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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and private pool


Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and private pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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

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  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Elaine (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2015

About Elaine

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
May 2014
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Villa Eleni - traditional style house with modern amenities and private pool
average rating of 4.857143 based on 9 reviews

Fabulous. Just fabulous.

  • 5 of 5

Firstly the communication with the owner Elaine was excellent. She advised and reassured us regarding access issues for one of us with mobility issues which proved to be no problem for us, obviously check out your own issues if this is a consideration for you - but Elaine will give you sound honest advice. She also went as far as speaking to the cook at the local taverna to ensure she was forewarned about our strict vege diet, although in actual fact eating out in Crete wasn't an issue.

The villa itself is lovely. Well maintained and equipped being very spacious for four people. A comfortable lounge with heating and a fire so if like us you go out of season, so you can be warm and cosy once that sun goes down. There are a number of different places to sit outside including a good sized table which made for a very pleasant breakfast; sun umbrellas around the pool with comfy loungers, somewhat distant views to the sea but over lovely tree tops, all located in a quiet area where I don't recall hearing a car all week but I certainly heard lots of bird life. The location on the edge of a small pretty village means you can stroll in 5 minutes or so to the local taverna and after the red wine, raki and good food we were happy to have that walk back. There is a shop of sorts in the village but I quite enjoyed driving to the nearby village to buy bread, oranges whatever in a morning.

There is plenty to see in the area and whilst we had very enjoyable days out in Rethymnon, at the fascinating ruins of Aptera and (the very lovely) Chania, as the week progressed we found ourselves staying closer and closer to the local area and relaxing at the villa. Perhaps we'll explore more upon our return one day?

Future holiday rentals will be measured against Villa Eleni and Crete for us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was interesting for us to explore the local area for suitable vegan food, and useful in that we will be able to offer advice to future visitors on the subject.Greece is well known for vegetarian meals, but lesser so for vegan. We will be trying out some of the recipes I discovered -a bonus. It is good to hear that Anna at the Douliana taverna was helpful, as expected. A very touching review, thank you Nigel.

Una deliziosa settimana

  • 4 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: Jul 11, 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

A get-away with peace tranquility & comfort

  • 5 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: Sep 14, 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.

Tranquil beauty

  • 5 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: Aug 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

A Corner of Paradise

  • 5 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: Jul 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect, beautiful and secluded villa

  • 5 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: Jul 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
National Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Village Tavernas
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
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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Prices for this holiday villa in Douliana, Chania area

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2015** for euro rate see below
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
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2015** for euro rate see below
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
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July** for euro rate see below
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
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1 Aug 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
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1 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
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1 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes All local and Greek taxes included. EXCHANGE RATE 1.22 euros/pound. 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 replacement. Arrival 16.00 Departure 10.0
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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. EURO RATE FIXED FOR 2015 AT 1.22.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Douliana in Chania area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 105 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , British style plumbing, toilet paper is flushed away.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Glass shower screen, handles on bath. Toilet paper flushed.
  • British standard plumbing to septic tank. Toilet rolls provided.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Suitable for persons of limited mobility.

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