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2 Bed Villa Set in Olive Grove With Private Heated Pool and Sea Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Kalyves, Tsivaras, Chania, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Secluded, 5 Minutes Drive to Beach

Sleeps 4/6, 2 bedroom villa. New build with private solar heated swimming pool. Amazing views to sea and mountains.

Built within its own secluded olive grove of just over an acre in size, ensuring absolute privacy yet Hestia Villa is just over a Km from the tourist town of Kalyves and one of the best beaches in Western Crete at Almyrida is but a few minutes away. Hestia Villa stands alone with its own 11m x 4m heated pool, no other property shares the site or looks onto it in any way.

Impressive glass doors open onto extensive balconies overlooking the magnificent infinity pool, olive groves and sea. At the side of the villa there is a shaded seating area, perfect for reading a book and relaxation.

Hestia Villa is well placed for exploring the old Venetian ports of Chania and Rethymnon, the Minion Palace at Knossos, the Limnoupolis waterpark, the unique beach at Elafonisi or walking the Samaria Gorge.

Registered with the Greek National Tourist Board.

20Mb satellite Internet with Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, washing machine, dishwasher, BBQ, 2x LED TVs, Blu-Ray, DVD, CD player and iron. In addition to Greek terrestrial TV, the Satellite TV receives about 800 channels from Astra 1 and Hotbird in many languages. Also included are a laser printer to print out those boarding passes and a phone with a UK landline number (available for guest use) so you can avoid expensive mobile fees yet stay in touch with family and friends.

The swimming pool is usable throughout the rented season, though the actual temperature will depend on how much sun is available to heat the water. You can expect the heating to provide a pool perhaps 5c-6c hotter than others in the area and up to about 30c, certainly it will be one of the warmest on Crete. In May 2015 pool temps reached around 27c-28c, which is comfortable for swimming and other local pools were reported to be 22c and quite cold.

Hestia Villa is a new build, the gardens were planted in February 2015 and are maturing nicely, the recently pruned olive trees are starting to return. The pictures shown were taken in February 2015 and will be updated periodically.

More Details

Phil Gillam
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Phil Gillam

Hestia Villa is jointly owned by two brothers and their families. Both Phil and Martin have professional Engineering backgrounds and are UK based. Phil currently runs a medium sized IT business and Martin is a Civil Servant, both having left the UK Automotive industry to look for something new. Both Phil and Martin have a proven ability to undertake projects successfully having worked within Quality Engineering roles for prestige manufacturers.

Phil Gillam purchased this villa in 2014

Why Phil Gillam chose Chania

Designed and built on a green field site to be a getaway place that we want to return to as well as a property that others will enjoy. We chose Crete due to the wealth of scenery, life and good weather over a long summer. Being British and hopeless at languages it helps that most Cretans speak some English! Hestia Villa is the result of nearly 10 years of visiting Crete, learning about the country and experiencing both the good and the bad of other places to stay.

What makes this villa unique

Hestia Villa is all about doing things properly. It is not built with the cheapest of anything, though neither is it overly plush for the sake of it. Every fitting and fixture is of a high quality, is correctly installed with a high level of workmanship, attention to detail is evident throughout. We wanted to enjoy staying at our villa and hope you will too!


Chania Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size bed, TV and a travel cot if required. Bedroom 2 with 2 x singles that can push together to make a second King size bed. High quality pocket sprung mattresses are on the main beds. 2 x single folding beds are also available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outside: 44m2 solar heated infinity swimming pool, 11m x 4m + steps with a max depth of 1.6m. 2 verandas, patio area and poolside. Sun loungers, parasols and BBQ. Utility Room: An ironing board and dryer are available and normal cleaning equipment is provided for day to day needs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Local English and Greek speaking management company. All towels and bed linen are provided. A mid clean is included for stays over 10 days. We can also arrange for you to be met at Chania airport, though our recommendation is for you to hire a car.


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2 Bed Villa Set in Olive Grove With Private Heated Pool and Sea Views
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Well appointed modern villa

  • 4 of 5

Positives - Nicely secluded villa and not overlooked & the views were amazing. Various seating areas and patios to take advantage of sun/shade throughout the day. Lovely big infinity pool with great views & comfy bed to sleep at night. Not to far from Kalyves far shopping, eating and bars etc. We would definitely would recommend this villa to somebody who doesn't do crowds and wants total peace and seclusion.

The only 2 negatives we encountered was firstly the long track leading to the villa needed strimming as the heavy thistles etc were the scratching the hire car every time we used the track. The other negative was that there were several days during our stay when there was an unbearable stench which we can only assume was the villa's cesspit which meant we could not use the patio outside the master bedroom and had to keep the bedroom's doors and windows closed. Another small niggle we had was the ants but this could be easily rectified by the owner leaving plastic storage boxes for food so the ants can't get in.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location and beautiful views. Pool was great and children had a great time using it . Didn't want to leave on our last day . Local area provided plenty of things to do , really enjoyed Rethymon. Travelled to Elafonsi which was worth the journey through the mountains , a beautiful beach with crystal clear water .

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful villa with wonderful views and outdoor space

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this villa. The decor was modern and sophisticated. The kitchen was well-equipped and had everything we needed, including plastic boxes to take a picnic lunch to the beach!

We really enjoyed having a fire inside on a couple of the cooler nights.

The best thing about the villa is the outside space and heated pool. There were 5 of us adults staying there and so it meant we could spread out and have our own space.

The location was really good and we enjoyed going to Chania a few times.

The only downside was one of us had to sleep on a fold-out bed, which wasn't the best situation (although we knew that when we booked) and on the first day the internet didn't really work.

Apart for that we had an incredible week and would stay there again. We would highly recommend this villa to anyone!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, private location, great views

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautiful and very private. The location is perfectly close to town, but just far enough removed that you have complete privacy and amazing views to enjoy. Inside the villa is not very large, but was just the right amount of space for our family of 4 (2 kids ages 4 and 6). Plus, we weren't spending a lot of time inside anyway. But, it had everything we needed.

The pool is beautiful. Unfortunately, since we were there the first week of April, it had not really warmed up, and the couple of times we tried to use it - everyone came out immediately, blue lipped and teeth chattering. I'm sure it's just lovely later in the season, but it was mostly just a tease for us.

We greatly enjoyed watching the sunsets and sunrises and lounging around the multiple outdoor seating areas in the evenings. We spent most all of our days out exploring Crete and the villa was a wonderful place to come "home" to after a busy day.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful little villa for couple

  • 5 of 5

New, smart and well-equipped, Hestia Villa is ideal for a couple or a couple with one or two small children. Furnishings and equipment are modern and of very good quality - flat-screen TV with satellite, DVD player with some DVDs, CD player with some CDs, a small library, really excellent kitchen, comfortable beds. The villa is open plan, with the kitchen, dining and sitting areas all connected, which makes it seem that there is more space than there actually is. Two bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with two singles, and one small toilet / shower room. For visitors from continental Europe or the US, do be aware that the terminology used to describe the beds is specific to the UK - the king-sized bed is only 150cm wide, the two singles 75cm each. But the real joy of this property is outside the villa, with a lovely 12 metre heated infinity pool, an extensive paved sitting area round the pool, a balcony with chairs on the main bedroom, a generous dining area, and another attractive covered sitting area with armchairs and sofas above the villa. The barbecue is a modern Weber 'Kettle'. And the whole is set in a large olive grove, far away from the neighbouring properties, with a view across Kalyves to Souda Bay and the Akrotiri Peninsula beyond. For light sleepers, there is a rather noisy main road to Kalyves below the villa. But for us, the only real downside of this fine property was the wifi, which is very slow and doesn't allow the downloading of even quite small email attachments; and for older kids, the absence of streaming may be an issue. Nick of Right Hand Man and his crew kept the house and grounds clean and tidy, and Nick was very helpful. A special thank you to owner Phil who called to advise us when the Greek air traffic controllers threatened a strike which would have prevented us flying home on time.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped, high spec villa with great view

  • 5 of 5

The villa is as impressive as it appears in the website photographs. It is located on a hillside surrounded by olive trees and has spectacular views across Souda Bay and of the mountain on top of which the Aptera ancient remains are to be found. Despite being peaceful and secluded, it is only a couple of miles from the small coastal town of Kalyves which has a long sandy beach and a good choice of tavernas. A car is essential to access the property and to explore. Western Crete is not overly developed and, away from the coast, it is still a traditional farming community living in villages and small towns.

There is good walking for those fit enough to cope with the hills. The villa's guest book indicated that young families had found plenty to do. We are of mature years and were impressed by the evidence of the island's long history. Some of the early settlements go back 4000 years. Over the millennia, Crete has been invaded many times and each invader has left evidence of its presence. The cities of Chania and Rethymnon both have the remains of fortifications and a Venetian harbour and they are good for shopping and buying souvenirs. The cathedral in Chania was an interesting and welcome escape from the heat. We would have liked time to explore further south and west and to visit some of the monasteries; also the botanical gardens at Fournes which, according to comments in the villa's guest book, has an excellent restaurant. Indeed, food was a great pleasure. Whilst international dishes, especially Italian, were readily available in all the tourist restaurants, we usually opted for traditional Greek dishes in the tavernas. Had we been less lazy, we could have patronised John the English butcher in nearby Vamos and had a barbecue beside the pool.

The temperatures were in the mid 30s when we arrived, reducing to the upper 20s by the end of the week. Inevitably we had thunder storms but they were at night so barely affected our activities. In these conditions the infinity pool at the villa was bliss. It would have been very easy to spend all our time there. It was better equipped than indicated on the website (eg binoculars) and it was spotlessly clean on our arrival. The management company visited on our second day and it was good to have this support.

Thank you. We very much hope to return.

Greta and Derek

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Cretan National Road
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Chania airport 40 minutes drive. Heraklion airport 1.5 hours drive.


1 mile to beach, 10 miles to Chania, 25 miles to Rethymon.

Further Details:


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email owner: Mr Gillam,

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner, generally flexible to fit in with flights from many locations.

Notes on prices:
We do NOT charge any extra for aircon, heating, pool heating, Internet access or any other facility at Hestia Villa. Everything at the villa is inclusive in your rental. Towels and linen are provided as is a mid clean and linen change for stays over 10 days in duration, again there is NO charge for this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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