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Charming Chania area villa with panoramic sea views and private pool. Sleeps 5

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Private 2 bed villa with fabulous views over the sea and mountains + own pool

Thomas House is a charming, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with fabulous views over the sea and mountains. It has a sunny, private plunge pool and two terraces to relax and watch the sun go down. Only 40 minutes scenic drive from Chania and the airport, this is the best area of Crete with great beaches, food, history and walks nearby.

The house stands at the end of a small terrace overlooking Souda Bay to the west and the snow-capped White Mountains to the south. The private plunge pool (3m x 4m) and deck area get the sun all day but are cooled by the breeze from the sea. There are sun loungers, umbrellas and shades and a charcoal grill for evening barbecues.

A few steps lead up to the lower terrace where you can sit, eat and chill with a glass of something cold, watching the sun go down over the bay. Inside is cool with a fully equipped kitchen, seating area with TV, books and cds and a separate dining or work room. There is also a wc and a second shower room on the ground level.

Upstairs are two large double bedrooms with new beds, air conditioning, loads of cupboard space and fresh linen. Both rooms have large doors onto the covered upper terrace overlooking the sea and mountains. The second bedroom has a roll-away single bed suitable for an additional guest if required.

There is a bathroom with full bath en-suite to the master bedroom and a washing machine.

The house is modern and tastefully decorated with mostly white walls and tiled floors. It is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. There are numerous interesting pictures, books, photos and objets d'art collected by the original owner. Madonna, Cassius Clay and U2 were here (almost!)

The Neighbourhood

Kokkino Chorio is a tranquil and traditionally Greek village around 40 minutes drive from Chania ,in the west of Crete. (It was the setting for the film classic "Zorba the Greek" starring Anthony Quinn). There is a small supermarket run by Georgos and his mother (try the eggs, yogurt and honey) about 5 minutes walk into town, together with a good family taverna. There is also an interesting glass factory with another excellent taverna attached.

Plaka, just a short stroll down the hill is marginally busier with three excellent tavernas in the centre (Elpis is our favourite) with complementary wifi and a few shops.

Almyrida, another 5 minutes down hill is a bustling seaside village with a long sandy beach, ideal for families and the young-at-heart alike. There are a dozen or so beach-side cafes and restaurants with everything from pizza to the best catch of the day. There are many shops of every description, a chemist, cashpoints, day trips, watersports, a dive shop, spa, taxis and car hire outlets. Buses run to Chania from here also.

There are numerous villages, spectacular mountain drives, walks, secluded beaches, ancient monuments and fabulous tavernas to discover within easy reach.

Chania is a delightful town with museums, shops, street markets and restaurants to explore, all set around the historic Venetian harbour. We will be pleased to let you have our personal recommendations when we hear from you.

Getting Around

The house is reached by a winding and sometimes steep road so a car is very useful for access and exploring the island. Once there though it is often tempting to just hang out in the area with lots of good tavernas and things to do within walking distance or a short taxi ride.

There are a few steps up to and within the property so it is not wheelchair accessible unfortunately.

Here's some typical comments from two of our recent guests:

"We had a great time in this charming villa! Ed and Sue provided very nice and detailed directions for arrival and instructions for the use of the house's amenities. This house is up in the mountains with an amazing view! You can see the sea from all the rooms, and the lights of Chania and little towns around the island. The house had everything we needed, it is a very comfortable place, and our kids had a lot of fun in the pool!! We were also provided with a list of recommendations for guests: where to go for groceries, which tavernas to try for dinner, how to get to nice beaches etc... We went to some of the recommended places and had great experiences there, with some really good food. All in all, we were more than happy with our choice, and for sure, when we go to Crete again, we would love to stay in this beautiful and very quite place again. Thanks for everything!! "

"We spent a great week in this beautiful holiday home. The owners, although not on-site, were considerate and friendly. Our thanks for the ample set of information about the house, driving instructions and local recommendations. The house is located beautifully: Restaurants and small stores for groceries are within walking distance. By car it only takes a few minutes to get to the next beach. The house and the terrace(s) had numerous comfy seating options. The view across the bay is really stunning. We also did enjoy the pool, which was clean and looked after."

More Details

Owner
Ed & Sue Stollery
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Ed & Sue Stollery

Sue and I are a couple with four "grown-up" children living in London and Sydney. Together with Sue's sister, Jenny we have a charming house on Crete which we visit as often as we can but love to share with other travellers looking for something a bit different.

We were new hosts in 2016 and have been delighted with the feedback from our guests over the last couple of years. We have ourselves been house-guests all over the world so we will do our best to make Thomas House even more special and welcoming in future. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like further information.

Ed & Sue Stollery purchased this house in 2009

Why Ed & Sue Stollery chose Kokkino Chorio

The house is about ten years old and was owned until 2009 by Sue and Jenny's brother, Emlyn Thomas. Emlyn travelled the world and collected art, memories and curios wherever he went. The house reflects his interests and contains many signed posters from celebrities and sportsmen he encountered like Madonna, Muhammad Ali, Neil Diamond and U2, together with interesting books and music.

Emlyn loved Crete and settled in Kokkino Chorio as the ideal location to explore the beaches, mountain walks and hidden tavernas of the island.

What makes this house unique

If you could drop a pin on the best location in Crete, it would be difficult to beat Kokkino Chorio. The house is a quiet retreat, away from the hustle and bustle but still within easy reach of village life, the airport, Chania, great beaches, mountain walks and drives, and tavernas of every description. The sun shines, the sea breeze cools and the wine flows in Western Crete! Do visit if you can.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a great week in this beautiful holiday home. The owners, although not on-site, were considerate and friendly. Our thanks for the ample set of information about the house, driving instructions and local recommendations. The house is located beautifully: Restaurants and small stores for groceries are within walking distance. By car it only takes a few minutes to get to the next beach. The house and the terrace(s) had numerous comfy seating options. The view across the bay is really stunning. We also did enjoy the pool, which was clean and looked after.



Kind regards,



Frederik
Aug 2016
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kokkino Chorio in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Children must be supervised in and around the pool.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1, upstairs - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Washing machine and first aid cupboard also
    Bathroom 2, downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Second bed is a roll-away type for an additional guest
  • The master bedroom has a new king bed with fresh cotton linen. There is extensive cupboard space and direct access onto the upper terrace with views over Souda Bay. There is an en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom with full bath and wc. The second bedroom has a queen bed, again with good quality linen. It too has lots of space for clothes and has large doors onto the terrace. In addition there is a roll-away single bed suitable for an additional guest. We can provide a baby's cot upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Please note there is no WiFi at the house but it is possible to purchase a local dongle or mobile router to provide internet coverage. There is good 3G coverage from Vodafone and others. Most cafes and tavernas also provide complimentary WiFi.

Reviews

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Charming Chania area villa with panoramic sea views and private pool. Sleeps 5
average rating of 4.0 based on 6 reviews
3

bon séjour

  • 3 of 5

Séjour agréable, très belle vue! L'appartement est conforme à la description. Le seul inconvénient est la place pour se garer à proximité du logement. Nous avons été contraints les places étant prises de nous garer bien en dessous. Il faut préciser que seule une petite voiture peut accéder à cette zone.

La propreté du sol de la pièce de séjour laissait à désirer.

C'est le seul bémol du séjour.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very unusual that there is a problem parking right in front of the house, it must have been a particularly busy time as we have not received similar comments previously. It is certainly true that a small car is best suited to the local roads and exploring off the beaten track in Crete generally.
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The house and pool were gorgeous- exactly as described, with everything you could need. The local area is stunning, and all of the restaurant recommendations were spot on. We could have easily stayed another week!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Lovely property with spectacular views

  • 4 of 5

We had a really enjoyable stay at Thomas House. The views from the property really are superb from every angle both during the day and the lights everywhere visible at night. The pool area was a great sun trap and just the right size for cooling off in as it was really hot for June whilst we were there.

We just had a few minor issues though nothing that detracted from still having an enjoyable stay. On arrival at the house the floors were not particularly clean and we had to give the bath a clean ourselves and there were hairs on the bottom. We have been used to having a mid stay clean in other properties when staying longer than a week and this would have been helpful. if not this then just a spare set of bed linen left would have been good considering we stayed 11 nights.

As stated these were just several minor issues and overall we would very much recommend this lovely characterful house, and would certainly like ro stay again if we return to this area of Crete. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. We will pass on your comments to our housekeeper to ensure everything is perfect for future guests. An additional linen change is available on request.
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5

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views an very nice villa tastefully decorated with everything you need

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sehr schönes Haus mit hygienischen Einschränkungen

  • 3 of 5

Das Angebot beinhaltete zur Zeit der Buchung Internet. Nach Buchung und einer sehr guten und ausführlichen Beschreibung durch den Eigentümer stellte sich heraus, dass es in dem Haus keinerlei Internet gibt. Wir waren darauf angewiesen und mussten uns für Mehrkosten entweder Karte vor Ort kaufen oder halt Auslandspaket beim Anbieter kaufen! Nach unserem Hinweis wurde das Internet aus der Beschreibung herausgenommen. Der Pool war dreckig und die Pumpe hat nicht richtig funktioniert. Wir haben bei 6 Tagen Aufenthalt erstmals 3 Stunden und dann täglich reinigen müssen. Unser Internet Guthaben haben wir mit Mails an den Eigentümer zur Hälfte aufgebraucht. Es wurde Abhilfe wegen des Pools zugesagt. Das Ergebnis war mangelhaft. Wir haben es selbst gemacht. Jeden Tag pool reinigen. Jetzt ist er sauber. Der extra geforderte Pool Mann hat weder den Dreck vom Boden gesaugt noch Wasser nachgefüllt. Die Pumpe hatte Luft gezogen und deshalb nicht richtig gearbeitet. Alle 2 Stunden musste man reinigen. Zugang zu einem pool Sauger hatten wir nicht. Naja.

Das Haus an sich ist wirklich schön. Da gibt es nichts auszusetzen. Schön eingerichtet und ein ganz toller Blick auf Meer und Berge. Sonnenauf- und -untergang perfekt .

Leider mangelt es an der Sauberkeit. Betten und Bad waren okay. Ab und an in den Ecken Spinnweben. Die Küche war eklig. Dreckiges Geschirr und Equipment. Das Gefrierfach bzw die Fächer waren richtig dreckig und eklig. Alles hat irgendwie geklebt. Was man auch anfasst. Man musste es reinigen oder nicht benutzen.

Das Haus ist für mittelmäßige Ansprüche wirklich gut. Mit einem bisschen mehr Liebe zur Sauberkeit wäre es top. Schade

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are obviously disappointed to receive such a mixed review from one of our first guests. It is certainly not consistent with other reviews received elsewhere! We have tried to be very clear (on all international reservation websites) about the type of internet access available at the house. Indeed we exchanged detailed information with the guests prior to their stay. We received only two emails after their arrival and responded within minutes to resolve the perceived issues with the pool. The pool was, in fact professionally cleaned three times prior to and during the week and it is maintained beautifully. There is a filtration pump (just serviced) which runs continually and we are somewhat bemused by our guests saying the pool required cleaning every two hours. Subsequent visitors have had no issues. Equally, the house is professionally cleaned from top to bottom prior to each stay. Of course we will make doubly sure there are no issues for future guests. A number of other visitors have commented on the great cleanliness of the house and have enjoyed a wonderful stay there. Our next guests said: Wir hatten einen tollen Urlaub in diesem Haus verbracht. Die Kommunikation mit dem Gastgeber war perfekt! Er war sehr nett und zuvorkommend, die Übergabe herrlich unkompliziert, vielen Dank für alles! Auf unsere Nachfrage wurde sogar ein neuer Grill angeschafft, den wir auch sehr gern benutzt haben. Es war sehr sauber und es wurde während des Aufenthalts noch mal gereinigt und die Bettwäsche gewechselt. Der Ausblick ist fantastisch, das Dorf sehr authentisch, ein toller Strand ist nur 5 Minuteen mit dem Auto entfernt. Die Einrichtung ist sehr individuell, es ist eben kein gesichtsloses Standardappartment. Das hat uns auch gut gefallen. Unser Kind kam nicht aus dem Pool raus. Der Pool ist zwar nicht groß, aber ausreichend sogar für 3 Personen gleichzeitig und an heißen Tagen wunderbar erfrischend. Er ist gut gepflegt und es kam auch ein Poolmeister während unseres Aufenthaltes, um es noch mal zu reinigen. Die Anfahrt ist abenteuerlich:-))) Man braucht schon gewisse Erfahrung als Fahrer, aber dann machts auch Spass:-) Fazit: Es war ein sehr schöner Urlaub in ener sehr tollen Gegend. Wunderbarer Ausblick und herrliche Ruhe! Wenn jemand Rummel und Touristenhorden sucht, ist er hier völlig falsch. Wir haben uns aber hier sehr wohl gefühlt und würden gerne zurückkommen!
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Chania International (CHQ)
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Souda
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Almyrida
Car: recommended

Kokkino Chorio is a tranquil and traditionally Greek village around 40 minutes drive from Chania in the west of Crete. (It was the setting for the film classic "Zorba the Greek" starring Anthony Quinn). There is a small supermarket run by Georgos and his mother (try the eggs, yogurt and honey) about 5 minutes walk into town, together with a good family taverna.

Plaka, just down the hill is marginally busier with three excellent tavernas in the centre (Elpis is our favourite) with complementary wifi and a few shops.

Almyrida, another 5 minutes down the hill is a bustling seaside village with a long sandy beach, ideal for families and the young-at-heart alike. There are a dozen or so beach-side cafes and restaurants with everything from pizza to the best catch of the day. There are many shops of every description, a chemist, cashpoints, day trips, watersports, a dive shop, spa, taxis and car hire outlets. Buses run to Chania from here.

There are numerous villages, spectacular mountain drives, walks, secluded beaches, ancient monuments and fabulous tavernas to discover within easy reach.

Chania is a delightful town with museums, shops, street markets and restaurants all set around the historic Venetian harbour. We will be pleased to let you have our personal recommendations when we hear from you.

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Cleaning Fee £50
Damage Deposit £150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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