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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 2017 starting from 900.00 Euro for the villa with 3 bedrooms, and 1100.00 Euro for the villa with 5 bedrooms.

5 bedrooms in 2 separate fully-contained apartments in one villa (only ever rented in its entirety to one group/family).

The upper floor has 2 double bedrooms, and 1 twin bedroom, the ground floor has 1 double bedroom, and 1 twin bedroom.

Private swimming pool: 40m2 (depths 1.50m plus steps into the pool the Roman end)

Sleeps a maximum of 12 persons. Free Wifi Internet Access.

The ground floor accommodation of Villa Almarine has been re-furbished and now has a brand new kitchen, some new furniture and new wardrobes. The current photos do not show the updates but a new set will be posted shortly.

Villa Almarine is so close to the sea you can practically taste the salt! The only property of its kind in the northern coastal village of Almyrida, this villa contains two fully equipped self-contained apartments and is just steps from the translucent Aegean Sea. Encased in emerald lawns and shadowed by the imposing White Mountains, this spacious and versatile partial sea-view villa -- which is rented in its entirety -- sits at the lip of a short winding lane that expediently leads to a lovely horseshoe-shaped beach rimmed with charming tavernas, open-air cafes and bars and a selection of curio and convenience shops. Its distinctive “separate but equal” layout affords the unique opportunity for friends, single families, or two families vacationing together to enjoy a shared experience while maintaining privacy - making it a very popular choice for groups seeking independent living quarters in a communal environment.

Set on an expansive 2000 square meter plot laced with leafy grapevines, vibrant trellis-entwined rose bushes, lemon and ficus trees, its 40 square meter swimming pool is embroidered by a wood effect tiled patio laden with sun beds and umbrellas, picturesque peaks looming in distant grandeur. A large cypress wood vaulted ceiling cabana features a brick barbecue and a wood burning pizza/bread oven alongside a ten person dining table while the wraparound decks and wide balconies that skirt the home’s bi-level perimeter further encourage many hours of outdoor leisure.

Fully enveloped by a stone wall, an iron-hewn electronic gate unveils a large parking area, whilst the adjacent decorative pedestrian entry gate opens to a grass-flanked stone walkway that precedes the home’s separate entrances. The two bedroom downstairs unit is fronted by a large tiled patio while an twelve step iron-bannistered staircase ascends to the three bedroom top floor apartment which is also bordered by a wide and shady tiled veranda.

Inside, both airy units have wooden ceilings and are gifted with abundant natural light streaming through walls of windows and supplementary back and side doors, open-plan living/dining/kitchen areas, and comfortably-appointed bedrooms. Add to this the duplex home’s gracious outdoor living sectors and bountiful amenities and it’s clear that Villa Almarine exists as a most hospitable and convenient multiple or large family/group accommodation option.

Villa Accommodation

Ground Floor (0 steps from the parking, garden and pool area): Open plan living room/kitchen/dining area, 1 double bedroom 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room, and 3 patio/terraces. Enter from street through iron pedestrian gate down three steps to a stone walkway ribboned by manicured lawns. Considerably-sized cream-colored tiled patio surrounds wooden front door bound on either side by large plate-glass picture windows and opens to a spacious boundary-less living/dining/kitchen interior floored with terracotta-hued ceramic tiles. To the left, a simply furnished but roomy lounge features a pair of contemporary metal-footed off white two-seat couches centered by a rectangle light wood coffee table and illuminated by hanging light fixtures. An ambient fireplace on far left wall is neighbored by a diminutive window, a shelf, and a wall mounted flat screen TV. To the right of entrance, there is a dining table with four chairs, white laminate kitchen cabinets and work surface, a 4 ring hob with an Inox cooker hood, a built-in oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, dishwasher, and inset overhead halogen spotlights. A window above the double stainless steel round sinks looks upon the front garden while a back door opens to a cream-tiled terrace shaded by grapevines and furnished with a white dining table and six director’s chairs. This kitchen has ample storage space and holds all necessary cooking utensils. A single A/C unit sufficiently cools the large open-plan living area.

A short tiled hallway precedes the two air-conditioned bedrooms and a large shower room. On the left, in front of a royal blue diaphanous curtained window, a cream double bed is sided by two coordinating light wood three drawer bedside cabinets topped with lamps.  There is also a full length mirror a white wood frame, inset ceiling lighting, and a white wood floor to ceiling triple wardrobe with abundant drawers, shelves and hanging space) to accommodate personal belongings. A private shuttered glass door with a royal blue diaphanous curtain leads to back patio and mountain and pool vistas. Straight on from the hallway, a second bedroom features two twin beds, between which sits a night stand and a  lamp. A massive wardrobe, gilded full-length mirror, turquoise diaphanous curtains, and inset ceiling lighting complete the furnishings. A window facing side patio and private door leading to pool/barbecue area lets in plenty of the golden Cretan sunshine. A full shower room cheerfully tiled in lime green features a new corner shower cabinet with plexi-glass doors, ceramic sink, storage cabinets, vanity unit and mirror, overhead halogen lights, and a washing machine.

Upper Floor (11 steps up from the ground floor, parking and garden/pool area): Open plan living room/kitchen/dining area, 2 double bedrooms (1 with a tiny en-suite shower room), 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom, and 3 balconies/terraces.: A twelve step staircase veering to the left of the grassy front yard leads you to a wide slate-gray tiled covered veranda furnished with a three-seat wicker couch and matching glass-topped coffee table. Echoing the layout of the downstairs unit, colossal glass windows flank the wide white-painted front door from which a great open-plan air-conditioned three bedroom apartment unfurls. The living room to the left of the entrance is again highlighted by a set of sleek white two-seater couches and wood coffee table perched upon the same terracotta-hued tiles that floor the entire home. A wood/glass entertainment center spanning most of the left wall holds a large flat screen and stereo system with oversized speakers alongside homey decorative objects. Mood enhancing colored light is filtered through narrow stain-glassed windows, while by contemporary ceiling fixtures provide clear light. The right-facing kitchen is anchored by a built-in dining banquette, its glass-topped table ringed by cushioned benches and three free-standing wooden chairs that provides seating for at least nine people. Wood-accented white cabinetry dominates the efficient kitchen which is illuminated by halogen spotlights and features a double stainless steel sink, ceramic hob and separate built-in oven, full-sized refrigerator, microwave, kettle, coffee machine, dishwasher, and a full range of culinary tools. A short bi-level breakfast bar divides the kitchen from living area while architectural alcoves enhance the room’s character. A glass patio door opens to a grapevine-weaved mountain garden view balcony while another window over the sink offers a partial sea vista. Branching off the hallway, the first bedroom to the left consists of two wood head-boarded twin beds, a 3 drawer nightstand with small lamp and shuttered window. A built-in desk (with chair) and shelving nooks form the axis of a wooden wardrobe. Just beyond, bedroom two features one double bed backed by light wood framed headboard, large built-in honey wood wardrobes, matching bedside table with lamp, ornately framed full length mirror and a modern hanging light fixture. A pool/mountain facing window sits beside a glass door that opens to a tiled L-shaped balcony. At the corridor’s end, the third bedroom offers a compact private en-suite (tiled in sea foam/white speckles with small frosted glass window) with a toilet and a shower fixture, a double bed edged by a set of two drawer bedside cabinets, large built-in wood wardrobes, hanging light fixture and wall-length sliding glass doors opening to the shared terrace (with kitchen) which has full mountain and partial sea views. The large bathroom shared by two of the three bedrooms is provides a fully kitted respite under a sponged sky-blue ceiling. Adorned in tranquil marine tones, the room features a sumptuous corner bath with a shower attachment, ambient frosted glass window, white cupboards, ceramic sink, and a washing machine.

Garden and pool area: The 40 square meter swimming pool is surrounded by verdant lawns and flanked by numerous sun beds/umbrellas. Mountain views beckon. A large covered barbecue house offers a brick-encased barbeque and a pizza/bread oven. There is also a ten person dining table and comfortable chairs, a sink, and some storage cupboards with plastic cups, and dining ware. Antique wine barrels are among the decorative objects that adorn this welcoming gazebo area.

Villa Location

The heart of the village of Almyrida is only 100m from Villa Almarine, 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 13 tavernas, a pizzeria/pasta restaurant, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, 1 Italian ice cream shop, a pharmacy, a butcher, a fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, an off license/liquor shop, 2 kiosks, a nail spa, a body wellness spa, and 4 real estate offices. Also in Almyrida there is a children's activity centre which offers baby sitting if required, pedalo rentals, a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a space with pool tables and games machines, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, water skiing with skis, banana, or ringo, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking tours and coach excursions.  A few minutes by car from the Villa Almarine, 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 in Gavalohori. 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

Views.

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

Washing machine - 2
Dishwasher - 2
Microwave Oven - 2
Fridge / Freezer - 2
TV - 2
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating

Fireplace - but fuel is not included in the rental price
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

 

Number of bedrooms

5  -  2 Twin, 3 Double

Number of bathrooms

3 – 1 upstairs bathroom, 1 tiny upstairs en-suite shower room and 1 downstairs shower room

Bath/shower/both Both
   
Pool depths 1.50m - plus steps at the Roman end
Pool size 40m2
Type of shade by pool Umbrellas and a pergola
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? No but there are 2 couches that could be slept on.
Maid service 2 times a week.
   
Distance to nearest taverna 100m      By foot.  1 minute   By car  30 seconds
Distance to nearest beach? 100m      By foot   1 minute       By car  30 seconds
   
Distance to nearest mini market 200m  By foot  3 minutes    By car   1 minute
Distance to nearest cash machine 200m  By foot   3 minutes   By car  1 minute
How far from airport 35 minutes
How far from nearest large town 35 minutes

Any steps? How many?

0 steps from the parking area into the ground floor, 0 steps from the parking area to the pool terrace, 11 steps from the parking area and pool terrace to the upper floor.

How private?

Not particularly private because it is in the centre of the village. However, the back garden is expansive and not very visible from the road.

Nearest neighbour?

30m

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 Week, in Euros dependent upon the number of persons in the villa. The prices for the villa with 5 bedrooms are for up to 10 persons. Extra persons can stay for the rental price of 50.00 Euros per week, per person.

From : To :              

3 bedrooms (1-6 Guests max)      

5 bedrooms (10 Guests)      

Winter 2016/17       31.03.17 Long term rentals only Long term rentals only

01.04.16

30.04.17 900 1100
01.05.16 31.05.17 1000 1300
01.06.16 30.06.17 N/A 1600
01.07.16 31.08.17 N/A 2500
01.09.16 30.09.17 N/A 1600
01.10.16 07.11.17 900 1100
Winter 2017/18 31.03.18 Long term rentals only 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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