Villa Koukouvayia (Villa of the Owl) consists of three separate living spaces, one of which we occupy, and two which we rent or share with friends. The Guest House in this listing is a separate two-bedroom, two-story home with all amenities.
Private, but not isolated, Villa Koukouvayia sits on the first foothills of olives above the Gulf of Kissamos, with several dramatic gorges and Crete’s White Mountains behind her. Away from the touristy areas, yet five minutes to a variety of beaches, tavernas and the lovely town of Kissamos; 25 minutes from the historic Venetian city of Xania; and only 45 minutes from air transport; it would be hard to find a more ideal combination of authenticity, convenience, privacy and luxury.
Built in 2012, the villa’s Guest House has two bedrooms. The master bedroom offers sweeping views of the Aegean and a large balcony with outdoor shower and spiral stairs that lead up to a private roof terrace. The 2nd bedroom has built-in bunk-beds (built to handle children or adults) with each bunk boasting its own 2-meter window opening out over the sea; and a private balcony overlooking the valley and mountains rising to the south.
There is one, large fully-equipped bathroom upstairs with washing machine and laundry balcony. Downstairs has a half bath, living/dining area and fully equipped kitchen. The house is surrounded by 4-meter verandas that provide your choice of sun or shade at any time of day, and comes with plentiful outdoor furniture to allow sitting, dining and entertaining on the balconies, terrazzo, and verandas.
The Guest House includes board and lawn games, bicycles, kayaks, beach-gear, a private yard and garden, and a deep adult plunging pool that feeds a shallow toddlers pool with a waterfall. Lounge by the pool, play a game of croquet, or simply relax and listen to the sound of the breeze through the olive trees and the splashing of the waterfall. You’ve found an ideal place to recreate, create and celebrate time off with those you love.