Stone studio surrounded by a beautiful garden and very close to the beach
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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 Studio in 1925
Why George Papachristos chose Gouves
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 Studio 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.
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This was a lovely quiet property just perfect for the two of us. As people who like some privacy and peace whilst being able to access local places of interest this was perfect. The facilities were perfectly adequate and the air conditioning essential for night time. Great scenery and nice and close to the beach which was deserted most evenings. Our hostess was great (even when we locked ourselves out!) and nothing was too much trouble. Beautifully kept grounds. We would highly recommend staying here.
Location curata, pulita e confortevole. Emanuela e Andrea sono stati gentili e pronti ad aiutarci, ci hanno anche fatto trovare una bottiglia di vino fresco l'ultima sera della nostra permanenza! La posizione è comoda per raggiungere molte delle località che tutti visitano, ma in un contesto di grande tranquillità.
Lovely property in quiet location
The property was ideal for my wife and me in a quiet location away from main roads and town. The Livingroom/bedroom was open plan which gave a spacious feeling. The property was very close to the beach and restaurants just a short drive away, we tended to eat at tavernas in the village of Gouves.
Tricky to find, clearer instruction or signage would help, we didn’t have too much problem as we use the grid reference and GPS. Owner somewhat blasé about care of his property and dealing with issues. E.g. automatic garden watering system flooded the bedroom floor and was damaging the shutters. Refrigerator iced up and required defrosting on arrival. Hot water was not available on arrival until we asked and were instructed to switch the fuse. No DVD player or stereo as in description.
I stayed in this lovely little nest for a month and couldn't have loved it more. Located in a breathtaking setting with a great beach within walking distance, this studio is perfect for someone looking to get away from everything. The managers of the property, Alex and Maria, are kind, caring, friendly and endlessly helpful. This was the perfect base from which to explore the entire island with a car. There is a big Lidl nearby to load up on supplies and immediate access to the main road that traverses Crete. Outside is a lovely terrace covered with flowers and the stone work inside is gorgeous. WiFi works great and so does the A/C. I never wanted to leave.
idealer Ort ausserhalb der Hauptsaison;
Charaktervolles Domizil; sehr nette Betreuung vor Ort;
Seul probleme le passage incessant des avions a bsse altitude au dessus de nos tètes
Nous nous sommes cependant bien habitués et avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour
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.