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 in 2018 starting from 995.00 Euro per week.

2 Double bedrooms, 1 Triple bedroom. Sleeps a maximum of 7 persons.

Private Infinity Swimming Pool (6.65m x 3.75m & depths 1.30m - 1.80m - the water level is slightly lower). 

Pool Heating is available as an optional extra.

Free WIFI internet access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) Rental License Number: MHTE  1042K 91003148301

Villa Lemonia is situated on a hillside in the quaint hamlet of Kambia with one of the best vantage points we have come across, overlooking the entire area. The main living area, the bedrooms, and the pool terrace with its lovely infinity pool, all enjoy the sweeping views of Souda Bay to the Akrotiri Peninsula and the Turkish fort at Aptera in the north and west, and across the valley and acres of olive groves below the villa all the way to the breathtaking White Mountains in the south. Fitted and furnished to meet high expectations of modern standards, Villa Lemonia combines elegant comfort with spectacular views, and with just 2 occasionally occupied neighbouring villas it has a peaceful rural feel.

Very unusually for Crete, for the times at the start and end of the season when the pools can be decidedly chilly, the pool at Villa Lemonia can be heated as an optional extra for a fee, to a minimum of 26 degrees centigrade, except first thing in the morning, at night, and if the weather is unseasonally rainy.  

As the name would suggest, the exterior of Villa Lemonia has been painted a fresh lemon colour with white accents such as the aluminium doors, windows and shutters, and the attractive traditional white columns on the semi-covered front dining and lounging terrace. The land drops away below the villa which allows for an exceptional setting for the entire property but especially for the infinity pool and outside terraces. The pool terrace has been furnished with sun-beds and umbrellas, and there is a traditional stone and brick barbeque and bread/pizza oven which are ideal for preparing fresh and delicious food to eat al-fresco on the adjacent fully furnished dining terrace. The first floor shared front terrace/balcony which leads out from the bedrooms is equipped with couches, tables, chairs, and a sail sunshade outside the triple bedroom. The master double bedroom also has its own private terrace with a pergola with a canopy, sun loungers, and couches, which is perfect for guests requiring that extra bit of privacy from the rest of the family! Whichever terrace you choose to relax on you are sure to be spellbound by the panoramic vistas and magical sunsets.

The interior of Villa Lemonia is just as lovely as the outside surroundings. Every effort has been made by the artistic English owners to ensure that you have a calming and comfortable holiday. The high beamed wood ceilings in the bedrooms and the many windows and double doors throughout the villa create a bright and airy atmosphere. The furnishings in the villa are particularly attractive as are the fully tiled main bathroom and downstairs shower room. The beautiful upstairs master double bedroom has a romantic white metal bed with a canopy/mosquito net that is decorated with a garland of flowers, and high quality sea green and pale gold bedding. The views over the surrounding area can even be enjoyed whilst lying in this pretty bed. The triple bedroom has a set of bunk beds and 1 single bed which are made from natural pine that matches the high beamed ceilings. In keeping with the rest of the villa's interiors the downstairs bedroom is very stylish and has furniture and bedding in chic champagne and silver grey tones. The many modern comforts include a fully fitted, very well equipped kitchen which has matching stainless steel appliances such as: a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and a washing machine; satellite TV, a DVD player, and a WIFI hub in the lounge for Free internet access; mosquito screens, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms and living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season and there is a wood burning stove in the lounge. The water is heated either by solar panel or a back-up immersion heater.

The majority of the plot has been left completely natural with rocks, carob trees and wild almond trees, whereas immediately surrounding the villa there are terraces that have been sympathetically landscaped with gravelled areas and flowerbeds of lavendar, daisies, huge palms, yukkas, lush “Hottentot fig” mesembryanthum, and other typically Mediterranean flora. To the rear of the villa there is a traditional stone wall and a private parking area which is in the shade for much of the day making it the perfect spot for keeping the car cool. This glorious countrified location belies the fact that Villa Lemonia is only 1.1 – 1.2kms from the 2 tavernas and mini market in the centre of Kokkino Horio, 1.8kms from the excellent tavernas and shops on Plaka square, and 3kms from the sandy beaches and many amenities in Almyrida.

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (4 steps from the private parking area, 2 steps from the downstairs double bedroom, 6 steps from the pool terrace): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, and main sea and mountain facing semi –covered terrace.

The steps from the parking area lead up to the back door into the open plan kitchen and living area. The modern kitchen area is fully equipped with red cabinets, gorgeous black marble effect worktops, and stainless steel appliances such as a dishwasher, a washing machine, a ceramic hob and built-in oven, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle and a large kitchen inventory. The kitchen window is dressed with a red blind and looks out to a carob tree, olive trees and a pergola with vines. The dining area has a walnut dining table and 6 comfortable black leather chairs, a matching walnut sideboard which has a printer, a standard lamp, and red glass chandelier lights. Extra wide floor to ceiling double sliding doors open out onto the semi covered dining/lounging terrace. Next to the dining area is the lounge area which has 2 plush red and grey couches (one of which is a double sofa bed), a large walnut coffee table with a large red glass bowl which is full of aromatic pot-pourri, a matching wood entertainment unit which houses the flat screen TV, satellite box, DVD player, a selection of DVD's, and a lamp, and finally there is a cast iron wood burning stove with fireplace utensils. The living room has extra wide floor to ceiling sliding double doors which open out onto the main dining and lounging terrace which is furnished with an elegant dining table and chairs, a 2 person couch with 2 matching arm chairs and a coffee table, and a white egg shaped swing chair. Just off the living room are doors to the downstairs double bedroom and the shower room. The double bedroom is down 2 steps and has a queen size bed with a cream metal frame and champagne coloured bedding and plush silver grey crushed velvet and satin cushions, 2 grey wood bedside cabinets with lamps, a grey wood bookcase with silver ornaments, a 3 drawer grey wood cabinet, a matching mirrored wardrobe with hanging space, shelves and drawers, 2 armchairs, a white tray table with tea and coffee making facilities, a standard lamp, a silver chandelier with clear crystal beads, and a window that is dressed with a silver grey crushed velvet blind and looks out to trees, the pool terrace and the mountains. The shower room has white and turquoise tiles, a shower, a washbasin with white vanity unit and mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window.

First floor (17 steps from the ground floor): 1 double bedroom with 2 sea-facing terraces (1 of which is shared with the triple bedroom), 1 triple bedroom with sea-facing terrace that is shared with the double bedroom, 1 full bathroom. At one end of the small landing is the double bedroom which has a white iron double bed with mosquito net/canopy, an overhead reading spotlight, 2 white and pine wood bedside cabinets with an elegant silver statuette and a silver plant holder and plant, built-in double white wood wardrobes with drawers, shelves and hanging space, a white tray table with tea and coffee making facilities, a silver wall clock, and double doors which open out onto the main terrace/balcony which has a coffee table, umbrella and chairs directly outside this master bedroom, and panoramic views to the sea and the mountains. The double bedroom also has a door which opens out onto the spacious side terrace which has a pergola with overhead sun blinds, 2 comfortable couches with a matching coffee table, 2 sun-beds, ceramic pots with plants, and views over the olive groves, the property behind Villa Lemonia, the mountains and sea. At the top of the stairs in the middle of the small upstairs landing there is the triple bedroom. This bedroom has pine bunk-beds with reading spotlights, a single bed, built-in double white wood wardrobes with drawers, shelves and hanging space, a white tray table with tea and coffee making facilities, a footstool, and blue and white check curtains. The triple bedroom has 1 set of double doors and 1 single door that lead out onto the main terrace/balcony which is shared with the double bedroom and has a couch, 2 armchairs, a coffee table, a sail sunshade, and fabulous views directly outside the triple bedroom. The main bathroom at the end of the landing has floor to ceiling contrasting cream and dark brown coloured tiles. It has a bath with a shower attachment, a washbasin with mirrored cabinet and vanity unit, a toilet, a dark brown wicker laundry basket, a frosted window, and a beach themed soap dispenser, soap dish, and a selection of star fish and shells.

Villa Location

The excellent organic taverna at the famous glass blowing workshop in Kokkino Horio is only 1.1km from Villa Lemonia and has sea and mountain views. During the day you can watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls. 100m further into Kokkino Horio is the family-run taverna on the main square that is shaded by weeping willow trees, has good food, and during the summer months there are occasional live Cretan music nights at the taverna, which are a lot of fun. Kokkino Horio (“red village” in Greek) was the main village set for the film “Zorba the Greek”. There are little whitewashed houses and narrow streets that wind around the village centre. Plaka Square is just 1.8km away and has 7 tavernas, an Italian restaurant, 6 cafes, 2 well stocked mini markets, 1 shop with local products, and 2 real estate agencies. 8 minutes away by car is the lovely village of Almyrida which is built around a crescent shaped sandy beach. 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 many excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Also in Almyrida there is a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a scuba diving centre, a space with pool tables and other games machines, a children's play centre with baby sitting available, pedalo rentals and Villa Crete Holidays for information, private boat hire, boat trips, horse riding, big game fishing, waterskiing, private sightseeing tours in a light aircraft, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. 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? Sea/Mountains/Valley/Olive Groves/the Akrotiri Peninsula.
Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player (DVD Player plays CD`s)
Free WIFI Internet
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating  but fuel is not included in the rental price
Wood burning Stove
firewood is not included in the rental price
Iron and ironing board
Safety Deposit Box
Welcome Grocery pack

Number of bedrooms 3  -  2 Double, 1 Triple
Number of bathrooms 2
Bath/shower/both both
Pool depths 1.30m - 1.80m –though the water level is slightly lower
Pool size 6.65m x 3.75m
Pool Heating Pool heating is available as an optional extra for the fee of 100.00 Euro per week - payable in resort.
Type of shade outside Natural shade from tall, mature trees
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? YES – 2 persons
Maid service 2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna 1.1km  By foot  20-25 minutes  By car  3 minutes
Distance to the nearest sandy beach? 3.0km   By foot  55 mins    By car  8 mins
Distance to nearest mini market 1.2m  By foot  20-25 mins      By car   4 mins
Distance to nearest cash machine 3.2km  By foot   60 mins   By car  10 mins
How far from airport 40 – 45 minutes
How far from nearest large town 40 – 45 minutes

Any steps? How many?

4 steps from the private parking to the back door, 6 steps from the living area and dining terrace to the pool terrace, 2 steps from the living room to the downstairs double bedroom, 17 steps from the living room to the first floor, 1 step into the main upstairs bathroom from the landing.

How private?

Private except for the occasionally used holiday villa immediately adjacent to Villa Lemonia.

Nearest neighbour?

The villa immediately next to Villa Lemonia.


Villa Rental Prices

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

These prices include a welcome grocery pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sights from the guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles.

Pool Heating is Available as an optional extra for a fee of 130.00 Euro per week - payable in resort.

From : To : Price:
 01.10.17     07.11.17     E 800
Winter 2017/18   31.03.18

Long term rentals only. 

01.04.18 31.05.18 E 995
01.06.18 30.06.18 E 1120
01.07.18 31.08.18
E 1695
01.09.18 30.09.18
E 1120
01.10.18 03.11.18
E 995
Winter 2018/19 31.03.19 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.

These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and the essential guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles.

Pool Heating is available for an extra 130.00 Euro per week if required. 

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