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Villa Athena consists of a two-floor traditional villa of 150 sq.mt (1600 sq.ft), and a 50 sq. mt (533 sq. ft) independent stone apartment (which is rented separately),with a spacious outdoor area and a magnificent garden, full of colours, fragrances and local flora. The combination of stone and wood, with the surrounding olive grove creates a tranquil and comfortable environment The first floor of the villa consists of two bedrooms, each with two beds. On the ground floor there is a very big living room, dining room and kitchen, together with the bathroom and fireplace. On the next floor the are two more bedrooms, each with two beds and with their own bathrooms. All rooms have a closet, drawers and an LCD TV. The kitchen has a coffee machine, dishwasher and all the necessary amenities of a modern kitchen The house has a laundry machine, a fireplace and of course wireless internet connection. The stone apartment has a double bed, its own bathroom and kitchen. Furthermore, it has a fireplace and traditional furniture and decoration. The outdoors of the property are absolutely amazing. A well preserved garden, with a barbecue facility and a traditional stone-oven to prepare delicious meals. A lot of tables with colorful chairs and big sun umbrellas with sunbeds are there to help you relax under the Cretan sun. All this setting is surrounded by our family's century old olive grove, that gives the property a traditional Cretan touch. After all, olive oil is considered to be Crete's blood and the best quality of virgin olive oil in the world. The area is big and spacious, perfect for a family with children, in order for them to play and be close to nature's environment. Finally, the view towards the sea, the olive grove and the hills around is relaxing, while a walk towards the sea is 15 minutes away. The parking space of the property can easily fit up to five cars. (EOT 1039K10002991801)
We always have someone waiting for our guests and guide them to the property....moreless
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Villa Athena is located 500 mt north from a sandy beach, with shallow cool waters. The beach, is next to the Amirandes Resort, which is one of the most luxurious hotels on the island....moreless
Kato Gouves is a touristic destination with many options and choices both for food and drink. One can find from dancing clubs and ethnic cuisine restaurants to traditional tavernas and bars to relax....moreless
Kato Gouves is surrounded by many hills and mountains, with the most important being the Lasithiotika mountains or Mount Dikti. Mount Dikti is one of the three highest mountains of the island....moreless
Kato Gouves is surrounded by many five star resorts, where you can visit to have an afternoon drink or even dine at their restaurants. Some of the most famous are Amirandes and Aldemar....moreless
Aposelemis is located just 500m north of Villa Athena. It flows 19km east of Iraklion, between Analipsi and Kato Gouves, and is one of the most important wetlands in northern Crete....moreless
Villa Athena in Kato Gouves is located in the Northern part of the prefecture of Iraklion. Iraklion prefecture is the most fertile part of the island, consisting of three major plains. ...moreless
Kato Gouves is a lively town that fulfills all the needs of a tourist in the summer. It has a lot of hotels, restaurants, tavernas and bars. From traditional to ethnic cuisines and from irish pubs....moreless
Gouves is a large area, which covers several smaller villages, including the popular resort area of Kato Gouves (lower Gouves) and the traditional village of Pano Gouves (upper Gouves)....moreless
The waterfront of Kato Gouves is a long road along the sandy beaches of the coast. The road passes by all the beaches of the area on the one side and many bars, restaurants and hotels....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Golf Privileges Optional
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
There are three big tables outside in the yard, where 10 people and more can comfortably enjoy their meal....moreless
October-December Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2015 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit€200
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The great advantage of Villa Athena is that it is strategically located close to all nearby attractions, not only of the area around, but of the whole Iraklion and western Lasithi prefectures. The basic must-see sights of the region are the palace of Knossos in Iraklion and the Archeological Museum of Iraklion, in the city center. A walk inside the walls of the Old town of Iraklion is absolutely recommended, as is the 'bougatsa' delicacy, which you can enjoy at the Lions Fountain. Another route that I would strongly recommend is a visit to the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos to the east, together with the beautiful villages of Milatos and Kritsa along the road. Of course one should not miss to swim in the beaches of Elounda Bay (where all the high-class resorts lay) and then have a seafood lunch or dinner on the waterfront of the village Plaka, with a breathtaking view of Spinaloga (a small island in the bay with a Venetian castle on top, which used to be a quarantine town for lepers). Finally, another great sight would be a trip to the Lasithi plateau, on the Diktis Mountain, where one can see the famous windmills and ride a donkey up to the cave, where Zeus was born in Dikteon Andron (over the village of Psihro). Some close-by attractions that you should not miss are the Cretaquarium in Gournes, one of the most interesting aquariums in the Mediterranean, and the numerous Orthodox monasteries in the region. Finally, if you are into hiking the various gorges and mountain paths will satisfy even the most demanding hikers.
Year Purchased: 1925
About the owner: I grew up in Athens, where I still live and work. I spent all my life's summer and Easter holidays in Crete, in the property where today lies Villa Athena. The property was purchased by my great-grand father (died at the age of 101) and was cultivated with olive trees from my grandfather (died at the age of 94) and grandmother. From that day on our family gathers the olives in December and January to produce an olive oil of the best quality in the world. On this setting my parents extended and renovated the house, thus creating the beautiful Villa Athena.
Why the Owner Chose Heraclion: This property is valuable for my family, because it goes back two generations. It carries with it our Cretan bloodline, our family's history and our cultural heritage. For us, and Greeks in general, family is the most important thing, it defines us in our life path. So, this property is closely linked with our memories as children, with images, fragrances, sounds and sentiments. Today, for our family this property, apart from producing our olive oil, which is the base of our diet, acts also as our retreat from the noisy and stressful city.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: The unique benefits of Villa Athena is its tranquil environment that makes it feel as a perfect retreat from the city, while being a 5 minute drive from anything one could miss from the city. The beauty of its gardens, the audors and colors makes the environment as relaxing as it can get. Its strategic location close to all the main roads and sights makes touring in Crete very comfortable. Together with the local tastes and drinks that you can enjoy in Crete, it feels like life cannot get any better. It is very difficult for one no to fully recharge here.