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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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1 double bedroom, 1 triple bedroom

Private swimming pool (6 x 3 meters & depths 1.50m - 1.60m)

Couples seeking a romantic retreat in a village untouched by tourism, yet only a stone's throw from sandy beaches, gorges, mountains and the beautiful Venetian town of Chania, should look no further than Villa Terpsichore. With a truly enchanting location nestled into a colourful Mediterranean garden on a hillside above the quaint village of Nerokourou, Villa Terpsichore is evidently a much loved home that instantly appeals and provides complete privacy and expansive views over the village rooftops and church dome to the surrounding countryside and Souda bay.

Nerokourou is an unspoilt and rather sleepy Cretan village with an impressive church, a kafenion, a taverna, and two large mini markets which stock fresh bread daily as well as all of the essentials. Providing the visitor with a feeling of stepping back in time, the village is a joy for artists and photographers who will delight at the contrast of higgledy-piggledy narrow lanes of white washed houses, and houses that seem to perch precariously on terraces cut into the rocky hillsides, some long abandoned and others now carefully restored. Compare this with bustling Chania which is one of the most picturesque harbour towns in Greece with its rich history, gentle allure and distinct atmosphere, and you will agree that Villa Terpsichore offers the best of both worlds and is a fine home and an ideal holiday base.

Secreted away on a terrace overlooking the village, Villa Terpsichore can only be reached by foot from the on-street parking area via a graduated uphill alleyway with 16 steps. This may not be the most accessible in our portfolio (and it is not suitable for the less-able) but it completely unique and the privacy and views make it well worth the short walk up to the villa. (To ensure an easy arrival and departure for you, the owner arranges for your luggage to be taken to and from your car). This captivating property is the first home built upon their getting married, by its charming owners, Stella and Andreas (who happens to be a skilled architect). They named it after their lovely daughter, Terpsichore, and it is therefore a beautifully cared for home that has been comfortably furnished to create an intimate and romantic feel.

The renovated interior includes an open plan living room/kitchen with a high vaulted, beamed ceiling is light and airy and stays naturally cool. Whilst the bedroom area, which comprises a sleeping/dressing room on the ground floor and a double bedroom area on the mezzanine level above from which you can lie in bed and marvel at the views, is air-conditioned. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season the A/C unit doubles up as a heater and there is central heating, and a fireplace in the living room. Other modern amenities that will help you have a relaxing holiday include: a brand new fully tiled shower room with a washing machine, a TV, a DVD player, a stereo with a CD player, internet access (for a small fee), new doors, windows and shutters, mosquito screens, and a modern fully fitted kitchen which has a cooker, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a kettle, a coffee maker, a toaster, and a good kitchen inventory.
Equal attention has been given to the tranquil exteriors which cover 450m2 and give you a choice of different areas in which to relax. Following the contours of the land, and stepping down the hillside, the garden has been creatively landscaped in order to incorporate the small cave (now used as a place to store wine barrels) and the natural terraces, all of which are romantically illuminated at night. It is a pleasure to spend time in the vibrant garden with its large barbeque and traditional bread/pizza oven (forno), comfortable sitting area with directors chairs and a table, dining area situated under the shady mulberry tree, and last, but certainly not least, the crystal clear turquoise pool that shimmers invitingly from the lower terrace which is equipped with sun-loungers, side tables, and sun umbrellas.

The private and mature gardens are festooned with brightly coloured flowers and stocked with a wide variety of established shrubs and tall shady trees that include lemon, orange, mandarin, mulberry, pomegranate, date palm, olive and cypress. Whether you wish to take a refreshing dip in the pool, unwind under the mulberry tree with a good book, or do nothing more tiring than sitting back and absorbing the far reaching views whilst sipping on a cool drink, Villa Terpsichore provides the perfect setting from which to do so.

Tearing yourself away from all this will not be easy but the surrounding countryside and towns are well worth exploring. Nearby Souda is a working port with good amenities but it also has a quiet area on the outskirts of town with beachside tavernas with lovely views, 150m from the beautiful and very moving Allied War Cemetery which is a must see. A 10 - 15 minute drive takes you to either Chania Town or the family friendly sandy beaches in Kalives where the fine golden sand gently shelves into the crystal clear aquamarine sea, and informal beach bars and tavernas offer chilled drinks and delicious snacks and meals made from locally grown produce and freshly caught fish. Kalives Beach proudly flies the coveted EU Blue flag which is only given to beaches with high standards in cleanliness, bathing water quality, and environmental and coastal protection.

Villa Terpsichore is therefore the perfect place to get away to relax in a traditional Greek village whilst being perfectly located for easy access to the coast and mountains, villages and towns.

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (16 graduated steps and a small hill up to the villa from the on-street parking, 5 steps from the upper garden terraces into the villa) Large open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, the shower room, and a dressing room/second sleeping area.

The front door opens from the garden's upper terrace into the open plan living room/kitchen which has high beamed ceilings with spotlights, and sand coloured tiled floors. There is a marble fireplace a sofa with a beige and cream throw and green and sand coloured fabric cushions, 3 armchairs with beige fabric, 1 pale wood bookcase that houses a TV, a DVD player, and a portable CD/radio which can be moved around the property, a pale wood coffee table and matching side table with a lamp, a metal floor lamp, a white window blind, a second light coloured bookcase with a selection of books, and a dining table and 4 chairs. The living room has a window looking out to the dry stone wall, pine trees and rear upper terrace. The kitchen has a white blind a white display cabinet, a white cabinet that could also be a breakfast bar, pale wood built-in cabinets with light grey edges, orange wall tiles, a cooker and cooker hood, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a kettle, a toaster, a coffee maker and a good sized kitchen inventory. The kitchen has a picture window that looks out to oleanders, an unoccupied house, and the surrounding hillside. White wood and glass sliding doors open from the living room into the dressing room/extra sleeping area. This room has a large and beautiful picture window that overlooks the village and church dome to Souda Bay. There is a white wood single day bed with drawers underneath it, a pale wood bookcase with books, a coffee table/storage cube, a pale wood and Perspex chest of drawers, a row of wall hooks, a beige armchair, a white blind, and a built-in wardrobe with drawers, hanging space and a shelf. The shower room door opens from the dressing room. The brand-new shower room/wet room is spacious and has dark grey matte wall to ceiling tiles, which also cover the long vanity unit. There is a wet room area behind a glass screen with a shower, an extra wide porcelain sink on a long white wood vanity unit, a very wide mirror, spotlights, a white blind, and a window that looks out over the village to Souda Bay. A cupboard in the shower room houses the washing machine, iron, and ironing board. A small dark wood staircase in the dressing room (and just outside the shower room door) leads to the mezzanine and double bedroom.

First floor / Mezzanine (11 stairs up from the ground floor dressing room): 1 double bedroom with a queen size bed, 1 balcony with sea and village views. The mezzanine bedroom has a low, attic-style ceiling, a wooden floor, and is dominated by the queen size bed (with a white cover and black and white cushions) and 2 double picture windows that looks out over the village to Souda Bay. When lying in bed you look straight out at the views. There is a wooden shelf running along the wall just above the head of the bed, 2 silver metal lamps, a white wood shelf with a matching mirror and a lamp, a bed tray for eating meals in bed, black and white curtains, white window blinds, a black chair, and a wood wall mirror. A second window is set to the side of the staircase, has a white blind and looks out to the side garden.

Villa Location

Nerokourou is a typical small Greek village built amphitheatre style on hillsides with lovely views. The kafenion in the centre of the village is the focal point of daily life the men come to chat, drink coffee (or something stronger) and play tavli (a form of backgammon). The village has the ruins of a Minoan settlement, 2 surprisingly well stocked mini/super markets with fresh bread, and all the essentials. Nerokourou has a fantastic location with just a short drive to the National Highway which gives easy access to Chania Town and the many beautiful areas which are nearby. 15 minutes by car, the 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. Almyrida also has a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a scuba diving office, pedalo rentals, a children’s play centre that offers babysitting, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat hire, boat trips, water-skiing, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, big game fishing, and guided walking tours or coach trips. A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. For those looking for even more activity, the villa is located near to Chania Town and Souda ferry port, and is within easy reach of Samaria and Therisso Gorges, and the west coast. Souda has the largest natural harbour in the Mediterranean and is therefore home to the Greek Naval Academy the large ferries that leave nightly for Athens. With 2 large supermarkets, and many shops and cafes, plus some excellent fish tavernas, Souda is not the prettiest town but it serves many practical uses. In contrast, Chania Town is just 15 minutes from Villa Terpsichore and is famed for its beauty. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, there is no better place to relax and watch the world go by. In the narrow streets behind Chania's harbour you will find tavernas, bars, the famous covered market, and many local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and hand-made ceramics. A visit to 'Leather Lane' for outstanding hand-made leather bargains is a must.


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Villa Amenities

Views?

Sea/Village/Hilly Countryside.

Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player 
Telephone
Internet access (top-up cards for air-time will need to be bought)  
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Fireplace or Wood burning Stove
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Pool Towels
Safety Deposit Box
Welcome Grocery Pack

400m      By foot.  3 minutes    By car  1 minute​
Number of bedrooms 1.5  -   1 Mezzanine with a Double Bed, 1 single bed on the lower level
Number of bathrooms 1
Bath/shower/both Shower
   
Pool depths 1.50m - 1.60m
Pool size 9m x 6m 
Type of shade by the pool? Umbrellas.
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? No
Maid service 2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna? 400m     By foot. 8 minutes      By car 1 minute
Distance to the nearest beach? 6km       By foot 80 minutes     By car  10 minutes
   
Distance to nearest mini market? 400m     By foot  8 minutes      By car 1 minute
Distance to nearest cash machine? 6km       By foot  80 minutes     By car 10 minutes
How far from Chania airport? 20 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 15 minutes

 

Any steps? How many?

16 graduated steps and a small hill up to the villa from the on-street parking, 11 stairs from the downstairs dressing room to the mezzanine bedroom area, 5 steps from the villa to the upper dining terrace, 6 steps from the upper dining terrace to the middle dining terrace, 13 steps from the middle dining terrace to the barbeque area and pool terrace.

How private?

Very private. Despite the village location the garden and pool are completely private. 

100m – at the start of the track that leads to the villa.

Nearest neighbour?

There are 2 unoccupied houses on either side of Villa Terpsichore.

Car hire is necessary at Villa Terpsichore.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Week, in Euros for 2 persons. There is a charge of 50.00 Euros per week for a 3rd person in the villa.

These prices include a free Welcome Pack, Representative services, a villa information folder, and a detailed directions to all of the sights from the guide book “Crete on the Road” by Frankie Miles.

From :                   To :               Price:              
Winter 2016/17    

N/A

02.05.17 29.05.17 E 800
30.05.17 03.07.17 E 995
04.04.17 28.08.17 E 1350
29.08.17 02.10.17
E 995
03.10.17 31.10.17 E 850

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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