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Luxury Detached Villa with Stunning Sea views over Souda Bay, Shared Pool & WiFi

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Villa in Plaka, Nr. Almirida, Crete - Near Countryside And Beach, Stunning Sea Views

If you are looking for a holiday in the sun in perhaps the most beautiful area of Western Crete, in a luxury detached villa with Stunning sea views, a large pool shared with just 4 other villas, on the edge of Plaka, close to Almirida sandy beach then try Villa Emilia. Villa Emilia is fully licensed by the Greek Tourist Organisation and has the prestigious EOT, licence Number 1042K92003266001 The Villa is very well equipped and clean with spacious kitchen, dining area, lounge, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outside, the private gated poolside patio surrounded by mature gardens is ideal for relaxing in private on sun beds or firing up the BBQ. All the grounds are enclosed and gated. Several terraces / patios offer shade or sun and various dining areas open and covered. Plaka village square is 5 mins walk, has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and is renowned for its excellent tavernas and twisting backlanes abloom with bougainvilleas. There are a few café/bars and a minimarket. 5 mins drive down the hill in Almyrida are more shops, bakeries etc with tavernas, bars and fish restaurants lining the sandy beach front.


Owner
Norman Kettlewell
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2017

About Norman Kettlewell

We are an english based couple who have been visiting the Greek islands for many years.We fell in love with Western Crete in the Apokoronas region and decided to buy a house in Plaka in 2004. We still love it as much today as we did when we bought it.

Why Norman Kettlewell chose Chania area

Its perfectly situated overlooking souda bay in the Cretan village of Plaka with easy access to the blue flag beach in Almyrida.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful holiday at your Villa. The facilities were excellent and the sunsets from the balcony were breathtaking. The views over Souda Bay were stunning and we even managed to see a sub-marine on our last day there! The location was perfect with the beautiful beach at Almyrida on our doorstep and the wonderful Tavernas so close by in Plaka. Many thanks for giving us the pleasure of enjoying Crete at your wonderful Villa. Fiona June 2010



We had a fanatstic time in you gorgeous Villa, just wonderful. Thank you so much. Josh now swims like a fish! Let me know where I can leave a glowing review! Francesca July 2010



Just to say that we had a fantastic holiday at your place. I can't believe how well turned out your villa is and that we wanted for nothing. Crete is certainly a great place and we would love to return at some point in the future.



On behalf of all of us a big thank you in making it a easy and really enjoyable holiday. Rob Aug 2010
Jun 2007
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Plaka in Apokoronos

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • village
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The villa has 2 bathrooms. The bathroom on the 1st floor has a bath, shower, wc and washbasin. The bathroom on the ground floor has a shower, wc and washbasin and it is also very convenient if you are outside by the pool.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The 2 bedrooms share a balcony with stunning sea and country views. Each has air con, ceiling fans, large fitted wardrobes, bedside cabinets and mirrors hairdryer . Bedroom 1 with double bed, dressing table, safe, settee. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: This property has a Full EOT Licence (Ellinika Organisation for Tourism) and since 1st July 2010 it is illegal to rent a property without this licence, so you can rest assured we are legally registered and licenced renters and your holiday booking will be safe with no chance of us being closed down by the authorities A copy of the licence is on display in the villa. Air-conditioning (both hot and cold) is provided to both bedrooms and the downstairs living area and there is also an oil filled radiator for any chilly early or late season night. Both bedrooms also have ceiling fans. Solar heating provides hot water day or night and there is also an electrical immersion if required. Full fire equipment is provided on both floors. Linen, blankets and duvets are provided for both rooms so early and late bookings are provided for. Outside: The outside of Villa Emilia is a beautiful asset. It has a large garden and sun terrace making it ideal for all. Outside the furnished terraces and patios offer a choice of shade or sun throughout the day, steps from the upper patios lead down to the large secluded poolside Patio where sun beds, a sun parasol and a BBQ are provided. This area is surrounded by oleanders, fruit trees and colourful geraniums making it an ideal area for sunbathing and relaxing. Access to the 40sqm pool is a few steps away through a private gate and which therefore makes this villa a good choice for families with young children. A large table and chairs are provided on the covered downstairs patio and further table and chairs are provided on the sun terraces. Upstairs there are tables and chairs provided outside on the balconies where you can enjoy the glorious panoramic views over the sea and Souda Bay. This is a lovely place to watch the sunset and the boats come and go, you may even see a submarine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linen and weekly maid service is included in the price. Please note beach towels for use round the pool or beach are not provided. The colourful mature gardens have fruit trees, and a variety of plants and flowers for your enjoyment. Other: The terraces and patios offer a choice of shade or sun, steps from the upper patios lead to the large private sun terrace with flowers,sun beds & BBQ.Access to the pool is a few steps away via a private gate making this villa an ideal choice for families.

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Luxury Detached Villa with Stunning Sea views over Souda Bay, Shared Pool & WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
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Beautiful villa in a really lovely location

  • 5 of 5

The villa has everything you could want and the view is amazing. I would recommend this villa unreservedly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property, location and hospitality! What more could you ask from a holiday. The villa was clean and spacious with a well equipped kitchen, barbeque outside and a fabulous pool to relax in. The view while eating outside was fantastic and one that you never tired of.Really, we could not have had a better villa then this one.The villa has a gorgeous overview of the Souda Bay, with two spacious bedrooms with beautiful floor-to-ceiling doors provide access to the balcony where you can chill. Upon our arrival, we received little complimentary package, the towels were changed every 5 days. Should you want to do your laundry, there is a washing machine in the villa.The partially covered patio terrace is cool and breezy on hot days and wonderful for eating, relaxing, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery at any time of day. The villa is absolutely lovely - very comfortable and relaxing to stay in. The pool is beautiful and great to cool off in in the July heat! The crystal clear swimming pool has sunbeds and seating areas was well used after full days of sight-seeing and late into the evening as the sun set over the bay.We stayed a for 2 weeks - the villa had information that provided us with basic instructions for operating the air conditioning, places of interest, dining suggestions, and other sugge stions to visit the most beautiful areas of Crete. There are maps, and books, along with a guest book with recommendations for sight-seeing, shopping, and dining. Wi-fi perfect (for FaceTime/Skype) even when everyone was using their technology at the same time. Our favorite dining areas were in Platanias especially Me Gusta (towards Chania) an Don Rosario (this was our favourite, also towards Chania). Definitely take advantage of the tourist bus in Chania with many options for visiting and tasting beer, wine, and olive oil, while admiring the gorgeous scenery. The villa is also really well located for exploring the western part of Crete and you will certainly not run out of things to do (including visiting the various stunning beaches). We recommend the hop-on hop-off bus in Chania and Herklion to see the sites in a nutshell. Be sure to visit Balos and Gramvousa, Falasarna and Elafonisi beaches which will remain in your heart forever. Truly, athough the sites and ruins are beautiful, the most beautiful are the people of Crete with their amazing hospitality! I highly recommend this villa and would return here!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay at Villa Emilia.

  • 5 of 5

The communication between the villa owners, Norman and Dawn, was very professional from the day we booked the villa. We were given detailed information and location details, to include directions from the airport.

The villa is located away from the main resort area and would suit couples or families looking to relax and unwind in picturesque and peaceful surroundings. You have to travel by car down to the main beach front bar area, so car hire really is a must. The garden and secluded sunbathing area, which is part of the villa, is a big plus, to include cloth hanging and a BBQ area. There is outside seating to relax in the evening, plus the upstairs balcony provides great viewing for the beautiful sunsets with a glass of wine.

The villa had all the amenities as described and these were of a good standard.

The pool area is really relaxing and clean. It is a single depth of 1.8 meters, so no shallow end.

We really did enjoy our stay Ville Emilia and would not hesitate to recommend a stay there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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June 2017

  • 5 of 5

Hi Norman,

Just a short e-mail to say how much myself & my wife enjoyed our stay in your villa, it was all as described on the net. The villa inside was very clean & had everything we needed although we didn’t cook. The gardens & private patio spaces were lovely along with a warm pool ( although Malcolm & Caroline said it was not always that warm) were most welcoming due to the extremely hot weather. We enjoyed both Plaka & Almyrida for dining in the evening.

Dennis

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Lovely detached villa in a quiet area with fantastic sea views.

  • 5 of 5

Villa is on two floors so lots of space. It is well designed with sun terraces to three sides of the property giving you choice of sun or shade. Shared access with three other villas to a small pool but when we were there (Sept) we had it to ourselves. Sea views from upstairs balcony are superb and ideal for a sundowner!

Walk to village of Plaka is 10 mins downhill to four or five excellent tavernas. Beach in Almyrida is a 15/20 mins walk downhill, if you have use of car Kalyves is a better beach.

The hill back from the village and beaches to the villa is known by guests as cardiac hill but it will keep you fit if you decide not to get a taxi!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa and well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible villa, located in a beautiful location. It has everything a home away from home needs and is very relaxing, especially the balcony and patio area where we spent most of our time when at the villa. The kitchen is well equipped along with the living area where books, beach supplies, music facilities and even games were provided which all came in useful. During our stay we walked to all the local areas including bars, restaurants and the beach although a rental car is recommended if you wish to view more of the beautiful island.

Overall we had a brilliant holiday and cannot wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Location

Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Almirida is the nearest beach, just a few minutes drive or 15 minutes walk from Plaka Square and is a lovely village with golden sands and a small, pretty fishing harbour at the end of the beach.

The beach has the blue flag award and the sea is shallow and shelves gently so is really safe for children and because the sea is shallow it warms quickly in the sun.

The beach is lined with several excellent Tavernas and a fish restaurant where you can enjoy the excellent Cretan cuisine.

Travel:

2 airports serve Crete and can be reached by car taxi or public transport.

Chania - the nearest to Villa Emilia is around 23 Km easy drive with all instructions provided. HERAKLION - Further at about 130 Km but a very easy and pretty 1 1/2 to 2 hours costal drive right out of the airport onto the National Highway (dual carriageway) for nearly all the journey. Again full instructions are provided.

Souda is the nearest Port at around 15km.

Car recommended but not essential.

Distances:

Villa Emilia sits just inside the Village boundary in an excellent elevated position overlooking the pretty Plaka Village with its whitewashed narrow streets and its abundance of bougainvillea and geraniums and is 5 mins walk from the Villa.

Kokkino Horio

a few mins drive from Plaka. Visit and buy souvenirs at the glass blowing factory.

Chania is a must, a highly recommended day out - 23km

Try Limnoupolis Water Park and Georgopolis,

Our guest book details all the places to visit.

Further Details:

Villa Emilia has a perfect location making it an ideal holiday base for sun worshippers as well as walkers, and anyone wanting to explore this beautiful part of Western Crete. Situated overlooking the popular Cretan village of Plaka with stunning views of Souda Bay to the front of the villa and the White mountains to the south. The villa is 5 minutes walk to the village square where you will find a number of tavernas and bars as well as a couple of minimarkets. The nearest beach is the blue flag beach at Almirida, just 5 minutes drive from the villa (or 15 minutes on foot). Here there are watersports, numerous restaurants and car hire.

The beautiful Venetian harbour town of Chania is approx 23kms to the west and is accessible by car or public transport, and Chania market is a must on Saturday mornings. There are many places to visit in the surrounding area such as the beach resort of Kalives, and the villages of Vamos, Gavalchori, Armeni, Kefalas etc. Details of places to visit including the waterpark at LIminopoluis are all provided in the detailed guest book in the villa, along with maps and local information.

Additional guest comments;

We found your villa to be of a very high standard and very well equipped and beds were comfy. We enjoyed all the views from split levels and the privacy from the garden with sunloungers. Many thanks for the welcome goodies, we had travelled for a long time with the children and to find many of the basics (plus wine ;) ) was a god-send. The plants and flowers are very pretty, the staff we saw were friendly and polite. We loved the BBQ and bought local meat which was lovely. The kids loved the pool and now can all swim!

Many thanks again and hope to stay in your villa again soon.

Georgina Aug 2010

We had a lovely time. The villa was great and had everything we needed. It was in a great spot, amazing view and really reasonably priced. The instructions from the airport were perfect as well.

Nicola Sep 2010

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Plaka, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£760
for 7 nights
£760
 
 
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
 
 
Late Season
23 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£530
for 7 nights
£530
 
 
winter
28 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£350
for 7 nights
£350
 
 
Early Season
19 May 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
Mid Season
16 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£690
for 7 nights
£690
 
 
High Season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£770
for 7 nights
£770
 
 
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£690
for 7 nights
£690
 
 
Late Season
22 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£640
for 7 nights
£640
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
All prices are in UK pounds and include a free welcome pack of groceries/wine to get you going on your first day, all utility bills, weekly maid service, linen, towels, air-conditioning and use of safe and cot. A 25% deposit is required for booking and the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. Also at this time there is a refundable security bond payable of £100 to cover damages. loss of safe key and cost of telephone calls etc.
Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Tuesday or Saturday but this can be flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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