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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.

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2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom in the villa and 1 double bedroom in the guest cottage.

Sleeps a maximum of 7 persons

No Smoking inside the living accommodations but permitted on the outside terraces.

Free WIFI

An 80m2 renovated bi-level house with a 32m2 separate windmill shaped guest house set on a lush 2000 square meter plot and situated only 60 meters from the sandy beach, sea, and village amenities.
No swimming pool but extensive outdoor living areas and the crystal clear sea and sandy beach are right on the doorstep.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE 1042K 92003010101

Just steps from the jeweled Aegean Sea and the shops, cafes, and beach-front tavernas lining the delightful coastal village of Almyrida, Villa Antonia is a charming and lovingly refurbished 2 bedroom/2 ½ bath bi-level house with a 1 bedroom guest cottage that are cloaked in history, adorned with antiquities, and updated in 2013 to the highest standards of modernism. Set on a 2000 square meter plot carpeted with lush grapevines and olive groves, majestic pine and fig trees shading original stone-hewn patios and walkways, this meticulously restored heritage building boasts a storied past that dates back generations. One of the first dwellings in the area, the cottage was erected some 150 years ago by the owner’s grandfather -- who was a shepherd and wine maker -- on the site of this once active farm. Ornamentally scattered throughout the vast property are massive ceramic vessels formerly used to store olive oil, tangible reminders of the home’s fascinating legacy. Proudly still standing near the entrance to this picturesque abode is an authentic stone well that once served as the sole water source for residents of the Plaka/Almyrida area, and was often surrounded by women from the villages who would gather to wash clothes.

Paying homage to its heritage, the ancestral owner of Villa Antonia opted to renovate rather than raze the solidly-built structure, employing only the best locally sourced materials to manifest this enchanting holiday retreat. No expense or attention to detail has been spared in revisiting the past through the eyes of a contemporary aesthete. Featuring every possible modern amenity, including a 42” wall mounted Plasma TV, Free WIFI, fully equipped kitchen, utility room with washing machine, sumptuous beds, deliciously cushy couches, colorfully hand-painted multi-use dining tables and reminiscent straw-seated chairs, and other functionally decorative furnishings that have been artistically fashioned from inherited artifacts. An antique iron/wooden potato cart has been transformed into a beautiful glass-topped coffee table while a vintage stove now provides additional counter space in the kitchen in which built-in alcoves showcase ancient treasures including an old teapot, radio, gas lamp, and pestle and mortar set. Ambient light fixtures crafted from cast-iron relics augment the golden Cretan sunshine that filters through the home’s many doors and windows, the serenely-hued walls gilded with evocative oil paintings by local artists. Massive stone pillars uphold soaring cypress-beamed ceilings and are shadowed by new pine-planked wooden and original mosaic-inlayed stone-tiled floors which further add to the character of this cheerful, and conveniently situated partial sea-view residence.

The outdoor areas are equally inviting with an oasis of lush foliage and colorful gardens enveloping a stone patio, conveniently situated just outside the main/kitchen entrance, with a large stone-topped table which affords a comfortable dining or chilling out area. The adjacent lounging area with brightly coloured cushions overlooks an antique well to the garden and is shaded by a giant fig tree. Sprawling olive groves and grapevines underscore other verdant foliage and blooming flowers in a bucolic setting. Large ancient trees provide ample shaded areas throughout the spacious grounds.

Independently accessed via a stone path, the self-contained guest cottage has a unique and whimsical design based upon the shape of a windmill. Situated under the shade of a magnificent weeping willow there is an outside wooden deck with a lovely dining area, and a hammock that is perfect for reading and relaxing in. The cottage will be of particular interest to romantic couples, grandparents, teenagers, or anyone seeking an added degree of privacy while still being very much part of the family holiday.

The villa and guest cottage always rent as one property in order to ensure privacy. During the low and mid seasons the villa can be rented at a lower price that does not include use of the cottage, but for larger families the cottage can still be rented along with the villa for an additional fee. During high season (July and August) the cottage is always included in the rental price. When the villa is rented without the cottage the lovely lady owner may sometimes stay in the guest cottage and she will be available to accommodate any of your questions or needs, but will otherwise be completely unobtrusive during your stay.

Rife with history and evoking a distinctly Cretan vibe, Villa Antonia is a virtual living museum, a cozy atmospheric holiday hideaway that provides all the comforts of home just “spitting distance” to the sand-ribboned crystalline sea and lovely little village of Almyrida. Those who are not wanting the extra expense of a rental car would be hard-put to find a more congenial and well-positioned vacation property.

Villa Accommodation

Villa Ground floor (1 step from the parking, 12 steps to the 1st floor): A kitchen/dining area, a living room, a half bathroom/cloak room, a shaded dining terrace.

An aged stone path weaves from the property’s iron-gated entrance (outside of which exists the parking area) through expansive olive grove and grapevine-blanketed grounds. Grand mature trees and the upstairs wooden balcony/terrace shade a stone patio area containing a large stone-topped dining table and benches. Chairs with cushions provide for additional seating. A sky-blue wooden door sided by narrow crystallized glass-paned windows (rescued from an ancient church) echoes the colourfully painted wood trim that borders rooms throughout the house and leads into the large kitchen. Ringed by marble counters and anchored by a new bright red SMEG refrigerator, marble-topped dining/writing/coffee table, and ornamental stove from the 1940s (inherited from the owner’s mother), the fully-equipped kitchen features custom cabinetry, a contemporary ceramic-topped four burner stove/oven combo, microwave oven, oversized deep marble sink, kettle, a Nespresso coffee machine with a starter pack of pods, toaster, sandwich toaster, dishwasher, and a comprehensive selection of culinary tools. An iron-cast light fixture hangs from the high dark wood-beamed ceiling below which ornamental glass-shelved niches built into the original stone walls showcase a variety of antique “finds” and porcelain dishware.

A doorway leads up one step to the bright beam peak-ceilinged living room where a traditional Cretan hand-carved L-shaped couch upholstered in naturally-hued cotton cushions is fronted by a glass-topped coffee table crafted from a century-old metal and wood potato cart A blue wood dining/card/computer table flanked by four straw-seated wooden chairs painted in tastefully compatible hues of teal, blue, and red is offset by an old yet functional wood-burning stove (great if you’re visiting in winter!), and a second couch/bed with an extra wide single mattress, off-white coverlet, and oversized lounging pillows (several depicting Picasso classics). Two shuttered windows expose the leafy grapevine and olive grove vista while original art by local painters adorn the walls. A domed wooden trunk, above which is a wall-mounted 42” flat screen TV, sits to the left of a guest bathroom kitted out with gray wood cabinets and custom hardware, leather-framed mirror, antique light fixture, marble raised sink and floors, and white textured walls.

Villa First floor (12 steps up from the ground floor): 2 double bedrooms both with queen size bed, 2 en-suite shower rooms, a tree shaded terrace, and an open balcony.

mezzanine with window; 2 similarly sized master bedrooms, each featuring identical chicly-appointed shower rooms, (the slightly smaller boasts a partial sea-view terrace; the second slightly larger bedroom opens to an expansive wooden furnished upstairs veranda).

To the far left of the living room, a twelve step wooden staircase leads to a small landing (enhanced with window, antique hanging lamp, and original artwork) that is bookended by two similarly sized bedrooms. The slightly smaller lies to the left of the landing and features a plush handcrafted queen size bed bounded by a set of blonde wood side tables (one extra wide with three drawers and cupboard, the other containing two drawers and cupboard), a large light wood freestanding three drawer wardrobe/hanging closet, dressing table created from an old suitcase and vintage music-inspired metal stand, a large leather-framed wall mirror, leather-based side lamps, and antique light fixture dripping from the loft-like beamed ceiling. Directly facing the bed and exposing a verdant and partial sea vista, blue glass-paned French doors open to a slatted balcony that is furnished with a small table and chairs. A compact but contemporary shower room is accented by au-courant marbleized cement flooring and curved shower, modern stainless steel hardware and taps, a sizable round marble sink atop a custom cabinet and matching mirror. Across the short hallway to the right of the stairs, the incrementally larger of the two bedrooms is also highlighted by a wood-frame queen bed with a thick mattress, freestanding three-drawer blond wood wardrobe, two light wood single-drawer side tables with cupboards and lamps, wood-slatted luggage rack, hand-painted foot stood, and antique glass-topped antique dressing table and mirror with a raw-timbered straw-seated chair. Beside the dressing table, wide French doors open to a large minimally furnished (table, chairs) wooden deck canopied by a majestic old pine tree and surrounded by greenery. The veranda offers partial sea and direct views to Plaka. The en-suite shower room is identical to that of the first bedroom.

Guest Cottage Ground Floor (3 steps from the garden, 0.5 steps from the living room to the shower room, 9 steps to the first floor): 1 living room/kitchenette, 1 wet room/shower room.

A sky blue door opens into a living room with a kitchen area. The kitchen has cabinets and drawers that have been crafted from local wood, a marble sink, an Inox fridge/freezer, a ceramic hob, and a built-in oven. The living area has a beautiful colour-wash painted wardrobe, a seating area with off-white cushioning for 4 persons, a blue dining table and chairs for 2 persons, a low bench/table, a wall mirror, a side table, paintings, an older style TV, and a tall candle holder which was originally used in a church. The downstairs living area has a wooden staircase that leads to the first floor bedroom, a window that looks out to part of the garden and a screen covered in ivy (to ensure privacy from the villa), and a door to the shower room. The shower room has a toilet, a marble sink with a marble shelf, a lamp, and a wall mirror above it, and a white vanity unit below it. There is also a shower/wet room with marble tiles and floor, a marble shelf, and a window.

Guest Cottage First Floor (9 steps from the living room/kitchenette): 1 double bedroom with a queen size bed.

A queen size bed takes centre stage in the romantic bedroom which has a wooden floor and a low, round, wood-beamed ceiling. There are 2 light wood bedside cabinets with lamps, a matching dressing table, mirror and stool, a blond wood chest of drawers and cupboard that serve as a base for a flat screen TV, DVD player, and a mirror, and there is also a hanging rail for clothes. The window has blue painted shutters and it overlooks the dining area, garden, and weeping willow.

Villa Location

The heart of the village of Almyrida is only 40m from Villa Antonia, 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 tavernas, a pizzeria/pasta restaurant, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, 2 ice cream/frozen yoghurt shops, a pharmacy, a butcher, a fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, an off license/liquor shop, 1 kiosk, a nail spa, a body and wellness spa, and 3 real estate offices. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a cafe/ arcade with pool tables and games machines, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, horse riding, private sightseeing flights, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. A few minutes by car from Villa Antonia, 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

Views? Olive Groves and Grapevines / Limited Sea.
Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player (DVD Player plays DVD's)
Free WIFI Internet
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Wood burning Stove
firewood is not included in the rental price
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Safety Deposit Box
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms 3 – 2 Double in the villa,  1 Double in the guest house
Number of bathrooms 3.5  –    2 upstairs shower rooms  and 1 half bathroom in the villa,    1 downstairs shower room in the guest house
Bath/shower/both Shower
   
Pool depths
Pool size
Type of shade outside Natural shade from tall, mature trees
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? YES - there is an extra wide single bed / sofa in the villa's lounge
Maid service 2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna 50m      By foot.  1 minute   By car  1 minute
Distance to the nearest sandy beach? 60m      By foot   1 minute   By car  1 minute
   
Distance to nearest mini market 150m  By foot  2 minutes      By car   1 minute
Distance to nearest cash machine 180m  By foot  3 minutes  By car  1 minute
How far from airport 30 minutes
How far from nearest large town 30 minutes

Any steps? How many?

Half a step from the parking into the ground floor accommodation, 2.5steps from the ground floor onto the pool terrace, 16 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.

How private?

Not essentially private because there are other houses on the land in front of the villa but these villas are very occasionally used holiday homes - the pool terrace and downstairs dining terrace cannot be seen by any other property. Only part of the upstairs terrace can be barely seen from a house set 100m away.

Nearest neighbour?

35m.

Villa Rental Prices

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

From : To : Price:

 

    Villa only Up to 5 pax Villa and Guest House Up to 7 pax
Winter 30.03.16

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31.03.16 31.05.16 E 1045 E 1195
01.06.16 30.06.16 E 1195 E 1345
01.07.16 31.08.16
E 1500
E 1650
01.09.16 30.09.16
E 1195
E 1345
01.10.16 03.11.16
E 1045
E 1195

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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