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Spacious Kera Villa in stunning location by the sea + superb private pool

Chania, Greece
  • Villa2152 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Beautiful home with amazing views - ideal for a quiet relaxing holiday

Come and enjoy a relaxing stay at beautiful Kera Villa by the sea. 2018 bookings are now full unless a cancellation occurs later but 2019 bookings are now available.

The location overlooking the sea and with your own private swimming pool is also near to lovely beaches, great range of places to eat and is a great base for exploring Crete.

KERA VILLA is set in an acre of olive trees + gardens (with your own 10x5m private pool) and directly overlooks the sea and unspoiled sandy beach of Kera Bay and has superb sea and mountain views. This spacious, beautiful home is equipped to a very high standard for a maximum of FOUR guests to enjoy. It has a very attractive, open plan, split-level layout with an enormous lounge/dining area (10x6m), fitted kitchen plus a large lower sitting room. All these rooms have views across the bay. With high ceilings and many large patio doors the property remains cool in summer. Double aspect doors/windows keep the bedrooms cool WITH AIR CONDITIONING for any really hot nights. The bedroom balconies provide direct access to the wonderful pool area surrounded by flowering plants and olive trees. The two large bedrooms + pool area have super mountain views. There are open and covered terraces to provide sun or shade throughout the day and great places to eat or relax. Both Almerida and Kalyves (5 min drive or 10-20 min walk) have lovely blue flag beaches and many seaside tavernas and shops.

FREE WIFI IS AVAILABLE on a 'reasonable use basis' as is the AIR CONDITIONING in both bedrooms.

PRIVATE SWIMMNG POOL: The swimming pool is 10 x 5 metres plus Roman end steps and is at a constant depth of 1.4 metres. It is totally secluded as the pool and the very large tiled area are surrounded by olive and fruit trees plus other specimen plants making this a very attractive area of the property for both swimming and relaxing. In addition there are lovely views across our olive trees towards the White Mountains. It is a favourite part of Kera Villa for many guests.

BEDROOMS: Both bedrooms are large with one having a king-sized bed with new memory foam mattress and the other 2 twin beds or one super king. Both have fitted wardrobes and bedside tables and lights. The bedroom balconies overlook the pool and stairs lead down from them to the pool area below. At one end of the pool area a covered veranda provides a shady spot for reading, relaxing or eating and drinking. In addition there are chairs, a table, sunbeds and a sun umbrella located elsewhere around the pool.

AROUND THE VILLA : From the lane you wend your way along our private drive through the olive trees (that are illuminated in the evenings) to the far end of our land to the villa. It is located overlooking the bay to maximise the superb sea views. There is a large covered terrace (with built-in BBQ plus dining table and chairs) accessed from the lounge through the patio doors which will fold back completely. Go through the stone archway and there is a veranda which runs across most of the front of the house and provides an ideal location for relaxing or dining in the shade whilst listening to the waves on the beach below. In addition at the front there is also a large stone-paved area directly overlooking the bay below which is ideal for somewhere to eat or read in the sun or shade. The sheltered side terrace provides a perfect place for breakfast especially on windy days with a new stone arch - framing another super view. From the villa you get amazing skies as the sun rises over the small island in the bay and above the Drapanos mountain.

BEACHES : A short stroll along the lane leads to the unspoilt Kera beach in one direction or walk the other way and you can go down to a lovely, small and often deserted cove on the other side.

GARDENS AND ROOF TERRACE: The villa has a very large flat roof terrace and a large furnished room both of which have stunning panoramic views across Souda Bay and the Apokronas peninsular and is a great place for watching the sunset. Very good quality dining table, chairs and sun loungers are provided so that this is a most attractive area to sit and relax in the sun or shade or where you could have a simple meal or drink while admiring the views, sunset or just star-gazing. The tiled area in front of the room (which has a fridge for drinks!) leads onto a section of the terrace which is covered with green Astroturf and has glass walling on two sides to create a relaxing, seamless view of the Aegean Sea below.

GARDEN: There are young fruit trees along one side of the garden and over 50 olive trees. Close to the house there are different areas filled with specimen plants and flowers to provide all year round colour and interest and to make the setting for your holiday as attractive as possible.


Mrs Pattie Sidwell

Member Since 2005
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english, german
Calendar last updated:
Apr 09, 2018
About Mrs Pattie Sidwell

Our main home is still in England in a small rural village. We are now both retired and able to spend more time in our lovely holiday home by the sea in Crete whilst also renting it out to provide us with some income.

Mrs Pattie Sidwell purchased this Villa in 2002

Why Mrs Pattie Sidwell chose Apokoronos

Location was the absolute key for us - as near to the sea as possible but with beautiful mountain views as well - and within walking distance of tavernas and some shops and only a short drive from larger shops and other amenities ..... and a much warmer and sunnier climate than in the UK. We found the perfect location - but our budget meant buying a property that needed quite a lot of work to make it a very special, luxury home. Many years later we are still continuing to improve Kera Villa and its acre of land - but as one of our reviewers wrote - 'Kera Villa was perfect when we visited 4 years ago but Pattie and Mick have managed to even improve on that'!

What makes this Villa unique

More than anything it is the superb sea views from almost all windows and terraces that makes Kera Villa the ideal place for a really relaxing holiday. You will have your own lovely private pool surrounded by flowering plants and olive trees and are only a short walk down the lane to a small unspoilt sandy beach - perfect for paddling and swimming. Kera Villa provides a very special, high quality home with spacious rooms and a kitchen stocked with herbs and spices etc - not a barely equipped rental property.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Two beds can be superking sized if requested
      • The very large main bedroom with a King-sized bed has a window facing the bay and tilt and turn doors (with insect screen) on to its own balcony overlooking the pool and with views across our olive grove to the White Mountains. It is adjacent to the large main bathroom. The second twin-bedded room has two sets of tilt and turn doors onto its own balconies with the same super views across the pool area and towards the mountains and it has a new en-suite shower room. Both bedrooms have access down to the pool, extensive fitted wardrobes, bedside cabinets, dressing tables and large floor standing fans for use when required. With louvred shutters to provide security and privacy it is possible to leave open the doors and windows so that any sea breeze can also blow through. However air con is provided for use on hot evenings when the doors and windows must be closed to work effectively.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
      • Main bathroom is very large and has a corner bath (with shower over), toilet and a handbasin fitted into a long vanity unit with cupboards below and above on each side of the mirror. The washing machine is also fitted into one section of this bathroom and ironing facilites are also available. The en-suite shower room is also of a good size and has plenty of natural daylight and ventilation provided by the large tilt&turn window. It has a new shower enclosure and the room has been completely re-organised and re-tiled to a higher standard.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Mountain
        • Near The Ocean


            • Away From It All
            • Luxury


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Two very comfortable 3 seater settees and one matching single arm chair plus an additional lower sitting room with blue 2 seater settee and 2 swivel armchairs plus 1 recliiner
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Units in both bedrooms
                    • Fireplace
                      Large wood supply provided
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Full central heating is available throughout the property for use mid October to end of March
                    • Internet
                      FREE WIFI is available
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Bedlinen is provided and changed twice weekly
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                      Ample parking space in the shade on the property
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Sunbed
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and hand towels are provided but guests to bring their own beach/pool towels please.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Located in large bathroom
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Kitchen
                          Large semi-open plan space to living/dining area
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Complete range is provided
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Extensive range of crockery and cutlery is provided to suit all dining requirements
                        • Dishwasher
                          Full size dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Integral below the large fridge
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Filter coffee maker available
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Large American self-cleaning oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Stock items including a very wide range of spices and herbs are available for guests to use
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large Bosch fridge (above freezer section)
                        • Stove
                          4 cooking rings on main oven
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Separate outdoor dining tables and chairs are also provided on the roof terrace and at ground level both under cover (next to the BBQ) and outside ... all with lovely sea views.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Games
                                  Cards, backgammon etc
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Books
                                  Large selection of fiction and non-fiction including many providing tourist information
                                • Music Library
                                  Good range of music CDs are available including Greek, classical and pop / rock
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There are attractive garden areas with shrubs and flowering plants as well as fruit and olive trees
                                    • Balcony
                                      Bedrooms have low balconies with steps down to the pool area
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Boat
                                      Small sailing boats can be hired in Almerida
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large terraces surround the villa and pool with sea and/or mountain views
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Fitted into covered terrace at front of property
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Provided over some of the terraces
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      For hire in Almerida


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Secluded 10x5m pool with Roman end steps surrounded by trees and flowering plants and with sunbeds and small table + chairs and sun brolly for shade.


                                                • bay/sound
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • forests
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • *Young children are not allowed owing to the unfenced cliff and roof area but ask owner for more information if you have older, careful children *House and pool are cleaned and laundry changed twice a week but please bring own towels to use on the beach and when swimming or relaxing by the pool. Garden is maintained once a week *There are plenty of sun loungers and other outdoor furniture + a small built-in BBQ on the covered terrace *Villa is partly split-level with three steps from the main lounge/ dining area down to the lower sitting room and another three steps up to the two bedrooms and bathrooms. *Tourist information, bird and wild flower books plus binoculars are all available in the villa for guests to use. *Greek Tourist Board EOT/MHTE license 6506/06

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  42 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Fabulous views!

                                                                  Definitely five star holiday.

                                                                  Beautiful house, pool and numerous terraces to relax.

                                                                  Kera cove lovely to swim in, with little fish nibbling our feet.

                                                                  Owners and staff all very helpful.

                                                                  We hope to return 2018.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your holiday at Kera Villa so much and have rated it a five star property!

                                                                  Bookings for 2018 are already being taken so do check the calendar soon.

                                                                  I will certainly pass on your kind comments to our local team who look after the house, pool and garden - making sure we maintain the high standards that we know our guests appreciate.

                                                                  Fabulous home from home

                                                                  Nick F.

                                                                  Booking with the owner has been very easy, and she has been very helpful in all our communications with her.

                                                                  Kera Villa is a fabulous home from home. All the facilities were as described, and exceeded our expectations. There were additional really nice touches, such as welcome pack of essentials, but also all the things needed for making meals like olive oil, herbs, etc many things you have at home but would expect to have to bring with you to a villa were already there.

                                                                  The views from the many terraces were fantastic, the pool was secluded but caught the sun most of the day, there are many areas inside too to just sit and relax - everything together made a wonderful holiday for the two of us.

                                                                  The fact that it is possible to walk quite easily to the towns either side of the villa, combined with the low cost of the restaurants locally, meant that we did no cooking - eating out each day at places recommended by other previous visitors / owners from their extensive information at the villa.

                                                                  We have already booked for next year, and cannot wait!

                                                                  Delightful villa in a peaceful setting with a wonderful view of the bay

                                                                  Jan S.

                                                                  We had a wonderful week here on our first visit to Crete. The local village was a delight in the evenings for a meal and a stroll. We could set our watch by the evening sailing of the ferry leaving port. The villa is well appointed and there are many seating areas to sit and relax, depending on the time of day if you want sun or shade, we really were spoilt for choice. We simply loved it.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Delighted that you loved Kera Villa (as much as we do) and enjoyed the choice of places to eat and to visit nearby. We always give guests who want to return a special discount and priority on reserving their chosen dates - so if you are thinking you might want to come back next year do let us know as early as possible.

                                                                  Thanks for finding the time to write this lovely review. Pattie


                                                                  Bill M.

                                                                  Beautifully located, quiet, well appointed villa with private 10 x 5m pool. Set in well maintained mature gardens and olive grove, the villa has been planned so that it offers privacy and is not overlooked on any side. Stunning views over the sea and to the White Mountains. Patio/terraces including a stunning roof terrace are located on multiple aspects meaning you can either catch sun or shade all day long. Located between Kalyves and Almyrida. Both towns are close and walkable but there are some steep hills which may be challenging for some. In addition there are some lovely local walks but the same hill warning applies - overall I recommend hiring a car to get the most that the area has to offer. The owner, Pattie, is extremely helpful and offers every piece of information and advice on the villa and area you could possibly need in a comprehensive welcome pack and house book.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  This great review contains many useful comments that will certainly help future renters who are considering staying at Kera Villa. Our guests often leave suggestions for places to visit and/or to eat and we put those into our house booklet.

                                                                  Fabulous place to relax

                                                                  Susan H.

                                                                  Had a fantastic week holiday at Kera Villa, it was even better that the pictures! Beautiful location and very private, gorgeous views from wherever you chose to sit and relax. Villa very clean and well maintained with everything you could possibly want. Couldn't fault a single thing. Ideal location as not far from Chania airport and walking distance from Kalyves and Alymeria. Would love to return.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Delighted to hear that everything met or exceeded your expectations and you really enjoyed your stay. Look forward to welcoming you back!

                                                                  Our visit to Kera Villa in Crete

                                                                  Anne P.

                                                                  Just retuning from a great stay at Kera Villa in Crete

                                                                  Having breakfast on the terrace overlooking Souda Bay is a very relaxing way to start the day, we also enjoyed many an evening meal in the covered terrace, what a treat to be able to BBQ there as well.

                                                                  The accommodation is first class, the kitchen is fully equipped, the living and sleeping areas are very comfortable.

                                                                  The swimming pool is very private and well maintained as is all of the property. we visited a number of Tavernas in the adjacent towns of Kalives and Almirida, both a short drive from Kera. The food was good and the staff very friendly.

                                                                  We highly recommend this property and look forward to returning for a future vacation.The owners Pattie and Mick were very friendly and accomodating

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It is some years since we had guests from Canada but we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Kera Villa. There are plenty of other tavernas and places to visit within walking or easy driving distance for you to enjoy if you make a return visit. You could also explore more of the island too - if you can resist the temptation to simply relax and swim here at Kera!


                                                                  Chania, Greece

                                                                  The small hamlet of Kera stands on its own bay between the villages of Almerida and Kalyves (both with shops and seaside tavernas) which are in walking distance or can be reached quickly by car. The sea is 20m below the villa and beach access is 100m along the lane. FIND US on Google earth satellite- KERA VILLA is set higher up the headland to the left of Kera Studios - set in our own olive trees making the villa and pool very private. The immediate local area is entirely rural with olive groves and grape vines stretching back towards the White Mountains that look amazing especially when capped with snow. PLACES TO VISIT : Within easy driving distance is the old Venetian city of Chania, set around a lovely ancient harbour with waterside tavernas; it has good shopping facilities and interesting museums. Easily reachable are many lovely mountain villages and stunning gorges (like the famous Samaria Gorge). You can visit the ancient site of Aptera or travel a little further to Knossos or other Minoan ruins or sites. Also within driving distance are many lovely beaches eg. Elafonissi on the west coast or drive to the beautiful south coast on the LIbyan Sea; or further a-field there are daily boat trips to Santorini in the main season.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  All cleaning, WIFI and heating costs are included in the price as is 'reasonable' use of AIR CONDITIONING which means doors and windows must be closed when in use and not left running when guests go out.

                                                                  42 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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