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Traditional Cretan Villa, Located Close to the Beach and Main Sights

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

4 Bedroom Villa with Marvellous Sea View

Villa Athena is located in Kato Gouves, inside a big olive grove and 10 minutes away from the beach. The villa consists of a two-floor traditional villa of 150 sq meters and an independent stone apartment (which is rented separately), with a spacious outdoor area and a magnificent garden, full of colors, 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 is 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, Cretan olive oil is considered to be the best extra virgin olive oil in the world. The area is open and spacious, perfect for a family with children, in order for the kids 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 10 minutes away. The parking space of the property can easily fit up to five cars.
(EOT 1039K10002991801)

Owner

Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, greek
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 150 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • We always have someone waiting for our guests and guide them to the property....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Villa Athena is located 500 mt 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

  • Beach View
  • Downtown:

    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

  • Mountain:

    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

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Resort:

    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

  • River:

    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

  • Rural:

    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

  • Town:

    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

  • Village:

    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

  • Waterfront:

    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

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    There are three big tables outside in the yard, where 10 people and more can comfortably enjoy their meal....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Walkway To Water
  • Yard

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season 17
Jul 23 - Aug 19, 2017
7 night min stay
$216
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
$108
$2,723

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Location

15 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Iraklion Airport - 'Nikos Kazantzakis'
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
17 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Iraklion Port
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
The Crete Golf Club
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Old National Road Iraklion-Ag. Nikolaos
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Amirandes Beach

Car: Recommended

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.

 

Owner info

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 Hersonissos, Greece:
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.


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Speaks: english, greek
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

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Photos

  • The villa

    The villa

  • Villa - The living room and dining room at the ground floor

    Villa - The living room and dining room at the ground floor

  • Villa - The kitchen

    Villa - The kitchen

  • Villa - This is the upper floor with view of the mountains and the olive trees

    Villa - This is the upper floor with view of the mountains and the olive trees

  • Villa - The room's bathroom

    Villa - The room's bathroom

  • Villa - Enjoy a coffee or tea at the beautiful setting in the garden

    Villa - Enjoy a coffee or tea at the beautiful setting in the garden

  • Villa - The barbecue and the stone oven to prepare amazing meals

    Villa - The barbecue and the stone oven to prepare amazing meals

  • Villa - The beautiful gardens for relaxing all times of the day

    Villa - The beautiful gardens for relaxing all times of the day

  • Villa - Some Cretan delicacies to welcome you

    Villa - Some Cretan delicacies to welcome you

  • Villa - One of the two bedrooms at the ground floor

    Villa - One of the two bedrooms at the ground floor

  • Villa - One of the bedrooms of the upper floor

    Villa - One of the bedrooms of the upper floor

  • Villa - The outside of the ground floor. An excellent place to dine and relax

    Villa - The outside of the ground floor. An excellent place to dine and relax

  • Villa - Enjoy after a long day in the beach and playing around the property

    Villa - Enjoy after a long day in the beach and playing around the property

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