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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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Low Rental Prices in 2017 starting from 850.00 Euro per week.

2 twin bedrooms, and 1 double bedroom.

Private swimming pool (10 x 4metres plus Roman end with steps, & 1.20 - 1.60 metre depths)

Free WIFI.

Sleeps a maximum of 6 persons. 

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE 1042K92003025901

 

***N.B. The accompanying photos of Villa Pegasus were taken in the winter before the villa was fully set up for rentals. 

Located close to Gavalohori, Vamos, and Almyrida, three of the loveliest villages in the desirable Apokoronas region, Villa Pegasus is not only an ideal home away from home for those who like to explore, but also for those who prefer to quietly hide away from the hustle and bustle of daily life whilst on holiday.   At the end of a short track, nestling amidst a lush, fragrant forest of pine, fir, and pretty silver green olive trees, with only the sound of bird song and the hum of the cicadas to interrupt the serenity, Villa Pegasus provides both peaceful surroundings and peace of mind. If excellent value for money and privacy are important to you then you can unwind on a comfortable sun-bed next to the larger than average pool at Villa Pegasus without a care in the world.

Upon entering the 4000m2 fenced and gated grounds visitors arrive at the large gravelled parking area which has natural shade from two of the villas’ many mature olive trees, and is bordered by flower beds which have been planted with colourful shrubs including oleander, roses and geranium. Extensive terracotta tiled terracing encircles Villa Pegasus giving guests plenty of room to spread out, with a choice of sun or shade.  There is a grove of young cherry and olive trees with a path running through it and space for children to run around and play. The remainder of the extensive garden has been left in its natural state, in keeping with the rural surroundings, with rocky outcrops interspersed with almond, yucca, aloe, and an array of vibrant wild flowers in the spring.

The sparkling 10m x 4m+ pool takes centre stage at rear of the villa and is blessed by a southerly aspect.  On long hot summer days it invites you to take a very welcome cooling swim, or just lounge around on the family friendly steps in the Roman end with a refreshing icy drink. The pool terrace is well equipped with sun-beds, umbrellas, a shower, a dining table and chairs, and even a solid brick barbeque that is all set for action. When the sun goes down the enticing aroma of local produce sizzling on the grill, and pretty lighting, creates an enchanting atmosphere that enables you to relax outside enjoying amusing conversation and fine wines from the nearby Dourakis winery well into the night.  Clear, balmy evenings are also perfect for star gazing, and the constellation of Pegasus, the magnificent winged horse from Greek mythology, can be seen in the Cretan night sky between July and January. 

Inside Villa Pegasus the comfortable, well equipped, and welcoming living accommodation has been thoughtfully arranged over 2 floors with the living room and kitchen located on the top floor in order to best appreciate the eye-catching views of the surrounding area. The bedrooms are on the ground floor where it is easy to sleep at night because it is naturally cooler (though the villa does have full air-conditioning for times when it is particularly hot outside).  All 3 bedrooms boast a set of sliding glass doors which lead out on to their own private balconies that overlook the pretty Mediterranean gardens.  Ideal for leisurely breakfasts, lingering dinners, or even just lazing around reading the latest best seller, the upstairs main balcony runs along one end of the spacious living room. Shaded by a cypress wood pergola with a terracotta tiled roof, the balcony is equipped with a dining table and chairs, and a couch and coffee table, and has sweeping views to the glorious White Mountains in the south, and peeping out over the top of a quintessentially Cretan landscape of woodland and higgledy-piggledy low stone walls, there is the brilliant blue of the sea to the north. 

A pleasant 300m amble down the track that leads to Villa Pegasus brings you to the unspoilt hamlet of Xirosterni which is one of the most picturesque villages in the area and is made up of a few narrow lanes, small chapels, ruins, and sympathetically renovated traditional houses. Everyday essentials can be bought from the well-stocked village shop and unhurried drinks (and occasionally snacks) can be had at the rustic, grapevine covered kafenion. On August 5th and 6th every year this sleepy enclave comes alive when the villagers honour the Saviour Christ (also the name of the main church) by putting on a fabulous  feast for anyone who would like to participate.   The sound of music, exuberant dancing, and huge amounts of food sizzling away on barbeques, continues into the early hours of the morning, and much merriment is had by all. Just 3kms away are Vamos and Gavalohori where there are a good selection of tavernas, cafes, and shops, and an easy drive of 6km on one quiet country road brings you to the popular and charming village of Almyrida with its Blue Flag sandy beaches, small fishing harbour, choice of seaside tavernas, many shops, and excellent amenities.

*** N.B.  Villa Pegasus is situated on the plot of land next to Villa Margaret, an almost identical villa with 3 bedrooms that we also handle. For larger families or groups of friends looking to holiday together whilst still retaining a good amount of independence and privacy, booking both villas together would be a superb option.

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (10 steps up from the parking area, pool terrace, and garden): an entrance hall, 2  twin bedrooms, 1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 covered balcony/1 semi covered balcony/1 open balcony.

The front door opens to a hallway which has the doors to the 3 bedrooms and the main bathroom. Going clockwise around the corridor, the first door in the corridor opens to a twin bedroom which has 2 wood single beds, 2 matching bedside tables with a lamps,  a wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a wall mirror, white diaphanous curtains, a window that looks out onto the driveway, hedges, flowerbeds and olive trees, and double doors that open out onto a covered balcony with the same views as the window, and is equipped with 2 directors chairs and a marble table for 2.   The second door (at the end of the corridor) is for the double bedrooms. The double bedroom has a wrought iron double bed, 2 bedside tables with lamps, floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes with drawers, shelves, and hanging space, a wall mirror, and white diaphanous curtains. The double bedroom has sliding doors that open out onto an open balcony that is equipped with 2 director chairs, a marble table for 2, and has views to the pool terrace and barbeque area, and also over the surrounding countryside to a neighbouring house.  The third door is to the second twin bedroom which has a semi covered balcony/terrace which has steps to the pool terrace and looks out directly over the pool to the garden, mountains, and countryside. The ground floor main bathroom has blue and white tiles, a full size bath with a shower attachment, a wide basin with a vanity unit below, a mirror, wall lights, a toilet, a cupboard, a washing machine, a laundry basket, a frosted window. 

Top floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): 1 open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, 1 shower room, 1 covered dining/lounging terrace, 1 open balcony. 

The upstairs sea facing terrace is shaded by a wood and tiled pergola and has panoramic views over to the surrounding countryside, the White Mountains, and the sea in the distance. It is equipped with a 2 person couch, and a coffee table, and a green stained wood dining table and 6 chairs]Wide sliding doors lead from the main upstairs terrace to the open-plan living area which has a window that looks out over the driveway and gardens, a 3 person couch and a 2 person couch, a coffee table, a standard lamp, an entertainment unit with the TV and DVD player, a book shelf with a selection of books and family games, a side table with a lamp, and a wood burning stove. The modern, fully equipped kitchen area has built in cabinets, a dishwasher, a ceramic hob with a cooker hood, a built in oven, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle, a bottle rack, a dining table, 6 dining chairs, and a shelf unit/rack.  The kitchen has 2 windows that look out over the garden to the surrounding countryside, and a door that opens out onto a south facing balcony.  This balcony is equipped with a marble table for 2 and 2 chairs, and overlooks the pool and barbeque area to the mountains. The upstairs fully tiled shower room has cream and terracotta tiles, a shower area, a toilet, a basin, a mirror with a light above it, a set of drawers, and a frosted window. 

Villa Location

Xirosterni is a sleepy hamlet with a village centre which comprises a cluster of stone houses, a well-stocked village store, and a kafenion. The village is famous for its lively street festival on August 5th, to which everyone is invited.  Just less than 3 kilometres away is Vamos, which is a very pretty village and its narrow streets and stone houses make an ideal starting point for hikes to the surrounding hills. To the south-east of the village, in the Karydi area, one can see the monastery of Agios Giorgos.  The ruins of the church’s cells and the old oil-press, with its wonderful domes, remain standing to the present day. Vamos has a large number of amenities including a bank, ATM, 2 petrol stations, 4 tavernas, 2 souvlaki shops, a handful of cafes, a bakery,  a hairdresser, and a number of gift shops and mini-markets. Villa Pegasus is also a short 5 minute drive from the traditional village of Gavalohori.  Five hundred metres from the village, you can see several renowned Venetian wells built on a landscape of rare beauty.  In Gavalohori there are 4 excellent tavernas, a bakery, 2 well stocked mini markets, a lovely folklore museum and a women’s co-operative which has developed the fine art of handicrafts such as knitting, embroidery and lace making. The lovely seaside village of Almyrida is a 10 minute drive away, 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, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, a jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 6 gift shops, a pharmacy, a butcher,  an off-license, a fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a hairdressers, a nail spa, a body and wellness spa, 3 real estate offices, and a kiosk. Also in Almyrida there is Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat hire, boat trips, private sightseeing flights, horse riding, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. Finally there is a scuba diving office, a space with pool tables and games machines, and a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers, kayaks, catamarans, and mountain bikes.  Because of its central location, Villa Pegasus is also only a 15 minute drive from the bustling seaside town of Georgioupolis which, apart from its 9 kilometre long beach, fresh-water fed bay, and lively fishing port, also boasts night clubs, bars, and many supermarkets, souvenir shops and amenities. A few minutes by car from the villa, 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. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic Venetian town of Chania is only 45 minutes away by car.


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Villa Amenities

Views?

Sea / Mountains / Countryside with Olive and Conifer Trees

Washing machine
Dishwasher
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
TV
 via the internet
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned liing area
CD player 
Telephone
WIFI 
 
DVD Player
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating  but fuel is not included in the rental price
Fireplace  but wood is not included in the rental price
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms 3 -  2 twins, 1 double
Number of bathrooms 2
Bath/shower/both Both
   
Pool depths 1.20 x 1.60 metres
Pool size 10 x 4 metres plus a Roman end with 5 steps
Type of shade by the pool? Umprellas
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? No
Maid service 2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna? 2.9km  By foot. 45 mins  By car  6 mins
Distance to the nearest beach? 5.95km  By foot  90 mins  By car  10 mins
   
Distance to nearest mini market? 300m  By foot  5 minutes  By car  1 minute
Distance to nearest cash machine? 3km  By foot  45 mins  By car  6  mins
How far from Chania airport? 50 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 50 minutes

 

Any steps? How many?

17 steps up from the ground floor to the first floor, and 10 steps from the parking/driveway to the ground floor main door.

How private?

The top floor of the adjacent holiday villa to the back of Villa Pegasus can see the parking side of the house – but only if they are looking back away from their pool and sea view. A small part of the pool terrace can be seen from this villa – but again only if someone is sitting on their top rear balcony that doesn’t have shade. A second villa can see the upstairs dining terrace from a distance. 

Nearest neighbour?

30 metres.

WE RECOMMEND CAR HIRE WITH THIS VILLA.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros for up to 8 persons. These prices include a free Welcome Pack, a villa information book, representative services, and the essential guide book, “Crete on the Road” by Frankie Miles.

 

From :                   To :              

1 - 6 pax

Winter 2016/17         

Please ask   

01.04.17 31.05.17 E 850
01.06.17 30.06.17 E 950
01.07.17 14.07.17 E 1495
15.07.17 31.08.17 E 1595
01.09.17 30.09.17 E 950
01.10.17 03.11.17 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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