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Writer's House In Idyllic Village

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Tsikalaria - Vivien's House

Two bedroom, two bathroom, with mountain and sea views in outskirts of Chania.

Writer's restored stone house in idyllic village of Tsikalaria.

Tsikalaria is at the base of the Malaxa mountain and our house is set at the highest point of the village with only a tiny church, a farm and the mountains behind us.

The house is fully restored and has extensive terraces and views over Chania and Suda Bay. The second bathroom and study are in their own walled garden.

One main double bedroom, one lounge with double convertible couch, dining room, kitchen, small bathroom. Plus study/single bed and family bathroom in a walled garden. TV and DVD, radio, CD player, barbecue. Large front terrace, tables and chairs. Additional table and chairs in walled garden. Spectacular views from roof terrace.

A short walk from the house down a winding lane past goats and chickens and a famous Byzantine church brings you to a Taverna, a Kafeneon, two small supermarkets, a butcher and pharmacy. A five minute drive or 15 minute walk through olive groves takes you to a friend's swimming pool, which you are welcome to use.

Our house is an excellent place to enjoy the tranquillity of a Cretan village, and the warmth and hospitality of the Cretan people.

Our neighbours who help us take care of the house will be on hand to help you settle in. Our friend Stella will greet you and take you on a short tour of the village.

The house is best suited to a couple, or a couple with one or two children who are mobile.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Vivien Lincoln-Gryff
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2016

About Vivien Lincoln-Gryff

Christopher is a writer and magazine editor. I am a qualitative researcher who writes about cats. There are some interesting ones around the house.

Vivien Lincoln-Gryff purchased this house in 2002

Why Vivien Lincoln-Gryff chose Chania area

I have always had a great love of Greece, especially Crete, which I have known well since the 1970s. And when I found the house as a ruin, it struck me immediately as a perfect location, and a chance to restore it to being a traditional Cretan property, with its large terraces and good sunny and shady aspects.

What makes this house unique

This is in a very old village, close to many amazing historical sites, especially the Roman ruins of Aptera, and the three monasteries of the Akrotiri, with its superb beaches. There is a serenity about the village, which we found was peopled by warm and hospitable neighbours. There are no other tourists, but many of our friends here speak English.


based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Writer's House In Idyllic Village
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Ein nettes Haus für Ruhe und Entspannung

  • 5 of 5

2 Wochen herrliches Wetter im Oktober in Tsikalaria, einem kleinen kretischen Dorf in der Nähe des romantischen Chania. Das reizvolle und ruhige Haus mit der schönen Terrasse und dem Blick auf Meer und Berge ist ideal zum Entspannen und Relaxen.

Vivien und ihr Mann sind super gastfreundlich, herzlich und hilfsbereit. Schon bei unserer Urlaubsvorbereitung hat uns Vivien unterstützt. Dann nahmen sie sich Zeit für eine gemeinsame Besichtigungstour von Chania und der näheren Umgebung, um uns romantische Plätze zu zeigen, die wir sonst sicherlich nicht gefunden hätten. Auch Stella, die sich um die schönen Pflanzen und das Haus kümmert, hat uns wertvolle Tips gegeben. Beeindruckend war der botanische Garten, etwa 15 km südlich von Chania in den Bergen. Er wurde nach einem verheerenden Brand von jungen Leuten ideenreich angelegt. Wir möchten uns herzlich bei Vivien, ihrem Mann und Stella bedanken und wollen das nette Haus allen Gästen wämstens empfehlen.

2 weeks with wonderful weather in october in Tsikalaria, a little Creta village in the near of the romantic Chania. The charming and quiet house with the beautiful terrace and the view of sea and mountains is good for relaxing.

Vivien and her husband are very hospitable, cordial und helpful. In our prepariation of the holidays Vivien has already helped us. Then they spent their time to show us Chania and the surrounding, to show us some romantic places. Also Stella, who cares the beautiful plants and the house, has given us important informations. The botanical garden, about 15 km away from Chania in the mountains, ist very impressing. It was built from young people after a terrible fire. We want friendly thank Vivien, her husband and Stella and recommend the nice house to all guests very much.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Wonderful village house

  • 5 of 5

This is the most wonderful setting for a fantastic Cretan holiday. The house is set at the top of the village and you really feel a part of things. The village is quiet and people were incredibly friendly. The house had wonderful views over Souda bay and was spotlessly clean and very well appointed (with wifi). Air conditioning made sleeping easy in temperatures that were 30C+. Viv ensured we had a welcome awaiting for us - despite our flight being delayed, meaning we arrived in the small hours of Sunday morning. There was a Greek salad, carafe of wine and a beautiful dessert. Stella, a wonderful person in the village was there to make sure we were settling in okay and answered all our questions about where to go for this and that. When you go, do make sure to visit "Mr Rabbit" as we called him, the taverna in the village. He is so charming and the food is great. His speciality (unsurprisingly) is rabbit cooked in wine and it has got to be tasted.

The long and short of this, is that we will be going back. And that's unusual for us - we have very rarely gone back to the same place twice, preferring new adventures; but I make the exception here. We felt this was home from home and there is just so much to see and do in this wonderful part of Crete.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Una casa molto accogliente e pittoresca a Creta

  • 5 of 5

Una casa bella, accogliente e confortevole, in un paesino delizioso, per nulla turistico ma vicinissimo ad Chania e alla New Road che collega, da est ad ovest, tutta la costa settentrionale di Creta, posizione strategica per visitare l'isola.

La casa è dotata di un ampi e articolati spazi esterni, molto curati e arricchiti da fiori colorati e piante odorose.

La meravigliosa vacanza trascorsa nella mitica Creta insieme a mio marito e alle nostre due bambine (12 e 6 anni) è stata resa indimenticabile dall'ospitalità ricevuta da Vivien e Chris e dalla sempre disponibile e impagabile Stella, che li aiuta nella gestione e nella cura della proprietà. In realtà, tutto il paese di Tsikalaria resterà sempre nei nostri cuori!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Des vacances parfaites

  • 5 of 5

Avant notre arrivée, les échanges avec Vivien et Chris par mail et téléphone furent très amicaux. Un climat de confiance s'est installé immédiatemment.

A notre arrivée l'accueil ne pouvait pas être plus sympathique, même si, notre avion ayant eu du retard, nous sommes arrivés à plus de 23h.

Le lendemain matin Stella, qui s'occupe de la maison, nous a fait faire le tour du village pour nous montrer où se situent les commerces, la taverne, la pharmacie....et la piscine à disposition (à moins d'1 km).

Etant donné que nous recherchions une location au calme tout en étant proche des centres d'intérêt, ce fut parfait. Nous avons pu rayonner dans tout l'ouest de la Crète (plages, montagnes, gorges, restaurants, sites anciens, Chania...) puis nous ressourcer la nuit dans cette paisible et confortable maison.

Encore merci à Vivien, Chris et Stella pour votre accueil.

Je recommande sans hésiter cette location saisonnière.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Excellent village house; easy access to sea & town

  • 5 of 5

Vivienne and Christopher proved perfect hosts. We corresponded with them before the holiday and they provided helpful information about places to visit and car hire. They met us in Chania, where we stayed for two days near the Venetian harbour and where they now live nearby and we followed them to the house in Tsikalaria. Once there we were given a tour of the village by Stella who showed us the nearby large pool that was available for our use, as well as the all night supermarket. The house met all our expectations in every regard; there are two discreet bedrooms and the house is of an ample size given that there are terraces, with sweeping views - suspended between the existential mediterranean blueness below and the astral blueness above. There were a number of highlights, which follow.

The position of the house provides easy access, within a thirty minute radius, to as many beaches as you can possibly want to swim from and sunbathe on. You can always find umbrella space, even on the most popular beach.

Discussing with Christopher one of his novels, specifically the relationship between Marvell and Milton over iced coffee in a quiet shady restaurant next to the sea, whist our children swam in a nearby giant natural rock pool. (Subsequently we have lamented the disappearance of Marvell from English studies.)

On their recommendation, eating at a fish restaurant surrounded by abandoned tanneries, where the tables stray into the water amongst the rocks, whist watching the sun slowly fizzle out in the sea.

A two day visit to Milia, an ancient mountain village, now restored by descendants of the original inhabitants as an ‘eco village’, providing comfortable (nice beds, hot showers), minimalist accommodation in rooms that will take your breath away and lovely organic food in the restaurant with its terrace overlooking the mountain paths you can explore. The road up - and down - is not as daunting as you might fear!

Persuading my eldest daughter to read The Magus, found amongst the books in the house, which she thoroughly enjoyed; one of the greatest British novels, set in Greece. Excellent holiday reading.

The fact that everyone in Crete is friendly and relaxed and that on roads major and minor you are not tailgated, hooted or harassed when driving cautiously.

We could not have had a better introduction to Crete and our family of four would like to again thank our hosts.

Everybody we met in Crete were extremely friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Really Nice

  • 5 of 5

We were met by the owners from the airport & greeted with a lovely Greek Supper even though it was very late. The property is in a lovely location within a very nice village & couldn't be faulted. Nice place & more importantly, nice people.

Would return.

Eddie, Alison & Fraser.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Suda Bay
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Main Cretan Highway
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Kouneli Taverna
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Suda Bay
Car: recommended

It takes fifteen minutes to drive to the Venetian Harbour of Chania with its museums and restaurants and night life. It takes five minutes to drive to Suda Bay which has banks,supermarkets, fish markets, a post office, travel agents and coffee shops.

A short walk from the house down a winding lane past goats and chickens, and a famous Byzantine church, brings you to a taverna, a kafeneon, small supermarkets, a butcher and a pharmacy.

This area is rich in historical sites and beautiful beaches. Aptera is 15 minutes away by car.


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Prices for this holiday house in Tsikalaria, Chania area

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Refundable Damage Deposit £100

July and August, is £400 per week. Laundry is included for two people. An extra £10 for four people, which goes to the cleaning lady.
Once agreed with owner by phone, or email, pay £100 deposit. Full balance due eight weeks before start.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tsikalaria in Crete

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Two. One with shower, in main house. One large bathroom, with bath, in walled garden.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • Double bed with wardrobe and bedside tables, access to terrace through French window. Double convertible couch in living room. Single bed in small study, not suitable July August, no a/c.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
A very tranquil house. But only 15 minutes from restaurants, nightlife and bars of Chania, with its museums and Venetian harbour. Excellent market Thurs and Sats. Bus service from village to Chania.

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