2-6 person Modern Villa in Gavalohori, West. Crete - Quiet Location Overlooks Traditional Village With Views of Mountains & Olive Groves To Sea
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About Wendy Davies
Villa owner Wendy, her husband Eddie and their 2 sons come from Cheshire and have been holidaying in the Apokoronas region of Crete since the boys were little, enjoying the family friendly welcome in the local tavernas and the sandy beaches of Almyrida bay where the boys learnt to swim.
Wendy Davies purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Wendy Davies chose Gavalohori
After years formulating ideas of their ideal 'home from home' the couple distilled all the best facets of villas they had stayed in, added their own unique twist of a wrap around pool, and designed and built Villa Mia towards the end of 2006. They bought a plot of land overlooking the quiet traditional village of Gavalohori, the olive groves and the sea yet within easy strolling distance of the village bakery, shops and eateries. Equipped as their year round retreat, the Villa enjoys panoramic views, jaw dropping sunsets and offers solace from busy professional lives in the UK – a guaranteed stress-buster stay at any time of the year.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is quiet and above the village, so with superb views, but with all the village facilities just a gentle stroll away. The mosaic tiled pool is heated all year round by energy-efficient solar heating, at no cost to the guests and is entered by a set of gentle non-slip steps from the terrace.There is a pool "robot" ionising system to clean the water with minimal use of chemicals so no chlorine smell when in the water. With uninterrupted views across the olive groves to the village of Gavalohori, and beyond to the sea and mountains, this is an ideal place for a private, quiet, get away from it all holiday.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Strictly no smoking indoors or out please.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect Family Holiday
Our family had a fantastic holiday at Villa Mia. The location is ideal with wonderful views and it takes only 10 minutes to drive to the coast where there is a great selection of restaurants. The facilities at the Villa were just as described and the local village is only a short walk away. We would definitely return for a future holiday.
Stayed for a week in September. Villa is in a lovely location overlooking the village which has good amenities. It's only a 7 minute walk to the village square which has a few tavernas & general stores plus a bakery. Villa is comfortable & very well equipped. It has amazing outside areas & the pool is particularly nice. The temperature is great & it's very clean. We would highly recommend it.
This is our 5th stay in Gavalochori. The villa was very well equipped and comfortable. The location was perfect for strolling to the village and its fabulous tavernas. Also as a good base for visiting the West of the Island.
Crete never disappoints!
Great Villa, fantastic views, short trip to beach!
The owners were very helpful, kept us informed and answered all our questions before the holiday as we had not been to Crete before. The villa was exactly as described, lovely! It had all the mod cons, was clean and well maintained. Beautiful location with views of the mountains and sea, in a very unspoilt picturesque village. It was ideal for us as it was not far from the seaside but we had the advantage of staying in a very peaceful and relaxing place. We've had a number of interruptions to our stay at previous villas due to gardening, pool cleaning and housekeeping. Villa Mia accommodated our request for minimal housekeeping and disturbance so we could fully relax. The wi-fi was a bit ropey but Yvonne (housekeeper) sorted it. The owners recommended Auto Club who were very good and met us at the airport. A small car is best for the narrow roads. Directions were detailed so we arrived easily in the dark due to late flight. The pool was a good size, with outdoor furniture and BBQ,warm enough to swim for us Brits(!) and sun was very warm especially in the second week! There are nearby villas but it still feels private. The village has a couple of eateries and Monica's by the square is a great place to eat as is Kritiko restaurant with seaside views in Kalyves. There is lots to do at the beach or for the more adventurous snorkelling and diving. There is also a lot of historical sites to visit such as Aptera and Knossos (the latter by car or you can go by boat trip). The beaches were practically deserted as we were just out of season but it was warm enough to spend time there at Almerida (good for kids) or further up past Kalyves. Chania is the large city nearby with a beautiful venetian harbour for a day out.The village in which we stayed has a small but very nice folk museum and old olive oil factory from the 16th century that has been preserved as well as very old houses and a site that used to house an ancient turkish coffee house, you can see the arabic tablets on the wall! A local lady sells handmade lace from a house in the square (ask at the museum for opening times). Unfortunately it was shut whilst we were there for Easter. On Easter Saturday there is a service at the big church (past the museum) where they burn an effigy of Judas. Really amazing to see! We stayed for 2 weeks and it wasn't long enough to enjoy all that western Crete had to offer! We will definitely go back again to Villa Mia and will recommend to our family, friends and colleagues.
Glad to hear that you enjoyed the villa and got out and about to appreciate what Crete has to offer. There really is an amazing amount to do and see without going too far afield. Will talk to the housekeeper to see what she had to do to improve the wifi!
A winter stay
Villa Mia is a very comfortable home to stay in and it was good for us that it was as Crete experienced one of its coldest and wettest winters in decades. Consequently we spent a lot more time indoors than we otherwise would have. The house is heated by oil so were able to keep it warm but in Greece this is expensive because of the cost of fuel. We were never able to use the pool even though is was heated by solar. It did however look very attractive, as did all plantings around the house. I was always able to have a bouquet of flowers on the table.
The kitchen is very well equipped and we did use it quite often as in February the Gavalochori taverns had not yet opened. By March they were opening on the weekends. Monika's and Arismari both serve excellent meals. Fortunately 3 tavernas in Vamos stay open through the winter months and we especially liked Parasia which has live music Saturday nights.
We did quite a bit of travelling through out Crete and found that outside the big cities very little is open during the winter months. The area around Gavalochori fortunately does have tavernas, shops etc that do stay open because of the large mostly British expat community living in the Apkoronas area.
Wendy and Eddie were easy to work with and the local British staff that they employ were equally nice.
We enjoyed ourselves despite the weather.
Fantastic villa with stunning pool
Beautifully presented villa with a gorgeous pool, suitable for young children and older. Peaceful location with breathtaking and uninterrupted views of the village below and the mountains, but within walking distance of small local shops and tavernas serving delicious food, especially Monica's. We enjoyed our relaxing stay, spending most of our time round the pool and found the villa so well equipped, with all mod cons and plenty of books, games and DVD's if you needed. The owners were extremely helpful in all areas, from booking the villa to answering questions and providing extensive information about the property and area. I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to all my friends and to anyone visiting this area of Crete.
Just 7 minutes drive to the nearest beach (family friendly and shallow Almyrida at 4km) and numerous other sandy beaches within easy reach. Excellent snorkelling coves nearby as well as scuba facilities and a specialist water park less than an hour away.
Nearest airport: Chania 45 minutes at 25 Kilometres, whilst Heraklion is less than 2 hours drive
Nearest ferry: Souda at 15 Kilometres (regular ferries to Athens)
Nearest motorway: Kalyves at 3 Kilometres.
Car hire is recommended but not essential. We can assist with car hire using a friendly local company we have used for many years.
Nearest Barpub: Cafenion at 0.5 Kilometres.
Nearest Restaurant: Monica's Gavelianos Taverna at 0.5 Kilometres
Bakers just 7 minutes walk
Ancient wells just a stroll up the hill and native pine forest at the back of the villa. Roman, Turkish and Minoan ruins a very short drive away.
Local services & businesses: baker, mini-markets and tavernas in Gavalohori village (walking distance), ATMs and health centre and pharmacy as well as numerous bars and restaurants in adjoining villages.
Leisure activities: So much to do within easy reach, such as scenic drives, glass-bottomed boat trips, scuba and snorkelling, walking, horse riding, bird watching, beachcombing, sight seeing.
Attractions: forests, water parks, ruins, museums, live theatre, bay, botanical garden, autumn foliage, churches, restaurants, caves.
General: fireplace, iron & board, air conditioning, linens provided, clothes dryer.
Our aim is to deliver first class accommodation for the independent traveller at affordable prices, & to cater for all needs - including impaired mobility/disability. This property has been described as too good to let - but we do!
A short walk from the property takes you past ancient wells into virgin pine forest, or, if you turn the other way you are at the bakers & town square with cafeterias, tavernas & shops in less than 7 minutes.
For additional guest reviews and more details and photos see our own website - www.villamia.co.uk (link below)