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

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


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.

Norman Kettlewell
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

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 Apokoronos

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apokoronos in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • caves
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
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 32 reviews

Beautiful - relaxing - perfection

  • 5 of 5

A huge thank you to Dawn and Norman for our stay at Emilia. We really couldn't have wished for a more beautiful villa in such a wonderful area of Crete. The long relaxing days and nights mixed with adventures to Lake Kournas, Elafonissi, Kalyves and Georgioupolis (not to mention others) were an ideal way to spend out holiday. Plaka Square was always alive and friendly, definitely recommend Takis and Harokopas, the food is to die for!! All in all we cannot explain in enough words just how much we have enjoyed our stay at Villa Emilia, all we can say is that we will see you again 15th-25th September 2018. Thank you once again for so many great memories.

Chris & Sarah (Sheffield)

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning Villa and location

  • 5 of 5

What can we say?

The villa was exactly as described and shown in the images. We were a family of 5, which the villa slept comfortably. The villa and its enclosed terrace/ gardens were well kept, and secure for our two children.

The pool is shared by the Villa Emilia and four other villas, however, it was never busy and a great spot to cool off.

The property is clean and well maintained, and suitable for all our needs.

We had correspondence with the owners (Mr & Mrs Kettlewell), who were absolutely brilliant throughout our booking and stay. Thank you both for your support, it is greatly appreciated.

This property is truly something to be experienced , offering stunning views over the bay and surrounding hills/mountains. Situated at the top of a rather steep hill (not for the faint hearted- although the old man tackled it everyday!), there is a "Donkey track" which makes the journey to and from on foot a little easier.

The local square, located a 10 minute walk away has 3 restaurants, bars and a couple of mini markets for all your basic goods/needs. Of the 3 restaurants available, we visited Harokopos Tavern & Elpis. Both offered very good food, friendly service and welcoming atmosphere. Harokopos offered the cheaper menu and Elpis a little more expensive but still amazing value. The other restaurant (Takis) we didn't try as it was the more expensive on offer, and the quality on offer from the other restaurants was fantastic.

Almyrida Beach is a short trip down the road in a car (around a 20 minute walk) and had one of the nicest beaches I have been on in a number of years. The Sea was calm, clear and like a warm bath. Get the snorkelling gear out by the harbour for some Fish spotting.

I would have no concerns about booking the villa again, especially as the contact we had with the owners was truly amazing. Suitable for all, it truly is a stunning place to be. We are already missing sitting on the balcony watching the world go by in the mornings!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Villa fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved the Villa it really was home from home everything you could need was there. Loads of information and advice from the owners who were really helpful. The outside areas were amazing with beautiful smelling flowers and fruit trees. Pool was lovely, very quiet even in August. The views were outstanding. Lots to see and do around the area, will definately return.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Brilliant!

  • 5 of 5

The villa was everything we hoped for and more. Immaculately clean,everything you could need was there and fast wifi access. The view from the upstairs balcony is stunning and the gardens were perfect especially the poolside patio.

All in all a fantastic holiday and would recommend to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


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.


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.


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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apokoronos, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
16 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season offer
7 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
High Season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
22 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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