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 2018 starting from 1095.00 Euro per week.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.

Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m plus children’s area & depths 1.60m in the adult area and 0.50m in the children’s area)

Sleeps a maximum of 6 persons.

Free WIFI Internet Access

Villa Galini is a comfortable and very private retreat in beautiful surroundings on a forested hillside with views over the charming village of Douliana to the majestic White Mountains. Pleasingly decorated and furnished with flair, this well laid out accommodation lends itself easily to relaxed summer living. With every modern amenity supplied, Villa Galini is ideal for the uncompromising escapist who would like to holiday in a secluded villa whilst still being only a few minutes by car from the tavernas in the quaint villages of Douliana and Gavalahori, and the sandy beaches, shops and tavernas in the pretty coastal villages of Almyrida and Kalives.

Villa Galini has been carefully crafted by its thoughtful English owners from natural materials that have been harvested from the local area. The end result is a beautiful villa with a very tranquil ambience and many delightful features including stone archways and columns, and spacious interiors with open beamed ceilings of cypress wood that open out onto a wonderful dining/sun terrace. The main terrace is covered by a cypress wood pergola, half of which is interwoven with sail material, giving a choice of sun or shade, and there is an array of comfortable outdoor furniture which includes couches, armchairs, and a dining table and chairs. With panoramic views to savour, the main terrace provides an ideal spot in which to relax and enjoy a or freshly barbequed meal. Both the views and food are perhaps best enjoyed with a chilled glass of wine from the local Dourakis winery and the owner of the Villa Galini is a wine expert should you need any advice.

Adults can completely unwind on the main terrace whilst still being able to supervise younger family members playing in the adjacent private infinity pool. With your little one's safety in mind, the pool has family friendly roman steps, a dedicated children's area, and a gate and railings between the villa and the pool. Surrounding the villa are landscaped grounds planted with brightly coloured Mediterranean flowers and trees including lemon, orange, oleander, hibiscus and roses, and a striking forest of pinewoods on 3 sides of the property ensures privacy. All of the outdoor areas benefit from the fabulous scenery and as you lie back on a poolside sun-lounger in the fresh air and brilliant sunshine, with only the sound of birdsong to occasionally interrupt your daydreams, you will completely understand why the villa has been named "Galini" - the Greek word for "peace". At night clever lighting turns the pool and main terrace areas into a romantic and enchanting spot.

Much care and attention has also been put into the interior decoration. Tastefully chosen fabrics and tiles blend in sympathetically with the beamed ceilings, and practical, attractive furnishings. With fresh, contemporary decor, the light and airy living room boasts a striking, curved staircase which accesses the mezzanine lounging/extra sleeping area, and a feature stone archway that leads through into the fully equipped modern kitchen that boasts a ceramic hob, a fan assist oven, a cooker hood, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a freezer, a toaster, a kettle and a coffee maker. In keeping with the rest of the villa the tilt-turn doors, windows, shutters and mosquito screens have been made from thick local timber. Complete comfort is guaranteed by the inclusion of free WIFI internet access, a flat screen TV, a satellite TV receiver box, a DVD player, a CD player, a gleaming modern shower room, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms. The A/C units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season and the water is heated by solar panel or a back-up immersion heater.

The rural surroundings make for excellent walking territory with numerous picturesque trails criss-crossing across the hillsides of olive, carob and pine to the quaint surrounding villages and to the sea at Kera Cove. For cyclists, the district council has made a cycle lane on the local roads, and for those who love sea swimming, Kalives beach and Almyrida beach proudly fly the coveted EU Blue flag which is only given to beaches with high standards in cleanliness, bathing water quality, and environmental and coastal protection. For the less active amongst you a pleasant stroll though either carob woods or olive groves will bring you to the local kafenion and tavernas where you can while away the hours sipping Greek coffee or cold beer with the locals, or enjoy a mouth-watering meal of traditional and very fresh Cretan cuisine.

Villa Galini is therefore one of the most attractive and romantic houses that we have seen. Hidden away on a wooded hillside the property has the perfect location from which to fully appreciate the rugged mountainous beauty that west Crete is famous for.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number:  MHTE 1042K92002989001

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (9 steps from the parking area, 2steps from the pool terrace): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room, a spacious covered outdoor dining and lounging terrace.

The front door opens from the private and gated driveway and parking area into the open-plan living room and kitchen area. The living room has a white couch, a red couch, a red armchair, a red and white striped armchair, white curtains, spotlights, a coffee table, a side table, a TV, satellite receiver box, and DVD player. Extra wide French doors open out from the living room onto the main dining terrace. A black metal spiral staircase leads up to the mezzanine level, and a stone archway leads through to the kitchen which has light wood built-in cabinets, a utility cupboard for the cleaning equipment, iron and ironing board, a ceramic hob, a fan assist oven, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a freezer, a toaster, a kettle, a coffee maker, and a glass dining table and 4 chairs. The kitchen area has a window that looks out to the driveway, a window that looks to the dining terrace and a window that looks out to the pool terrace. Doors lead from the living room to the 2 bedrooms and the shower room. The double bedroom has a white beamed ceiling, a sleigh bed with a pretty patchwork quilt, 2 bedside tables, 3 overhead lamps, a free standing full length mirror, a wardrobe with drawers and hanging space, a chair, and white curtains. A window looks out to the valley and mountains, and double French doors open out onto the main terrace. Set between the 2 bedrooms, the shower room has floor to ceiling matte cream and chocolate brown tiles, a shower cabinet with Perspex sliding doors, a white sink with a dark brown wood vanity unit, a mirror with overhead lamp, a toilet, and a frosted window. The twin bedroom has a white beamed ceiling, 2 blue stained wood single beds with 3 overhead reading lamps, 2 matching bedside cabinets, a matching wardrobe with drawers and hanging space, a matching chest of drawers, a wall mirror, a chair, white curtains, and a window that overlooks the driveway and front garden area.

Mezzanine Level (13 steps up from the ground floor): a seating area and extra sleeping area.
The mezzanine level looks down on the living room and kitchen and has wooden floors, dark wood beamed ceilings, spotlights and skylight windows. It is furnished with a blue and white sofa which pulls out into queen sized bed suitable for 2 persons, a red armchair and footstool, a cream armchair and footstool, 2 raffia stools, a bookcase, a coffee table and reading lamp, and a pine TV unit.

Villa Location

Douliana is a typical Cretan village built with 2 tavernas, a tiny church, stone houses, and dry stone walls bordering groves of olive, pine and carob. The kafenion in the centre of the village is still the focal point of daily life, where the post for the entire village is delivered, and the men come to chat, drink coffee (or something stronger) and play tavli (backgammon). In the summer they sit under the greenery covered pergola, and in the winter they huddle around the wood burning stove. The local mini market is surprisingly well stocked with all of the essentials and has fresh bread delivered daily. The taverna is renowned for their delicious, traditional Cretan cuisine, and has tables in a pretty courtyard under a mature carob tree. Douliana has a fantastic location with just a short drive to many other villages in the area, the National Highway, and local beaches. The nearby villages of Kalives or Almyrida have long been popular destinations for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort that has many amenities, but is far removed from brash tourism. Both villages have sandy beaches, small fishing harbours, and a wide choice of excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Lining the beach in Almyrida are 12 excellent tavernas, a pizzeria, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, a jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, 1 Italian ice cream shop, an off-license, a nail salon, a body and wellness spa, a hairdresser, a butcher,  3 real estate offices, a kiosk, and a ladies clothes shop.  Also in Almyrida there is a childrens play/activity centre that offers babysitting, a space with pool tables and a variety of games machines, pedalo rentals, a scuba diving office,  a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat hire, boat trips, big game fishing, horse riding, water skiing, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, guided walking tours, and guided coach excursions. A few minutes by car from the 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 and the lace makers in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 40 minutes away by car.

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Villa Amenities

Views? Mountains / Village / Olive Covered Hills
Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
Free WiFi Internet access
CD player
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating

Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket


Number of bedrooms

2 – 1 double, 1 twin.

Number of bathrooms


Bath/shower/both Shower
Pool depths 1.60m in the adult section and 0.50m in the children’s section
Pool size 7m x 3.5m plus a separate children’s section,
Type of shade by pool Trees
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? YES. Queen size can sleep 2 persons.
Maid service 2 times a week.
Distance to nearest taverna 0.6km   By foot  10 - 12 minutes   By car  3 minutes
Distance to nearest beach? 3.5km   By foot   60 minutes   By car   8 mins
Distance to nearest mini market 1km      By foot  20 mins    By car   3 mins
Distance to nearest cash machine 4km  By foot  70 mins  By car  9 mins
How far from airport 40 minutes
How far from nearest large town 40 minutes

Any steps? How many?

9 steps from the parking area into the villa, 2 steps from the villa to the pool terrace, 13 steps from ground floor to mezzanine level.

How private?

Completely private.

Nearest neighbour?

The nearest villa is set through the trees on a lower level terrace 100m from Villa Galini, and it therefore cannot see Villa Galini.


Views across the surrounding countryside to the White Mountains in the south and the villages of Douliana and Gavalohori.

Villa Rental Prices

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

The rental prices include a Free welcome pack, representative services, a villa information book, detailed directions to all of the sights from the guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles, twice weekly cleaning, and linen and villa towels. 

From :
To :
Winter 2017/18      
Long term rentals only    
01.05.17 31.05.17
01.06.17 30.06.17
01.09.17 31.10.17 1300
Winter 2018/19 01.05.19 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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