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Stylish House Close To The Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms House With A Beautiful Garden And Close To The Beach

Villa Athena is located in Kato Gouves, inside a big olive grove and 10 minutes away from the beach. The property consists of a traditional villa, a stone studio, two apartments and two maisonettes. There are two identical maisonettes/houses next to each other, which you can rent together if you like. The size of the maisonette/house is 120 sq.m (1290 with a spacious outdoor area and a magnificent garden, full of colours, fragrances and local flora. The relaxing setting and view of the mountains and the sea, combined with the surrounding olive grove creates a tranquil and comfortable environment. The first floor of the house consists of one bedroom, with two single beds. On the first floor of the residence there is a big living room, dining room and kitchen, together with a bathroom and a fireplace. The living room has a big sofa (which can sleep an extra person if needed), an armchair, chairs and tables. The bathroom of the first floor has a bathtub and a shower. On the first floor, there is also a very big balcony with a marble table and chairs for the family and friends to gather around. The view from the balcony is unique, with view of the sea, the surroundings mountains and the olive groves. On the next floor is the master bedroom with a double bed and its own ensuite bathroom. The bathroom has a jacuzzi bathtub and a shower. The master bedroom has a fireplace and also its own big balcony. The balcony has a table, chairs and a sunbed, in order for the couple or the family to enjoy the magnificent view. All bedrooms have a closet, drawers and a LCD TV. The kitchen on the first floor has an oven, a fridge, a coffee machine, a dishwasher and all the necessary amenities of a modern kitchen. There is also a table with four chairs, where you can enjoy your meal. On the same floor, there is a small storage room with a laundry machine. The outdoors of the property is very scenic, with a big well preserved garden, a barbecue facility and a traditional stone-oven to prepare delicious meals. A lot of tables with colourful 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.

George Papachristos
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2018

About George Papachristos

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.

George Papachristos purchased this house in 1925

Why George Papachristos chose Hersonissos

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Hersonissos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , We can also add an extra single folding bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , We can also add an extra single folding bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We always have someone waiting for our guests and guide them to the property.


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Stylish House Close To The Beach
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Good, moderately well equipped, close to beach.

  • 4 of 5

This is a well appointed apartment set in olive groves and overall was a very good experience. The kitchen was lacking a few key pieces of equipment for those of us who like to cook - no baking trays and only one oven proof dish, no potato peeler. There was no sun lounger but we really enjoyed the choice of terraces/verandahs. Shame that the main terrace was open to the terrace of the apartment adjacent which meant no privacy. The jacuzzi in upstairs bathroom was not working but we were not informed until our arrival. The villa is on the flight path for planes approaching the airport when the wind is northerly - the double glazing ensures a quiet night tho and the air conditioning was super quiet. But these were all small things and overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Essential to hire a car - villa a goodish walk from the irregular buses.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved the house!

  • 4 of 5

The house was new, fresh, tastefully decorated and clean. Air conditioning was perfect and the Garden was beautiful. The only problem we had was the unreliable wifi. Emmanouela was our contact and she was extremely responsive and helpful at all times.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this house for over a week and it was beautiful. The whole building and the gardens are lovely and very well maintained. The house was well appointed with ample room for the two of us. It was very clean, there was plenty of hot water and the bed was comfortable. The view and the sunset were so relaxing. We cooked some and the kitchen had all the items we needed. Emmanuela was very helpful and attentive to our needs and we appreciated that. We enjoyed the little town in which the house is located. The property is in a good place to drive to other points on the island. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Best Vacation ever.....

  • 5 of 5

George has been a great friend, and a business partner. I have experienced his 24x7 hospitality during my vacation in his house in Crete. His family, staff and himself are taking such a good care of their guests. We felt like being in a 5 star hotel in a very authentic and traditional Crete environment. Highly recommended and service-oriented host, moreover a great person to go into a discussions and conversations from business and entrepreneurship till politics, life & everything in between.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Best Vacation ever.....

  • 5 of 5

I know George as a business partner and he's been a great friend, host and colleague. I have experienced his hospitality in Crete. His family, his staff and himself are taking such a good care of their guests that feels like home. We all had a 5 star hotel service in a very authentic and traditional Crete environment. Highly recommended and service-oriented host, moreover a great person to go into deep discussions and conversations from business & entrepreneurship till art, politics, travel and everything in between.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Schönes Haus, tolle Anlage

  • 5 of 5

Es hat uns an nichts gefehlt. Wir empfehlen die Unterkunft uneingeschränkt weiter.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Iraklion Airport - 'Nikos Kazantzakis'
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Iraklion Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
The Crete Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Old National Road Iraklion-Ag. Nikolaos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Kato Gouves Town Center (many choices)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Amirandes Beach

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $58.4

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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