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Spacious private villa for six with large pool and views to the White Mountains

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 twin bedded rooms, 2 bathrooms, large garden and 4km. from the beach

A delightful, large, fully air conditioned villa with three twin bedded rooms, approximately eight minutes away drive away from Almirida. Children are most welcome.

It stands in its own grounds by a quiet road fringed with pine trees, between the Cretan villages of Gavalochori abd Xerosterni and with lovely views to the White Mountains.

There is a large pool, gardens, terrace and BBQ area.

Gavalochori is five minutes away by car or fifteen minutes on foot, with a choice of tavernas, mini-markets and a local bakery.

For those wishing for a holiday away from the crowds, this is the villa for you.

The villa is surrounded by a large planted garden, with pathways through it leading to and from a pergola.

There is a generous paved BBQ area to the side with a table and chairs and a large terrace with sun loungers and parasols surrounding the oval swimming pool.

The two upstairs bedrooms have large covered balcony, whilst the downstairs bedroom has double door accessing a tiled outside area. The downstairs bedroom also has an ensuite basin and toilet. All twin beds can be easily pushed together.

More Details

Mr Stewart Franklin
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
8 March, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Xirosterni in Apokoronos

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , hand basin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , hand basin
  • Bathroom 1 is situated upstairs Bathroom 2 is situated downstairs Bathroom 3 is ensuite to the downstairs bedroom and consists of a toilet and hand basin. All three rooms have cabinets with mirrors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • All three bedrooms have good hanging and storeage space and mirrors. For warm or hot weather there are fans and air conditioning. For cooler weather there are electric oil filled radiators.
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
There are smoke alarms and fire extinguuishers throughout the villa. Broadband for web-surfing and email (not media downloading or VOIP due to 3G mobile connection) is now available. BBQ has recently been upgraded (May 2012).


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Spacious private villa for six with large pool and views to the White Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

Villa Orleander was a great place to spend our holiday. We have rented many villas over the years but I have to say that this has been the best. Very clean and well maintained. Many hours were spent in the pool...... being a non swimmer I really liked the fact that the pool didn't have a deep end but was still deep enough for the boys to jump in. We enjoyed visiting the seaside town of Georgioupoli..... 20 minutes drive towards Rethymnon, long sandy beaches and some nice places to eat. Lake Kournas is a lovely place to visit..... tavernas were very pleasant over looking the lake. There are also pedalos to hire. We are hoping to book the villa again next year because we loved it so much and also like the location. I would definitely recommend Villa Orleander to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Having had several days travelling around the Island, we arrived and felt immediately at home. The villa is set in quiet surroundings and is not overlooked. We found the facilities were all they should be. You do however need a vehicle as the restaurants and beach are 4 km away. There are plenty of good restaurants in Almerida and around about. We would definitely recommend this villa to anyone requiring a peaceful holiday with beautiful private pool. We look forward to visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Une maison confortable, un endroit calme

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé 3 semaines agréables à la villa Oleander (Gavalochori). Les prestations correspondent en tout point à la description de l'annonce. Le propriétaire (avec qui l'on peut communiquer en français) est très aimable et fournit toutes les informations qui facilitent l'arrivée et le séjour. La maison, le jardin et la piscine sont très bien entretenus. Isolée, sur une colline boisée, la maison est idéale pour des vacances calmes et détendues. Mes enfants et petits-enfants ont abondamment profité de la grande piscine. En voiture (absolument indispensable!) on dispose des commerces nécessaires pour le quotidien à quelques kilomètres. Une plage familiale et propre est accessible en quelques minutes; on y trouve aussi des restaurants simples et conviviaux. La localisation est idéale pour la découverte de l'ouest de la Crète, ses villes, ses sites touristiques, que ce soit les montagnes et les gorges de l'intérieur ou les plages du sud. Bref une location que nous recommandons et où nous serons heureux de retourner.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. For english speaking guests, and approximate translation is: We spent three pleasant weeks at Villa Oleander (Gavalochori). The property and its benefits are as described in the advert. The owner (with whom one can communicate in French) is very friendly and provides all the information for arrival and the stay. Home, garden and pool are very well maintained. Isolated, on a wooded hill, the house is ideal for quiet and relaxed holidays. My children and grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the large pool. By car (a must!) all the necessary daily shops are available a few miles away. A clean family beach is just a few minutes away where there are also simple and friendly restaurants. The location is ideal for exploring the west of Crete, its cities, tourist sites, the mountains and gorges of the interior, or the southern beaches. In short a property that we recommend and we will be happy to return.
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Villa Orleander

  • 5 of 5

This was our second holiday at Villa Orleander. It is a clean, well maintained property providing all the comforts of home and situated in a quiet, rural location and yet within easy access to beaches, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, although a car is essential. A fantastic place to unwind by the pool for a few days before exploring the island. We particularly liked driving up in to the mountains and finding small, family run restaurants providing home grown delicious meals. We always received a warm welcome from the local people. The owners provided maps, books and a wealth of information about the island and places to visit. This was our second holiday at Villa Orleander and we hope to return again soon to discover more about its history and to rediscover some of our favourite haunts. We would certainly recommend the property to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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a must villa to stay in if your going to create

  • 5 of 5

a trully stunning villa set on a beautifull plot with a large swimming pool and patio area the layout off the villa is excelent for families and couples sharing with all the facilities needed to make your stay very comfortable (including 3 loos 2 showers and a bath) it was very well maintained and clean and in a peacefull setting yet only a few mins drive from all the restaurants and neighboughing villages and the sandy beaches definatley a villa we would return to

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
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Fantastic Location & Great Facilities

  • 5 of 5

When we decided to holiday in Crete with our young boys after visiting the island 15 years ago, we were really surprised at how difficult it was to find the ideal property. We wanted a spacious villa with a good sized private pool. Our young sons can be a little noisy for built up areas, so we aimed for a villa that was not overlooked or too close to other properties. Most of the villas we found just did not tick all the boxes or were already booked (even though we started searching in January). In the end we found this villa via a rather convoluted route on the web, but couldn't have asked for more. The villa is located a short drive (5 mins-ish) up in the mountains from a nice beach and range of great restaurants, we found this area to be much more select than some of the areas down the coast, which are more suited to Brits & beach towels. The villa is fab, a great size with an excellent pool - we could all splash about without disturbing any neighbours. In the morning we were often awoke by a heard of goats making their way past the villa, which we looked forward to, during the day the occasional car passes by. Our children spent hours in the pool, retreating to the lounge to chill over a range of kids videos. The ground floor has an adjoining lounge kitchen, ideal for breakfast and really spacious. Upstairs the bedrooms open up to a large balcony overlooking the pool & BBQ area. A fab bakery for croissants & cakes is only short drive away. We would recommend this villa and would not hesitate to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The local (nearest) shops are situated in Gavalochori (5 minutes drive) and Almirida (8 minutes drive).

Gavalochori is a typical Cretan village with two mini-markets, a bakery and three tavernas. The village has its own women's co-operative selling hand made goods, a museum, and an old mill (being restored) and some Venetian wells, which are well worth exploring.

At Almirida, you will find shops, tavernas, bars, gift shops and supermarkets as well as the excellent Blue Flag beaches. There are also various family activities such as water sports and ten pin bowling.

The villa is only a short drive away from Chania (pronounced Hania), which was once the islands capital. It has a famous Venetian harbour with quayside bars and tavernas and behind the harbour you can wander through the Old Town with its beautiful Venetian buildings and shops selling handicafts, textiles, jewelery, leather goods and ceramics

Crete is the biggest and most southerly of the Greek islands.

Other Activities: Ten Pin Bowling


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Xirosterni, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
27 Feb 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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