|Minimum Stay||84 nights|
In Greek 'Chrisi' means 'golden' and when you stay at this gorgeous stone villa you will completely understand how the villa's name came about. The villa has been built using pretty honey-gold coloured stone taken from a small quarry on the outskirts of the nearby village of Gavalohori. The wonderful traditional features such as stone arches, and wood beamed ceilings, windows, shutters and pergolas all made from local cypress wood, blend seamlessly with every modern amenity to create a comfortable home that is welcoming in the extreme. In addition, Chrisi Villa has a hillside location with a stunning panorama that encompasses the famously picturesque Souda Bay, the surrounding countryside, and the scenic White Mountains, which at dusk are bathed with the vibrant gold and crimson hues of the setting sun that are usually only seen on a picture postcard. To complete this idyllic setting, you can often hear the gentle sound of sheep bells coming from the olive groves to north and west of the villa.
The laid-back rural location belies the fact that Chrisi Villa is only a few minutes by car to the well stocked mini-market and 3 very different tavernas in Kokkino Horio, or 10 minutes drive to the beach and many amenities in Almyrida. The attractive garden and lovely private pool terrace are a relaxing haven which you will find difficult to leave, however it would be a shame not to explore the area's countless wonderful sites, including the Ancient Roman Cisterns and Turkish Castle at Aptera, the Venetian Harbour town of Chania, and the sandy beaches and small rocky coves that are blessed with crystal clear turquoise water and are perfect for snorkelling.
All of the outdoor areas at Chrisi Villa benefit from the fabulous scenery that invites you to sit back and do nothing more strenuous than take in the far-reaching views. Mouth-watering meals with juicy locally grown salads and freshly caught fish that has been grilled on the barbecue can be savoured in the brilliant sunshine during the day, or under the breathtakingly clear star filled night sky. The pool terrace is flanked by 2 mature date palms and an ivy covered trellis that provides excellent screening, whilst the eye-catching pool takes centre stage with its sparkling waters that beckon invitingly. Guests who enjoy moments of solitude will appreciate the good sized, landscaped garden that incorporates areas with olive trees, natural stone outcrops, wild flowers in the Spring, and flowerbeds planted with colourful hibiscus, African daisies, Margarita daisies, oleanders, cacti, 'Hottentot Fig', and aromatic lavender.
The interiors of Villa Chrisi have many fine attributes and the relaxing atmosphere of a home away from home. Very comfortable and classically Cretan, the furnishings and decor are attractive and easy on the eye. The clever 'upside down' design maximizes the views from the upstairs living area and dining terrace, and helps to keep the 2 downstairs bedrooms naturally cool - although on the lovely long hot summer days and warm balmy nights that Crete is celebrated for there is air conditioning throughout the villa. A feature stone archway is situated between the bright living room and kitchen, both of which open out on to a large semi shaded balcony/terrace that has a teak dining table and chairs with green cushions, a barbecue, a potted bougainvillea, and overlooks the pool and surrounding countryside to the shimmering sea and majestic mountains.
The English owners spend quite a lot of time at Villa Chrisi and it is therefore not just your average holiday villa. Every modern comfort has been supplied including satellite TV, a DVD player, a stereo unit with a CD player, WIFI internet access (though top-up air-time cards will need to be purchased locally, a fully fitted, very well equipped kitchen, fully tiled bathrooms. The air conditioning units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, and there is a wood burning stove in the living room. For entertainment purposes a good selection of books and DVD's have been thoughtfully supplied.
In summation it can be said that anyone seeking a well-equipped stone villa at the end of a hill side track with breathtaking views and in close proximity to a charming, traditional village, will be completely enamoured by Chrisi Villa.
The main taverna in Kokkino Horio and the mini market are 1.5km from Villa Chrisi. The family-run taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, has delicious food, and very friendly owners (Zacharias and his son Yiannis) who know everything about the village and the surrounding area. During the summer months there are occasional live Cretan music nights at the taverna, which are a lot of fun. Kokkino Horio (“red village” in Greek) was the main village set for the film “Zorba the Greek”. There are little whitewashed houses and narrow streets that wind around the village centre. At the village kafenion you can find older locals who were used as extras in the film, and who will happily show you photos of themselves with Anthony Quinn. Also in Kokkino Horio is the famous glass blowing workshop and organic taverna. Here you can watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls. On the upper outskirts of the village is The Retreat Taverna which has beautiful views and is only 800m from Villa Chrisi. The coastline below Villa Chrisi is famous for its sea caves, and it has Koutalas cove, which is a rocky inlet with a small stony/sandy beach. Plaka Square is just 2.5km away and has 5 tavernas, 2 well stocked mini markets, a an Italian restaurant, a hairdresser, and 6 cafes. 7 minutes away by car is the lovely village of Almyrida which is built around a crescent shaped sandy beach. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are many excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans and Villa Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, and organised walking and coach tours.
For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 45 minutes away by car. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, what better place to relax and watch the world go by. In the narrow streets behind the harbour you will find tavernas, bars, the famous covered market, and many local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and hand made ceramics.
Within easy reach of the villa are Samaria Gorge, Imbros Gorge, and many other varied sites including Knossos.
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5 Nov 2014 - 30 Mar 2015
84 night minimum stay
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