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 held over from 2014 - starting from only €490 per week!

1 double bedroom. Sleeps a maximum of 4 persons.

Shared swimming pool with 4 other small units (Oval 10m x 5m & max depth 1.60m)

A favourite for those wishing to stay within easy walking distance to the beach and many tavernas in Almyrida, Irinis’s Villa is a very well equipped one bedroom villa that is sited on the north-west side of the pool in the small Olive Grove property. The Olive Grove units are situated Roman style around the large shared swimming pool, which in turn leads to the gravelled off-road parking area. At the entrance to the property there are Washingtonian palms, roses and bougainvillea and dotted around the pool there are a number of plants in traditional clay pots. Situated only 4 minutes flat walk from the sandy beach and excellent tavernas and shops in the village of Almyrida, you can happily have drinks with your delicious lunch or dinner without worrying about having to drive.

There are three different outdoor areas at Irini’s Villa with a choice of sun or natural shade. The front terrace is adjacent to the swimming pool and is equipped with a dining table and 4 chairs and sun-beds. There is a raised flowerbed on one side of the front terrace which is planted with cacti, geraniums and aloe vera. This front terrace has sun until 4.00 pm and is ideal for breakfast and lunch. The west side terrace is situated next to an olive grove, has views to the mountains and is ideal for evening dining and relaxation. It is also equipped with a table and chairs, sun-beds and umbrellas and it has a flower bed with a fig tree and colourful geraniums. Leading up from the west side terrace is an outside staircase which takes you up to a private 50m2 fully tiled roof terrace which is equipped with sun-beds and is the perfect spot for sunbathing. There are beautiful views to the olive clad hills which surround Almyrida, the village itself and the stunning White Mountains.

Throughout Irini’s Villa there is comfortable furniture that has been made locally from a warm coloured wood. The villa’s windows, shutters, doors, pergolas and kitchen cabinets have been made to match. The English owners have carefully colour co-ordinated the furnishings throughout using yellow, blue and burgundy in order to give the villa a lovely summery feel. The shower room has been fully tiled using the traditional Greek colours of blue and white and there is a window made out of frosted glass bricks. Many modern comforts have been provided for at Irini’s Villa including satellite TV, DVD/CD player, a washing machine, a microwave, a safe, a telephone for incoming calls, air conditioning throughout. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season there is an electric oil-filled radiator.

Irini’s Villa offers spacious, very comfortable, and well equipped holiday accommodation in a quiet location within easy walking distance of the beach, shops and tavernas in Almyrida.

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (2 steps from the pool terrace): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 shower room, a pool facing terrace, and a west facing terrace. The front door leads off the front terrace into the ample living room area. There is a rocking chair with a cushion, a couch which folds out into a full size double bed, a coffee table, 2 side tables, a table lamp, a TV/DVD table, a chest of drawers, a wall mirror with a silver frame, and a dining table and chairs which seat 4. There are double doors which lead out to the westerly terrace which is equipped with a dining table and chairs, sun-beds, an umbrella, and a barbeque. The modern kitchen area is fully equipped and includes an electric cooker, a fridge/freezer, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a kettle and a toaster. The kitchen wall has blue and white splash tiles and there is a selection of blue glass vases and yellow hand painted pottery. The kitchen window faces west and looks over the side terrace to the adjacent olive grove with distant views of the White Mountains. Just off the living area is the fully tiled shower room which has a shower, a white washbasin, a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, a stool and a washing machine. The double bedroom has a double bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a wicker arm chair, a mirror with a silver frame, and a fitted wardrobe on one wall with hanging and drawer space. There is also a personal safe fitted. The double bedroom has a set of double doors leading out onto the front terrace.

Roof/Sun Terrace (18 steps up from the front terrace): Fully tiled with sun-beds, umbrella, table and chairs.

Villa Location

The heart of the village of Almyrida is only 300m from Irini’s Villa 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 11 excellent tavernas, 6 cafes and 2 bars - most of which have free WIFI internet access, 2 bakeries, 2 ice cream shops, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, an off-license/drinks shop, a butcher, a cash machine, a nail spa, 2 kiosks, and 3 real estate offices.  Also in Almyrida there is a space with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfing boards and catamarans and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, and guided excursions. A few minutes by car from Irini’s House, 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, lace makers in Gavalohori, and silk makers in Kalamitsi. 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

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
Internet access via 3G USB stick (available for a small fee)
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
1 - 1 double
Number of bathrooms
Pool depths
Pool size
Oval 10 x 5m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Yes - 1 sofa suitable for 2 persons.
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
300m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
300m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
300m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
300m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
How far from airport
30 minutes
How far from nearest large town
30 minutes

Any steps? How many?

2 steps from the villa to the pool terrace, 1 step from the parking area to the pool terrace, 18 steps to the roof terrace.

How private?

Not completely private as the villa is located in the village and is part of a small complex but no one overlooks the west terrace.

Nearest neighbour?

The 4 other small villas in the same complex.

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

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros. Not per person!

From :
To :
Winter 2014/15
Long term rentals only - please ask
Winter 2015/16 31.03.16 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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