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

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,520 sq. ft.
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:
August 19, 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
Floor Area:
  • 4520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • 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 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Washing machine.
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 and large, family bathroom with washing machine.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size, 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
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
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
The villa has many outside seating areas from which to enjoy the spectacular views or the beautiful gardens. The outside lounge and dining areas provide ample space for outdoor living whilst enjoying the wonderful views and sunsets.


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Luxury villa with private pool and gardens, fantastic sea and mountain views
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews

Fabulous villa with great views and only 10 minute walk in to the village

  • 5 of 5

The villa was very well appointed with everything you would need even for an extended stay. The main balcony off the kitchen and living area is superb with views to the bay and is a great place to relax and dine - we spent a lot of time chatting and playing cards late into the evening on here. The pool was large compared to some we have stayed at with plenty of space to sit in sun or shade. There is also lots of nice walking around the valley. Although we used a car most days to go to the beach at Almyrida it is around 45 min walk and best done early for some shade. We have stayed in this area quite a few times now and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and the beach front restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this lovely review and we hope you will come back again.
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Beautiful views, Lovely villa, very clean and tidy.

  • 4 of 5

We loved Villa Koumos, the views are quite special. And the local village and surrounding area is rich with history. Internally, it ticked all the boxes and served 4 adults and 2 children very well, with safety gates on all stairways. The view from the main bedroom is beautiful to wake up to. The pool and pool area is well maintained and the pool was a warm 28-29 degrees. The pool man is also the 'go to' man if there are any problems. We did have an issue with one of the a/c units but understand that is being replaced.

The local restaurants are good and the bakery has fresh bread every morning, and they make amazing cake. The restaurants at the beaches which are a short drive away are all very good and we found the standard of food and local wine was excellent.

The beach is safe for swimming and has been awarded a blue flag for cleanliness and lack of pollution.

There are some interesting places to visit, but a car is a necessity.

The villa next door is still under construction, but is now almost finished. This did impact us when sitting outside upstairs, but couldn't be heard down in the pool area and wasn't constant. It didn't impact our holiday and we all had a fabulous time there. We would certainly book Villa Koumos again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Villa Koumos. Thanks also for reporting the faulty air conditioning unit. We have all five units serviced every year but this one has now been replaced. I really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again.
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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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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
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 18 2018
14 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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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