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Private, quiet, Close to local taverna. Stunning views of White Mountains.

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Douliana village, Nr. Chania. Other villages are Gavalahori and Vamos both 3km away. - Secluded: Quiet And Unique Location With Close Proximity To The Local Taverna.

There is access to the lower sun terrace from both the main bedroom and the second bedroom, only a few steps away from the pool. From the upper terrace looking out over a verdant valley you can enjoy your meals 'al fresco' and take in the superb views of the White Mountains and the sea. The main sitting room and dining room both have double doors onto the upper sun terrace. The sitting room is spacious and comfortable with a large flat screen TV and DVD player and is open plan to the dining area with an additional cloakroom. Between the two main bedrooms is a bathroom with large corner bath. The third bedroom in the annexe has an en suite wet room. Villa Ionaida has a private swimming pool, with roman steps, 9m by just over 5m with extensive sunbathing patios and uninterrupted and spectacular views towards the White Mountains. When you have finished swimming or sunbathing you can rinse off using the outside shower by the pool.

We even have an ancient corn milling circle.

More Details

Raymond Turner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Raymond Turner

My wife and myself are still working though beyond retirement age! My wife as a Medical Secretary with the NHS, myself mainly as a membership consultant with the Federation of Small Businesses having a background with Esso Retail Marketing for over 30 years.

We have two daughters and two grand children all living close by and we see them often. There also three elderly cats in the family plus an elderly but fully restored Morris Minor convertible.

Raymond Turner purchased this villa in 2000

Why Raymond Turner chose Douliana

Friends we met during the '90's had fallen in love with Crete, searched the island for the ideal location to build their dream villa and the result is Villa Ionaida located in a beautiful valley close to an ancient Cretan village, Douliana. All essential facilities are in the nearest towns, Almerida, Kalives, and Vamos.

Although close to the nearest rustic Taverna just 140 metres away with delicious food, we have perfect peace and tranquility almost like being on your own island!

Those who have stayed return year after year.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Ionaida is unique in being surrounded by its own 2/3 acres of land with views to the sea and the White Mountains. It has an 'orchard garden' of nearly an acre with lemon, orange, apricot, bananas, almonds, fig trees and wild herbs in abundance and of course olive trees - even an ancient corn circle.

There is almost continuous bird song and the occasional sound of sheep bells and if you can tolerate this sound intrusion then Ionaida is for you!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's very hard to leave here.....the villa and pool are wonderful. Bill & Jenny Norfolk, Surrey,uk

Private, peaceful, relaxing, delightful villa, very well equipped, lovely setting, exceeded expectations.. Debbie & Jonathan Michaels, Derbyshire, UK.

This is our second stay at this lovely house. David, Maria, & Michael have all made these two weeks special. Eva and Alf Gunnar, Ailsund, Norway.
Sep 2013
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Douliana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • 1 main bathroom with corner bath and overhead shower, cloakroom; en-suite toilet and shower in the annexe. Separate cloakroom off lounge area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds. The annexe is open plan with 2 single beds with 2 single pull out beds for extra capacity. Ample wardrobe space, mirrors, and drawers are fitted in all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The villa is all electric with no Gas or Oil Boilers thus avoiding dangerous fumes It has very ample emergency supplies of water should there be local shortages during the summer. Outside: Two terraces; Upper, with the lower adjacent to the swimming pool. The pool has a wide patio surround. An outside fresh water cold shower is next to the pool. The private 80 meter driveway leads through the garden to the villa entrance. Utility Room: There is no seperate utility room though an ironing board, iron, etc is accessable from within the kitchen. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and bedroom linen including pool towels are freshly laundered and changed twice a week. The villa is thoroughly cleaned throughout at the same time.


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Private, quiet, Close to local taverna. Stunning views of White Mountains.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Just as advertised, peace, quiet, perfect

  • 5 of 5

10 out of 10

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

As always, the best location for a holiday in the world.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Lovely villa, very comfortable, in quiet village setting

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 staying here and the villa was perfect for us. Plenty of room for our 4 children (3 teens and 1 almost teen). Made full use of the annexe room which worked well and we all loved the fantastic pool. Well equipped villa and walking distance to local tavernas which was brilliant. Definitely need a car to access the beaches and local areas. David and Maria (the managers) were wonderful and a great help in recommending activities and areas to visit. Would highly recommend this villa...........wonderful setting in beautiful Crete.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Secluded villa with fabulous pool

  • 5 of 5

This lovely villa is set in a forest in a small village with two great tavernas. There are two bedrooms in the villa and an annexe which can sleep another two people. The pool is a good size and provides shade and several sitting places. David and Maria who look after it are a source of great tips for things to do. The mini market in the village is tiny but there is a supermarket in nearby Kalives. (You do need a car) There are beaches there and in Almyrida. Georgiopolou was a great trip out as was the drive over the mountains to the south of the island. The ruins at Aptera are a must. Two thoughts about the villa - a safe for passports would be great and maybe a barbeque?

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Excellent villa in perfect peaceful position

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Great location, all amenities provided or nearby

  • 5 of 5

Villa Ionaida provided our family ( with 2 small kids) with all we needed for an enjoyable time in western Crete. We love Douliana and had been there before, and ionaida made it even more special. Thanks Rozzy & fam and David &Maria for your support onsite! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Chania, 40 minutes gentle drive.
Nearest Barpub
140 Metres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
110 Kilometres
Just east of Heraklion
Nearest Motorway
25 Metres
Also via 80 metre drive
Nearest Restaurant
140 Metres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Almerida. 30 min stroll.
Car: necessary


The nearest safe sandy beach at Almerida with sail boarding/canoes etc is a 30 minute stroll from the Villa and ideal for children. It is no more than 10 minutes by car with free and ample parking.


Chania Airport is 35 minutes drive away, or a gentle 2 hour drive from Heraklion Airport. Car hire is essential and should be arranged.


In the village there is an ancient church as well as a secret cave chapel. Further afield there is an interesting Fort, Roman site and museum in Aptera and a visit to Chania the ancient capital of Crete is a must. A glass factory is located near Plaka with a shop, really worth a visit, and for an adventurous day out the internationally famous Samaria Gorge. There are many more places to visit near and far eg. Knossos and full details are provided in the villa.

Further Details:

There is a small grocery store in the village of Douliana and the main grocery shopping can be done in Kalyves, 7 km away, Almeryda which is less than 2 km away or Vamos which is 3 km away. The nearest bank is in Kalives. There is a wide selection of tavernas in all the local towns and villages.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Your requests for more information are looked at daily and responded to as quickly as possible. We will attempt to be as flexible as possible on your required dates so feel free to discuss these with us. Traditionally Tuesdays have been changeover days but this can easilly vary. We normally ask for 20% deposit on booking confirmation. Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
please contact owner

Notes on prices:
To give flexibility additional days can be added on a pro rata basis.

IMPORTANT; Please note that during June, July, and August, the weekly rates will be reduced by 10% if use of the annexe accommodation is not required.

Out of Season.
Stays are for a minimum of 7 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.