A spacious, stylish country house of 225 sq.m, in a totally private setting surrounded by its own 2 acre olive grove hill and evergreen orange plantations, not overlooked by anybody, offering 360 degree panoramic views including the sea and the White Mountains. Pleasant 1.5 km walk to Platanias' renowned sandy beach along a quiet country lane popular with walkers and cyclists. Within easy reach by car of some of Crete's most beautiful sandy beaches.
Guests staying at The Olive House can also get away from the summer beach crowds as they are invited to use our own private beach (a short drive down the coast, see photos) and facilities (sun beds, showers, kayaks).
Accommodation includes a large kitchen/family room with dining table and sofa, spacious living and dining rooms, laundry/utility room and 4 en-suite bedrooms (3 with large double beds +1 with standard double), all with great sea views. All bedrooms have windows and french doors, beds with luxury mattresses, individual thermostats for heating and cooling, built-in wardrobes, electric black out blinds, ceiling fans and adjoining bathrooms with spacious showers and heated anti-fog mirrors. En-suite bathrooms are provided with hairdryers, bathrobes, towels and luxury toiletries. The large laundry/utility room has a washing machine, separate dryer, a washbasin for hand washing and a ceiling-hung clothes drying rack. Kitchen appliances include top of the line Miele equipment, electric orange juicer, Nespresso coffee machine and a wide Fisher Paykel fridge freezer with built-in ice maker. Other amenities include 2 satellite TVs (one with a 5.1 surround sound system) 2 Apple TVs, a CD player, 2 DVD players and a Bose iPod dock and stereo speaker system.
Original paintings hang on most walls and there is an upright piano in the hallway bellow. The main verandah has a teak dining table suitable for 8 and a sofa / armchair / stone coffee table corner which offer a great place to enjoy the panoramic views.
Outside, there are landscaped terraces and stone decks with paths through flower beds of indigenous aromatic plants and herbs surrounding the house. A heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi finished in Pebbletec and natural rocks are inspired by the fresh water pools found in the gorges of the White Mountains and create a feeling of being close to nature. The stone decks surrounding the pool area remain cool even in the August mid day heat, for barefoot comfort. The wide stone kitchen window ledge extends out to the pool area to form a breakfast/drinks bar. The tall stools underneath make this an ideal place to to enjoy a drink or two and also allows dishes and drinks to be passed through conveniently.
Sunbeds and a table and chair setting for 8 are located on the pool deck underneath a shady pergola, with magnificent views all round. A BBQ area is provided near by.
Two free standing hammocks can be moved to shady or sunny spots on the deck, according to preference.
At the top of the drive, close to the main entrance of the house, are two wide, shaded, private parking spaces.
4 bicycles are available for use by our guests.