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Lovely Villa in Douliana With Private Pool, Mountain And Sea Views

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Douliana, Chania, Crete, Greece - Located In A Quiet Olive Grove 5 Minutes Easy Drive To The Nearest Beach

Located in a quiet olive grove just a short walk from the charming village of Douliana, Villa Adrasteia is a new stone house built to modern standards using classical techniques, making the most of the wild beauty of rural Western Crete. Furniture and fittings throughout are high quality and have been carefully selected to fit in with the character of the villa as well as to provide extremely comfortable high quality accommodation. Hellenic Tourist Board (EOT) Licence 1042K10002984501.

Cathy Butler
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Cathy Butler

Cathy and Simon Butler live and work in Cambridge UK. Cathy heads up open and custom programmes at Churchill College's Moeller Centre educational venue, Simon leads a team of engineers working on an enterprise cryptography solution. Both northerners originally (Cathy from Scotland, Simon from North Yorkshire) Cathy and Simon prefer a more rugged landscape than is provided by the Cambridgeshire fens which is partly why they decided to build Villa Adrasteia in the wilds of western Crete.

Cathy Butler purchased this villa in 2012

Why Cathy Butler chose Apokoronos

We arrived in Douliana for the first time in August 2003, our first "hot" holiday with our two young children Gabriel and Verity. We had a perfect family holiday staying in Villa Ionaida and decided that we might like to build something similar for ourselves at some point. A series of family holidays followed in various parts of western Crete but in the end we decided that Douliana provided a nice combination in terms of location, views, peace and quiet. We bought the land in 2009 and completed the main phase of construction by 2012.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Adrasteia is a large, spacious villa spread across three levels with panoramic views of the White Mountains to the south and a glimpse of the blue Aegean to the north. The living spaces in and around the villa provide plenty of room to socialise whilst also providing quieter places if you want to get away from the crowd. The villa is a short walk from the charming village of Douliana which is unusual in that there is no through-road, making the village exceptionally quiet even by Cretan standards.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Amazing, really comfortable and spacious. A lovely villa, amazing weather and a totally relaxing time. The pool was divine." - SR, June 2012

"Villa Adrasteia is the perfect place to relax on the island. The villa is superbly equipped with everything you need to feel at home away from home. We had a fantastic holiday and made excellent use of the detailed information provided by the owners on places to visit and things to see. Thanks very much for all your help, we look forward to coming again!" - JW, Jun 2012

"The most wonderful holiday, we were Crete novices and we have fallen in love with it! We have had the most wonderfully restful and relaxing break and were so pleased to be in such a lovely villa, thank you! The attention to detail was superb." - MP, July 2012
Feb 2012
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Apokoronos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Walk-in shower.
  • En-suite bathroom (shower only) to bedroom one. Main bathroom (shower+bath) and washing machine. Downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Largest bedroom on pool level, private terrace to side.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , View across pool to mountains.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , View across pool to mountains.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 / Five bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, 3 and 5 with king-sized double bed and en-suite, bedroom 2 and 4 with twin beds. Mezzanine with collapsible Z-bed and double day bed (can split to make two singles). Double sofa bed in living room. Both bedrooms have air-conditioning units.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Children aged from age four upwards are welcome at Villa Adrasteia, though the sloping location makes Villa Adrasteia unsuitable for those of unsure footing (young or old). Free WiFi is available in the main living areas (mobile broadband at about 2.5Mbps). Outside: Large pool (8.5m x 4.5 max depth 1.6m) surrounded by private pool terrace with parasols, loungers and tables, main terrace overlooking pool and roof terrace with parasol, lounger and panoramic 360 degree views of mountains and distant sea (Souda bay). The house is surrounded by a secluded grove of mature olive trees. Utility Room: Washing machine in main bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning/towels/linen included, maid service once per week, pool service twice per week. Other: Large mezzanine with double day-bed and electric fan, access to roof terrace.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Lovely Villa in Douliana With Private Pool, Mountain And Sea Views
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

Stunning Villa in beautiful and peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully appointed and built Villa. Lovely and spacious with all you could need to relax and unwind. Good facilities to cook including a lovely BBQ and Pizza oven.

Wonderful pool with stunning views of the surrounding area and White Mountains. Lots of Olive trees and wildflowers around, a good base for getting around.

We had a wonderful trip and break, it was so peaceful when we were at the villa and the pool is a good size for fun and a swim.

For getting there I suggest you download the HomeAway app and open your trip as it will provide google map directions direct to the villa.

A great place, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Simon very pleased to hear that you had a nice time at Villa Adrasteia!
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Fantastic Villa in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The owners have done a beautiful job in building this fantastic villa in a lovely secluded spot overlooking olive groves with mountain views beyond.

A secluded haven to unwind in with a great pool to plunge into when it gets too warm.The villa has all modern appliances if you want to stay in and cook.If you wish to eat out there are good places to eat at Vamos or Gavalohori, only a 5 min drive, or 10 min drive to Kalyves or Almyrida.

The property is excellently maintained by David and Maria who come in weekly .

Our family loved our time here and would certainly recommend to others, and hopefully return again!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andrew glad to hear that you and your family had lovely time at Villa Adrasteia. We hope to be able to welcome you back at some point!
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Lovely villa with superb pool & mountain views

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday at this relaxing villa on the beautiful island of Crete. The villa is well located with good beaches and charming villages nearby. The pool and views of the mountains are superb. The villa has excellent modern facilities and is very spacious. The owners provided a great guide with helpful suggestions for places to visit and good restaurants. David and Maria looked after us and the villa very well. A car is essential for getting to the villa and visiting all of the beautiful places in Crete.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mark, delighted to hear that you and your family had a great holiday and enjoyed the villa. Hope to be able to welcome you back another time!
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Stunning Villa with private pool

  • 4 of 5

we had a wonderful relaxing stay at this peaceful villa set amongst olive groves with fantastic views of the white mountains, a spacious well maintained property near a small traditional village, would highly recommend it

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! - great to hear that you had a relaxing time and enjoyed the villa and western Crete. Hope to able to welcome you again some time!
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Beautiful and comfortable villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here, location is pretty convenient for nearby towns and beaches although best if you have a car, and views, particularly from the pool and main terrace, are fantastic. The villa was really attractive, spacious, comfortable and well appointed - plenty of cooking facilities for serious self-catering if that's what you are into, although as good for throwing some bits together from local shops. Was possible to keep cool enough even though in the week we went temperatures shot up to 40+. The owner provides a comprehensive and very helpful guide to the property and suggestions for restaurants (local and further afield), cafes and places to visit that we found to be spot on.

Thought this was great value for money and it would be my first choice when returning to this part of Crete (which I hope to!).

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Laura, we are glad to hear that you had a great holiday at Villa Adrasteia and enjoyed this part of western Crete. We hope to be able to welcome you back at some point in the future!
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Beautiful Modern Villa in Quiet Location

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended. Villa is very modern, spacious & well equipped & the owners could not have been more helpful. The location has glorious views to the mountains from the balcony & swimming pool side & from the roof terrace you can also see the sea in the distance.

The location is very quiet & for sure a pleasant & relaxing holiday is assured.

It is only a short distance to drive to Almyrida which has some great Tavernas & is a nice place to swim or chill out on the beach. Or you can take a longer drive to Frangokastello or to walk the Imbros Gorge enjoying a fantastic drive through the mountains en-route.

A car is essential for this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended


5 minutes drive to sandy beaches at Almyrida/Kalyves. 30 minutes secluded valley track to Almyrida. Spectacular beaches of Stavros and Phalasarna about 45 mins easy drive. Boat trips to Balos Bay from Kissamos (50 mins to Kissamos, regular boats from marina).


Chania airport 35 mins easy drive. Heraklion 2 hours by car.


10 minutes walk to Douliana village. Market town of Vamos 5 minutes drive. Picturesque Gavalochori village 5 minutes drive. Fishing villages of Kalyves/Almyrida 5 minutes drive. Venetian port of Chania 25 minutes drive. Venetian port of Rethymnon (with castle) 35 minutes drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Send us an email to find out more and receive our terms & conditions. In summary to reserve your chosen dates we will require a 20% deposit on the total rental with the balance payable no later than 2 months in advance of arrival. 100% refund applies to cancellation 2 months in advance of arrival, a reasonable cancellation fee will be deducted for cancellations less than 2 months in advance of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.