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A Large Luxurious Renovated Villa in Chania Old Town

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Cretan Life after successfully completing the renovation of the “Vista Del Porto Grand Suite” (Listing #270153) has also renovated a large three bedroom luxurious villa in Chania Old Town..

Villa Dionysia, which is located in the Turkish Quarter of the Old Town of Chania. has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and access to the roof terrace, from where there will be panoramic views of the Old Harbour as well as the White Mountains.

Villa Dionysia is considered to be one of the best renovation projects around the Old Town of Chania, as it was described by people walking by, including students from the Architectural Department of the University of Crete.

The house was purchased in 2007, and due to its location and the history behind it had to obtain a great number of permits from both the Archaeological Department and the Building Authorities of Chania before renovations could begin, so the renovation of the villa started only in October 2008 and it took place in three different stages, with last and largest one starting in March 2010. During the renovation, we replaced almost everything in the house, but we kept its historic and traditional character and tried to match it with some modern features and facilities such as the roof garden. The old flat terrace had not been used much in the past and it wasn’t until we climbed up there and saw how beautiful the views were, so we decided to make the most from it. Now, one can have panoramic views to the Venetian Harbour; the White Mountains and across the Old Town of Chania.

Internally the house looks incredible. The plan was to show all the old stone features, including all old stone window sills; all the stone work around all doors and windows as well as new and old arches. The internal north side stone wall of the building remains at its original state. All these stone works are accompanied by real oak wooden floors in the 3 bedrooms and the living room; travertine/marble bathrooms, limestone floors in the kitchen and the lounge areas; fine-looking custom made oak kitchen and wardrobes as well as cast iron hand made staircase and light fittings. The terrace with the spectacular views to the harbour and across the old Turkish Quarter and Saint Nicholas church are covered with limestone; and have a sitting/sunbathing area for relaxation surrounded by mature trees; jasmine and bougainvillea. Due to its location (on three corners) the villa has light and fresh air from three sides.

The ground floor consists of one bathroom and a storage area; the first floor consists of the master bedroom and the master bathroom; the second bedroom and a sitting area, and the second floor consists of the third bedroom, and the open-plan lounge, living area and kitchen. It also has access to the roof terrace with glass-roof entrance.

The master bedroom will has a king size bed; a large vanity unit; oak wardrobes and bed-side cabinets, whereas the second bedroom, which used to be the old kitchen has a double bed; a large vanity unit, which used to be the old stone baking oven; oak wardrobes and bed-side cabinets. Finally, the third bedroom has two single beds; wardrobes and a bed side cabinet between the two beds. All bedrooms have wi-fi internet, satellite TVs; A/C units; electric heaters and beddings.

In the living room the villa has a large plasma satellite TV; an iPod docking system; DVD player; A/C; electric heater and a gas stove. The kitchen is fully equipped with an oven, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, coffee-maker, dish-washer, washing machine and a big fridge-freezer.

All bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower (in both rooms), and a bathtub in the master bathroom. In both bath rooms we have electric heated towel rails.

The roof terrace is furnished with sun-beds, settees and a dining table with chairs.

Parking is also available in the small square next to the house.

The villa is within a very short walking distance to the port as well as three small sandy beaches in the Koum Kapi area (east of the Venetian Harbour) and about fifteen minutes’ walk to the beach at Nea Hora, which has a fantastic marina (west of the Venetian Harbour).


Keywords: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, roof garden, ocean view, town centre, central, parking available, near sandy beaches, close to airport, villa

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Denise Clarke-Williams
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Denise Clarke-Williams

I am an entrepreneur with a passion for interior design, which is reflected in the renovation project of Villa Dionysia. I have 4 children and i am currently based in Cheshire. I enjoy travelling to Crete and have a second home here. I have been visiting Crete since 2002.

Denise Clarke-Williams purchased this villa in 2007

Why Denise Clarke-Williams chose Chania

Crete is an amazing place, with delicious food, friendly people and amazing features, such as the White Mountains and sandy beaches. It is ideal as it is not too far away from England and the atmosphere is always buzzing. Villa Dionysia is situated in Chania Old Town, where traditional Greek values are still present.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Dionysia is modern yet simultaneously provides a traditional touch as it is situated in Chania Old Town. The standard of the renovation is high throughout, whilst retaining the original architecture. It was purchased in 2007 and is now fully finished. There are many benefits to Villa Dionysia, such as the short walk to the beach in Chania. It is also extremely close to the harbour and the restaurants, where there is a buzzing atmosphere every night. From the roof terrace of Villa Dionysia, there is panoramic views of the White Mountains and the sea.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I'm sorry to hear of your disappointment with the Villa Dionysia.

The Villa is in the Old Town of Chania and in the height of the summer there will be noise.

Also if you opened the shutters the Villa is very light . The air conditioning units had only just been serviced so we are sorry you had a problem but this was dealt with the next day.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Crete
Aug 2015
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Old Town Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We can arrange car hire as well as trips and excursions around Chania and Crete


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A Large Luxurious Renovated Villa in Chania Old Town
average rating of 4.75 based on 21 reviews
Bethesda, MD

Beautiful historic home in great location

  • 5 of 5

This home was in an excellent location 2 short blocks from the bay, which harbors the old fort, Venetian lighthouse, and a wide array of restaurants. The home is beautiful inside with all the modern amenities, yet the character and well maintained structure of a historical building. You stepped back in time, while enjoying modern life. When you open the shutters, there is lots of light, and we really enjoyed the roof top terrace. Parking is easy, so we were able to explore areas around Chania without any issues. It is also very easy to walk to the old town area off the bay that has narrow streets just for pedestrians.

We really enjoyed exploring Crete. Natalia, the local manager of the house was very helpful with great recommendations for restaurants and day excursions. Denise, the owner, was very prompt with her communication as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Crete. We hope to return one day to explore more and experience again the warm hospitality of the Cretans.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, multi-leveled villa in the Old Town section of Chania. Easy walk to harbor

  • 4 of 5

Other than being situated on public courtyard type area that allowed for both pedestrian and motor bike traffic, we had zero complaints. Marina was very helpful and welcoming.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quirky house in good location

  • 4 of 5

We had a good stay at this property, with another couple. However, the layout of the old house can only be called quirky. As you enter the house, the only room on that floor is a full bathroom. On the next level up is a small sitting area, 2 bedrooms and another bathroom. The negative about the two bedrooms is that the wooden floors are extremely squeaky and loud and with one step you fear waking up everyone else in the house. Also, in one of the bedrooms, the bed is situated so that you can't open the armoire to store your clothes. The other bedroom had a nightstand that didn't allow you to close the bedroom door. On the next level up is the kitchen, dining area, and living room. These were quite nice and where we spent most of our time. Up one more level is the outside rooftop terrace, which was pleasant to sit to enjoy a glass of wine. The other main negative is that the street outside is pretty noisy. The stones in the street are quite broken and whenever a car outside drove over them, it sounded like banging was going on in the house. There is also a great coffee shop/bar called Funky's at the end of the street but they were open quite late and contributed to the loud noise. On the plus side, the house is in a great location to get anywhere and we did enjoy our stay in Chania. Also, Natalia, the manager of the house, was very nice and quite helpful in answering any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking time to review our property. We are happy to know that in general you enjoyed your stay in Villa Dionysia. As me mention in the description, that is a renovated building, and we make a big effort trying to combine in its interior modern comfort and design with the historical layout and authentic features. The house is located in the heart of the old town, walking distance from all the bars and restaurants, so this could cause some noise, that's is why we equipped it with the wooden shutters. We thank you for for staying with us and hope to have a chance to welcome you again! in future!
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Monterey, CA, USA

Fabulous place to stay near Chania Harbor

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal location and completely charming multi-floored house. My favorite part of the house was the well appointed roof top balcony with the fabulous view of Chania. We were a short walk to Chania Harbor and part of the charming town. I hope if I ever get back to Crete I can stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful lux villa, amazing location, 5 star stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in Chania in Villa Dionysian. The villa is quite simply superb, a lovely old town house that has been beautifully restored, with lots of original features still intact. It's an extremely comfortable villa, big comfy beds and a well-appointed sitting room, with lost of relaxed seating and tasteful furnishings throughout. The roof terrace is breathtaking, amazing views across Chania. Brilliantly situated in the heart of Chania Old Town, a two-minute walk from the pretty harbour, lighthouse and multitude of sea-facing, relaxed restaurants and cafes. Natalia was a great host, with lots of tips and friendly advice. Can't recommend this villa highly enough - we plan to return!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi David, Thank you for your detailed review, we are sure it will be useful for the future guests. It was a pleasure to host you and your family, we wish you all the best and look forward to welcome you again in Chania!
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four nights and loved every minute of it.

The description of the villa is spot on and it was just beautiful. We felt comfortable and at home instantly. It was in a great location and close to the main road out of the town if you want to explore by car.

The owner and their assistant were very responsive and helpful. They answered all of our questions and helped book an excursions and provided great food recommendations.

There were five of us staying in the villa and there was plenty of room for all of us. We couldn't find anything to complain about. We recommend this villa for your stay!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Theresa, Thnak you very much for taking time to write and review and for you kind words. It was a pleasure for us to hist you and we are looking forward to welcome you again.
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Rates & Availability

Old Town Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Middle Season 2
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season 2
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

There will be an additional charge for payments 4% for Paypal 3% for all Credit Cards

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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