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Discounted NOW - 400 m to village & 4 tavernas, Large pool, WIFI Mountain view

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


About the property

Wonderful peaceful setting in olive groves with great views. 400m to village

Imagine yourself sitting by the pool sipping coffee or tea with nothing to disturb you except the butterflies and a soft warm breeze.

Look up and see the magnificent White Mountains in the distance and the olive trees surrounding you - Delightful and relaxing.

You can enjoy all this here at Villa Ariadne.

Situated on a country lane between olive groves easily accessed by a normal car --4 wheel drive not needed at all.

Only 400 metres from the centre of Gavalochori village

IDYLLIC place to stay for your holiday

The a/c units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season. The water is heated by either solar panel or a immersion heater.

There are large water storage tanks of 2000 litres to ensure that the villa never runs out of water.


First floor

– Fully Equipped Kitchen/diner

– Living room

– One double bedroom king size bed

– A shower room with rain shower

- balconies with stunning views

Ground floor

– A double bedroom with superking bed ( convertable to 2 singles)

– A double bedroom with 2 single beds

– A full bathroom with bath/shower

– A verandah with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and Lefka Ori - white mountains


--- Two couples can share the house as there are bedrooms and bathrooms on each floor

Families and children welcome

NO events . No pets

NO long term renters.

FREE WiFi in the villa


** Large family sized pool 10 metres by 4.5 metres with roman steps and NO ladders to negotiate.

*** Shallow end 1.2 m and deep end 1.7 m with 1.2 metre ledge all the way around the pool. Pool shower.

*** Pool faces SOUTH and is in the sun ALL DAY

*** NO slippery tiles around the pool

*** Mature gardens with olive trees flowers bushes and palm trees plus butterflies


*** Not situated on a development

*** Comfortable and airy - clean and bright

**** Great views all round

*** Balconies face west for those wonderful cretan sunsets

*** 8 minutes walk to 3 great tavernas in the village the nearest one is 6 minutes. Walking at night with a torch for guidance is wonderful - you could steer by the stars

** Great views of The White Mountains ( Lefka Ori)

** 6 minute drive to beach at Almerida


** Secluded setting among the ancient olives groves

** 100 metres square accomodation plus 3 balconies and covered verandah at the back of the villa

** Situated on country road which is graded and suitable for normal cars.

** Car recommended NOT essential --walk to village in 8 minutes

** Mature gardens with olive trees, fruit trees, bushes and flowers birds and butterflies

** Covered seating area by pool plus patio and shaded area under ancient olive tree

*** Dining Table and chairs on upstairs balcony

*** Dining table and 6 chairs on downstairs verandah

*** Dining Table and chairs outside in garden under old olive tree with Charcoal Weber BBQ


* Open countryside and the White Mountains in the background including views over the olive groves

** No neighbours except owners villa separated by double carport . The villas face in opposite directions too!

** Villa not overlooked and faces west for those fabulous sunsets,


3 ATMs in Almerida and 1 in Vamos 3 in Kalives


*************** FREE WIFI

** Full air conditioning included

** Automated electric gate entry

** Concrete and tiled carport keeps your car cool plus parking

** Deposit box

** Hairdryers in each bathroom

** Pool towels

** Dishwasher

** BBQ Charcoal

** NEW Rain shower in shower room

** Floor Fan


Set in ancient olive groves for a relaxing and peaceful holiday Villa Ariadne offers luxury and comfort.

The villa is light and airy and all rooms are double aspect so that you can enjoy the lovely views.

There are three balconies two upstairs and one downstairs and a large covered verandah is on the ground floor facing the magnificent White Mountains

You will find all the comforts of home to enjoy in a relaxing and peaceful environment. Fully air-conditioned.

Your own electric gate for access and use of shared double carport.

The villa is situated in olive groves and not on a development on a quiet lane but within easy walking distance of the village - 8 minutes to the village square

A large 10m by 4.5m pool for all the family to enjoy has easy access wide Roman steps and no ladders.

Villa Ariadne is a comfortable light and airy detached villa.

All balconies have stunning views of the White Mountains and the open countryside. There is full air conditioning included in the price.

The gardens, carport and pool are on the same level around the house making it easy for access.

There are 3 steps up to the front door and three from the verandah to the patio and paths around the villa

The open plan lounge and kitchen/diner are upstairs with two balconies.

On the first floor you will also find the master bedroom with luxury king size divan bed ,fully fitted wardrobes, mirror, dressing table, voiles and french doors to a balcony.

The upstairs shower room has a newly fitted rain shower 200mm in size and an english glass shower cabinet with 900mm ceramic shower tray .

The two twin-bedded bedrooms are downstairs and have a large terrace and/or balcony and a large family bathroom tiled in blue and white with a bath/shower.

This arrangement is ideal for families or couples sharing who require some privacy as they can sleep on separate floors.

The washing machine is downstairs under the stairs

Windows and doors are double glazed with shutters in white aluminium.

The lane to the villa is a quiet one and leads to Gavalohori Square in 8 minutes on foot. It is driveable with normal car and no 4*4 required.

There is large covered area having a tiled roof with a table and chairs at one end of the pool and an open patio at the other end with 2 parasols.

A gravelled area with a stone seating area around an ancient olive tree provides shade and extra seating/ dining area and a place to relax away from the pool. There is also a table and chairs on the back verandah and the same arrangement upstairs off the living room.

FREE welcome basket includes wine water OJ eggs biscuits tea coffee sugar, loo rolls, tissues and liquid hand soap. A bottle of our estate organic extra virgin olive oil is also included.

Outdoor pool shower,

Mature gardens with palm trees olive trees, shrubs and flowers, patios, shaded area.

Electric gated entrance with a tiled roof carport for keeping your car cool in the heat of the summer.

The owner gives EXCLUSIVE use of the swimming pool to guests during their holiday as owner does not use the pool when guests are in residence.The owner live in the adjacent villa and happy to give help and support to guests, if required : Please note that the owner leaves guests to enjoy their stay at all times without interference but is very happy to chat or give ideas of where to go and where to eat out.

Also there are no immediate neighbours or other villas to overlook the villas or the pool. The grounds are just under 1 acre in size and fully fenced and stone wall to the front of the property.


Close by is the charming and friendly village of Gavalochori which has three tavernas including Arismari and Monica's and Niko's, a bakery and two mini markets..


Folk Museum an ancient Olive Mill with beautiful Cretan arches and interesting Greek churches. Roman wells can also be found above the village. Lovely walks


The beaches at Almerida 4 km and Kalives 8km are inviting with ample choice of restaurants, coffee shops and bars for your supermarkets and green grocers and butcher shops.


By making a booking with us, you are accepting that you will replace or pay for any breakages or damage caused in the property during the rental period and that the property will be left in good condition as found.

Licence No MHTE 1042K123K2548401

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Some German and French understood
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Penny

I love the peace and quiet of the countryside. The beautiful scenery.

The long lazy hot summer days and balmy nights.

Long lunches at tavernas enjoying the company of friends and the wonderful fresh cretan food.

Penny purchased this villa in 2004

Why Penny chose Apokoronos

If you enjoy a quiet country location surrounded by olive groves this is the place for you- away from the hustle and bustle of the coast Just what was required for our villa with fabulous views.

It is great as all amenities are very close by.

What makes this villa unique

Peaceful and thoroughly relaxing situation set amongst the olive groves and still 8 minutes walk to the village,

Delightful detached villa.

Not on a development

Situated up a little used country lane In the olive groves

Stunning views over the countryside and White Mountains

Peaceful comfortable and secluded surrounded by olive trees

4 great tavernas, shops plus bakery

SOUTH facing Pool 10m by 4.5 m with large roman steps and NO ladders.

Great views of the Mountains and those fabulous sunsets which can be seen from the balconies of the villa


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apokoronos in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Enjoy yourself
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 on first floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 200m Rain shower large mirror built in light, glass shelving
    Bathroom 2 on ground floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Size : 3 m by 1.65 m and window with mosquito net,
  • Bathroom on ground floor is shared between the 2 bedrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 on ground floor - 2 Single Bed , Air/Con
    Bedroom 3 on ground floor - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , thick topper to cover seams. Converts to single beds. A/C
    Bedroom 1 on first floor - 1 Large Double Bed , divan style bed with deep matress .Air/Conditioning
  • FIRST FLOOR * The main bedroom has a kingsize 150cm wide bed with top of the range mattress. * Built in wardrobes with plenty of storage ,vanity unit and mirror * Dual aspect with french doors and window giving fabulous views of the White Mountains which are covered in snow from November till the end of May. *Views of olive groves and the fantastic countryside. *The shower room adjacent to bedroom has a rain shower ,glass shower cabinet ,90 cm tray,toilet, wash basin, large lighted mirror, shelving and window with mosquito netting. GROUND FLOOR BEDROOMS * Have bedside tables, lights , double wardrobe, chair, mirror and bedside rugs. * Each room has doors to a large verandah with views over the garden, olive grove and white mountains *One room has a private balcony, overlooking the garden * Shared large full size ground floor bathroom with bath/shower, basin ,large mirror with light above large multi shelf unit for storage, toilet and window & mosquito net
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
*Full length mirror in hall. Pool towels provided and are not for beach use There are 6 sunloungers and 2 umbrellas *A Hardwood table and chairs are provided on the first floor balcony adjacent to the living room -wonderful for dining al-fresco and enjoying the sunsets. . * Please note the pool is not gated and all children should be supervised at all times ***The owner live next door and are pleased to help with any queries or just for a chat, otherwise guests are left to enjoy themselves without any interference. Owner does not use pool or gardens when guests in residence other than cleaning the pool or some gardening. EOT tourist number MHTE 10 42 K 123K2548401


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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Superb, quiet and peaceful Location in a luxury Villa

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed at this villa in June 2018 and had a great time. Penny the owner lives next door but was very obliging in being available when needed but away sufficiently that we had plenty of privacy. The Villa is 400 metres up a track and surrounded by olive groves. There are lovely views of the White Mountains to the South West and we saw some lovely sunsets.

The villa itself has all mod cons including air conditioning and balconies to each bedroom. The outside space is fabulous, with a large pool, sun or shade patio and BBQ.

Go back down to the track and a few hundred yards further along the road is the village, with a choice of Tavernas & small shops including a bakery.

The coast and beaches are only a few miles away and are lovely and sandy in many areas.

Overall this villa is well recommended for staying in and touring to, the western side of Crete. Fab!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Luxury of your own Private Pool

  • 4 of 5

Villa Ariadne is very private with wonderful views of the White Mountains. We have known Gavalachori for over 20 years and it is a perfect central location for Georgeopolis, Kalives, Almerida and Chania market on a Saturday morning. Visit Kissamos for a traditional fish restaurant and up to Falassarna for honey raki and wonderful swimming. You need a car!

Ariadne has a good kitchen and a BBQ in the garden - get your meat from the brilliant butcher in Kalives.

The property is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the village, mainly along a rough farmyard track which is very dark at night. Good tavernas with friendly staff.

Overall, a good place to stay, clean, well-

maintained and very private.

We may well return at some future date.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of my villa. I think presentation is very important and is based upon how I would like a villa to be. It is indeed well placed for visiting many places. The country lane is an agricultural road so nice and quiet and a torch is always necessary unless of course there is a full moon when it becomes very magical amongst the olive trees bordering the lane. Steer by the stars!! The situation is very tranquil and private and just what is what is required to get away from it all but not so far from great tavernas in the village , nearby villages and the beaches.
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many a villa on the beautiful island of Crete and Villa Ariadne is up there with the best of them.

Situated in a quiet country location so stunning views, yet within a 10 minute stroll along a dusty track to the village of Gavalochori which has a couple of superb tavernas. We found this a really enjoyable bonus with this villa.

The villa itself was very clean and equipped with all that was needed plus, the beds and pillows were really comfy so took no getting used to which must be a first !! Penny the owner also did a very thorough clean of the villa during our stay.

We all enjoyed the large pool and was particularly impressed with the wide, non slip steps into it. No dodgy metal ladders to negotiate plus there was a shallow ledge even in the deeper end. The pool is surrounded by pretty gardens which attracts lots of butterflies.

The beach at Almyrida is just a 10 minute drive away and so to is the village of Douliana which also has a great taverna.

Penny was on hand if we needed her but otherwise we were completely left to enjoy our holiday. We have no hesitation in recommending.

The Freeman family & The Buzwells.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing, stunning location, lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay. The photos just do not do it justice! Immaculately clean with lots of thoughtful touches - especially things like bread, milk, wine and loo rolls! Great rural location within walking distance (with a torch at night) of a couple of fantastic tavernas in the beautiful picturesque village of Gavalochori.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Danke für den schönen Aufenthalt

  • 5 of 5

Es war ein sehr schöner Super Urlaub.

Die Villa war sehr schön, es hat an nicht gefehlt.

Super schöne Lage und toller Pool.

Wenn wir Fragen oder Wünsche hatten war Penny stehts zur stelle.

Wir werden mit sicherheit die villa nochmals Mieten.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as described and expected but more so

  • 5 of 5

Just two of us stayed for a week. We felt guilty and not having two more to share the lovely experience! The property is immaculate and well kitted out. We enjoyed drinks and breakfasts on the upper terrace and downstairs in the shaded part of the very private garden. Chania Airport was easy and the owner's most precise directions got us to the villa without a hitch, even in the dark, in 40 minutes. It is in a charming location just outside the village, but not too remote, along a virtually unused track. The walk through the Olive groves to get to the two tavernas was a genuine leisurely 11minutes and a part of our holiday which we really enjoyed every day. It is quiet here, we weren't aware of any midges or mosquitoes. There was no passing traffic. We drank the local wine, sampled the local olive oil and enjoyed the local food. If possible shop before arriving, Penny the owner will have told you where; we were just too late. It is a good base from which to explore this part of Crete, with beaches, noisier towns, delightful old villages, archeological sites etc all never too far away.

The satellite TV is not what one might expect at home but then we never switched it on. Also there is no WiFi, but again it was little bother as every taverna and even some entire town areas all offered free WiFi. Mobile phone reception was very good. Everyone including the owner here were very friendly and we would certainly recommend it to like-minded travelers.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
National Road
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Choice of four in Gavalochori
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The backdrop of the White Mountains the olive groves and hilltop village of Douliana provide the wonderful scenery from the villa . The local village of Gavalohori has three tavernas, - the womens lace co-operative, three small supermarkets and a bakery and it is a lovely traditional Greek village with friendly people

Watersports are available at Almirida beach. Scuba diving in Almerida. Horseriding in Georgeoupoli.

There are many walks in the area to enjoy plus plenty of wildlife. The sandy beaches at Almirida and Kalives are nearby and have all facilities of tavernas coffee bars, beach bars supermarkets, chemists. Nightlife can be found in Almerida with its numerous bars, Greek tavernas english run restaurants and cafes.

Enjoy Chania with its Venetian Harbour and wonderful old side streets for a coffee or meal.. There are museums, a superb indoor market and many shops to browse in. A beautiful city with a great buzz and numerous coffee shops to sit and watch the world go by.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apokoronos, Crete

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
23 Jul 2018 - 9 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September
1 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
April 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May 2019
1 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May June 2019
26 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2019
1 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Preferred changeover day is Saturday for July and August to 10 September

The villa is available from 4pm on day of arrival until on your departure day.
If needed other times can be arranged.

The owner reserves the right to amend rates advertised as necessary.

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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