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TRADITIONAL CRETAN VILLA, LOCATED CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND MAIN SIGHTS

George Papachristos

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks English, Greek
People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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TRADITIONAL CRETAN VILLA, LOCATED CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND MAIN SIGHTS

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Gouves - Villa Athena

4 Bedroom Villa And Independent Stone Studio With Sea View

Villa Athena consists of a two-floor traditional villa of 150 sq.mt (1600 sq.ft), and a 50 sq. mt (533 sq. ft) independent stone apartment (which is rented separately),with a spacious outdoor area and a magnificent garden, full of colours, fragrances and local flora. The combination of stone and wood, with the surrounding olive grove creates a tranquil and comfortable environment The first floor of the villa consists of two bedrooms, each with two beds. On the ground floor there is a very big living room, dining room and kitchen, together with the bathroom and fireplace. On the next floor the are two more bedrooms, each with two beds and with their own bathrooms. All rooms have a closet, drawers and an LCD TV. The kitchen has a coffee machine, dishwasher and all the necessary amenities of a modern kitchen The house has a laundry machine, a fireplace and of course wireless internet connection. The stone apartment has a double bed, its own bathroom and kitchen. Furthermore, it has a fireplace and traditional furniture and decoration. The outdoors of the property are absolutely amazing. A well preserved garden, with a barbecue facility and a traditional stone-oven to prepare delicious meals. A lot of tables with colorful chairs and big sun umbrellas with sunbeds are there to help you relax under the Cretan sun. All this setting is surrounded by our family's century old olive grove, that gives the property a traditional Cretan touch. After all, olive oil is considered to be Crete's blood and the best quality of virgin olive oil in the world. The area is big and spacious, perfect for a family with children, in order for them to play and be close to nature's environment. Finally, the view towards the sea, the olive grove and the hills around is relaxing, while a walk towards the sea is 15 minutes away. The parking space of the property can easily fit up to five cars. (EOT 1039K10002991801)

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
George Papachristos (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks English, Greek

About George Papachristos

I grew up in Athens, where I still live and work. I spent all my life's summer and Easter holidays in Crete, in the property where today lies Villa Athena. The property was purchased by my great-grand father (died at the age of 101) and was cultivated with olive trees from my grandfather (died at the age of 94) and grandmother. From that day on our family gathers the olives in December and January to produce an olive oil of the best quality in the world. On this setting my parents extended and renovated the house, thus creating the beautiful Villa Athena.

George Papachristos purchased this villa in 1925

Why George Papachristos chose Gouves

This property is valuable for my family, because it goes back two generations. It carries with it our Cretan bloodline, our family's history and our cultural heritage. For us, and Greeks in general, family is the most important thing, it defines us in our life path. So, this property is closely linked with our memories as children, with images, fragrances, sounds and sentiments. Today, for our family this property, apart from producing our olive oil, which is the base of our diet, acts also as our retreat from the noisy and stressful city.

What makes this villa unique

The unique benefits of Villa Athena is its tranquil environment that makes it feel as a perfect retreat from the city, while being a 5 minute drive from anything one could miss from the city. The beauty of its gardens, the audors and colors makes the environment as relaxing as it can get. Its strategic location close to all the main roads and sights makes touring in Crete very comfortable. Together with the local tastes and drinks that you can enjoy in Crete, it feels like life cannot get any better. It is very difficult for one no to fully recharge here.

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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
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Gouves Heraklion
5

an other fantastic stay in villa Athena

  • 5 out of 5
We came back to Gouves for a second stay and we enjoyed it a lot again. We were 7 people. The villa was as great as the last time we stayed, nice and clean, and within the very beautiful garden. George is very helpful, it's easy to reach him and he's very efficient when needed. We would be delighted to stay here again as soon as possible.
  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3475028
-00306944999336
Gouves Heraklion
5

an other fantastic stay in villa Athena

  • 5 out of 5
We came back to Gouves for a second stay and we enjoyed it a lot again. We were 7 people. The villa was as great as the last time we stayed, nice and clean, and within the very beautiful garden. George is very helpful, it's easy to reach him and he's very efficient when needed. We would be delighted to stay here again as soon as possible.
  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3475028
-00306944999336
Gouves Heraklion
5

an other fantastic stay in villa Athena

  • 5 out of 5
We came back to Gouves for a second stay and we enjoyed it a lot again.We were 7 people.The villa was as great as the last time we stayed there : nice and clean, and within the very beautiful garden. George is very helpful, it's easy to reach him and he's very kind and efficient when if needeed. We would be delighted to stay here again as soon as possible.
  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3475028
-00306944999336
Gouves Heraklion
5

Perfect house in a perfect setting!

  • 5 out of 5
Situated in the middle of a large olive tree plantation this house has a beautiful setting. Secluded but still very close to the main highway going through Crete from east to west, it is a perfect place for families looking for both the closeness to cities like Heraklion, wonderful beaches and nice activities in the surrounding countryside. Very friendly hosts made the stay even better. I will forever remember those wonderful summer nights watching the sun going down, sipping on some Margarita in the front yard of the house. My best recommendations on this house and its surroundings!
  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3475028
-00306944999336
Gouves Heraklion
5

Just lovely

  • 5 out of 5
First things first... I was nervous about booking this Villa. I had all sorts of concerns because it only had a small handful of reviews and I had to transfer payment into the owners foreign bank account which is something I have never done and I knew that by doing this I had no back up if it didn't actually exist!! The owner even offered a Skype call with me beforehand to put my mind at rest.

The Villa is really well located being just a 15 minute or so drive from Heraklion airport. The owners Uncle patiently waited for us so that we could follow him to the property in our hire car - we never would have found it otherwise as it's quite tucked away.

It is spacious, clean and with all the facilities you expect from a holiday home (apart from a tin opener - I am sure George the owner can easily rectify this). I thought it was excellent value for money. The air con was appreciated and all rooms have fans too. Don't make the mistake of opening the patio doors at dusk on the first night - we were bitten to pieces and learnt our lesson. The terrace and gardens are very well kept and very pretty. My son befriended a small ginger cat that visited every day and christened him "Nikos".

It really is a very short walk (10 minutes down a quiet road) to what must be one of the nicest stretches of sandy beach in the area and the swimming was a joy. Even my toddler managed the walk there and back (he's two and 2 months).

I loved the Cretan food and it was great for my vegetarian husband. There are a bunch of restaurants in the nearby resorts to choose from. The nicest meal we had was in Analipsi at Volkano. The Rainbow tavern on the main road is probably the closest to walk to. Everywhere we went was incredibly child friendly. We also visited the Skotino cave above Gouves which is a lovely short drive. Knossos is only half an hour away by car. The aquarium is great on a hot day. My little boy loved the land train that goes through all the coastal resorts. The supermarkets in the resorts are pretty expensive - there is a Lidl on the main road on the way to Malia.

On departure day the owner let us stay in the Villa longer than we would have expected as our flight wasn't until the late afternoon. This was very nice of him and really helpful for us.

All in all a very memorable, relaxed and sunny holiday. Thankyou.
  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close To The Beach And Main Sights
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3475028
-00306944999336
Gouves Heraklion
5

Great and wonderful place to stay !

  • 5 out of 5
Everything was as beautiful as it was decribed by our travelling-agency (novasol). The house is in the middle of an olivetree-forest and it takes a 10-minutes-walk to the sea. The beach was amazing. What I truly enjoyed was that it was not very touristic though Gouves and Analipsi weren't far away to have a place for shopping, car-rents or boat-trips to Santorini for example. The whole place was very calm and relaxing and only surrounded by a few other houses. You should keep in mind that the next supermarket is maybe a 15-30-Minutes-walk away or takes 5-Minutes-ride with the car. We had a car and so it wasn't a problem at all. The house had everything we needed. The bathrooms were clean, the rooms were very beautiful, the beds were comfortable, the kitchen had great and good working equipment, every room had an air-condition and there was enough space to hang around outside on the balcony or terrace. The whole place was filled with flowers what was really beautiful. Me and my family truly enjoyed our stay there.
  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Location

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Iraklion Airport - 'Nikos Kazantzakis'
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Iraklion Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
The Crete Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Old National Road Iraklion-Ag. Nikolaos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Amirandes Beach
Car: recommended

The great advantage of Villa Athena is that it is strategically located close to all nearby attractions, not only of the area around, but of the whole Iraklion and western Lasithi prefectures. The basic must-see sights of the region are the palace of Knossos in Iraklion and the Archeological Museum of Iraklion, in the city center. A walk inside the walls of the Old town of Iraklion is absolutely recommended, as is the 'bougatsa' delicacy, which you can enjoy at the Lions Fountain. Another route that I would strongly recommend is a visit to the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos to the east, together with the beautiful villages of Milatos and Kritsa along the road. Of course one should not miss to swim in the beaches of Elounda Bay (where all the high-class resorts lay) and then have a seafood lunch or dinner on the waterfront of the village Plaka, with a breathtaking view of Spinaloga (a small island in the bay with a Venetian castle on top, which used to be a quarantine town for lepers). Finally, another great sight would be a trip to the Lasithi plateau, on the Diktis Mountain, where one can see the famous windmills and ride a donkey up to the cave, where Zeus was born in Dikteon Andron (over the village of Psihro). Some close-by attractions that you should not miss are the Cretaquarium in Gournes, one of the most interesting aquariums in the Mediterranean, and the numerous Orthodox monasteries in the region. Finally, if you are into hiking the various gorges and mountain paths will satisfy even the most demanding hikers.

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Gouves, Heraklion

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
January-March
1 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
7 night minimum stay
€671
for 7 nights
From
€96
€2,684
 
 
April-May
1 Apr 2015 - 31 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
€783
for 7 nights
From
€112
€3,131
 
 
June
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
€895
for 7 nights
From
€128
€3,578
 
 
July-August
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,416
for 7 nights
From
€202
€5,666
 
 
September
1 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
€895
for 7 nights
From
€128
€3,578
 
 
October-December
1 Oct 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
€671
for 7 nights
From
€96
€2,684
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€671
for 7 nights
From
€96
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit €200
Tax Rate 6.5%

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gouves in Heraklion

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View
  • city centre ...
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • river ...
  • rural ...
  • town ...
  • village ...
  • waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We always have someone waiting for our guests and guide them to the property.

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