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Vivien Lincoln-Gryff

Member since: 2013
Speaks English

Writer's House In Idyllic Village

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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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 (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks English

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 12 holidaymaker reviews

Writer's House In Idyllic Village
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the authentic and tranquil setting of the house in the village. Our hosts Vivien and Chris could not have been more welcoming and helpful, they greeted us at the airport, showed us around and took us on a beautiful day out around Suda Bay. They responded immediately to any queries we had and went out of their way to help us when we encountered problems with the car hire. In fact, if you plan to rent a car, we recommend for you to get Vivien's advice from the start as to which car hire to use! Locals in the village were extremely friendly and Stella, who looks after all the beautiful flowers around the house was very helpful and generous, bringing us wonderful homemade Tzaziki, bread and her own family's olive oil. The house and facilities were as described, modern and comfortable, and it was great to have the use of the pool in the village as well as beach chairs and umbrellas to take to the beach with us. The location is excellent as the village has a lovely and local mountain village air to it, and at the same time is just 20 min drive to the airport, to downtown Chania, to beaches and to breathtaking mountain gorges. Also, Vivien's recommendations on places to eat, excursions and sights to see were excellent!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllisches Haus mit schöner Aussicht

  • 5 of 5

Sehr herzlicher Empfang durch Vermieterin mit einem Rundgang durchs Dorf - wo, wie, was. Sehr gute Lage für Ausflüge oder Abhängen im nahen Chania. Absolut ruhige Lage und sehr reizvolle Umgebung. Im Haus ist grundsätzlich alles vorhanden, einzig der Kochherd reicht kaum für einen Viergänger. Schöne Terrasse und gemütlicher Garten mit sehr schöner Aussicht auf Chania und das Meer bei Souda. Wir kommen jederzeit gerne wieder.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful authentic village property with views.

  • 5 of 5

It was very hard to leave after spending a wonderful week in this tranquil village retreat.

During the enquiry/booking process all emails from Vivien and Chris were prompt, informative, friendly and welcoming. Having established our likes and interests they provided us with a bespoke list of places to visit and tavernas to eat in suitable for my vegetarian son....and gosh what recommendations!

They kindly met us at the airport so that we could follow them back to the house, which enabled us to focus on staying on the right hand side of the road whilst getting a first look at the gorgeous scenery en route.

We were then warmly greeted by Stella the housekeeper who gave us information on the house and a guided tour of the village ensuring we knew where we could buy everything we needed and providing her mobile number for if we had any queries at all during the week.

The house was as described, perfect and well equipped, we used both bathrooms and what a treat to have a bath as well as a shower in a Greek property. The outside shutters meant the house was dark and quiet at night so we both slept really well.

Trips to the Amari valley, Aptera and the Therisso Gorge were spectacular as was a meal at Ntounias the mountain taverna in Drakona. We also greatly enjoyed the food and welcome in the local Kouneli (rabbit) taverna just a few minutes walk away from the house.

The warmth and generosity of the locals both in Tsikalaria village and other areas we visited was overwhelming and the food, wherever we ate, just superb.

None of the recent problems associated with Greece affected our holiday in any way and we came home rested and replenished and would love to return. This authentic village home is a rare find.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A warm welcome and a wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, hidden gem of a property, tucked away on the hillside and overlooking an Orthodox church. Stella, the housekeeper was wonderful - friendly, helpful and just a few minutes away, she made us very welcome. There are three outdoor seating areas, each with their own character; the large one has loungers and a dining table beneath a vine (special vintage, apparently!); just up a little flight of stone steps is a more private area shaded by it's own fig and orange trees, again with a (smaller) table. And then up on the roof there is a terrace with a breath-taking view from the hillside over Tsikilaria and towards Chania.

The house was clean and welcoming and there are actually two bathrooms - in the main building is a WC, sink and shower, and outside up a few steps is a bathroom, toilet and sink, this is where we did our handwashing and there is a clothes airer on the main patio. The bedroom was very comfortable and the windows and doors had mosquito shutters if needed. The nights were peaceful, all we heard were cicadas. It was just right for two, but there is also a double convertible couch in the lounge so could accommodate four. It would also be a great destination for a single traveler wanting to get away from it all, or as a base for exploring the island.

This was our first visit to Chania and one of the things which struck us the most was just how friendly and welcoming the people are. We recommend this property and will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice garden with a great view!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Writer's House for one week and we enjoyed every second. Stella kindly waited for us even if we arrived very late at night and she was helpful.

The house is nice, the bathroom inside is very small but you can use the one outside. We loved the garden and the little black cat that warmed our stay.

The village is quiet and people are friendly, you can find what you need in the local shops. Chania is 10 minutes far from the house and the main beaches are easy to reach.

Vivien and Chris helped us finding a rent a car and they answered to every question we had.

We had a great time, the island is amazing!

Chiara, Riccardo, Silvia, Alberto

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maison et village très agréables

  • 4 of 5

Vieille maison crétoise bien rénovée, située dans un village où il est agréable de se perdre dans le dédale de rues et d'escaliers. A 15/20mn du centre historique de Chania et de quelques magnifiques plages. Bref, excellent séjour!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Chania, Chania area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
July/August 2016
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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 Chania area 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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