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Ariadne - Luxury Villa - 2 Private Pools - Maid Service - Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxury Villa with 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, Sleeps 10, 3km to beach

Villa Ariadne is a stone built villa in the traditional village of Gavalochori, 25km east of Chania Crete. Its unique architectural style is combined with modern facilities in order to provide an ideal environment for your holiday. The villa features 300 m2 of living space on a 1000 m2 plot of land. It offers complete privacy with its own parking space for two vehicles, garden and two pools (one regular and one lap). The villa can accommodate up to 10 guests. It offers a stunning view of the White Mountains.

The villa is 100m from supermarket, bakery, coffe shop and restaurants.

Free WiFi coverage throughout the villa. Beach towels are provided. The pools operate from March 1 to October 30.

Cleaning Service: Price includes daily maid service (bathrooms and bedrooms only), change of towels and linen twice weekly (more often if requested) and general cleaning once weekly.

Catering Service, groceries delivery: We can arrange for daily delivery to the villa of meals of the finest Greek and local Cretan cuisine. We can also arrange groceries delivery from local supermarkets, butcher shop, fruit stands and bakery.

Long term renting: The villa is available for long term renting at reduced rates during the off season (November to end of March). Please send us your request.

Further comments about the area:

The villa is located on a hillside in the village of Gavalochori in West Crete. Gavalochori is a traditional Cretan village situated in the Apokoron region about 3km inland from the coastal village of Almirida. Its location is 25 km east of Chania which takes about 20 minutes drive along the National Road. Gavalochori is an old historical village with approximately 500 residents which has retained its color and way of life. Several family run tavernas offer the visitor tasty dishes of Cretan cuisine. Near the small village square and within walking distance from the villa there is a coffee shop, a bakery, a mini mart, two tavernas and the Folk Art Museum. The surrounding area has several beautiful nature paths for walking or biking which lead either towards the sea or towards the White mountains. The coastal village of Almirida is less than 10 minutes driving distance. In Almirida you may find all basic facilities, such as a supermarket, pharmacy, post office, bakery, ATM, gas station and taxi service. It has a wonderful sandy beach with crystal clear water and a shallow section particularly suitable for small kids. This Blue Flag rated beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and sea sports services. There are several sea side tavernas and bars offering exquisite sea food and night entertainment. The large town of Chania of course offers the visitor a wider range of choices for shopping, dining and night life mostly centered around the old Venetian port. Some interesting monuments in Chania town are the covered Municipal Market, the Venetian fortifications, the Egyptian Lighthouse, the Synagogue, the Fortress of Firkas, the Mosque of Giali Tzamisi, the Arsenals, and the Othrodox Cathedral.

The villa can be used as a base for visiting several points of interest in the area:

3km to nearest beach of Almirida

10km to the exquisite beach of Georgoupolis and Kournas lake

25km to Chania town for shopping and night life

15km to seaside village of Kalives

20km to port of Souda

45km to Chania airport (code CHQ)

60km to Rethimno town

150km to Heraklion airport (code HER)

45km to the west coast beaches of Falassarna, Gramvousa and Balos

70km to south coast beaches of Elafonissi, Paleohora and Sougia

60km to Omalos Plateau and starting point of the Samaria Gorge

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Gavalohori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bedroom 1 Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , En suite to 1st master bedroom
    Master Bedroom 2 Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , En suite to 2nd master bedroom
    Twin Bedrooms' full Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Common to twin bedrooms
    Twin Bedrooms' half Bathroom - toilet , Common to twin bedrooms
  • Each master bedroom has en suite bathroom equipped with bathtub with hydromassage.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Twin Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Extra cot can be added to accommodate a third person
    Twin Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Extra cot can be added to accommodate a third person
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Regular or Baby cot can be added
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Regular or Baby cot can be added
  • Master bedroom 1: with queen size bed and with en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi & shower (25 m2) + private terrace (20 m2).- Master Bedroom 2 : with queen size bed and with en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi & shower (25 m2) + private terrace (20 m2) - Bedrooms 3, & 4: with 2 single beds each and with common bathroom with shower ( 15m2) - An extra cot can be added in each of the bedrooms - All bedrooms open out to either balcony (equipped with table and chairs), patio or garden, with stunning views -All bedrooms are air-conditioned (individually controlled) -All bedrooms have satellite (only free channels)TVs (flat screen) and DVD players.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Total pool area is 80sqm Up to two cribs and high chairs are provided free of charge for infants. A computer running internet connection is provided. WiFi is provided for free.


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Ariadne - Luxury Villa - 2 Private Pools - Maid Service - Sleeps 10
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

i rented all 5 houses with friends from around the globe and we had a great time. Would for sure return.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Fantastic as always

  • 5 of 5

The Villa was fantastic. I have stayed in another of this group of Villas (Aphrodite) and this time was no exception. Everything about the Villas is perfect, beautifully furnished, clean, superbly looked after by Mrs Froso on site who will always be there to give you any help you need. The pools are wonderful especially when you have 3 Grandchildren of mixed ages whe can enjoy themeselves all day long. The local village Galvochori has everything you need from great plaxes to eat with genuive Cretan food, to small local shops and bakery to meet all your self catering needs. There are so many places to visit Chania (very pretty) the nearby Lake with Pedalos, watch Turtles and fish with a lovely Taverna on site. With two weeks there are endless activities and places to visit for all age Groups, The people of Crete are so warm and welcoming. I cannot praise this holiday,and the previous one earlier in the year, enough and so look forward to going back. We have self catered in so many places all over the world but this Villa is outstanding.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Very beautiful villa and village. Very welcoming. Booking and dealings with owner very good and Mrs Forso who looks after the villa great. Would recommend and likely to return. This was a special holiday for my wife's birthday and there were 8 of us and it was special

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic villa and wonderful service

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from seven days in the beautiful Villa Ariadne. The location and villa itself are just perfect. The decor is a fantastic blend of modern style and traditional materials. Despite being in a village location and near a number of other rental properties you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere with a glorious view of the white mountains. We travelled with a one and three year old and they both loved the children's area in the square pool. The terrace is a lovely place to have breakfast or watch the sunset. Gavalachori has several tavernas which are a short walk away. We tried two of them and both were fantastic although we kept going back to Arismari which has a really special setting under a plane tree in the village square. The beach at Almyrida is perfect for families with shallow, clear water and decent waterside tavernas for lunch. The service from Christos, the owner, and the housekeeper were second to none. All in all highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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The Villa Ariadne experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Villa Ariadne, set in the hills of Gavalochori. The villa is beautifully designed, lots of space with wonderful views of the mountains, hills and valley. With Almyrida beach and friendly restaurants so close it was a perfect combination.

October weather was fabulous with beautifully hot days and nights (other than 1 stormy day). Owner/manager Christos could not have been nicer and Froso is great to deal with. This villa Ariadne experience is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
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Super luxurious villa in friendly village

  • 5 of 5

Excellent villa in every respect with great service. We spent most of our time in the pool even though the nearby organized beach of Almirida is great. Barbecued every day on the terrace which offers breathtaking view of the village and the White Mountains. Walked to different shops for the essentials. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2011
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Christos Skalkos
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018


Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Chania airport (Daskalogiannis)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Chania - Rethimno highway
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Gavalochori is a traditional Cretan village situated in the Apokorona region about 3km inland from the coastal village of Almirida. Gavalochori is an old historical village with approximately 500 residents. It is a typical Cretan village with a small square where a coffee shop, a bakery, a mini mart, two tavernas and other convenient stores can be found. Several narrow streets branch off its center and one could wander through several interesting sections of this officially protected village. Stone built houses with lovely backyards full of colorful flowers can be found. A lot of interesting buildings can be seen, such as the 18th century two-roomed, arched olive oil press, the temples of Panagia and Agios Sergios, the old school, and the historical folk art museum.

Within a short distance (5km) from tranquil Gavalochori one can drive to Almirida, a picturesque coastal village. You may dine there in one of several seaside tavernas or relax sipping your drink by a bar during sunset.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees


• We accept payment by bank wire or credit card or Paypal
• Prices include VAT and all expenses such as electricity and internet service.
• No security deposit against damages is required.
• 50% down payment with balance 60 days prior to arrival
• Check In/out : 15.00 hrs, 12.00 hrs

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.