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Freelance Holidays

Member since: 1990
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Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Greek
People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Freelance Holidays

Member since: 1990
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Calendar last updated:
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Villa Metapothia, Deluxe Villa with Pool

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday villa in Gavalochori - Villa Metapothia

6 bedrooms (all with en-suites) sleeps 12

Benefiting from magnificent sea views down the green and wooded valley to nearby Souda Bay and vistas towards Crete's distant White Mountains, Villa Metapothia's soft ochre walls and terracotta tiled roofs stand on a quiet hillside overlooking the village of Gavalohori.

For many years it was the dream of Diane, our Crete Operations Director, to build with her husband Yiannis, the perfect villa. Diane started with Freelance Holidays in 1988 at the tender age of 19 and four years later married Yiannis, a builder by trade. Finally, they pooled their experience and created this holiday home of which to be truly proud.

At first floor level, the main entrance leads into the extensive open plan living area. To one side, a comfortable sitting room has sofas and an easy chair grouped around a large fireplace set in an attractive wall of local stone, plus a massive picture window to make the most of the views down the valley.

At the far end of the villas living area, a breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the dining area. Designed by Diane rather than Yianni, the kitchen is equipped with an abundance of mod cons. The dining area has its own large picture window with views over the village to the mountains. Doors from here and the kitchen, open onto a covered terrace, with two large marble topped dining tables and from where steps lead down to the beautiful 9m x 5m pool (Depth: max 1.8m, min 1.2m) with a Jacuzzi bench in one corner, plus adjoining children's swimming pool (Depth 0.6m).

To the rear of the kitchen is a guest WC and wash hand basin and also a washing machine.

On the upper two floors, all four bedrooms have s French windows to their own individual terraces, complete with patio furniture and sea or mountain views. Three of these bedrooms have twin beds matrimonial style with en-suite shower rooms, whilst the master bedroom has a large double bed and an en-suite WC and wash hand basin with a hydro massage bath in a corner of the bedroom. This wayward bath also has a shower attachment and comes complete with its own window with sea views down the valley.

Below the living area at pool level and with their own entrance doors are two further spacious bedrooms both with en-suite shower rooms. One has its own covered terrace overlooking the barbecue area with twin beds and two futon sofas, that open up into double beds, plus a fridge which is useful for extra drinks as it is near the BBQ area. The other bedroom faces towards the entrance driveway and has a double bed and small L shaped sofa plus it's own sitting area near the garden.These ground floor bedrooms have external access only to the upper floors.

All rooms are spacious both inside and out, making Villa Metapothia the perfect holiday villa for large parties. Given Diane's credentials, it will be no surprise to learn that this villa is extremely well appointed, furnished and equipped down to the minutest detail, including a cold water machine that holds 10L bottles. There is also a good selection of holiday reading material available as well as puzzles, backgammon and of course, table tennis to keep all ages entertained.

The lawned gardens of the property are surrounded by high stone walls and terraced down the hillside. There's a lovely shady olive tree in one corner, whilst in a sheltered spot to the far side of the villa is a purpose built barbecue area with a huge table.

A lane from the village winds gently up the 130 metres to the villa past a number of neighbouring houses and is just a whisker too narrow for a normal car, although this is not really surprising in a village where, until recent times, donkeys were the favoured form of transport! The obvious advantage of course is that Villa Metapothia has no passing traffic apart from the long eared, four-legged variety.

**As an extra service at Villa Metapothia, for those clients who would prefer to enjoy their beautiful surroundings at the villa without cooking, Diane has arranged for a take away delivery service with one of the tavernas in Almirida, who will deliver your meal to the villa on serving plates (not tin foil dishes) and lay your table in readiness. Crockery etc can be returned the following day.**

EOT MHTE 10 42 K 11 3K 03371 00

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Freelance Holidays (Property Manager)
Call Manager
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Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Greek
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Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2015

About Freelance Holidays

Hi I am Diane

Freelance Holidays purchased this villa in 2005

Guestbook comments from the manager

I can't say enough, the whole experience was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
Aug 2010
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People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Reviews

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Villa Metapothia, Deluxe Villa with Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

Gorgeous villa!

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 families, 4 adults and 5 teenagers, who stayed at Villa Metapothia for one week in October 2012. The villa met all our expectations, and was just as beautiful as on the pictures. The bedrooms were spacious and bright, with terraces which were perfect for a cup of coffee and a book in the mornings when the teenagers were still asleep! The pool was great, we had lots of fun. We contacted Diane the first day, as we were 9 persons and there were only 8 sunbeds. An extra sunbed was delivered the next day, good service! We also appreciated the ping-pong table, which was used for hours. The kitchen was well equipped. There were big tables and lots of chairs for dining both outside and inside the house. We normally make some dinners at the house when we rent places like this. But not this time. A couple of minutes down the road there was a wonderful restaurant with great food and service, and low prices. We ended up here almost every day, I think we tried the whole menu! When we managed to drag ourselves from the sunbeds by the pool, we visited Chania, Rethymnon and the Imbros Gorge. There is much to see within a short distance. The scenery is beautiful. A car is necessary to get around. We really recommend the villa, we hope to come back. There is much more we would like to see in the area, and this beautiful villa is one of the best we have ever rented.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heidi, Thank you for your kind comments following your stay at Villa Metapothia, we were delighted to read you all enjoyed your stay and found the Villa to your liking, it sounds like you all enjoyed the local tavernas and managed to see quite a few of the must see's in Crete too. Once again thanks for taking the time to such a lovely review, and we hope you will return to Villa Metapothia or one of our many other villas in Crete and elsewhere. Kind regards James
Oulu, Finland
5

Excellent service all the way

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 Finnish families with 8 kids between 10 months and 15 years spending a week in this Villa. We had a great holiday. Good driving directions. Villa is very good for families with kids. Nice pool and barbeque area. I would recommend thhis Villa to my friends.

Description of the Villa is accurate, everything is as promised. The customer service of the Freelance Holidays was excellent all the way, beforehand, during our holidays and after.

Location in Gavalahori village was good for us, but you will need a car if you wish to go around.

Nice taverna down in the square as well as mini-market.

The weather in April was not as good as it could be but that was expected.

We walked through the Imbrosia Gorge.Nice!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Chania
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Souda
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Gavalochori
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Almirida
Car: recommended

In the centre of the scenic Apokoronou Peninsula, 2 km inland from Almirida and at the end of a green and wooded valley leading down to the sea, the beguiling little village of Gavalohori has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the past few years. This is in part thanks to a woman's co-operative where they make and sell local handicrafts such as lace and silk products. Many of the houses have been renovated in traditional fashion and the village has a pleasant air of both rural charm and prosperity. Dotted around the small square in the centre of the village are 3 local cafenions where the village males sip coffee and talk politics whilst desultorily twirling worry beads. After just a few days in the village you'll find it's easy to imagine owning your own little house here and blending into the local lifestyle, whilst your good wife tries her hand at lace making! The village also has a bakery, 3 small mini-markets and a couple of tavernas.

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Prices & Availability

From £159 Nightly

Prices for this holiday villa in Gavalochori, Chania area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 1
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
5 night minimum stay
£815
for 5 nights
From
£159
£1,133
 
 
Rate 2
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
5 night minimum stay
£965
for 5 nights
From
£189
£1,343
 
 
Rate 3
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
5 night minimum stay
£1,265
for 5 nights
From
£249
£1,763
 
 
Rate 4
1 Jul 2015 - 17 Jul 2015
5 night minimum stay
£1,915
for 5 nights
From
£379
£2,673
 
 
Rate 5
18 Jul 2015 - 21 Aug 2015
5 night minimum stay
£2,215
for 5 nights
From
£439
£3,093
 
 
august
22 Aug 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
5 night minimum stay
£1,915
for 5 nights
From
£379
£2,673
 
 
Rate 6
1 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
5 night minimum stay
£1,265
for 5 nights
From
£249
£1,763
 
 
Rate 7
1 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
5 night minimum stay
£815
for 5 nights
From
£159
£1,133
 

Additional pricing information

Accidental Damage Waiver £20
Notes Price is the total accommodation price.
Our Price also Includes:
24/7 Local Assistance
Free Pool/Beach Towels
Free Essentials Grocery Pack
Free Air-Con
Free Cot
Free Highchair
Free WiFi
Bed Linen & Bathroom Towels
Housekeeping (as per description)

A non-refundable charge of £20.00 per booking for Accidental Damage Waiver (ADW) will be added to the total price

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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 296 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , en-suite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , with washing machine
  • All bedrooms have an ensuite bath/shower room
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Principle Suite - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • 2 double, 4 twins & 2 futon sofas that turn into double beds. All twin beds can be pushed together without a gap between. Free Cots & Highchairs (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 12 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Plus ping pong table . Free Pool Towels Free internet access Free Cots & Highchairs (x2) Free essentials starter pack

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