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Luxury villa with private pool and gardens, fantastic sea and mountain views

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

Overlooking a traditional village with tavernas and shops within 600 metres and only 5 km from a sandy beach

Villa Koumos has 3 large bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and is air conditioned throughout. All the bedrooms have patio areas with fantastic views. The attractive, heated pool is situated below the bedroom level and has gated access for additional safety. The villa is surrounded by well maintained gardens and is in an elevated location above Gavalochori. The area provides many choices of activities including walking, cycling, hiking, sandy beaches, water sports and boat trips. Villa Koumos will appeal to guests who prefer an independent and relaxing holiday in a superb location with all the comforts of home. Families with babies and young children will appreciate the additional equipment and safety features. Couples and groups of friends will enjoy the space, luxury and tranquillity.

John Butterworth
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About John Butterworth

I live in Lincolnshire in the UK and I'm the owner of Villa Koumos. I have a grown up family and young grandchildren, who love to stay at Villa Koumos. This is why I've made sure the villa is a safe place for children. I was immediately attracted to this part of Crete when I visited it for the first time in 2013. I returned in 2014 to find my own piece of paradise and I think I've done just that. I look forward to spending more time here with my family and friends in future years.

John Butterworth purchased this villa in 2014

Why John Butterworth chose Chania

Reading the visitor's book, I saw many comments from previous guests about the fantastic views of the mountains, sea and village and many about evenings spent relaxing on the outside veranda and enjoying the sunsets. I really love this part of Crete and especially Gavalochori, which retains its Greek character. Being situated in a cul de sac, on the edge of the village means few passing cars, peace and quiet, privacy and access to open countryside.

What makes this villa unique

Safe drinking water from the taps and modern plumbing which means no smelly bin next to the toilets. Spacious bedrooms with plenty of wardrobe space and direct access to the outside. Two bathrooms with full size baths and showers. High ceilings in the living area and white walls create a light and airy feeling. All the kitchen and laundry equipment you would have at home. Even when fully occupied, there are sufficient outside areas for everyone to spread out, have their own space and enjoy the gardens.


Gavalohori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • 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 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath, shower and wc. Large family bathroom with bath, shower, wc and washing machine.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, double doors to veranda with spectacular views. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds, double doors to veranda. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds, double doors to private patio.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Secure private gardens surrounding the villa. Large private, heated pool, with childrens pool, surrounded by a patio with sun loungers, umbrellas, shaded pergola and a barbecue. A beautiful rear terrace with table and chairs. The upper terrace, accessed from the kitchen and lounge, has amazing views and is furnished with sun loungers, an umbrella, a dining table and chairs. There is secure parking on the property for several cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included, and are changed twice a week. Pool towels are included. The housekeeper will come twice a week


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Luxury villa with private pool and gardens, fantastic sea and mountain views
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

The villa was far nicer than portrayed in the photographs. Very well equipped and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful area, beautiful villa, well kept, clean, spacious, comfortable, quiet and relaxing. A very picturesque area of Crete, definitely worth another trip and will recommend to friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, What a lovely review and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having you and your family as our guests and hope you will return. Kind regards John Butterworth
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Excellent villa in outstanding location

  • 5 of 5

The property is very well located, with a very high standard of accommodation with outstanding views, fantastic beaches within a ten minute drive. The garden is superbly maintained and the heated pool is truly luxurious. The environment is very private and secluded, allowing for a very high degree of relaxation. Excellent tavernas, small grocery stores and a wonderful bakery are within walking distance. One of our best ever holidays!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Thomas and family, thank you very much for sharing your positive comments about your holiday. It's very pleasing to know that my guests have had such an enjoyable time. I hope you decide to return in to Villa Koumos in the future and you'd be most welcome. John Buterworth
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Lovely villa in an impressive location with fantastic views of the surrounding area.

  • 5 of 5

As a family of four with a 5 and 3 yr old we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the villa. We made use of the pool every day and appreciated the inflatables provided. Loved eating out on the terrace watching the changing moods of the mountains. The villa is in a good location for visiting nearby beaches as well as visiting Hania and the White Mountains.

As previous guests have commented the property next door is still not complete with workers there most days. However this did not impact on the enjoyment of the villa.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Villa Koumos and I hope you will choose to return.
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A beautiful family Villa in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful stay at Villa Koumos, despite the presence of building work next door which was very low key and did not impact on our privacy or ability to relax around the pool. Location is perfect; with the village a short walk down the hill with a choice of tavernas offering cheap great tasting local food (most meals cost between 50 and 60 EUR incl. drinks for 4 of us), it was not necessary to drive so we could all drink if we wanted to. The sandy beaches at Kalyves and Almyrida are within a 15 minute drive and offer clear blue water to swim and a choice of tavernas on the beach. You can rent kayaks etc. from Almyrida (but kids must be over 16). The villa itself is finished to a very high standard with all of the facilities a family could wish for - we especially were looking for somewhere with a comfortable lounge area and Villa Koumos did not disappoint. The welcome pack of food and drink on arrival was a pleasant surprise. Thank you John for a great holiday - we shall certainly consider coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your very kind review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay at Villa Koumos and look forward to welcoming your family back.
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Lovely holiday home spoiled by building works

  • 1 of 5

The property looked lovely and there were many personal touches.

HOWEVER the owner failed to inform us about a house being built next door, the noise and dust from the works was relentless throughout the day.

The noise levels on many occasions exceeded the legal limit for which ear defenders would need to be worn of which I took several videos.

We immediately contacted the owner, but we were asked not to contact the owner again by the local manager due to a bereavement, which we duly honoured.

We left it sometime after our return to appeal to the owner for a partial refund, however this was declined.

We paid a considerable amount for our 10 days, but found it too noisy to use by day & ended up going out during the day most days, which incurred further outlay.

A real disappointment caused by the noise, as well as the let down of the owner failing to inform us (we were informed by the manager that he should have let us know of the impending works, and we would not have booked had we known) and also the lack of understanding at our loss of enjoyment for myself, my wife and young children.

A 20% discount from a future visit was offered, however it was not much use given that our holiday had been spoiled & we were unlikely to be visiting again.

A real shame, but all I can say is buyer beware, as you have no recourse.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Villa Koumos has been a rental property for 10 years and during this time we've received much positive feedback and returning guests. I can understand that building noise isn't something you want on holiday. Our neighbours decided to restart building work during this guest's stay after many weeks of inactivity. It wasn't something that was anticipated. The good news for future guests is that the building work is reaching completion, so we now have a very beautiful villa next door. I'm sorry that any guest leaves disappointed and offers were made to compensate you. I do invite you and your family to return to enjoy a more peaceful holiday and to contact me for special terms.
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Beautiful villa in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Villa Koumos. The villa is situated slightly in the hills which provides breathtaking views which we enjoyed from the upper terrace with a few glasses of the local wine. Villa comes with everything you could possibly need as well as some really useful touches such as a dvd collection which was perfect when the kids needed a break from the sun. The property and pool area were really well maintained and any problems we did have were really quickly resolved by the villa manager who couldn't have been more helpful. Aside from the fantastic local restaurants, which are only a 5min walk down the hill, there are some great beaches nearby and the beautiful old harbour in Chania is definitely worth a trip if you can bear to tear yourself away form the lovely pool area.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Monika's, Niko's, Arosmari
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Souda Bay
Nearest Golf
141 Kilometres
Crete Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
National Road E75
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Monika's, Niko's, Arosmari
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Almyrida - Blue Flag and sandy
Car: necessary


A 6 minute drive to a blue flag sandy beach.


45 minutes from Chania airport, 90 minutes from Heraklion airport.


600 metres from the traditional village of Gavalochri.

5 minutes by car from Almyrida


Rates & Availability

Gavalohori Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heating $127.83

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit will be taken on booking, the balance will be due 2 months before your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually a Tuesday but we will be flexible if we can.
Check in time is 4PM , check out time is 10AM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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