There is FREE WIFI (for those who want it!) so you won't feel too cut off whilst enjoying the peace of this country villa which stands in its own walled grounds in an elevated position overlooking a valley, from which the famous white mountains rise in tiers to well over 8000 feet. A very Alpine feel. The country is densely wooded with Pines, Firs,Carob and some small Olive groves.The view is stunning and after 9 years we are still captivated! The area has recently been designated the Cretan equivalent of an" Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and were we to apply for planning permission now it would be refused.Apart from birdsong and the sound of sheep's bells there is little other noise as our nearest neighbour is 120 metres away and seldom in. The house is so named as the swallows found us in our second year and now visit every summer, skimming over the pool to drink on the wing, doing so whether you're swimming or not!
The main double bedroom with en suite is on the ground floor, two further double bedrooms each with en suite are on the first floor. There is a stable door between the stairs and the ground floor area, giving a degree of separation and privacy if desired between the floors. In addition there is facility upstairs to make coffee or tea to be enjoyed on your own upstairs balconies for those who need 'me' time before socializing.
Back downstairs, we have a study area, utility room,well equipped kitchen, cosy sitting room/snug and separate large dining room leading to large covered veranda with steps down to pool terrace.
The surrounding walled and fenced grounds extend to 2000 metres and are very private.
You will find us very "user friendly"! Following are a few extracts from messages sent to us by 2016 holiday guests :
From a family of five : "Your communications were always clear and helpful. Your home was set up extremely well, the tranquil setting superb, quiet and secure. The interior was comfortable, clean and spacious and the pool perfect. We found the local village Fres extremely convenient for daily bread and a bit further comprehensive shopping. The transport links were easy so we have no hesitation in recommending your home as an ideal spot in that area of Crete. Thank you so much we will come again and have recommended to our network of Friends"
A party of four including one child : "We had such a good holiday - Swallowpool is perfect; so peaceful and the scenery is truly stunning. We loved it. "
Family of four :
I could go into a long list of the things that we enjoyed about the house but I get the feeling that would be rather pointless as I'm sure you're very familiar with the list but the mountain views, the swallows and the bats would be near the top of my list. 'Swallowpool' is certainly an appropriate name for the house."
"We enjoyed glorious weather, it was 38 degrees when we arrived! We spent plenty of time in the pool and visited Samaria and Imbros gorges, Elafonisos beach and lake Kourna. We had a day in Chania where an American aircraft carrier, the Harry S Truman is visiting. Everyone is returning to the UK much the better for the trip and we'll certainly always remember where were when heard the referendum result, in the pool!"
Finally, be assured our house managers Nigel and Maria are brilliant at looking after the house and helping with any problems guest may have in our absence.