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Writer's House In Idyllic Village

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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. There is a washing machine in the second bathroom. And a fold-up bed in the study.

In the main house we have a double bedroom, one lounge with double convertible couch, dining room, kitchen and small bathroom.

We also have high speed wifi and international TV channels. And a DVD player.

The very extensive front terrace, has tables and chairs and sunbeds in a lovely garden.

There are additional tables and chairs in the walled garden

There are spectacular views of Chania and Souda bay from the roof terrace and a table and chairs to watch the sunset.

A short walk from the house down a winding lane through the grounds of a famous Byzantine church brings you to a Taverna, two Kafeneons, 2 small supermarkets, a butcher and a pharmacy. Larger supernarkets are five minutes drive away.

Another 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. But it is also a convenient base to explore the rest of western Crete.

Our friend, Stella, lives close by and takes care of the house and the gardens. She 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 up to 3 children who are mobile.

More Details

Vivien Lincoln-Gryff
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Vivien Lincoln-Gryff

Christopher is a writer and magazine editor. I am a retired 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 Tsikalaria

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. A local girl, Stella, looks after the house and is always available to avise or assist you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tsikalaria in Eleftherios Venizelos

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please respect the siesta
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 ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • 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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Writer's House In Idyllic Village
average rating of 4.8 based on 30 reviews

enchanting view and peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

I loved this house. the view is amazing as the house is on the top of a hill and you can see down to the church dome amongst the trees and beyond to the city lights and horizon. the House was really comfortable and spacious. The neighbours were friendly and quiet which is important to me as I'm noise-sensitive!

The local supermarket was the best one I've been to in Chania as they had home-produced cheese and olive oil, etc.

The lady who looks after the property is very helpful and kind without being intrusive. But if I'd wanted some company she would have included me in her family's Easter celebrations. In fact she gave me some bread she'd baked.

Three terraces for different times of the day. So it was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Traditional Crete

  • 4 of 5

The home was immaculate upon arrival. Stella, the caretaker,. picked me up below the village and introduced me to the home and its workings. She is definitely a key to the success of my trip- extremely helpful on any matter!

The home is set in a very traditional area and is centrally located to get out and around on the island.

I was on the island for 3 months, with great weather- only a couple rainy days- and even then only parts of the day.

Plan to return whenever able!

Steve wedlock

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely relaxing simple cottage in a peacefull village close to Chania

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Lovely areas to relax outside, air-conditioning washing facilities good WiFi and sattalite TV if you wish. The villiage is quiet and peaceful and we'll placed to use as a base to explore the Chaina region. We were kept really well informed by the owners Vivien and Chris and had really useful things to do suggestions from them.

There is a lovely woman called Stella that lives in the villiage and looks after the property and anything you may need.

Vivien and Chris are also just at the end of the phone with help​ and advice and local info if you need it. There are some cats that come with the cottage they are no bother and we fell a bit in love with them. If you hate cats then this isn't the property for you.

NB Fly into Chaina airport if at all possible, Heriklion airport is terrible.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Un lieu magique

  • 5 of 5

Un grand merci à Vivien et Chris, sans oublier Steklla pour leur accueil et leur gentillesse.Cette maison est merveilleuse et nous avions vraiment la sensation de vivre parmi les gens de ce village et loin des touristes ( même si Chania est trés proche en voiture).

Nous avons pu faire nos courses sur place et les commerçants sont vraiment des gens trés accueillants .

Nous sommes également heureux d'avoir connu Stella, c'est une personne trés gentille et d'une grande disponibilité.

Sincérement merci, il nous reste des images merveilleuses et nous savons que nous reviendrons trés vite dans ce lieu magique un peu hors du temps .

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful village home

  • 5 of 5

We only had just under a week to enjoy this wonderful house at the top of the village. A great location with easy access to the highway, Chania and Sousa Bay. The house is not luxurious but it is very clean and it has everything you need for a base to explore western Crete. The highlight for us was the incredible terrace with its views and, at least when we were there, kittens! A great place to curl up and read a book. Viv and Chris are wonderful hosts - thank you so much for taking time to introduce us to Crete - and Stella, who lives in the village, was a great resource.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A good base for exploring the west of Crete

  • 4 of 5

This is a modest house in a pleasant location on the edge of a village, with no tourists nearby, a good base for exploring the west of Crete. It is not luxurious, but clean and well-maintained. The owners, who live some distance away in Chania, were hospitable and helpful without being intrusive. The house is maintained by an exceptionally nice maid, Stella, who speaks good English and lives only a few minutes;' walk away.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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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 Tsikalaria, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
2 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

July and August are £500 per week for two people. There is an extra £10 for each additional person per night.
Once agreed with owner by phone, or email pay £100 deposit. Full balance due eight weeks before start. Rates based on 2 guests on 7 days.

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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