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.

*** Special Offer in October 2017 of 10% off the website prices for the Penthouse.

Low Prices in 2018 starting from 1125.00 Euro per week for the Penthouse and the Gatehouse together with the private use of the pool,

995.00 Euro per week for the Penthouse with 4 bedrooms without the gatehouse with the private use of the pool,

865.00 Euro per week for the Penthouse with 3 bedrooms without the gatehouse with the private use of the pool,


and 425.00 Euro per week for the Gatehouse on its own without use of the pool.


In the Penthouse: 1 double bedroom, 1 triple bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 twin bedroom with bunk beds.

In the Gatehouse: 1 double bedroom.


100m2 Private swimming pool including a separate 5.5m x 2m children's section

(depths 1.50m - 3.00m in the adult section and 0.60m in the children's section).

Sleeps a maximum of 12 persons.

Free Wifi Internet Access.

The combination of a large private pool and a sandy beach almost at the end of the garden is ideal. Therefore a property within easy walking distance of Almyrida is always number 1 on our guest's wish list. It is rare, however, to find one encircled by greenery, with an exceptionally large pool, and with budget prices. We are therefore delighted to add the Margarita Penthouse and Gatehouse to our portfolio because we are sure that it will be a much requested property for many years to come.

It would be an understatement to say that the Margarita Penthouse and Gatehouse have an idyllic location - a three minute leisurely stroll out of the garden gates takes you to Almyrida's child friendly beach where golden sand shelves gently into pristine turquoise waters. The horseshoe shaped beach and small fishing harbour are lined with quaint tavernas and cafes that invite you to do nothing more taxing than sit down and gaze out over the sparkling crystal clear sea whilst enjoying a cool drink and a delicious meal made from fresh produce that has been grown, raised, or caught locally. Add to this the seascape of pretty fishing boats, and the colourful sails of the catamarans and windsurfers from the village's water sports centre during the day, and the twinkling lights from the Akrotiri peninsula across the bay at night, it is easy to see why so many of our guests come back here year after year. Many tell us that a big part of the great appeal of the village is that it is so safe and friendly so they can happily chill out in their accommodation whilst their teenagers wander out to the village on their own.

Ideal for large groups, or families of different generations who like to be independent, the Margarita Penthouse and Gatehouse is a delightful retreat that belies the fact that it is only a 225m flat walk from the beach and many amenities in Almyrida. Planted with mature trees and shrubs including apricot, lemon (perfect for your gin and tonic!), hibiscus, olive, roses, eucalyptus, oleander and mulberry - the beautiful 2700m2 grounds have a truly Mediterranean feel and are a riot of colour in the summer months. The thoughtful owner, Giorgos, has even added an area with a vegetable and herb garden from which his guests can pick fresh produce including juicy tomatoes and sweet red peppers when they are in season.

The pool terrace is paved and a real sun trap. The garden's tall trees provide some natural shade in addition to the umbrellas and oleander covered pergola. The 100m2 pool is for the private use of the penthouse guests only (and the gatehouse guests as well when it is booked together with the penthouse - as is standard during most of the season). Much larger than average, this wonderful pool is ideal for those of you who really like to swim (being 14m long in one section) but it also includes a separate shallow area for young children, or for adults who are not confident in the water but still love to take a refreshing dip on a hot summer's day.

Steps lead up from the pool terrace and well established gardens to a covered side balcony from where the penthouse is entered. Light and airy, and spacious in the extreme, the Margarita Penthouse is 190m2 and covers the entire top floor of an older style apartment building. The ground floor is occupied by the lovely owner, at times his sister, and a lady tenant who works locally and is not usually there during the day. The peace and quiet of the penthouse guests is thus assured.

This well laid out accommodation lends itself perfectly to relaxed summer living and is both comfortable and welcoming. Recently updated there is cheerful decor and many modern amenities including: a fully fitted kitchen with built-in ceramic hob and oven, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle and a coffee maker; fully tiled modern bathrooms – one of which houses a washing machine and a hairdryer; digital TV in the living room, a DVD player, free WIFI internet access, and wooden doors, window frames and shutters. In consideration of the environment, the water is heated either by solar panel or a back-up immersion heater. For added comfort each of the 4 bedrooms has air-conditioning. The A/C units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season. Three of the four bedrooms have patio doors that open out onto balconies. The principal bedroom doors and the wide living room patio doors lead out onto the wrap-around sun-terrace which overlooks the pool and front garden to the White Mountains, and is quite simply a superb place to catch some rays, read a book, or relax and enjoy a meal.

As the name suggests, the gatehouse is a small detached 2 storey house that is located at the entrance to the property (at the opposite end of the pool terrace to the penthouse). Independently accessed, the gatehouse will be of particular interest to grandparents, teenagers, or anyone seeking an added degree of privacy while still being very much part of the family holiday. The penthouse and completely self-contained gatehouse rent as one property at all times except April and October. During the low season the penthouse and gatehouse can also be rented at lower prices but the pool is then not available for the use of the gatehouse guests. With a living room that has a sofa bed, and a kitchen on the ground floor, and a shower room and a double bedroom on the top floor, the gatehouse is well equipped and can sleep up to 4 persons. 

Our more active guests will find that things to do are by no means in short supply. Whilst the beach in Almyrida is a only few minutes on foot and fishing is permitted from the harbour dock. There are many walking trails and cycle tracks, and we can arrange windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, scuba diving, horse riding, boat trips, and a number of coach excursions for you. The surrounding villages offer glass blowing, lace making, archaeological sites, and beautiful scenery, whilst the magnificent gorges, mountains, and stunning towns of Chania and Rethymnon are within easy reach by car.

Margarita Penthouse and Gatehouse is a rare find that combines a very large pool, spacious budget accommodation, and mature gardens just a stone's throw away from a sandy beach, shops and tavernas. We highly suggest that you book up early before it is too late and you miss out on this excellent property!

Villa Accommodation

Top Floor Penthouse (14 steps from the parking level and the pool terrace to the ground floor/upper garden level and then 17 steps up from the ground floor/upper garden level to the top floor): open plan kitchen, dining area, and living room, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom with bunk beds, 1 full bathroom, 1 shower room, 2 side balconies, and one front/side wrap-around sun terrace. At the top of the stairs there is covered balcony with the main door that opens in open plan living area which comprises a large kitchen and dining area and a living room. The modern kitchen and dining area is fully equipped and includes warm wood cabinets, a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a large fridge/freezer, a kettle, a coffee maker, a toaster, a microwave oven, and a dining table and chairs. The kitchen windows faces east over olive groves and some apartments to a hillside, and north to trees and the side of a small hotel. The living room has a matching cream linen couches and , and armchairs, 2 further couches - each of which folds down into a bed for 1 person, a coffee table, a wall mounted flat screen digital TV, a DVD layer, a table/desk, a WIFI internet modem, and curtains. The lounge has a 3 sets of double doors that lead out onto the main wrap around terrace that is shared with the master bedroom. The terrace overlooks the pool and gardens to the White Mountains and is equipped with 2 sun beds, a cane and glass table and matching arm chairs with cushions, and a coffee table and 2 directors chairs. At the far end of the living room is a shower room, and a set of sliding doors that lead to a hallway with the bedroom doors. The shower room has white and beige tiles - some with flower motifs, a shower and shower tray, a white washbasin, with a wall mirror and light, a shelf, a toilet, and a frosted window. The hallway runs the length of the apartment with doors of the bedrooms and full bathroom running the length of it. At the east end there is the triple bedroom with 3 single beds, 2 bedside cabinets with lamps, a chest of drawers, curtains, a window that looks out over olive groves, and double doors that lead out onto a balcony that looks over olive groves, the garden and some small villas to the mountains. The twin bedroom is equipped bunk beds, a bedside cabinet with a reading lamp, a free standing wardrobe, curtains, and double doors that lead out to a balcony that looks out over olive groves, the garden, and some small villas to the mountains. The single bedroom has a single bed, a bedside cabinet and a reading lamp, a free standing mirror, a chair, built-in floor to ceiling wardrobes, curtains, and a window that looks out over the side gardens to some small villas. The full bathroom has white tiles with red accents, a frosted window, a washing machine, and a bathroom suite comprising a full bath with shower attachment, a wash basin, a wall mirror, shelf, and lamp, and a toilet. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, an armchair, a dressing table, mirror and stool, built-in floor to ceiling wardrobes, curtains, a window that looks out to the side garden and small villas, and double doors that open out onto the main terrace that is also accessed from the living room. This main terrace overlooks the pool and gardens to the White Mountains.

Gatehouse Ground Floor: Living Room and Kitchen. 

Gatehouse Top Floor: Double Bedroom and Shower Room. 



Villa Location

The heart of the village of Almyrida is only 225m from the Margarita Penthouse, 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 tavernas, 7 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 1 jewellery shop, a ladies clothes shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, an off-license, a pharmacy,  an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher, a hairdresser, a nail spa, 1 kiosk, and 3 real estate offices.  Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving centre, a childrens activity/play centre with babysitting, pedalo rental, a space with pool tables and electronic game machines, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat rental, boat trips, water-skiing, big game fishing charters, horse riding, private sight-seeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. A few minutes by car from the Margarita Penthouse, 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 makers and a folklore museum in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.





Villa Amenities


Almyrida Village, the White Mountains, and Olive Clad Hills.  Village / Mountains / olive groves

Washing machine
          1 in the Penthouse.
Microwave Oven
 x 2 .  1 in the Penthouse, and 1 in the Gatehouse.
Fridge / Freezer
 x 2.   1 in the Penthouse, and 1 in the Gatehouse. 
          1 in the Penthouse.
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
Free WiFi Internet access
CD player
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating

- but the fuel is not included

 x 2.  1 in the Penthouse, and 1 in the Gatehouse.
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Pack

Number of bedrooms

4 in the Penthouse 1 Twin, 1 Double, 1 triple, and 1 single

1 double in the Gatehouse.

Number of bathrooms

2 in the Penthouse – 1 bathroom, 1 shower room

1 shower room in the Gatehouse.

Pool depth

1.50m - 3.00m in the adult section, and 0.60m in the children's section

Pool size

100m2 - including a children's section of 5.5m x 2m

Type of shade by pool

Umbrellas and a pergola covered in greenery

Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult?

YES - 2 in the Penthouse - each suitable for 1 adult or child.

           1 in the Gatehouse - suitable for 2 persons.

Maid service
2 times a week.
Distance to nearest taverna

225m By foot. 2 - 3 minutes By car 1 minute

Distance to nearest sandy beach

225m By foot. 2 - 3 minutes By car 1 minute

Distance to nearest mini market

250m By foot.  3 minutes By car 1 minute

Distance to nearest cash machine

225m By foot. 2 - 3 minutes By car 1 minute

How far from airport
35 minutes
How far from nearest large town
30 minutes

Any steps? How many?

14 steps from parking and pool terrace to the ground floor and rear garden plus 17 steps to the penthouse.

How private?

Not completely private because the penthouse is on the top floor of a building which has 3 tenants and is located in the village but the pool has a lot of greenery around it and is fairly private.

Nearest neighbor?

There is a small hotel on the north side of the building - but the pool is completely screened from this by greenery, and there are 3 small villas on the south side, but again there are trees to screen the pool area.

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

The following prices shown in EUROS, per week. In high season the penthouse and gatehouse are only available when booked together as one property with private use of the pool. The penthouse is available with or without the gatehouse in low season and mid season with the private use of the pool, and the gatehouse is available without the use of the pool. 50.00 Euros per week per additional person over 12 persons.

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To :        
Price - Penthouse only with 3 bedrooms (6 Guests max). With private use of the pool.
Price - Penthouse Only (8 Guests max). With private use of the pool.
Price - Penthouse and Gatehouse (12 Guests max). With private use of the pool. Price - Gatehouse only (4 Guests max). Without use of the pool
01.10.17 31.10.17 E 845 E 995 E 1100 E 400
Winter 2017-18
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E 865
E 1020
E 1125 E 425
E 1150
E 1430 E 530
E 1985
E 1985 N/A
E 995
E 1125
E 1430 E 530
E 865
E  995
E 1125 E 425
Winter 2018 - 19 30.04.18   Not Available Not Available 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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