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Villa Carpe Diem, 400 Yr Old Lower Section, Lush Garden with Pool & Sea Views

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Last updated: 11/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Polemarchi villa description

The accommodation comprises of one duel aspect studio room with en suite bathroom with views towards the sea and pool. The main room has a large King size double bed, one sofa with 27' LCD television & DVD player, refrigerator and microwave. Across from your private swimming pool is the second room containing gym equipment and additional bathroom with WC and shower. Both rooms form the lower floor of a 400 year old stone villa and are set in lush gardens, to the rear of the villa, for your sole use only. The garden forms a major part of the living space and is divided into garden rooms, such as lounge and dining areas, which together with the interior provides an extensive living area.
Most people living on Crete tend to use the outside space more frequently than the interior space. This is why we have concentrated on providing comfortable and varied outside living areas. Access to the accommodation, pool and gardens is through a private entrance located to the side of the villa. The sea and mountain views from the pool and garden are stunning, especially as the sun sets directly over the bay of Kissamos. The rooms both have beamed ceilings and are furnished in a style appropriate to the villa. The garden contains an outside cooking area with gas BBQ and various seating areas with tables & chairs making the most of the views over the garden and bay.


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 285 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome:

                additional provision for one child only ...moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                we have our own cat on the premises...moreless

              • Smoking Allowed:

                outside the rooms...moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king


              • Bedroom: Double aspect room with view over pool and bay. Beamed ceilings and tiled floors with Persian rugs. 27' LCD Television with DVD player and small living area with couch. Tea & coffee making facilities. This is an old stone built extension, which contains its own bathroom but is not linked to any other rooms in the building, having its own entrance. (in effect detached) Across from the splash pool is another room with en suite, which is used as a gym / pool room. Both rooms are for your sole use. Gym / pool room: Here you will find a cross-trainer and exercise bench with safety bar for sit-ups, tiled floor and beamed ceiling with shower and WC that are convenient for use after swimming or exercising. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


              • Both bathrooms are fully tiled wet rooms, floor to ceiling, and contain a shower area, WC, wash basin and wall mounted storage unit with mirror....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • This rental includes private and sole use of the lower floor of a 400 year old stone villa containing two rooms, splash pool and lush terraced garden. There numerous seating areas, with tables and chairs and outdoor lounge furniture, sun lounges and outside food preparation area. The whole area is accessed via a private garden gate, which brings you into the 'Italianate' terraced, statued garden with numerous water features and natural stone paved areas. The garden and the rooms overlook the sea from many vantage points. Two good quality mountain bikes are available for the use of guests at no extra cost. Although these rooms and garden form the lower part of a larger villa, they are completely private and not directly overlooked by nearby buildings. The upper house has its own separate terraces and separate entrance....moreless


                  • Books:

                    Assorted Fiction and Non- fiction, local reference books. ...moreless

                  • Books For Adults
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Uno. ...moreless

                  • Music Library
                  • Television:

                    for use of DVDs and music CDs only....moreless

                  • Video Library


                  • Away From It All
                  • Romantic


                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Nude Beach
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Near The Ocean
                  • Village

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Sailing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Skiing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Spelunking
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Dining:

                    outside dining areas throughout the garden...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 4 people


                  • Activities Guide
                  • Air Conditioning:

                    please turn off while not in the room and keep windows and doors closed when in use ...moreless

                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Backpack
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Bottled Water
                  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                    Cross Trainer and Sit-up Bench...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    A/C unit provides heat as well as cold air...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Wifi access not included in the price but maybe available through some devices in garden area....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Sheets will be changed mid stay when the rooms are cleaned between 12:00 - 14:00. Due to climate here, this will be mandatory....moreless

                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Parking available in the village square (less than 1 min walk). Please park away from bins on Friday evening, when emptied....moreless

                  • Parking On Street
                  • Sunbed
                  • Thermos Bottle
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided:

                    Place used towels in linen basket in Gym room if new towels are required....moreless


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Kitchen:

                    al fresco outdoor kitchen area...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove:

                    twin electric burner and gas hob...moreless

                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Barbecue
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Bicycles:

                    Mountain bikes for use...moreless

                  • Binoculars
                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Numerous seating areas and water features....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    with additional side burner....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Patio
                  • Small Cooler
                  • Terrace
                  • Wood Deck

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included

                          Property Descriptor

                              • Detached


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                              from 10 traveler reviews
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                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Jan 15 - Feb 28, 2015
                              14 night min stay

                              May 1 - May 31, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              Early Summer
                              Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              late Summer
                              Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
                              7 night min stay


                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • No additional mandatory fees
                              • Taxes Not included


                              Prices for the property are in UK pounds sterling and a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking, with the balance due one month prior to arrival. If clients wish to pay the full amount due, 50% of this would be returned, should they wish to cancel up to one month before the date of the booking.

                              10% cancellation fee will be applied in all circumstances.

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                              Last updated: 11/16/2014
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                              50 Kilometres
                              Nearest Airport
                              Chania Airport
                              4 Kilometres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Blue Cafe
                              12 Kilometres
                              Nearest Ferry
                              Gramvousa Port
                              3 Kilometres
                              Nearest Motorway
                              National Highway
                              2.5 Kilometres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              50 Kilometres
                              Nearest Ski
                              4 Kilometres
                              Nearest Beach
                              Nopigia Beach

                              Car: Necessary

                              The property is set in a private garden overlooking the bay of Kissamos and the Gramvousa peninsula. From this location there are both mountain and sea views. There are olive groves and vineyards surrounding the property, which is on the edge of a small, Greek village, located on the slopes leading down to the bay of Kissamos. The area around the property is of outstanding beauty with views of the area. The town of Kasteli, with its numerous restaurants, supermarkets, banks, coffee shops & beaches can be seen from the property, by day and night, when it gives an impressive light show. A short 10 minute drive will take you to numerous beautiful beaches lined with restaurants and bars. Also a short drive away are Minoan, Roman and Venetian ruins dating back 4,000 years. There is also a museum in Kasteli, which houses many artifacts found locally. Ancient Falasarna, a short drive away, offers the ruins of a Minoan town that is alongside one of the most beautiful beaches here.

                              Other Activities: archeological sites


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2003

                              About the owner: Retired Teacher with property interests in England, Dubai, Goa and Crete. Lived and worked in London for many years, having originally come from Surrey. My partner and I have been together for 18 years and now spend time travelling between the properties, mainly on the Kent coast and here on Crete. We also spend time in India and UAE. There is one cat resident here at the villa and his name is Puss-kit.

                              Why the Owner Chose Polemarchi:
                              We have named the house, 'Villa Carpe Diem', meaning 'Seize the day', which is exactly how we felt when deciding to purchase this property. We bought the house mainly for its position and views overlooking the bay of Kissamos and unique nature of this 400 year old stone building.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                              After living in a new property in England, we were quite excited with the prospect of retiring to a 400 year old villa with exposed beams and original stonework. Every part of the house and garden has elegant vistas of the surrounding mountains and sea, looking down through the vineyards and olive fields providing a sense of tranquility and privacy. Watching the sun set with a glass of wine from one of the many terraced areas or pool is a wonderful experience and at night the lights of Kastelli town and port illuminate the entire bay area.

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                              Speaks: english



                              • Outside view of rooms and splash pool

                                Outside view of rooms and splash pool

                              • Lounge Area

                                Lounge Area

                              • Studio Entrance from dining area

                                Studio Entrance from dining area

                              • Pool View from Studio Room

                                Pool View from Studio Room

                              • Sun Lounges & Bar-B-Q area

                                Sun Lounges & Bar-B-Q area

                              • En suite Bathroom

                                En suite Bathroom

                              • Pool Terrace seating with view

                                Pool Terrace seating with view

                              • Splash Pool

                                Splash Pool

                              • Local beach at Nopigia

                                Local beach at Nopigia

                              • Falasarna Beach

                                Falasarna Beach

                              • View towards villa from lower terrace

                                View towards villa from lower terrace

                              • Terracea Imaginatio Italianate fountain feature

                                Terracea Imaginatio Italianate fountain feature

                              • Pool terrace leading to studio

                                Pool terrace leading to studio

                              • Studio Entrance interior view

                                Studio Entrance interior view

                              • Bedroom Area

                                Bedroom Area

                              • Bay view from middle terrace

                                Bay view from middle terrace

                              • Main outside dining area

                                Main outside dining area

                              • View from Splash Pool at Sunset

                                View from Splash Pool at Sunset

                              • Sunset view from pool terrace over Kissamos Bay

                                Sunset view from pool terrace over Kissamos Bay

                              • Pond Terrace

                                Pond Terrace

                              • Nopigia beach and nature walk area (10 min drive)

                                Nopigia beach and nature walk area (10 min drive)

                              • Lower Terrace dining area with sea views

                                Lower Terrace dining area with sea views

                              • Water features and seating with sea and mountain views

                                Water features and seating with sea and mountain views

                              • Lush tropical planting in the garden

                                Lush tropical planting in the garden

                              £150 - £590 per week (GBP)

                              1 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 2

                              View calendar: Updated 11/16/14
                              Minimum stay: 7-14 nights
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                              Member since: 2009
                              Speaks: english
                              • Calendar last updated: 11/16/2014
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