Gouves villa rental - Villa Athena with its beautiful gardens
Villa Athena with its beautiful gardens
 
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • 4 Bathrooms
Minimum Stay 7 nights
 

Gouves Villa Rental Photos and Description
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)

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.

6 Reviews of Property 3475028 in Gouves, Greece

Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Great and wonderful place to stay !

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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.
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Unforgettable experience for my family

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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.
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Great holiday in a pitoresque place

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Gouves Iraklio
5

A very nice week in Gouvès

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Gouves Iraklio
5

Cretan Villa in November

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
Our stay in Heraklion (close to Kato Gouves) was very very nice! The apartment was perfectly clean, spacious, light, airy, fully equipped and very comfortable. It really corresponded to the provided description! The house is conveniently close to the village center, the market and a number of bars, restaurants, tavernas. It's easy to go to Heraklion for culture, shopping or entertainment but it is also just on the sea. Its favourable position provides hosts with a wide selection of wonderful beaches both going toward Agios Nikolaos or Heraklion. The owners were very kind supporting us with travel indications and first local hints. We felt like at home and we will surely stay there in the future if we will have again the opportunity to visit Crete.
Helpful votes: 6/6