Tholos luxury villas comprise of 2 modern spacious, fully air-conditioned villas with a private pool,swim trainer, hot tub and BBQ.Resting on the exclusive east coast of Crete,the villas overlook the sea to the east and the beautiful mountain area to the north. As a family we had been looking to build in Crete for some time and fell instantly in love with the view,beautiful sunsets,absolute privacy and tranquility of the location. The villas were built 3 years ago to let out to guests but also very much as a holiday home for us all to enjoy.We grandparents share the smaller 2 bedroom villa,whilst our children and grandchildren use the larger 2 bedroom villa immediately above.The benefit of having 2 villas will allow you to spend time with friends or family but also have your own personal space.In winter months you can book just one villa knowing the other villa will remain empty for your stay.Welcome pack,TV,toys,games,books & pool toys incl. Midwk clean & cooked meals available
2 Private Villas each with 2 double rooms.Large Pool & Spa BBQ Beach East Crete
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 7, 2019
About Gilly Corstorphine
My husband and our son's family fell in love with Crete and the friendly Cretans.The island is so unspoilt & very beautiful . We bought a piece of land 500metres from the sea overlooking a beautiful bay called Tholos and built 2 villas close to eachother so we could have family holidays together but keep our independence as well! This has been a huge success and we thoroughly recommend family holidays in the Villas.
Gilly Corstorphine purchased this Villa in 2009
What makes this Villa unique
The Villas are unique because they were custom built for a 2 family holiday, with total privacy and peace as we are surrounded by olives and no close neighbours. The view from both villas is spectacular overlooking Tholos Bay one way and the Thripti mountains the other way, which look magnificent particularly when the sun sets (all as lovely as Santorini!)and from the Spa.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Even better than the photos!
Superbly located pair of small villas. Excellent facilities (hot tub, pool, big American style fridge, etc) and wonderful, wonderful views. Beach within walking distance. Many gorge walking opportunities. Close to impressive remains of Gournia. Aghios Nikolaos, Siteia, Ierapetra all within easy reach. Beach at Vai (east) and Lasithi plateau (west) reached in under 2 hours. Great tavernas nearby, particularly at Mochlos. An ideal place to chill out away from it all. We went in October and had almost unbroken sunshine. Great mobile signal (check your roaming contract), but internet expensive and very much an add-on. Track navigable with an ordinary car but a 4X4 would ensure less risk to your hired vehicle. Make sure you cover your excess. Properties managed by a charming couple who meet you at Istron and show you the ropes.
wow - what a great place for a holiday!
2 families (7 people) hired the villa's from the lovely Katy for 2 weeks July/ August. The photo's do not do the villa's justice, and since taken the villa area has been greatly improved with new glass / aluminium fencing. The access to the villa's is a little challenging ( 2 different ways to go) and not recommended in the dark but we soon got used to it!
The villa's are nicely appointed with all mod - cons and great air -con( essential)! The hot water was plentiful and the plumbing worked a treat!! We loved the ice maker in the freezer and the dishwasher in the top villa was a useful luxury!
The weather was perfect - if a little windy, but that made the high 30's heat bearable. The pool was ideal for cooling off and the hot tub a perfect luxurious end to the day whilst watching the sun set.
The villa's were well maintained by a lovely English couple who could not do more for us when they visited.
The local area's are quiet but typically Greek and we made the most of the supplied info and our own research to have meals out and day trips by car and boat.
Thanks for letting us stay!
This year we returned to Tholos Bay with friends, and then after a few days in Athens rented a villa on Kea with other friends. Sadly the second one was not through HomeAway and the deliberate misdescriptions (including number of bedrooms and bathrooms) on another well-known site were mind-awakening.
Tholos Bay is exactly as described. It is totally surrounded by undeveloped land so is totally private. It is clearly much-loved and cared-for. We definitely plan to return a third time.
Thank you for your generous review and we very much look forward to welcoming you back. Gilly corstorphine
Stunning views, private villas and utterly relaxin
What an amazing week we have just had at Tholos Bay Villas. Before we even got there we felt so looked after by the owners; they gave us so much information on the villas and surrounding area and made sure we had everything we needed, including buying us a blender so we could puree baby food!!
When we arrived (at midnight!!) we were met by Bob and Jill, who look after the villas. They gave us an excellent tour of the villas and made us feel right at home. We settled in well, however the next morning we had a power cut that lasted the morning. Bob arrived within an hour and lent us a gas stove to use - so efficient! They were so helpful.
We visited with friends who stayed in the other villa which was perfect. We both have young children so having our own space was ideal. They were close enough for us to link up a baby monitor between the two so we could eat together in the evenings.
The villas were very well equipped for self catering including a brilliant american fridge freezer which had filtered ice cold water and ice. The BBQ was also excellent and we had many lovely meals outside. Plenty of areas for sitting in the sun and shade plus the sun loungers were very comfy!
Not much time to relax due to our 3 year old and 6 month old keeping us on our toes but we loved playing in the pool (which was little chilly but we got used to it). There was also a lot of pool toys which was great for the kids and board games for us adults to enjoy in the evenings.
The weather for early October was perfect - 25-30 degress - and a very welcome breeze made being outside in the sun very comfortable.
The hot tub at the smaller villa was such a treat and easy to alter the temperature so the children could go in.
We enjoyed exploring the local villages and especially liked going to a little fishing village called Mochlos. Excellent taverna's and stunning stoney beach (small) with crystal clear waters. Our three year old loved swimming in the sea and it was so warm. We also ate at the taverna at Tholos beach which was fun - more of a van/shack than a taverna but still had some yummy food, cold beers and raki!
There are good supermarkets in Agios Nikolaos and Lerapetra but the local one in Kavousi was a little 'random' so I wouldn't rely on it for your weekly shop.
All in all an extremely relaxing and fun week and we are already thinking of planning a trip back! We would definitely recommend staying here to anyone wanting a relaxing, private holiday.
Fantastic - superb pool, great bbq area & fab view
The villas were very comfortable and had everything we needed. The pool area overlooks Tholos Bay and the lovey Psira island - with a lovely (and much needed) sea breeze. We had fantastic bbq's as well as going out to the many local restaurants on offer - we especially loved Mochlos nearby. We went out for a day on a boat (the ferryman), which is a must and not too expensive. We all had an amazing time and would definitely go back. Jill and Bob, who manage the villas, were hugely helpful and went over and above the call of duty to make sure our holiday was as good as it could be! Eleven out of ten!!
Amazing. Fantastic views. Wonderful accommodation
The villas are fantastic. I stayed with my husband and 3 year old daughter and my brother sister in law and 1 year old nephew stayed in the other villa. Clean and spacious with amazing views. Owners are very helpful with all enquires and villa managers too. Very friendly. Will definitely be going back and highly recommend.
Thanks so much Gill. Gillyx
THOLOS BEACH: 500m from the villas is the stunning Tholos Beach. The far side of the bay is the best sand and has clear, shallow swimming with no current - ideal for young children. There is also a simple taverna on the beach, serving a good variety of local foods and cold beers.
KAVOUSI (3 mins): A delightful Cretan village with authentic tavernas and cafeneons & a wonderful bakery. It’s worth heading to the square for a drink & local food. Kavousi is also the starting point for some fantastic walks as well as boasting the oldest olive tree in Crete at nearly 2000 years old.
MOCHLOS (15 mins): A beautiful fishing village where you can wander down to the waterfront & eat at a selection of good tavernas looking across the sea towards the archaeological island of Mochlos. Live music on Thursday and Sunday evenings.
AGIOS NIKOLAOS and IERAPETRA are both within 30 mins. These cosmopolitan towns have a good variety of supermarkets,shops, bars, restaurants on the waterfront and historical sites.
ELOUNDA is 45mins away.
Other Activities: Sight-seeing,botanical walking, archaeology, snorkelling & chilling out by the pool!
Additional information about rental rates
A 15% deposit is payable to secure your booking with the remainded due 8 weeks before arrival. As is standard in the market, we hold a €300 (or £250) damages deposit which will be retuned to you when the properties have been checked following your departure.