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PRIVATE VILLA ~ FABULOUS SEA VIEWS ~ OWN POOL ~ AIR CON & WIFI ~ PEACE & CALM

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Don Hutchin

Speaks English, A little French
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Don Hutchin

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PRIVATE VILLA ~ FABULOUS SEA VIEWS ~ OWN POOL ~ AIR CON & WIFI ~ PEACE & CALM

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Agia Galini - Vista Villas - Agia Galini

2 Bedroom, Air Conditioned Villa, Private Pool, Stunning Views. Sleeps up to 5

Vista Villas (see also, our advert No. 1307240 on Homeaway) are an extremely peaceful and intimate family of villas that lie just over one mile away from the vibrant, friendly and pretty town of Agia Galini on Crete’s southern coast. Each villa has its own private grounds, private swimming pool, and individually gated access. Formerly the sight of an olive grove, the recently built Vista Villas grew to maturity in 2009 and offer magnificent, panoramic views - incorporating hills and mountains as a stunning backdrop, and looking out upon the Bay of Mesara and the islands of Paximadia.

Details for holiday villa Villa Iremia, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Villa Iremia lies, with its own private swimming pool, on the valley hillside, with fabulous views to the Bay of Mesara, and sits just over 1 mile from Agia Galini’s heart and the sea. This offers peace and seclusion for those seeking holiday sanctuary without compromising the need for everyday necessities nor the desire for exploration and adventure. With this in mind, and due to the wonderfully dramatic and mountainous terrain of the island, motorised transport is something of a must - car hire is easily found, and readily available at the island's airports as well as in most towns (The villa has spacious parking for two cars). A balcony and sun terraces allow you to enjoy both the dramatic backdrop of the Psiloriti mountains, and the valley panorama down to the Libyan sea. Less than ten minutes' drive from the villa brings you into Agia Galini with ample shopping for essentials and luxuries, plus tourist information office and many excellent restaurants and traditional tavernas.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm

Don Hutchin

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2009
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Now in my early eighties and having worked as a carpenter, building manager and house-builder throughout my life, I have retired and spend the majority of my time living in Crete, enjoying the friendliness and warmth (both people and climate) here and a way of life so much more in tune with relaxation and the taking of time, to that of the stressful bustle back in England. I still love England and after 70+ years I still consider it to be 'home' but I know where I'm happiest and most content. Right here in Agia Galini, Crete. I had six individually designed villas, combining modern living with traditional styling, built here whilst taking a 'less physical' role myself and oversaw the project from start to finish. They're my life's work and I'm very proud of them.

Don Hutchin purchased this villa in 2006

I bought the land to build on here, just outside Agia Galini for several reasons. It was a comfortable distance from the town and harbour to reach in five or six minutes by car, and far enough away to soak up the peace and tranquillity of the stunning terrain and velvet black night skies. The villas stagger/terrace the hillside and look out at the Bay of Mesara just about a mile away. Also, I feel that the south of the island is more temperate as it edges onto the Libyan Sea. The south too, especially here, is not overly developed nor has it lost its authenticity to commercialism. Agia Galini, in my mind, is a great balance of old and new and gorgeous sandy beaches are within easy reach.

Staying here allows you privacy and relaxation. Your own pool glints in the sunlight (for most of the year!) and passing traffic is practically non-existent. The rhythmic humming of cicadas and the gentle clanging of goat bells are just about the only sounds to 'disturb' the silence here, but these melodies simply add to the feeling of calm meditation. A short drive takes you into Agia Galini where there are more than enough restaurants and tavernas to pick and choose from. Traditional Greek/Cretan cuisine and wonderful Mediterranean offerings or, if you're not feeling terribly adventurous, UK fayre can also be easily found.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday villa rental in Agia Galini, Greece

Villa Iremia
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
business
Villa Iremia
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p436164
+44 07725807503
Agia Galini Rethymnon area
Norwich
5

Superb in every way

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
Villa Iremia makes a perfect base for exploring Crete, particularly the southern beaches where you can relax and find your own slice of heaven. The villa itself is extremely well equipped and when we mentioned we couldn’t find a coffee pot one arrived within minutes. We were so well looked after and made to feel so at home that we have stayed in Villa Iremia for two years running and plan to return for a third. Don and Linda are the owners and they go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. On our first visit we lost our hire car keys. Linda contacted the company and arranged for a spare to be brought to us the very next day, and Don gave us a lift into town as we had made plans to meet up with friends staying in one of the hotels there. Later that evening Don and Linda appeared at the hotel and asked if we needed a lift back to the villa. They had been into Agia Galini themselves for dinner and made a point of looking out for us. Our friends staying at the hotel could not believe their eyes, and when they visited us at Villa Iremia they were really jealous because it is so beautiful and peaceful there. They are now planning to stay in one of Don and Linda’s lovely villas next year! We would happily recommend Villa Iremia to everyone we know!
business
Villa Iremia
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p436164
+44 07725807503
Agia Galini Rethymnon area
5

Happy Days

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
Villa Iremia is fabulous and so is its setting with terrific views of the sea. It is wonderfully peaceful and only 5 minutes from the cutest and loveliest of little towns - Agya Galini. Our two children - aged 7 and 9 - can't wait to go back and neither can we. And that includes our 70 year old mother! Theres something for all of us from souvenir shopping, lazing by the pool, snorkelling in the sea, lying on the beach, soaking up the history and nearby ruins, eating and drinking - so much delicious choice on offer!
We're all agreed... we're going back next year and can't wait to see Don and Linda again... your perfect hosts - so helpful and kind.
2014 - Villa Iremia here we come!
Owner's Response: Yes, you will have to come back and see us again.... you left a pair of shorts in the wardrobe! :o) Thank you all for taking such great care of our home, and for your warmth and friendship. We'd certainly love to see you again. We'll have the shorts washed and ironed in readiness!
Don and Linda.
business
Villa Iremia
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p436164
+44 07725807503
Agia Galini Rethymnon area
5

100% Perfect!

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
We all had a magical time at Villa Iremia and could not have wished for better. The pool was kept in tip-top condition throughout our stay and the house was beautiful. Sitting on either the balcony or the roof terrace in the evenings with a drink, looking out to sea as the sun set behind us was so peaceful and romantic, even with young children appearing at random intervals! We are a family of four, with two boys aged 7 and 10, and they loved Villa Iremia just as much as us grown ups! Agia Galini is a lovely little town with an uncrowded beach and lots of great tavernas to eat in at very reasonable prices. We cannot recommend this villa highly enough. But most of all, we were treated so well from the moment we got in touch with Paul to enquire, to the moment we all waved a sad goodbye to Don. Thank you for making our holiday one to truly treasure. See you next year! Sarah, James, Ben and Max.
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Villa Iremia
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p436164
+44 07725807503
Agia Galini Rethymnon area
5

The property was clean, cool and spacious

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
The property was exactly as described, clean, well-equipped and plenty of room for my husband and I and two teenage girls. The surroundings were beautiful and incredibly peaceful, only the odd goat bell breaking the silence. The pool was refreshing when the sun got too much.
There were plenty of lovely tavernas to choose from to eat at in the evenings, and none of them overly exspensive.
Don was the perfect host, there if we needed him and full of information about the best places to eat at and the best beaches to visit.
We could not find fault with anything, and had the most wonderful, peaceful, relaxing week.
I would definitely recommend it to family and friends.
Owner's Response: Beverley and her family were exactly as described: clean, well-behaved and thoroughly delightful guests. ,o)
Thank you so much for your kind words, helpful review, and friendship. It was our pleasure meeting you and corresponding with you.
Don, Linda and Paul.
business
Villa Iremia
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p436164
+44 07725807503
Agia Galini Rethymnon area
5

Peaceful, private perfection and helpful hosts.

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
Don't let the approach along a short dirt road put you off. It's o.k. if you go carefully. As you turn the corner it's like entering another world. No noise other than the twittering of birds and humming of bees. The villa is nicely spaced and screened from the neighbours and the views of sea and hills are wonderful. The villa is smart, modern and clean, with a good supply of equipment.
The pool, which is about 1.5 metres deep throughout, is kept in excellent condition and there is plenty of sunbathing space and shade on the patio.
Don and Linda are very thoughtful hosts and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. I should also mention UK based Paul, who dealt with the booking process in such a friendly and helpful manner.
If you are concerned that the villas do not show up on Google maps, fear not, they are shown on Bing "Bird's Eye view" so they really do exist!
Agia Galini is a short drive away and has numerous restaurants serving good food at reasonable prices. There are also a few small supermarkets, bars and gift shops. Those seeking all night partying will be disappointed and would be wise to stay in the north of the island. The town has a reasonable beach covered in sunbeds but there are many quieter and better beaches all along the south coast.
Villa Iremia is the perfect place to slow down, relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Location

Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Heraklion
Nearest Ferry
39 Miles
Rethymnon
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Agia Galini
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Taverna on Tymbaki road
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nida Plateau, Psiloritis mts (limited)
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Crete Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Taverna on Tymbaki road
Car: necessary

Agia Galini offers some great boating daytrips (with or without meals) to neighbouring beaches, coves and islets, as well as to the twin islands of Paximadia ‘floating’ sublimely in the Bay of Messara (as seen from your villa window!). Preveli beach lagoon with its two monasteries and small, palm tree forest is a sheer delight and well worth hopping on board a boat for a visit. Alternatively, drive there... it's not much more than half an hour away by road.

Fabulous weekly markets in the nearby towns of Timbaki and Mires run throughout the year and offer a huge choice of fresh, local and exotic produce from everyday vegetables and fruit, to honey, snails, cheese etc., as well as handicrafts and the occasional 'kitchen sink'. It's all there and wrapped in the warmest and most friendly atmosphere so typical of Greece, and in particular, southern Crete.

Nearest of Crete’s major archaeological and historical sites is the Minoan Palace at Phaistos (approximately 15 - 20 km to the east) on the fertile Messara plain. Equally as close and just as easily accessible are the historic site of Gortys and the stunning caves at Malala... open to visitors all year round.

Farther away (but worth every minute of the drive - allow at least 3 hours) in the west of Crete lies the Samarian Gorge - amidst The White Mountains. This stunning slice of beauty and mother nature’s art runs for 18 km and is the longest gorge in Europe. Known by locals as ‘Farangas’ (Great Gorge) due to its majesty and sheer size, the Samarian Gorge is undoubtedly Crete’s greatest natural treasure.

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday villa in Agia Galini, Rethymnon area

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
2014
11 Mar 2014 - 30 Apr 2014
£695
4 nights
 
 
2014
1 May 2014 - 31 May 2014
£745
4 nights
 
 
2014
1 Jun 2014 - 18 Jul 2014
£825
4 nights
 
 
2014
19 Jul 2014 - 5 Sep 2014
£995
7 nights
 
 
2014
6 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
£775
4 nights
 
 
2014
1 Oct 2014 - 2 Nov 2014
£695
4 nights
 
 
*Winter
3 Nov 2014 - 1 Mar 2015
£500
£1,295
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

There are NO 'hidden extras', taxes or fees to add to our prices.

A 15% deposit is required to reserve your chosen dates.

The 85% balance will be due to reach us no later than 2 calendar months prior to your holiday rental start date.

ALL PRICES ARE QUOTED IN GBP STERLING (British Pounds).

We can accept payment in GBP Sterling and in Euros. For a price in Euros, Please Ask. Thank You.
Notes WEEKLY RATES ARE INCLUSIVE OF ALL UTILITY CHARGES THROUGHOUT YOUR STAY (ie. water and electricity: air-conditioning / heating / cooking).

*MONTHLY WINTER LETS ARE AVAILABLE : SEE 'MONTHLY' PRICE.

PLEASE NOTE : MONTHLY WINTER LETS will incur charges for electricity usage (air-conditioning, heating, cooking etc) throughout your stay. Please ask for more information and a guide to costs.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Agia Galini in Rethymnon area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Full bath with shower over, WC and wash basin. On Ist Floor
    Cloakroom - Cloakroom with WC and wash basin only. Ground floor
  • Villa Iremia's bathroom is located upstairs on the first floor, is fully tiled and offers a full size bath with shower over as well as a toilet and a wash basin. An additional, separate toilet and wash basin are available in the ground floor cloakroom. Bath and hand towels are supplied and changed every four days.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Air conditioned. Large wardrobes. Balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Air conditioned. Large wardrobes. Shaded sun terrace
    Additional sleeping - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofabed In living area
  • Both bedrooms are located on the first (upper) floor: Bedroom 1 / Master has a double bed and large, built-in wardrobes. Air-Conditioning - Hot or Cold in bedroom. Doors open onto balcony. Bedroom 2 has twin beds (two singles) and a large, built-in wardrobes. Air-Conditioning - Hot or Cold in bedroom. Doors open onto shaded sun terrace.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace ...
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
Notes:
It is just over one mile to the village of Agia Galini and the beach where you will find plenty of small shops and a huge range of excellent cafes, tavernas and restaurants. For refreshments a little closer to hand, there are 2 tavernas on the 'Tymbaki Road' approximately one mile from the villa. The ancient Palace of Phaistos and the ruined city of Gortyn are within 20 minutes' drive. Other beaches; Matala, Kalamaki, Trio Petra - all quite beautiful - are within easy reach also. Villa Iremia offers peace, calm and high levels of seclusion. As with all of our villas, everything is for individual use and not shared. However, we do have a large, stone barbecue that anyone may use. You will, regrettably, have to supply your own charcoal, food and drinks!
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