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Beautiful Mountainside Villa with Private, Secluded Pool, & Panoramic Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Kokkino Chorio, Chania, Crete, Greece - Stunning Location, Perfect for Honeymooners or Families alike. Pictures don't do this Villa Justice.

Set high on the side of Cape Drapanos, the 360 degree sea views from this villa are simply stunning. The totally private pool and BBQ terrace are set up stone steps above the villa to take advantage of the views and gated off to ensure safety for those with small children. The kitchen is open plan to the dining and living area and has been furnished to the highest standards using lots of stainless steel and wood. The living room has been furnished with a huge leather corner suite for your comfort and should you rent in the colder months there is central heating and an open stone fireplace. French doors open out here to a large veranda furnished with a marble table and comfortable captain’s chairs, evening meals here are a pleasure as you watch the sun go down. Upstairs, the bedrooms have crisp white linen and throws to compliment each room. The veranda that both the bedrooms open onto is enormous and furnished with a sofa and chairs, perfect to watch the sunset. Lots of seating areas. The villa also has WIFI for those who wish to use it.

Catherine Smith
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Catherine Smith

Hi, my name is Catherine, I'm Irish and have been renting out my mountain retreat for eight years. I want all my guests to feel like we as a family do when we go out to Crete, as if they never want to leave! My kids often accuse me of having OCD as I like everything to be perfect for guests. Our house has been furnished and finished to the highest of standards because I want the best for you.We have had such amazing feedback from all our guests this year (34 reviews on Tripadvisor!) with many mailing me on their return thinking of returning to Villa Vouno next year. I have many many contacts in Crete and make a point of trying to help guests tailor their holiday by putting them into contact with a network of Cretans who can make their dreams come true! Don't take my word, see the reviews!

Catherine Smith purchased this villa in 2005

Why Catherine Smith chose Apokoronos

When I was a child,my father spent each Summer sailing charter yachts from mainland Greece to Bodrum in Turkey for his best friend who was Greek. I grew up with Greece in my blood. When my father passed away, we took a trip out in memory of him and fell in love with the Island of Crete.While we have been going out to Crete for many years, we have never grown tired of the place or feel that we have seen it all! There is still so much to see and do. The house is near enough to the very best areas to visit and restaurants without ever being amid a throng of tourists. When my husband and I go out on our own, the house offers us relaxation. When we go out with our four kids (Teens to tiny!), it becomes our home for excitement and fun. There truly is something for everyone in the West of Crete.

What makes this villa unique

Because of the location of our house (at the top of Cape Drapanos) our views, of Souda Island, the bay, Chania at night, as well as Aptera and many many other focal points, are uninterrupted and unbelievably hard to leave. I become a coffee junky... just to wander out onto one of the many terraces and verandas just to gaze over the clear as crystal waters and the ancient land. At night there is nothing more beautiful than cooking on the huge BBQ while the kids swim in the pool, underneath a blanket of shooting stars. We have been known literally, to see the sun rise because we didn't want to sleep. I guarantee that once you experience our house, the complete privacy of the pool and mountainside BBQ terrace, you will be delighted with the high standards that we have established....for you!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Catherine

Yes, arrived home late last evening somewhat tired and had an early start this morning but I have the rest of the week off for recovery and laundry purposes! We had the best time, amazing weather every single day and we did some fabulous excursions. The Samaria Gorge was incredibly dramatic (I imagine you’ve done this at some point) though my legs still haven’t 100% recovered from that steep descent, don’t think those particular muscles have been used for some time … but it was definitely worth it! Really enjoyed looking round the War Museum, lovely chap who explained everything in half Greek/English … followed by lunch in one of the tavernas overlooking the plateau, what an incredible place and with such a history. Stunning scenery and villages on the road to Elafonisi and we found an almost deserted area of the beach to the left of the main area, just heavenly for swimming and sunbathing. Visited Lake Kourno which was very pretty, also Chania where we had our feet nibbled … weird but very relaxing sensation. Richard dived down to the Elephant’s Cave – he’s quite an experienced diver but found that quite scary but also incredibly stunning … We relaxed and swam from the dive RIB while my husband dived – so we all enjoyed ourselves. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better holiday – and your Villa was just perfect for what we needed, and that view is just unsurpassed! I’m missing the sound of those sheep and goats bells already – so soporific.

Also confirm the links work fine, I just haven’t had a moment to write the reviews yet but will do so in the next few days.

Thank you for everything Catherine, it was a memorable holiday and I hope we’ll have the opportunity to return one day.

Best wishes

Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apokoronos in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Master bed: en suite wet room with shower, WC and basin. Upstairs bathroom has full size bath with shower over top, WC and basin. Ground floor wet room with shower, WC and basin. All the above are fully tiled with quality chrome fittings.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bed: double bed (quality linen, throws and cushions), en-suite wet room and French doors out to huge veranda. Bed 2: twin beds (linen as above) opens to top veranda. Bed 3: twin beds (linen as above) opens to covered downstairs veranda.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: All rooms have air-conditioning for hot months, and central heating for the winter months. There is also an open fire in the living room. Up at the poolside there are comfortable sunloungers for six people with large sunshades and on the BBQ terrace there is a large traditional stone built charcoal BBQ and dining facilities with comfortable captains chairs for six people and a large table, all under a huge wooden pergola planted out with local grape vines. Perfect for an evening meal whilst watching the shooting stars over the Drapanos. The whole house has been furnished with care and luxury in mind. We have purposely fitted out and furnished the house inside and out with as much care as possible as we would like to have the same clients coming back to enjoy the house and area year after year, after year. Outside: The garden, BBQ terrace (Extensive Venetian landscaping ) and large pool are all set high above the house and gated off to keep children safe. They are completely private, only the odd goat will see you skinny dip! The pool is 40 sqm and 1.8m in depth. It has a ladder at one end and roman steps at the other. There is also an outdoor shower beside the pool. From this area, and the three veranda's, you have spectacular views over the Akrotiri peninsula, down into Souda bay and out onto the Agean sea. The landscape is never dull and always active between passenger ferries and NATO vessels coming into Chania from the Aegean. The bottom veranda has a marble dining table and comfortable chairs to seat 6-8 people and the top veranda is furnished for relaxation with a sofa, 2 chairs and a marble coffee table. The covered veranda is perfect if you want to stay out of the sun and still has all the views. Incidentally, it is where the village scenes for Zorba the Greek where filmed. Utility Room: There is a washing machine (stainless steel) in the kitchen, a clothes dryer, an iron and ironing board are also kept in the house. There is also a very good local launderette nearby for those who do not wish to use the house facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels/linen are included in the price, and the pool is cleaned twice weekly early in the morning so that you are not disturbed. Someone is available to help you should the need arise. Extra cleans can be arranged at a small extra cost if required. Other: The dining area seats 6-8 people, the suite on the downstairs veranda seats the same number of people. The upstairs veranda is furnished with a comfortable sofa and chairs. The 2 verandas and covered one are perfect for watching the sunset


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Beautiful Mountainside Villa with Private, Secluded Pool, & Panoramic Sea Views
average rating of 4.821429 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful, secluded villa with amazing views!!

  • 5 of 5

Spacious villa in a wonderful setting. Lovely pool and BBQ area, with gorgeous backdrop of the mountains...very private and not overlooked. Terraces providing amazing views over Souda Bay. Local amenities a few mins away. Good location to access north coast of Crete with lots of places of interests within short drive. Vast amount of tavernas in local village and lovely sandy beach just 10mins drive. The villa itself was well equipped, spacious and comfortable, perfect for us as a family of 6. Pool was pristine and always topped up. Would throroughly recommend this villa to anyone - not many places can offer such dramatic mountain and sea views with a middle-of-nowhere feel but close enough to tavernas/restaurants/beaches. The kids occupied themselves on the beach while we could relax at one of the many beachside tavernas. Owner Catherine was always on hand with advice, answers to questions, local information making our stay completely stress-free. Perfect holiday had by all!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review! Welcome back to the rainy UK...hope your holiday keeps you going until the next time you get a chance to visit Villa Vouno and the delights of Crete! Best regards, Catherine x
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Oh how I miss that beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

As other people have said, the villa is well equipped, clean and homely, beds are comfortable (very important!) and everything you need is there.

The weather was so lovely, we didn't spend much time inside although there is a TV, good selection of films etc if that's your thing. Was not visited by goats although could hear and see them as they were moved around - so nice! Lots of outside space to enjoy - the pool is fabulous and we made good use of it! Walked down to Plaka one evening, got a bit lost trying to be clever and take a short cut. Locals were vastly entertained by us wandering around pretending we knew what we were doing! Needless to say, we got a taxi back!!

Driving was easy (although I managed to avoid doing any!) and there are so many great places to visit. Cretan people are very nice and welcoming - they seem genuinely pleased to see you and want you to be happy. Restaurants were great - we were eating veggie food and the quality and choice were outstanding and great value as well.

Loved it all! Thanks Catherine for everything! x

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the Great review Hilary! We are really glad you enjoyed yourselves...we always do. hopefully you'll make it back again sometime, meantime, hope your holiday keeps you going until the next time you get out. Best regards, Catherine x
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Beautiful traditional villa

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, traditional Greek villa set in the hills in kokkino chorio. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Wifi. Well equipped kitchen. Fabulous pool with sunloungers and parasols which can be essential given the fabulous weather . BBQ terrace and pool set behind the villa giving stunning views over souda bay.

Car is essential but allows you to explore the wonderful towns close by. We visited almerida, plaka and kalyves.

Great tavernas and wonderful food.

Catherine , who owns the villa is very helpful and provided us with lots of advice and maps of the area.

Fabulous villa and we really enjoyed our stay there.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Gemma for taking the time to review Villa Vouno; we are so pleased that you enjoyed you holiday and hope to see you back in the future like many of our regular guests! Catherine x
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Comfortable, traditional villa with breathtaking views.

  • 5 of 5

Perched high up on the hillside in a quiet area above Kokkino Chorio, Villa Vouno has extensive views over Souda Bay. Two large balconies give great opportunities for relaxing in the sun or shade while admiring the stunning views, perfect for watching the sun set over Souda Bay and mountains. Steps in the garden lead to an upper terrace with a swimming pool and large barbeque area also with extensive views.

The villa is comfortably furnished with a large sitting area, a kitchen fully equipped for self catering and three bedrooms, a bathroom and two shower rooms, one ensuite to the double bedroom, ideal for a family. The villa is a short walk from St Georges Retreat Taverna which serves not only food and drink but also some great sunsets. There are a variety of other tavernas a 5 to15 minute drive away in the local villages and on the coast at Almyrida plus a minimarket in Kokkino Chorio. The owner could not have been more helpful in supplying the information we needed to make the most of our stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay in October which included getting married at the villa and using it as a wonderful place to honeymoon, relax and explore the beautiful west of Crete.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. Wishing you both every happiness and many return visits to Villa Vouno!! Best regards, Catherine
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Lovely villa, peaceful location, spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

Villa Vouno is in a beautiful location high up on the Drapanos Peninsula. The views are second to none. We’ve never stayed anywhere before where you can enjoy both sunrise and sunset over the sea and the villa has two lovely terraces to sit and appreciate them, as well as a pretty entrance terrace. Loved the front door with individual panels that open so you can see who’s there! The villa has a cool stone interior and is very restful, comfortable and well furnished. We always had the windows and French doors open when we were home which let in a cool breeze. The pool and barbecue areas are lovely - completely private as there is only the steep mountainside behind - and well planted with flowers, herbs and shrubs so there are lots of butterflies, bees and other insects. The pool itself is a really good size and it’s so peaceful – the only sounds being the cicadas and the bleating of the goats.

Crete is a beautiful island and a week is not enough even for just this particular area in the north west. We really enjoyed hiking down the Imbros Gorge (came across hardly any other walkers so felt we had the place to ourselves); driving south across the mountains to Hora Sfakion and taking a boat to Loutro (a lovely place); Lake Kournas where we sunbathed on the shore on a mat of wild thyme – the fragrance was amazing; Chania old town and a boat and snorkeling trip from Chania harbour. There was also great snorkeling in the little cove in Kokkino Chorio. It was exciting to watch from our terrace a submarine coming into the bay and we also explored the World War 2 bunker and tunnels up the hill behind the villa which was rather scary but interesting! However, I have to say that the highlight of every day was watching the sunset from the villa. It was so spectacular that it got to the point that we wouldn’t go out until the sun finally disappeared from view!

Almyrida and Plaka are close by for eating out, but if you don’t want to drive St George’s Retreat (5 minutes walk) has a lovely terrace and the same great view as the villa. We ate there twice and it was nice to have that option.

Catherine, the owner, was immensely helpful throughout and sent us loads of information and photographs. She clearly loves Villa Vouno and it’s easy to see why. She really wants her guests to enjoy it as much as she and her family and does her best to ensure that they do.

A wonderful holiday in a magical place. Loved it! Hope to come back one day!

Thank you Catherine.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review (All of them!!!!). I am really glad that you enjoyed yourselves in Crete and at Villa Vouno. We don't ever get to do the things we planned either, when we are's just too easy to sit back and chill at the Villa. Anyway, I hope your holiday keeps you going for a while now that you are back to our lovely British weather! Best regards, Catherine
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Lovely property, stunning views!

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic time at Villa Vouno with our two young children. The views from the terraces are fantastic, especially at sunset time. The house is spacious and simply but stylishly decorated. Lovely family-friendly beaches are a short drive away. The pool and BBQ area is wonderful and set away from the house so no worries about our preschoolers wandering out of the villa and falling in. The house is set on a mountainside on the edge of a tiny village, so you need to drive to amenities, but there is a nice taverna next door where we had dinner. Thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Folks, Many thanks for your lovely review. Glad you all enjoyed yourselves and I hope your time I Crete keeps you going for many months to come. Best regards, Catherine
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Special interest holidays:

If you enjoy nature and birds, we have contacts for walking tours of the area. There are also local sailing schools and windsurfing schools in the area. I also have contacts if you want to rent a sail boat or have the luxury of having a captain and crew take you around the coast for a day! If you are planning a romantic holiday or just one full of surprises, I can put you in touch with the local people who can make your holiday dreams come true!


The beautiful, blue flag beach of Almerida is less than 6mins drive away and is perfect for those with small children as the beach gently shelves. There are many, many other beaches nearby like Kera beach (10 mins) and Georgeopolis (30 mins). It is worth exploring the different beaches and some of the little coves nearby, as with most of this area of Crete, they are beautiful and amongst the cleanest in the world.


The Villa is set midway between the two Venetian cities of Chania and Rethymnon. They are each about 30-40 mins away by car and again well worth a visit. Chania has a very famous covered market and both have amazing harbour side restaurants. The restaurants a little in from the harbour side tend to be better priced but it is worth trying the Fortezza restaurant across the other side of the harbour (This means a short trip across on the restaurants boat!) The snorkeling trips are also worthwhile.


Kokkino Chorio village, where the village scenes for Zorba the Greek where filmed is nearby. Plaka, where Costa runs a great little supermarket, the organic taverna at the glass blowing workshop is well worth a visit, five mins drive. There is also a petrol station here. Almerida, the beach town is 10 mins away and has tavernas, shops, internet access and much more. Kalives is 15 mins away and is a larger town. Vamos is inland, very pretty and 12 mins away. Lake Kornas about 25 min.

Further Details:

There is a great water park on the far side of Chania near Omalous which is suitable for kids from 2 to 92! Also in the area there is horse riding at Georgiopoli, 'safari' through the White Mountains, boat trips, snorkeling, windsurfing and much more. The cities of Chania and Rethymno are Venetian fort cities and well worth exploring. They both have narrow cobbled streets in the oldest parts with tall narrow Italianite buildings and architecture left over from several hundred years of Venetian rule. There is also much evidence of Turkish occupation in some of the architecture around the area. Aptera is one of the nearest forts to the house (20 mins) and has been there for over 2000 years. In the house I have binoculars for guests to use, and with these you can see clearly, Aptera from the front as well as the island beside the NATO base. To watch the silent ships come in early in the morning is my favourite occupation. Also in Almerida (As well as Chania itself) there is an archaeological dig where you can see fantastic mosaic work. The local potteries and crafts are all easy to find and see.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apokoronos, Crete

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 May 2018 - 2 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July and August
3 Jul 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Aug 2018 - 1 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Payment is usually by traceable electronic payment and the deposit is non-returnable, however I am happy to except a cheque if this is not possible.
Guests are asked to inform owners of any medical issues/conditions .
Extra cleans can be arranged for an extra charge payable directly to cleaning staff, a mid stay clean is provided for stays of two weeks and more.
A security deposit may be asked for depending on age/needs of guests, this is refundable where asked for following guests return home from holiday and on satisfactory inspection of villa by managers.
Villa owners are not responsible for any cessation in supply of electricity, water or other civic amenities provided by the local authorities.

Easyjet and Ryanair fly from many mainland hubs. Ryanair also fly from Dublin.

N.B. Easyjet and Ryanair fly from many mainland hubs, Ryanair have also started a flight to Chania from Summer 20

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Tuesday and we would ask visitors to vacate the house by 10.30am to facillitate the changeover for the next guests. Arrival time is any time after 4pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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