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Detached villa with Gated Private Pool for Child Safety. Not directly overlooked



Updated: 09-Dec-2016
Villa Asteria near Almirida (Almyrida) Village, Chania - Secluded but not remote, Walk to Beach and Shops

The villa sleeps up to 8 persons in 4 double/twin bedrooms and has a private swimming pool. For people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, the downstairs double bedroom is ideal, being next to the downstairs shower room and W/C with commode available. British plumbing and WC - no small pipes!

IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS WITH SMALL CHILDREN! This villa has a downstairs kitchen which looks out directly onto the gated pool. This means you can see your children playing in the pool while you are preparing lunch! Many other villas in the area have not been designed with holidaymakers like you in mind because they have an upstairs (Greek Style) kitchen which means you may have to balance a meal and a drink on a tray while walking down a flight of stairs with a toddler following behind you or under your feet! We designed this feature BEFORE the houses were built - you are not an afterthought!

Our guests often comment that this villa is in the perfect location: within walking distance from two villages, close enough to enjoy their facilities but not too close to be disturbed by barking dogs, crowing cockerels and noisy human nightlife that happens in any and every Cretan village or town.

The villa is located in a peaceful private olive grove of 4.5 acres (17,000 square metres). It is one of only 5 villas in the olive grove, all of which are owned by us. The olive grove is secure, being fenced and hedged by colourful oleander, and surrounded by olive trees. It is the perfect base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, with its tiny white hamlets nestled on green mountainsides. Apokoronas is a designated area of natural beauty, protected in a similar way to a UK National Park. At all times there are breath-taking views of the White Mountains which are snowcapped until late May. Literally on your doorstep there are numerous foot-trails through this most spectacular area of Crete, a genuine walker’s paradise.

Close to the villa are two villages. Almyrida, by the beach, is only a 3 minute drive away or you can walk it in half an hour. Gavalochori, further inland, is only a 1 minute drive away and you can walk there in less than 15 minutes.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the manager

The villa was lovely, not overlooked at all. Just 10 minutes walk to the nearest village of Gavalochori which had a selection of cafe's with friendly staff. We were made very welcome. The beach at Almirida is safe and clean surrounded by shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this villa.

Anna, July 13

We had a really lovely holiday thank you, your villa was beautiful and very well equipped- we couldnt fault anything. It was a very special holiday with 4 generations of our family. I will be recommending your villas to our friends, and hopefully we will return again one day

Sue, Sept 2012

We had a fantastic holiday, thank you. The villa was lovely, and the best bit was definitely having our own swimming pool right outside the door! Everything was clean and tidy when we arrived, and the kitchen was probably the best appointed one that I have ever had. Left wishing we could have stayed longer.

Sheri, Sept 2011
Aug 2008
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic villa, everything there!!.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to Villa Asteria which has all the amenities we require for that perfect holiday.

The pool is so spacious and kept clean by the property manager Mark, we found the villa very well equipped and with satellite tv

you want for nothing.

The owners give excellent information on the villa and surrounding area, the views are out of this world, mountains one way, olive trees the other, the sound of mountain goat bells in the distance.

We have enjoyed this villa so much I have just booked for another two weeks in August of this year after our three weeks in May!.

Prices are good as well hence our repeat bookings

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to be welcoming these guests back later this summer. The views really are wonderful and ability to relax and enjoy the views is a very important part of the holiday experience.
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October sunshine

  • 4 of 5

This was our fourth stay at Villa Asteria. We usually stay in May/June but this year took a later break. The weather was lovely.

Booking with John has always been quick, efficient and friendly. Mark and his team look after the villa well and answer any queries quickly. There have been improvements to the villa over the years and anything we have mentioned has been put right by the following year.

We feel totally relaxed the moment we arrive - lazing round the pool, lunches by the sea in Almyrida and eating in the evenings in Gavalachori. This year we took a trip to the Botanical Gardens of Crete,up in the hills south of Chania which were interesting but possibly not on very hot days!

The description of the villa is accurate but words cannot express the feeling of calm and peacefulness that one gets from the surrounding hills and the views of the mountains - and the wonderful sound of the cicadas in the evenings.

The information book needs to be updated and I am sure this will be done. This is the reason for 4 stars.

We love the area and would not think of taking any other villa.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The peace and quiet is a key part of the experience of staying at the villa and our location surrounded by mountains does allow guests to relax. When you are ready for a lunch or evening dinner there are some wonderful tavernas nearby.
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Quiet villa in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the villa. It was private and very restful - rarely heard distant voices from the other villas and pool felt very private even allowing for occasional passing traffic. Also spacious, which was important to us as a couple with three teenagers in the party. This allowed us to stay downstairs and get up earlier and leave them undisturbed! Good facilities in the kitchen and comfortable seating area - nice to have proper sofas rather than sofa beds which are often impossible to relax on.

Good location for visiting other parts of this area of Crete - lots of interesting places within 30 minutes drive.

The restaurants in Gavalochori were great. People were all very welcoming. Our favourite was the Grill House, with Astimari a close second. We did find the walk longer than described, but that reflects our poor level of fitness as desk-bound people 48 weeks a year - the teenagers nipped up and down happily.

Fantastic views of the mountains, especially in the mornings. For a 15 year old boy to mention that as one of the highlights, the view must be spectacular!

Would recommend this villa to families who are looking for a comfortable home, in a quiet location with good access to beaches and places of interest when you do want to go out.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Villa is excellent,just as we expected

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is well equipped for your stay everything you require for a self catering stay, we stayed for three weeks and all our needs were met.The property manager was extremely helpful and efficient, Mark was always helpful with tips on where to visit on the Island. All in all we had a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our local manager Mark and his wife June are a real asset. As well as looking after the villa and pool they have a very deep knowledge of Crete and advise guests on great places to visit around the island and wonderful local restaurants
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Villa astoria crete

  • 3 of 5

We had an excellent time at the villa Astoria. It was very clean and well equipped an added bonus would have been a dishwasher. The very large outside area was more than excellent very peaceful and tranquil the only thing I would change is some more comfortable patio chairs as we spent a lot of our time sitting on the patio taking in the very lovely atmosphere barbequing and e enjoying the swimming pool. The local village was very friendly with lots of great eating. We hope to visit this villa again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have now bought some very comfortable outside patio chairs which will allow guests to enjoy the views in greater comfort
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Beautiful Villa Asteria

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful, well equipped villa set in peaceful surroundings, ideal for a relaxing holiday for couples or families. We were looking for privacy, peace and quiet and that is what we got - almost. We have long since given up hotels, with their noisy activities around the swimming pool, insufficient sunbeds and set meal times. We much prefer the flexibility and seclusion that villas offer, although this is not always guaranteed. Villa Asteria, from the advertisement, seemed to offer exactly what we were looking for and we were not too disappointed. There was a family with teenagers staying in one of the adjacent properties, however, so the quiet was often shattered by the screams of delight from the children as they played in their swimming pool and with less olive trees between the properties than we had been expecting, our pools were quite exposed to each other. The other major disappointment was the distance to the village of Gavalachorie, which we thought would be a 10 minute stroll but turned out to be nearer 20-25 mins for us (both well into our 60s), particularly the return leg which was uphill all the way. We never attempted the walk into Almyrida as this was a very steep climb back and again would have taken us twice as long as was suggested. A car is therefore essential, although the road to the village and into Almyrida is very narrow and with sharp bends.

These issues apart, we were more than happy with the villa and, never fond of air-conditioning, were grateful for the ceiling fans throughout the property. We did find the bed somewhat hard but many people prefer this so not a major problem. We were unfortunate with the weather on a few days and when it did rain, everywhere outside was covered in sand carried over from the Sahara, something which we were told happens a couple of times a year. This left the swimming pool surrounds and the outside dining area very slippery and filthy until the pool area was cleaned each Saturday. We felt that the pool could do with cleaning twice a week as it soon became full of leaves from the surrounding olive trees.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks at Villa Asteria and would happily recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is important to us that the villas are peaceful and quiet and we have designed the villas so that the pools are not visible to each other. About 4 years ago we planted 32 olive trees between the houses which have improved screening.
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From the Owner


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Chania at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Gavalochori at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gavalachori/Almyrida at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Almirida at 2.5 Kilometres Car: recommended


Almyrida Village just 2 km away (3 minutes by car, or half an hour walk) with safe, sandy beaches and great places to eat. Here is a quiet seaside resort far from the bustle of the major tourist destinations. It is the ideal choice for families with children because there is an organised beach plus shops, restaurants and an ATM. There are two sandy beaches with umbrellas & loungers for hire, plus a lifeguard. The beaches and the sea are awarded a Blue Flag every year, demonstrating they are clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and visitor facilities – such as free showers at various points on the seafront. The sea is quite shallow, making it ideal for small children. The eastern end of the beach has sheltered, warm waters perfect for inquisitive youngsters who like to play near the shore chasing small shoals of fish and tiny hermit crabs, or amuse themselves by building sandcastles. Very close by, and directly overlooking the beach, is a variety of family-owned tavernas where dads and mums can de-stress in the shade with a cool glass of wine while keeping an eye on the kids playing nearby. Also on the beach, there is a windsurfing school with canoes and pedalos for hire and numerous boat trips available around the coast. For the slightly more adventurous, there is a diving school where beginners can try scuba diving – and for those with PADI qualifications, a visit to the famous underwater elephant cave is to be recommended. This coastline of Crete has the best and most impressive diving in the whole of Greece.

Gavalochory – the picturesque village with 1000 years of history. Inland, just a kilometre from the villa, is the traditional village of Gavalochory. This is a large village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. There is an excellent folklore museum, revealing the history and the culture of the village. And don’t miss the Roman Wells just outside the village, a remarkable place of sunken wells where locals scollected water in ancient times. Shops include several minimarkets and a bakery. There are four tavernas – all of which offer excellent traditional Cretan cuisine.

Chania Town – 22 km away. Chania (pronounced Ha-nya) is famous for its beautiful Venetian (Italian architecture) harbour, with narrow winding cobbled streets that is every shopper's paradise, with a multitude of boutiques and jewellery vendors plus several markets. Sit at one of the many fine quayside tavernas and watch the world go by before taking a boat trip where you can go snorkelling around sheltered sandy bays of uninhabited islands. There is also the submerged wreck of a WW2 German Bomber to explore.

A good place to spend a morning is in the Maritime Museum of Crete – a multi-floor local museum full of models, graphics, memorabilia, costumes and military artefacts plus some educational video. It covers the time from ancient Minoan era to near present day and includes the famous Battle of Crete. A ‘must-see’ for anyone interested in WW2 history.

Other things to see and do

• Water Park at Limnoupolis (40 minute drive). Lots of slides providing varying levels of thrills and fun. Free sunbeds, good pools and an artificial ‘river’ where you can lie in a big rubber ring and gently float around the park.

• The Botannical Gardens of Crete (18 km south of Chania, 40 minute drive). A huge, colourful park full of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants from all over the world - the perfect microclimate for hundreds of plants and animals. In the midst of this vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the terrible fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The dramatic scenery here is composed of rare samples of the local flora and fauna, as well as tropical and subtropical species with new samples added regularly. There is a lake with ducks, geese and other water birds and rare species, even hawks that fly in the area. The park also has an open-air, stone atmospheric amphitheatre suitable for small (capacity for approximately 250 persons) events.

• Allied and German War Cemeteries on the outskirts of Chania (20 minute drive)

• The Samaria Gorge (1 hour drive) – at 16 km, one of the longest gorges in Europe. Open most days in the holiday season, but be prepared for a challenge.

• The Imbros Gorge (30 minute drive) – a little easier than Samaria, but still a good 8 km hike through sheer sided cliffs. Very pretty, so bring your camera. And plenty of bottled water.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
28 Mar 2017 - 29 May 2017
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2017
30 May 2017 - 26 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
27 Jun 2017 - 24 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
25 Jul 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017
5 Sep 2017 - 2 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Tuesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Late Season 2017
3 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please see our main website - you can see real-time availability and book online. 25% deposit at the time of booking, balance due 2 months before arrival. We accept credit and debit cards. Pay in uk pounds or euros.

Changeover Day:
Tuesday or Saturdays - most villas share these same days because these are the days most UK flights arrive at the main airports airport, Chania and Heraklion.

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 130 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower. Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed. Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed. Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed. Additionall folding beds available.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Important: we charge by occupancy not per villas and the prices shown on this website are for 6 people. Please add an extra 55 uk pounds per person per week for additional guests. House layout: wide patio doors connect the spacious outside areas to the light and airy open-plan kitchen. ‘alfresco’ meals are easy because there are no stairs to negotiate from the kitchen. Watch out! Some other villas have the kitchen inconveniently located on the first floor so it is not so easy to take meals outside to the terraces or enjoy by the pool). Note: internet access available in the nearby village Outside: Private pool, barbecue, terrace, private parking, balcony, garden, 8 garden chairs. The perimeter of the patio where the private swimming pool is located is fully fenced and gated. If you are a parent of young children this will be a great help in controlling access to the pool - and much peace of mind! Extensive olive grove to explore, outdoor sun loungers and table. Private pool size 9x4m which is fitted with safety gates to control access to pool for young children. Pool depth 1.3 metres - no deep end! Plenty of outdoor space for children to play. There are various shaded patio areas at all times Utility Room: Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Main clean once a week with midweek linen change during your stay. Towels and sheets provided

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