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Luxury Villas with Private Pool and BBQ area combining Sea and Mountain Views - Villa Stella

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



Villa Stella

The first floor of villa Stella offers a fully furnished spacious living room with an attractive stone fireplace and a kitchen equipped with all the necessary kitchen gadgets and tools, including dishwasher, electric cooker all the crockery/ cutlery and cooking utensils, fridge/freezer, toaster, coffee maker, blender machine, iron/ironing board. An interior marble staircase leads to the second floor, where 3 luminous stylish bedrooms,(2 double rooms and 1 with twin beds) decorated in 3 different tones preserve the healthy breath of fresh air and the sense of well-being. Each room has spacious furnished balconies, with spectacular views where you can enjoy precious relaxing moments in front of the enticing scenery. Besides,each floor offers an ample bathroom, enhancing the unique blend of villas style, space and luxury which is equipped with the necessary amenities and a washing machine. 4 LCD flat screen televisions are provided for the 3 bedrooms and the living room.

About the property


Amphitheatrically positioned on the foot of the White Mountains, at Kournas village in North East side of Chania, the newly built, modern villas located on a lush green valley surrounded by acorns provide visitors with precious relaxing moments, offering tranquility, comfort and luxury. Villa Stella and Villa Markos constitute a challenging resort for summer and winter escapes, meeting the expectations of exploring the touch of the surrounding wild nature which benefit from the only natural lake “Kournas Lake” among Mediterranean islands. The120 sq.m. villas, each offering a private swimming pool, consist of three elegantly designed bedrooms with spacious balconies combining panoramic mountain and sea views, an attractive and fully equipped living room, a stylish kitchen and two spacious bathrooms. The delightful sandy beaches of Kavros and Georgioupolis are only 5 to 8 minutes drive from villas.

Pelagia Piperaki
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Pelagia Piperaki

I live in Athens, Greece, with my family which consists of 5 members. My parents, two younger sisters and myself. I have studied economics at the Economic University of Athens and have just fulfilled my postgraduate studies on Translation. I work at the Hellenic American Union, a non-profit educational and cultural center, at the Center for Applied Linguistics and Language Studies. Actually, we really love the place of Kournas village, since my parents lived their younger years there. We used to spend our holidays in Crete, having the most unforgettable moments. The place is of great importance to all of us.

Pelagia Piperaki purchased this villa in 2009

Why Pelagia Piperaki chose Apokoronos

We really love the place of Kournas village since it combines all the beauties of nature with exquisite mountain and sea views, adding to the tranquility and peace of the location. It offers a variety of facilities, sandy beaches, tavernas with traditional cretan food. The beneficial position of the place, as it is situated in the middle of the island, just 35 minutes from the town of Chania, 20 minutes from Rethymnon and about 1 hour from Heraklion, enables the visitors to arrange a variety of excursions ranging from Chania to Heraklion. The villas have been built in 2009 and are situated outside the centre of the village, offering the most precious relaxing moments of your life. The decoration of the villas reflects our own tastes and desires. Hope to meet your expectations too.

What makes this villa unique

The properties are benefited from the combination of the beauties of nature, offering exquisite mountain and sea views and the unique natural lake among Mediterranean islands "Kournas lake" which preserves the village's intact natural environment. Location that meets the expectations of keeping a harmonious intention for the holidays, escaping from the hectic city lifestyle.Lovely excursions may be organized offering a variety of sea and mountain adventures due to the combination of "Kournas Lake", its sandy beaches and the splendid White Mountains, ideal for the most arduous treks. Amphitheatrically positioned on the foot of the White Mountains, the new built Stella & Markos Villas constitute a challenging resort for summer and winter escapes, exploring the touch of wild nature.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a fantastic time at your villa. It is a lovely house with everything we could need. The location is great and we have loved the lake and beaches nearby. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality. Your little treats have really made our holiday special. We have loved the ice-creams, honey, cheese, bread, wine and of course raki! We have been delighted to meet you and your lovely family. We will keep in touch with Pela & Eleni by email and would love to have Eleni over to stay with us. Thanks again lots of love Nick, Andrea, Ashley and Harrison Job. We will definitely recommend you to our friends or family and wish you all health, wealth, and happiness for the future. Aug 09 The Jobs Family

Thank you so much for opening your lovely house to us this week. You are such kind and generous hosts and we felt very much at home here and in your company! And we will gladly recommend Villa Stella to all our friends and family! Alec C. 30 Aug -6 Sept 09
Jul 2009
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Booking Notes:
All reservations should be made via email. A welcome pack is provided for your first breakfast.
In case of cancellation: From date of booking until 30 days before arrival charges will be 50% of the total cost. Less than 30 days 100% of the total cost will be required.

Changeover Day:
There is flexibility concerning any arrival days.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for each 2 floor villa (6 persons sharing) per night/week in euros. Prices may vary according to the duration of accommodation and the number of persons. Special Prices are offered for long-term accommodation during May, June and September.There is a studio at the ground floor of the villa which may be reserved separately in case there are extra persons (2). For further details, please feel free to contact us.


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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed
  • Guests shall close the garage door every time they leave the villas.
  • Guests shall ensure that they turn of the electricity and any electrical device such as air-condition, kitchen, oven etc.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The properties offer Private Parking area, Barbecue area, full central heating and hot water available 24 hours a day. The beneficial position of the villas keeps the houses beautifully cool. All bed linen, bath, hand and tea-towels are provided. The Electric, water costs and swimming pool maintenance are also included in the prices. Cleaning services are provided with the frequency depending on the duration of accommodation. Please have in mind that you should make a rather appropriate use of the swimming pool. Running and diving is forbidden at the pool and children must be supervised all the time. Please advise us in case you need a baby cot and Internet access. On the ground floor of each villa, a fully independent studio provides accommodation for 2 extra persons, offering each villa the opportunity to accommodate up to 8/9 persons. Studios are fully equipped, ideal for little privacy. Outside: The villas offer a 35 m2 private swimming pool each, equipped with sun lounges and parasols and share the BBQ area. A private parking area is also included within the location of the properties. There are 2 outdoor showers by the pools. The surrounding area is featured with traditional stone pavement where visitors may relax and enjoy the exquisite view and the flower garden, the acorns and the grassy land surrounding the villas contributing to making a unique feast of colors. Properties are fully secured, since the area is entirely enclosed by an external stone wall.


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Villa Stella
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 10 reviews

The villas are beautiful, clean and have everything. The views are spectacular.

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful holiday again. We never go back to a property twice but thought this was worth a revisit. You definitely need a car as it is hilly and not much within walking distance in the summer heat. However it is central to some beautiful beaches and places of interest. The owners and the locals are very friendly and helpful and very family orientated. Lots of tavernas to choose from too. Excellent holiday July/August 2017

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah, We truly appreciate your review and your kind comments.It is our pleasure to welcome guests like you and your family.Thanks for choosing to spend your holidays to our villas for second time.Best regards to all of you.Pelagia &Stella
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Twin Crete villas suitable for 2 families + cars

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Villa Stella and our friends rented the villa next door, Villa Markos.Wonderful location & layout,we each had hire car from the airport.We went to Chania,Rethymnon,Hora Sfakia,Loutro, Aptera,Argyripoli,Lappa,waterpark @ Limnopoulis.Chartered a boat in Chania & were able 2 swim/snorkel round Chania Bay(loved the Messerschmidt wreckage of German plane shot down in 1941).Went wine tasting @ Doukatis Winery.Nice beach about 10 mins down the main road towards Rethymnon with lots of activities 4youngsters,free beach loungers/parasol when drinks purchased.Kournas village is walkable.Best taverna is overlooking Kournas Lake (not the Ambrosia one,the other one has great service &great prices & local traditional cuisine).Lovely sunsets over mountains,great views fromvilla.Prompt emails from owner, no probs paying by bank transfer

Downsides-The kitchen was bit grubby,tablecloths put away folded in drawers with food stuck on them,crumbs in cutlery drawer, dirty washing up cloth, no tin opener,only 1 wine glass (although we had some delivered by local agent Chiara when we complained),no oven dishes.We were lucky as we had one sharp knife,our neighbours didn't & had 2buy one.

We knew we had to bring pool/beach towels but for 5 people it almost took up a whole case so it would have been nice not to carry these &cheaper to buy towels there.

The villas are not walkable in the Summer heat from anywhere that teenagers want to go,they need to have lifts everywhere.We knew we had internet access provided,what we didn't know was that it ran out after a week and we were told 2 go out and buy more.It should have been made clear that it was limited access.All 5 people used it for emails/online tickets/events/local knowledge etc

Also, there was nowhere we could eat outside together,the 10 of us. So we moved the tables into the courtyard between the villas 2 enjoy a leisurely meal all together with our friends,this is where the bbq is.We were told after that not 2 move the tables outside & a replacement table with plastic chairs was delivered.However,this cd not accommodate 10 people.There are also 2 very barky 24/7 chained dogs nearby that literally bark all day as they are so bored & miserable.

Lastly, we specifically asked if the studio flats on the ground floors were to be occupied.Told it was the owners so they cd look after the villas.However,a family of 4 moved into 1flat for 6 days.Altho they didn't use pool/garden,the adults were smokers & the smoke drifted.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guests,thank you for your review. Nevertheles, it seems that you missed to report some incidents in your review so allow me to refer them in this response. Concerining the kitchen equipment, we were always glad to offer you any extra kitchen utensil or equipment needed upon request - no complaints made by our Manager who was very helpful and willing to provide you with assistance throughout your stay. Regarding internet, we provide guests with wi-fi internet.However, internet usage is limited to checking emails, browsing on the internet, facebook etc. as there is a limited amount of 20GB offered to each group,thus, watching movies online, downloading videos or related content usually consume the maximun amount of GB in the very first days. This notification was made twice to your family members by the manager when we noticed that 20G offered had been consumed within 3 days upon arrival of your son.This is also when we received notifications from the vendor for videocalls placed. However, we tried to draw your attention to this issue and we offered another 2GB for free providing that you would be rather careful with the internet usage. Your husband and son were informed about that and gave their consent to buy themselves in case they needed more.It seems that you were not informed about it. Another issue showing you were rather indiferent, occured when you moved kitchen tables and chairs, designed for internal use, from the first floor of each villa to the ground floor outside, without asking for our permission and not caring for the damage caused as the kitcen equipment had been left exposed outside to the high sunlight. When we noticed that, we immediately replaced it with table & chairs suitable for external use and allthough you had been advised not to move the tables and chairs from the kitchen again,it seems that you neglected our advice. No respect at all.Since we were always there to assist you, you could have asked for further assistance, and it would be our pleasure to help you. Regarding the dogs living in the nearby villa, it seems that you might have spent most of your holidays anticipating to hear them bark.Countryside is full of sheeps, chickens, goats e.t.c.Noting that no complaints for the noise have been made before by any other guests.Regarding smoking, our properties may welcome also smokers too.Last but not of least importance, you missed to report us in your emails that you would be 11 of you rather than 8!
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wonderful stay, stunning villa and view

  • 5 of 5

No other place to in Crete, Stella, Markos and Stella were very careful and helpful. The villa is well equiped with all you need to spend a wonderful time moreover if you go in family with children, safe place with garden, flowers and stunning view to the sea. Small village along te sea with very good and affordable restaurant 10 min from there... I warmly recomend.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Villa

  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa with outstanding views of both the mountains and the coast.

We had everything we needed and Stella and Markos were very helpful with sorting anything out and the gift of cakes was absolutely delicious.

There are some great tavernas in the village, which is about 15 (steep) mins walk away and loads more by Lake Kournas or in Georgioupolis which are only a short drive.

The beach down on the coast at Kavros is clean and sandy and for the price of a drink each, you can have a sun bed and parasol all day at the Summerland Beach Bar. We also had a great trip out on one of the boats from Georgioupolis harbour. Snorkeling off the boat in the crystal clear waters was one of the highlights of our trip.

All in all, a great villa in a beautiful location owned by lovely people.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest, Thank you for your kind review and comments for both our properties and the area of Kavros. We really appreciate it and we expect to welcome you again in the future. Warm Regards, Pelagia
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stunning views

  • 4 of 5

First of all I would like to say Stella was wonderful...nothing was too much trouble and she was always smiling.

The villa is immaculate and the views are stunning. Lovely that all bedrooms have balcony areas too. However, it is very isolated. You need a car and you cannot walk anywhere. I'm not sure this was overly clear on the description we read when we booked 8 months ago. This was quite restricting for our teenage children who were unable to do anything under their own steam. There isn't even a mobile signal to call a cab.

Having said that, I would definitely holiday here again. I just don't think it's an ideal location for teenagers and non drivers.

And since Ryanair luggage restrictions are so tight, it would be good to have pool towels and also a hairdryer.

Overall a lovely stay and thank you so much to Stella and also Pelagia who answered all my emails very promptly.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear anonumous reviewer, Thank you for submitting this review, however, I would like to specify that the villas are only 2 to 3km drive from the nearest areas of Kavros and Georgioupolis with access to plenty of tavernas, supermarkets and traditional restaurants and coffee shops so this does not make them "very isoated". It is a quiet and relaxed place, though, and it is only 500-800 metres -nice walking distance - far from the village of Kournas which also offers local tavernas and coffee shops.However, the car is highly recommended in cases guests are interested in visiting some other places and beautiful beaches in Rethymnon and Chania apart from Kavros and Georgioupolis. In regards to the internet, we provide guests with wifi network so that they actually gain internet access. I woud also like to stress that I am using this connection in order to respond to inquiries and make payments online via my laptop and I have no difficulty in completing these tasks. However, mobiles could be different since the connection might not be steady. Thanking you in advance for your review.
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Tiptree, essex

Villa Stella

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in villa Stella for two glorious weeks. We found pelagia communication prior to our holiday helpful and informative. We were met by Stella and Marcos who showed us up to the villa. The villa is beautiful, clean and well cared for. It has everything we needed for our holiday. The views from the balconies were amazing and helped to see us all while away the days.

Stella, Marcos are such lovely people who showed us such kindness which made our holiday more special. The joint BBQ with the guests in villa Marcos was wonderful, food wAs delicious and company was great.

We loved exploring crete and loved the beaches just a few minutes away- our favourite was taverna asterias where the sun beds were free as long as you got drinks from the bar.

We hired a car which was a good thing with lots of places to explore and see. Lake kournas is a must, beautiful lake but extremely hot in high season!!!

We will definitly come back to villa Stella when we next come to crete. Thank you to Stella, Marcos and their lovely family.

The Bennett's

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen and Stuart Bennett, We would lilke to thank you all for your kind comments. We feel pleased providing our guests with quality service and hospitality. We really appreciate the review you have submmitted for our villas. It is truly important for us. We will be waiting for you anytime you get back to Crete. It will be lovely meeting you again!! Best regards, Pelagia, Markos, Stella and family!!
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Chania Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Souda Bay
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Kavros beach, 2km
Car: necessary


Only 5-8 minutes drive from the villas,the sandy beaches of Georgioupolis and Kavros,offer relaxation and tranquility. Only 2 min.drive the only natural lake among Mediterranean islands “Kournas lake” preserves the village’s intact natural environment, adding to the ecological value of the picturesque village. West Crete provides a variety of the most delightful beaches including Kolympari, Kalamaki, Acrotiri, Elafonisi, Falasarna, Palaiochora, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Sfakia and Fragkokastelo.


Chania Airport is 40 Kilometres.

Heraklion Airport is approximately 65 kilometres.

Car hire is recommended but not essential.

Local train to the lake and the surrounding area.

Taxis are also available.


The beneficial geographical position of “Kournas village” allows visitors to easily access the most delightful sandy beaches and sites of Crete, as it is approximately 60kilometres from Heraklion 40kilometres from Chania, 20kilometres from Rethymnon on the National road of Chania-Rethymon, 3 km from “Georgioupolis beach” and only 2 km from “Kavros beach”.

Further Details:

We may arrange to provide you with necessary supplies such as fresh bread and fresh fruit and vegetables, upon request, while there is also the opportunity of delivering traditional Cretan food from Kournas village tavernas. The nearest super market is only 2kilometres away and Georgioupoli approximately 3-5 kilometres, where you may have access to tavernas, cafes, shops, super markets, pharmacy and everything you need.

West Crete provides a wide range of areas with the most delightful and splendid beaches including Kolympari, Kalamaki, Acrotiri, Elafonisi, Falasarna, Palaiochora, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Sfakia, Fragkokastelo that are really worthy of visiting and the Samaria Gorge which is ideal for the most arduous treks.