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 1260 Euros per week.

1 double bedroom (with king size bed), 1 twin bedroom, 1 twin bedroom loft with office area,

and a separate annexe apartment with 1 twin bedroom and separate sleeping area.

Private swimming pool (49m2 & depth 1.00m to 1.80m)

Ping Pong Table.

Free WIFI Internet access.

Sleeps a maximum of 10 persons.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE 1042K 122K026300

Tucked away behind the lush foliage of its own small forest of Prinos trees, Villa Prinolithos is a hidden gem which offers total privacy and spectacular views over the silvery green olive covered valley below, to the azure sea sparkling in the distance. Nestled into the hillside high above the quaint village of Gavalohori, the solid gates open up to reveal a flag stone driveway leading to a private and peaceful 3000m2 oasis that is perfect for complete relaxation, but is still within easy striking distance of the excellent tavernas in the many surrounding villages, and the gently shelving white sand beaches or Almyrida or Kalives.

A rustic atmosphere prevails in this welcoming and authentically 160m2 Cretan country home. Spread out over 3 levels with a generously proportioned sitting room and a separate annex apartment, there is no shortage of space in which to relax. With 4 bedrooms (3 of which have air conditioning) and 3 bathrooms, as well as a choice of outside terraces and lounging areas, Villa Prinolithos lends itself perfectly to groups or larger families who like to holiday together whilst still having the option of independence and privacy. 

Traditional features such as cypress wood beamed ceilings, warm wood floors, doors and window frames, exposed stone window frames, stone archways, and cool tiled floors harmonise perfectly with contemporary comforts which include: such as a computer with WIFI internet access, satellite TV, a DVD player, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a washing machine, a BBQ, fully tiled bathrooms, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms, and annexe apartment. The A/C units also double up as heaters, and there is a fireplace for the cooler nights early and late season. There is solar powered hot water with a back-up immersion heater, and a covered private parking area.

The interiors of Villa Prinolithos are indeed comfortable and charming, but the outside is even more appealing and will undoubtedly be the main focus of your holiday time. Patio doors open out from the living room, kitchen, and double bedroom onto a shaded dining area which is perfectly suited for congenial family meals whilst watching the glorious crimson and gold sunsets. Alternative seating and dining areas, furnished with chunky carved tables and chairs, can be found under a sail topped pergola, or a mature oak tree, both ideally situated next to the pool terrace from where the gorgeous panorama can be fully appreciated. Appetites already heightened by long days swimming and sunbathing, will be further stimulated by the delicious aroma of fresh local produce sizzling away on the barbeque. Both the views and food are perhaps best enjoyed with a cool glass of wine from the excellent winery in nearby Vrysses (though the Prinolithos grounds do also boast their own traditional grape press and vines).

Thoughtfully laid out to stay in keeping with the lie of the land, the majority of the spacious garden area has been left completely natural with rocks and an abundance of Prinos (a Greek relative of the Holly Tree) olive and wild almond trees which provide shady hideaways for chilling out with a good book or a lazy afternoon nap. Around the villa and tiled terraces, there are low natural stone walls, paths laid with flag-stone, and a multitude of flowerbeds planted with typically Mediterranean flowers and shrubs including, oleander, roses, juniper, hibiscus, geraniums and lavender, and the warm star-filled summer nights are perfumed by jasmine, wild thyme, rosemary and oregano. The impressively situated infinity pool sits dramatically on a terrace below which the hillside tumbles down to the quaint village of Gavalohori, ensuring that the privacy and faultless views remain unspoilt. The tranquillity at Villa Prinolithos is only interrupted by the breeze rustling in the trees and the chatter of the cicadas in the hot summer months.

It is difficult to convey the full beauty of this property in the accompanying photos which were taken in the Autumn when the light is not as strong and when the villa was already closed for the year, but we are certain the you will find that Villa Prinolithos is the perfect haven for the uncompromising escapist who is looking for coastal seclusion with total privacy.

Please Note: For even larger groups who might also like to rent a neighbouring villa, the owners of Villa Prinolithos have a second villa on a separate plot on the same hillside. Villa Armonia is a 3 private, 3 bedroom luxury villa which is also on this website.

Villa Accommodation

Middle floor (17 terraced steps from the driveway or pool terrace, 2 steps from the entrance hallway and bedrooms to the main living area and kitchen: Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 full bathroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom. The front door opens from rear porch into a hallway with doors to 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a staircase to the upper floor, and 2 steps to the spacious living room. There is a working stone fireplace, with a metal set of fireplace tools, a 4 person couch with a terracotta coloured throw, a carved wooden sofa with green cushions, a coffee table, a side table with a lamp, a stand with a flat screen TV and a DVD player, lace curtains and green curtains. The kitchen/dining area which has wooden cabinets, white worktops, coffee coloured wall tiles, an electric cooker, a fridge/ freezer, a microwave a toaster, a kettle, and a dining table with 4 chairs. The living room has a window that looks out over the driveway and side garden with an abundance of trees, and there are extra wide French doors that open out on the covered wrap terrace which looks out over the pool terrace to the sea, and is equipped with a large dining table and chairs. The kitchen door also opens out onto this sea facing wrap around dining terrace. The hallway leads to 2 bedrooms and the bathroom. The bathroom has white, peach and yellow tiles, a full bath with a shower attachment, a toilet, a white porcelain washbasin that sits on a wood and wrought iron shelf, a matching wood framed mirror and shelf, a brass and glass wall light which matches the brass taps, a frosted window and the washing machine. The twin bedroom has 2 wooden single beds (which can be pushed together for a couple), 2 wooden shelves above the beds with brass reading lamps, 2 chairs, a mirror, coat hooks, a small wardrobe, and lace/muslin curtains. 1 window looks west to the surrounding countryside and the sea, and double French doors that lead out onto the rear terrace which is adjacent to the jasmine covered arch and the grapevine covered frame. The double bedroom has a king size wrought iron bed, 2 dark wood bedside cabinets with marble tops, 2 brass and glass reading lamps, 1 chair, a clothes stand, a wall shelf, lace/muslin curtains, a window that looks west to the countryside and sea, and double French doors that open out the front wrap around dining terrace which looks out over the pool terrace.

Top floor (17 steps up from the middle floor, 1 step to the en-suite shower room and 1 step to the office area)): 1 twin bedroom with an office area and 1 en-suite shower room. The wooden and wrought iron staircase leads to an open plan loft like top floor (there is no door at the top of the stairs). The loft area has high wooden vaulted ceilings, lace curtains, and 2 single beds, a chest and a reading lamp, all situated on a raised wooden floor. 1 step down is the office area which has floor tiles, a wardrobe, a side table with a lamp, an armchair, a chair and a desk with a computer and a modem with WIFI internet access. The small en-suite shower room has white, peach and yellow tiles, shower unit with shower curtain, a toilet, a white porcelain washbasin that sits on a wood and wrought iron shelf, a matching wood framed mirror, a brass and glass wall light which matches the brass taps, and a frosted window.

Ground floor (Level with the pool terrace or parking area, 17 steps from the middle floor): Separate apartment with open-plan living room with a built in stone single bed and a kitchenette, 1 screened twin bedroom area, and 1 en-suite shower room. Arch shaped double French doors open from the pool terrace into the open-plan living area. There is a fireplace, a built-in Captain’s bed/couch with dark red cushions, a 4 person wooden couch with dark red cushions that is suitable as a bed from one person if needed, a coffee table, a built-in shelf with a small TV and a reading lamp, and lace curtains. The kitchenette has wooden cabinets, a sink, a fridge, an oven with 2 rings/burners and a wooden trellis screen. Behind the trellis screen is the bedroom area which has 2 single beds, a chest of drawers, a wall mirror, a wall lamp, a reading lamp, 2 chairs, lace curtains, and a large arch shaped window that looks out to the pool and views. Adjacent to the bedroom area is the small en-suite shower room has white, peach and yellow tiles, a white shower unit, a toilet, a white porcelain washbasin that sits on a wood and wrought iron shelf, a matching shelf, a mirror, a wall light, and a frosted window.

Villa Location

Set equidistant between the villages of Gavalohori and Vamos, there is a wide choice of amenities at just a short drive from Villa Prinolithos. The very pretty village of Vamos has narrow streets and stone houses and is the administrative centre of the area. Vamos is an ideal starting point for hikes to the surrounding hills and it boasts the only forest of pine wood to be found in the area. A traditional stone road (kalderimi) still remains and a walk in the old part of the village is of great interest. To the south-east of the village, in the Karydi area, one can see the monastery of Agios Giorgos. The ruins of the church’s cells and the old oil-press, with its wonderful domes, remain standing to the present day. As it has done for hundreds of years, day to day life in Vamos revolves around the village square where the locals leisurely pass the time whilst drinking coffee and chatting to each other. The village has a great atmosphere and a large number of amenities including a bank, 2 petrol stations, 3 tavernas, 2 souvlaki shops, a handful of cafes, a post office, a bakery, a hairdresser, a butcher, a clothes shop, a book shop, a jewellery shop, and a number of gift shops and mini-markets. Gavalohori is a very traditional village and it has great historical importance in this area. There are buildings still remaining from Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish eras, and artefacts have also been found in the area from Neolithic and Minoan Times. Many of these artifacts are now housed in the Historical and Folklore Museum which is located on one of the village’s narrow streets. On the outskirts of the village there is a lovely picnic area beneath a thicket of shady trees and next to some Venetian Wells. 

The village square is still very much the focal point of village life. The main kafenion/taverna is a beautifully renovated stone building which is run by the very friendly Monica Papatheofilo. The food and desserts here are delicious and the prices are low. Sitting under the kafenion’s shady mulberry trees and watching the world go by, is a favourite past time for both locals and visitors alike. On the opposite side of the square there is the Women’s Craft Co-operative which is trying to keep traditional handicrafts alive by making and selling products such as pottery and lace. In the village you can also find 3 more tavernas,  a well stocked mini market, an excellent souvlaki cafe, and a bakery. 

Villa Prinolithos 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, a games centre with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a children's activity centre with baby sitting available,  a nail spa, pedalo rentals, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat rental, boat trips, horse riding, water skiing, big game fishing, private sight-seeing flights in a small aircraft, and organised 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. 


Villa Amenities

Views? Sea/Olive Groves/Valley/Gavalohori Village
Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
Computer and Free WIFI Internet access
DVD Player
Ping Pong Table
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
4 - 1 Double, 2 Twins, plus a triple in the annex apartment.
Number of bathrooms
Pool depths
1.00m to 1.80m
Pool size
Kidney shaped 49m2
Type of shade by pool
Umbrellas and a pergola.
Sofa bed
YES 2 in the annex apartment living room each suitable for 1 person
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
2km : 30minutes on foot, 4 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
5.9km : 70 minutes on foot, 8 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
2km : 30 minutes on foot, 4 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
2.7km : 40 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
How far from airport
45 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45 minutes

Any steps? How many?

17 steps from the parking area, pool terrace and downstairs apartment to the main living area. 16 steps from the main living area to the top floor/loft area.

How private?

Very private.

Nearest neighbour?

20m to the side, set on a slightly lower terrace and screened from Villa Prinolithos. 

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros.

From :
To :
Price : (Villa and Annexe Apartment):
Winter 2017-18    
Long term only - please ask
E 1260
E 1820
E 2940
E 1820
E 1260
Winter 2018/19 31.03.19   Long term 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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