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The perfect place to relax and explore West Crete - The Villa

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights



The Villa

The villa is a very spacious detached house. On the ground floor there is a fully equipped kitchen with dish-washer, washing- machine, coffee-maker, toaster, kettle and blender. There is a dining and seating area and a toilet. On the first floor there are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with 3 single bed and 2 en-suite bathrooms. At the rear there is a terrace with a flower covered pergola. From there a staircase takes you to the roof terrace.

About the property

Ariana's Place, Kounoupitsa

Ariana's Place is a beautiful small-scale boutique hotel. Consisting of only 3 accommodation units (the Villa, the Apartment and the Studio), it guarantees peace and quiet. The pool is very attractive with flowers and shrubs around it. There is ample space with sun-loungers for the guests to relax and swim. At the far end there is a bar with a fridge. It can also be fun to have a barbecue by the pool or a swim in the evening.

Arianne Geervliet
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, greek, Luxembourgian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2018

About Arianne Geervliet

Arianne is originally from Holland and lived in Luxembourg for several years before she came to Crete. She has a degree in Health Sciences from the University of Maastricht. She loves gardening, cooking and walking.

Because she speaks 6 languages she is a good host for guests from many different countries.

Arianne Geervliet purchased this villa in 2005

Why Arianne Geervliet chose Kastelli

Arianne fell in love with the Kissamos area many years ago because of the beautiful landscape and authentic atmosphere. Tourism is still not dominant here; normal Greek life goes on in this olive farming region throughout the year making her feel very much part of the community.

What makes this villa unique

Arianne immediately loved the unique location of Kastania Lodge, so close to Kissamos but set in a natural environment. She spent two years on the restoration and the whole property is now set in a mature Mediterranean garden.

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Kastelli Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , the bathroom is en-suite with the bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , The bathroom is en-suite with the bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , cot available on request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

A great place to be !

  • 5 of 5

We’ve spent 2 weeks in the villa with our 2 sons in July 2018.

The villa is spacious, well-furnished and we felt at home during our stay. Everything was quiet and clean.

The garden near the pool is a wonderful place to take a nap, read or just dream watching the amazing view. Our sons had a great time playing in the pool.

The location is perfect as it was not far from ones of the most beautiful beaches in Crete (Balos, Elafonissi, Falassarba). And a day to walk through the Samaria Gorges is also possible from there.

Arianna is a wonderful host : she’s here to help you when needed, gives you tips for places and restaurants.

In conclusion, we definitely recommend the place.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup Kristel! Hope to see you all again xx
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Lovely place to stay in a very convenient location

  • 5 of 5

Ariana was a lovely host with many great recommendations. We loved staying here as a great jump off to beaches (Balos, Elafonisi, Falasarna), hikes (Samaria Gorge), ruins (Polyrenia) and the charming port of Chania. Always great to head back for a swim at the beautiful pool or have dinner on the rooftop and enjoy the views of the sea. We miss our family of cats who would visit us daily! (A little cat food goes a long way to making their friendship!)

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sheffield Yorkshire

Perfect place to relax

  • 5 of 5

Excellent place. Accomodation was perfect with great swimming pool in idyllic setting .

The properties are nicely private and landscaping enhances the setting.

Arianne was very helpful any slight problem was attended to immediately.

The property is outside the town so a car is really essential .30minute walk in.

Good location for exploring western Crete.

Would certainly go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect escape

  • 5 of 5

Sitting in the hills above Kissamos, Arianne’s Place is ideal for a quiet getaway in Crete. Staying in the comfortable two-bedroom villa, our family of four need never have strayed far from the magnificent pool, enjoying the peace and sunshine, frequently to ourselves. With the well-equipped kitchen and choice of eating areas (including a rooftop terrace offering great views), it would have been possible to stock up at one of the nearby supermarkets and never leave. However, with a fantastic choice of family-run tavernas in the nearby town offering traditional food and drink at very reasonable prices, most evenings were spent strolling down to the sea front and taking our pick of prime locations. Without a single Pizza Hut, McDonalds or KFC to be seen anywhere on our travels, it seemed impossible to get a bad meal anywhere, but a particular favourite was Maria Beach. Just be prepared for the walk back to be a little more strenuous, especially in the height of summer, but at least then the whole family can enjoy the decent local beers and wines. Plus with air con in the bedrooms, it never took long to cool down when we returned and we always got a good night’s sleep, at least until the cicada chorus started in the morning (don’t worry – you soon get used to it). We hired a car for the week, which gave us access to absolutely stunning beaches at Falassarna (a half-hour drive) and Elafonissi (about an hour). We also considered a boat trip to Balos beach (which leaves from Kissamos or Falassarna) but just never got around to it. Ariana was a friendly and knowledgeable host, with plenty of advice for those who want it on getting the most from your stay. On her recommendation, we spent an evening in the village of Rokka for a full moon concert, enjoying classical music at an old Minoan site in the mountains. She was also very accommodating and we were able to spend our last day lounging by the pool rather than killing time waiting for our late-night flight home, effectively giving us an extra day in the sun. It was a wonderfully relaxing holiday and we’re considering returning as a couple in a few years’ time to try one of the apartments.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed with a friend in the villa for one week , which in the end appeared to be too short! Late arrival , next day fully enjoyed the immaculate swimmingpool and lovely garden with colourful flowers. Roofterrace was great for sunrises and sunsets and early morning yoga.Arianne the owner a great host , she respects her clientele but is there when you might need her advise on what-ever issue. Walks directly into the olive-orchards , great natural environment all over the area , village nearby for restaurants and shopping , house very well equipped with what-ever you might need. Well done Arianne , since back home I have been recommending your place to lots of friends! First time since long that I was really sad to leave , both your place and Krete in general. Will surely come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ein kleines Paradies

  • 5 of 5

Nach nicht ganz einfacher Anfahrt wurden wir sehr herzlich empfangen.

Der Ausblick von der großen Terrasse auf die Bucht von Kissamos ist überwältigend. Die Ausstattung der Wohnung ist sehr geschmackvoll und das Badezimmer sehr geräumig und hochwertig.

Der Gang zum Pool ist ein besonderes Erlebnis, umgeben von Pflanzen in allen Farben und Arten – die gesamte Anlage ein kleines „Paradies“.

Es herrscht eine himmlische Ruhe bis auf das Vogelgezwitscher am frühen Morgen. Die Anlage ist noch schöner als auf den Fotos abgebildet. Leider hatten wir nur eine Woche Zeit, um dieses Ambiente zu genießen, aber wir haben vor wieder zu kommen.

Kissamos ist eine noch recht wenig touristisch geprägte Stadt mit einem schönen Strand und einem hervorragenden Restaurant „Maria Beach“ direkt am Meer. Die Umgebung bietet vielfältige Ausflugsmöglichkeiten, tolle Strände und gute

Wandermöglichkeiten durch Schluchten und an Küsten.

Reinhold & Antje

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liebe Antje und Reinhold, Vielen Dank fur diese so positive Bewertung! Hoffentlich sehen wir uns wieder im kleinen "Paradies". Warme Grusse aus Kreta, Ariana
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Chania, 45 minutes drive
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Highway to Chania
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

A small road from Kastelli ends at the hamlet of Kato Kounopitsa, home to 4 Greek families and Kastania Lodge. It is in a stunning location on a hillside overlooking the small seaside town of Kissamos, the sea and the olive groves. This little gem is perfect for those who want to be near all the amenities of a small Greek town, but also appreciate the peace and quiet of the countryside. Imagine picking your own flowers from the garden or herbs for cooking or making a tea. It takes less than 5 minutes to drive to town or to the nearest beaches.

We provide our guests with an information book with suggestions for day-trips, good tavernas, walks, snorkeling and diving, shopping and other practical information.

Literally from your doorstep you can go on walks and explore the area, which is rich in wild flowers, little churches and ancient sites.

Kastania Lodge is a perfect base from which to explore the west of Crete. The beautiful white sand beach of Falasarna is only a 20 minute drive away, or a little further you can visit the sandy beach and nature reserve of Elafonisi, or you might wish to explore the Gramvousa peninsula and the famous lagoon of Balos with a day trip on a boat.

There are many beautiful gorges to hike; at Deliana, at Anidri and Agia Irini.

For those who are interested in ancient Greece, there are wonderful museums in Kissamos itself and in Chania. The museum in Kissamos has some of the best-preserved Roman mosaic floors in the world, while the Historical Museum of Chania boasts artifacts and carved seals dating back to 1500 AC.

Kissamos has many superb restaurants and fish tavernas where you can relax over a meal in the sunshine, on the seafront.

The nearby Venetian city of Chania is a must for culture and shopping. You can buy handmade leather goods in the famous 'leather lane'. Chania also has numerous excellent restaurants near the historic harbour where you can enjoy traditional Cretan cuisine.

On the premises of 2800m2 Kastania Apartment and Kastania Studio are also for rent.


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