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Modern villa with Private pool, overlooking the beach.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,453 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lots of outdoor space, close to beach & tavernas.

Back on the rental market after a 3 year break, the villa is clean, spacious and neutrally decorated, with lots of outdoor space. Nearby Fodele is a traditional working village and is a world away from the tourist resorts and cities that you could so easily end up in. If you want to experience true Crete, with its wonderful food, culture and people, this is the place you've been looking for!

The villa is in a small development built on a hillside overlooking Fodele Bay and has excellent views of the sea and mountains. It is a 10 minute walk down the goat track (or 5 minute drive) to two beautiful sandy beaches (awarded blue flag status) where you can enjoy water activities and bike hire, as well as beach-side tavernas serving delicious, freshly cooked food at local prices. There are some lovely walks close by too and you may find that you don't venture far from Fodele at all. Why not have a look at the facebook page "Fodele Beach and Village" for more information and ideas?

The villa is built over 3 floors and has 3 bedrooms, a shower room, a bathroom, well-equipped kitchen/dining room and a comfortable lounge. It has 2 large outside terraces, perfect for eating al-fresco and a gated parking area and large paved garden. It is an easy 25 minute drive from Heraklion airport/port, or 1.5 hours from Chania, and is a good base for exploring all that Crete has to offer.

I think it is only fair and honest of me to point out a couple of things before you decide to book. (1) There are a few houses close by that are unfinished and look ugly, as does the road leading up to my villa. You have to drive passed the houses and they are visible from my villa, although they do not block the views of the sea or mountains. This is a result of the terrible financial situation that has engulfed Greece in the last few years and the same is seen across Crete. (2) The swimming pool is one depth only and is about 1.6m deep - please consider this if you have children or non-swimmers in your group.

More Details

Anne-Marie Clough
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2018

About Anne-Marie Clough

I live in the UK and purchased the villa in 2006 after falling in love with its amazing views and also with the charming nearby village of Fodele and the local people who live there.

Anne-Marie Clough purchased this villa in 2006

Why Anne-Marie Clough chose Fodele

I recently spent a gap year living in the villa and fell in love with the island all over again. The villa is the perfect base for travelling around and exploring Crete.

There is so much to see and do on Crete, that even with the 15 months that I lived there, I still didn't have enough time to see everything.

My happiest days though were spent just chilling out on the beach with friends and enjoying a meal in one of the local tavernas with good food, beer, wine and the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. If you're lucky with a perfect sunset too. Life doesn't get better :-)

What makes this villa unique

Air conditioning for those steamy hot summer months.


Fodele Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1453 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - lower floor (4.19m) - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - top floor (4.46m) - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 1 is on the lower floor. It has a shower, is fully tiled, with wc, sink, radiator, shaving point and mirror. Bathroom 2 is on the upper floor and has a bath with shower attachment, is fully-tiled, with sink, wc, mirror and round window giving views of the mountains. There is also an outside shower on the terrace by the garden if you are feeling brave!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - top floor (11.47m) - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - lower floor (11.7m) - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - ground floor (7.53m) - 1 double
  • Bedroom 1 is on the lower floor. It has a shower room next to it. It has a double bed, fitted wardrobes and shelves, large chest of drawers, bedside cabinet, lamp, radiator, power points and a window overlooking a small garden area. Bedroom 2 is on the top floor. It has a bathroom on the same floor. It has a double bed, fitted wardrobes and shelves, bedside cabinets, lamps, window overlooking the sea and garden plus doors leading out on a large private terrace. Bedroom 3 is on the ground floor. It has a day bed that can be used as a sofa during the day or a single or double bed at night, with storage underneath. It has large floor to ceiling sliding patio doors overlooking the mountains and a wardrobe. All bedrooms have air conditioning.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The villa is tastefully decorated and is light and airy. The kitchen is fully fitted and well stocked with pots, pans etc. There is a large fridge with freezer, kettle, microwave, toaster, hob, oven/grill and also a dining table & 6 chairs. The lounge has comfortable sofas, a coffee table, radio/stereo & CD player and sliding patio doors at either end. There is a large outdoor terrace, accessed from both the kitchen and the lounge, with wonderful sea views. The villa is tiled throughout and has marble staircases. There is a washing machine, clothes airier, iron and ironing board. There are loungers in the garden. All the windows and doors are fitted with fly-screens (and shutters) to keep the bugs out but allow air into the villa. The rooms are of a good size & have high ceilings. ** Check-in is 2pm. Check-out is 11am **


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Modern villa with Private pool, overlooking the beach.
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 15 reviews


  • 1 of 5

The house was full of aints. AC doesn't work at sitting room . If you keep any food in the kitchen after half an hour you won't be able to eat as the food will cover with aint. We count sleep at all . Worse part when we complain they don't even bother to reply or do something about it . The villa is middle of no where. The nearest shop is 11 kilometres away. Only good thing is neighbour was helpful .

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your weekend stay at my villa. I am very concerned by some of your comments, especially that I did not respond to your complaint. I can honestly say that I have not received a complaint or any contact from you since your arrival at the villa. Yes, the villa is a 20 minute drive from the main city of Heraklion and is also 2km from the village of Fodele. That information is clearly shown on the Homeaway listing. The listing also states that a car is recommended/essential. Most people book my villa because it is not in the middle of a busy, loud, tourist resort and because they prefer to experience the real Crete. There are several very well stocked small food shops in the village, as well as a shop in the hotel by the beach that sells essential items. There are also 3 very good tavernas on the beach (a 10 minute walk away) and many more in the village. I understand from my neighbour that you prefer to eat curry rather than local Greek food. I must admit that curry is not so easy to find on the Greek island of Crete, however, there is an Indian restaurant in Heraklion and the larger supermarkets do also sell frozen curry. Ants are a problem throughout Greece, and most hot countries, and you should always keep food stored away from them. The air conditioning does work in the sitting room, as well as in all 3 bedrooms. From the booking correspondence it appears that somebody called Rasheed made the booking. He doesn't seem to be a member of your group that stayed at the villa and I don't know how he is connected to you. Perhaps he is an agent you used? Perhaps you sent your complaint to him rather than me? I am genuinely sorry that you did not enjoy your stay but I do wonder if Rasheed failed to give you detailed information about the villa before you booked, which would certainly explain your disappointment.
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Wonderful villa

  • 4 of 5

Great villa

Only drawback was steep path to beach,

Definitely would go back

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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ten night stay in August

  • 5 of 5

Just come back from a ten night stay at this beautiful villa in breathtaking surroundings, from start to finish the whole experience was wonderful.

We are a couple with 3 children and we really recommend this villa to stay , First of all Paul was very helpful with lots of good advice and guided us to he villa with no problem. The pool was wonderful in quiet , not overlooked, surroundings, the neighbour was helpful with directions and advise , a really lovely man who couldnt do enough to help you.

There is lots to do in the area , beaches , coves, places of interest and lots of tavernas , the best in Fodele is smoothie georges, he is a great man who made you feel very welcome , the service and food is wonderful and im saying that as a chef for twenty years!!!, the children really loved his homemade ice cream and his fresh orange juice.

my only complaint is the outside has a lot of weeds , but it is only a very small issue and the overall look of the villa made up for that.

I would definetly recommend this villa for a great family holiday, thank you Ann-Marie for some great family memories.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a month long stay at this villa about 4kms outside the little village of Fodele. The villa is lovely, very comfortable and furnished to a high standard everything you need to live well in this villa. There are four sunbeds and the pool is a good enough size and just lovely for a cooling dip The villa sleeps six people in its three good sized bedrooms with an inflatable bed for another two if required, we found the aircon very welcome during our stay. The villa is accessed via a steep unmade road and while it is perfectly possible to walk to the beach, it took us about 15mins, it is probably easier by car. There are two beaches one is scruffy but if you walk a bit further on the next beach is lovely with soft sand and a few tavernas, the Dolphin taverna is very good where we enjoyed some lovely evenings with good food. Fodele village is quite small but has a surprising number of tavernas.You will need to drive there as it's a bit too far to walk. It has several shops all selling the same tea towels, table runners and string bags!! But if you go to the top end of the village there is a lovely walk probably about 5 kms to an old abby, which is very small when you get there but the walk was very nice and peaceful Depending on the length of your vacation you will want to get out and about the villa has some very good guide books on Crete and is just off the main E75 the main road that runs along the north coast of Create. From this villa Chania is about 1 1/2- 2 hr drive and is well worth a visit. We would recommend this villa to anyone who wishes to have a week or two just reading and relaxing by the pool, the neighbours either side are lovely and are so helpful with advice and local knowledge. There is a DVD player available so make sure you bring some DVD's along if you wish to watch something on tv as there is no sat tv or internet There are some packs of cards at the villa but maybe good to take some games if you like that sort of thing for the evening. All in all a very pleasant and relaxing holiday

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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we liked it

  • 5 of 5

We were a family with 2 kids and with grandma/grandpa, so 6 people altogether. We liked the villa, the pool and the view. Everything is pretty new, clean and in good shape. We didn't find it on google satellite, but the satellite pictures are a couple of years old, so they are older then the actual villa. When you arrive (you will need a car), Paul - english speaking - will meet you at an easy to find spot and guide you to the house which is a little hard to find the first time. But don't worry they were all very helpful from the beginning. The owner is helpful, too, she sent us much infos in advance via email. We booked on very short notice, but since we very lucky and is was available that was not a problem. Overall we liked it very much and can recommend it! It has lots of items you would need, like kitchenware, fans, some books, a CD-player and more. There is no TV but we did not miss it at all. The location is good, too. Because you can easily explore Heraklion, Rethymno (a visit worth!!) and even Chania in convenient day trips. We even made trips to the south (Matala) which is not too far. Good deal.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 hot weeks in Crete!

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from two lovely weeks in Anne-Marie's villa in Fodele.The villa is spacious, well equipped and has fantastic views. The next door neighbour is extremely kind and helpful. We managed to do quite a bit of exploring but it was rather hot so go out early to avoid the heat and the crowds at the main attractions like Knossos. I have to say that the main criticism of the villa is the lack of air conditioning, it made it particularly difficult to sleep at night especially in the ground floor room and as it was too hot to close the windows it meant that we struggled with the mosquitos even with the fly screens and were badly bitten on a regular basis despite the screens,machines, coils, sprays and repellents! The locals are fantastic, don't miss going to the Dolphin bar on the beach and say hello to Nikos for us, Katrin Taverna was also good and we were taxied home by the owner when he found out that we were walking! Fodele village is lovely, we particularly liked the springs at Argyroupoli , Lake Kournas and Georgioupoli are especially picturesque,and Water City was a great hit with the girls.Book on line and print your voucher before you go and you save 15%, we didn't know this until we got there and it is 25 Euros to get in and goes on height not age of the kids. Would love to go back to Crete and see more of the island. Thank you for a fantastic holiday. The Bailey Family.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
27 Kilometres
Crete Heraklion
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
27 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: recommended

The villa is close to the pretty village of Fodele where you will find plenty of tavernas and restaurants serving locally grown, tasty food. Fodele is famous as the birthplace of El Greco and his house is now run as a museum. There are also riverside walks and nature trails.

Fodele is centrally located on the north coast of Crete so is the perfect base for exploring this amazing island, whether it be the ancient Minoan Palace at Knossos, the vibrant port cities of Heraklion, Rethymno or Chania with their shops, markets and cafes/bars; the endless beaches, the mountainous interior with it's alpine meadows and windy roads (some would say hair-raising!), Samaria Gorge, the beautiful seaside town of Bali or the delightful bays and beaches all around.

Although Fodele is on the main bus route from Heraklion to Chania, a car is recommended for access to the villa - the drive up to the villa is a bit steep but you just have to put your foot down and go for it!

If you would like to know more about Fodele please visit facebook page "Fodele beach & village"


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please contact me if you are interested in renting for a longer time or during the winter. I will do my best to give you a good rate.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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