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Stylish Apartment Close To The Beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment for 2+2 people, with a beautiful garden and 10 minutes from the sea

Villa Athena is located in Kato Gouves, inside a big olive grove and 10 minutes away from the beach. The property consists of a traditional villa, a stone studio, two apartments and two maisonettes. There are two identical apartments next to each other, which you can rent together if you like. This elegant apartment is 65 sq.m. (700 sq. feet), with a spacious outdoor area and a magnificent garden, full of colors, fragrances and local flora. The combination of mild climate and comfort, together with the surrounding olive grove creates a tranquil and relaxing environment, ideal for families and couples. The apartment has two big rooms. The first one consists of the living room and the kitchen. The living room is spacious and has also a couch that can be turned into a bed for one person. In the living room you can also find comfortable chairs, tables and a fireplace. The kitchen is open, with an oven, stoves, coffee machine and all the necessary amenities and utensils of a modern kitchen. Τhe bathroom is comfortable with a bathtub and a shower. In the next room there is the bedroom, with a big double bed for 2 people. We can also provide an extra folding bed for a fourth person. So, the house can host a total of 4 people. There is also a closet, drawers and a LCD TV. There is also a storage room inside the bedroom where you can find the laundry machine, the ironing board and where you can store your luggage. The outdoors of the property is absolutely amazing. A well preserved garden, with a barbecue facility and a traditional stone-oven to prepare delicious meals. A lot of tables with colorful chairs and big sun umbrellas with sunbeds are there to help you relax under the Cretan sun. All this setting is surrounded by our family's century old olive grove, that gives the property a traditional Cretan touch. After all, Cretan olive oil is considered to be the best extra virgin olive oil in the world. The area is open and spacious, perfect for a family with children, in order for the kids to play and be close to nature's environment. Finally, the view towards the sea, the olive grove and the hills around is relaxing, while a walk towards the sea is 10 minutes away. The parking space of the property can easily fit up to five cars. (EOT 1039K10002991801)

George Papachristos
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About George Papachristos

I grew up in Athens, where I still live and work. I spent all my life's summer and Easter holidays in Crete, in the property where today lies Villa Athena. The property was purchased by my great-grand father (died at the age of 101) and was cultivated with olive trees from my grandfather (died at the age of 94) and grandmother. From that day on our family gathers the olives in December and January to produce an olive oil of the best quality in the world. On this setting my parents extended and renovated the house, thus creating the beautiful Villa Athena.

George Papachristos purchased this apartment in 1925

Why George Papachristos chose Hersonissos

This property is valuable for my family, because it goes back two generations. It carries with it our Cretan bloodline, our family's history and our cultural heritage. For us, and Greeks in general, family is the most important thing, it defines us in our life path. So, this property is closely linked with our memories as children, with images, fragrances, sounds and sentiments. Today, for our family this property, apart from producing our olive oil, which is the base of our diet, acts also as our retreat from the noisy and stressful city.

What makes this apartment unique

The unique benefits of Villa Athena is its tranquil environment that makes it feel as a perfect retreat from the city, while being a 5 minute drive from anything one could miss from the city. The beauty of its gardens, the audors and colors makes the environment as relaxing as it can get. Its strategic location close to all the main roads and sights makes touring in Crete very comfortable. Together with the local tastes and drinks that you can enjoy in Crete, it feels like life cannot get any better. It is very difficult for one no to fully recharge here.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Hersonissos in Heraklion Region

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , We can also add an extra single folding bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We always have someone waiting for our guests and guide them to the property.


4.4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

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Stylish Apartment Close To The Beach
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Yan yana iki evde iki aile olarak 1 hafta konakladık. Evler temiz, düzenli ve yaşam için her türlü olanak mevcut. 3 kişilik bir aile için ideal, ancak kapı önünde yatağa dönüşen kanepeler çok rahat değil. 4. kişi için sıkıntı olabilir. Veranda ve bahçe çok güzel, yeşillikler arasında sessiz ve sakin vakit geçirebilirsiniz. Otopark yeterli. Aynı parsel içerisinde daha büyük ve konforlu evler de bulunuyor. Geniş bir aile iseniz, ev sahibi ile diğer seçenekler için konuşun. Çok yakında denize girebileceğiniz kumsallar mevcut, sabah yürüyüşleri yapabilirsiniz (köpeklere dikkat etmek koşuluyla).

Bu evi düşünüyorsanız mutlaka araç kiralamanız gerekecektir. Konum olarak Iraklion ve havalimanı yaklaşık 15 dakikalık mesafede. Yakında alışveriş yapabileceğiniz marketler, kasap ve eczane bulunuyor. Adanın ortasında yer aldığı için hem doğu hem de batı yönüne günlük seyahatler yapılabiliyor. Ancak Girit ince uzun bir ada olduğu için bu seyahatlerin 3-4 saat sürebileceğini unutmayın. Özellikle kıvrımlı yollar ve trafik size yolda epeyce zaman kaybettirebilir. Daha çok Chania ve Rethimnon bölgelerinde zaman geçirmek isteyenler veya adanın doğusundaki Ag. Nikolas ve Sitia öncelikli tatil planı yapanlar için yol ve trafik sorun olabilir.

Ev sahibi ve sizi karşılayan amcası son derece yardımsever. Amca Yorgo sizi havalimanında karşılıyor, eve kadar eşlik ediyor, etrafı gezdiriyor, alışveriş ve yeme-içme konusunda tavsiyelerde bulunuyor. Çok iyi ve sevimli insanlar, bu anlamda sıkıntı yaşayacağınızı sanmıyorum. Evde misafirler için yerel içkiler ve kuruyemişler hazırlamışlar.

Kısacası, Girit planlarınızda ciddi olarak düşünmenizi önerebileceğim iyi bir seçenek.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Remote place - beautiful gardens- nice contact

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at the apartment. It is ideal for people who want to have a vacation t their own pace away from a hotel routine. The spacious apartment is nicely furnished and the kitchen well equipped, the aircondition was much appreciated.. The property offers many places spot to sit and relax, either in or out of the sun. The contact to the owner could not have been better. His uncle picked us up at the airport and took us to a local supermarket for our supplies. It was not at all a problem to have no car. Beach and supermarket are in walking distance as is the bus stops with frequent busses to Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable & stylish!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed with my family for 8 nights in these condos and we had a fantastic time. Condos are really stylish and comforable, feels like home. Spacious (bedroom is bigger than my own at home), super comfort bed and the best of all is the surrounding environment with olive trees all over. We were enjoying spending time at the porch while the kids were sleeping.

The location was very convenient for us because it is not in the center of the city so it is quite but also really easy to travel around Crete during the day. We visited beautiful beaches.

The owners are really kind, willing to help you with everything we needed and the cost really reasonable. Will definately visit again next summer!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
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Relaxing and quiet stay in Crete.

  • 4 of 5

Our stay in Kato Gouves, a quiet and relaxing village nearby Heraklion, was very very nice! It was the second time we lodged there. The apartment was perfectly clean, spacious, light, airy, fully equipped and very comfortable. It really corresponded to the provided description! The house is conveniently close to some attractions in Crete like the Cretaquarium and a number of bars, restaurants, tavernas, markets. It's easy to go to Heraklion for culture, shopping or entertainment but it is also just on the sea. Its favourable position provides hosts with a wide selection of wonderful beaches both going toward Agios Nikolaos or Heraklion. The owners were very kind supporting us with travel indications and first local hints.

We used this nice villa also as starting location for our tour to the Samaria Gorge and the Lassithi plateua. We felt like at home and we hope to be able to stay there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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With a car: clean, calm - perfect.

  • 4 of 5

If you want to fall out of your bed into a pool - stay in your hotel at one of the beaches. If you have a car - consider the appartment in Gouves between olive trees. We found it perfect for our trips in the Iraklio and Ag. Nikolaos region. The oncle of the owner picked us up with our rental car at the airport and showed us the local town. The appartment and garden were clean and calm and in top condition, equipped with everything we needed, except for a long, sharp kitchen knife. And by the way: there is a beach if you travel the few meters. It is not owned by hirers of beach loungers, therefore it is not top-neat - but natural and you can walk and swim with joy. Overall, for the appartment, the service: all stars. Minus one, because you find slightly better beaches and you need a car (but hey, if you have a car, you can go to the beach you want).

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Iraklion Airport - 'Nikos Kazantzakis'
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Iraklion Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
The Crete Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Old National Road Iraklion-Ag. Nikolaos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Center (many choices)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Amirandes Beach
Car: recommended

The great advantage of Villa Athena is that it is strategically located close to all nearby attractions, not only of the area around, but of the whole iraklion and western lasithi prefectures. The basic must-see sights of the region are the palace of knossos in iraklion and the archeological museum of iraklion, in the city center. A walk inside the walls of the old town of iraklion is absolutely recommended, as is the 'bougatsa' delicacy, which you can enjoy at the lions fountain. Another route that i would strongly recommend is a visit to the beautiful town of agios nikolaos to the east, together with the beautiful villages of milatos and kritsa along the road. Of course one should not miss to swim in the beaches of elounda bay (where all the high-class resorts lay) and then have a seafood lunch or dinner on the waterfront of the village plaka, with a breathtaking view of spinaloga (a small island in the bay with a venetian castle on top, which used to be a quarantine town for lepers). Finally, another great sight would be a trip to the lasithi plateau, on the diktis mountain, where one can see the famous windmills and ride a donkey up to the cave, where zeus was born in dikteon andron (over the village of psihro). Some close-by attractions that you should not miss are the cretaquarium in gournes, one of the most interesting aquariums in the mediterranean, and the numerous orthodox monasteries in the region. Finally, if you are into hiking the various gorges and mountain paths will satisfy even the most demanding hikers.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Hersonissos, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Apr 2018 - 10 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
11 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
20 Jul 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
30 Aug 2018 - 19 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
20 Sep 2018 - 8 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
9 Oct 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £43.89

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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