Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Platanias - Provarma Hills Villa
Very Spacious and Beautiful Hideaway Villa with Panoramic Sea and Mountain Views
A world away from the hustle and bustle of the villages on the north west coastline, yet only a short 5 minute drive inland through groves of orange and olive, Villa Provarma Hills is a sumptuous home that stands proudly on a hillside in 6000m2 of very private grounds that include a chapel, a sparkling pool with a separate children's section, a children's playground, a cypress wood barbeque house with a bread/pizza oven, an immaculate lawn and an olive grove. Surrounded by a verdant green and silver patchwork of olive groves and vineyards for as far are the eye can see, with sweeping views to the Azure Cretan sea and the majestic White Mountains, the location is enviable to say the least. It is immediately apparent when you drive through the electric gates that you are entering an exceptional property and we are delighted to add it to our portfolio of luxury villas.
Hans Huisman, a very candid Dutchman who travels the Greek islands to review properties for his travel website stayed here for a few days and then wrote that: 'this villa offers you everything you'd expect from a superior villa. The only thing lacking is a big round dot for a helicopter to land on. Be sure to fill up the trunk of your car at the local supermarket, because once you're inside the grounds of the villa you will not feel like leaving it again'.
The meticulous and charming owner, Giorgos, owns a marble and stone company, and has therefore designed and built the villa with a craftsman's eye for detail. Arranged over 3 floors, which may particularly suit large families or groups of friends, both villa and the surrounding grounds are grandly proportioned. The carefully thought out accommodation flows easily from one room to the next whilst the clever design guarantees that the interiors fuse seamlessly with the enchanting outside areas, so that the villa's guests can enjoy relaxed summer living whilst fully appreciating the outstanding views at all times. Thoughtful architectural features such as 15m tall floor to ceiling walls of reflective glass that frame the picture post card views and let the light flood in whilst keeping the heat out, and marble/tiled floors that extend from inside to out, ensure that the bright and airy interiors are kept naturally cool even during the height of the summer.
Quality furnishings and fresh, contemporary decor combine to make a tasteful and stylish home. The main floor boasts a beautiful fully-fitted kitchen imported from Italy, with a large inventory and an American style fridge freezer that includes a water filter and ice maker, a sun room with a marble dining table, a second elegant dining area, a chic lounge area with a marble fireplace, a choice of couches and chaise longue, a flat screen TV with satellite receiver, a DVD player, a stereo unit, internet access, electric shutters, and a cloakroom. The 3 top floor bedrooms and lounge area are accessed via an impressive curved staircase which is illuminated by clever inset lighting. The romantic master bedroom has a platform bed which looks out to sea, a walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom with a large and very inviting circular jacuzzi bath. The lower level bedroom, shower room and living room/games room provides a wonderful area to escape to for entertainment or seclusion. With independent access this lower level will particularly appeal to teenagers who can come and go without disturbing their parents, or for guests who would prefer an added degree of privacy whilst still being very much part of the holiday proceedings. The lower level includes a games room with a gym area that has a pool table, a table tennis table, table football, a treadmill, and 2 step machines. Every modern comfort has been supplied including free WIFI internet access, beach/pool towels, towelling robes, hair dryers, fully tiled bathrooms, silver grey aluminium doors, windows and shutters, mosquito screens, and air conditioning units in bedrooms and main living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters, and for the cooler nights early and late season there is central heating and 2 marble fireplaces. There is solar powered hot water or a back-up immersion heater.
The restful and relaxing interiors open out to equally captivating exteriors all of which benefit from the breathtaking panorama. Vying for your attention are the many sitting out areas which enable you to enjoy both sun and shade in privacy. Taking centre stage is the swimming pool which has iridescent water, family friendly Roman steps, and a dedicated children's area. The pool is surrounded by a stone paved sun terrace and flanked by palm trees and a lush lawn with a chldren's playground, a football goal mouth that is ideal for children to safely run around and play on. The enclosed plot has been landscaped into two distinct areas. Dotted around the garden adjacent to the villa are fragrant roses, hibiscus, cacti, yucca, conifers, and lemon and pomegranate trees, whilst the lower part of the property is an olive grove though which a small path leads to an infusion of fuschia bougainvillea and the villa's private chapel. The mature olive trees provide a perfect shady hideaway in which to doze on long, lazy summer afternoons. With no immediate neighbours, only the sound of birdsong or the cicadas chattering away in the olive trees will interrupt the silence of this tranquil location.
The garden and terraces are adorned with an array of comfortable furniture that includes sun-loungers, elegant couches with plump cushions, and a 2 person hammock, and invites you to do nothing more taxing than sit back and take in the glorious views and sunsets when the mountains are bathed in hues of gold, rose and crimson. You will be enchanted at night when the entire property is softly illuminated and lights twinkle in the distance from Chania Town and the coastline that spreads out below the villa. As the sun sets and appetites are heightened from a long day swimming and sunbathing, or cycling on the back country roads on one of the villas bicycles, or rambling on the local footpaths, it is the ideal time to light up the barbeque and bread/pizza oven. Backed by a wooded hillside and with views straight down to the sea, the private barbeque house and dining area are built from local cypress wood and will no doubt be the centre of culinary activity and fun family meals. A lovely way to end the evening is to lie back in the hammock with a crisp glass of wine from the local winery whilst looking up at the crystal clear night sky in the hope of seeing shooting stars.
Anyone wanting to be in close proximity to a wide choice of amenities, beaches, and tavernas, but with the option of relaxing in your own magnificent, peaceful, and very private villa, will find Provarma Hills an idyllic base.
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible