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VILLA ELENI - TRADITIONAL STYLE HOUSE WITH MODERN AMENITIES AND POOL

Elaine

Speaks French, German, English
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Elaine

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VILLA ELENI - TRADITIONAL STYLE HOUSE WITH MODERN AMENITIES AND POOL

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WiFi. 2 Bedrooms, One En-suite, Bathroom, Open Plan Living Area And Sea View

Villa Eleni has a large airy open-plan sitting room with a traditional Greek high wooden beamed ceiling. WiFi Router with free internet use. A wood-burning open fireplace occupies one corner, a useful supplement to the central heating for cosy evenings at each end of the season. There are two sets of French doors for welcome ventilation in summer, one leading to the balcony overlooking the pine-forested valley, and the other to the garden and a crystalline turquoise infinity pool. An excellent supply of books and DVDs fills two bookcases. Pool dimensions 7 x 4 metres, Depth 1.1 to 2.1 metres. FREE WiFi!

The kitchen is fully equipped, with an extensive range of cooking utensils, good quality appliances and a selection of picnic plates and tumblers for use near the pool.

Six-seater dining tables both in the kitchen space and on the terrace provide a choice of eating al-fresco or indoors, both with a view of the sea. There is also a mosaic table at the side of the pool.

The two double bedrooms are light and airy, one with a king-size bed with a comfortable pocket sprung mattress, an en-suite shower, and French doors leading to the balcony.

The second has comfortable twin beds. Both rooms have plentiful wardrobe space and a safe.

The sparkling and spacious family bathroom has a full size bath with handles and a glass screened shower. All plumbing is UK standard, so toilet arrangements are not of the Greek bag-and-bin variety.

The extensive roof terrace with marble table is accessible via an outside staircase, and has a spectacular view over the pine trees to the sea. Equipped with marble table, sun umbrellas and sun-beds, this area is ideal for sunbathing, as below the level of the parapet it is not overlooked, except by the birds in the surrounding pines. The gardener can be relied upon to whistle to alert any topless ladies before he arrives to water the pots.

****The house is ideally suited to visitors with limited mobility. Cars may be parked at the bottom of the drive, from there on everything is on one level with the exception of the roof and the wild terraces.****

VILLA EQUIPMENT

Washing machine/ hair-dryer/ portable fan/ air-conditioning in bedrooms/ ironing board and steam iron/ safety deposit boxes/ free Broadband/ Satellite TV/DVD player/ I-Pod speaker deck

Full size Neff oven with ceramic hob/ small dishwasher/ fridge-freezer/ microwave/ filter coffee maker/ cafetière/ toaster/juicer/ small food mixer

Sun loungers and umbrellas at the pool-side and on the roof terrace/outdoor dining tables.

Pool towels and toilet rolls are supplied and silky-soft white cotton sheets are changed twice per week.

A Weber electric outdoor oven is available on request for barbecues

EOT LICENSED: MHTE 10 42 K 12 3K 03631 0 0

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
We spend a very nice time in Douliana in your wonderfull house with so many impressiv plants and the pool (I used it every day) with the great view over the trees to the sea. Our recreation was perfect because of the atmosphere of Villa Eleni. Also David's support was very pleasant.



We are very interested to come to Douliana again next year in May or June. I hope it will be possible and it is compatible with our employers an our family.



With best wishes from Cologne
May 2014
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Elaine

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2012
Speaks French, German, English

As long-time lovers of Crete, this house was a labour of love for us, intended for a retirement home. Personal circumstances prevented this, but Villa Eleni is a much loved, comfortable family home which is visited as often as life permits.

Elaine purchased this villa in 2003

This house is very much not a typical holiday let. The furnishings, fittings and equipment, were chosen for quality and elegance, as we would choose for our own home. As many of our visitors have discovered, you will feel that this is your home-from-home in Crete.

Every morning you will wake up to a spectacular view down a wooden valley to the deep azure Cretan Sea. A morning coffee under the pergola gazing at this panorama and listening to the birdsong and the sounds of village life can last all morning. Or all day.You will not feel that this is time wasted, after all, what are holidays for?

A refreshing swim in the pool does not mean that you have to tear yourself away from the view. we intended the pool to make full use of it, even if the pine trees have other plans! At night, if you can brave a midnight swim, you will feel in the words of one of our visitors, that 'At night the pool seems more of an infinity pool than ever'.

Arrival at the villa is, in the right season, a particular delight, as the front porch is clad with beautiful scented jasmine, assaulting the senses as you walk in.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Prior to paying a reservation deposit, always verify payment instructions by calling the number on this listing.
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and pool
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1079124
Douliana Chania area
4

UNA DELIZIOSA SETTIMANA

  • 4 out of 5
Abbiamo trascorso una settimana davvero speciale .anche il piccolo villaggio di douliana con i suoi abitanti ,la taverna ,le cen a casa,insomma siamo stati veramente bene.
Abbiamo avuto anche un problema con la macchina a noleggio e ' l'aiuto dei nostri vicini / custodi e stato prezioso.li ricordo con affetto per la loro gentilezza.
Sono una viaggiatrice di lunga data quindi i complimenti sono sinceri .... Bravi bravi bravi! Spero di tornare una settimana e stato un periodo troppo breve!
  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your short visit, and that our manager was helpful with the hire car. One week is certainly not enough for real relaxation, we hope you will return soon.
Elaine
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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1079124
Douliana Chania area
5

A GET-AWAY WITH PEACE TRANQUILITY & COMFORT

A get-away with peace tranquility & comfort
  • 5 out of 5
The villa is beautiful & well equipped. It is also well serviced. The maid and gardener turn up when they are supposed-to, and do a really thorough job. We had one issue & the property manager answered the phone straight away & came round within the hour to sort everything out. All are nice friendly people.

The pool is a good size & depth, & there is enough space to position loungers for sun or shade as you wish at any time of day. It is still just possible to see the sea from the edge of the infinity pool, but the trees growing down-slope have obscured the view a little compared to the picture-postcard - a pity.

The pool is screened by lovely shrubs & trees providing a good degree of privacy. There is a lot of space outside, with the pool area, veranda & roof-terrace, so its easy to either be sociable or get a bit of quiet-time as you wish.

The village seems to have been badly hit by the recession. Of the two taverna's in the village one was closed throughout our fortnight there. Messages on a blackboard often announced it's re-opening, but it didn't happen. The other one, on the opposite side of the village to the villa, was fine with good food at reasonable prices and friendly staff.

The village has clearly been extended in recent years, but most of the properties in the new area were empty when we were there, giving it a 'ghost-town' feel. Not necessarily unpleasant, but 'vibrant' it isn't. Similarly, the only shop in the place, in the 'Natalia's Houses' complex, was mostly shut, and when we did catch it open it had a very limited selection. However the lady there was extremely nice and helpful.

You're going to need a car to bring supplies back from Kalyves, which has enough shops & taverna's to supply anything a holidaymaker is likely to want, and the drive there & back isn't too bad once you've got used to the two hairpin bends. One tip: don't drive through Kalyves itself. The streets are narrow & busy. Instead when you get to the T-junction with the main coastal road head through a gap in the wall opposite onto a rough beachside car-park & walk from there. Kalyves is small enough to get around on foot.

On cars, be careful how long it is. We had a Volvo S60 and it was a pain to get in and out of the gates. Shorter = better!

Finally, I come to Oliver the resident cat. He's old but a real charmer, and kept well fed he keeps the many other cats away. A win-win for him and us.

We'd definitely like to come again some day.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is objective and helpful. The village is quiet, which is part of the charm of staying in a rural area. The nearest taverna changed hands only last winter, and as there were only two staff, it clearly suffered from its popularity at the height of the season. New tenants may be some weeks in taking over.
The mini market is exactly that, and is really only useful for essential items at short notice. Vasso, the owner will make every effort to obtain such items as eggs or bread that are needed regularly, but as with most Greeks, you may not find her in the shop or bar in the afternoon. Siestas are sacred!
The new development at the far end of the village is often deserted, but it has a charming atmosphere and is well designed and laid out, and rather reminiscent of Portmeirion, in a Greek incarnation. The properties were designed for sale, but under present conditions they are unlikely to do so for the foreseeable future.
Yes, a small or medium sized car is definitely a good idea. Especially so after partaking of the generous free tsikoudia always offered after a meal out.
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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and pool
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Douliana Chania area
5

TRANQUIL BEAUTY

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed there for a week with our adult daughter and were absolutely delighted with our choice. The villa is a true home-from-home, the best equipped we've stayed in, and with top drawer fittings and furnishings, making for a very comfortable stay. The pool area is private, with beautiful views. We really enjoyed being so close to some of the lovely beaches close by, most of which had really excellent and well priced tavernas for lazy lunches. Villa Eleni is definitely a villa we highly recommend, and would be very happy to return to in future.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1079124
Douliana Chania area
5

A CORNER OF PARADISE

  • 5 out of 5
Step off the plane in Crete and you relax. Step into Villa Eleni and take this to a whole new level! The villa is close to the centre of the village, but its location is secluded,giving peace and total privacy, with splendid views down the valley to the coast . The posted pictures look good, but the reality is much better. Having stayed in various holiday rentals, this house is clearly not in that catagory, but a true home away from home. The layout and fixtures are exceptional ,with extensive garden areas around the villa and pool to relax in, as well as a roof terrace for serious sun-seekers. The villa furniture is comprehensive and comfortable, particularly the beds, which we were reluctant to get up from. Villa equipment is second to none and we found everything we could possibly need for our stay.
If you enjoy self-catering, you will discover the extensively equipped kitched but, if not, the two excellent village tavernas are within a short walk, with one delivering pizza fresh from their oven.
Should you feel the urge to leave the villa, there are leisurely walks in the village or more extensive routes around the area. For the more adventurous, the gorges of the South coast are withing easy driving distance. A variety of beaches to suit all tastes are a short drive away, with Chania a little further for those who like shopping.
The villa is in superbly maintained and, although we had no problems, David in the villa next door is there to sort them out.
Crete is a place you will want to return to. Villa Eleni is too good not to come back to. Why would we want to stay anywhere else? J&M UK & Qatar
  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Douliana Chania area
Watford
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PERFECT, BEAUTIFUL AND SECLUDED VILLA

  • 5 out of 5
Villa Eleni gave us a perfect holiday. It is beautiful, well kept and clean and situated in gorgeous gardens with lots of wildlife. Despite being private and secluded, it has a village shop and two tavernas within easy walking distance with plenty of other places on the coast within easy drive. Comfortable, spacious, well equipped with plenty of helpful information and many touches that made it a fabulous home from home. We can't wait to visit again!
  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1079124
Douliana Chania area
5

TRAUMHAUS MIT GARTEN

  • 5 out of 5
Unser Urlaub in Villa Eleni war perfekt. Der Kontakt zur Vermieterin war von Anfang an herzlich und unkompliziert. Bei unserer Ankunft und Abfahrt wurde auf unsere Wünsche großzügig eingegangen.
Die Lage des Hauses garantiert ganz viel Privatsphäre, der Garten ist wunderbar gepflegt und mit vielen Blumen, Bäumen und Büschen ein richtiges Paradies. Es gibt mehrere Tische, Stühle und Liegen, so kann man jederzeit einen passenden Platz zum essen oder entspannen finden.
Die ganze Ausstattung des Hauses ist hochwertig, es hat nichts gefehlt.
Die Zentralheizung, die wir an manchen Abenden gebraucht haben, erwärmt die Räume schnell. Besonders gemütlich fanden wir den offenen Kamin.
Auch die Bäder und die Schlafzimmer bieten einen hohen Komfort, im Gegensatz zu manch anderem Urlaubaufenthalt sind die Matrazen in einem sehr guten Zustand.
Unsere einzigen Nachbarn waren der Housemanager und seine Frau. Sie sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.
Douliana ist ein winziges Dorf in einer wunderschönen Landschaft. Man kann hier durch bunte Blumenwiesen wandern oder auch kurz an den Strand fahren. Andere Wanderziele sind schnell mit dem Auto erreichbar. Die Taverne im Dorf ist nett eingerichtet, das Essen gut und man wird sehr freundlich bedient.
Wir werden dieses Haus auf jeden Fall unseren Freunden empfehlen und hoffen, dass wir bald wieder Urlaub in Villa Eleni verbringen dürfen.

Regina
  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Regina. We are pleased that the team's hard work is appreciated, and glad that you had a good, relaxing holiday.
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Chania
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Souda/Chania
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
National Highway
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Almerida
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Natalias
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Village Tavernas
Car: necessary

Douliana is a gem. Still a traditional and ancient Cretan village, it is reliant on sheep and olive farming for its main sources of income. A handful of rental villas add a mix of nationalities to the diners at “Ta Douliana”, a family-run taverna with a cool, tree shaded courtyard which attracts many Greek families from the surrounding area at weekends.

The kafeneion, in the tiny village square, is well used by the villagers and is an ideal place for people watching with a Greek coffee or a glass of raki, or tsipouro as the Cretans call it.

A small mini-market and bar at Natalia’s Houses is run by the charming and helpful Vasso Lourakis, who speaks perfect English. A second taverna next to Natalia’s Houses has an amazing view over the valley up to the White Mountains from the terrace. All are within easy walking distance of the villa. At nearby Vamos there is a traditional village bakery or in Kalives at 3km there are small supermarkets, several tavernas and a choice of beaches. The nearby village of Gavalohori has an interesting small folk museum and a lace-making cooperative.

The area is a nature lovers paradise, especially in Spring when the fields and lanes are a riot of wild flowers, and the nearby beaches are only minutes away by car. Archaeological sites abound in Crete, with one of the most interesting - Ancient Aptera - a short distance away. This site is still being slowly excavated, the latest discovery being a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. More famous sites and Heraklion museum are feasible in a day. For other activities, there is a water park, Botanical Garden, and two lakes within easy reach, as is the city of Chania with its Venetian harbour, elegant Neo-classical houses, and fascinating alleys. Water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, and snorkelling can be arranged, as can day trips on a variety of boats or yachts from Chania.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Douliana, Chania area

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
2014
1 Jul 2014 - 31 Jul 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,113
for 7 nights
£1,113
 
 
2014
1 Aug 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,239
for 7 nights
£1,239
 
 
2014
1 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
7 night minimum stay
£854
for 7 nights
£854
 
 
2014
1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
£455
for 7 nights
£455
 

Additional information about rental rates

Deposit of 20% required on Confirmation of booking. Balance eight weeks before arrival at villa.
Payment in pounds Sterling to UK bank, or Euros to Greek bank.
Notes All local and Greek taxes included.
During the summer season the villa changeover day is flexible. We regret that bookings for less than a complete week are not usually possible.

Rates are for the villa, not per person. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY FOUR GUESTS.


We do not ask for a security deposit, but we request that any breakages or damage should be reported to our manager who may charge for replaceme
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Douliana in Chania area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 105 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Hob ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Glass shower screen and handles on bath.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • British standard plumbing to septic tank. Toilet rolls provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • En-suite shower room to main bedroom. This room has french doors to balcony.Generous wardrobe and drawer space in each room. Second bedroom is double aspect and is bright and sunny. Air conditioning and safety deposit boxes in both rooms.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • MP3 Dock
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • bay
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • water parks
  • botanical garden
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • diving
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Suitable for persons of limited mobility.

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