|Minimum Stay||7 - 60 nights|
A world away from the hustle and bustle of the villages on the north west coastline, yet only a short 5 minute drive inland through groves of orange and olive, Villa Provarma Hills is a sumptuous home that stands proudly on a hillside in 6000m2 of very private grounds that include a chapel, a sparkling pool with a separate children's section, a children's playground, a cypress wood barbeque house with a bread/pizza oven, an immaculate lawn and an olive grove. Surrounded by a verdant green and silver patchwork of olive groves and vineyards for as far are the eye can see, with sweeping views to the Azure Cretan sea and the majestic White Mountains, the location is enviable to say the least. It is immediately apparent when you drive through the electric gates that you are entering an exceptional property and we are delighted to add it to our portfolio of luxury villas.
Hans Huisman, a very candid Dutchman who travels the Greek islands to review properties for his travel website stayed here for a few days and then wrote that: 'this villa offers you everything you'd expect from a superior villa. The only thing lacking is a big round dot for a helicopter to land on. Be sure to fill up the trunk of your car at the local supermarket, because once you're inside the grounds of the villa you will not feel like leaving it again'.
The meticulous and charming owner, Giorgos, owns a marble and stone company, and has therefore designed and built the villa with a craftsman's eye for detail. Arranged over 3 floors, which may particularly suit large families or groups of friends, both villa and the surrounding grounds are grandly proportioned. The carefully thought out accommodation flows easily from one room to the next whilst the clever design guarantees that the interiors fuse seamlessly with the enchanting outside areas, so that the villa's guests can enjoy relaxed summer living whilst fully appreciating the outstanding views at all times. Thoughtful architectural features such as 15m tall floor to ceiling walls of reflective glass that frame the picture post card views and let the light flood in whilst keeping the heat out, and marble/tiled floors that extend from inside to out, ensure that the bright and airy interiors are kept naturally cool even during the height of the summer.
Quality furnishings and fresh, contemporary decor combine to make a tasteful and stylish home. The main floor boasts a beautiful fully-fitted kitchen imported from Italy, with a large inventory and an American style fridge freezer that includes a water filter and ice maker, a sun room with a marble dining table, a second elegant dining area, a chic lounge area with a marble fireplace, a choice of couches and chaise longue, a flat screen TV with satellite receiver, a DVD player, a stereo unit, internet access, electric shutters, and a cloakroom. The 3 top floor bedrooms and lounge area are accessed via an impressive curved staircase which is illuminated by clever inset lighting. The romantic master bedroom has a platform bed which looks out to sea, a walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom with a large and very inviting circular jacuzzi bath. The lower level bedroom, shower room and living room/games room provides a wonderful area to escape to for entertainment or seclusion. With independent access this lower level will particularly appeal to teenagers who can come and go without disturbing their parents, or for guests who would prefer an added degree of privacy whilst still being very much part of the holiday proceedings. The lower level includes a games room with a gym area that has a pool table, a table tennis table, table football, a treadmill, and 2 step machines. Every modern comfort has been supplied including free WIFI internet access, beach/pool towels, towelling robes, hair dryers, fully tiled bathrooms, silver grey aluminium doors, windows and shutters, mosquito screens, and air conditioning units in bedrooms and main living room. The a/c units also double up as heaters, and for the cooler nights early and late season there is central heating and 2 marble fireplaces. There is solar powered hot water or a back-up immersion heater.
The restful and relaxing interiors open out to equally captivating exteriors all of which benefit from the breathtaking panorama. Vying for your attention are the many sitting out areas which enable you to enjoy both sun and shade in privacy. Taking centre stage is the swimming pool which has iridescent water, family friendly Roman steps, and a dedicated children's area. The pool is surrounded by a stone paved sun terrace and flanked by palm trees and a lush lawn with a chldren's playground, a football goal mouth that is ideal for children to safely run around and play on. The enclosed plot has been landscaped into two distinct areas. Dotted around the garden adjacent to the villa are fragrant roses, hibiscus, cacti, yucca, conifers, and lemon and pomegranate trees, whilst the lower part of the property is an olive grove though which a small path leads to an infusion of fuschia bougainvillea and the villa's private chapel. The mature olive trees provide a perfect shady hideaway in which to doze on long, lazy summer afternoons. With no immediate neighbours, only the sound of birdsong or the cicadas chattering away in the olive trees will interrupt the silence of this tranquil location.
The garden and terraces are adorned with an array of comfortable furniture that includes sun-loungers, elegant couches with plump cushions, and a 2 person hammock, and invites you to do nothing more taxing than sit back and take in the glorious views and sunsets when the mountains are bathed in hues of gold, rose and crimson. You will be enchanted at night when the entire property is softly illuminated and lights twinkle in the distance from Chania Town and the coastline that spreads out below the villa. As the sun sets and appetites are heightened from a long day swimming and sunbathing, or cycling on the back country roads on one of the villas bicycles, or rambling on the local footpaths, it is the ideal time to light up the barbeque and bread/pizza oven. Backed by a wooded hillside and with views straight down to the sea, the private barbeque house and dining area are built from local cypress wood and will no doubt be the centre of culinary activity and fun family meals. A lovely way to end the evening is to lie back in the hammock with a crisp glass of wine from the local winery whilst looking up at the crystal clear night sky in the hope of seeing shooting stars.
Anyone wanting to be in close proximity to a wide choice of amenities, beaches, and tavernas, but with the option of relaxing in your own magnificent, peaceful, and very private villa, will find Provarma Hills an idyllic base.
Provarma Hills Villa is exclusively booked by Frankie Miles. Frankie runs Villas Crete Holidays which is a registered Tourist Office, based in Hampshire, England and Almyrida, Crete. Whilst most travel companies cover many different countries and/or areas of Greece and Crete, we only work in the North West of Crete and we specialise in the Apokoranas region, just east of the historic Venetian town of Chania. The Apokoronas (including the villages of Almyrida, Kalives, Kokkino Horio, Plaka and Gavalohori) has long been a popular destination for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort area that has many amenities, but is far removed from brash tourism. The area is renowned for its sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, stunning views of Souda Bay and The White Mountains, excellent tavernas, and many archaeological sites.
Frankie is very hands-on at Villas Crete Holiday. She has worked with rental villas on Crete for more than 18 years and has written the best selling guide book "Crete on the Road". The book includes detailed directions and information to all the major tourist attractions, as well as many hidden sites. Also in the book is the only existing map of the National Highway showing all of the entrances/exits and distances. Frankie’s unrivalled knowledge, love of the island, and attention to detail is now being fully put to use to guarantee a fantastic holiday for our guests. Before Crete, Frankie lived all over the world. She initially came to Crete for 1 season after 12 hectic years in New York working various jobs including: office manager for the band Simply Red; production assistant to the singer Paul Simon; and booking bands such as Guns N’ Roses for The Limelight nightclub. All of this was no match, however, to the fantastic weather and food, the warmth of the Cretan people, and the exquisite natural beauty of Crete. When (very occasionally) not working, Frankie spends time helping the stray animals of Crete.
In addition to a very private location in it's own large, fenced and gated grounds, and all modern amenities including free WIFI, mountain bikes, a children's playground, and a fantastic games room, Provarma Hills Villa has a secret weapon to make sure that every guest has a wonderful holiday in the incredible owner, George (Giorgos).
Many guests have written to us to say that they have had their best holiday ever at Provarma Hills Villa and much of that is down to the incredible hospitality shown to them by George. George greets the guests to show them around the villa when they first get to Crete and he always gives them home made food upon arrival and at other times during the stay. He usually makes a wonderful barbeque feast for the guests but he will not come to the villa if you prefer total privacy.
George goes above and beyond to help his guests and he has even managed to get some Italian guests in their 20's free entrance into a local nightclub, and has taken a well known American musician, and his supermodel wife, to music stores in Chania to locate and buy a traditional lyra.
Villas Crete Holidays truly are the Apokoronas Specialists as unlike other offices, 3 of the 4 members of our expert team live and work here all year round which enables us to always have completely up-to-date information about the villas, local facilities, and tourist attractions. We can help you with all aspects of your holiday including good value, reliable car hire, airport transfers, local information about shops, beaches, tavernas etc, detailed driving directions or walking directions for many routes. We can also arrange private boat hire, private boat trips, private sight-seeing flights, horse riding, water-skiing, big game fishing, guided walking, and guided coach excursions. Our office staff speak English, Greek, and a little French, and have a vast list of local contacts, and our representative in resort also speaks some Italian.
Both the company itself, and Frankie's book have been featured and recommended in articles in major British newspapers including the Sunday Mail and the Sunday Telegraph, as well as smaller publications such as Greece Magazine.
Most importantly, because we handle many villas, in the unlikely event that there is an unforeseen problem at your villa, we can usually offer you an alternative villa (although this cannot be guaranteed in high season).
We have many years experience working in tourism on Crete, and most importantly this experience is specifically related to villa rentals, which needs a very different area of expertise to other types of tourism such as walking holidays, or package holidays for the masses. We use all of our knowledge and local contacts to ensure that your holiday goes off smoothly from start to finish, from first booking the villa that is most suitable for you, to your arrival back home. When you are in resort, we are available during office hours for information, and 24 hours a day should you need medical assistance, yet we remain unobtrusive.
We ( 6 adults, 5 children ) stayed here for one week end of june 2014.
We where allowed to arrive early and leave late, something that was very nice:)
The villa is spacious, nice garden, greate bbq-place and has fantastic views. We had a very nice time here.
However there are some things that are negative. The bedrooms (not masterbedroom) are very small with small beds. Not very comfortable for adults. The pool is small - did not get that impression from the pictures. Alot of things in the villa are worn, like furnitures in the livingroom and garden. The pictures of the villa is not showing this..My feeling is that the villa needs an general update.
The owner was very nice and helpful - thanks you very much Giorgos!
We rented this willa the summer 2012
2 families with 4 adults and 5 children.
The property was large and spacious and was as expected, compared with the pictures shown in the adverticement.
We had a vonderful stay and the owner George was exeptional.
The Villa is located nicely, and with a car you can easily reach that entire side of the island within 1-2 hours. From Elafonisi too chania.
Provarma Hills Villa is set on the outskirts of Upper Gerani which is a small village with traditional kafenions where the old men drink coffee and play backgammon under grape vine covered pergolas. Just 2 kilometres away is the coastal village of Gerani which has a number of shops including mini markets, a newspaper and magazine shop, and many tavernas in the centre of the village and lining the beachfront. The long sandy/shingle beach has areas with sun-beds and umbrellas, as well as quieter spots without amenities.
For those seeking a little more action, just a few minutes to east of Gerani are the large and bustling villages of Platanias and Agia Marina which have long sandy beaches, watersports, numerous tavernas, cafes, shops, night clubs that stay open until dawn, and archaeological sites. In addition to all of this, we must not forget the gorgeous Venetian town of Chania which is only 30 minutes away.
For those seeking a more laid back atmosphere the coast to the west of Gerani has a number of different villages. Maleme has 2 supermarkets and numerous mini-markets, a pharmacy, a cash machine, a number of gift shops including a ceramic shop and a jewellery store, a newspaper and magazine shop, and many tavernas. Maleme is famous for the battle on 20 May 1941, during the Second World War. Thousands of German paratroopers landed near the Bailey Bridge that spans the mouth of the nearby Tavronitis River, and a fierce battle took place for control of the key airfield at Maleme. Close by are 4,465 graves in the German Cemetery, (occupying a position on the hill overlooking the old airstrip), mainly of very young men. Their remains were kept in the Monastery of Gonia in Kolymbari until the cemetery was founded in 1973. Close by to the deeply moving German Cemetery there is also a vaulted grave of the post-Minoan era that was discovered by accident in 1966. With its square shaped chamber, perpendicular walls 4m high, and an irregular roof in the shape of a pyramid, it is unique of its kind.
After Maleme is the village of Tavronitis. The long bamboo and conifer lined shingle beach has kantinas, sun beds and umbrellas, never gets very busy and it is even easy to find a quiet spot during the summer. There are many cafes and mini markets, as well as a good selection of relaxed tavernas set by the sea. The old Bailey bridge was built by the Italians and had fallen into disrepair with some sections that had collapsed. Lately this has been restored, and the bridge is now more pleasantly known as an ideal spot for bird watching, particularly at dawn and at dusk. The following birds have been seen at Tavronitis at various times of the year, but mostly during April and May for migrants: Sardinian Warbler, Little Egret, Cetti Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Buzzard, Wheat Ear, Gold Finch, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier (Lammergeier), Barn Owl, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Kingfisher, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Snipe, Common, Curlew and Wood Sandpipers, Hobby, Red Footed Falcon, Cory’s Shearwaters and Closer Shags.
Fifteen minutes drive to the west of Gerani is the village of Kolymbari which is famous for its excellent fish tavernas, as well as the beautiful Gonias Monastery. From here you can access the Rodopou Peninsula which has lovely views and small coves. To the south and far west of Gerani one can find the lovely town of Paleohora, which has 2 huge beaches, and a promenade which is closed to traffic at night, the 3km long sandy beach at Falassarna, the breathtaking Elafonissi beach which has pink sand and turquoise water, and the town of Kissamos-Kastelli. Kissamos-Kastelli has the largest fishing boat harbour on western Crete, from where you can take daily cruises to the stunning Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon. 7km behind Kissamos is the ancient archaeological site of Polyrrinia which has fabulous views and ancient remains from Minoan, Roman and Venetian times.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£431|
Guests receive a free welcome pack, a villa information book, and detailed directions from the guide book 'Crete on the Road' by Frankie Miles. A local representative is available during office hours and 24/7 assistance is available for medical emergencies.