Sea & mountain views; private beautiful pool; 2 bedroom/2 bath; orchard setting
Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell
- english, french
About Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell
Hi! We’re Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell, your hosts at Villa Calista! We hope you enjoy your stay at our home in Aspro, Crete and come to love the island as much as we do. We live on the east coast of Canada, but spend most of the winter in our beloved Crete. We are both avid history buffs (Nancy is a retired Graeco-Roman archaeologist), travelers, and animal lovers. We are having the time of our lives exploring all Crete has to offer and we know you will too. In the spirit of Greek philoxenia, we welcome you to our home!
Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell purchased this Villa in 2014
Why Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell chose Aspro
We chose this property for our retirement home, as it has everything we were looking for - quiet privacy, comfort, and close to the amenities in the towns and villages. We love the peaceful setting of the sleepy old village of Aspro, but we also love the lively villages and towns of Almyrida and Kalyves close by. When we need a taste of nightlife or shopping, the city of Chania is less than a half hour away. Our villa is perfect for those seeking a private home to stay while exploring the wonders of Crete. It's great for gentle hiking, cycling and exploring. Surrounded by lush olive orchards, you can enjoy the peacefulness of the Cretan countryside, where the tinkle of goat bells, bird song, or distant church chimes are the only sounds. Enjoy our gorgeous views of the Cretan Sea or the mountains from the terrace and balcony. Wander through our orchard garden, snooze in the hammock among the wildflowers, or plan your excursions from the comfort of our outdoor terrace. A Blue Flag beach is only 2 minutes away, with many others within a short drive. Shopping, dining, banking, nightlife are all to be had close by. From the villa, you can visit fascinating archaeological ruins, enjoy your pick of great tavernas and cafes, explore charming historic villages, or access some of the most famous beaches in Europe. Winery tours, cooking classes, sailing, biking, hiking, caving - are all options to consider when staying here. Then again, it's hard to resist lounging by our private pool!
What makes this Villa unique
When our guests enter the Villa Calista, they are immediately drawn to the "avli" or covered terrace just off the kitchen, with its spectacular views of the Cretan Sea, and the magnificent mountain range. The avli is sheltered from the strong Cretan sun and is always kept cool by mountain breezes. It features large lounging areas along with a dining set for meals al fresco. The avli leads to our private pool and terrace with comfortable sunbeds and umbrellas. Imagine yourself relaxing here with a cool drink after a full day of sight seeing! Follow the stone path down to the lower olive orchard, where you'll find more stunning sea and mountain views - our apricot, plum, orange, mandarin and other trees, along with fragrant lavender, jasmine, and rosemary bushes. Depending on the season, there is an ever-changing assortment of colourful flowers. We've tucked the hammock down among the shady olive trees - a perfect place to steal a nap or read a book on a lazy afternoon! A table and chairs are in the shady orchard as well - great for a cool picnic on site, or for an afternoon of board games. Hikers and cyclists will love the many lanes and pathways in the area and our little village of Aspro itself is worth exploring for its fascinating remnants of Turkish architecture. Check out our many local guide books for suggested routes and excursions. We love the location of the Villa Calista as it is perfect for making day-trips to the many wonderful historic villages and towns in the region - just 25 minutes from Chania; 45 minutes from Rethymnon; and about an hour and a half to the larger city of Heraklion and the amazing archaeological site of Knossos just beyond. We're happy to help you plan your excursions and offer more information and lots more photos on our website. www.villacalista.com where you can also contact us directly.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Not suitable for young childrenNot suitable for young children
No smoking - Dies ist ein Nichtraucher-Haus - innen und außen.Dies ist ein Nichtraucher-Haus - innen und außen.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
How lovely Villa Calista!
Fabulous outdoor space, beautiful gardens with sea and mountain views.
Home from home villa! Nothing this little gem doesn't have so there's no need to stock up with anything...except your own food and wine! Welcome basket was great.
Candles galore making the use of the outside space at night so pretty...
I would recommend a car due to the incline and uneven road to the villa.
Jackie the villa manager and her husband the pool cleaner were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you.
Lovely holiday had by all!!!
Ohh and we do miss the little kittens...Zena and Hercules 😀�😀�😀�
It was a pleasure to share our villa with you and your family. You are welcome back any time - you can be sure we will make it extra special for you! I'm pleased to say that the kittens are going to a new home via one of our local animal rescue charities we work with. Love their names. 😸�
A stunning home, perfect for a couple or small family seeking a luxurious get-away
We found the property to be excellently presented and very clean. The facilities are exceptional, both in the villa and around the garden. Great attention to detail is paid to everything, from the well equipped kitchen, to a comfortable lounge, the outdoor areas and the bedrooms. The pool is modest in size, perfect for a dip to cool off. The rest of the gardens are stunningly presented and abound with beautiful flowers. There is a fabulous little BBQ and space to dry towels and washing. The bedrooms are comfortable, with loads of hanging space.
The screen for the shower in the bath leaked a bit (probably needs replacing - a simple enough job), but the rest of the facilities were faultless, including the highly efficient aircon.
Overall, we enjoyed a fabulous 9 night stay at this wonderful property and would highly recommend it to anyone. Nancy and Bob really went the extra mile, along with the property manager Jackie to make our stay a comfortable and memorable experience. Thank you to all.
Every now and then the universe sends us very special guests. We feel privileged to have hosted your family. Thank you so much for sharing our love for Crete and Villa Calista, for your grace, and your kindness. We hope to welcome you back soon. ❤️ We promise to make it special.
We had a fantastic stay and I had stayed in numerous Villas and this is by far the best.
We were after a quiet relaxing holiday and this is exactly what we had and more. The facilities far exceeded what you would normally expect in a Villa which made us feel very well looked after and catered for. The management of the property during our stay was excellent. We would definitely book to stay again in the future as the location was magnificent, Alp like scenery to the South and fantastic sea views to the North. It’s perfectly positioned for getting to all the main attractions and we certainly made use of them during our stay. Thank you so much for a lovely holiday and you have an amazing Villa.
Kevin and Elaine xx
We love sharing our villa with great guests like you! We hope you come back soon!
Beautiful location and villa. Wonderful attention to every detail. Nancy is a very helpful host and is incredibly responsive. We highly recommend the villa. Thank you!
Thank you! We love sharing our little corner of beautiful Crete! So glad you enjoyed your stay.
The owners are exceptionally responsive and gracious. The property is well maintained and clean. The villa is well appointed with all the items necessary to make a vacation seem like home away from home. The area is quiet and the view is outstanding. The location is conveniently located to the beaches and other attractions. A simply wonderful experience.
Delighted to share our home with you! Keep in touch and come back soon. Thank you for being such great guests.
We enjoyed a lot our holidays in this villa. The view is beautiful, the villa is very nice, everything is thought and well equipped. The garden is large, very flowery and peaceful.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back any time!
The tiny village of Aspro is just on the outskirts of the beach resort town of Almyrida (2km). There are many other villages and towns close by and most offer all the amenities - pharmacies, bank ATMs, grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bars, sports equipment rental places and so much more. The larger city of Chania (and airport) is about 25 km away - or a half hour drive.
Please note: on older maps or geo apps, the village of Aspro may appear as its old name "Koprana."