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Athina - Luxury Stone Built Villa with Private Pool - Maid Service - Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxury Villa with 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 10, 3km to beach

Villa Athina is a stone built villa in the traditional village of Gavalochori, 25km east of Chania Crete. Its unique architectural style is combined with modern facilities in order to provide an ideal environment for your holiday. The villa features 300 m2 of living space on a 1000 m2 plot of land. It offers complete privacy with its own parking space for two vehicles, garden and pool. The villa can accommodate up to 10 guests. It offers a stunning view of the White Mountains.

Free WiFi coverage throughout the villa. Beach towels are provided. The pools operate from March 1 to October 30.

Cleaning Service: Price includes daily maid service (bathrooms and bedrooms only), change of towels and linen twice weekly (more often if requested) and general cleaning once weekly.

Catering Service, groceries delivery: We can arrange for daily delivery to the villa of meals of the finest Greek and local Cretan cuisine. We can also arrange groceries delivery from local supermarkets, butcher shop, fruit stands and bakery.

Long term renting: The villa is available for long term renting at reduced rates during the off season (November to end of March). Please send us your request.

Further comments about the area:

The villa is located on a hillside in the village of Gavalochori in West Crete. Gavalochori is a traditional Cretan village situated in the Apokoron region about 3km inland from the coastal village of Almirida. Its location is 25 km east of Chania which takes about 20 minutes drive along the National Road. Gavalochori is an old historical village with approximately 500 residents which has retained its color and way of life. Several family run tavernas offer the visitor tasty dishes of Cretan cuisine. Near the small village square and within walking distance from the villa there is a coffee shop, a bakery, a mini mart, two tavernas and the Folk Art Museum. The surrounding area has several beautiful nature paths for walking or biking which lead either towards the sea or towards the White mountains. The coastal village of Almirida is less than 10 minutes driving distance. In Almirida you may find all basic facilities, such as a supermarket, pharmacy, post office, bakery, ATM, gas station and taxi service. It has a wonderful sandy beach with crystal clear water and a shallow section particularly suitable for small kids. This Blue Flag rated beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and sea sports services. There are several sea side tavernas and bars offering exquisite sea food and night entertainment. The large town of Chania of course offers the visitor a wider range of choices for shopping, dining and night life mostly centered around the old Venetian port. Some interesting monuments in Chania town are the covered Municipal Market, the Venetian fortifications, the Egyptian Lighthouse, the Synagogue, the Fortress of Firkas, the Mosque of Giali Tzamisi, the Arsenals, and the Othrodox Cathedral.

The villa can be used as a base for visiting several points of interest in the area:

3km to nearest beach of Almirida

10km to the exquisite beach of Georgoupolis and Kournas lake

25km to Chania town for shopping and night life

15km to seaside village of Kalives

20km to port of Souda

45km to Chania airport (code CHQ)

60km to Rethimno town

150km to Heraklion airport (code HER)

45km to the west coast beaches of Falassarna, Gramvousa and Balos

70km to south coast beaches of Elafonissi, Paleohora and Sougia

60km to Omalos Plateau and starting point of the Samaria Gorge

More Details

Christos Skalkos
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018


Apokoronos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bedroom 1 Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , En suite to Master bedroom 1
    Master Bedroom 2 Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , En suite to master bedroom 2
    Twin Bedrooms Full Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Common to the twin bedrooms
    Twin Bedrooms Half Bathroom - toilet , Common to the twin bedrooms
  • Each master bedroom has en suite bathroom equipped with bathtub with hydro-massage.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Regular or Baby cot can be added
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Regular or Baby cot can be added
    Twin Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Extra cot can be added to accommodate a third person
    Twin Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Extra cot can be added to accommodate a third person
  • 2 master bedrooms, 2 twins. Each bedroom has a balcony with a table and two chairs. Each bedroom is equipped with a TV (receiving local channels). Satellite TV is available in living room and can be used only with free channels. The master bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with tub (with hydro massage). A cot can be added in each of the bedrooms to accommodate an extra person. A regular or baby cot can be added in each of the master bedrooms.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Pool size is 16m x 6m. Up to two cribs and high chairs are provided for infants. A computer with internet connection is provided. Free WiFI access.


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Athina - Luxury Stone Built Villa with Private Pool - Maid Service - Sleeps 10
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Wonderful in every way

  • 5 of 5

I can't recommend this villa or its owner, Christos, highly enough. Everything about it was as good or even better than expected, and between Christos in the run-up to our holiday (who responded to multiple emails speedily and helpfully) and the wonderful housekeeper Froso during it (who did countless things to make our stay as easy as possible, including finding a birthday cake!), we couldn't have asked for more. The location is perfect - a few miles away from the busy coast but within walking distance of a couple of small shops and two or three fantastic restaurants. The villa itself is spectacular and so cleverly designed - you would hardly know it was in the middle of a line of four similar properties. There was ample space for our party of eight both inside the villa and also in and around the pool, where many of our group spent most of their time. If you're thinking of hiring this villa then just go ahead and book it - you won't regret it. We had a wonderful break and look forward to hopefully returning one day. Thank you Christos and Froso!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pros, great property!!!

  • 4 of 5

The only reason I did not give a 5 was due to the beds being hard. Otherwise it is a fantastic property!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing holidays

  • 4 of 5

we had very relaxing holidays with the great pool in our house and also a fantastic view. Enjoing the sunset we sit in our garden area and had a very good time in gavalochori. Also the little village of gavalochori was very nice and we love it.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice property, nice people

  • 5 of 5

Booking process was extremely smooth, and Christos helpful throughout - also putting us in touch with local car hire people as the big names at the airport were looking to charge us crazy prices.

First impressions of the villa were extremely positive: airy, spacious, clean, modern,. Plenty of room for our 2-family party of 4 adults and 4 children aged 11-15. Pool area nicely laid out and big enough for all to get in for ball games without being cramped together. Great views across the valley towards the setting sun of an evening.

Froso the cleaner was an extremely smiley and helpful daily presence.

Whilst this is on a development with a number of other villas, you are not overlooked - and whilst we were aware of others coming in and out of the shared driveway, privacy is maintained.

Air-conditioning is plentiful, and works extremely well. There were issues with the washing machine and tumble dryer during our stay, but Froso kindly offered to take our washing to another villa to get it done while the problems were fixed - so no inconvenience was caused.

All in all, the villa itself fully met our (quite high, bearing in mind the quite high price!) expectations of it. The one thing it did however lack, which has been a feature of all our previous villa holidays was a visitors' book where we could learn from the experiences of others and add our own comments for the benefit of others. So let me quickly do that here.

Gavalochori - sweet little village, Monica's tavern at the bottom of the hill does good Greek food and puts on some decent music nights.

Almyrida - closest beach, shallow, nice swimming but can get busy and we just went there once. Closest bank.

Kalvyes - sweet little town, the beach bit is hidden behind a wall as you come in from Almyrida and looks a bit forbidding. Go in - the bay is nicer than Almyrida and in Il Forno you have the best restaurant with the best front-of-house guy you'll find all holiday.

Georgioupoli - our favourite beach, we went past the busy main drag and round the corner to the beach club area. Paradiso was our favourite.

Chora Sfakion - lovely 1 hour drive over the mountains. Watch out for the nudist beach & hotel on the road in, we tried to stop there for lunch! Chora itself not too inspiring, back past the nudists we found a lovely stone beach and great Taverna somewhere called Koumelas or similar.

Rethymnon - pretty, nice hustle & bustle of an evening. Try the Lemon Tree restaurant.


  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay with family and friends!

  • 5 of 5

This villa has everything you need for a family vacation. The rooms are beautiful and spacious. I especially loved the sunset views of the valley and White Mountains. The villa is tucked away in a small village and is off the beaten path. We thought this was a definite plus and the beach was only a few miles away. There is a grocery store, bakery and excellent restaurant within walking distance of the villa. My kids loved the pool and fruit trees in the gardens! We would definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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*****AMAZING VILLA******

  • 5 of 5

Firstly we would like to congratulate Christos (The owner) on how stunningly perfect his villas are

The villa is one of five set in a stunning location with breathtaking views. Inside and out these villas are more than 5***.The villas and pools are all very private and the size of these villas means you're not on top of each other. BBQ's in the evening watching the sun go down with the views is just heaven. The village is a nice little village with friendly people and just a little drive away is a town with a lovely beach restaurants and bars.

The housekeeper is a really nice lady who is more than happy to help. We only stayed for a week and were really sad to go. Next year we will be booking for 2 weeks.

We had an amazing holiday and we would recommend these villas.

Thanks so much for making this holiday so special.

Can't wait till next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
CHQ (Chania airport)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
150 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Chania - Rethimno highway
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Village square
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Gavalochori is a traditional Cretan village situated in the Apokorona region about 3km inland from the coastal village of Almirida. Gavalochori is an old historical village with approximately 500 residents. It is a typical Cretan village with a small square where a coffee shop, a bakery, a mini mart, two tavernas and other convenient stores can be found. Several narrow streets branch off its centre and one could wander through several interesting sections of this officially protected village. Stone built houses with lovely backyards full of colourful flowers can be found. A lot of interesting buildings can be seen, such as the 18th century two room, arched olive oil press, the temples of Panagia and Agios Sergios, the old school, and the historical folk art museum. Within a short distance (5km) from tranquil Gavalochori one can drive to Almirida, a picturesque coastal village. You may dine there in one of several seaside tavernas or relax sipping your drink by a bar during sunset.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees


• We accept payment by bank wire or credit card or Paypal
• No security deposit against damages is required.
• 50% down payment with balance 60 days prior to arrival
• Check In/out : 15.00 hrs, 12.00 hrs
• If booking is cancelled more than 60 days to arrival all payments are refunded

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.