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Secluded comfort; 2-bed/bath villa, amazing views, pool, close to Almyrida beach

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Sea & mountain views; private beautiful pool; 2 bedroom/2 bath; orchard setting

Welcome to Villa Calista - Superb comfort; affordable price

Villa Calista is nestled among a secluded olive grove in the foothills of the Lefkes Ores (White Mountains) in the Apokoronos region of western Crete, just a few minutes from Almyrida beach.

Villa Calista is a comfortably furnished, detached 2-story, 2 bedroom villa with a pool, lovely terraced gardens and orchard, located in the tiny historical hamlet of Aspro. The Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with superb views of the mountains and the crystal blue Cretan Sea.

Just 25 km from the historic city of Chania and only 2km from the popular beach and tourist village of Almyrida, Villa Calista is perfect for a quiet retreat amid the stunning natural beauty of western Crete.

Secluded and peaceful, yet not remote, the Villa is an excellent base for exploring the rich diversity of Crete or just enjoying a quiet relaxing vacation in a fully equipped, comfortable, self-catering villa. You can find more photos on Face Book or our own web site villacalista.com

Villa Calista is a property for NON-SMOKERS - this includes indoors and outdoors.

Sorry, but Villa Calista is not suitable or equipped for very young children.

EOT / ESL Licence (MHTE) 1042K92003152901

More Details

About Us

Nancy Reid
Villa Calista
60 Berkley Drive
E3C 1C4 New Maryland
VAT Reg No

Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell

Hi! We’re Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell, your hosts at Villa Calista!

We hope you enjoy your stay at our home in Aspro, Crete and come to love the island as much as we do.

We live on the east coast of Canada, but spend most of the winter in our beloved Crete. We are both avid history buffs (Nancy is a retired Greco-Roman archaeologist), travelers, and animal lovers.

We are having the time of our lives exploring all Crete has to offer and we know you will too.

In the spirit of Greek philoxenia, we welcome you to our home!

Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell purchased this villa in 2014

Why Nancy Reid and Bob McDowell chose Aspro

We chose this property for our retirement home, as it has everything we were looking for - quiet privacy, comfort, and close to the amenities in the towns and villages. We love the peaceful setting of the sleepy old village of Aspro, but we also love the lively villages and towns of Almyrida and Kalyves close by. When we need a taste of nightlife or shopping, the city of Chania is less than a half hour away.

Our villa is perfect for those seeking a quiet, secluded place to stay while exploring the wonders of Crete. It's great for gentle hiking, cycling and exploring. Surrounded by lush olive orchards, you can enjoy the peacefulness of the Cretan countryside, where the tinkle of goat bells, bird song, or distant church chimes are the only sounds. Enjoy our gorgeous views of the Cretan Sea or the mountains from the terrace and balcony. Wander through our orchard garden, snooze in the hammock among the wildflowers, or plan your excursions from the comfort of our outdoor terrace. A Blue Flag beach is only 2 minutes away, with many others within a short drive. Shopping, dining, banking, nightlife are all to be had close by. From the villa, you can visit fascinating archaeological ruins, enjoy your pick of great tavernas and cafes, explore charming historic villages, or access some of the most famous beaches in Europe. Winery tours, cooking classes, sailing, biking, hiking, caving - are all options to consider when staying here. Then again, it's hard to resist lounging by our private pool!

What makes this villa unique

When our guests enter the Villa Calista, they are immediately drawn to the "avli" or covered terrace just off the kitchen, with its spectacular views of the Cretan Sea. and the magnificent mountain range. The avli is sheltered from the strong Cretan sun and is always kept cool by mountain breezes. It features large lounging areas along with a dining set for meals al fresco. The avli leads to our private pool and terrace with comfortable sunbeds and umbrellas. Imagine yourself relaxing here with a cool drink after a full day of sight seeing!

Follow the stone path down to the lower olive orchard, where you'll find apricot, plum, orange, mandarin and pomegranate trees, along with fragrant lavender and rosemary bushes. Depending on the season, there is an ever-changing assortment of colourful flowers. We've tucked the hammock down among the shady olive trees - a perfect place to steal a nap or read a book on a lazy afternoon!

Hikers and cyclists will love the many lanes and pathways in the area and our little village of Aspro itself is worth exploring for its fascinating remnants of Turkish architecture.

We love the location of the Villa Calista as it is perfect for making day-trips to the many wonderful historic villages and towns in the region - just 25 minutes from Chania; 45 minutes from Rethymnon; and about an hour and a half to the larger city of Heraklion and the amazing archaeological site of Knossos just beyond.

We're happy to help you plan your excursions and offer more information and lots more photos on our website. www.villacalista.com


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Aspro in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Villa Calista is for NON-SMOKERS only, due to owner's health requirements, preferences, & neighbours' comfort, smoking is not permitted inside or out
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • The main bathroom is on the second floors, adjacent to the bedrooms. It has a large bath and shower, with sink and toilet. The washing machine is also conveniently located here. The main floor of the Villa has a half bath (powder room) with sink and toilet. There is an outdoor shower by the pool.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , The twin beds can be made up as a double bed if you prefer.
  • Villa Calista has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 maximum. The master bedroom has a comfortable double bed, wardrobe, mirror, nightstands, bureau, and lighting. It is fully air conditioned and has central heating for winter season. Full double doors lead to a beautiful balcony overlooking the pool and orchard and beyond to the Cretan Sea and mountains. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds that can also be made up as a double. It also contains large wardrobes, nightstands, lighting and is fully air conditioned and heated. The double doors in this bedroom also lead to the furnished and shaded balcony.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Secluded comfort; 2-bed/bath villa, amazing views, pool, close to Almyrida beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Oakville, Ontario

A perfect week in a piece of paradise.

  • 5 of 5

House, gardens and views were fantastic. We had everything in the house we needed and more. Perfect place to spend quite time or visit Crete. We did both. The gardens and pool are really nice, you can get away from it all in the lower levels of the garden. The pool was refreshing and clean. I would highly recommend this Villa.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Quincy, IL

An awesome place to explore Crete from.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful Villa that is extremely well maintained and equipped. It was just like being at home. A great place to explore Western Crete from. I highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure sharing our favourite Crete places with you! We hope you come back soon, as there is so much more to explore!
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A lovely well equipped villa with a great view and beautiful grounds!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 3 had a lovely stay at Villa Calista at the end of July. The house was well taken care of and perfect for our needs! My son spent hours in the pool, and all meals were taken at the lovely outside seating area (many having being cooked on the BBQ). The view across the bay is fantastic and can be viewed from the many outdoor seating areas.

The house was also well equipped with washing machine, coffee maker, dishwasher and air con.

We enjoyed many days out to the local beaches and great seafood lunches by the sea.

Communication with the owner was very efficient and the directions made it easy to find!

All in all a very relaxing holiday - thank you!!

Rachel, Neil & Josh Targett

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure to share our Crete home with you. We'd love to have you back anytime.
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Simply put, simply fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

As we entered through the gates of the final track to th villa we knew we were in for a treat. Firstly, the location is truely fantastic! Perched on olive grove slopes looking back across the bay the view was amazing. The villa was very clean and so well equipped for 4 adults it was so welcoming. The verandah and tiered garden wit pool was so relaxing and peaceful, even with the cicadas in full song! There is so much to do and explore and the Cretans are so warm and hospitable, especially the places that Nancy recommended. All in all this was a fantastic holiday and first class accommodation, so good in fact that we rebooked for next year as we left! Seriously, enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's easy to be good hosts with great guests like you! And of course we are always so happy that people "get" why we love Crete so much. We never get tired of our views and our gardens - even in winter! We're so pleased you're coming back next year. We'll spend the winter finding some fun new places for you to explore and tavernas to enjoy! Thanks so much.
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it was a 5 glorious day visit.

  • 5 of 5

I must say that my hosts outdid themselves to make my visit as wonderful as it was. Apart from a few hours of "liquid sunshine" (rain), the weather could not have been better. The villa was just perfect with all the mod cons. pool was great and I used it frequently.

The scenery around Villa Valista is breathtaking with mountains and the sea in plain view.

The villa's location is not far from a beautiful village when one can find many nice tavernas and mini marts. There is even an English butcher where I was able to get great meats.

For sure I'll plan to return and I unreservedly recommend it to any who want "to get away from it all".

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to welcome you to Villa Calista! Thank you for your kind words about the villa. We hope to see you back in Crete soon.
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Great views, quiet, well appointed with all the necessities for a self contained property

  • 5 of 5

Property exactly as described and shown on website. Excellent details on how to get there, how to operate all equipment on property. WiFi excellent. Beautiful views both of mountains and the sea. Away but close enough to nearby town of Almirida, where most restaurants and supermarkets located. Pool and outdoor areas fantastic for parents and our young girls. Indoors appointed well and comfortable. Surrounded by olive trees and only the goats would visit, so very private and quiet. Highly recommend this property, we really enjoyed our time here.

What could be improved, only minor stuff. Softer pillows would have been nice. We were also read the rules from the housekeeper and made to sign that we had understood them, kind of made us feel like school kids. Gardeners even though they were polite, came around from side passageway , straight into kitchen area to tell us they would be in garden - they should have knocked front door.

But these are only minor points for what is an excellent property and I am sure anyone who stays here will be extremely happy.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such great guests. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Villa Calista. The list you were asked to verify on your arrival was to ensure you knew how things worked in the villa in detail - this is done more to protect you from causing inadvertent damage. We've never had to retain a damage deposit yet! Pillows are brand new each season, but next year we will make sure there are two options for people who prefer softer pillows and smaller pillows for the children. We really appreciate your feedback and hope you'll come again.
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Chania (CHQ)
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Almyrida or Gavalochori
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Souda (Chania)
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
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Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Almyrida or Gavalochori
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2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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Please note: on older maps or geo apps, the village of Aspro may appear as its old name "Koprana."


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £262.22

This is a non-smoking property. This property is not equipped for small children.

Bank charges will be deducted from cancellation refunds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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