Tucked away on a quaint narrow side street within the delightful old village of Plaka, Villa Argiro is a charming and spacious village house that exudes warmth and character. The property is encircled by stone walls, and as you pass through the solid wood doors into the grassy garden and pool area you immediately find yourself in a hidden oasis of calm away from the crowds. Despite the central village setting, there are beautiful views to be seen from the private roof terrace where you can sit back during the day and look out over the higgledy-piggledy terracotta tiled roof tops to the nearby sparkling blue ocean and the distant White Mountains, or simply star gaze at night.
The convenience of the location cannot be praised highly enough and family members of all ages who like their independence will find it ideal. A short stroll of 140m brings you to the village square where the atmosphere is very friendly, and you can while away the hours under leafy mulberry trees sipping Greek coffee or cold beer with the locals, or enjoy a mouth-watering meal with a choice of traditional Cretan cuisine, souvlaki, breakfasts and snacks, and even Italian. With 4 tavernas, 3 well stocked mini markets, 5 cafes (1 with computers, video games, and free WIFI access), a hairdresser, and an Italian restaurant all close by, even the less active holidaymaker will find all their needs catered for. An 850m walk downhill brings you to the family friendly sandy beach and small fishing harbour in Almyrida that is lined with a good variety of tavernas, cafes, and shops. Almyrida 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.
A timeless ambience pervades this recently refurbished village house which cleverly fuses original architectural features such as open-faced stone work, stone archways, a feature stone fireplace, wall nooks - including one that was used over 100 years ago for the bucket of water from the well, beamed ceilings made from fragrant local cypress wood, and an ancient sheep watering trough in the garden, with contemporary furnishings and every modern comfort including: gleaming bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen with a ceramic hob, built-in oven, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; a flat screen TV and a DVD player in the lounge; tilt-and turn windows with mosquito screens, and independently controlled air conditioning units in the bedrooms. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, the air-conditioning units also double up as heaters and there is the working fireplace. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater. Due to the narrow lane leading to the villa, parking for the villa's guests is situated a short 50m walk from the villa itself, though luggage, shopping, and the less able can be dropped off right outside the villa.
Welcoming and extremely roomy, the interiors are cool and airy and ideal for relaxed summer living. The 2 downstairs bedrooms each have French doors that open out on to the well-tended lawn and pool terrace, whilst special mention must be made of the private master suite that takes up the entire first floor and boasts a king size bed, a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, and a private balcony with views to the sea. Adjacent to the gorgeous modern kitchen is an outside dining area with a built-in barbecue and a traditional wood fired oven for baking pizzas and fresh bread. This 'Summer kitchen' and dining area is shaded from the hot sun by a cypress wood pergola topped with red tiles and will undoubtedly be the centre of culinary activity and appetizing al-fresco meals that could include freshly caught fish, locally grown salads with sweet, juicy tomatoes, and crisp wines from the nearby Dourakis Winery.
It is a pleasure to spend time unwinding in the garden or on the large and private roof terrace - both of which are suntraps and are equipped with an array of comfortable furniture including sun-beds, umbrellas, tables and chairs. For those of you who prefer chill out in the shade, the side garden sits perfectly in the shadow from the house. Lazy summer days swimming in the crystal clear pool merge seamlessly into the warm Cretan nights when the hardest decision you will have to make will be whether you barbecue at home, or take the 3 minute amble to the square to eat out. For those of you who don't want to cook but would prefer to eat in at Villa Argiro, you can always get a delicious take out from any of the village tavernas.
Villa Argiro is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of life whilst being perfectly situated for easy forays to local beaches, or to the many beauty spots including the nearby foothills of the White Mountains, the turquoise snorkelling cove at Ombrosgialos, and the picturesque Venetian harbour towns of Chania and Rethymnon. Whilst there may be no immediate use for the car on a daily basis for eating out and shopping for supplies, we do highly recommend renting a car in order to explore the many and varied sites that Crete has to offer.
The main square in Plaka is only 140m from The Villa Argiro and is still very much the focal point of village life. There are lovely shady mulberry trees under which the locals sit to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a delicious meal or even just an ice cold frappé. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets leading off from the square. The modern outskirts of the village have expanded recently as have the facilities, which now include 5 tavernas, 2 well stocked mini markets, an Italian restaurant, a hair dresser, and 7 cafes.
The lovely village of Almyrida is only 850m from Villa Argiro, 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 5 excellent tavernas, 9 café/bars, 2 bakeries, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 3 gift shops,a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, and an off-license. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, guided walking tours, and guided coach excursions.
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, 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.
Cooking classes and wine tasting set at a local wineries can be taken by those of you who are interested. Guided walks led by experts in mountaineering and/or flora and fauna can also be arranged. For those of you who prefer to venture out on your own, a copy of the guide book 'Crete on the Road' by Frankie Miles comes with every villa. The book contains detailed directions to many well known and hidden sites, opening times and prices for all attractions, taverna recommendations, and the only existing map of the National Highway showing the exits and entrances.
Crete has everything you that could possibly want from a holiday: soaring mountains that are snow capped from November to June, many great walking trails including Europe's deepest gorge, ancient archaeological sites and Minoan palaces, quaint villages, sparkling clear blue seas with tavernas serving freshly caught fish, golden beaches, glorious wild flowers in the Spring, and a variety of delicious foods which are all made from healthy home grown produce.
As incredible as the island is, it is the Cretan people who will make your holiday truly memorable. Descendants of the Minoan's, one of Europe's earliest civilizations, and shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, the Cretans are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent but passionately friendly.
Villa Argiro is located in the heart of The Apokoronas Region just east of the beautiful town of Chania. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, what 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. Visit 'Leather Lane' for outstanding hand made leather bargains.
The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate and the weather is characterized by long hot, dry summers and mild winters. The Spring can be warm and sunny during the day but still have cooler evenings and is perfect for walking, birdwatching and looking at the wild flowers. All in all Crete is absolutely perfect for your Villa holiday.
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Nov 5 2013 - Mar 31 2014
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.