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Charming Stone Villa - Secluded, Tranquil, Sea And Mountain View, Sleeps 7

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 21 nights


About the property

Villa in Agia Paraskevi, Kerames, - Quiet And Peaceful - 5 Minutes Drive To Lovely Coast With Its Unspoilt Beaches

Preveli House and Garden Studio are located in the quiet village of Agia Paraskevi which lies between Agia Galini and Preveli, set between dramatic mountain scenery and the coast with miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, all just a few minutes drive away. For those of a more active disposition, the beaches can be reached by walking down the lanes through the olive groves. The local beach is Ligres with a fabulous sandy beach with good swimming and two tavernas. A little further away is the Fotini Taverna in a wonderful romantic spot right by the sea. This is a must visit place !! The huge sandy Triopetra beach has a cluster of tavernas at one end , some with sunbeds. All the local beaches are quiet even in the height of summer. In addition you can sample the local Cretan cuisine in various small traditional tavernas located in the nearby mountain villages. Try the one in the centre of Kerames and watch the old men drink their coffee and play dominoes . Wonderful places with excellent wi-fi and a picturesque village setting. Fantastic sea views from Kerames, just walk around the village. Our villa is fifteen years old, stone built, and stands alone in private walled gardens along a lane, on the edge of the village. We are very private and secluded. We have a large garden Ideal for sun bathing on sun deck, terraces and also shady quiet areas for relaxation.... There are two pleasant places to eat within a few minutes walk. Agia Paraskevi is a perfect place for a quiet holiday away from the crowded resorts but still offering lots to do and see, great beaches, great views and peace and quiet. We have very little light pollution so you can enjoy sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine gazing up at the stars in the night sky. At night the sound of the waves on Ligres beach can be heard. By day the tinkle of the sheep bells as they graze nearby.

Property Manager
John Garner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About John Garner

We are John and Sheila and we live in Derbyshire UK. John is now retired after running his own business for thirty years and Sheila has now retired after many years as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. We have four children and five lovely Grandchildren .

Although we both enjoy peace and tranquility we also really enjoy socialising and the area of Agia Paraskevi gives us both. The local villages of Kerames and Dramiskos both have traditional tavernas where the local old men gather in the evenings to have a drink of coffee or racki and a chat.

It is a lovely unspoilt area and very well worth the journey. Why not come and see for yourself.

John Garner purchased this villa in 2011

Why John Garner chose Agios Vasileios

We love Agia Paraskevi because of the remoteness, tranquility and the unspoilt beaches. The spectacular views of the mountains, the lovely unspoilt hill villages , the friendliness of the local people. There are several miles of beaches just down the hill through the olive groves. A few minutes drive and the choice is yours. Ligres and Triopetra beaches both have a choice of 2 tavernas to have lazy lunches or early evening drinks and both are ideal for families.Triopetra has a few sunloungers provided by the tavernas but these are unobtrusive. There are wild remote beaches with fantastic geology and drift wood and also sandy coves and inlets all waiting to be explored.

After a few days here we feel totally relaxed. It's a great place to be! The weather, of course, is usually really good.

What makes this villa unique

The property is just a few minutes drive from the fabulous beaches. We provide beach towels and umbrellas, snorkels and flippers are available at the house so you can travel light and make the most of the great coastline. The house is self contained and stands on its own in olive groves.

The garden has a low wall around it so is safe for children. The pool measures 4.2 metres x 4.2 metres and is 1.2m deep great for children. The garden surrounds the house so whether you prefer sun or dappled shade the choice is yours (sunloungers provided) The house can sleep 5 people and the studio a further 2, 7 in total.

Have a lazy afternoon reading, enjoy meals on the large rear terrace overlooking the pool and garden, watch the sun go down and see the moon and stars come out.

Guestbook comments from the manager


I just wanted to drop you line to say thank you once again for the use of your villa last month.

It really is beautiful and so relaxing, and I hope I can request a stay next spring a little nearer the time.

Many thanks, John L
May 2015
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Agios Vasileios Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1- corner bath with shower over, wash basin, WC- Bathroom 2 ( in apartment) has shower, wash basin, wc. Note. Bathroom 1 has an automatic washing machine.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This bedroom has floor fan for hot nights
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , This studio room has air con..
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , The single bed is full size...
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms - one is in the garden studio) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - One comfortable double bed with floor fan, Bedroom 2 - with air conditioning , double bed and one single bed - french doors to terrace and garden. Bedroom 3 ( in studio ) one double bed with A/C, A Cot is available for infants.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: OUR ETO LICENCE number 1041K91003032901 The accommodation is comfortable and very well equipped. It will sleep a maximum of 7. All bed linen and towels are provided. All beds have mosquito nets and windows have fly screens. There is a large rear terrace partially roofed which is ideal for socialising and in addition a sun patio, decking and private pool in the garden. Sun beds are provided. There are 2 restaurant/bars near by - both have large family pools and are less than 10 minutes walk away. Their pools are free to our guests in return for custom... Outside: The gardens around the house have mature olive and palm trees, there is a small private pool which is 4.2 meters x 4.2 meters x 1.2 meters deep with timber decking so parents can sunbath while watching their children enjoying the pool. There is a separate sun terrace in the garden. There are further quiet areas around the front and side of the villa for reading, sunbathing or just a quiet few minutes....Sun beds and outdoor dining furniture are provided. The terrace is used as part of the living space, partially roofed for shade, overlooking the garden and sea with comfortable patio furniture, a wonderful area for meals, socialising and viewing the sunsets and the stars at night. Utility Room: There is an automatic washing machine in the house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are included - including beach towels. Cleaning is included.


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Charming Stone Villa - Secluded, Tranquil, Sea And Mountain View, Sleeps 7
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 8 reviews

Lovely, peaceful hideaway in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

Great stay, lovely location and stunning views. The house itself is simple, clean and quite traditional with a great, sheltered terrace to sit in the sun and a splash pool for the kids.

Will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay, which must rate as one of our best holidays. The property was excellent - lovingly maintained - and the location was exactly as we wanted - a tranquil site set in unspoilt scenery and within easy reach of quiet undeveloped beaches. The property, although secluded, is not far from the local village and tavernas. The roads can be a little daunting at first, but they are generally well maintained, if narrow in places. A car is essential.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you likes our house. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. Its very nice to know you enjoyed staying in our little bit of paradise....
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Fab holiday destination

  • 4 of 5

We had a fabulous 2 weeks here. The house was just what we needed in a lovely secluded and unspoilt location and had great outdoor living space with a beautiful view down to the sea. The local beach, Triopetra, was one of the best beaches we found, and we'd thoroughly recommend Adoni's taverna there. The MiniMarket in Kerames seemed to be open all hours and provided everything we needed including fresh bread daily. Don't come here if you're after the nightlife party scene, but definitely do if you want to experience beautiful unspoilt Southern Crete.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Österreich, Steiermark

Wunderbares, ruhiges, gemütliches Haus in einer der schönsten Gegenden Kretas

  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten leider nur 10 Tage in diesem äußerst ruhig gelegenen Haus. Die Terrasse ist wunderbar geschützt, was bei den oft stürmischen Winden auf Kreta ein großer Pluspunkt ist. Der kleine Pool war gut gepflegt und eine angenehme Erfrischung. Es gibt ausreichend Poolliegen. Das Haus ist mit allem ausgestattet was man so braucht. Angenehm waren auch die Insektengitter an den Fenstern. Das Haus ist sehr geräumig. Auch das Badezimmer ist angenehm groß. Im Hauptschlafzimmer gibt es eine Klimaanlage. Die Kommunikation mit den Besitzern war sehr gut und ausgesprochen freundlich. Wir bekamen viele Tips. Auto ist erforderlich, der nächste kleine Supermarkt ist ca 4 km entfernt. Tavernen und Restaurants gibt es auch in Gehnähe. Wunderschöne Strände sind nach kurzer Fahrzeit erreichbar. Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen. Herzlichen Dank, wir hatten einen wunderschönen Urlaub

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bernd it was a pleasure to have you stay. I am so pleased you enjoyed your holiday!!! Please come again We will still be here. !! Best wishes. John
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Stroeby Egede, Koege

Skøn ferie

  • 5 of 5

Skønt hus med en fantastisk placering med frit udsyn over havet, fjerne øer og med ryggen til bjergene. Huset ligger, som det også er beskrevet i teksten, helt alene, og MEGET langt ude som nås med små veje. Så hvis man ønsker gang i den om aftenen, er det ikke her du skal bo. Om aftenen er der meget mørkt, med en smuk nattehimmel med mange mange stjerner. Kort distance til flere meget skønne strande, som ikke er overrendt. Kan kun anbefale huset, hvis det er ro og smuk udsyn fra poolen og terrassen man ønsker.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Haus in absolut ruhiger Lage

  • 5 of 5

Haus in absolut ruhiger Lage mit schöner Aussicht. Perfekt ausgestattetes Haus mit ansprechendem Außenbereich mit Pool und vielen Sitzmöglichkeiten. Bei absoluter Dunkelheit kann der Sternenhimmel wunderbar beobachtet werden. Ideal für unseren Familienurlaub mit Kindern und Partnern.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Monica. Very pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Thanks for your kind review. I hope you will stay again. Best wishes to you and your family. John
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Ligres beach
Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Heraklion or Chania
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Pegasus Hotel
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Pegasus Hotel
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary


A twenty minute walk from our house through olive groves and tracks to the coast area with lovely beaches or few minutes drive. The beaches are sandy,unspoilt and never busy. The Ligres beach is an ideal family beach with the traditional Ligres Taverna overlooking it. Great for a beer in the afternoon as well! The Triopetra beach is very long and as yet unspoilt with a few tavernas at the far end offering free sunbeds for customers. There are lots of coves and bays to explore.


Heraklion or Chania Airports are both around 2 hours and 20 minutes drive to Agia Paraskevi. Although a fair drive both are very straightforward. Car hire is essential. For car hire, airlines often do a good deal otherwise try Autoway or Justrentals via their web site.Both offer all inclusive prices no hidden insurance extras !! Agia Paraskevi is a lovely place. Remote and so peaceful - very well worth the journey!

Distances: Mini market in Kerames is a 7 minute drive away..

Spili with its Venetian fountains, supermarket, shops and cafes is about 30 minutes drive, Rethymno is about an hour and has a fabulous old town with myriad lanes full of shops and cafes to explore. Look out for Cretan traditional music and instrument makers . Preveli with beaches, gorge and monastery, the charming fishing port of Agia Galini with its selection of good restaurants. The Minoen Palace of Phaistos and the Roman cemetery and hippies at Matala. The lovely Amari Valley is nearby.

Further Details:

Internet: we have wi fi installed at the house and it is usually excellent . The mobile phone signal is also good. There is also good free wi-fi just 5 minutes walk up the hill at Pegasus Hotel. There is also wi-fi now at most local taverna's. The attractive village of Kerames has free wi-fi in the village centre. There is also a mini market at Kerames . Main Shopping can be done in Spili which has several good internet cafes as well as local supermarkets. The Local bank here has an ATM outside 24 hour service .Mosts guests will drive through Spili on their way to Agia Paraskevi from the airport. Spili also has an excellent Health Centre and Pharmacy Details and te.l numbers are in the house..

There are several local tavernas close to our house,all of which offer excellant local traditional foods and all at very reasonable costs. It is difficult to choose a favourite taverna as the standard is so high and the prices very reasonable but Fortini, Pavlo's and Adonis are outstanding. The village of Ayia Paraskevi has two small hotels with good sized pools which you can use for the price of a drink.

Places to visit, Ayia Galini, Palm Beach at Preveli and Spilli are all well worth a visit and only a short drive away. If you missed the Palace of Knossos on the journey down you can visit Phaistos another very interesting ancient palace! Further round is Matala where the hippies used to gather and visited by Bob Dylan. There is a music festival every year.. It a lovely place but fairly busy..


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owners to discuss bookings price offers and flexible booking arrangements.
Short breaks considered in off seasons. If paying directly I require a small holding deposit and payment in full one calendar month before your stay....

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the house and studio together. If you only need the house then we can assure you that the apartment will remain empty for your privacy.

Manager'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.