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Absolutely fabulous private Villa with stunning infinity pool

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa in Xirokampi, Chania, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Ideal Location For Those Who Enjoy Exploring Crete's Most Beautiful Hidden Places

The villa was privately built in 2008 for the owners who are lovers of 'real' Western Crete. It has its own private large infinity swimming pool, with uninterrupted views to the west.

The unusual double height open plan living areas allow for cool AC controlled rooms in the hot months and centrally heated cosiness in the walking seasons. There are stunning sunsets and the balconies have breath-taking views of the sea and the White Mountains. Set in olive groves and with well-established orchards and gardens, a secluded and private holiday is guaranteed. The village of Xirokampi is 10 minutes from the beach and local facilities. tavernas and shops.

The Villa is maintained by an English couple in the next village who speak fluent Greek and will provide all the support necessary to make your holiday relaxing and interesting. If you enjoy walking, swimming from some of Crete's most spectacular beaches, lazing in your own secluded swimming pool and even trying out your Greek in the village, this is the location for you. Chania airport is only 30 minutes away and Elafonisi, Falasarna and Samaria Gorge are within easy driving distance.

The villa is fully equipped for 6 and, as it is a family 'home from home': there are toys, games, internet, musical instruments, art materials, a library and every comfort provided for a memorable family holiday.

if you would like more details, the owner, Dame Enid, will contact you personally by email and phone, to ensure that your holiday is tailor-made.

More Details

Owner
Dame Enid Bibby
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Dame Enid Bibby

The villa was built as a holiday home for our family and friends to enjoy. My late husband, Bob Bibby, was a travel writer and we wanted to build a second home that was in an authentic Cretan setting. We enjoyed walking, exploring, swimming, sailing and writing and the Villa was built with this in mind. The property contains many personal items which I am happy to share with our guests. It is unique in design and will suit sun seekers as well as those who love shade and reflection. I am always happy to talk to potential paying guests about the villa prior to booking.

Dame Enid Bibby purchased this villa in 2008

Why Dame Enid Bibby chose Xirokampi

If you want an authentic Cretan holiday, in a private villa, slightly off the beaten track, then this is for you. All my clients have given the Villa a 5* review and I have over 80% return bookings. My mangers are English and I provide a Welcome Pack to all guests.

The villa is great Off Season for walking, climbing, exploring and relaxing. In hotter weather, there is a private and secluded pool but also easy access to beaches, the Water Park and holiday activities for children.

What makes this villa unique

This is a family, architect-designed home which I only let to couples or small families, It is in a gorgeous secluded position, in a small typically Cretan village. It is off the beaten track but all tourist activities are accessible within a ten minute drive. Many of my clients are 'returners' and have been delighted with the facilities at the Villa. I have an English couple who maintain the property and who are available to assist my clients, as necessary.

Amenities

Xirokampi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , This bathroom has a Janet and John access for both bedrooms
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , This is a convenient bathroom for ground floor access
    Swimming Pool shower - outdoor shower , This refreshing shower is a handy cooling off area
  • Ground Floor shower room with WC. Upper Floor Bathroom with bath, shower and WC, with access from Twin Room and as Family bathroom. Outside shower by the Swimming Pool.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom One, AC, double bed on Ground Floor with access to shower room and private patio garden. Bedroom Two, AC, double bed on Upper Floor, with private balcony with stunning views to the sea and mountains. Access to family bathroom containing bath and shower Bedroom Three, AC, twin beds on Upper Floor with en suite containing bath and shower. Private balcony with sea and mountain views. Wardrobes and good storage in all rooms. Hairdryers provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This Villa is used frequently by the owners and therefore has many 'home comforts': a well-stocked library, beautiful interior décor and facilities for those who wish to use the Villa 'offseason'. The late owner was a writer of books about Crete and the Villa reflects our love of this part of the island. The Villa is situated in the middle of olive groves with its own private gardens, citrus orchard and including a charming walled courtyard garden. You may pick your figs and citrus fruit straight from the trees. The swimming pool has long shallow steps to allow non-swimmers to relax in the water. Six loungers, brollies and tables make relaxing by the pool very comfortable.There is a portable barbecue, deck games equipment and a large cellar storage area which includes a drinks fridge. There is also a canoe for the more adventurous (at your own risk!) Utility Room: Washing machine and storage of cleaning materials, ironing board. Further storage in the cellar for pool-side equipment and barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Villa will be cleaned weekly and the pool twice a week. Linen and towels provided with a weekly change or more frequently by arrangement. The Manager, his wife and the housekeeper are English residents in the adjoining village. The seating areas around the villa are all under tiled roofs with outside dining for ten. Exterior lighting and power points on all balconies and seating areas, hammocks, loungers and secluded gardens are provided for the comfort of guests. Every client has left 5* reviews and 80% of my clients are returning guests.

Reviews

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Absolutely fabulous private Villa with stunning infinity pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

A beautiful, private retreat in Western Crete...

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we park up at the top road and look down the steep slope past the heavily-laden fruit trees towards Bibby Villa we know we've found somewhere special. The sense of remoteness and space are what strikes us first, with the big skies and the splendid view westwards towards distant villages and the Rodhopou peninsula. Entering the villa itself we find a spacious and sensitively-decorated living area with adjacent well-appointed kitchen with everything we might need. The owner's locally-based support team have very kindly provided a substantial `welcome pack' of milk, bread, cheese and ham and other items so we won't need to go shopping immediately. We open the windows and shutters and explore the wide balcony, and look down at the inviting `infinity' swimming pool. A quick toe-dip in the water confirms it's a tad cold - it's October after all - but no matter, when the weather warms up there'll be plenty of opportunities for a swim. As we settle in to our holiday we realise that what's especially nice about the villa and its environs is that we don't feel compelled to get up early every day to go out and explore (...though we do visit quite a lot of the Western end of the island) - it's just nice to have a leisurely breakfast on the balcony, select a book from the thoughtfully provided small library, then relax in the sun on the terrace loungers, reading and listening to the songbirds and the hawks wheeling high overhead. We `cook in' on a few evenings during the week and, though the weather's getting a bit nippy, eat on the balcony with a bottle of splendid local red or rose wine, with a shot or two of raki to round off the evening - just perfect! We're well looked after by the owner's local team - a minor mishap with a bedroom door handle is swiftly rectified by "RHM" - and housekeeper Chris is an excellent source of recommendations for places to eat and visit. But all too quickly our week passes by and it's time to return home. We lock up, return the key to the key safe, and with a last wistful backward glance we drive back down the road towards Chania and the airport. But our memories of Bibby Villa are fixed now, and we know we'll be back some time.

Many thanks to Enid for the opportunity to stay in your lovely villa !

Geoff & Julia, UK

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a thoughtfully written review. It captures the unique design and location of my villa very beautifully. My support team will also appreciate their special mention, as it is reassuring to guests that there is always someone on hand to ensure that your holidays are relaxingly trouble-free. Crete in autumn has a charm all of its own and Bibby Villa was designed as a private family retreat for all seasons. You can be assured of a very warm welcome should you wish to return to our special 'home away'.
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5

An Outstanding holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We spent two fantastic weeks in this comfortable and well-equipped house. We’ve been renting holiday homes all around Europe for more than fifteen years and I can sincerely say that this house is one of the best. The villa has lovely views and is conveniently located for travelling around. The kitchen has everything one would need, and the pool is beautiful. From the villa we explored Western Crete: walked across some gorges, visited a couple of archaeological sites, swam in beautiful beaches and even had time to climb Gigilos (a very spectacular and accessible hike). We would love to return someday and we would definitely recommend this house to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very positive review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your family holiday in my Villa, as I like to ensure that my clients' experience is trouble free. I had the pool re-furbished ready for 2017, so I am pleased that you enjoyed it so much. If you wish to have a future holiday in my Villa, please remind me that you stayed in 2017, as I like to give previous clients a special 'returners' rate". Yassas!
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5

Beautiful villa in awe-inspiring location.

  • 5 of 5

Bibby Villa is a truly special place and we've been very lucky to have found it. The view, when you first step out of the car and look over the bougainvillea clad wall, down at the white villa, with the mountains and the sea behind it, is simply breathtaking.

The villa itself is very clean, well appointed and modern - but with tasteful furnishings to give it a homely feel. There are balconies to the two top floor bedrooms, which are both fantastic - the main bedroom's balcony offering an amazing spot from which to watch the sunset. The downstairs bedroom opens onto a patio, which is a perfect place to sit early evening to escape the sun. There is a ground floor terrace, pool side, perfect for family meals, and to the side is a shady hammock - a big hit with our children! The pool is a fabulous infinity style pool, with wide steps down, and is sparklingly clean and in full sun, with loungers and chairs around. Air Con in the bedrooms is a massive aid to sleep, as we were fortunate enough to have very hot temperatures during our stay!!!

The location was perfect for us. Very easy to reach from Chania airport, with a range of beaches and coastal villages to suit all tastes within a short drive. The villa itself is set in an olive grove on a mountain slope at the edge of a small, Cretan village - and is incredibly secluded and private, while not being completely isolated. As I have already mentioned - the views are simply stunning!

The garden is beautiful and we loved watching swifts and bats swooping down for a drink from the pool in the evening, as well as various birds of prey circling above.

Enid clearly is a very trusting person to allow people to share her beautiful home, and she is a pleasure to deal with. She has a team of people out there to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. I really hope we can go back one day to fabulous western Crete, and Bibby Villa!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this stunning review! I am always delighted when new clients appreciate the beauty of my villa for the first time. I have been very fortunate in having visitors who love Crete as much as I do, especially the private location of my villa in a very beautiful part of the island.
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5

WOW

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at Bibby Villa our first reaction was WOW, Jackpot!

The location is well appointed with magnificent far reaching uninterrupted views across olive & orange groves across the valley with mountains & sea in the distance.The villa is finished both inside and out to a very high standard with a well maintained garden of flowering plants & fruit trees. The villa was beautifully clean when we arrived and is very well equipped. We did not want for anything during our two week stay. We as a family of four spent a mixture of lazy days by the immaculate infinity pool & outings in the car to some of the many lovely sites, beaches, tavernas & into bustling Chania. A comprehensive welcome guide provided at the villa will inform you of some of the best things to do & visit. We have told a few of our friends & recommended the villa to them, but careful not to tell too many as we want to come back one day. The booking process was very easy & straight forward with very efficient & speedy correspondence with any questions we had. We have many happy family memories of our stay, Bibby Villa did become a real home during our holiday & we will never forget those amazing sunsets from the pool. Perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure to find that my family villa is loved as much as we love it. My clients always treat it as a 'home from home' which is exactly how we want it to be. Thank you so much for this most positive and detailed review.
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5

A very special holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

This is so much more than a holiday rental. This is a beautiful home that makes one feel honoured to have been invited to. The owner is incredibly generous in making everything available to the traveller - there's just one simple rule, replace what you use. If you want a private, quiet, relaxing holiday, then this is ideal. A hire car is a 'must' though. It's a 2 mile journey down to the main road to the bakery and small mini markets. A little bit further to a larger supermarket. Similar distances to tavernas. The pool is beautiful, the views are stunning, and the villa always has shady comfy areas if the heat gets too much for you. Quite simply the best holiday villa I have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review from a new client. As this is a private holiday home, I aim to make my guest's holiday experience as relaxing as if it were for a member of my own family. I provide a Welcome Pack for all guests and have my Villa manager readily available to help, if necessary The comments about the need to hire a car are important to note as the Villa was deliberately built for privacy and tranquility but to be within easy reach of the airport, Chania and other necessary amenities. There is a small taverna in the village within a few minutes walk but you do have to order food with 24 hours notice, as everything is prepared freshly for each customer. I hope the car hire expense is partly set aside by the flexibility it gives my guests to explore the beauty of Western Crete. I aim to maintain my 100% 5 star review record and I am delighted that many previous guests have returned each year. I always offer a discounted rate for loyal clients.
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5

Best Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many villas around Europe over the years but none came even close to Villa Bibby.We really felt we were borrowing a home for the week

rather than just a holiday rental - everything was provided to make our stay truly

a 5 star experience and we will be recommending to all our friends and family

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to have guests staying who really appreciate our family villa. Thank you for being such excellent guests and we look forward to welcoming you and your friends back to Bibby Villa in the future.
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Chania
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Chania
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Crete National Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
In the village and on the coast
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Platanias, Maleme, Chania
Car: necessary

Crete is one of the safest places for a family holiday with wonderful beaches and unspoilt 'off the beaten track' villages. Xirokampi featured in the Battle of Crete and its residents are fiercely proud of their island heritage. You will find the Cretan people to be courteous and generous, as 'xenophilia' (love of strangers) is part of their tradition.

Within ten minutes driving there are numerous beaches, with all the facilities one would expect in Crete. Famous beauty spots such as Elafonissi, Balos, Falassarna and the Samaria Gorge are all within easy driving distance.

Travel:

Chania Airport is 40 minutes away and Heraklion under 2 hours. Pick up from airports can be arranged but I recommend that you hire a small car from a reputable company for your stay.

The village of Xirokampi is only 10 minutes away from the popular resorts of Maleme and Platanias where there are numerous beach tavernas, ATMs and supermarkets. The nightlife is lively and family-orientated. Western Crete is the most green, tranquil and authentic area of the island, with many hidden gems to discover. The Villa contains detailed guide books and maps of the area.

Special interest activities: walking, art, diving, water sports can be arranged on request from my Villa managers who live in the next village.

My late husband, Dr Bob Bibby, has written a novel about the area and the Battle of Crete 'Known Unto God' and complimentary copies are available to clients.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
When the full amount is paid within 45 days of the arrival date, directions and further information about the Villa will be supplied. All financial transactions are made through HomeAway/Owners Direct, for our mutual security. Frequent communication with the owner by email and telephone will be available to answer any queries.
The property is managed by a local English couple on behalf of the owner. This allows for a personal service at short notice.
Changeover Day: Arrive after 15:00 and depart before 10:00, to allow for deep cleaning.
Flexible changeover day and arrival/departure times may be available. A Welcome Pack of essentials is provided. Additional services such as laundry or cleaning for longer stays is available on request.
Favourable rates are always offered to returning clients.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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