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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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Rental Prices in 2017 Starting from 850.00 Euro per week.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.

Private swimming pool – kidney shaped (8 x 3.5 metres), & depth of 1.30m.

WIFI available.

Sleeps a Maximum of 5 persons.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License: MHTE 1042K 92003113401

Tucked away at the end of a country track and surrounded by a pastoral landscape of rivers, fields, and olive and citrus groves, with the magnificent White Mountains serving as a stunning backdrop, Villa Adelphi has to be a dream retreat for nature lovers and anyone who likes to escape from the crowds. This secluded location, however, belies the fact that Villa Adelphi is just a short drive from the foothills of the mountains, the national road, and the popular coastal villages of Kalives and Almyrida that are well known for their beautiful, family-friendly sandy beaches, small fishing harbours, numerous shops and tavernas, and good choice of activities including water-sports. Even closer to Villa Adelphi, at only 1.5kms flat walk, the nearest tavernas and mini markets are conveniently located in the laid back farming villages of Armeni and Neo Horio. During the summer months the usual gentle pace does change at night in one of Armeni’s riverside tavernas when things come alive with the sound of live music and energetic traditional Cretan dancing.

Villa Adelphi is a wonderful choice for a stress-free island holiday. Kitted out with every modern amenity including WIFI (1 voucher for air-time is provided for each booking), a fully equipped kitchen, modern tiled bathrooms, a washing machine, a DVD player, TV, air conditioning throughout, and pool towels. For the cooler nights early and late season, the A/C units can also be used as heaters, and there is central heating but oil is not included in the rental price. All of the rooms have white aluminium doors, windows and shutters, and there is solar powered hot water and a back-up immersion heater.

The English owners have sympathetically chosen decor and furnishings that are both comfortable and colourful in order to create a cheerful and informal ambience which is ideal for a holiday home. Sets of double French doors open out from the downstairs living room and kitchen/dining room onto garden patios made from local stone, and from the upstairs bedrooms onto a spacious sun terrace which takes prime position overlooking the large garden, the pool terrace, and acres of countryside to the majestic mountains. There is no better place to sit back and enjoy a lazy breakfast or an early evening cocktail whilst taking in the sweeping rural view.

Outside there is an abundance of space to spread out. Adults can relax and unwind in peace whilst children can safely play in the electric-gated grounds. In spring and early summer the glorious scent of orange blossom fills the air, and guests can help themselves to the delicious fresh fruit from the villas’ 23 orange trees. In addition to the fruit trees, the front and side gardens have been planted with a multitude of typically Mediterranean bushes and flowers including yucca, Hottentot Fig, geraniums, wild garlic, hibiscus, and cacti, which can all be easily admired from the raised pool terrace and the adjacent, shaded dining terrace. There is one villa immediately to rear of Villa Adelphi but this does not overlook the front terraces or the pool so privacy is therefore good.

The kidney shaped pool is bound to be the focal point of holiday enjoyment and family fun. Your biggest dilemma will perhaps be whether to top up your tan on a comfortable sun-bed, cool off in the crystal clear water, play in the pool with your happy children, or just relax with a good book and the gentle sound of the leaves on the poolside trees rustling in the breeze.

Whilst you might not want to leave this serene setting, ramblers and and cyclists will be spoilt for choice when choosing from the network of rural tracks and ancient donkey paths (known as “kalderimi”) that criss-cross the valley surrounding Villa Adelphi. For added enjoyment, why not visit the nearby Peace Farm project to see all of their different animals and then take a unique walk across the incredible Cretan countryside, through fragrant olive and orange groves, past historical sites, along clear mountain streams, and under giant platanos trees, with some sweet Peace Farm donkeys as your guides. A memorable time, with many photo opportunities will be had by all, and a delicious picnic lunch made from organic products grown on the farm, and activities for children on the morning walks are also included – what more could you ask for!

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (1.5 steps up from the parking area, 2 steps to the pool terrace): Open-plan living room with an archway to the kitchen and inside dining area, 1 wet room/shower room.
The entrance door opens into the living room which has a stone feature wall, 1two person deep red leather sofa, 1 matching red leather three person sofa/bed, 2 bamboo armchairs with red cushions, a dark wood coffee table, a dark wood TV table with a TV, a DVD player, a WIFI router, and an internet android box with foreign TV channels, a hifi system that is compatible with mp3 players, a small teak wood side table, double French doors that lead out to the front terrace, and windows that look out to the side garden and private gated parking area, and the dining terrace respectively. A door leads off the living room to the downstairs shower room/ wet room which has white/grey and blue/grey tiles, a shower, a shelf with a round basin, a round mirror with spotlights, a toilet, a washing machine, cleaning equipment, and a frosted window. An archway from the living room leads through to the modern, fully equipped kitchen/dining area which has reddish wood and glass built-in cabinets, a dishwasher, a cooker with a ceramic hob and cooker hood, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a kettle, a toaster, a full kitchen inventory, a mosaic tile topped dining table and 4 comfortable white rattan dining chairs. There are 2 windows that looks out to the side garden with orange trees, and double French doors to that open out onto the covered dining terrace. The dining terrace is equipped with a grey metal and grey glass topped dining table, 4 comfortable matching grey dining chairs, an adjacent metal barbeque, and has wonderful views across the countryside to the white mountains, and 2 steps to the pool terrace.

First floor: 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom, a large sun terrace/balcony (17 steps from the ground floor).
The double bedroom has a feature stone wall, a cream rattan double bed, 2 matching bedside tables with lamps, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a round coffee table, and a window that has a view over the driveway to the surrounding fields and countryside. The double bedroom has double French doors that open out onto a large sun terrace that is equipped with a 2 small mosaic topped tables and 4 dining chairs, and a sun bed. Since the photos were taken some material has been placed on some of the pergola over the sun terrace to give some shade. The sun terrace has panoramic views over the pool terrace to the White Mountains and the surrounding countryside. The twin bedroom also has double French doors onto the sun terrace. The twin bedroom has dark wood single beds, 2 matching bedside cabinets with lamps, a dark wood wardrobe with drawers, a hanging rail, and a shelf, and a dark brown rattan armchair. The bathroom has cream marble effect tiles, a bath with a shower attachment, a sink with a dark brown wood vanity unit, a mirror with a matching dark wood frame with a lamp, a toilet, and a frosted window. 

Villa Location

Villa Adelphi is 1.5kms from Armeni where there are 4 excellent tavernas, a good butcher shop, a well stocked mini market, and a number of cafés and souvlaki shops. One of the tavernas hosts regular “Cretan Nights” throughout the season, with live music and fun Cretan dancers, but be warned – you are expected to join in the festivities! For a complete change of pace, the Diadromes taverna is surrounded by an expansive lawn with the tables set on the river bank. At the weekends in the summer there is a babysitter on the premises and an array of children’s toys so that visiting parents can have a break and eat a quiet romantic meal if they wish. Also 1.5kms from Villa Adelphi, Neo Horio is a typical Greek village built on a hillside overlooking a verdant plain that has long been fed by the Mantamas and Kouliakoude Rivers,  and where most of the village occupants rely on farming the surrounding olive and orange groves to make a living. Originating from Minoan times but rebuilt a number of times after being destroyed by invaders, hence the name - meaning New Village in Greek. The ruins of Koule Fortress (built during the Ottoman invasion over the remains of Venetian buildings) stand on a hill high above the village centre. In addition to the many wells and cisterns that can still be seen today, visitors might also like to visit the olive press and storage rooms of a Venetian residence, and the quaint Agios Gerasimos church that is built on a rock edge on the village outskirts.  The focal point of daily life now revolves around the small shops and cafes near an ancient well and the centuries old plane (Platanus) tree that sits on the middle of the T-junction in the centre of the. Here the men come to chat, drink coffee (or something stronger) and play tavli (a form of backgammon). In the summer they sit outside under the shade of the plane tree, and in the winter they huddle around the wood burning stoves in the kafenions. The village amenities include a simple taverna, souvlaki/gyros cafes, a mini market which has fresh fruit and vegetables, a bakery, a pharmacy, an old-fashioned barber, and a petrol station. 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 child friendly sandy beaches, small fishing harbour, and a wide choice of excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Also in Almyrida there is a games centre with pool tables and games machines, a children’s activity centre that offers a baby-sitting service, a scuba diving office, a French run water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans when their clients are not using them, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, horse riding, private boat hire, boat trips, private sight-seeing flights, water-skiing, and guided coach or walking tours. Fifteen minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites, and 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?

Mountains/Countryside

Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned liing area
CD player 
Telephone
WIFI 
 1 voucher is provided that gives either 1 GB in downloads or 15 days air-time (whichever comes first)
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating  but fuel is not included in the rental price
Fireplace 
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms 2 - 1 Twin, 1 Double
Number of bathrooms 2  - 1 upstairs bathroom and 1 downstairs shower room / wet
Bath/shower/both Both
   
Pool depths 1.30m
Pool size Kidney shaped  (8m x 3.5m)
Type of shade by the pool? Umbrellas.
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? NO but a fold out bed for 1 person could be rented.
Maid service 2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna? 1.5km  By foot. 20 - 25 minutes  By car  4 minutes
Distance to the nearest beach? 5.5km  By foot  70 minutes  By car  8 minutes
   
Distance to nearest mini market? 1.5km  By foot  20 - 25 minutes  By car  4 minutes
Distance to nearest cash machine? 5.5km By foot  70 minutes  By car 8  minutes
How far from Chania airport? 35 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 35 minutes

 

Any steps? How many?

1.5 steps up from the parking area to the living room via the main door, 0 steps from the villa to the dining terrace, 2 steps from the dining terrace to the pool terrace, 1 large step from the dining terrace to the side garden, 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.
How private? Good privacy. The villa at the back of the property does not overlook the pool terrace and dining terrace. The occupants of this villa will occasionally pass by however because the main part of the driveway is shared between the 2 villas.

How private?

Semi private.

Nearest neighbour?

10m away at the back of Villa Adelphi. The occupants of this villa share the main gate and the majority of the driveway but there are separate parking areas for each villa. The owners of the adjacent villa are English and own a shop in a village 25 minutes away and they will therefore be out working for much of the time. The adjacent pool terrace and front garden at Villa Adelphi are not overlooked but when the neighbours occasionally arrive and depart from their property they will drive past.

WE RECOMMEND CAR HIRE WITH THIS VILLA.

Villa Rental Prices

These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, twice weekly cleaning, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sites from the essential guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles.

 

From :                   To :              

2 bedrooms
(5 Guests max)

Winter 2016/17         

Please ask   

31.03.17 31.05.17 N/A
01.06.17 30.06.17 E 850
01.07.17 31.08.17 E 1400
01.09.17 30.09.17
E 850
01.10.17 03.11.17 N/A

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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