Luxury stone built villa - 3 bedrooms - 3 bathrooms - near Chania and great beaches
- english, french, spanish, italian
About John Warwick
John and Christine Warwick. He is British, she is French/Italian. We both fell in love with Crete, the island, the weather, the locals and their Cretan hospitality. We had visited many other European Countries but never felt as comfortable and at ease as in this part of Western Crete. We had been looking for somewhere to buy and to share with our friends and extended family so when the opportunity arose we had no hesitation. We want our visitors to share the enjoyment we have experienced in this part of Crete and will endeavour to give you as much information as possible to ensure you a wonderful holiday.
John Warwick purchased this Villa in 2008
Why John Warwick chose Apokoronos
Precise google earth coordinates 35.418484,24.123226. I fell in love with the island the first time I came to visit and this triggered our desire to buy a property there. I am myself Italian and French & Crete reminded me of both Cote d'Azur & Toscana before these places were spoiled by overbuilding and mass tourism. Western Crete is considered the most traditional part of Crete. We are within easy reach from the wonderful old Venetian town of Chania as well as Rethymno with its Turkish legacy. The nearest beaches are only 10mins drive away. Our favourite because its so quiet & has lovely golden sand is located on the western side of Kalyves. When we desire a busier atmosphere and the commercial bars and tavernas we frequent the beaches in the Centre of Kalyves. Our local village of Stylos though is a must to visit & enjoy traditional Crete. Precise google earth coordinates 35.418484,24.123226
What makes this Villa unique
We called our villa Petra because it is stone built. Unlike Plaka, Almerida or Kokkinorio, in this hill-top exclusive location there are only 4 properties including ours and they sit wide apart in their respective plot of land ranging from 1500 - 4000sq.m. In front of the property you have an uninterrupted view right to the bay of Souda. And from November to often until end of April, the mountains in the back offer a stunning view with its white snow caps. Should you be sun-bathing at Easter in one of the loungers in the swimming pool area, you would then have the privilege to admire in one glance the snow capped mountains to the rear and to the front the blue sea in the bay of Souda. WOW ! We just love the location. Its idyllic and exclusive, set in unspoilt countryside.
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Superb views and very comfortable
Villa Petra was everything we hoped it would be and more: very comfortable and well appointed, well located for exploring the countryside of western Crete and - best of all - the dramatic views of the sea, countryside, villages, and mountains. Many relaxing hours were spent reading or lazing in the pool with that gorgeous view spread out in front of us. A wonderful antidote for the stresses of modern living, without sacrificing holiday comforts. The kids loved the pool and the wood or charcoal burning bbq was great. We loved the location - away from the noise and hubbub of the towns and other tourists. It is a short drive to Stylos to pick up provisions or eat at one of the tavernas. We also appreciated the thoughtful welcome pack of milk, juice, jam, butter and wine. 2 minor quibbles which can be easily fixed: the single bed mattresses downstairs were not comfortable (springs were prominent) and we struggled to make the wi-fi work, despite the instructions (difficult to top up the balance using the Cosmote page). 2 suggestions for an even better experience: we found ourselves wishing for electric fans to provide an alternative to aircon for personal cooling (especially when sleeping - the aircon is noisy and has a drying effect (and uses a lot of electricity and is expensive to run, although that cost is not paid by the guest)) and we would have liked some fuel and lighting fluid for the bbq so we didn’t have to duck back to town to pick up charcoal on the first night. But those comments do not lessen our overall endorsement of Villa Petra.
This villa on top of the hill with views of the sea was like Heaven on Earth. A dip in the pool every night after a day of sightseeing was both refreshing and relaxing. The villa was well appointed and the location perfect with short drives to all of our destinations. Thank you so much for making this home available to us. I would highly recommend a stay here!
A relaxing break with stunning views
Villa Petra offered a great place to relax in the sun and the food in the local villages was amazing. A great base to explore Crete and the enjoy the views from the villa
Fabulous villa in a truelly great location
Just back from two weeks at Villa Petra 11.08.18 - 25.08.18 and the accommodation was wonderful and if planning a trip back to Crete I would defiantly book this location again . Do not let the previous reviews regarding the road up to the villa put you off as the surface has been upgraded and now has a concreate base, which Christine reassured us was going to be done before we arrived. At the first attempt it is a bit daunting but once you have reached the Villa it is well worth the trip up and you could never get tired of the views across the valley and into Suda Bay. The accommodation was very comfortable with quality beds which gave our party a very relaxing nights sleep . It was also wonderful to sit on the balcony in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee and in the evening with something a little stronger and again take in the amazing views and the star filled sky at night .The accommodation has all the facilities you could need and a very clean infinity pool which tops up by itself each day.
We also took John up on the car hire and the whole experience was seamless from picking up at Chania airport and dropping off again.
Thanks again the Webster family
Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Petra as well this part of Crete. it is as you said, truly wonderful. We look forward to welcoming you again at some time in the future. Crete is like a magnet.
Sincerely John and Christine
Perfect get away
Beautifully located in the mountains close to the sea with spectacular views and birds singing. Comfty and spacious with easy reach to nearby tourists sights .
So happy you enjoyed your stay at Villa Petra. Thank you for your review. We sincerely hope you will return to enjoy this perfect holiday region of western Crete plus the tranquility of living with the Greek Gods at Villa Petra !
Fantastic villa in a lovely location
We had a brilliant, totally relaxing week in the 2nd week of October. Very comfortable villa that had everything we needed. Great location with both sea and mountain views close to Kalives and Chania. Loved the area and will be back.
Special interest holidays:
Petra is the perfect base for those wanting to relax in the quiet countryside or the busier beaches of Kalyves and Almerida (10mins) and for those wanting a more energetic holiday it is ideal for walkers and cyclists with many beautiful and interesting places to see around the immediate and surrounding area.
Flights with Easyjet,Ryanair , Monarch, Thomsonfly, Aegean are available to Chania from most of the major UK airports. HERAKLIO airport is an alternative. Easyjet and Ryanair flights direct to Chania. Car hire is available via our Car Hire recommended partner. Chania Airport 30 mins. Herlakion Airport 90 mins.
Provarma village - 2 mins.
Stylos village - 3 mins.
Plaka - 14 mins.
Kalyves - 10 mins.
Almerida - 12 mins.
Kokkino Chorio - 15 mins.
Chania (Venetian Harbour) 30 mins.
2min Drive into the traditional village of Stylos are small shops for everyday provisions and local tavernas. The busier beachfront and village of Kalives (10mins away) the nearest "largest" town has chemist, bakery, veg shops (which also sell the local red and white village wines!), banks, post office, numerous tavernas and cafes, mini-markets and two small beaches. Vamos - Health Centre, Tavernas and ATM. Chania (30 mins away) - (a bustling Venetian harbour) - Scuba diving, boat trips, water slide park, Saturday morning market, banks and much, much more. Chania, once the capital of ancient Crete, offers quaint, narrow streets as well as a beautiful harbour lined with tavernas and cafes serving excellent local cuisine. Further afield, a water park at Limnoupolis, the biggest karting track in Crete, opportunities for boat trips from the harbour at Chania and historical sights such as the World War 2 Allied and German cemeteries.
For those who enjoy walking a visit to the Samaria Gorge is recommended, which meanders for 18km down a tortuous trail to the pretty resort of Agia Roumeli. Also the natural freshwater lake of Kournas provides a picturesque venue for lunch or a swim. There is so much to see on this beautiful island of Crete. Too much for one holiday!