely village of Almyrida is only 850m from Villa Argiro, and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. 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 13 excellent tavernas, 1 pizzeria/pasta restaurant, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 1 jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a fabulous fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher's shop, a pharmacy, 1 off-licence/liquour store, 1 hairdresser, 1 nail spa, 1 body and wellness spa, 1 Italian ice cream shop, and 3 real estate agencies.  Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a centre with pool tables and games machines, a children's play centre with baby sitting, pedalo rentals, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat rental, boat trips, horse riding, big game fishing, water-skiing, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking and coach tours. A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio and lace making in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.

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Villa Amenities

Views? From upstairs roof terrace: Sea / The Akrotiri Peninsula / Plaka village and the White Mountains /Sea / Village / Mountains / Olive groves
Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player (the DVD player plays CD's
WIFI Internet Access
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Mosquito nets above all beds
Central heating
Fireplace / Wood burning stove
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3 - 1 double, 2 twin
Number of bathrooms 2 - 1 upstairs bathroom, 1 downstairs shower room
Bath/shower/both
Both
   
Pool depths
0.65m - 1.65m
Pool size
7m x 4m
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas
   
Sofa bed?
NO but the villa has a fold out bed for an extra person that can be placed in any of the bedrooms or the lounge.
Maid service
2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna
140m : 2 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
850m : 12 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
140m : 2 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
1km : 15 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
How far from airport
35 minutes
How far from nearest large town
35 minutes

Any steps? How many?

1 step from the garden and pool area into the villa, half step from the kitchen to the barbecque terrace, 1 step from the living area to the downstairs kitchen, bedrooms and shower room, 17 steps to the upper floor, 1 step from the upper floor to the roof terrace.

How private?

The Villa is set in the village centre therefore parts of pool terrace can just be seen by the top floor of 2 houses but the tenants are workers who do not sit out, making this is a fairly private villa.

Nearest neighbour?

On either side of the opposite villa but there are walls.

Plaka Square and Almyrida beach, shops and tavernas are within walking distance, and there is a limited bus service from Almyrida into Chania, but we recommend car hire in order to explore the varied regions of the area.

CAR HIRE IS ADVISED WITH THIS VILLA.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euro dependent upon the number of occupants.

The following prices shown EURO are for the Villa with 1 bedroom for up to 2 persons or for 3 bedrooms up to 7 persons.

From :
To :
1-2 pax ( 1 bedroom only )     
3 - 7 pax
01.09.16 30.09.16         1200 1300
01.10.16 07.11.16 1100 1200
Winter 2016/17       31.03.17 Long term rentals only Long term rentals only
       
01.04.17
31.05.17
1000
1200
01.06.17
30.06.17
1200
1450
01.07.17
31.08.17
2100
2100
01.09.17
30.09.17
1200
1300
01.10.17
07.11.17
1100
1200
Winter 2017/18 31.03.18 Long term rentals only Long term rentals only

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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