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Bungalow Villa Selene With Gated Private Pool Designed For Child Safety

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa Selene near Almyrida ( Almirida ), Chania area, Crete - Quiet Location, 12 Min Walk To Shops, Sandy Beach Nearby



No Stairs! This single story villa has a private pool (9x4m), located outside of the village yet close enough to walk in every morning to collect freshly baked bread. Perfect for families with young children as the pool is fully gated for parents' peace of mind. British plumbing! (no small-bore WC pipes!) Selene is surrounded by olive trees in our own private olive grove of 4.5 acres (that's 4 football pitches!) where we have only 4 other villas so you get lots of space and do not feel overlooked. Satellite/DVD with a 32-inch wall-mounted TV to entertain the kids during the hottest part of the day. Satellite TV offers 4 channels of English language movies 24 hours a day.

Our guests often comment that this villa is in the perfect location: within walking distance from two villages, close enough to enjoy their facilities but not too close to be disturbed by barking dogs, crowing cockerels and noisy human nightlife that happens in any and every Cretan village or town.

The olive grove is secure, being fenced and hedged by colourful oleander, and surrounded by olive trees. It is the perfect base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, with its tiny white hamlets nestled on green mountainsides. Apokoronas is a designated area of natural beauty, protected in a similar way to a UK National Park. At all times there are breath-taking views of the White Mountains which are snowcapped until late May. Literally on your doorstep there are numerous foot-trails through this most spectacular area of Crete, a genuine walker’s paradise.

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About Us

John Fisher
Meadow Hill House, Litton Mill
SK17 8SW Buxton
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Property Manager
John Fisher
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Mandarin
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear John

We had a great time, could not have been better. Everyone loved St Basil's. Anastasia and Roula were incredibly helpful. Monica's was a favourite haunt. I hope we did not cause too much chaos.

Felicity April 2014

Absolutely wonderful week and I advise to book 2! This is just a fantastic place to spend time retreating from the busy world and relaxing fully with a view to envy. Congrats to Basil Olive Grove for offering competitive prices but not compromising quality. Thank you

Steve August 13

Thank you again for this great stay. It was perfect for us to just relax and enjoy the scenery and warm air of Crete in October ! The house was great and there is actually nothing we have to complain about ! The pool was great as well and very clean.

Andrea, October 2012
Oct 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Chania Region on Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two Bathrooms: one with walk-in shower, WC and handbasin, the other with bath and wall shower, WC and hand basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Important - we charge on occupancy not per villa. The accommodation is suitable for children. Fully air-conditioned. Note: internet access is available in the local village. House layout: wide patio doors connect the spacious outside areas to the light and airy open-plan kitchen. ‘alfresco’ meals are easy because there are no stairs to negotiate from the kitchen. Watch out! Some other villas have the kitchen inconveniently located on the first floor so it is not so easy to take meals outside to the terraces or enjoy by the pool). if you would like to accommodate more than 6 guests, our 3 other villas on this olive grove may be just what you are looking for! Please contact us - visit our website choose this villa if you are looking for value! This is big quality villa for the price of an apartment. Outside: Extensive olive grove to explore, outdoor sun loungers and table. Private pool size 9x4m which is fitted with safety gates to control access to pool for young children. Pool depth 1.2 - 1.6 metres. Plenty of outdoor space for children to play. There are various shaded patio areas at all times. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided with mid week change.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Bungalow Villa Selene With Gated Private Pool Designed For Child Safety
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Peaceful, Perfectly Presented Villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a very peaceful/Beautiful place with the only background noise being the crickets or the occasional car or goats passing, Just far enough away from the crowds but equally close enough to be involved if you wanted to. Would recommend, especially for families

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful villa in a fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5

This villa is only a few minutes drive from the local town Almerida. It is one of four villas set in an olive grove, so you are not overlooked by neighbours. It has a lovely pool and lovely well appointed rooms. It was very clean and well maintained. This was not my first visit and I will be going back again. I was able to take part in olive picking (hard work but fun) and then was able to discover how the whole process, from picking to pressing is done. The villa is about a mile from a local shop and tavernas that have lovely food and a great atmosphere. The owners ensured that I was fully informed and were even able to organise booking a hire car as well. I would thoroughly recommend visiting this villa to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our return visit

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd visit to St Basil's Olive Grove, and our 2nd to Villa Selene. We were looking for a relaxing week, and we weren't disappointed. It's a lovely spacious villa, especially as there were just 2 of us, and clean and well-appointed. We love having the pool just outside and Almyrida with its lovely sandy beach is just 2 km away. If you don't fancy self-catering, there are plenty of restaurants in Almyrida, and a shop and very good taverna in even-closer Gavalchori. I'm sure we'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent property in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained property in excellent location as described on the website.Clean and comfortable inside and out. Local management helpful and friendly and quickly sort out any problems.

Beautiful scenery around the villa and surroundings with excellent tavernas nearby.Would definitely recommend and will be returning for a 5th time next year

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to one of our favourite guests who is welcome back at any time. We always try and maintain a good quality of service from the enquiry stage through booking procedures and while the guest is at the villa and it is great to get feedback like this.
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Excellent Second Holiday

  • 5 of 5

After enjoying a 2 week stay in the villa Angelos with family we were lucky to get away in September and chose to stay in the Villa Selene just the wife and I this time.The Villa Selene is situated among the olive groves,and it is all on one level like a bungalow its within sight of the other villas but not overlooked at all.It is off the main road down a track which is a little bumpy.It is gated onto the olive grove and there is ample parking. A graveled area through the olive trees leads you to the villa.The villa is very spacious ,the kitchen which is very well equipped with every thing you could want,is open plan to the dinning /sitting room.The 4 bedrooms are also spacious and have plenty of storage space(1 bedroom with safe).1 bathroom with with full suit and one shower room,both with good quality sanitary ware.The towels and sheets are of the finest quality.Outside there is a huge terrace/patio with furniture and dinning table /chairs to seat 8 comfortably,it overlooks the safety gated swimming pool ,which is also a good size with steps down into the water ,there is plenty of sunbeds and parasols for shade from the sun which is on the pool sunup to sundown (brilliant).It is a very peaceful and relaxing villa. Almiryda is a short drive away or a pleasant walk if you feel up to it.Plenty of tavernas/restaurants/bars/Markets etc...and of course 3 lovely beaches.There are also plenty of Tavernas in the surrounding villages .Gavalohori is a short walk away (downhill) if you dont fancy the walk back (uphill) there are plenty of taxis.A car is a must to explore the surrounding area The food is varied and very good.The Cretans are very hospitable and are only to pleased to stop and chat and give information of places of interest .Mark the manager makes sure the pool area and the villa is kept clean as well as bedding / towel changes twice a week,he is also there if you have any problems/ quieries . If you choose to stay at Villa Selene you will not be disappointed any way.The only thing to bear in mind is if visit later in the year or intend staying out late....... you need a good it is very dark

From booking to arriving and leaving John and his team are exstreamly helpful and make everything run like clockwork

Many Thanks Glynn & Janet

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are lucky to have a number of returning guests like Glynn and we are always delighted to welcome them back. Glynn and his wife have really captured some of the key points of the holiday experience with us and we are looking forward to their stay.
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Villa Salene - A wonderful haven in Crete

  • 5 of 5

A villa in amongst an olive grove with views that dreams are made of. Beautifully finished and surrounded by breathtaking views, a place we will visit over and over again. The local travernas are hosted by warm and friendly people and the food is delicious. We will be making Villa Selene a regular holiday for us from now on, can't wait to go again and again. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Almyrida Village just 2 km away (3 minutes by car, or half an hour walk) with safe, sandy beaches and great places to eat. Here is a quiet seaside resort far from the bustle of the major tourist destinations. It is the ideal choice for families with children because there is an organised beach plus shops, restaurants and an ATM. There are two sandy beaches with umbrellas & loungers for hire, plus a lifeguard. The beaches and the sea are awarded a Blue Flag every year, demonstrating they are clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and visitor facilities – such as free showers at various points on the seafront. The sea is quite shallow, making it ideal for small children. The eastern end of the beach has sheltered, warm waters perfect for inquisitive youngsters who like to play near the shore chasing small shoals of fish and tiny hermit crabs, or amuse themselves by building sandcastles. Very close by, and directly overlooking the beach, is a variety of family-owned tavernas where dads and mums can de-stress in the shade with a cool glass of wine while keeping an eye on the kids playing nearby. Also on the beach, there is a windsurfing school with canoes and pedalos for hire and numerous boat trips available around the coast. For the slightly more adventurous, there is a diving school where beginners can try scuba diving – and for those with PADI qualifications, a visit to the famous underwater elephant cave is to be recommended. This coastline of Crete has the best and most impressive diving in the whole of Greece.

Gavalochory – the picturesque village with 1000 years of history. Inland, just a kilometre from the villa, is the traditional village of Gavalochory. This is a large village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. There is an excellent folklore museum, revealing the history and the culture of the village. And don’t miss the Roman Wells just outside the village, a remarkable place of sunken wells where locals scollected water in ancient times. Shops include several minimarkets and a bakery. There are four tavernas – all of which offer excellent traditional Cretan cuisine.

Chania Town – 22 km away. Chania (pronounced Ha-nya) is famous for its beautiful Venetian (Italian architecture) harbour, with narrow winding cobbled streets that is every shopper's paradise, with a multitude of boutiques and jewellery vendors plus several markets. Sit at one of the many fine quayside tavernas and watch the world go by before taking a boat trip where you can go snorkelling around sheltered sandy bays of uninhabited islands. There is also the submerged wreck of a WW2 German Bomber to explore.

A good place to spend a morning is in the Maritime Museum of Crete – a multi-floor local museum full of models, graphics, memorabilia, costumes and military artefacts plus some educational video. It covers the time from ancient Minoan era to near present day and includes the famous Battle of Crete. A ‘must-see’ for anyone interested in WW2 history.

Other things to see and do

• Water Park at Limnoupolis (40 minute drive). Lots of slides providing varying levels of thrills and fun. Free sunbeds, good pools and an artificial ‘river’ where you can lie in a big rubber ring and gently float around the park.

• The Botannical Gardens of Crete (18 km south of Chania, 40 minute drive). A huge, colourful park full of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants from all over the world - the perfect microclimate for hundreds of plants and animals. In the midst of this vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the terrible fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The dramatic scenery here is composed of rare samples of the local flora and fauna, as well as tropical and subtropical species with new samples added regularly. There is a lake with ducks, geese and other water birds and rare species, even hawks that fly in the area. The park also has an open-air, stone atmospheric amphitheatre suitable for small (capacity for approximately 250 persons) events.

• Allied and German War Cemeteries on the outskirts of Chania (20 minute drive)

• The Samaria Gorge (1 hour drive) – at 16 km, one of the longest gorges in Europe. Open most days in the holiday season, but be prepared for a challenge.

• The Imbros Gorge (30 minute drive) – a little easier than Samaria, but still a good 8 km hike through sheer sided cliffs. Very pretty, so bring your camera. And plenty of bottled water.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Chania Region, Greece

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2018
24 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2018
4 Sep 2018 - 1 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Late Season 2018
2 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please see our main website - you can see real-time availability and book online. 25% deposit at the time of booking, balance due 2 months before arrival. We accept credit and debit cards. Pay in uk pounds or euros.

Changeover Day:
Tuesday or Saturdays - most villas share these same days because these are the days most UK flights arrive at the main airports airport, Chania and Heraklion.

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