TRADITIONAL CRETAN VILLA, LOCATED CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND MAIN SIGHTS

George Papachristos

Speaks greek, english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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TRADITIONAL CRETAN VILLA, LOCATED CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND MAIN SIGHTS

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4 Bedroom Villa And Independent Stone Studio With Sea View

Villa Athena consists of a two-floor traditional villa of 150 sq.mt (1600 sq.ft), and a 50 sq. mt (533 sq. ft) independent stone apartment (which is rented separately),with a spacious outdoor area and a magnificent garden, full of colors, fragrances and local flora. The combination of stone and wood, with the surrounding olive grove creates a tranquil and comfortable environment The first floor of the villa consists of two bedrooms, each with two beds. On the ground floor there is a very big living room, dining room and kitchen, together with the bathroom and fireplace. On the next floor the are two more bedrooms, each with two beds and with their own bathrooms. All rooms have a closet, drawers and an LCD TV. The kitchen has a coffee machine, dishwasher and all the necessary amenities of a modern kitchen The house has a laundry machine, a fireplace and of course wireless internet connection. The stone apartment has a double bed, its own bathroom and kitchen. Furthermore, it has a fireplace and traditional furniture and decoration. The outdoors of the property are absolutely amazing. A well preserved garden, with a barbecue facility and a traditional stone-oven to prepare delicious meals. A lot of tables with colorful chairs and big sun umbrellas with sunbeds are there to help you relax under the Cretan sun. All this setting is surrounded by our family's century old olive grove, that gives the property a traditional Cretan touch. After all, olive oil is considered to be Crete's blood and the best quality of virgin olive oil in the world. The area is big and spacious, perfect for a family with children, in order for them to play and be close to nature's environment, Finally, the view towards the sea, the olive grove and the hills around is relaxing, while a walk towards the sea is 15 minutes away. The parking space of the property can easily fit up to five cars. (EOT 1039K10002991801)

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Groups
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome

George Papachristos

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2012
Speaks greek, english

I grew up in Athens, where I still live and work. I spent all my life's summer and Easter holidays in Crete, in the property where today lies Villa Athena. The property was purchased by my great-grand father (died at the age of 101) and was cultivated with olive trees from my grandfather (died at the age of 94) and grandmother. From that day on our family gathers the olives in December and January to produce an olive oil of the best quality in the world. On this setting my parents extended and renovated the house, thus creating the beautiful Villa Athena.

George Papachristos purchased this villa in 1925

This property is valuable for my family, because it goes back two generations. It carries with it our Cretan bloodline, our family's history and our cultural heritage. For us, and Greeks in general, family is the most important thing, it defines us in our life path. So, this property is closely linked with our memories as children, with images, fragrances, sounds and sentiments. Today, for our family this property, apart from producing our olive oil, which is the base of our diet, acts also as our retreat from the noisy and stressful city.

The unique benefits of Villa Athena is its tranquil environment that makes it feel as a perfect retreat from the city, while being a 5 minute drive from anything one could miss from the city. The beauty of its gardens, the audors and colors makes the environment as relaxing as it can get. Its strategic location close to all the main roads and sights makes touring in Crete very comfortable. Together with the local tastes and drinks that you can enjoy in Crete, it feels like life cannot get any better. It is very difficult for one no to fully recharge here.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Just lovely

  • 5 of 5
First things first... I was nervous about booking this Villa. I had all sorts of concerns because it only had a small handful of reviews and I had to transfer payment into the owners foreign bank account which is something I have never done and I knew that by doing this I had no back up if it didn't actually exist!! The owner even offered a Skype call with me beforehand to put my mind at rest.

The Villa is really well located being just a 15 minute or so drive from Heraklion airport. The owners Uncle patiently waited for us so that we could follow him to the property in our hire car - we never would have found it otherwise as it's quite tucked away.

It is spacious, clean and with all the facilities you expect from a holiday home (apart from a tin opener - I am sure George the owner can easily rectify this). I thought it was excellent value for money. The air con was appreciated and all rooms have fans too. Don't make the mistake of opening the patio doors at dusk on the first night - we were bitten to pieces and learnt our lesson. The terrace and gardens are very well kept and very pretty. My son befriended a small ginger cat that visited every day and christened him "Nikos".

It really is a very short walk (10 minutes down a quiet road) to what must be one of the nicest stretches of sandy beach in the area and the swimming was a joy. Even my toddler managed the walk there and back (he's two and 2 months).

I loved the Cretan food and it was great for my vegetarian husband. There are a bunch of restaurants in the nearby resorts to choose from. The nicest meal we had was in Analipsi at Volkano. The Rainbow tavern on the main road is probably the closest to walk to. Everywhere we went was incredibly child friendly. We also visited the Skotino cave above Gouves which is a lovely short drive. Knossos is only half an hour away by car. The aquarium is great on a hot day. My little boy loved the land train that goes through all the coastal resorts. The supermarkets in the resorts are pretty expensive - there is a Lidl on the main road on the way to Malia.

On departure day the owner let us stay in the Villa longer than we would have expected as our flight wasn't until the late afternoon. This was very nice of him and really helpful for us.

All in all a very memorable, relaxed and sunny holiday. Thankyou.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Great and wonderful place to stay !

  • 5 of 5
Everything was as beautiful as it was decribed by our travelling-agency (novasol). The house is in the middle of an olivetree-forest and it takes a 10-minutes-walk to the sea. The beach was amazing. What I truly enjoyed was that it was not very touristic though Gouves and Analipsi weren't far away to have a place for shopping, car-rents or boat-trips to Santorini for example. The whole place was very calm and relaxing and only surrounded by a few other houses. You should keep in mind that the next supermarket is maybe a 15-30-Minutes-walk away or takes 5-Minutes-ride with the car. We had a car and so it wasn't a problem at all. The house had everything we needed. The bathrooms were clean, the rooms were very beautiful, the beds were comfortable, the kitchen had great and good working equipment, every room had an air-condition and there was enough space to hang around outside on the balcony or terrace. The whole place was filled with flowers what was really beautiful. Me and my family truly enjoyed our stay there.
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Unforgettable experience for my family

  • 5 of 5
Great hospitality! Very well-designed village... Very nice personal, fantastic location. Big rooms with excellent view! The house was really nice and comfortable. George's uncle was there to greet us and he was really helpful for everything! We had wonderful 7 days there! Gouves is a perfect choice for families that travel with their children. The location is perfect to visit beaches and nature! The sea water is clear. Not overcrowded even in high season. The outside barbeque and the kitchen were great and the food we made there was excellent. George's uncle also gave us some olive oil to cook and raki to drink! All our family loved this holiday. The owner of the house, Giorgos was marvelous. He organized everything for us very fine. It was one of the best holidays of our family.
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Great holiday in a pitoresque place

  • 5 of 5
We have spent great holiday in the house of George.
It is very well situated in between two villages in a calm surrounding in the middle of olive trees plantation. There was a nice and clean sand beach near by. The big local road is also not so far and there are buses to Heraclion and Hersonisos every 15 minutes. If one looks for calm holiday, it is really an ideal place. If one wants to discover the island it is easy to rent a little car for 25 euros in neighbouring village Analipsi. Bigger village Hersonisos is also not so far and offers plenty of night attractions and shops.
We stayed in a little house just perfect for two. It is coasy and decorated in traditional way. We were delighted to prepare our own meals and to have our morning coffee on the open terrasse in front of the house. There are two more big houses in the compound. There were unoccupied at this time and we had the whole of the garden just for two of us. And the garden is well maintained and very beautiful.
The oncle of George picked us up in the airport for free. He and his wife were very friendly and welcoming. We had an opportunity to taste their grown olives, tomatoes and grapes. Delicious!
Thank you for memorable holiday!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 6 consisting of adults and children spent two and a half wonderful weeks in the villa. The place was clean, comfortable and spacious with a beautiful outside area. Nestled in an olive orchard you could hide away and just relax, or go to the beach which is only 10 minutes away on foot and if you feel like it, you can join the more touristy attractions nearby that offer water activities, night clubs etc. We found it useful to rent a car while we were there to have the flexibility to go sightseeing or shopping, but there is a bus station nearby and as far as we understand the public transport is quite reliable. The facilities in the house allowed us to have beautiful family dinners including in the outside BBQ but we also enjoyed very much going out to enjoy the local restaurants and tavernas with their beautiful food. All in all we found that for a family with young and grown children and diverse interests, the house, its location and facilities and vicinity to cultural and entertaining sights worked perfectly. We all enjoyed our stay very much and are very happy to recommend it.
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Gouves Iraklio
5

A very nice week in Gouvès

  • 5 of 5
We rented this villa in april 2013 for a week. We were 2 families living there (2 adults and 2 kids in each). The owner is very nice and gave us a lot of information before our stay. As he doesn't live nearby, we were welcomed by his uncle. We could nevertheless reach him and he solved very quickly a small plumbing issue we had noticed (on the same day we informed him). The house is very clean and the garden is well taken care of. We had a very nice stay and we would recommand this house without second thoughts!
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Iraklion Airport - 'Nikos Kazantzakis'
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Iraklion Port
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Old National Road Iraklion-Ag. Nikolaos
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Amirandes Beach
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Center (many choices)
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
The Crete Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Center (many choices)
Car: recommended

The great advantage of Villa Athena is that it is strategically located close to all nearby attractions, not only of the area around, but of the whole Iraklion and western Lasithi prefectures. The basic must-see sights of the region are the palace of Knossos in Iraklion and the Archeological Museum of Iraklion, in the city center. A walk inside the walls of the Old town of Iraklion is absolutely recommended, as is the 'bougatsa' delicacy, which you can enjoy at the Lions Fountain. Another route that I would strongly recommend is a visit to the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos to the east, together with the beautiful villages of Milatos and Kritsa along the road. Of course one should not miss to swim in the beaches of Elounda Bay (where all the high-class resorts lay) and then have a seafood lunch or dinner on the waterfront of the village Plaka, with a breathtaking view of Spinaloga (a small island in the bay with a Venetian castle on top, which used to be a quarantine town for lepers). Finally, another great sight would be a trip to the Lasithi plateau, on the Diktis Mountain, where one can see the famous windmills and ride a donkey up to the cave, where Zeus was born in Dikteon Andron (over the village of Psihro). Some close-by attractions that you should not miss are the Cretaquarium in Gournes, one of the most interesting aquariums in the Mediterranean, and the numerous Orthodox monasteries in the region. Finally, if you are into hiking the various gorges and mountain paths will satisfy even the most demanding hikers.

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Availability & Rates

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Gouves Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Base Rate
7 night minimum stay
€455
€1,950
 
Discounts: 31 nights or more: €65 Nightly
 
July-August €165
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
€1,155
€4,950
 
Discounts: 31 nights or more: €165 Nightly
 
September €100
Sep 1 - Sep 30
7 night minimum stay
€700
€3,000
 
 
October-November €75
Oct 1 - Nov 30
7 night minimum stay
€525
€2,250
 
Discounts: 31 nights or more: €75 Nightly
 
December-January-February €65
Dec 1 - Feb 29
7 night minimum stay
€455
€1,950
 
Discounts: 31 nights or more: €65 Nightly
 
March €75
Mar 1 - Mar 30
7 night minimum stay
€525
€2,250
 
 
April-May €90
Apr 1 - May 31
7 night minimum stay
€630
€2,700
 
Discounts: 31 nights or more: €90 Nightly
 
June €100
Jun 1 - Jun 30
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
Discounts: 8 nights or more: €100 Nightly; 9 nights or more: €100 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300
Tax Rate 6.5%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Gouves Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • River ...
  • Ocean View
  • Mountain View
  • Beach View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Television
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Groups
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • marina
  • winery tours
  • coin laundry
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountaineering
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We always have someone waiting for our guests and guide them to the property.
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