Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Douliana - Villa Eleni
Free WiFi., 2 Bedrooms, One En-suite, Bathroom, Private infinity Pool, Sea View
Villa Eleni has a large airy open-plan sitting room with a traditional Greek high wooden beamed ceiling.Two comfortable sofas are arranged round a low coffee table to enable comfortable TV viewing on the flat screen TV, or relaxed reading of some of the many books that fill our two bookcases.
A WiFi Route ris installed 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. Pool dimensions 7 x 4 metres, Depth 1.1 to 2.1 metres.The pool is for the sole use of visitors to the villa and is cleaned and maintained to a high standard. FREE WiFi!
The kitchen is fully equipped, with an extensive range of cooking utensils, crockery and glasses, good quality appliances and a selection of picnic plates and tumblers for use near the pool to ensure your safety.
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 with a beautiful panoramic view of the forest down to the sea, and of the swallows visiting the pool for refreshments.
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 and a sunny double aspect. 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.
All linen is changed twice weekly during the service provided by our friend Maria. She will supply fresh, clean white sheets, bath and hand towels, and blue pool towels.
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.****
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.Weighing scales for serious cooks!
Oil central heating to radiators in all rooms, solar heating for water and a supplementary water heater for cooler days.
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.
The cost of rental is based on four sharing. We do not charge for two and then add a supplementary amount for any visitors above that. Four is also the maximum number of visitors of any age.
The house is on the edge of a friendly, quiet village, and the well planted and tended gardens provide relative seclusion from neighbouring houses. The gardener visits regularly to water pots and plants, so a free supply of oranges, lemons, guava and bay leaves is available in season.
Below the house is a wild garden which is home to Cretan wildlife such as Martens and badgers, the latter being kept from the garden by secure gates. A wander down the terraces is a glimpse of the real Crete, largely untamed and populated by untended olive trees, bay, asphodel, and tiny bee orchids in Spring. The scent of wild thyme wafts around you as you brush past the plants. Quiet and peaceful walks abound around the village, that is until you meet Andreas the shepherd with his flock on his daily expeditions.
The villa is licensed by the Greek Tourist Organisation, as all holiday accommodation should be, by law.
EOT LICENSED: MHTE 10 42 K 12 3K 03631 0 0
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
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
Why Elaine chose Douliana
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.
What makes this villa unique
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.
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