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.

2018 Prices starting from €1050.00 Euro per week for the use of 1 bedroom,

and €1155.00 Euro per week for the use of 3 bedrooms.

1 Master bedroom with king size bed and en-suite shower room,

1 double bedroom with king size bed, 1 Twin bedroom, 1 full bathroom.

Sleeps a maximum of 6 persons.

Private Infinity Swimming Pool (8m x 4m & depth 1.40m ).

Free WIFI Internet Access.

No Smoking inside the Villa.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) rental license number MHTE 1042K92003092301

The quaint hamlet of Kambia has magnificent uninterrupted views of Souda Bay, olive and pine covered hills and valleys, and the White Mountains which are snow capped for 6 months of the year. The Sunset Villas, Villa Sarah and Villa Eleni, are located at the highest point in Kambia with one of the most enviable vantage points on Crete. Nestled on a terrace cut into the mountainside, the land drops away below the villas which allows for an exceptional setting for the entire property. The last 250m of the concrete access road is winding and steep in places but the electric gate (added in 2016) makes entering the driveway easier than in the past, and the dramatic views and glorious sunsets make it more than worthwhile.

The Sunset Villas have been carefully furnished and equipped to a high specification as quality second homes for their English owners, and are therefore not a typical “holiday let”. The quality and comfort will appeal to the escapists amongst you who are looking for a rural retreat with panoramic views, yet only 6 minutes by car to an excellent selection of tavernas, shops and sandy beaches. The detached, split-level villas are separated by a 15 metre private and gated driveway. Their close proximity lends itself beautifully to larger parties, but equally when required, the thoughtful design and positioning ensures maximum privacy when sunbathing and swimming – each villa has its own sea facing terrace and infinity pool set on opposing sides of the property. The recent addition of a screen between the 2 villas (which has been added since the accompanying photos were taken) means that the guests at the individual villas can now also dine outside privately.

The interior of Villa Eleni is just as lovely as the outside surroundings and every effort has been made to ensure that you have a relaxing and comfortable holiday. The light and airy living room and master bedroom suite each have double doors that open out onto the pool and dining terraces. Magical views are revealed when the shutters are opened in the morning. A traditional stone archway leads though from the living room and dining area into the very well equipped modern kitchen, which in turn leads up a small flight of stairs to a hallway with doors to the bedrooms and main bathroom. The elegant décor throughout is predominantly pale cream coloured wood and wrought iron furniture with pretty pale green and cream accessories including candles, cushions, hurricane lamps, and bedding.

The many modern comforts include a fully fitted kitchen which has matching stainless steel appliances such as: a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and a washing machine; WIFI internet access, satellite TV, a stereo system, MP3 player, I-Pod dock, and a DVD player in the lounge; fully tiled modern bathrooms, aluminium doors, windows and shutters, mosquito screens, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms and living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season and there is under-floor heating which makes the villa ideal for winter lets. The water is heated either by solar panel or a back-up immersion heater. The thoughtful owners have even supplied a selection of books, CD’s, DVD’s, a hairdryer and a torch.

On the long, hot summer days that Crete is famous for the pool terrace at Villa Eleni often enjoys a much needed cooling breeze thanks to its elevated position, and it has been furnished with sun-beds and umbrellas, poolside drinks tables, and a recently built stone barbeque (not shown in the photos). Adjacent to the pool terrace is the dining area which is equipped with a wrought iron and mosaic tiled dining table and matching cushioned chairs. Shaded by a cypress wood pergola, this is the perfect place for al-fresco dining whilst looking out over the sparkling blue bay during the day or the twinkling lights from the coastline below at night. In keeping with the gorgeous location, apart from a number of flower beds and clay pots planted with bougainvillea, yukka palms, chrysanthemums, bottlebrush plants, hottentot fig, cyclamen, margarita daisies and an lemon and nectarine trees,, the land surrounding the villas has been left in its natural state with rocky outcrops interspersed with almond trees, olive trees, and an infusion of wild flowers in the spring.

Villa Accommodation

Main Ground Floor (2 steps from the private parking area, 1 steps from the living room to the pool terrace, and 5 steps from the master bedroom to the pool terrace): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, main sea facing semi –covered terrace. The steps from the parking area lead to the side door which opens out to the open plan kitchen dining and living area. The modern kitchen area is fully equipped with beech wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, a ceramic hob and built-in oven, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle and a large kitchen inventory. The kitchen window faces east and looks out to the driveway and Villa Sarah. The dining area has a lovely cream wood dining table with a marble top which is cream with pink and beige flecks, and 6 matching wood chairs. The lounge area which has a rattan couch with matching armchair and coffee table, a side table with a the flat screen TV, satellite box and DVD player, and a bookcase which houses the stereo unit, I-Pod dock, books, DVD’s and CD’s. The living/dining room has large windows facing east and north east which look out over the driveway towards Villa Sarah and to the bay, and there are 2 sets of extra wide floor to ceiling sliding double doors which open out onto the pool terrace and pergola covered outside dining area. 5 steps lead up from the kitchen area to the upper ground floor hallway with doors to the bedrooms and main bathroom.

Upper Ground Floor (5 steps from the main ground floor): 1 master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 full bathroom. On the north side of the hallway is the master bedroom which has an ornate cream wrought iron king size bed with 2 overhead reading lamps, 2 ash wood bedside cabinets, a matching chest of drawers, a decorative wall mirror with wall lamp, built-in double wardrobes with drawers, shelves and hanging space, diaphanous white curtains, a small window and double doors which open out onto a small balcony which has 5 steps to the pool terrace and panoramic views to the sea. The master bedroom also has a large en-suite shower room with white tiles with a khaki glass tile border, a shower area separated by a glass shower screen. a washbasin with white vanity unit and mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window. On the south side of the hallway are the doors to the 2 rear bedrooms and main bathroom. The double bedroom has a wrought iron king size bed with 2 overhead reading lamps, 2 white wood bedside cabinets, a matching chest of drawers, a decorative wall mirror with wall lamp, triple free standing wardrobe with, shelves and hanging space, diaphanous white curtains, and double doors which open out onto the rear patio, flowerbeds and hillside. The main bathroom is completely tiled with white tiles with a border of brown and amber glass tiles. It has a full-size bath with a shower attachment and a glass screen door, a washbasin with mirrored cabinet and vanity unit, a toilet, a washing machine and a frosted window. The twin bedroom has 2 wrought iron single beds, 2 overhead reading lamps, 1 ash wood bedside cabinet, a matching chest of drawers, a decorative wall mirror with wall lamp, built-in double wardrobes with drawers, shelves and hanging space, diaphanous white curtains, and double doors which open out onto the rear patio, flowerbeds and hillside.

Villa Location

The excellent organic taverna at the famous glass blowing workshop in Kokkino Horio is only 2.1km from The Sunset Villas and has sea and mountain views. During the day you can watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls and then eat at the wonderful organic taverna. 100m further into Kokkino Horio is the family-run taverna on the main square that is shaded by weeping willow trees, has good food, and during the summer months there are occasional live Cretan music nights at the taverna which are a lot of fun. Kokkino Horio (“red village” in Greek) was the main village set for the film “Zorba the Greek”. There are little whitewashed houses and narrow streets that wind around the village centre. The Retreat Taverna is on the outskirts of the village and has delicious food and panoramic views.  Plaka Square is just 2.6km away and has 7 tavernas, an Italian restaurant, 2 well stocked mini markets, a shop that sells local products, 6 cafes, and a real estate office. 10 minutes away by car is 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 space with pool tables and games machines, a children's play centre with babysitting, a body wellness and nail spa, a scuba diving office, pedalo rentals, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, horse riding, water-skiing, private sight seeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided coach or walking excursions. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 45 minutes away by car.

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Villa Amenities

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
Free WIFI Internet access
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating (fuel is not included in the rental price)
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3 - 2 Double, 1 Twin
Number of bathrooms
Pool depths
Pool size
8m x 4m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
2.1km : 40 minutes on foot, 6 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
4.2km : 80 minutes on foot, 10 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
2.6m : 45 minutes on foot, 6 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
4.4km : 80 minutes on foot, 10 minute by car
How far from airport
45-50 minutes
How far from nearest large town
45-50 minutes

Any steps? How many?

2 steps from the private parking to the main door, 1 steps from the living area to the pool terrace, 5 steps from the living room to the hallway leading to the bedrooms.

How private?

This is a private villa. A small portion of the pool terrace can be seen from Villa Sarah and the top floor of an occasionally used villa set 150m below.

Nearest neighbour?

1 villa (Villa Sarah) situated 15m across the driveway from Villa Eleni that is screened for privacy.

Villa Rental Prices

The following prices are shown in EURO for the Villa with 1 bedroom for up to 2 persons or for 3 bedrooms for up to 6 persons. The villa is only available with 3 bedrooms from July 01 - August 31.

From :
To :
Prices: 1 - 2 pax
(1 bedroom only)

Prices: 3 - 6 pax

(3 bedrooms)

Winter 2017/18
Not available

Not available

E 1050
E 1155
E 1800
E 1800
E 1050
E 1155
Winter 2018 - 19 30.04.18 Not available 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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