|Minimum Stay||7 - 90 nights|
Tucked away on a quaint narrow side street within the delightful old village of Plaka, Villa Argiro is a charming and spacious village house that exudes warmth and character. The property is encircled by stone walls, and as you pass through the solid wood doors into the grassy garden and pool area you immediately find yourself in a hidden oasis of calm away from the crowds. Despite the central village setting, there are beautiful views to be seen from the private roof terrace where you can sit back during the day and look out over the higgledy-piggledy terracotta tiled roof tops to the nearby sparkling blue ocean and the distant White Mountains, or simply star gaze at night.
The convenience of the location cannot be praised highly enough and family members of all ages who like their independence will find it ideal. A short stroll of 140m brings you to the village square where the atmosphere is very friendly, and you can while away the hours under leafy mulberry trees sipping Greek coffee or cold beer with the locals, or enjoy a mouth-watering meal with a choice of traditional Cretan cuisine, souvlaki, breakfasts and snacks, and even Italian. With 7 tavernas, 3 well stocked mini markets, 6 cafes (1 with computers, video games, and free WIFI access), a hairdresser, and an Italian restaurant all close by, even the less active holidaymaker will find all their needs catered for. An 850m walk downhill brings you to the family friendly sandy beach and small fishing harbour in Almyrida that is lined with a good variety of tavernas, cafes, and shops. Almyrida proudly flies the coveted EU Blue flag which is only given to beaches with high standards in cleanliness, bathing water quality, and environmental and coastal protection.
A timeless ambience pervades this recently refurbished village house which cleverly fuses original architectural features such as open-faced stone work, stone archways, a feature stone fireplace, wall nooks - including one that was used over 100 years ago for the bucket of water from the well, beamed ceilings made from fragrant local cypress wood, and an ancient sheep watering trough in the garden, with contemporary furnishings and every modern comfort including: gleaming bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen with a ceramic hob, built-in oven, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; a flat screen TV and a DVD player in the lounge; tilt-and turn windows with mosquito screens, and independently controlled air conditioning units in the bedrooms. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, the air-conditioning units also double up as heaters and there is the working fireplace. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater. Due to the narrow lane leading to the villa, parking for the villa's guests is situated a short 50m walk from the villa itself, though luggage, shopping, and the less able can be dropped off right outside the villa.
Welcoming and extremely roomy, the interiors are cool and airy and ideal for relaxed summer living. The 2 downstairs bedrooms each have French doors that open out on to the well-tended lawn and pool terrace, whilst special mention must be made of the private master suite that takes up the entire first floor and boasts a king size bed, a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, and a private balcony with views to the sea. Adjacent to the gorgeous modern kitchen is an outside dining area with a built-in barbecue and a traditional wood fired oven for baking pizzas and fresh bread. This 'Summer kitchen' and dining area is shaded from the hot sun by a cypress wood pergola topped with red tiles and will undoubtedly be the centre of culinary activity and appetizing al-fresco meals that could include freshly caught fish, locally grown salads with sweet, juicy tomatoes, and crisp wines from the nearby Dourakis Winery.
It is a pleasure to spend time unwinding in the garden or on the large and private roof terrace - both of which are suntraps and are equipped with an array of comfortable furniture including sun-beds, umbrellas, tables and chairs. For those of you who prefer chill out in the shade, the side garden sits perfectly in the shadow from the house. Lazy summer days swimming in the crystal clear pool merge seamlessly into the warm Cretan nights when the hardest decision you will have to make will be whether you barbecue at home, or take the 3 minute amble to the square to eat out. For those of you who don't want to cook but would prefer to eat in at Villa Argiro, you can always get a delicious take out from any of the village tavernas.
Villa Argiro is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of life whilst being perfectly situated for easy forays to local beaches, or to the many beauty spots including the nearby foothills of the White Mountains, the turquoise snorkelling cove at Ombrosgialos, and the picturesque Venetian harbour towns of Chania and Rethymnon. Whilst there may be no immediate use for the car on a daily basis for eating out and shopping for supplies, we do highly recommend renting a car in order to explore the many and varied sites that Crete has to offer.
EOT (Greek Tourist Board) Rental License Number: MHTE 1042K 9100302-801
Villa Argiro is exclusively booked by Frankie Miles. Frankie runs Villas Crete Holidays which is a registered Tourist Office, based in Hampshire, England and Almyrida, Crete. Whilst most travel companies cover many different countries and/or areas of Greece and Crete, we at Villas Crete Holidays only work in the North West of Crete and we specialise in the Apokoranas region, just east of the historic Venetian town of Chania. The Apokoronas (including the villages of Almyrida, Kalives, Kokkino Horio, Plaka and Gavalohori) has long been a popular destination for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort area that has many amenities, but is far removed from brash tourism. The area is renowned for its sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, stunning views of Souda Bay and The White Mountains, excellent tavernas, and archaeological sites.
Frankie is very hands-on at Villas Crete Holiday. She has worked with rental villas on Crete for more than 18 years and has written the best selling guide book "Crete on the Road". The book includes detailed directions and information to all the major tourist attractions, as well as many hidden sites. Also in the book is the only existing map of the National Highway showing all of the entrances/exits and distances. Frankie’s unrivalled knowledge, love of the island, and attention to detail is now being fully put to use to guarantee a fantastic holiday for our guests. Before Crete, Frankie lived all over the world. She initially came to Crete for 1 season after 12 hectic years in New York working various jobs including: office manager for the band Simply Red; production assistant to the singer Paul Simon; and booking bands such as Guns N’ Roses for The Limelight nightclub. All of this was no match, however, to the fantastic weather and food, the warmth of the Cretan people, and the unrivalled natural beauty of Crete. When (very occasionally) not working, Frankie spends time helping the stray animals on Crete.
Villa Argiro is only 140m flat walk from the wonderful tavernas and well stocked mini markets on the village square in Plaka. It is also only 850m from the beaches, shops, and tavernas in Almyrida. You can walk downhill to have dinner and a drink (or two) next to the sea without worrying about driving home. Some of the walk back to Plaka is uphill but hopefully the local wine will have relaxed you to the point that you won't notice!
Both Plaka and Almyrida are such safe and family friendly villages, that parents can relax at Villa Argiro knowing that their teenagers and older children can go into the villages on their own to have fun without a problem.
Despite the convenient village location, the walled and gated grounds give the occupants of Villa Argiro a good amount of privacy.
You do not have to rent a car when staying at Villa Argiro, though we do recommend it if you want to see some of Crete's incredible sights and attractions.
Villas Crete Holidays truly are the Apokoronas Specialists as unlike other offices, 3 of the 4 members of our expert team live and work here all year round which enables us to always have completely up-to-date information about the villas, local facilities, and tourist attractions. We can help you with all aspects of your holiday including good value, reliable car hire, airport transfers, local information about shops, beaches, tavernas etc, detailed driving directions or walking directions for many routes. We can also arrange private boat hire, private boat trips, private sight-seeing flights, horse riding, water-skiing, big game fishing, guided walking, and guided coach excursions. Our office staff speak English, Greek, and a little French, and have a vast list of local contacts, and our representative in resort also speaks some Italian.
Both the company itself, and Frankie's book have been featured and recommended in articles in major British newspapers including the Sunday Mail and the Sunday Telegraph, as well as smaller publications such as Greece Magazine.
Most importantly, because we handle many villas, in the unlikely event that there is an unforeseen problem at your villa, we can usually offer you an alternative villa (although this cannot be guaranteed in high season).
We have many years experience working in tourism on Crete, and most importantly this experience is specifically related to villa rentals, which needs a very different area of expertise to other types of tourism such as walking holidays, or package holidays for the masses. We use all of our knowledge and local contacts to ensure that your holiday goes off smoothly from start to finish, from first booking the villa that is most suitable for you, to your arrival back home. When you are in resort, we are available during office hours for information, and 24 hours a day should you need medical assistance, yet we remain unobtrusive.
From the moment we arrived at Villa Argiro we received the warmest of hospitality from owners George and Roula who are just the nicest people ever and have gone to great lengths to ensure this villa is superb in every way.
The villa is extremely well kept, very clean, equipped to a very high standard and tastefully furnished and finished in keeping with the architecture of the villa being a renovated village house sympathetically restored whilst also brought into the modern contemporary living of today. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the outside areas have very well kept grass areas to the front and sides( with the 2 downstairs bedrooms opening onto them!) whilst there is also a fantastic large stone built BBQ and wood fired oven to one side of the villa with a large dining area. Upstairs there is the master bedroom which is superb with en suite bathroom, jacuzzi and very large balcony. There is also a further large balcony leads off the top of the staircase perfect for watching the sun go down with a glass of wine ! The living, dining and kitchen areas on the ground floor are all of a high standard also.
I just love love love Villa Argiro and also it's location !
It is located in a narrow little street in the heart of Village Plaka being perfect to just simply walk out around the corner to the four or so tavernas where the food is absolutely excellent. We ate in most of them on the square and honestly not a single bad meal anywhere, food was superb greek cuisine with very reasonable prices. I can also say that whilst the villa is close to the square it is not noisy in any way, and still feels very private and secluded.
A short drive of about 4 minutes takes you to the beautiful small Almiryda beach., a great beach for families, not too busy, sandy and gentle sloping with nice cafes and tavernas directly on the front. A little further about 5 mins away is also the very nice beach and town of Kalives which is a bit bigger than Almyrida. Chania is about a half hour drive and is a must visit with narrow little streets all around the large harbour area as is Rethymno where we spent the day with George and Roula and were treated to a glorious meal hand cooked by Roula, George's home grown olives and wine which was just THE BEST!
George and Roula, THANK YOU for the most perfect holiday ever. We have travelled to many nice villas in Greece and the islands but never have I wanted to return anywhere more than Villa Argiro!!!!!
The main square in Plaka is only 140m from The Villa Argiro and is still very much the focal point of village life. There are lovely shady mulberry trees under which the locals sit to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a delicious meal or even just an ice cold frappé. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets leading off from the square. The modern outskirts of the village have expanded recently as have the facilities, which now include 7 tavernas, 3 well stocked mini markets, an Italian restaurant, a hair dresser, and 6 cafes.
The lovely village of Almyrida is only 850m from Villa Argiro, and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are 11 excellent tavernas, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 2 ice cream shops, a wonderful jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, an off-license/ drinks shop, a butcher, a nail spa, 2 kiosks, and 3 real estate offices. Also in Almyrida there is a space with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a scuba diving office, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, guided walking tours, and guided coach excursions.
A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio, lace makers in Gavalohori, and silk makers in Kalamitsi. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.
Cooking classes and wine tasting set at a local wineries can be taken by those of you who are interested. Guided walks led by experts in mountaineering and/or flora and fauna can also be arranged. For those of you who prefer to venture out on your own, a copy of the guide book 'Crete on the Road' by Frankie Miles comes with every villa. The book contains detailed directions to many well known and hidden sites, opening times and prices for all attractions, taverna recommendations, and the only existing map of the National Highway showing the exits and entrances.
Crete has everything you that could possibly want from a holiday: soaring mountains that are snow capped from November to June, many great walking trails including Europe's deepest gorge, ancient archaeological sites and Minoan palaces, quaint villages, sparkling clear blue seas with tavernas serving freshly caught fish, golden beaches, glorious wild flowers in the Spring, and a variety of delicious foods which are all made from healthy home grown produce.
As incredible as the island is, it is the Cretan people who will make your holiday truly memorable. Descendants of the Minoan's, one of Europe's earliest civilizations, and shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, the Cretans are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent but passionately friendly.
Villa Argiro is located in the heart of The Apokoronas Region just east of the beautiful town of Chania. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, what better place to relax and watch the world go by. In the narrow streets behind Chania's harbour you will find tavernas, bars, the famous covered market, and many local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and hand made ceramics. Visit 'Leather Lane' for outstanding hand made leather bargains.
The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate and the weather is characterized by long hot, dry summers and mild winters. The Spring can be warm and sunny during the day but still have cooler evenings and is perfect for walking, birdwatching and looking at the wild flowers. All in all Crete is absolutely perfect for your Villa holiday.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£215|
** A discount can be given for up to 2 persons staying in only 1 bedroom, at all times except July 01 - August 31.
Guests receive a free welcome pack, a villa information book,and detailed directions from the guide book 'Crete on the Road' by Frankie Miles that is provided with every booking. A local representative is available during office hours for local information, 24/7 assistance for medical emergencies, and bookings for boat trips, private boat hire, horse riding, water skiing, big game fishing, guided walking, coach excursions, and private sightseeing tours in a light aircraft.