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Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Greek

Villa Anna, detached, superb views, near Almyrida blue flag beach, shared pool.

12 Reviews
People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Asprouliani - Villa Anna

Peaceful location Aspro, ideal for activity/beach holidays. Sleeps 4/5

EOT LICENCE No. MHTE1042K123K2582901

Issued by the Greek Tourist Organisation following stringent inspection. Guarantees standards and tax registered.

VILLA ANNA is on an elevated site with panoramic views of Souda Bay, Aspro Village, White Mountains and olive groves. Self-catering villa has its own garden planted with colourful Mediterranean plants. A large stone PATIO with BBQ, 3 BALCONIES and arched terrace provide both sun or shade. Loungers x 5 and umbrellas x 2 are provided. The SWIMMING POOL is shared with 4 other villas and is not gated. The pool is rarely over crowded as the other villas are holiday homes and not occupied full time.

Villa Anna has 2 BEDROOMS - both have balconies with stunning views; 1 has a double bed and 2nd one two single beds. Both are air-conditioning and also have ceiling fans. There are mosquito screen fitted to the patio doors in both bedroom. Convertible sofa provides additional bed in sitting room. 2 bathrooms - one with bath and overhead shower, 2nd one with shower only. The well equipped kitchen has a dishwasher and washing machine. Tastefully decorated throughout.

Villa Anna is near the BLUE FLAG BEACH at Almyrida with its excellent beachside tavernas, sailing, windsurfing, mountain bike and car hire, mini supermarkets & shops. Chania's Apokoronas area is one of the most beautiful areas of Western Crete and Aspro an old Greek village with 'special historic' status.

If you are looking for the best of traditional Crete with modern amenities then Villa Anna will tick all the boxes.

Villa Anna - Aspro: Villa Anna is in a small development of new houses overlooking the village of Aspro. Stone and colours sympathetic to the village make the houses blend in; the houses are at different levels echoing tradition thereby affording all houses excellent views. Garden walls are of local stone and the gardens are planted with Mediterranean plants which adds vibrant colour to the surroundings.

Villa Anna is front line so has panoramic views of Aspro Village to Souda Bay, the White Mountains and olive groves. 3 balconies, arched stone entrance terrace and large stone patio, provide plenty of space for sunbathing, BBQs and alfresco dining.

The shared 40m2 swimming pool has surrounding stone walls and is only a few steps away from Villa Anna.

All around are olive trees with old agricultural road ideal for walking and leading to neighbouring villages with their many traditional tavernas with good local food made from local produce.

It is only a short drive to the sandy Blue Flag beach in Almyrida (2 km) which is very safe for children but also has many water sport activities for the more adventurous holidaymaker. So it is an ideal location for beach or walking holidays. Lovely Chania and its old harbour are 30 mins away (24km)

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Greek

About The Owner

40 years ago as a young Irish girl I married and lived in Greece for 11 years. I fell in love with the country and its people which has continued over all those years. Being part of an extended Greek family has given me an understanding of Greeks and their customs which is best gained within a family environment. To me Greeks are a fun loving, hospital and proud people with a passion for their country and customs. This spills over to every aspect of their personal and business lives.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2006

Why The Owner chose Chania area

Aspro and the Apokoronas area of Crete reminds me of Greece as it was all those years ago. When I saw the plot back in 2005 - just a field without any detailed plans - I knew it was the place for me. Every time I return to Villa Anna, I can't believe it is mine. Villa Anna with a view of Aspro village and Souda Bay has the best of all worlds - peace and quiet when needed but very near the beach and tavernas at Almyrida. I'm looking forward to spending more time there when I retire from work. Unfortunately for holidays makers it may mean less availability.

Over the years a lovely community has developed with the other owners in the complex and we have built up friendships and supports not unalike our Greek neighbours. Most of the neighbours are the original buyers who have a shared love of the place which tells it own story.

What makes this villa unique

The reviews from former holidaymakers are proof that Villa Anna is all that it promises to be. Many holidaymakers are repeat customers and appreciate that I have tried to anticipate their needs. So over the years I have improved the service and added on extras like ceiling fans in addition to air conditioning, mosquito screens in bedrooms and beach towels - less baggage costs for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Un message pour vous dire tout notre contentement de nos vacances passées dans votre villa.

Nous vous remercions pour toutes les petites attentions trouvées à notre arrivée, la propreté des lieux et la vue très agréable.

Nous ne manquerons pas de recommander votre adresse



A message to tell you all our contentment of our past holiday in your villa.

Thank you for all the little touches found on our arrival, the cleanliness and nice view. We will certainly recommend your address.
Sep 2014
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Reviews

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Villa Anna, detached, superb views, near Almyrida blue flag beach, shared pool.
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
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Villa Anna

  • 5 of 5

We have just got back home from Crete having had the most wonderful forthnight staying at Villa Anna in Aspro.

From the first moment when we arrived in the middle of the night after a long flight and drive from Heraklion we felt at home and really appreciated the supplies that had been put in the fridge which meant we could have breakfast without having to rush out and buy everything immediately.

Both Wendy and I really enjoyed the location with the view from the porch at the front of the house especially at sunset being a real plus. Villa Anna felt much more of a loved and cared for home than just another holiday house.

We made good use of the pool although the habit of going to swim in the harbour at Almyryda we have built up over 10 years was hard to break - we enjoy meeting old acquaintances down there - it's not just about the swimming.

The facilities and equipment in the Villa were excellent and really exceeded our expectation - plenty of space downstairs and comfortable beds - the a.c. was only needed for short bursts before bedtime - the weather was never overly hot this year. The dishwasher was a real boon too and having the washing machine meant that we came home with clean clothes and not a pile of dirty stuff.

I noticed that you had a couple of meditarranean gardening books in the lounge - as keen gardeners we were very impressed by your planting scheme around the villa - it would win our prize for the best garden on the site by a country mile! It is amazing how quickly things grow and mature in the warmth and sunshine.

We also made use of Frankie Miles' driving tour guide to make a trip to a restaurant high in the mountains above Chania - the Psichro Pigadi taverna was about 1000 m above sea level with an amazing view over the area. Quite a long drive with all the hairpin bends but worth the trip.

As this was the first time I have booked accommmodation independently of an agency I was delighted that we found your property. I did spend a lot of time researching the various alternatives on offer on several websites. Obviously it helped us in our search that we knew the area quite well but one of thefactors that made me choose Villa Anna were the really positive reviews you had had from previous guests.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you John and Wendy for your lovely review on Villa Anna. Everybody who stays feels it is a home away from home and treat it as such. I'm always singing the praises of the visitors for the care they take of it. I'm glad you enjoyed the views and the garden. It is amazing how quickly plants grow and over time I hope the bougainvilleas will spread down the bank to the trees and create a wall of vivid pink. That and the scent of jasmine makes evenings on the patio heaven. I hope you will come back again. Mary
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Mary provides a wonderful home that has everything you could possibly need. We arrived late in the evening and found provisions to have a cup of tea and breakfast in the morning which was greatly appreciated! The house is lovely and very well equipped with everything from cleaning materials to a small library of books and DVD's. It is situated in a perfect spot to view the amazing sunsets over Suda bay and is close to the beautiful villages of Almyrida and Vamos which offer tavernas serving good food. The house is very clean and well maintained, Derek and Pam provided clean linen mid way through the week which is a service we have not had in any of the other villas we have stayed in. Thank you Mary for a lovely week from Debbie and George.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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10 days in Villa Anna

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our 10 days based at Villa Anna. The owner, Mary was very friendly and helpful with arrangements. The house is very well kept and clean and in a very good location up the hill from Almyrida and in the Cretan countryside. It was great to breakfast on the veranda every morning and sit out in the evening seeing the sun set beyond the Akrotiri peninsula and the stars come out. Having the very clean pool to cool off in was another good bonus.

Pam and Derick turned up regularly to keep the pool and properties up to scratch and were very friendly and helpful.

We walked into Almyrida and back a couple of times for evening meals - it's a stiff climb back up into Aspro. We also found a book of local walks (try in the Vamos tourist centre) including several that we could start from Aspro or Almyrida.

All in all a very good holiday and a very good base.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't be faulted!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent driving instructions to villa and welcome pack much appreciated late on a Sunday evening. House immaculately clean on arrival, and kept that way for the duration of our two week stay, and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The combination of aircon and overhead ceiling fans in the bedrooms was very welcome. The position of Villa Anna on the small development gave us welcome privacy and we even got used to the noise of the cicadas after a couple of days. We enjoyed choosing where to eat in one of the numerous restaurants in the area every evening . Excellent cheese pies at Lagos in Almyrida (Mama makes them) and even more so at Mavouras in Vamos, made with flatbread (recipe from Mama's home village). We also discovered honey raki - very nice! We found a book in the house "Crete on the Road" which made our holiday even more enjoyable by directing us to mountain roads, chapels, tavernas & spectacular views we probably would not have found on our own. Our communication with Mary was very helpful and we can highly recommend Villa Anna and intend to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather and David, I'm delighted you have booked again for 2015. Crete is famous in spring for its wild flowers and makes for some wonderful photos. Aptera is especially beautiful then with a riot of flowers, enhansed by the sea on one side and the White Mountains still covered in snow. Mary
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Villa Anna 2012

  • 5 of 5

We have spent our last 6 summer holidays in Almirida staying close to the beach and have loved it there so we were interested and excited to be staying a little way back from the sea in Aspro. We needed a car of course but the drive is only 5 minutes and then you find yourself in a wonderful, peaceful location with olive groves and fantastic views. Having the car the whole time also meant we could really explore the area and go to different beaches and tavernas, which we loved.

Villa Anna is a real treat, it just feels loved and cared for and is well stocked with everything you need, including a dishwasher!! Derick and Pam looked after us with linen changes and they were helpful and friendly. The other people on site were really friendly too and we even had a communal bbq one evening which was fun, however because of the way the villas are arranged the front of Villa Anna is completely private and you can sit on the patio or terrace and not know anyone else is there. My favourite time of day was first thing in the morning sitting on the patio gazing at the views with a cup of tea and having the smell of jasmine wafting over. Oh and my other favourite time of day was sitting on the terrace watching the spectacular sunsets with a glass or two of rose, it really was heaven.

I can't recommend Villa Anna enough. The communication with Mary the owner was fantastic and from start to finish everything went smoothly. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sharon, I delighted you and your family enjoyed Villa Anna so much that you have already booked for next summer. I think that is the best recommendation of all. Mary
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Villa Anna July 2012

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 12 days at Villa Anna, and what can we say that hasn't already been said?

Villa Anna is in a beautiful location set in a small development of 8 similar villas sharing two pools, but to be honest, most of the time we didn't know there was anyone else there, and had the pool to ourselves. The location was just what we wanted, just 5 minutes (by car) out of a small town with all the facilities required, so far enough away for peace and quiet, but close enough for the convenience of tavernas and shops within a stone's throw.

The layout of the villa and patio is such that even though there are other villas and people around, you can enjoy the privacy of your own patio with both shaded and sunny areas enjoying views across Souda bay.

The villa is perfectly maintained, and is equipped more like a home than a holiday letting. The service provided by Derick and Pam including cleaning and fresh linen twice a week is first class, and the fact that all towels including beach/pool towels were provided made a real difference when faced with Ryanairs luggage charges!

There's a great selection of bars and restaurants in Almyrida and Kalives all with reasonable prices, especially when compared to Spain where we've holidayed over the past few years, but we found that tavernas tended to be better value the further inland and uphill you travel, Vamos being a good example. Also if you're planning on using the BBQ, make sure you visit John the English butcher in Vamos in the morning for the best selection of meats in the area.

All in all a fantastic holiday, in a beautiful villa in a perfect location.

Thanks Mary, we hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Stuart, Thanks for the great review and useful suggestions on eating out and recommending the English butcher in Vamos for BBQ - his meat is always of the highest quality. I hope you will holiday again in Villa Anna - I have been lucky to have quite a bit of repeat business which I think is the best recommendation of all. Until the next time. Thanks again. Mary
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Location

Nearest Airport
32 Kilometres
Chania
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Almyrida
Nearest Ferry
18 Kilometres
Souda
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
National Road / Kalives
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Almyrida - seaside and Gavalohori - village
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Almyrida
Car: recommended

Villa Anna is in beautiful Apokoronas. White Mountains (2453m), snow capped until late spring, provide a dramatic backdrop to its traditional inland villages of Vamos, Gavalochori, Douliana, Plaka and Kokkino Chorio. The area has retained its character and visitors are drawn to the natural beauty, the people and their way of life. Many have become so enchanted with Apokoronas that they have bought homes, which has boosted the tourist facilities in the area.

The seaside resorts of Almyrida (or Almirida) and Kalives are located in Souda Bay. Almyrida once a small fishing village still retains its charm. It is now a thriving seaside resort with traditional tavernas lining its shallow blue flag beach which is ideal for children. Windsurfing and sailing, walking and bike hire are available for active holidays and beach lounger for sun lovers. Mini markets, vegetable shop, baker, patisserie, wine shop and news agency provide all the basics.

Chania, 'most beautiful city on Crete' and Rethymnon are only 30+ minutes away. The famous Minoan site at Knossos is also easily reached by car. The local site of Aptera is a must as its sensitive excavation has retained its authenticity.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Asprouliani, Chania area

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Late season
27 Aug 2016 - 15 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£683
for 7 nights
£683
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

PRICES ARE PER WEEK FOR 3 - 5 PERSONS.
For 2 persons, 50 Euros discount applies EXCEPT for the peak summer period and the winter period.

WE WILL CONSIDER OTHER HOLIDAY DURATIONS - 10 DAYS etc. PLEASE ASK.

CURRENCY:
• Euros

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
• Free Welcome Pack with our compliments. Weekly and end of holiday cleaning and utilities are included in the price.
THERE ARE NO EXTRA COST

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Asprouliani in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Villa Anna has 2 Bathrooms - both are fully tiled to the ceiling. • MAIN BATHROOM It is on the first floor and has a toilet, washhand basin with mirror, bath with shower and 2 windows with mosquito screen for excellent ventilation on those extra warm days. • DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM It has a toilet, washhand basin, cabinet and shower tray. It too has an outside window with mosquito screen. The laundry basket is located there too. • WASHING MACHINE near downstairs bathroom It is built in under the stairs alongside a cupboard for the iron and ironing board, a supply of washing tablets and softener, vacuum cleaner etc.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • 2 BEDROOMS - each has its own balcony for privacy. • BEDROOM 1 - Double, 2 bedside lockers with stylish bedside lamps, mirrors – one full length, spacious wardrobe with drawers. French doors lead to its balcony with a pergola and panoramic village, sea, mountain and olive grove views. • BEDROOM 2 - Twin beds, 2 bedside lockers with bedside lamps, spacious wardrobe with drawers, dressing table and mirror. French doors again lead to its large balcony with stone walls, pergola and more panoramic views to Souda Bay etc. • AIR- CONDITIONING & FANS - Both bedrooms have fans & air-conditioning - the latter can be used for heating later in the year. • BALCONIES - Tables and chairs are provided on each balcony where you can relax, enjoy the views, watch the stars and twinkling lights of the ferries in Souda Bay. • SOFA BED - Downstairs the sofa converts to an additional bed. The storage under the stairs can also be uses as wardrobe / drawer space.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
SOLAR WATER HEATING is backed up by electrics. Mosquito screens on bedroom French doors. Plug in INSECT REPELLENTS are also provided. The LIVING - SITTING ROOM has air-conditioning, is open plan and stylishly furnished with good lighting, comfortable sofa, cane armchairs, 4 side tables, extendible dining table seating 6+ and TV etc. 2 double French doors lead to a large balcony with pergola and round marble topped table and chairs. The stone arched entrance has a large marble topped table and chairs. The KITCHEN has a plentiful supply of ware, glasses, cutlery, utensils and good quality saucepans, frying pans and oven dishes and a full sized oven with 4 ring hob. THE SHARED POOL is only a few steps away and rarely gets crowded. It is not gated. The GARDEN with stone walls has been planted with Mediterranean plants including Olive and Lemon trees, Bougainvillea, Jasmine, Rosemary, Lavender etc. which create a riot of colour and the fragrance further enhances outdoor dining.

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