Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Livadia - Pericles Beach Villa
Luxury villa on the sea
Pericles Beach Villa
On the edge of the small rural community of Sfinari, this beach villastands on a large plot of land overlooking the sea, just where the little beach road from the village meets the coast and takes a sharp left bend in the direction of the three fish tavernas, bordering the shingle beach a mere 600 metres stroll away.
The erstwhile modest stone cottage, originally the home of a humble charcoal maker and inherited by his great, great grandson Pericles, a talented musician and violin player of some international repute, has been miraculously transformed into a remarkable holiday home.
Spacious terraces of crazy paving surround three sides of the villa, with a purpose built barbecue to the rear beyond which is a large area of lawn. To the side is the 9m x 5m pool complete with a small children's pool and a remarkably handsome palm tree. This front terrace overlooks the sea and is the place to sit and enjoy the sunsets as well as alfresco meals accompanied by the ever present sound of the sea.
Inside the villa is furnished and decorated in Pericles original style. On the ground floor the spacious open plan living area has high beamed ceilings supported by extravagantly thick stone walls, now mainly plastered but with randomely exposed areas of original stone work. At one end is a well equipped kitchen and dining area with full cooker, microwave, dishwasher and capacious fridge freezer. Nearby, a large solid dining table provides dining space for all and a sitting area has lovely views out to the sea by virtue of the large windows which concertina back, giving a wonderful inside/outside feeling in summer. There is a further attractive lounge area with 2 comfortable sofas, plus TV, DVD and Hi Fi system - and from here a staircase climbs to the first floor level where patio doors open onto the generous terraces supplied with comfortable bamboo patio furniture to relax and enjoy the sublime sea and mountain views.
At this level is the spacious master bedroom with queen size double bed and semi circular hydro massage bath as well as an en-suite shower room. French windows on either side of the bedroom lead to sea or mountain facing terraces so that you needn't miss out on either spectacle of sun rising over the mountains and the evening delight of it setting into the sea.
Across the hallway is a twin bedroom with a small en-suite shower room and patio doors to the upper terrace and, of course, sea views. The third bedroom is situated on the ground floor has a double bed and windows overlooking the pool and the rear garden. There is an adjoining full bathroom.
It's a rare thing to find a house in a position such as Pericles Beach Villa - with beach and tavernas within an easy walk and lacking the 'gloss' of a more tourist location and will appeal to those seeking the 'essence' of Crete.
* The owners have just recently added a volleyball net on the lawned area!*
EOT MHTE 1042K100000048800
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the manager
We had a wonderful and relaxing stay at Pericles. The villa/ village is quite remote so not an ideal place for touring Crete but, as this was my 15th visit to the island I've already seen quite a bit of it. My daughters and son-in-law were happy round the pool and with the snorkelling along the coast just outside the villa's garden. In the end we only visited Falasarna (perfect beach with tavernas and snack bars) and did some shopping at Platanos. Sfinari village provide enough basics, and everyone both in the little shops and in the three tavernas on the beach, were incredibly welcoming and friendly. It was almost a shock to visit Chania (I have been before) on the way back to the airport and be pestered so much by taverna staff and boat trip organisers. The villa itself was well appointed and had everything we needed. Problems with the air conditioning unit in one of the bedrooms continued in spite of attempts by the lovely owners to fix it but we had a really good holiday there.